Thursday 9 June saw the Miller football team enter the annual Lloyd's Matthew Harding Cup 5-aside competition against 50 other insurance companies. The team performed well and managed to make it to the final of the competition. Read below for a rundown of how the day went.
In a tough group of six teams to kick-off this popular Lloyd's football competition, Miller obtained seven points with notable victories over Asta and Talbot. Tireless midfield displays were the key to Miller’s early success.
Seven points was enough to finish 3rd in the group and send Miller through to the Plate competition knock out stages.
The team made it through a tough group
Round of 16 – Miller vs Ascot: 0 – 0 (Miller win on penalties)
A tight encounter saw no goals but exemplary defending and a 0 – 0 finish meant dreaded penalties. However, composed finishing from the team and masterful shot stopping from Miller's goalkeeper meant Miller progressed to the Quarter Final.
Quarter Final – Miller vs Clyde & Co: 2 – 1 to Miller
In a fast-paced Quarter Final match up, Miller found themselves trailing 1 – 0 at half-time. Despite this, Miller found new belief after the break and two goals turned the game on its head and saw Miller progress into the semi finals.
The team came from behind to win the quarter final
Semi Final – Miller vs AXA XL: 3 – 1 to Miller
A game of great goals including a halfway line strike meant Miller progressed comfortably into the final.
Final – Miller vs Allied World: 1 – 1 (Allied World win on penalties)
The final was an understandably cagey contest, against a strong Allied World team. A lot was riding on this game...could Miller bring back silverware for the first time since winning this same competition back in 2018?
An early goal from Allied World could have seen Miller heads drop, but to their credit the team fought back to level the game. However, despite edging proceedings, a winning goal was left begging.
That meant one thing…penalties.
Coolly dispatched penalties put Miller on the brink of victory, only for a rare miss from the team allowing Allied World to be crowned champions.
A great effort from the Miller team, and even more motivation to bring the trophy home in 2023!
Well done to all involved.
The Miller team
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