The competition kicked off on Saturday 4 June at Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield. In the first round Peter Brett Associates beat a team from Smith & Wallwork (also Cambridge based) 1-0. The other first round match was between two AECOM Bedford office teams (green & blue) ending in a no score draw.
AECOM Blue beat Smith & Wallwork 1-0, their colleagues AECOM Green then took the wind out of Peter Brett Associates with an impressive 2-0 victory. The final game of the group stage saw AECOM Green repeat their 2-0 winning scoreline against Smith & Wallwork. Meanwhile Peter Brett Associates picked themselves up beating AECOM Blue 2-0.
The final (between the top two teams in the table) and 3rd/4th place play-off (the bottom two) was decided by a 30-minute game, going straight into sudden death penalties in the event of a draw. AECOM Blue took on Smith & Wallwork for the hypothetical bronze medal in a thrilling 3-3 game which ended with the AECOM side winning 2-1 on penalties (they were 2-0 up at half time, then went 3-2 down before a last-minute own goal gave them the draw).
Meanwhile the final between AECOM Green and Peter Brett Associates was a more scrappy and dog-hearted affair – just what 5-a-side should be – which ended in a 2-1 victory for Peter Brett Associates.
In all a great day was had by all players, handshakes were exchanged between once bitter rivals and even the refs had fun. Congratulations to Peter Brett Associates who go through to the National Final in August.