The newly renamed FBB Warriors (formerly known as Women Beyond Borders) took part in their first ever 8-a-side tournament, hosted by Trapstar in west London. Sizing up the competition during the warm ups left the group feeling nervous about the day that lay ahead, having very little experience of tournament football. Their nerves showed in the first game against Wonderkids, a cagey affair that ended nil nil. Although FBB Warriors maintained good possession, they were wasteful in front of goal, failing to test the Wonderkids keeper.
FBB Warriors approached the second game against Hackney Laces with some pent up frustration – they had previously cancelled two friendlies with the Warriors. An early goal injected some much needed confidence into the group, who defended well to see the match out with the 3 points. Having grown in stature, the Warriors were next up against the tournament hosts and favourites, Trapstar. After a solid start, a long range effort against the run of play put Trapstar ahead. In the search for an equaliser, FBB Warriors conceded again in the closing seconds. With a long break between games, FBB were able to recuperate (and get sunburnt) before they took on Food Lycra, easily winning 1-0. As long as they didn’t lose their final game, the Warriors knew they would qualify for the semis but 3 points would be the difference between going up against Trapstar or taking on fourth place Hackney Laces. In a performance Mourinho would have been proud of, FBB got an early goal and defended resolutely to finish the group stages second.
Hackney Laces had clearly learnt from their earlier loss and were a much more difficult prospect second time around. A goalless game meant FBB Warriors were faced with their first ever penalty shoot out. A quick goalkeeper change paid off immediately with Karena making a fantastic save from Laces’ first penalty. Her impressive afternoon continued with another two saves. The shoot-out finished 3-1 to FBB Warriors with Melissa, JJ and Sophie all calmly converting. Deserved winners, FBB Warriors were through to the final to take on Trapstar again.
The home side took an early lead from a well worked counter attack after an uncharacteristic lapse in concentration. In a tense game that lacked quality, it was unsurprising that the equaliser was a wonder-strike from the Warriors’ player of the tournament, Karena. With both sides looking hard for a winner, it was unfortunate that it came from one of a long list of poor decisions made by the ref. A penalty that shouldn’t have been, converted home expertly, decided the final in the dying moments. Trapstar were worthy winners, not losing a game and only conceding once, in the final.
The FBB Warriors gave an excellent account of themselves throughout and should be immensely proud of finishing runners up. A huge thanks to FBB Head of Campaigns Joel Sharples for accompanying the team and standing in as Coach.
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