Abu Dhabi Strollers Crowned Champions at the Emirates Red Crescent Charity 7s

Abu Dhabi Strollers were crowned tournament champions in the Emirates Red Crescent Charity 7s Tournament held at Zayed Sports City today.

After what looked like it could be a bad day at the office after losing the first game of the day to Abu Dhabi Week, Abu Dhabi Strollers eventually found form to win every game from then onwards, with the feeling of a defeat sobering up Joe Murray a bit quicker from his previous night’s festivities.

After going 2 goals up in game 2 v Al Nashama, Gurdeep Wilkhoo gave away a(nother) needless penalty, the 13th of his 2014-15 season, with only a fantastic double save from Neil Mellin in the dying minutes saving the blushes of almost blowing a 2 goal lead completely.

Sin bins followed for 3 players in 3 games, as dubious refereeing decisions were questioned and immediately dealt with; the normally calm and collected Neil Mellin going for a time out, along with Steve McDaid taking the blame for another player saying naughty words, and the classless Matthew Croasdell booting the ball away also earning him a 2 minute calming down period.
Jack Wood, who picked up the trophy after assigning himself as Captain at the end of the final was more elated with his 1 goal than picking up the trophy. “I’m still getting £1 a goal from my mam until my next birthday, so that’s £4 I’m getting so far after my goals in the 11s league.”

Scott Hilliard, opting to take up the centre forward role for a change, took the top goalscorer of the tournament award, with Matthew Croasdell successfully taking top miss of the tournament award in the final as the Strollers ran out 3-0 winners.

“It was great to finally get a game upfront”, said Hilliard after the game, “You get a much better rest up there without having to do too much running. Hopefully Derby can follow up our success later on by beating Wolves.” (They later lost 2-0).

The tournament, sponsored by Dr Firas Dental Clinic and organised by PASS Mini Kickers, was in aid of the Emirates Red Crescent, with all proceeds from the tournament and family day going to charity.