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Last Updated: Monday, 25 June 2007, 13:41 GMT 14:41 UK
Keeper saves the day for Old Oak

Old Oak FC celebrate winning the men's title
Old Oak FC celebrate winning the men's title

Goalkeeper Oggy Long was Old Oak A's hero after a tense penalty shoot-out against Larkhall FC in the men's final at the last Your Game regional heat in West London.

The brave stopper was mobbed by his jubilant team-mates when he kept out Ismail Omar's spot-kick to clinch the shoot-out, confirming his team's place in the national finals in Manchester next month.

Just seconds earlier Long had scored the penalty that had given his side a 4-3 lead in by far the most entertaining men's final of the tournament at the Linford Christie Outdoor Sports Stadium in Shepherd's Bush.

The shoot-out capped a tremendous fightback from Old Oak, who had been trailing a Hardy Pinto-inspired Larkhall 3-1 at one stage in the final.

Pinto had scored two and set up the other as Larkhall dominated the early stages of the game, but goals from Old Oak's Tyrone Hypolite and Luke Craig levelled the scores at 3-3.

Larkhall thought they had scored the winning goal when Michael Aladetoun finished from close range late on in the game.

But a free-kick from Tony Taggart in the final minute levelled the scores once more to force the game to nail-biting penalties.

Billy Wingrove in action
Tricks master Billy Wingrove was in awesome form

The result was particularly harsh for Larkhall, who produced some of the most inspiring football of the tournament.

Old Oak will be accompanied to the Your Game national finals by Real Impact, who claimed a 1-0 victory over Brent Ladies in the women's final.

The only goal of the game came from star player Awa Abdullahi, who dribbled her way through the entire Brent defence before unleashing an unstoppable shot from close range.

Both winners will be joined at the national by United Stars and Elthorne Kickz, who collected the men's and women's Fair Play trophies.

All winners collected their awards from former Tottenham striker turned BBC reporter Garth Crooks.

"Your Game is the best social inclusion the best project of its kind at the moment," he said.

"For a long time football has spent money investing in new facilities.

"But at last it seems to be recognising that it must invest in people if the long-term future of the game is to be safeguarded."

Garth Crooks presents the MVP award to Awa Abdullahi
Garth Crooks presents the MVP award to Awa Abdullahi

The was plenty of entertainment off the pitch thanks to 1Xtra DJs L Double and Seani B, as well as a live PA from N-Dubz and the Feltham Dance Company.

And Sporting Champion Billy Wingrove challenged Your Game's very own Mr Silky Skillz to a spectacular keepy-up challenge face-off.

Five Live's Nigel Adderley manned the commentary booth, handing the best commentator award to Richard from NACRO Wandsworth.

Keelie Fage from Elthorne Kickz walked away with the Best DJ award.

Awa Abdullahi won Five Live's Most Valuable Player award for consistently brilliant performances throughout the day for Real Impact FC.

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Your Game is a partnership between the BBC and the Football Foundation, with support from Barclays Spaces for Sports.



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