Midshires FC (Eng)

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FC Miracle (Hun)

 

So, with 42 games under our belts we had just one more to go to decide the winners of the 2011 Barca Fives Cup. We had a great final in store and a fantastic crowd assembled by Pitch D to watch the game and see who would be crowned champions.

The Final would be contested by Midshires FC of England (6 wins) and FC Miracle of Hungary (5 wins, 1 draw). The general feeling was Midshires FC would be favourites but not by much and the Hungarians were certainly dangerous opposition.

The game got underway with the teams feeling each other out in the early stages. One of the bedrocks of Midshires FC's success thus far had been their defence and goalkeeper so it was therefore unfortunate that a goalkeeping error gave FC Miracle the lead when Araujo misplaced his near post and let ball tamely go by. The first goal in a Cup Final is often crucial but there was still plenty of time for Midshire FC to come back. It was not long before Araujo made up for the mistake with a wonderful one-handed save diving to his right to push a deflected shot around the post. A 2-0 lead to FC Miracle would have been disastrous from the English perspective but at 1-0 they were still very much in the game.

Just before the break Midshires FC drew level with a great Laszlo Szucs goal. In a tight space he showed great footwork to open up a tiny bit of room and with his marker and the goalkeeper wrong-footed, Szucs was showing on the right foot but poked the ball towards goal with his left and it nestled in the bottom of the net for 1-1. There was a certain irony that it was Midshires' Hungarian striker that struck the blow against Hungarian opposition. Anyway, there was barely time to kick-off again and it was all level at half-time.

 
 
 

For much of the second period the game was fairly even with not many chances for the teams. The FC Miracle goalkeeper Zoltan Panka made a smart save from a close range shot whilst at the other end Araujo saved a thunderbolt from distance by pushing it over the bar neither keeper was really troubled though. Then, the decisive moment of this Final as Szucs took a throw-in just into the FC Miracle half on the right hand-side Romauldas Maciulevicius had bombed forward, not picked up and he stole in between the two Hungarian defenders to poke the ball home with Panka stranded.

There was still a few minutes left and the game was far from over. FC Miracle had a tough chance with a volley at the far post that went wide and then Araujo made a good save from another volley to push the ball away for a corner - he'd certainly made up for that earlier error.

At the other end Bruno Barquinha had a chance to put the game beyond doubt but dragged his shot wide but it didn't matter. The referee blew for full time just seconds later and it was all over Midshires FC had triumphed 2-1.

It was a great win for the English team and they had played superbly from their opening game right through to the last minute of the Final. They had picked up 7 successive wins and scored goals for fun. Combine that with a solid defence (5 clean sheets and only 3 goals conceded) and they were very worthy winners.

Please spare a thought for FC Miracle who had made a great eurofootballfives debut and done themselves proud throughout the competition. On another day with a bit more luck they could well have been the victors.

We send our congratulations to all the teams who participated in what was a great day's competition. The tournament had everything and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

 
 
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