second Cup Semi-Final had a lot to live up to
after the first Semi-Final. It would be contested
by Benecke and Paralytic Athletic. With no disrespect
to Paralytic Athletic, it was Benecke who entered
the arena as favourites – 5 successive wins, 30
goals scored and just 6 conceded is the form that
tends to make you favourites.
we be bigging up Benecke for a fall? Paralytic
Athletic should back themselves though as they
had a good record themselves – 4 wins in 5 games,
17 for and 8 against. They needed to summon all
their powers to give Benecke a real run for their
first goal in these games can often prove crucial
and dictate the pattern for the rest of the match.
It was therefore ominous for the English team
when Imad Isco put Benecke ahead. Paralytic Athletic
did not take long to hit back though as Jack Cuthbertson
equalized. Benecke hit the front again with Dylan
George's 12th strike of the day. Paralytic Athletic
were showing incredible resilience and restored
parity again when Jack Veness took his tally for
the day to 6 and even this game up at 2-2.
goals dried up in the second half as Paralytic
Athletic battled hard to stay in the game. It
was a tactic they themselves described as “anti-football”
as they parked the proverbial bus. It was a tactic
that seemed to work as the game finished 2-2 and
they earned themselves a penalty shoot-out. No-one
had run Benecke closer today and they had a chance
of knocking them out.
was Paralytic Athletic that would have the “honour”
of taking the first penalty and the man to step
forward was Jack Estcourt. He had 3 goals in the
tournament today and agonizingly he saw his penalty
fire just high and wide of the top right hand
corner. Queentino Zinhagel stepped up Benecke
and made no mistake to give them the advantage.
Nanda McCarthy stepped forward and there was further
agony for Paralytic Athletic as he saw his penalty
saved. Dylan George – free-scoring in open play
– had the chance to win it for Benecke but Joe
Walker kept his team in it by saving the spot-kick.
Jack Veness scored in normal time and converted
his penalty to make it 1-1.
had another chance to win it and it all came down
to Bilal Kaddouri versus Joe Walker – the penalty
was scored and Benecke were through to the Cup
Final but Paralytic Athletic had given them an
almighty score. The English team were out but
could be very proud of a fantastic debut in eurofootballfives.com