officebroker.com defeat England in opening game of World Cup
OBFC 8 ΓÇô 6 England
Last night the football team of officebroker.com (OBFC) beat England in the opening group game of the World Cup.
After going ahead early on OBFC (Representing the mighty Cameroon) soon found themselves on the back foot after a series of shocking defensive blunders that allowed England back in to the game. England continued to apply the pressure to a shocked OBFC until the break when they led 2 ΓÇô 5.
After a half-time team talk OBFC emerged looking like an altogether different team, with confidence growing following the penalty save of Dan ΓÇ£Big HandsΓÇ¥ Baldwin after a dubious penalty call from a referee that otherwise performed well.
The transformation from OBFC saw only 1 additional goal added to EnglandΓÇÖs tally while the home side began to chip away at their first half lead until finally pulling ahead with some 10 minutes to go.
There were still signs that England could have delivered a sting in the tale of this comeback story, most noticeably when the score stood finely balanced at 7 ΓÇô 6 and a second penalty was awarded to England. It was at this point that Cameroons talismanic man between the posts produced his second save of the match and cemented his place as man of the match.
While this was a far from perfect performance on behalf of Cameroon, OBFC came from behind to set them up with a real opportunity of qualification if they can add a second victory against their next opponents Honduras, who themselves fell victim to a 6 ΓÇô 8 defeat at the hands of Portugal in their opening game.
Andrew Quigley (2), Jim Venables (2), Chris Mapp (2), Richard Horwell (1), Simon Jones (1)
Man of the Match: Dan Baldwin
The tournament, which will take place at Yardley Powerleague has been organised by the Birmingham Chamber and will also help to raise money for the Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer charity as they seek to buy equipment for use at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.