Hilling­don stars Czech out of six-a-side Euros

Three Li­ons im­press de­spite be­ing knocked out in quar­ters

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - by Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FOUR Hilling­don heroes were part of one of Eng­land’s most suc­cess­ful European Cham­pi­onship six-a-side cam­paign.

The Three Li­ons matched their best ever European Cham­pi­onship ef­fort be­fore they were knocked out in the quar­ter-fi­nals by the favourites Czech Repub­lic.

Striker Sam Kanani, mid­fielder Omar Mo­hammed and goal­keeper Ash Bakoos from Hayes, along with Mo Hashi from Uxbridge, trav­elled to the Hun­gar­ian city of Szekesfe­hervar.

UKMA (UK Mini­foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion) na­tional teams di­rec­tor Pete Mitchell reck­ons the play­ers thor­oughly de­served their spot on the plane. He said: “Com­pe­ti­tion was fierce, but they are all an ex­pe­ri­enced bunch of play­ers and will be look­ing to pass that knowl­edge on to the newer mem­bers of the squad.”

Dur­ing the group stages, Eng­land opened their cam­paign with a com­mand­ing 4-1 win over Cyprus with Rob Ursell grab­bing a brace along with goals from team­mates Kirk Her­bert and Lu­cas Totti.

This was fol­lowed by a 2-0 vic­tory over Greece to en­sure Eng­land a safe pas­sage into the knock­out stages be­fore they lost 4-1 to an im­pres­sive Croa­tia side in their fi­nal group game – although the match held no sig­nif­i­cance as Eng­land had al­ready qual­i­fied.

The high­light of the tour­na­ment was in­flict­ing a first de­feat on Moldova in the last 16, who had been vic­to­ri­ous in the pre­vi­ous five Cham­pi­onships, with a 3-2 vic­tory thanks to a last­minute goal from Her­bert.

Eng­land had twice taken the lead through Sam Murphy and Totti be­fore the Moldovans pegged them back.

Go­ing into the quar­ter-fi­nals and the odds were once again against the English as they took on the much fan­cied Czech side who even­tu­ally emerged 3-2 win­ners. Eng­land twice lev­elled through Her­bert and Totti, but their op­po­nents put them­selves ahead for a third time and man­aged to hold on for vic­tory.

One con­so­la­tion for Eng­land was Totti’s in­di­vid­ual recog­ni­tion af­ter the 22 year-old was given the tour­na­ment’s MVP award af­ter some match-win­ning per­for­mances.

n ‘FIERCE COM­PE­TI­TION’: Eng­land’s six-a-side squad and (above left) in ac­tion

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