Depo Originals (Ire)




Whiteley FC (Eng)

* Depo Originals (Ire) won 6-5 on penalties


The 2015 Algarve Open Wooden Spoon Final was the battle for 17th position, a consolation prize and one last game to enjoy on these team's Algarve tour.

The game would be contested by Depo Originals of Ireland and Whiteley FC of England. Depo Originals came into the game as the 17th ranked team courtesy of a better goal difference than their opponents. Whiteley FC had already met one of the Depo teams earlier today when they met Depo Legends in Group B. On that occasion the Legends won 1-0. Could Whiteley FC enact their revenge?

Whiteley FC had already played in an Algarve Wooden Spoon Final back in 2010. Five years ago they lost out 4-1 to Milton FC and so they had another reason for wanting revenge here.

The teams would have to summon up one last ounce of effort to finish the day on a high, with a victory and the coveted Wooden Spoon to take home.

It was Depo Originals who drew first blood as they took a first half lead through Sean O'Donnell. Whiteley FC equalized in the second half through Dan Froud's second goal of the tournament and the game finished 1-1. We would have a penalty shoot-out to decide who would be the victor.

There was some cracking penalties taken and after the regulation 3 penalties each we were tied at 3-3. Sean O'Donnell, Keith Lynch and Mark Higgins all successful for the Depo Originals. Dan Froud, Mike Smith and Tom Howard all scored for Whiteley FC. Two more successful penalties each (Dave Vaughan and John Gray for Depo, Steven Holmes and Simon Stones for Whiteley FC) made it 5-5. Depo were back to their original starters as Sean O'Donnell converted for a second time before the agony for Whiteley goalkeeper Nick Poling who saw his spot-kick saved. It was an epic shoot-out and Depo Originals were victorious.

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