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May, 2019

FC FAST 07 (Donaghy) win 2019 Dallas Open

FC FAST 07 (Donaghy) won the Dallas Open over the Memorial Day Holiday.  It was the first tournament for the team in 2019 after a strong showing in the Classic League.

The team was placed in the top (Red) division of the tournament and rolled through the group stage of the tournament with a 3-0 record,  with 19 goals for and just two against.  The team had to face the Dallas Texans South, who play in Classic D1, to end the group round and again in the final but with two very different outcomes.

On Sunday morning the team played one of their best games of the year and after giving up the first goal responded with the final eight goals on their way to an 8-1 victory.  Sunday evening the two teams meet again at Five Star Complex and played on very long grass which slowed the game down and the Texans came to play.  FC FAST owned the first half peppering shots towards the Texans goal but only one found the back of the net and the lead at half was just 1-0.  The Texans scored twice on long shots in the seconds half against the run of play and held onto a 2-1 lead late until FC FAST tied it late after pressing the action looking for the equalizer.

The game went to overtime with two five-minute periods.  Both team worked hard and with tired legs and with the clock running out penalty kicks looked to be inevitable.  But with less than a minute left the boys in green made one last push which resulted in a shot from just inside the box found the back of the net just before the final whistle.  

The team continued perfection winning all three finals they have played in although they cut this one close against their spirited opponents.

"The team played one of their best games of the season in the morning but couldn't keep that going in the final," said head coach Paul Donaghy.  "Give our opponents credit, to come back and play as hard as they did after getting blown out by the same team shows a lot of moxie.  Give our boys credit as well, they had their backs against the wall but kept fighting until the end.  In reality, both teams left the field as champions."

Congrats to the entire team - Aden, Dorian, Evan, Everett, Grayson, Joshua, Ian, Isaac, Reece, Ryan and Troy.  Champions indeed!