The 1FF Season One Final

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Paris St Denis wrote their name into the history books with a stunning extra time win in the One Future Football Season One Final. The Parisian team looked beaten as they went past the 90th minute, trailing 1-0, before Serge Dosso - match winner from the Semi Final - scored to take the game to injury time. Stanley van Ooijen then scored twice in extra time to send French fans wild. 

The loss was a tough one to take for Manhattan FC who led the league in a commanding manor for most of the season before losing form. They found form again just in time for the finals but St Denis’ injury time equaliser stunned Manhattan and once the French side took the lead in extra time, the game was over. 

Both squads were at full strength and despite seven of St Denis’ XI playing 120 minutes in the Semi Final win over Tokyo, both teams kicked off with unchanged lineups. 
The first half was end-to-end football, with big name players Jung Sang-Min, Dale Ramos, Luca Johnson and Florian Grava each unable to take half chances. 

In the 28th minute Manhattan’s Captain, and focal point of their attack, Jose Alcantar was forced off and replaced by Cormac Connolly. The Irishman making only his sixth appearance of the season. Connolly was immediately in the action, playing a 30 yard diagonal pass to Englishman Isaac Carter who shot straight at Herculano from 8 yards out. It was the biggest chance of the half and Carter may be ruing the decision not to shoot across the Portugese keeper into a gaping net. 

Manhattan kept applying the pressure and broke the deadlock just before the hour mark, Canadian Christian Dodds finding space in the box having been played in by Jack Holden. Dodds was finding the net for just the second time this season in his 22nd appearance. 
Manhattan’s joy was tempered by the loss of Dale Ramos to injury shortly after. The American Striker, so prolific in the first 15 rounds of the season, losing his final chance to get back into the race for the Golden Boot. Ben Ruthven replaced him, now in a more lightweight forward line compared to Manhattan’s starting 3 and certainly the Grava, Melnychuk, Sang-Min trio for Paris. 

The French side moved into ascendency, with big chances for Grava and Dubois before Serge Dosso popped up in the 91st minute to repeat his heroics from the Semi Final earlier in the week. 

Manhattan dominated the first half of extra time but chances falling to Mathias Ramírez, Avram Matz and Cormac Connolly, all players without many goals under the belt this season and they were unable to capitalise. 

In the 103rd minute, Dutch attacking midfielder Stanley van Ooijen was set up by Jung Sang-Min, his 8th assist of the season and St Denis were ahead for the first time. Van Ooijen, the 78th minute substitute scoring his 4th goal of the season. 

His 5th goal came six minutes later, a downward header from an Amath Niang cross that looped over Argentinian keeper Pablo Mancinelli in the Manhattan goal to seal the game and the Championship. 

Frenchman Moussa Balmy was a colossus in midfield. He was given a rating of 83 and was named Player of the Match ahead of Jung Sang-Min and Stanley van Ooijen.