arrived at the Plate Quarter-Final stage and we
would shortly see the six remaining teams reduced
to four teams.
begin we had Pique Blinders versus Men Behaving
Chadli – who were both from the same travelling
group. It is not often teams from the same club
meet in eurofootballfives competition but when
they do it often has a strange atmosphere – sometimes
the games can lack a little intensity or sometimes
the games can have a bit too much intensity with
players determined not to lose to their tour-mates.
thing was for sure that the group would have a
team in the Semi-Finals and that bragging rights
were at stake for the rest of the Algarve tour
and beyond. The Pique Blinders squad had the better
of the two group records but would they be favourites?
Men Behaving Chadli had more victories on the
pitch itself. As with most derbies the form book
would no doubt go out the proverbial window.
normal time we finished 1-1 with a Danny Reading
goal (Pique Blinders) and a Nick Goold goal (Men
Behaving Chadli) cancelling each other out. We
would need penalties to decide it.
first two round of penalties were exemplary with
Danny Reading and Jack Hill both converting for
Pique Blinders. Nick Goold and Andy MacMillan
were both successful for Men Behaving Chadli.
The final round of penalties proved decisive –
James Szulczeski scored, Robert Partner missed.
It was Pique Blinders who progressed to the Semi-Final.
second Quarter-Final was a BYE. It was due to
be 6th in Group A (Wealdstone Raiders) versus
7th in Group B – Huddingpool or Indoorsoccer.
The 2 no-shows meant Wealdstone Raiders would
go straight through to the Semi-Finals and meet
now knew the teams to compete in the first Semi-Final.
In the lower half of the Quarter-Final draw it
was Real De Groot versus AC Motxo International.
AC Motxo had already played Real De Groot's sister
squad, Elbersiktas, in the group phase but lost
2-0. Could they get their revenge here
Motxo International were on debut and in new territory.
The Dutch were well versed in our Plate competition
though. In the Plate competition at the 2017 Mallorca
Tournament they had 3 (of their 4 teams) qualify.
FC De Rimmer and Het Sterretje fell at the Quarter-Final
stage. Mannenliefde went all the way to the Plate
Final where they drew 1-1 with FC Shark before
losing on penalties.
the match under starter's orders it was AC Motxo
International who hit the front – they had failed
to score in their last four matches so will have
been relieved to be on target again when Ruben
Torres Mejias made it 1-0. AC Motxo International
built on this lead with Luis Ricardo Denche Pulido's
first strike of the tournament making it 2-0.
Motxo International were in control. Isaac Barriguete
Franco in goal for the Spanish team kept his fourth
clean sheet of the tournament and the job was
done. They were through.
final Quarter-Final was another BYE. It was due
to be 5th in Group A (Elbersiktas) versus 8th
in Group – Huddingpool or Indoorsoccer – take
your pick. The 2 no-shows meant Elbersiktas would
go straight through to the Semi-Finals.