On the 11th of May Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union staged it’s annual football tournament the Anglia Cup.
The competition contained 10 great football teams; varying from the current football club, alumni and groups of friends from courses and halls all wanting to take the title.
The group stages saw some intense football, with the 11 a side, 15minute games proving intense activities, with numerous 0–0 draws and tight victories. Our referees were great on the day making huge calls of penalties and free kicks at the death of many matches. As an Students' Union we would like to thank the referees for their efforts on the day as many commented on the high standard of their officiating. Furthermore the play during the group stages was full of flair and enthusiasm; providing a great atmosphere and competition between the teams.
During the group stages the favourites for the tournament emerged teams such as the ARU Presidents X1, the Old Guard, Clintchester Unites and ARU CSSA, all came away from their group having won convincingly.
Unfortunately at this stage we lost some teams to the cut including our two alumni based teams including The Founders who started the tournament 21 years ago and have attended ever since!
The knock out stages saw some anxious teams edge through on penalties and 1-0 wins. But the teams progressing through to the cup final were the All Star Cast Vs ARU Presidents’ XI and in the plate final The Avengers FC Vs Athletic FC.
Both games were incredibly tight and both ended in a 1-0 wins, most notably the cup final coming down to a late challenge in the box by a striker and keeper one on one resulting in a penalty kick.
The eventual winners of the cup were ARU Presidents’ XI retaining their title for a second year! A team made up of the current ARU Cambridge football squad they showed class and dominance through their group and pipped the All-star Cast at the death to win the cup.
The eventual plate winners were Athletic FC taking the plate from the Avengers FC in a tight affair.
We as a Students' Union would like to thank everyone who took part in the event and everyone who helped make it happen. Congratulations to all the winners and we hope to see you all and more teams next year in 2015!
Cup Winners : ARU Presidents' XI
Plate Winners : Athletic FC