As the Football League’s Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK have supported special tournaments at stadiums up and down the country, with the Matchroom Stadium in East London hosting the South East region tournament last Saturday 24 May.
16 teams competed for the Men United Cup and Unreal Madrid, who were representing Barclays, secured the silverware despite only finishing third in their group.
There was plenty of good football on show despite the damp conditions and after seven group games for each side, Watford Eagles and Oldsmiths AFC both went through to the quarter finals as the two group winners. They were joined by Mabley LOCSP, Unreal Madrid, Long Heads United, Baden Powell United and Terra after finishing in the top four of each group, while a penalty shoot-out was required to decide fourth place in Group One after Essex Elite and Norlington School could not be separated in their league form. It was Essex Elite who held their nerve to join the teams in the last eight of the competition.
In the Quarter Finals, Terra caused an upset after finishing fourth in their group as they disposed of Group One table toppers Watford Eagles by two goals to one. They were joined in the semis by Baden Park and Oldsmiths AFC, while Long Heads United were knocked out after a high quality penalty shoot-out with Unreal Madrid who progressed with a 7-6 victory from the spot.
This battle proved good practice for them as penalties were required once again in their semi as they kept a clean sheet in normal time before being victorious once again from the penalty spot. In the other semi-final, the game between Terra and Baden Powell finished 1-1 and so penalties were required once again with Baden Powell successfully negotiating their way into the final.
The final brought together the two teams that had finished third in their respective groups and it was Unreal Madrid, who only conceded three goals in their ten games in the tournament, earning victory with a 2-0 win in the final.
Leyton Orient’s Marketing & Partnerships Manager, Rob Noble, commented, “There was a good standard on display and it was certainly competitive but played in the right spirit at the same time.
“Thanks to all the teams that took part who have not only helped raise money for the PCUK charity, but also played their part in raising the profile of the Men United campaign.”
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “As well as an amazing experience for those who took part, the funds raised from entries will help men and their families affected by prostate cancer.
“These special days are part of a bigger partnership between Prostate Cancer UK and The Football League as we call upon all men across the country to join Men United in the fight against a common rival.”
Supporters everywhere are urged to sign up to the Men United V Prostate Cancer Campaign and you can sign up here
The Football League bike ride to Amsterdam is setting off from Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium on Friday June 6th with three representatives taking part for the O’s and you can donate to the cause here