OUZO FC win first ever penalty shoot out to go through to Final?

Posted by Rob Anderson on Jan 05 2016 at 04:00PM PST

Ouzo FC finished 2015 as the Open Age OSC West (or 1st) Div Champions. This was something to be proud of, having been put in the 3rd div for the spring of 2015 and blooded in several new ouzo members this year.

So to the first days of 2016 and a push to the playoff final and a potential double. In our way were Windermere FC, who had lead the league most of the season and had beat us 2-0 last time out. This would be a tough game and only a team effort would give us a chance. Not only were wise words passed down from the 'Anderson think tank' but also back up support of Gus 'the Dr's still cant work out whats wrong' , Ruz 'waiting in the wings' and Nesa 'i will only play if you really, really really want me too' who were on the sidelines before kick off. The later, deciding half way though to get changed and play. This may have been because he was so excited to be involved and wear his Ouzo England white or it maybe due to the fact we went 2-0 down in 5 mins. Ouzo were not on their toes from the start and the team D let us down.

However, now we were warmed up and had nothing to lose. We starting pressing harder and turned the tide. With a corner won, the gap would appear on the top of the box for Ceca 'I love to play' to slot in a pile driver. 2-1. Tails up lets do this!! More pressure at the back and a quick pass to Matt' I am ouzo match fit again' who released Brennan 'the silent assassin' down the right and with a quick step not even seen on DWTS he'd pass the defender and square for Delaney 'i want this goal, i want this win, I WANT AN OUZO FINAL AND A T-SHIRT' to poke in. 2-2 half time.

Half time team talk would have been different without that goal but ultimately with Behn 'i need a ***e' in the stalls Delaney would come the fore and give out a plan.... go for the win!! Nesa slotting in up top with Jesse and Steve and keep the subs rolling. This plan seemed simple enough but half way through we would leave the back door open and with Mike screaming for cover the overlap was there and so was the goal. 3-2 down

Gut check time. In bizarre circustances, Behn would pull up injured after attempting his best Steven Gerrard impression and this would prove the TSN turning point. With Stu '1 pint slimmers delight' slotting back to D and Jesse 'MOM in tow' in the mid it allowed for a little more 'Nesa time' (not to be confused with fergie time) and serb would swivel and shoot with the only option for a defender to handball on the line. Red card, 5 min pen and penalty shot. Brennan would step up and dispatch. 3-3.

5 on 4 gave us the overlap on the right side for Stu to cross and nesa to finish. 4-3 and nose in front! But with a penalty of our own we gave back the advantage and the lead 4-4...straight to Pens. Time for keepers to step up and with Mike' get that monkey of my back' making 3 huge saves ...Ouzo would prevail 2-1 and take their place in the final and the pub for beers, wings and the end of the NFL reg season in which Rusnov won ... again!!

Jesse MOM: TBA

The final will be next week at 9pm. Assuming all are in, management will be looking at the team plan for our first double at the OSC!!!!

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