A full video report was featured on Buckingham News (live broadcast at 5pm, for which I was sports anchor).
The University of Buckingham FC’s 4-2 cup final win over Willen FC exactly one week ago today, on Wednesday 20 April 2016, is vice-chancellor Sir Anthony Seldon’s “best day at the University so far”.
Three first half goals and a converted penalty in the second were enough to ensure a remarkable upset in the North Bucks & District Football League Division One cup final.
University of Buckingham FC player-manager Michael Sirius described the performance from his team as “fantastic”, adding “it was an amazing performance”.
“They’re not a bad team we played against and we managed to win 4-2, like easily the better team”, he said. “I’m quite happy with that result.”
Thirty points stood between second-from-bottom University of Buckingham FC and table-topping Willen FC, but it all came to naught as the underdogs earned a hard fought 4-2 victory to take home the trophy.
The commanding presence of team captain Tobi Akinbiyi in centre midfield inspired his team to three goals within the opening half an hour, with Willen unable to weather the storm.
The University of Buckingham captain led from the front, opening the scoring himself with a 30 yard screamer that dipped over the outstretched arms of the helpless James Green in the Willen goal.
Onlookers at the packed Buckingham Athletic FC ground were off their feet again soon enough as two quick-fire goals followed. Tricky left-winger Ririo Oshima slotted the ball in from a tight angle at the far post before a deft header from lone striker Adekunie Oyekan put the University team comfortably into the lead.
Tidy finishes from Ryan Guinnane and Ryan Howkins either side of the break put Willen back in the game at 3-2, suggesting a comeback was on the cards.
A much improved second half performance saw the pre-match favourites begin to take control of the game, leaving Buckingham’s American goalkeeper Chris Armar having flashbacks to last weekend’s away fixture, where Brackley Old Boys overturned a 1-3 first half deficit to win 4-3.
But a magical cup comeback was not to be. Buckingham were resolute in defence, stifling a frustrated Willen’s late surge on goal as they began to throw players forward.
A penalty smashed down the centre of the goal by midfielder Omololu Onabolu with around 10 minutes remaining ensured player-manager Michael Sirius would be taking the trophy back to the University campus after all.
Appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham in September last year, Sir Anthony Seldon said: “It was altogether my best day at the University so far.”
“Apart from dazzling performances on the pitch, the support of so many university spectators was incredibly heartening.”
Goalkeeper Chris Armar said: “It was a great experience. I will definitely carry that my whole life.
“I spent all of Tuesday night preparing for the game by watching Joe Hart highlights”, he added. “After seeing the second leg of the Manchester City and PSG match, he just boosted my confidence.”
Willen remain one point ahead of Wing Village in the North Bucks & District League Division 1, with a game in hand.
Buckingham are set to play Wing on Tuesday 26th April and the Wing Recreational Ground, with Willen hoping their cup rivals will match their Wednesday evening heroics.