second half began with lots of FC Radbroke possession
until they drew the French out and a quick exchange
of passes from Gurney and Brandon put Brandon
through one on one with the keeper and the French
guardian de but made a fine save.
was struggling to create chances as the FC Radbroke
defence looked solid. Brandon was the thorn
in the French side on the break and it seemed
to be the Brandon v Benard show in many respects.
He had another chance on the break and once
again Benard saved from the top goalscorer elect.
French then did create a chance with Nicolas
Granier striking it low but Marc Lawrie saved
it, pushing it on to the post and the ball ran
across the face of goal but there was no-one
following up to put it in. That could well have
been the opportunity CFC were looking for. FC
Radbroke went straight down the other end and
forced yet another good stop from the French
end of game, the French were running out of
time and didn't really look like scoring. The
game was getting more and more stretched as
the French were getting more and more anxious
and, if you were a betting man, you would probably
put money on FC Radbroke grabbing a second on
the counter attack.
didn't, the full time whistle went and it was
all over. They had bagged their second title
in what looked a fairly comfortable Cup Final
for them once they took the lead. If the first
goal had gone to CFC who knows how this game
may have developed. It was maybe one game too
far for the French team who had played well
throughout and just lacked that extra bit of
creativity in the Final to break down a well
organised FC Radbroke.
and gentlemen, we present you the 2013 Algarve
Open winners – FC Radbroke. Many congratulations
to them and to Mike Brandon for his top goalscorer
prize. We also send our commiserations to CFC
Paris who came so close but it was now Runners-Up
in 2012 and in 2013. Could it be third time
lucky in 2014?
send our congratulations to all the teams who
participated in what was a great day's competition.
Thank you to everyone for helping us reach our
half-century of tournaments – the first 50 have
been great fun and here's to the next 50!