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Saturday, July 22, 2006

A Year After QPR's Triumph...Bill Power's Swindon Win Ibiza

A year ago, Bill Power's QPR (under the guidance of the since-departed Ian Holloway) won the Ibiza Tournament. QPR's win - a comback victory against Coventry - led to a burst of enthusiasm and optimism among QPR fans - which was sadly dented a few weeks later with "The (alleged) Incident" and the ouster of Bill Power; some poor results and Ian Holloway eventually - and somewhat controversially - being put on "Gardening Leave."
A year later, it's the turn of Bill Power's and Mark Devlin's Swindon to win the Ibiza Tournament (albeit in a slightly manner to QPR: Swindon lost their final game against Huddersfield but won the tournament on Goal Difference.
A Reminder how QPR'S Official Site reported this time last year on QPR's Ibiza Victory


Rangers fought back from 2-0 down in the Copa De Ibiza final to claim the trophy with a 3-2 win.Two second half goals from Dean Sturridge and a late winner from Kevin Gallen turned the game on its head in a match that might well give Liverpool a run for their money when it comes to great European cup final comebacks!
Trailing 2-0 at half time, thanks to some powerful Coventry finishing, Rangers had it all to do after the break.
But two goals from Dean Sturridge gave Rangers a lifeline and there was yet more drama to come.
Coventry had the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman's flag ruled it out. As play swung up the other end, Gallen was on hand to strike and ensure the cup was on the plane home to London.
Although Monday's 5-0 win over local side Saint Antoni looked impressive, little can be learnt from a performance against a non league side.But it could be said that the final against Coventry would be a fairer indication of how Rangers may fare in this year's Championship.
Once again Ian Holloway was able to give his entire squad a run out, apart from the injured Gareth Ainsworth and Martin Rowlands.
It may have been just a pre-season tournament, but Rangers' determination was evident from the start as the team huddle that has become synonymous with the Superhoops was put into action.
Adam Chambers had the first effort for Rangers after Aaron Brown whipped the ball across the face of goal, but the trialist skewed his shot over the bar.
Rangers' task was made harder when Coventry took the lead through Dele Adebola on 25 minutes. Clean through, the imposing forward slotted past Jake Cole into the far corner.
Tommy Doherty was introduced when Marc Bircham went down holding his ankle and there was more bad news for Rangers when Coventry doubled their lead through Gary McSheffrey.
Rangers had it all to do in the second half and Dean Sturridge wasted no time in narrowing the scoreline with a delightful shot from the edge of the box.Coventry's disallowed goal was a heart stopping moment for Rangers fans, but they were soon elated with Gallen riffled the ball into the back of the net.
There were just five minutes to sit out before the referee signalled Rangers' European victory and what will hopefully be the first silverware of the season.
Rangers first half: Cole, Gallen, Bircham (Doherty), Evatt, Brown, Furlong, Rose, Miller, Bignot, Santos, Chambers
Rangers second half: Royce, Shittu, Moore, Cook, Doherty, Shimmin, Hislop, Bean, Sturridge (Chambers), Hugo, Gallen

About the Ibiza Tournament

Champions at the End
A Chris Brandon deflected strike was enough to secure victory for Huddersfield, however, it was Swindon who lifted the Copa Ibiza.
......In the end Brandon's goal was enough to seal a win for The Terriers, but it was Swindon who lifted the Copa Ibiza thanks to their 5-0 victory over the Select XI on Tuesday evening.
Copa Ibiza Champions 2006!
Swindon Town: Peter Brezovan, Jack Smith, Jerel Ifil, Andy Nicholas, Jamie Vincent, Ricky Shakes (Brownlie 68), Michael Pook (Holgate 66), Curtis Weston (Wells 87), Andy Monkhouse (Turnes 68), Christian Roberts, Lukas Jutkiewicz
Huddersfield Town: Matt Glennon, Andy Holdsworth, David Mirfin, Nathan Clarke, Martin McIntosh, James Hand, Jon Worthington ©, Adnan Ahmed, Chris Brandon, Luke Beckett, Andy Booth

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