Checkout Take the Spoils
The Fintech Football Championship has seen some great games over the past six weeks, but this 17-goal thriller between Monzo and Checkout is arguably the pick of the bunch, putting itself into FFC folklore! Some excellent football, quality goals, and heroic goalkeeping, the supporters were royally spoilt.
Coming into the fixture off the back of a disappointing (but somewhat unlucky) defeat to top of the table Revolut, Checkout started the better side, and an excellent long-range strike from Stefano thundered them into a deserved early lead.
Monzo bounced back with a great strike of their own, as Josh Troy swivelled on the edge of the box and dispatched his shot into the bottom corner. Both sides continued to play some brilliant football, and a late goal frenzy in the second half saw the sides go in equal at 4-4.
Once again it was Checkout who looked the sharpest at the start of the second half, as attacking play from Mael Clotaire and Matthieu Barral left the Monzo defence stretched. It wasn’t long until both of these Checkout attackers found themselves on the scoresheet as they stormed into an early second half lead.
Dharren Nimalan added his second and third of the season for Monzo with some beautiful strikes, but Checkout continued to edge further into the ascendency. Clotaire completed his hat trick with a beautiful half volley, straight into the top corner. The crowd roared his name to show their appreciation, and even the Monzo fans couldn’t help but applaud his strike.
Juliusz Wiatrak scored in the final minute, setting up an extremely tense end to the game, but Checkout held firm to hold on to their lead, with the final score finishing 9-8. Whilst they will be disappointed with the final score, Monzo will once again take the positives from their performances. From dead and buried after three weeks to playing tiki-taka football against top opposition, Monzo have really turned a corner in the Fintech Football Championship.
Final Score: Checkout 9 vs 8 Monzo
Man of the Match: Mael Clotaire (Checkout)