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United triumph

United triumph in the 2018 Albufeira Walking Football Cup

22 March 2018

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heffield United Walking Football Club have begun 2018 in fine form by winning the Albufeira Cup in Portugal.

The 13-team tournament consisting of clubs from across Europe was spread over two days. With the sun shining down, the games were superbly refereed with fully and consistently applied rules, and competition between the players that was determined but with a strong sense of camaraderie and friendship.

In the group games, United topped their section and proceeded into the quarter-finals where they beat Browns WFC 5-2. A close semi-final with Brackley Saints produced a 1-0 win and this then set up a final with the reigning champions Olhanense Strollers.

The United players applied all their experience gained from previous successful tournaments and with fine strikes from Andy Norcliffe and Dave Middleton raced into a two goal lead. Olhanense pulled a goal back late in the game but the Blades held out for a deserved 2-1 victory.

The team was formed two years ago when Sheffield United Community Foundation began delivery of Walking Football sessions for people aged 45+. It offers people the opportunity to roll back the clock and relive the glory days, but also offers the opportunity for people who have never played football before to come along, socialise and be physically active.

For more information contact SUCF on 0114 261 9883.

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