By Tim Matthias
The Croydon Eagles Mental Health Team have won their third major trophy of the footballing season as they clinched the title at the Lewes FC Football Therapy Cup 5 a-side tournament, run by the National Mental Health Charity, Together.
The tournament was fiercely contested with 16 teams from respective football clubs across the country taking part in the annual competition.
Teams arrived representing Everton, Charlton, QPR, Blackburn, Brighton as well as the host team Lewes Community FC, who once again put on a great day.
The structure of the day began with 4 groups of 4 with the top 2 going through to the next phase. The Palace boys did extremely well to finish second in what was deemed the ‘group of death’, including tournament favorites and European Champions Everton, plus last year’s finalists Victory Hants.
Having confidently qualified for the second group stage, the Palace lads valiantly topped the second qualifying group whilst remaining unbeaten and soared on to the final where they would meet the gallant Everton team.
Palace had narrowly lost to Everton in the preliminary rounds, giving the Merseyside opposition a slender advantage. As European Champions Everton were rightfully billed as the pre-tournament favorites and dubbed one of the best teams in the country.
The Palace team entered the game full of spirit, undoubtedly upping their game, and gave one of their most comprehensive team performances to date.
Palace stole the lead with a crisp strike from Tony Thompson and managed to hold strong until the final whistle, giving an end result of 1-0 to the mighty red and blues.
Certainly, the Palace Eagles finest achievement yet. Under the guise of new captain, James Creegan, the lads had a great togetherness and team spirit about them and were a credit to the name and badge.
A fine performance all round, congratulations to all the squad.
The Crystal Palace FC Foundation deliver weekly football sessions in partnership with MIND Croydon, if you would like to receive more information on getting involved please contact: MichaelHarrington@cpfcfoundation.org