Social and Sports Science (S&SS) won the 2014/2015 Inter-Department Football Competition, with a 3-2 victory over MoLES in the final. The two sides finished 1st and 2nd during the league season, before beating Management and ACE respectively in the play-off semi-finals.
The final itself was a slow burner with both sides playing tentatively for the first 25 minutes, not wanting to give the other an early advantage in the final with neither keeper being tested. The deadlock was finally broken in the 35th minute though when a free-kick from the right hand side was not dealt with by the MoLES defence, and the ball fell to right winger Matt Cairns who volleyed home to give S&SS the advantage. Just 5 minutes later, S&SS were awarded a penalty when the MoLES keeper half cleared a corner before barging over Joseff Bird from behind. Goal scorer Cairns stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to double S&SS’s lead before the interval.
Half time appeared to come at a good time for MoLES with the chance to regroup after a poor end to the half. The start of the second period showed an improvement in their play, but the S&SS defence was limiting them to set piece chances. With MoLES unable to create any clear opportunities, it was S&SS who showed their killer instinct in scoring the game’s third. Following a swift counter attack, the ball was passed to Cairns, and he stroked the ball home, albeit via a slight deflection from a MoLES defender to complete his hat-trick.
Despite their three goal deficit, MoLES were not about to lie down and they gave themselves a lifeline with 10 minutes remaining when Connor Muesen found himself unmarked in the box before coolly slotting home. Hopes of a great comeback were on when 5 minutes later a long free-kick was pumped into the box and Muesen ghosted in between two defenders to volley in his second of the game and 10th of the season.
Time ran out on the MoLES charge though and S&SS held on for a deserved victory, their third IDFC triumph of all time, making them the most successful team in the competitions 12-year history.
Photo credits: Olly Bailey, Photography Editor