* AFC Shooters A (Eng) and
Mavericks (Eng) both won 3-2 on penalties
were down to our final 4 teams in the Plate competition
with all 4 teams representing England.
first Semi-Final would see Lacey Green FC take
on AFC Shooters A in a repeat of their opening
fixture in Group A which finished 1-1. These two
teams were pretty well matched as they boasted
virtually identical group records with 1 win,
3 draws and 1 defeat to finish on 6 points. Lacey
Green had a goal difference of +1 and AFC Shooters
was 0. They had both had convincing Quarter-Final
wins (4-0 and 3-0 respectively) – it would be
a brave man to pick the winner of this tie.
was therefore perhaps no surprise to see the two
teams locked together at 0-0 as we reached half-time.
There was little in it second half either as the
two teams strived to find the vital breakthrough.
Speaking to the teams at the Post Tournament Social
that evening there was a feeling that AFC Shooters
A had edged the group game and Lacey Green were
happy to take a point on that occasion. Conversely,
Lacey Green were probably the better team here
and AFC Shooters A were probably more grateful
of a draw in the Semi-Final as the game ended
0-0. A penalty shoot-out would ensue.
Shooters A had recently seen their B team exit
on penalties and would hope to avoid the same
fate befalling them. The penalty takers got off
to a successful start and it was 1-1 after the
first round. The crucial penalties came next with
AFC Shooters A scoring theirs whilst Lacey Green
failed to convert. Although Lacey Green did score
their final penalty to make it 2-2 there was no
slip-ups from AFC Shooters who fired themselves
into the Plate Final with a 3-2 shoot-out win.
second Semi-Final was Mavericks versus Skidmarks.
Mavericks came into the game on the back of a
tough Quarter-Final that had seen them edge through
on penalties. Skidmarks had put down a marker
with a big 5-0 win.
were reaching this stage for the first time but
Skidmarks had been in our Semi-Finals before.
They had a hugely impressive record of reaching
a Final on all 4 previous Semi-Final appearances.
Skidmarks would have to work hard to make that
5 out of 5 as Mavericks matched them blow for
blow in the first period which ended goal-less.
were to have goals in the second half, two of
them in fact as the honours were shared. Sam Russell
scored for Mavericks and Luke Hatfield's fourth
in 3 games for Skidmarks. The final score of 1-1
meant that both Semi-Finals would be decided by
a penalty shoot-out.
should hold no fears for these teams as Mavericks
had already won a shoot-out in the Quarter-Finals.
Skidmarks previous eurofootballfives.com appearance
at the 2014 Bratislava Fives had seen them win
their Quarter-Final and Semi-Final on penalties.
On this occasion though it was not to fare quite
so well as it was Mavericks who were proving to
be penalty specialists as they won the shoot-out