The five-a-side stars of east London were out once more as the Wharf Cup returned for a third annual tournament at Play On Sports in Whitechapel.
The event, sponsored by SWEAT Gym, was attended by 16 teams of five-a-siders from businesses and groups from all over the East End.
Pre-tournament favourites and reigning champions Team B began the tournament in ruthless form, winning all three of their group games including a 5-1 mauling of Team Tune.
However, they came unstuck at the semi final stage when they went down 2-1 to Reebok in the semi-final, courtesy of a winner in the dying seconds.
The final saw Reebok take on Barclays, who themselves had aced their group, smashing in 16 goals in the process.
As Reebok raced into a 3-1 lead, the gym looked to be in control, however, two late goals from Barclays brought the match back to 3-3.
A tense penalty shootout exploded with controversy, as Reebok were ordered to take a penalty, which had been saved, to win the tournament.
It was their first tournament win in three attempts, and an ecstatic captain Curtis Wilson dedicated the win to his team’s adaptability and skill.
“This is actually the first time we’ve ever played together,” he said. “The team has entered for the past three years though, so we are pleased to get our first win.
“A lot of the lads on our team are a good standard – Alfie Wren used to play for Dagenham and Redbridge, while Danny Nunes played at youth level for FC Porto.
“We all work in the same building but on different departments, so we don’t know each other too well, but we now want to keep doing events like this and carry on playing together.”
Man of the Tournament Reebok’s Alfie Wren said: “I had not played for two years and have recently started again.
“I may have left it a bit too late for professional football, but I’m pleased with this tournament and how I played.”
Stuart Cook from Handelsbanken said: “We are honoured to win the wooden spoon. The reason we have it is because the team that should have won it have already left. It’s their loss as we have something to stir our food with!
“It was a very well-run event, and we are glad we were part of it.”