On a glorious summer evening in front of a crowd in excess of 150 agents the IAS played in the inaugural charity football match against Mountpark All Stars at Craven Cottage, home to Premier League club Fulham. The event hosted by Mountpark, the pan European Logistics development and investment specialists, was played in aid of The Variety Club and Walking with Wounded and the IAS chosen charities. The amount of money raised prior to the match on the evening itself was a huge credit to the industrial sector.
The match started well with the IAS controlling possession and territory. The IAS team a mixture of older regulars, some more youthful players and two debutants; Chris Beamer and Joe Skinner from CBRE, made use of the wide pitch and found plenty of space early on. Not long after the start the possession was rewarded with a well taken finish from Chris Beamer latching onto a long ball and slotting past the Mountpark Allstars keeper. Mountpark Allstars came back strong after conceding and if not for the rock solid defence of the IAS defenders, notably Alex Kington and Rich Harman and several excellent saves from Tom Shaw in goal the scores could of been level again pretty quickly. Despite the IAS continuing to push forward through Nick Hardie and Sam Baly on the wings the IAS couldn’t make the pressure count and just before half time Mountpark All stars scored through a strong header from a corner.
At half-time the IAS made a couple of changes, mainly enforced through injury and lack of fitness and again started the half well and went ahead through a Sam Baly goal. After that goal though Mountpark controlled the possession, with their larger squad and younger players certainly playing a part in the heat. Again the IAS defence was resolute with Kington, Harman, Freeman, Knight, Barker, Whittle and Nicholson all putting in crucial blocks and tackles. However undoubtedly Tom Shaw kept the IAS in the game with a couple of sublime saves. However, following a prolonged deluge at the IAS goal, eventually Mountpark were rewarded. With seconds left on the clock Mountpark were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box and from a good delivery they scored with another well taken header to bring the scores level at 2-2. Which, on reflection was a fair result.
After the match players and spectators retreated the terrace over looking the Thames for a fabulous BBQ and some very inspirational speeches from the benefactors of the fundraising.
A big thanks to Philip O’Callaghan at Mountpark for inviting us to take part in the event and we look forward to a rematch next year.
The photos can be seen via this link https://theo.dphoto.com/album/3d229x