first Cup semi-final was one of the matches of
the tournament as Padernesne of Portugal met Scotland
's Eastwood High. Padernesne went into the game
as favourites with the best record of all teams
in the group stages.
High as the underdogs and one of the youngest
squads in the tournament carried the vast majority
of the neutral support in a red-hot atmosphere
in front of the main gallery on pitch A. The game
went with form in the early stages as Daniella
and Lucia put the Portuguese side 2-0 up.
High had terrific spirit and would not give the
match up and gave it everything. They then managed
something that no other team had previously managed
– to beat the Portuguese ‘keeper. Michelle Gourlay
sent the watching galleries crazy as she slotted
home to bring the score back to 2-1. A goal that
surely received the biggest cheer of the day.
Momentum was now with Eastwood and was this the
start of a monumental fightback?
not as Padernesne regained control of the game
and sealed victory when Bela put them 3-1 up.
A brave, brave effort from Eastwood High but it
was not to be on this occasion as Padernesne claimed
the first berth in the Cup Final.
final two was equally dramatic with Group B victors
Godalming Greens entertaining Womblettes. In the
closest of all the semi-finals this game always
looked destined to be sparked by one piece of
magic. The two teams were very evenly matched
and as the tension grew a few niggles entered
the game. After regulation time the teams could
not be separated at 1-1 and extra time beckoned.
The goals predictably scored by Alice Sugden (7
th of the tournament) for Godalming Greens and
by Thea Carroll (9 th of the tournament) for Womblettes.
time of 3 minutes each way with the promise of
penalties at the end began. Extra time at the
Albufeira Fives is sudden-death golden goal and
there wan no margin for error now. Fortunately
it was good play and not a mistake that decided
this clash of titans. Thea Carroll scoring the
golden goal to earn the right for Womblettes to
play Padernesne in the final for the Albufeira
Fives trophy. Amazingly, this was Thea Carroll's
10 th goal of the tournament becoming only the
second player in eurofootballfives.com history
to achieve a double figures tally. Congratulations