Saturday, 17 May 2008

Speaking of losing

As I was in a post below, this evening (or today UK time) the FA Cup Final is on. Often in previous years the Orange Open Chess Tournament would be held on the same weekend, and it was often a battle between getting rest before the Sunday rounds, or staying awake to watch the action.
As the team I support in English Football (Torquay United) has never progressed beyond the 4th round, I really don't much invested in the result, although I guess I'll go for the underdogs(?) in Cardiff City.
But to return to the heading of this post, I was impressed with Torquay's end to their season. Having been relegated to Conference Football at the end of last season, they looked like bouncing straight back to League Football, as they lead the Conference for much of the season. They fell away at the end but were still in the playoffs for the second promotion spot. Their semi-final opponents were arch rivals Exeter and they started with a 2-1 away win in the first leg. Back at home they were leading 1-0 (3-1 on aggregate) with 70m already played. And then they allowed Exeter to score 4 goals in the last 20 minutes to go down 5-3.
A truly brilliant effort.

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