arrived at the Plate Quarter-Final stage and we
would shortly see eight teams reduced to four
teams. Lacey Green FC would meet Club Tropicana
Drinks of FC. The pre-determined draw meant the
3rd best 3rd placed team would meet the best 6th
placed team with the former being Lacey Green
FC who would be favourites going into this game.
a strange twist of fate the two teams had met
earlier in the day in Group A. It was Lacey Green
who emerged victorious in the previous encounter
as they ran out 2-0 victors. A repeat would do
them just fine. Ed Suggate scored in that game
and he was on the mark again as he fired Lacey
Green FC into a 1-0 lead.
the break history was repeating itself as Lacey
Green went 2-0 up again. The team in green were
not finished there as they added a third and fourth
goal for good measure as they swept into the Semi-Finals.
Suggate was on target again as was Steve Evans
and Henry Craven.
it was the end of the day for Club Tropicana Drinks
FC (on the pitch anyway). It was a below par performance
from them compared to their previous eurofootballfives.com
adventures. Hopefully we will see them on tour
again in the future and they'll be back to their
second Semi-Final saw AFC Shooters A take on The
Depo Legends as 4th place from Group A would take
on 5th Place from Group B.
Shooters A would undoubtedly be favourites for
this game as they had only lost one game thus
far today. The reason they were probably not playing
in the Cup was due to too many draws stunting
their progress up the group table. They had been
solid in defence (just the 2 conceded) but if
they could be a bit more clinical at the other
end they could well go home with the Plate trophy.
Legends had experienced a tough start to the morning
but their form had picked up towards the end of
the group stage as they took 4 points from the
final 6 available with a 1-0 win and then a 1-1
draw against the 3rd placed side in their group.
There had already been a Depo v Shooters contest
today in Group C as these two sides sister squads
had played each other – AFC Shooters B defeating
Depo Originals 1-0.
was 1-0 to AFC Shooters here again as the A team
scored through Steve Comber. It was 1-0 at half-time
and Depo Legends had it all to do. They had it
all to do and more when Steve Comber made it 2-0
in the second half. He then capped a fine personal
display to claim the match ball (metaphorically)
as he completed his hat-trick. Final score, 3-0.
we have seen above AFC Shooters A were progressing
to the Semi-Finals and now it was the turn of
their B team to try and join them in the final
four. Their opponents would be Mavericks.
came into the game as slight favourites due to
a higher placed finish in their group, a higher
points tally, better goal difference, more goals
scored but they had conceded more. Mavericks had
won their opening two games but lost the last
3 so would need to bounce back here. AFC Shooters
B had a similar trajectory in form winning early
and seeing results tail off.
was Mavericks who broke the deadlock in the opening
period of play as Mark Adamson notched his third
goal of the day. It was advantage Mavericks at
the break but that was to change when Chris Kane
restored parity for AFC Shooters B. That's how
it finished in normal time but there was still
much more to come in this came in the form of
a penalty shoot-out.
first penalties were converted by each side with
Sam Russell and Gez Medinger getting their teams
off to a positive start. A missed penalty each
followed as we went into the final spot-kick each
level at 1-1. Mavericks scored theirs through
Adam Cartwright but sadly for AFC Shooters B Oliver
Gray was unable to do the same and it was Mavericks
who would advance to the Semi-Finals.
Quarter-Finals down, one to go as Skidmarks would
play Kazakhstan FC. Skidmarks were in unfamiliar
territory playing in the Plate for the first time
after 5 successive Cup appearances. For a team
so used to Cup qualification this was a particularly
tough task mentally as often teams can struggle
with the disappointment of not making the Cup
and see their form unravel. There is no better
example than that of Olympic Phil Babb who won
their first four tournaments in our competitions
before failing to qualify for the Cup in their
fifth outing at the 2012 Mallorca Tournament.
In their Plate Quarter-Final they crashed out
to a team they would usually have beaten comfortably.
had a much tougher opponent in the form of Kazakhstan
FC than Olympic Phil Babb had back in Mallorca
2012. Kazakhstan FC have traditionally been on
the cusp of Cup/Plate qualification with 2 Cup
and 2 Plate appearances before today.
game was a good contest in the first half and
it was a Neil Taylor goal for Skidmarks that divided
the teams when they changed ends at half-time.
After the break Skidmarks moved through the gears
as Gary Hatfield, Luke Hatfield (2) and Ashley
Britten all scored in a ruthless 5-0 victory.
Kazakhstan FC their involvement was over in 2015.
Rumours suggest they could join us in Prague 2016
and it would be our sincere pleasure to see them
again if that does indeed prove to be the case.