Water Boy (Por)




RC Lens (Eng)

Futeboladas (Por)




Why Always Morris? (Eng)


We were at the 2015 Algarve Open Cup Semi-Final stage and from 18 teams who started the day we were down to the final 4. Before the Quarter-Finals we had 4 Portuguese teams and 4 English teams this was now 2 Portuguese teams and 2 English teams.

Up first was Water Boy versus RC Lens. Water Boy had played in 4 eurofootballfives.com semi-finals, losing their first two and winning their most recent two (although one of those was in the Plate). A hat-trick of semi-final wins would see them one step closer to that elusive first Algarve Open title.

RC Lens were the team to watch at the moment and, without wanting to put too much pressure on them, looked like the champions elect. They'd played 6 and won all 6 to date with 17 goals for and 2 against. If that wasn't title winning form we didn't know what was.

From the start, RC Lens assumed the ascendency and they took no time it all in erstablishing a 2-0 lead with goals from Tommy Twelves and Luke O'Nien their sixth and seventh of the tournament respectively. The referee blew for half-time and RC Lens could virtually touch the Cup Final.

Water Boy tried their best to get into the game but RC Lens saw the game out with much maturity and kept an impressive 5th clean sheet of the day. For Water Boy it was another Cup Semi-Final exit 2011, 2012 and 2015. Their wait for a debut win would continue for another season in the Algarve Open. They were playing in the Algarve Veterans Tournament later today so they may still have a chance for glory.

RC Lens were in the Cup Final.


So, who would take their place in the Final from the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to do battle were Futeboladas against Why Always Morris?

These two teams had both come through very close Quarter-Finals. Futeboladas had edged Algarve Stars by the odd goal in seven and Why Always Morris had seen off Galacticos on penalties. If we wanted a yardstick for this game, Why Always Morris? had lost 3-1 to Algarve Stars who Futeboladas had beaten 4-3. However, that was the first game of the day for Why Always Morris? and we'd played a lot of football since then.

It was what happened in the next minutes that would count and it was Futeboladas who looked to make it count with the opening goal of the game. Jose Miguel scored it and it was the Portuguese who lead 1-0 at the interval.

Why Always Morris? had trailed to Portuguese opposition 1-0 in the previous round and had showed the fighting spirit required to level things up and in the Semi-Final they bounced back with a second half goal (scored by Tom Burrard-Lucas) but on this occasion it was to be a mere consolation as goals from Cristial Silva and Andre Franco ensured it would be Futeboladas who would make the Cup Final.

The tournament was over for Why Always Morris? but they had performed well on debut and were only moments from a debut final.

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