The Royal Veterinary College staged the first European Veterinary Students Football Championship with teams from Belgium and Spain competing for the inaugural VIFA Cup.
The RVC is well known for the quality of its veterinary graduates, but it appears its footballers are pretty handy too.
Last month, the college staged the first European Veterinary Students Football Championship with teams from Liége in Belgium and Zaragoza in Spain competing for the inaugural VIFA Cup.
However, despite the quality of the international opposition, it was the RVC lads who made home advantage count after powering their way to the final before beating Liége 2-0 to land the coveted cup.
RVC FC sports correspondent Matt Link said: “Overall the day was a huge success, players from each team swapped shirts and many friends were made. Already the wheels are in motion to make the tournament a regular occurrence, something that would be welcomed by all those who participated in this year’s event.”
Although RVC entered two teams in the competition it was the “firsts” who did the damage with Tom Mcparland opening their account with a 35-yard thunderbolt in a 3-0 romp against Zaragoza.
In their next match, RVC 1 took on RVC 2 where, thanks in large part to a hat-trick from Alex Hirst, they booked their place in the final with a comfortable 5-0 against their severely subdued stablemates.
Liege were waiting in the final and it turned out to be a sizzling showpiece with the Belgians playing some pretty football before the home side snatched the lead when Robert Pope lashed Siddharth Sudunagunta’s cross into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.
With their opponents reeling, RVC wasted no time pressing home their advantage when Charlie May slotted home his second of the tournament to make it 2-0.
Liége battled gamely to find a foothold, but with the RVC back four of Nick Ibbotson, Liam Barnet, Chris Snow and Jamie Cole in superb form, there was no way back for the beleaguered Belgians.