This weekend it was the Ladies and U15s turn to compete in their respective National Finals:
The Ladies began their first match against Sport Club with a goalless first half in which they squandered several chances. Another good cross at the beginning of the second half was missed at the far post, and after 4 minutes Sport took the lead from a scrambled goal. But with 4 minutes to go, Casuals scored a cracking equaliser from the edge of the circle, and this took the game into a shoot-out which they won 2-1 for their first win. In their second game against Viso, Casuals were once again unable to find the net in the first half. But a hat-trick of converted penalty corners gave them a 3-0 win.
The Sunday morning saw the crucial return match against Sport Club: the Porto team were in determined mood and had a 2-0 lead after just 6 minutes. But Casuals fought back strongly in the second half and levelled the score at 2-2 from two penalty corners. Sport went ahead again from a penalty corner and the Casuals keeper made a good save from a penalty stroke to keep it to 2-3. But Sport fired into the roof of the net from their second stroke to give them a 4-2 win and the title. Despite their obvious disappointment with 2nd place, Casuals made sure of a 3-1 win in their last game against Viso.
Once again, two of the three individual prizes went to Casuals players: Andreia Rebelo won ‘Best Goalkeeper’ and Claudia Fidalgo won ‘Best Player’.
The U15s couldn’t seem to get going in their first game against Espinho, and eventually went down 1-4. But they were fully committed in their afternoon game against Casa Pia, and a much improved performance gave them a 3-0 win.
They put up a brave fight in their first match on Sunday against Lousada, but were beaten 7-0 by the impressive eventual Champions, whose goal tally for the weekend reached 23-0! An exciting match against Casa Pia for 3rd place finished 1-1, and in the ensuing shoot out Casuals prevailed 3-2 with their keeper making a couple of great saves.
Two of their players were chosen for the Dream Team: Diogo Lima and Rita Ventosa.