Posturite are the new holders of the Six-a-Side World Corporate Cup of Soccer.
The team, drawn almost exclusively from London and the South East, lifted the trophy after beating Google on penalties in a tense final at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium.
It’s the first time that Posturite has entered the competition and the only time the cup has been won by newcomers. And the team did it in some style, cruising through the group stages, quarter final and semi-final without conceding a goal.
Google, who included players from Ireland and Scandinavia in their squad, actually scored first in the final, but an equaliser from top scorer Dan Delgado took the game to a penalty shoot-out which Posturite won 5-4.
Team captain Chris Hollely, regional manager for London & South East, said: “It was a magic moment when the final penalty went in. All nine lads jumped around celebrating in front of the famous Kop stand like we’d just won the real World Cup. Everyone was singing ‘We Are The Champions’.
“Full marks to the five penalty takers – Jon White, Antony Burns, Matt O’Sullivan, Dan Delgado and Gaz Edwards – who all kept their nerve to slot home their spot kicks. The pressure was really on them because it would have been a big blow to lose out at the death after playing so well throughout the tournament.”
In the group games Posturite beat Citi Group 1-0, Lifestyle Magazine 2-0, Hilton Hotels 3-0, and drew 0-0 with HSBC. The quarter final saw them oust Abbott Sports & Social Club 2-0 before breezing past HSBC 3-0 in the semi-final.
Chris Hollely paid particular tribute to defenders Mat Jones (goalkeeper), Matt O’Sullivan, Paul Lindsay and Gaz Edwards who, penalties aside, conceded only one goal throughout. Others in the squad were Antony Burns (named Player of the Tournament), Jon White, Charles Webster, Dan Delgado, and Chris Hollely.
Chris added: “Obviously it was brilliant to win, but I was also thrilled to be told by the organisers that we were the most popular winners they’ve had for the way we conducted ourselves both on and off the pitch.
“It just goes to prove the benefit of the great teamwork which is part of everyday life for everyone at Posturite. We’re friends as well as colleagues, and the excellent communication and mutual support that serves us so well in business also helps us on the football pitch.
“Now we’re looking forward to going back to defend our title next year.”