College Football Team Are Cup Winners

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Friday 27th May 2016
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Britannia Royal Naval College Football Club (BRNC FC) has become the winners of the George Lang Cup to make history as the first College football team to bring home silverware.

The team, formed last September, beat Plymouth University 3-2 in the final of the competition held at Weston Mill in Plymouth. Overall the team has surpassed all expectations this year by also finishing runners-up in the Devon Wednesday Premier League.

An on-form BRNC FC had recently returned from a tour of Gibraltar where they had further consolidated their skills in an intensive training package. Here they competed against the Gibraltar under 19s and under 21s and a well organised Combined Forces side, so winning the final should have been business as usual for them.

However the team did not make it easy for themselves. Despite Qatari international Amir Al Abduljabbar  giving them an early lead, BRNC FC were fighting and ugly uphill battle at 2-1 down with 20 minutes to go. Nothing was going right for them. They conceded a penalty and the only shot taken by Plymouth University IV had found the back of the net. Something magical was needed. Team Captain Officer Cadet Aaron Biggs slipped the ball to Midshipman Joseph Souch and the net rippled. From there onwards, BRNC FC had an urgency about them and it was only a matter of time before they got the next goal. In the 82nd minute, Leading Physical Trainer Paul Sykes rounded the keeper and Amir netted for a brace. Just eight more minutes of holding the fort and the cup was BRNC FC's. The final whistle blew and the feeling of elation was felt around the pitch.

Founder and player manager Lieutenant Darren Roach said: "Nobody saw this coming and you can understand why".

From the outset of the season Lieutenant Roach set the bar high and made his intentions clear; he wanted the universal sporting language to be held in high esteem throughout the College and the only way to do that was to foster a team that would show commitment, hard work and determination. The rest would come.

BRNC FC struggled with form in the first half of the season. Turnover of players was always going to be a challenge with training commitments, but the team had to account for this and adapt if they were to stand a chance of challenging. The second half of the season saw an impressive run of form with 12 wins in a row, making BRNC FC unbeaten since February. This would see them secure second place in the league behind a respectable 42 Commando team.

Lt Roach said: "Overall this has been a fabulous achievement thanks to the commitment of our dedicated squad of players and staff. We look forward to another successful season next year when a new batch of Officer Cadets will hopefully bring fresh talent to the team and help us continue this momentum".


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