were at the 2018 Algarve Open Semi-Final stage
and from the 16 teams who signed up we were down
to the final 4. We had 1 French team and 3 English
teams all still in the hunt for glory.
first was Cruz Del Surely versus 9 Nana Budds.
Cruz Del Surely were one of two teams from Cruz
Del Sur and the possibility of an all Cruz Del
Sur was very real. We had seen teams from the
same club/group appear in a Plate Final before
but never in a Cup Final so history potentially
Del Surely had a fine record today with 6 wins,
1 draw and just 1 defeat. They had scored 11 goals
for the loss of just 1. It therefore looked to
be a tough prospect for 9 Nana Budds. 9 Nana Budds
had 3 wins 2 draws and 3 defeats from their 8
games – they had scored 9 goals and conceded 6.
you look at those numbers then Cruz Del Surely
would probably have the better odds of reaching
the Cup Final. On the field of play though there
was nothing to separate the two teams. The sides
reached half-time all square at 0-0. We then got
to full-time and we were still level at 0-0. Penalties
would be required.
Del Surely didn't have a great record in penalty
shoot outs in our tournaments. Their record read
played 2, lost 2.
Tournament 2016: Trophy QF, Cruz Del Sur B lost
2-1 to One Calamski
Open 2018: Cup Semi-Final. Cruz Del Surely lost
4-3 to 9 Nana Budds
Nana Budds had also been involved in 2 shoot-outs.
They had won 1, lost 1 but crucially (maybe) that
winning shoot-out was earlier today.
Berlin Fives: Plate Semi-Final, Lost 3-2 to Rayford
Algarve Open: Cup Quarter-Final, Won 5-4 versus
Lacey Green FC
were some great penalties on show today and after
the first 3 rounds of penalties we were level
at 3-3. We would go into sudden death. This proved
immediately decisive with 9 Nana Budds converting
their spot-kick, Cruz Del Surely missed theirs.
The prospect of an all Cruz Del Sur final was
over. 9 Nana Budds marched on.