who would meet Vieze Vu in the Semi-Final? It
was Hamid Hammers against FC Tiote. Hamid Hammers
had been dominant in the group stage this morning
scoring 21 goals as they boasted the tournament's
only 100% record. Before the tournament began
we were unable to pick who the favourites were
but if you asked us now then Hamid Hammers would
surely be where the smart money was going.
stats really piled up for the Scottish team
– they had the best goal difference of all the
teams at the end of the group phase. In fact,
it was the second best ever at this venue and
only 1 behind last year's champions Benecke
(+20). They had only conceded twice in a tournament
that averaged 5.61 goals per game. This was
the second best defence in a group phase at
this venue after Spain United went through the
group last year without conceding at all.
Tiote faced a pretty daunting task to make it
to the next round but they had enjoyed a pretty
good morning themselves. They had 3 wins from
their first 3 games before a little dip in results
at the end of the group phase. Maybe the lunch
break came at the right time for them, could
they recapture their early morning form?
game ended 2-2 with Hamid Hammers paying particular
respect to their opposition goalkeeper, Ben
Martin, who had a cracker of a game. He was
still to play a big part in this Quarter-Final.
The goalscorers incidentally were Nick Ghamgosar
(Hamid Hammers) and Lewis Trevor (FC Tiote)
– both scored twice.
would need penalties to decide this one – the
first penalty shoot-out of the day. FC Tiote
would strike first with Lewis Trevor converting.
We then had some quality penalty taking as Nick
Ghamgosar equalized for 1-1. Karl Shaw put FC
Tiote 2-1 up before Ruaraidh Scott levelled
at 2-2. Alex Earle then put FC Tiote 3-2 up
and it was over to Floris Kouijzer to potentially
take us to sudden death. Ben Martin, in goal
for FC Tiote, became the hero as he saved the
final penalty and sent his team through to the
Hamid Hammers were out but they could be proud
of their performance today. They left the tournament
unbeaten and with the best defence. Their record
of conceding just 0.67 goals per game is the best
ever at this venue and Murray Scott is the only
goalkeeper to keep that figure below 1 goal per
game. By the end of the day they would end up
with the second best goal difference of the tournament
and the third best ever. Only the 2016 and 2017
champions would have better. We mentioned before
that we had not had a Scottish winner at our tournaments
since 2008. If Hamid Hammers return to our tournaments
they could well end that barren run for Scotland.