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e92plus Channel Premier League 2018
- Sep 14, 2018, 11:43 AM
- Stephanie Ablewhite
On 6th September, 16 teams arrived at Goals Wimbledon to compete in 7 rounds across 2 leagues to win 1 all-important prize – the e92plus Channel Premier League 2018 trophy. Here’s the blow by blow account of how the action unfolded…..
Division A had teams from SoftwareONE, Axial, Caretower, Ivanti, Forcepoint, HANDD, Bytes SS (B) and e92plus. Division B featured Bytes SS (A), Intelisecure, Bytes SP, Fordway, SoftwareONE (B), MSS, Viadex and Trend Micro.
Round 1 kicked off in style in both leagues, with big wins picked up by Axial Systems and Bytes SS (B) against Forcepoint and HANDD respectively. Ivanti’s auspicious start defeating tournament organisers e92plus ignited this competition from the start, and immediately positioned them as dark horses. There were goalless openers for Caretower and HANDD but there was still all to play for in these early stages.
There were goals galore in Round 2 as the competition progressed thrillingly. Both Division 2 opening matches resulted in 4-1 scores, however there was heartache for SoftwareONE (A) as they lost to Ivanti 1-0. A hotly contested match between Caretower and Bytes SS (B) resulted in a 0-0 draw in Division 1, where their colleagues in Bytes SS (A) were victorious in Division 2 with a narrow win over Ivanti.
Bytes SS (A) absolutely dominated Round 3 with a 6-2 thrashing of Intelisecure – the highest goal difference in any match for Division 2. There were also wins for Forcepoint, Caretower and SoftwareONE (B) as the competition began to really heat up. A frustrating 1-1 draw with MSS and Fordway kept Division 2 wide open, and in Division 1 there were nail-biting moments as both e92plus and Ivanti beat their opponents by a single goal. The 3-2 victory against SoftwareONE (A) for e92plus and a 2-1 defeat of Bytes SS (B) by Ivanti meant that teams were already starting to stand out, and you can only imagine the changing room discussion between observing teams.
Round 4 kept the pressure on with a 3-3 draw for MSS and Viadex in Division 2, and Forcepoint were defeated by a fiercely attacking SoftwareONE (A) as their aggressive 4-0 dominance displayed clear intent for the rest of Division 1. Fordway’s 3-0 loss to Trend Micro and e92plus’ 4-2 victory against Bytes SS (B) kept the pressure up for all involved at the halfway point in the tournament. But there was no time to stop for half-time oranges as the competition moved forward relentlessly through into the end stages.
Three was the magic number in round 5 for Division 1, with Forcepoint 0-3 Caretower, Axial 3-2 e92plus and Bytes SS (B) 3-1 SoftwareONE (A) leading the scoreboards. There was a similar theme in Division 2 as tired legs gave way to mistakes – each losing team managed to score only one goal against the opposition, with the exception of SoftwareONE (B)’s 1-0 defeat to Bytes SP.
The penultimate round kicked off with everything still left to play for, despite the clear excellence of some teams. A spirited display from both SoftwareONE (B) and Fordway resulted in a thrilling 4-3 result, while Trend Micro fell in defeat against Intelisecure. A goalless draw in the Ivanti v Caretower fixture contrasted sharply with e92plus’ 8-1 victory over HANDD.
With the final round, the top spots were still up for grabs. It was Bytes versus Bytes in the final round, as the SS (A) team took on SP and defeated them 4-2 to stroll into the semi-final stage. SoftwareONE (A) smashed HANDD 5-0 and Forcepoint took on Ivanti for a respectable 3-0 win, mirrored by Fordway as they defeated Viadex. In a controversial moment, e92plus beat Caretower with a last minute that was adjudged to have just crossed the line off the crossbar – calls from the sidelines for VAR were to no effect! Before we knew it, the scores were in and the semi-finals were announced…
Semi-Finals: e92plus vs Intelisecure, Bytes SS (A) vs SoftwareONE (A)
In two absolutely nail-biting matches, spectators watched as the four teams trudged onto the wet pitches. The great British summertime had given way to a downpour making the pitches zip the ball nicely, but tired legs ache in search of the defining touch. Bytes SS (A) were able to use the conditions to their advantage and narrowly defeat their opponents 2-1, and e92plus slid their own way to a 3-1 win over Intelisecure. The time had come for the ultimate bragging rights to be decided.
Final: e92plus vs Bytes SS (A)
The rain slowed to a light drizzle and tensions were high. Spectators held onto the fences and cheered as e92plus and Bytes SS (A) battled through the exhaustion to provide a thrilling final, although ultimately not the result that e92plus would have wanted. Bytes SS (A) dominated wholeheartedly, skipping four goals past the keeper and e92plus’s single goal was not enough to spur them on to victory. The final whistle blew.
Congratulations to Bytes SS (A), and many thanks to sponsoring vendors Ivanti, Forcepoint, Trend Micro and Riverbed for helping to organise a memorable day for all. Bytes SS, we look forward to seeing your trophy in pride of place – we’ll see you all again next year!
You can find photographs from the day here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-b3o-vAhPAAFQZoJKuQ4KeG1mktU-43B