Posted by: TheAuthor | 13/09/2011

Final game: Who wins the Bow valley soccer league 2011?

The Bow Valley Soccer (Football to those of us from outside North America) league came down to a crunch tie, the final game of the season for Boston Pizza against Fairmont Springs – a team that a couple of weeks previous were also chasing for the title. Boston Pizza, before the game, sit 3 points clear at the top of the league and with a healthy goal difference of +8. Canmore Utd, who are sitting second place, have a game in hand over Boston Pizza and a +2 goal difference. Canmore Utd have their two remaining games against Pika Village, they need to win both and end up with a better goal difference than Boston Pizza – who need to win their final game as well as possible to stand a chance of winning the league. So the stage was set, for the 10 A.M. kick off between Boston Pizza (BP) and Fairmont Springs (FS).

Fairmont Springs placed immediate pressure on BP from the outset,they had nothing to win but they still had their pride to uphold. BP soaked up the onslaught with relative ease, although a few attempts on the BP goal were allowed to penetrate through.

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It was, however, BP who broke the dead lock and went 1-0 ahead with a well worked goal mid way through the first half. This was followed shortly after by a second, as a well placed ball was knocked from the right back of BP directly in front of the goal keeper who, blinded by the sun, went to punch the ball away but missed as a BP midfielder leaped ahead of him to flick the ball over his head into the vacant net.

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BP were now sitting comfortably going into the break, 2-0 ahead and looking good for the title.

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For the first time all season, BP had a full squad turn up so that instead of rotating through 2 or 3 substitutes they had 7. Keeping as fresh as possible they wore down FS as they applied constant pressure with casual passing, devastating through balls and tantalising runs. Before long BP went 3-0 ahead as the Springs buckled under pressure. Fairmont’s captain fell apart under pressure and (after being fortunate for not receiving a yellow card in the first half) started firing in rash tackles, avoiding being booked for his behaviour. On one such occasion, he literally entwined his legs around a BP forward and kicked the ball away in frustration after being penalised.

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The game was all but over when BP’s right back knocked in another ball that was cleared practically off of the line. Before long it was 4-0 Boston Pizza as another well worked goal was placed in the net with 10 minutes left on the clock. Even with time left on the clock, the game was done and dusted in favour of Boston Pizza. All that needed to happen now was for Canmore Utd to drop a single point from their two must win games and Boston Pizza would clinch the title. The second game of the day, watched by the entire BP squad, commenced at noon and pitted Canmore against Pika.

A hard-fought game it was, Pika strived to keep the trophy in Banff and help out fellow Banff FC team mates in BP by eliminating the Canmore threat. The match was dominated by argued referring decisions, near misses and great plays. The game ended in a well deserved tie, 1-1. Both teams were evenly matched and played each other well, but it was to be Boston Pizza’s day. It was their first league title under the current name, previously Wild Bills, and everyone responded in kind – straight to the bar.

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It was a fantastic season, good football and incredible back drops. Well worth playing.

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