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M-EC director and self-styled Vincent Kompany-esque defender, Tim Rose reports on another tricky night for M-EC at the annual RTPI West Midlands 5-a-side tournament.

With two M-EC teams entering this years’ tournament, there were high hopes for some silverware after the previous two tournaments had come to agonisingly premature ends in the quarter finals. 2018 was our year…

M-EC A, sporting the new, all black kit started well with a 7 - 0 thrashing of Integrated Transport Planning but that was followed by a 2 - 0 defeat at the hands of No5 Chambers. With barely a chance to catch their breath, M-EC A was lining up against GVA and thanks to some heroic goalkeeping from Alex Bennett, M-EC’s co-founder and answer to Jordan Pickford, M-EC A prevailed with the narrowest of margins; a 1-0 win. Heading into the last game against Cerda Planning, knowing that only a win would secure safe passage to the quarter finals; anything less would mean a slow and lonely journey back down the M6, M-EC A duly delivered, with a 3 - 1 victory securing group runners-up, behind No5 Chambers.

Wychavon District Council now stood in the way of M-EC A and a place in the semi-final and both teams delivered a fantastic game of football for the neutrals.

M-EC 1 – 0 WDC

M-EC 1 – 3 WDC

M-EC 2 – 4 WDC

M-EC 4 – 4 WDC

M-EC A’s goal machine, utilities expert and all-round nice guy, Shyam Joshi equalised with 30 seconds of normal time remaining but ecstasy turned to agony as WDC’s tricky left-footed striker found the bottom corner with the last kick of the game… 5 -4 to Wychavon District Council. Heartbreak again for M-EC A.

WDC went on to lose to Spitfire Homes in the final on penalties.

M-EC B, in yellow shirt, black shorts and socks failed to qualify from the group stages but played some good football considering having never played together competitively before. M-EC’s King of Structures and Derby County fan, Chris Pollett took a no-nonsense approach to his game, taking both man and ball wherever possible… ‘you can take the lad out of Derby…’

Whilst being another disappointing tournament for M-EC, it certainly was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and a big thanks to the RTPI West Midlands for hosting another superb event.

M-EC will return in 2019. It’s our year.


Pic caption top: (back row l-r) Tim Rose, Dan Halstead, Alex Bennett, James Lewis, Shyam Joshi. (front row l-r) Callum Wale & Ben Murphy.

Pic caption above: (back row l-r) Josh Day, Danny Hinds, Mike Avery, Rhys Parkin. (front row l-r) Jonathan Heron & Chris Pollett.

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