This weekend Droylsden Town over 50s women’s walking football team won at the Glasgow Life tournament. In fact, in a highly competitive tournament that had teams from across Britain, Droylsden had entered two teams in the 6-a-side competition. The draw kept them apart during the group stages, but both teams managed to win their groups, which meant they also missed each other in the knock out stage.
Ultimately, they both won through to the final that meant that the Over 50s final, played close to Hampden Park at the Toryglen football centre, was an all Droylsden final.
A tense final saw the teams evenly matched, with the game ending 2-2. A penalty shootout was needed to determine the winners.
The trophy was presented by legendary Scottish footballer (and World Cup winner) Rose Reilly. Members of the two Droylsden teams have played competitive 11-a-side football at the highest levels possible earlier in their careers for a variety of prominent clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, Manchester Corinthians, Doncaster Belles, Brontë, Cleveland Spartans and many more, including a Women’s FA Cup finalist.
Congratulations to Droylsden on your success and on bringing further honour to Manchester’s sporting life.
Here are a few of Droylsden’s goals from the competition. The first is a well worked team goal:
This is the first equalising goal in the final for the eventual winners:
Here’s a great goal from Lesley Wright: