The Orphanage Cup has been and gone and Stanley came out victorious! Five rounds of hard-fought matches for the competition to come to its conclusion but the end result was the perfect one for us.
As first-time competitors, Stanley had to first take part in a preliminary round against Kindeva DD with us taking a 5-4 win on penalties!
After securing a place in the round of 32, Stanley was tasked with playing against Safron DHL. After a tough-fought toss up where the scores ended level, the game was decided by penalties. A tense shootout led to a narrow 5-4 (P) win for Stanley.
Into the round-of-16 against Totally Wicked UK, the game was once again decided by a penalty shootout, with Stanley coming out on top in a convincing 3-1 (P) win, taking us through to the quarter finals!
The quarter finals against Ultraframe didn’t get off to the greatest start, with Stanley taking a 2-0 deficit early on. However, the team kept calm and charged back to a momentous 3-2 comeback victory to send us through to the semis!
It seems there was no such thing as easy competition as the semi-final against Education Partnership Trust was yet another close call victory. A very difficult, back-and-forth game ensued with Stanley edging a narrow 2-1 win!
After all the hard work, the finals had arrived! A fixture filled with tension and difficulty against the current holders Presspart was promised and it definitely delivered! After taking an early lead, the team kept their heads cool under pressure and held out until the final whistle blew to be crowned the winners of the Orphanage Cup!
‘ Having to scrap our way through each round of the tournament shows the character of our staff. We refused to give up on a number of occasions and ultimately, good character, experiences and resilience saw us crowned the champions. It’s been a fantastic way for staff to bond outside of work and has given the whole office a lift,’ commented Shane Hudson, team manager.
A huge congratulations to all the staff who took part in bringing this trophy home as well as all the other teams involved who gave it their all to make this competition as grand and competitive as it could be. Most importantly though, thankyou to Child Action North-west who made this cup possible.