second Cup Semi-Final was between Bafta Boys
and FC Radbroke. Bafta Boys were on a roll and
on quite a run. This was their 14th game in
eurofootballfives.com competition and they were
still unbeaten in normal time. Only penalties
had seen them unable to claim victory in the
2012 Berlin Fives where they exited at this
level. They were bidding to go one step further
in the Algarve.
Radbroke were in a Cup Semi-Final for the second
time. They'd lost one (v Futbol City, 2010 Valencia
Fives) and won one (FC Xaverov, 2011 Prague
Masters). They tipped the win/loss Quarter-Final
ratio in their favour in their last game and
would hope to do the same in the Semi-Finals.
was also the sub-plot of the Top Goalscorer
charts where we had the tournaments current
top 3 goalscorers all featuring in this game
– Mike Brandon of FC Radbroke with 7 followed
by Joe Bardwell (6) and Tom Lambourne (5) of
Bafta Boys. We were level at 0-0 at half-time
with none of the main marksmen able to add to
their tally. In the second half that changed
though as Mike Brandon moved onto 8 for the
came a pivotal moment of the game. The Bafta
Boys goalkeeper Petrin Petrov was sent off for
illegally stopping a counter attack when Mike
Brandon was put through. Petrov had to bring
Brandon down even though he was the last man.
It was a foul outside the area and one-on-one.
The referee had no option but to show Petrov
the red card and to be fair there were no arguments.
At 2-0 the Semi-Final would have been over.
At 1-0 there was still a chance but with just
4 men left on the pitch it was going to be a
tough tough ask. The resulting free kick went
in goalkeeper Pete Talbot then made a superb
save not long after coming on as Pete Cox forced
him into a great save pushing a strike from
close range onto the bar. Bafta Boys were unable
to find an equalizer and FC Radbroke were on
the way to the Cup Final.
Brandon was Top Goalscorer in waiting as he
increased his own tally and his goal eliminated
his two main challengers. Nice work!
day was over for Bafta Boys at the Semi-Final
stage for a second year in a row. We are sure
they can go one step further on a different
day and maybe next time? It could well be a
curse of Berlin as the other losing Semi-Finalist
in the 2012 Berlin Fives East Compton Eagles
also made a Cup Semi-Final this year and also
went out at this stage in the 2013 Mallorca