The Cup Quarter-Finals saw the elite 8 teams of the 20 team draw come head to head to see which team would emerge as 2009 Algarve Open champions. The draw contained two former winners in the shape of 2007 Krakow Trophy champions, The Northern Monkeys, and the 2008 Amsterdam Fives champions Olympic Phil Babb.

The first of the aforementioned winners the Northern Monkeys were in action first of all as they took on Maritimo Olhanense of Portugal who had qualified second in Group B. The Northern Monkeys had so far been very solid claiming 10 points out of a maximum 12, scoring 6 goals and not conceding in the four games so far.

The first quarter-final proved just how close this competition would be as neither team could be separated. The game was 0-0 at the break with both teams realistically contemplating the semi-finals. The first goal came the way of Maritimo Olhanense and came from the boot of Jose Luis. The question now was could they cling on. The game got more and more tense with chances at a premium no matter how hard the Northern Monkeys tried. In the end the one goal proved enough as Maritimo Olhanense reached the semi-finals.

It was harsh for the Northern Monkeys who only conceded one goal all tournament but that was the goal that sent them crashing out. The Northern Monkeys have already registered for the 2010 tournament and we're sure they will be amongst the favourites then.

The second quarter-final saw Hebden Bridge take on Maniche's Mean Machine. Maniche's Mean Machine had so far been the only team to take a point of Olympic Phil Babb and were not to be underestimated as they met Group C winners Hebden Bridge who were unbeaten with two wins and two draws.

Maniche's Mean Machine had got this far through the goals of Liam Dutson and Rich Allen. These two would prove influential again as Rich Allen scored in the first half to put the Mean Machine a goal to the good. A second half strike from Dutson sealed the tie as the game finished 2-0. Our thanks to Hebden Bridge who added a lot to the tournament but alas their tournament was over. Maniche's Mean Machine would go on to meet Maritimo Olhanense in the next round.

The Shooting Shamrocks had made the Cup for the first time having qualified for the Plate in their previous appearance in Prague . They were looking to progress to make further ground them. Simon Pike and Cantona's Classicos were looking to go further than a Cup Quarter-Final for the first time. Both teams played in determined fashion but neither attack could breach their opposing defence as the game finished 0-0. Two further halves of Golden Goal extra time could not separate the two sides either so we found ourselves in a penalty shoot-out.

The Shooting Shamrocks had finished runners up in the 2008 Prague Masters Plate when they lost an epic shoot-out 6-5 to the Prisoners. They were hoping for better luck this time. It was not looking good to begin with as Bill Hernon stepped up first for the Irish and his well struck effort was superbly saved by goalkeeper Simon Pike as he dived to his right. Xavier Nedjam stepped up next for Cantona's Classicos and coolly put his team 1-0 up. The pressure was really on the Shamrocks now and with Simon Pike full of confidence he guessed correctly again but Mike Kett dragged his penalty wide of the post. The next penalty would seal it for Cantona's Classicos and Ross Bryant was the hero as he thumped the ball past Derek Dundon for a 2-0 shoot-out victory.

Cantona's Classicos would meet the winners of Olympic Phil Babb versus Montenegro FC. Once again we had a really tight encounter and Montenegro FC surprised many to give Olympic Phil Babb such a close game. At full time the game was locked at 1-1 thanks to Alex Woolston of Phil Babb and Rodrigo Jose Godinho Vitorino of Montenegro FC. Into Golden Goal extra time and the next goal would seal this game. Olympic Phil Babb were in the ascendency for much of the extra time period and when the goal game it was arguably predictable that Alex Woolston of Olympic Phil Babb was the man to get it. His sixth goal of the competition thus far.

Northern Monkeys (Eng)


Maritimo Olhanense (Por)
Hebden Bridge (Eng)


Maniche's Mean Machine (Eng)
Cantona's Classicos (Eng)
0 *


Shooting Shamrocks (Ire)
 * Cantona's Classicos won 2-0 on penalties
 Olympic Phil Babb (Eng)
2 **
Montenegro (Por)
 ** Olympic Phil Babb won via Golden Goal extra time

Group Phase:

Wooden Spoon Knock-out
Plate Knock-out
Cup Knock-out



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