Reading FC Deaf Crowned Regional Champions

It was a weekend to remember for Reading FC Deaf Team as they were victorious in the South East Regional 11v11 Disability Competition. It’s a Cup they seem to love as it’s their second title in three years in this event.

The finals were held at Hampshire FA’s Winklebury Football Complex this past Saturday but the road to glory started back in November at Bisham Abbey where they topped the Berks/Bucks/Hampshire qualifier beating Bournemouth AFC, MK Dons and Southampton FC. From here they advanced to the Quarter-Final stage held at Elmbridge Xcel in Surrey where they played teams who advanced out of the Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Sussex regional heats. They topped their group again in the January Quarter-Finals coming out on top against Sutton United, St Albans City and Sussex Rep’s.

So it was onto the finals again for this trailblazing Reading team. They were drawn against the runner’s up from the Essex Quarter-Final, Healthy 4 Life. Full of confidence the side went on to a tremendous 3-0 victory over their talented opposition. In the other Semi-Final there was the drama of a penalty shootout as MK Dons and Sussex Rep Squad could not be separated in normal time when the game ended 2-2. The teams could again not be separated after the first 5 rounds of penalties so it advanced to sudden death with Sussex Rep’s claiming a narrow victory over the Buckinghamshire side. In the 3rd/4th playoff match it was Healthy 4 Life that took the victory over MK Dons as the match finished 3-0 to the Essex based team.

With the Final set as Reading FC vs. Sussex Rep’s it couldn’t have been closer as the teams met back at the Quarter-Final stage with Reading FC taking the points on that day with a narrow 2-1 win. Early on it was Sussex Rep’s that went closest as they opened up the Reading FC defence in the first minute with a rasping shot that narrowly went wide of the post. Reading FC regrouped and ploughed forward opening up the scoring mid-way through the first half. Half-time saw Reading FC with the slender lead but again it was Sussex Rep’s that started the better making all the early running in the second half. Several chances went unfinished and as the half went on it was the team from Berkshire that looked stronger as they extended their lead with a delightful goal from 25 yards. It was joy at the final whistle for Reading FC who claimed victory with the game finishing 2-0. The competition goes from strength to strength and we will wait and see if Reading FC can claim a hat-trick of titles next year.

If you would like to find out more information about this competition or about disability football across Berks & Bucks, please contact Disability Football Development Officer Jonathan Coles on jonathan.coles@berks-bucksfa.com or 01235 558451.