Park House Caledonia have been crowned QCFL Cup champions after a penalty shootout victory over Qatarcelona at Aspire Dome on Friday to complete a memorable double in the inaugural season of the competition.
QCFL, Qatar Community Football League, is a football tournament sponsored by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy
It was launched in October of last year with 24 teams competing over two divisions and saw more than 600 players from 75 different nationalities took part in this season’s matches which were hosted by Aspire Zone on weekdays.
Park House Caledonia, a team made up mostly of Irish and Scottish expats and sponsored by Park House English School, went into Friday’s final as favorites after beating Qatarcelona to the league title last week, by opening a five points gap at the top of the table with one round to go, and they needed only a couple of minutes to take the lead through Noel Meehan.
But a late equalizer from Chris Rodia took the game to a penalty shootout, and Sefiane Kahloul was the hero as he saved the final two shots to seal a hard-earned win.
Park House Caledonia team captain Ronan Kelly admitted that winning the double this season was not an easy task, but was a fair outcome after all the hard work the team had put in over the past few months.
“It was a tough match, Qatarcelona have been our main rivals this season, and we are glad to win this one and complete the double, it has been a great season for our players, we are unbeaten after 21 league games, we surely enjoyed our first season at QCFL” he told Football Qatar.
Kelly played a key role in reviving the idea of creating a community league in Qatar, and is also a board member in the organizing committee of the competition.
“QCFL was a huge success in its first season, we had teams representing different communities in Qatar, like the Kenyan, Ghanaian, Pakistani and Indian communities. The support of the Supreme Committee and Aspire was vital in this success, and we hope that next season the competition will be even bigger by expanding to three divsions, I am sure we will see more teams joining the league over the next few seasons on the road to the 2022 World Cup”.
Park House Caledonia’s 16-man squad named by team manager Conor Hayes for the QCFL Cup final included:
Ronan Kelly (Captain)
We will bring you the full story of Park House Caledonia F.C., in addition to exclusive interviews with the team manager and players, soon on footballqatar.com
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