|Raahe Glory for SC Muden Pallo|
SC Muden Pallo can now serve food in coming sauna evenings from
a silver plate, as few-numbered team with some ex Muden Pallo stars
took first place and shiny first price plate wearing Mude's jerseys
in Kinkunsulatteluturnaus in Raahe 26.12.
Full day 20 team tournament, 5 groups and over 30 matches, was surprisingly
tough and gave some highly entertaining matches for fans to watch.
SC Muden Pallo took full 2 points in first match against Rintamakarkurit,
as pale-faced right wing Juha-Matti Nuolioja scored his second goal
of the game just 3 seconds remaining of the game. Beautiful pass
from ex-MuPa star Jussi Tilus from free shot, and Nuolioja finished
game winning 3-2 goal with calmness.
Second match was hard and tough, as referees allowed both teams
to play using more power than pure sense. Final score 1-1 was propably
the right result from the match, but MuPa lost also more than just
one point, as star center Antti Jussila suffered stained knee in
early minutes of the match after some skillful manouvers in the
opponents end. That left MuPa-team to play rest of the tournament
with only 3 forwards and 3 defenders.
"I just fell on my knee and felt the pain," said disappointed
center," I knew after some steps after injury that my tournament
was over. I just had to concentrate on coaching and let guys do
As A.Jussila took responsibility of coaching and especially changing
defenders, next match was again quite astonishing, as MuPa blew
out 3 goal lead against D-Team. Fortunately 4-4 tie was enough to
take black and red suited team to semifinals.
In the semi's, MuPa was better team, and clearly dominated the rink.
4-1 victory, with some great saves from Ilmari, the youngest of
the Hannula trio, took MuPa into final against Tuska, which included
players like Tommi Ahola (HIFK), Mikko Hernetkoski (OLS) and also
players from OLS youth team.
Final was actually tough, but mostly tactical match, as MuPa defended
with remaining men, as Tuska controlled the ball most of the time.
In the middle of the match Tuska took the lead, as poor marking
of men in MuPa defence allowed Tuska forward easy tap in from one-timer.
After that, Ilmari Hannula with defence, including two more Hannula
brothers, Oskari and Samuli, and big and scary current MuPa defender
Jaakko Mehtälä, stoned all Tuska's attemps in the front
of the MuPa goal.
With 5 minutes remaining of 20 minute final, Jussi Tilus outshadowed
Tommi Ahola in the middle of the rink and passed ball to younger
Jussila, Mikko (O2 JKL), who shaked off his marker and after fast
run from the right wing of the rink, scored from the cutest of angle
in the roof of the net.
"It felt good, especially after Ahola had shoved some soft
hands for me in the beginning of the match," said model looking
spike-haired forward."Tilus gave me an excellent pass and I
just had to finish it off."
After Jussila's game tying goal, both teams had their changes. Ilmari
Hannula denied Tommi Ahola with astonishing save as he dived to his
left and let opposing forward to shake his head from disappointment.
"I got great support from long haired guys in front of me.
I haven't played so much lately, so this felt really good. I got
some really nice saves during the whole tournament. I am not just
a teenage dirt bag anymore", youngest Hannula laughed after
Nuolioja and Jussila had some changes from passes of Tilus, and
as Mehtälä and Hannula brothers gave support to Ilmari,
it seemed that game was going into penalty shoot out.
But fortunately, in MuPa point of view, Nuolioja didn't agree. Forward,
who showed some coordination in the early matches with his spin-o-rama,
or screwdriver, as he called it, got nice pass from Tilus, and curved
in the middle from right side of the rink, and fired low shot past
Tuska´s goalkeeper only minute and a half remaining.
"I had changes earlier the game and I just couldn't get the
ball in. Finally I got it, just in time," said Nuolioja.
With goal down, Tuska tried to get even with extra attacker, but
Jussila got the ball only some seconds left and fed Tilus, who scored
the last goal just 2 seconds before the end into empty net, and
gave the 2 men MuPa bench something to shout about. And some celebrations
for the whole team to do during the way back home.