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Posted by portugalpress on October 11, 2017
Soccer Olhanense Strollers 'A' & 'B' teams before their semi-final clash
No.3: Chesterton Crusaders and S.O.S. 'A' in action
Tullibody Reds and S.O.S. 'B' in action
BrownsWF (blue) and S.O.S. 'A' in final action
Keeper Paul Shawe (S.O.S. 'B') blasted home the decision penalty against Tullibody Reds to steer his team through to the semi-finals
Tournament winners Soccer Olhanense Strollers, from left, Chris Wright (President), Jonathan Syed, Neil Morris, Andy Smith, George Allen, (in front) Paolo Turni, Peter Diprose and Brian Kilcline

Over 200 footballers, all over 50 year-of-age and some well into their 70s, competed in the third annual Algarve Walking Football Cup at Browns Sports & Leisure Club in Vilamoura last weekend.

The 15 teams from Scotland and England, together with five from the Algarve, battled through the heat with Carnoustie Panmure, West Lancs, Soccer Olhanense Strollers (SOS) ‘B’ and reigning champions Soccer Olhanense Strollers (SOS) ‘A’, topping their respective groups.

Heart of Midlothian 56, Canterbury City, Derby County, Tullibody Reds, Tavira WF ‘A’ and Chesterton Crusaders ‘A’ and ‘B’ also qualified for the latter stages of the competition whilst the remaining teams entered the play-offs.

Browns WF battled through the play-offs to reach the semi-finals, with wins over Stamerton Stalkers, West Lancs and Hearts 56.

There were also quarter-final victories for Derby County over Carnoustie Panmure, SOS ‘B’ won a penalty shootout against Tullibody Reds with SOS keeper Paul Shawe saving a crucial penalty before throwing his gloves aside and smashing home the winning goal.

SOS ‘A’ beat Chesterton Crusaders ‘B’ 1-0 to maintain their impressive form. So to the semi-finals with Browns WF maintaining their winning run with a single goal victory over Derby County.

The two Soccer Olhanense Strollers teams went head-to-head in the other semi-final with the ‘A’ team winning an entertaining game 2-0.

The final between Browns WF and SOS ‘A’ lived up to its billing with Browns WF taking a first-half lead from the penalty spot. Both keepers, Alan Brown (Browns WF) and Peter Diprose (SOS), made vital saves and, with the clock running down, it looked as if the competition hosts would be lifting the trophy for the first time.

But the champions snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a brace of goals from Brian Kilcline and Andy Smith in the final two minutes.

Derby County took third place with SOS ‘B’ in fourth.

Carnoustie Panmure beat Tullibody Reds to win the Plate Competition; Paul Yates (Chesterton Crusaders) was voted Player of the Tournament; and 78-year-old Paul Simpson (Mansfield Reds) was presented with the ‘Forever Young Award’ as the oldest player.

The Walking Football family continues to grow worldwide with tournaments taking place in Italy and Spain next year.

In early November, Cottingham Rangers Walking Footballers (Yorkshire) will be visiting Olhão as more teams (there are currently over 800 clubs in the UK alone) head for the warmer climes of the Algarve.

www.walkingfootballalgarve.com

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