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There was a smaller than usual (but beautifully formed) audience for Finals Day. It proved to be an enjoyable day. The matches were played on the PES platform (mapped to MicroCoach ratings), after last year's trial to play the Finals on the less visual MicroCoach platform.

The matches started with the unmanaged pairing of Upton Park Irons v Inter Meazza. There were a few notable events, all as rare as hen's teeth. The first that Andy Carroll was fit to play, secondly, he lasted 90 minutes and then he also managed to score a hat-trick, in a surprise 3-0 win for the Hammers.

Then it was on to the Play-Off Finals, both League 1 and League 2 matches being contested by Robin Slade and Michael Atkinson-House. The latter having just started at University, missed Finals Day for the first time. Also, being quite happy to manage the same clubs next year, Michael did not pick teams for the finals, leaving it to the vagaries of the random selector to shape his team.

In the League 2 play-off, 4th placed Northridge started well, and Milinkovic-Savic put them ahead on 17 minutes, following a corner against a rather disorganised Olympians defence, whose 3rd place league finish had seen them qualify automatically for the Final. Olympians regrouped though and Tielemans put them level on 27 minutes.

Cormorants started to get back on top in the second half, and it was Milinkovic-Savic again, who put them 2-1 ahead on 65 minutes. That was the end of the scoring and Northridge Cormorants & Robin Slade were promoted to League 1.

In League 1, Weslington had held 3rd place for most of the season but were pipped to the automatic place in the final by Broxton Bulls, following their strong end to the league season. Weslington battled through to reach the final in any case.

Bulls started very strongly with Quagliarella putting them ahead on 9 minutes. Both teams played some neat football, but neither really threatened to score and the game drifted rather aimlessly, with Broxton Bulls holding out for a 1-0 victory and a place in the top tier. Robin Slade thus winning his 2nd trophy of the day.

Robin had a chance of a hat-trick of Finals Day victories, as Broxton Bulls again took the field to play newly crowned League 2 champions - Marquis of Granby. The game was evenly contested, but Broxton always seeming to have the slight edge. It wasn't until the 72nd minute that the first goal came, and it was scored by Broxton's Florenzi. MOG pushed for an equaliser, but as the game opened up, Bacca found room on 83 minutes to score and put the game to bed. 2-0 for Bulls and that was that. Robin Slade thus winning his 3rd final out of 3 to be played on this day.

The FA Plate Final was contested by League 1 champions Gainsborough Hamlet, managed by Don Davern and fellow Division 1 side JPR, managed by James House. Having missed out on a play-off final place, this match was James' last chance of silverware this season. Hamlet started as overwhelming favourites to win. However, as we know that's not how it always works out in Cup Finals.

The form book looked to be accurate when Gundogan slipped the ball under Buffon in the JPR goal, after just 17 minutes. It was rather a soft goal for the veteran keeper to concede, however from then on, he kept JPR in the match with a series of vital saves, denying Hamlet when they seemed certain to add to their lead.

As the second half progressed and with no addition to the score, JPR sensed they may be able to force the game into extra-time. This is how it turned out, when after an almighty goalmouth scramble in the 89th minute, veteran and perennial substitute Huntelaar, poked the ball home through a sea of legs to take the game into extra time.

JPR still seemed to be celebrating as they lost concentration just 3 minutes into the additional period, allowing Morata to put Gainsborough ahead 2-1. JPR did not seem to have the physical resources or mental toughness to come back a second time, and the match ended 2-1 and a win for Gainsborough Hamlet and their manager, Don Davern.

The Paper Orchid Cup Final was contested by fellow Premier Division sides, Trevmania Travellers & NPA, respectively managed by Bernie Iles and Paul Newman. The game having an extra edge as both managers were in attendance to watch their charges perform.

What followed was a rather tense affair with a strong NPA defence keeping out all Trevmania efforts. The match seemed to be heading for extra time, when one terrible mix up at the back by NPA allowed Ben Yedder to have a clear chance on 85 minutes, for Travellers. A chance which he took with aplomb. NPA could not muster a response and the match was won 1-0 by Trevmania and Bernie Iles.

