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30th April 2010

MCR football team narrowly denied Cuppers victory

Exeter’s MCR football team was narrowly denied Cuppers triumph at the Iffley Road stadium recently. The team (a mixture of MCR and JCR members) had beaten Green-Templeton College 9-1 in the semi-final last term, and this was reportedly the first football final Exeter had reached for approximately 10 years. After a hugely successful season, in which the team had remained unbeaten and promotion to the premier division next year, hopes were high for victory.

Unfortunately these hopes were dashed on Saturday 1st May, when Exeter lost 2-1 to Wolfson College. It was 0-0 at half-time in a very close, evenly-matched contest, but Wolfson scored from a free-kick about 10 minutes into the second half. The match remained quite balanced, with Austin Platt (2008, Mathematics) scoring a header from a corner shortly afterwards for Exeter, bringing the score to 1-1. Then in the fifth and final minute of injury time, the Wolfson striker managed to score a goal from over 20 yards out with the last kick of the game, securing triumph for the Wolfson team.

Aamir Saifuddin, (2005, Physiological Sciences) said: “It was a very disappointing end to an excellent, well-fought match and the team can be proud of putting up a strong fight and giving a good account of ourselves against Wolfson, who were the favourites, in front of a large crowd.”

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