Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Real Estate Cup: 25 April 2013

The inaugural Real Estate Cup took place on Thursday 25 April 2013 at the Harcourt Hill campus of Oxford Brookes University. Report by Charlie Menage (MSc Real Estate Management) and photos by the MSc students.

Oxford Brookes Real Estate MSc v Reading Real Estate MSc 

Oxford Brookes 3 Reading 1 

By Charlie Menage 

With the success of the annual rugby match between Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities’ respective Real Estate students, it was now time for the footballers to take centre stage. The inaugural Real Estate Cup provided an opportunity for students from both universities to meet, with many working at the same firms starting in September.

The event allowed the two sides to battle it out for the honour of being the first to lift the much coveted Real Estate Cup, but more importantly, bragging rights were at stake in this fierce rivalry between Oxford Brookes and Reading.

Kick Off
It was a nervous start for Brookes as Reading came straight out of the blocks, dominating the first 20 minutes. Oxford struggled to get into the game and were nearly a goal down but for a fine stop from Brookes Keeper Charlie Menage. Reading were soon rewarded for their early dominance thanks to a wonder goal from their danger man Maxim Mazarov - a 30-year screamer that flew into the top corner.

Oxford responded well and began to impose themselves in the fixture. Brookes came close with a few set pieces, but it was Richie Moore’s audacious attempt that drew them level. His effort somehow managed to find its way into the back of the net, after an unfortunate goalkeeping error.

With half time approaching, Reading were nearly in front again with Sebastian Wilson Dyer Gough through on goal, but his effort was narrowly wide.

Second Half
Oxford started the second half well and managed to pass the ball better, creating more opportunities for their front men. Reading, though, looked dangerous on the counter attack and really made the Brookes defence work hard.

Oxford then took the lead with Tom Bell’s long ball over the top and a delicate chip from No. 9 Andreas Schettler, causing massive applause amongst the Brookes fans. Reading fought back but the Brookes defence held strong with excellent work from Hugo Lear and Michi Bader at the heart of the back four. The crucial goal of the match came in the 75th minute after some fine wing play from George Coulson, who beat his opposite number and put a low cross into the box, where Tom Loake was waiting to pounce. Loake’s outstretched finish made it 3-1 making it difficult for Reading to reply.

Reading gave their all and despite a late flurry of corners, putting Brookes under pressure, it was the again defence to thank, winning important headers and tackles. In the dying moments of the match, there were some very tired legs due to the incredible commitment from both sides.

At the final whistle, there was hysteria amongst fans and players alike. It was a fine game and a very closely contested match with the Man of the Match award going to Oxford’s Hugo Lear who was solid at the back. A very enjoyable day for everyone involved made possible by sponsors CBRE, who generously supported the match.

We hope that the success of our inaugural fixture this year will lead to similar matches in the coming years. We hope that the foundations we have built will enable future students to make this an annual event.

And now for some photos...

Footballing action...

...and more.

The winning team...

...and their cheerleaders
The shirt emblem specially designed for the match and featuring the MSc programme leader, Nick French.

Find out more about the MSc Real Estate on our website, or click on MSc Real Estate for more blog posts about MSc activities.

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