The remaining two finals both featured my Premier League Champions, Real Jameosean. The first was the FA Cup Final v fellow Premier club, Hurricane Harriers and Ken Atkinson. Not wishing to tire out the same 11 players and give a few players a chance, I picked what I thought was my strongest 11 for the EuroCup Final to follow and therefore rotated a little for the match v Harriers. Still, I thought a good enough 11 to win the match with Courtois, Danilo, Rugani, Ozil, Mbappe and Lukaku all getting a start, before being rested for the following match.

Hurricane started the stronger and it was a feature of the match that Ozil, Messi and Mbappe failed to have an influence and Lukaku was ineffectual up-front. Despite some good play up to the edge of the area, both sides failed to really impress in front of goal, with Lloris and Courtois comfortably snuffing out any threat from opposition forwards, on the rare occasions that the defences in front of them allowed any attempts on goal.

Klaassen replaced the disappointing Dele Alli on 65 minutes, but that failed to change the shape of the game. The match finished 0-0 at full time, and even extra time failed to bring any score. The only notable event was Illaramendi replacing Fernandinho on 109 minutes.

Given what had gone before in front of goal, it was somewhat of a surprise that the first seven penalties were scored, with the keeper having no chance on any occasion. Harriers led 4-3 and it was then Ozil who stepped up and produced a lame attempt, that was not much more than a back pass to Lloris. Hurricane just needed to convert their next penalty, which they did, to shock Real and end their chances of a treble and give Hurricane a 5-3 win on penalties. Their first FA Cup since 2008.

The last match of the day saw Munchen Bay (who had despatched Bandal Borough easily in the semi-final) take on Real Jameosean. In came de Gea, Carvajal, David Luiz, Rakitic, Hazard and Salah. It was a much better display by Real, than in the preceding match, yet they still failed to impress once the ball was in the final third. Salah (in for Lukaku) was largely bullied by the resolute Munchen back line, and it seemed that the first half would end scoreless. However, a rather dubious free kick on 43 minutes was awarded to Munchen Bay, and from 25 yards, Lewandowskis hammered the ball into the top corner past the helpless de Gea.

Despite this setback, it was a bit of a surprise when there was an auto-substitution at the break, with Lukaku coming in for Salah.

Jameosean pressed and pressed but with Hazard and Messi being well marshalled and Lukaku repeating his FA Cup performance, a 1-0 defeat looked on the cards. That all changed on 79 minutes, when Messi escaped his marker and exchanged a 1-2 with Lukaku before smashing the ball low into the corner of the net from the edge of the box.

Real kept up the pressure but the game went into extra time at 1-1. Danilo came on for Walker with 10 minutes to go and just two minutes later, it was his cross that was met by Lukaku, heading emphatically past the Bay keeper. 2-1 to Jameosean and that was the final score, to ensure their 6th EuroCup Final win.

Thanks to all that could attend on Finals Day and to all those who competed in MicroCoach this season. The database, end of season Extras and podcast will be posted in due course. Please note, the link to the session 7 podcast on the website was incorrect. This now has the right link.

Confirmation of trophies awarded:

Premier League Winners - Real Jameosean (Norman House)

Premier League Runners Up - Bandal Borough (Steven Dingsdale)

League 1 Winners - Gainsborough Hamlet (Don Davern)

League 1 Runners Up - Fairoak Foresters (Norman House)

League 1 Play-off Winners - Broxton Bulls (Robin Slade)

League 2 Winners - Marquis of Granby (Norman House)

League 2 Runners Up - Applegate Manor (Lesley Atkinson)

League 2 Play-off Winners - Northridge Cormorants (Robin Slade)

MicroCoach Shield Winners - Bandal Borough (Steven Dingsdale)

League Cup Winners - Broxton Bulls (Robin Slade)

FA Plate Winners - Gainsborough Hamlet (Don Davern)

Paper Orchid Cup Winners - Trevmania Travellers (Bernie Iles)

FA Cup Winners - Hurricane Harriers (Ken Atkinson)

EuroCup Winners - Real Jameosean (Norman House)

"It will be good to see Gainsborough Hamlet & Broxton Bulls in European competition also next season!" James House

Inter-Managerial Transfer List

ID Pos Player Age Max From MTV
8098 STR Robert LEWANDOWSKI 29 94 Westfield £29,933,484
9424 GK David OSPINA 29 83 JPR £11,277,814
9118 STR Chuba AKPOM 22 81 Westfield £4,561,273
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