Season 5 in the DFA has came to a close. The winners are shining their new trophies whilst the runners up wonder what could have been. Those relegated sides are still hurting whilst those clinching the UFFA spots are still celebrating. A very exciting season it must be said, from the worlds number one league.
Here is the round up of the memorable season in the DFA Premiership -
Ash Wonderers have managed to achieve their pre season goal of being the first side to lift the DFA Premiership trophy twice since its creation. Despite a woeful start to the season losing their first 3 games, Steve Williams managed to bring things together and go on an amazing run culminating in only 2 other defeats in their next 39 games in what can be described as the world's greatest league.
Samuel Eto'o led the way for Steve’s side by banging in 35 goals in his 40 appearances finishing top of the goalscoring charts and amazingly the only Ash Wonderers player in the top 32 goalscorers.
This may not have been achieved however without the excellent supply from Sergio Mota who laid on 16 goals for his team mates finishing 3rd in the Assist Rankings.
Special mention also goes to Juan Ojeda - Steve’s number one GK who managed to secure 14 clean sheets and concede a mere 40 goals - the second best in the division.
Two of Steve’s players have also made it into the DFA Team of the Year (up tomorrow!).
Manager Steve Williams was delighted with his sides achievements stating "After the poor start I had to change things. I’m delighted that things have worked out and I am very proud of the effort and style which my team have produced to allow us to secure the title. Our plan is to continue this progress and retain our title next season"
Several sides have secured spots in next seasons UFFA competitions.
Stuart Woods' Hotspur Football Club following their second place achievement will be one of these clubs. Hotspur finished eight points behind winners Ash Wonderers however were the team to concede the least goals in the Premiership - secured by their excellent defence all of whom are under 23 years old. A solid foundation for Stuart to build upon into next season.
Koh Chi Wah's Kampung will be joining him after they finished 5th in the league - taking the vacant spots left by Liverpool and Kaswell due to their AI %'s. Koh's side won 20, drew 11 and lost 11 of their games, with Ranford Osei leading the way in the clubs scoring charts with 15 goals, and Toni Kroos supplying and scoring 12 goals.
FC Bemar and their manager Melih Kahramanher had an outstanding season securing the DFA Trophy, DFA League Cup and DFA Youth Cup accompanied by a 6th place finish in the league following their promotion from the DFA Championship. This success is simply outstanding which is why Melih has also been given the MANAGER OF THE YEAR award for the DFA.
UFFA Cup spots have went to Brian Reynolds' Leeds Utd, Luca Fusco's Mr Corleone, Steve Smith's West End FC and David Hamill's Athletico Pathetico (also cup runners up), the latter two of whom were taking part in their first season in the DFA Premiership. Good achievement lads.
1st place - Samuel Eto'o - Ash Wonderers - 35 goals/40 apps
2nd place - Asamoah Gyan - Kaswell - 34 goals/42apps
3rd place - Nicolaj Agger- Beitar Katamonim - 22 goals/39 apps
1st place - Silva- Kaswell - 30 assists/40 apps
2nd place - Yoon Bit Garam - AFC Stella
3rd place - Sergio Mota - Ash Wonderers-16 assists/40 apps
CLEAN SHEET CHART
1st place - Wilson - Hotspur Football Club - 17 clean/42 apps2nd place - Dwayne Miller - Athletico Pathetico - 16 clean/42 apps
3rd place - Johan van Beek - Leeds Utd - 15 clean/42 apps