Water Boy (Por)




United Colours of Benetton (Hol)


The 2013 Algarve Open Plate Final was to be contested by United Colours of Benetton (Holland) and Water Boy (Portugal).


The two teams had met in the final game of Group and the game had ended in stalemate, 0-0.


This game started at a much different pace and an early goal certainly helped the game. Marcus Gravin chose the perfect moment to score his first goal of the day and whatever happened afterwards he can claim to have scored a goal in a European Final. The goal put United Colours of Benetton ahead and with 3 successive clean sheets they were in pole position for the Plate title.


That run would end though as Water Boy hit back quickly. The Portuguese were goal shy earlier in the day but know their attacking play was clicking into top gear as Mario Sebastiao equalized for the local team. Water Boy had turned around a deficit in the Semi-Final and had neutralized a deficit in the Plate Final.


They weren't finished there though as they completed the comeback with Joao Mendonca scoring his second goal of the tournament and were ahead 2-1. We were still in the first half but not for long as the referee blew for half-time.


Could United Colours of Benetton muster one last effort to prevent them picking up Runners-Up medals in the presentation and exchanging them for Winners medals. One goal is all they needed to take into extra time but that one goal proved elusive and Water Boy wrapped up the victory.


Our congratulations go to Water Boy on a fine performance. They put a poor start behind them to go five games unbeaten when it really mattered to seal glory. Our condolences go to United Colours of Benetton who were once again a great asset to this tournament and they would collect medals for their efforts.


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