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SIAS 5-a-side football - PowerLeague Catford, 19 June 2005

After the monsoon-like conditions of 2004’s tournament, it was odds-on that the 2005 tournament would fall on the hottest day of the year so far. The group stages produced some memorable moments with Brazil Z (representing Entegria) staging two fabulous late comebacks to keep themselves in the tournament. The plucky Equitas Reserves team gave some brave performances, but after an 8–0 thrashing (yes, that does read eight) by Hewitt, the writing was on the wall and they bowed out for an early bath.

The group stages also produced rather odd moments caused by the temperature, not least the sight of the GAD captain winning a free kick, although he appeared to wilt in the heat rather than being fouled! Not that it helped them too much, as they were later beaten in the quarter-finals by Hewitt. Defending champions Higham Flyers soared into the semi finals by defeating Milliman in the last eight. They would play Mercer Windsor who beat Nigel Sloam’s Warriors in the third quarter-final.

The fourth quarter-final produced tremendous excitement as Real Mercer and Brazil Z went to penalties having drawn 2–2 after normal time and 3–3 after a rather physical period of extra time. Real Mercer took the win on spot kicks, but the injuries they picked up in this game would count against them as they crashed 6–0 to the ever more rampant Higham Flyers in the semi-final.

Hewitt won the other semi final 2–1 with a late goal against Mercer Windsor leading to a replay of last year’s final: Hewitt v Higham Flyers.

Despite the oppressive heat the two teams served up a great final, Hewitt recovered from an early setback to go 2–1 up, when with seconds remaining Higham grabbed an equaliser to take the game into extra time. Higham’s experience of playing together in a local league paid off as they grabbed two goals in extra time to take the title and retain their trophy.

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