Real BUILDers (Eng)

8

V

3

Retainers Academy (Eng)

Spain United (Hol)

4

V

3

Dick Farts FC (Eng)

Benecke (Hol)

4

V

0

Spider Mans Ressies (Eng)

Paralytic Athletic (Eng)

1

V

0

Spider Mans 1s (Eng)

 

The Cup Quarter-Finals saw the tournament's top 8 teams of the 15 team draw come head to head to see which team would emerge as 2016 Amsterdam Fives champions. We had a particularly strong English challenge with 6 teams reaching this stage to join Benecke of the Netherlands and Spain United. So where's your money? Who do you think will emerge victorious?

England would be guaranteed one Semi-Final berth from the first Quarter-Final which saw an all-English encounter with Group A winners Real Builders taking on the best 3 rd placed team, Retainers Academy. Real BUILDers would naturally be favourites having won their group and also boasting a 100% record coming into the game.

Retainers Academy were on debut and breaking new ground in the Cup Quarter-Finals but Real BUILDers had been here before. They reached this stage of the 2015 Lisbon Tournament where they were knocked out 3-0 by Indoorsoccer. There looked to be no repeat of that in this game as they put the result to bed in the first half.

Real BUILDers raced to a 7-0 lead at half-time. Retainers Academy staged a second half comeback to reduce the deficit to 8-3 but the damage had already been done. For Real BUILDers there were hat-tricks for Darren Sooprayen and James Pomeroy plus a brace for Sean Richardson.

We sadly had to say farewell to Retainers Academy who bowed out with goals from Adam Watts, Richard Jackson and Adry Alonso with Alonso finishing their joint top goalscorer along with George Gaydon. Both scored 5 goals on the day.

 
 
 

Cup Quarter-Final 2 saw Spain United in action against Dick Farts.

Spain United qualified for the Cup Quarter-Finals as winners of Group B with four wins out of four and were yet to concede a goal. However, their goalkeeper Jaime Perez had been forced to withdraw injured from the tournament which certainly gave their opposition hope.

Dick Farts FC qualified for this stage as the second best third placed team courtesy of a win over Rain Dragons in their last group game. Spain United and Dick Farts FC had met earlier in the day and on that occasion Spain United won 3-0 a repeat and they would be in the Semi-Finals.

As with the group game, Spain United were on top but they did not have it all quite their own way this time. We reached the half time whistle with Spain United holding a 3-1 advantage. Dick Farts were certainly not out of it and they came very close to overturning the deficit as they pulled it back to 4-3 but time ran out on them and they were eliminated from the tournament.

Spain United had two heroes to emerge from the game Manuel Doncel with a hat-trick and Jaime Bilbao who scored the 4th which proved to be the match-winner. The Dick Farts FC goals came from Dan York and Alex Orton (2) and, alas for them would prove to be their last goals at the 2016 Amsterdam Fives.

 
 
 

Benecke came into the Quarter-Finals with the best record of all the teams in the group phase. They were one of three teams to boast a 100% record but they had the most emphatic group record scoring a massive 26 goals in the process and having the best goal difference of all the teams (+20). Facing this 100% record were Spider Mans Ressies who themselves went unbeaten in 3 games before losing their last match to Spain United to miss out on topping their group.

For Spider Mans this was the 5th time they had reached the Cup Quarter-Final stage of a eurofootballfives.com tournament and they had a pretty good record at this stage. At the 2014 Bratislava Fives they drew and went out on penalties but on the three subsequent appearances they had progressed to the Semi-Finals. This would arguably be their toughest Quarter-Final assignment yet.

Spider Mans Ressies had seen their 1s team lose 6-2 to Benecke in Group C and it looked like a similar fate would befall them here. The Dutch team raced into a 4-0 lead and it was only half-time. There were goals from Queentino Zinhagel (2), Dylan George and Zuhair Albaghdadi.

The second half proved much more even and got quite scrappy and niggly to the point where the referee brought the game to a premature conclusion to prevent it boiling over. It was perhaps a harsh decision and a chat to the teams or some more liberal use of yellow/red cards may have served a better way forward but ultimately it did not change the result of the game.

The final score was 4-0 and Benecke were through to the Semi-Finals. Spider Mans still had involvement in the tournament as their 1s team was shortly due to take to the field on Pitch A.

 
 
 

In the final Quarter-Final it was Paralytic Athletic versus Spider Mans 1s who would do battle to earn the right to meet Benecke in the second Semi-Final.

Spider Mans 1s came into the game on the back of a second place finish in Group C. For those who read the write-up on Quarter-Final 3 above, we will see that this Cup Quarter-Final was to be the 6 th involving a Spider Mans team. As a result of the above game their record now read won 3, drawn 1, lost 1 having progressed on 3 of the 5 occasions.

Paralytic Athletic had made a good start to life in eurofootballfives.com competition having lost just the one game in four so far and that was a narrow 2-1 loss to the formidable might of Real BUILDers who had won 5 out of 5 so far today. We certainly felt on the evidence of this morning they would provide good opposition for Spider Man 1s and this would be a tough match to call.

The game was a particularly entertaining and attacking one but goals were conspicuous by their absence due, by and large, to some good goalkeeping displays. The first half drew to a close with the score still level at 0-0. After the break the teams were to be separated and just one goal would decide the tie and that goal in this match went to Jack Veness of Paralytic Athletic. It was enough to send Paralytic Athletic through and meant Spider Mans 1s would advance no further today.

 
 
 
 
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