would meet Smack My Pitch Up in the Plate Semi-Finals?
Bristol Bridge and Celtic Craic would do battle
for the honour. Bristol Bridge qualified for the
Plate courtesy of a late surge by winning their
last group game and they took this form into the
Quarter-Final by taking a 1-0 lead via the boot
of Andrew Soppitt.
Craic, much improved from their Prague debut last
July, provided evidence of this improvement as
theybounced back through their chief marksman,
Julian Cornelius. The full time score was 1-1
and after two goalless halves of golden goal extra
time we arrived at penalties.
Bridge took the first penalty and converted it
for a 1-0 lead. Celtic Craic quickly leveled before
Bristol Bridge re-established the lead 2-1. Then
the drama unfolded as Bristol Bridge goalkeeper
Andy Fellows dominated proceedings. Fellows became
an instant hero saving the Irish team's second
spot-kick. He stepped up himself for his side's
3rd penalty and to put his team through. The aim
was the top right corner but the postage stamp
missed the envelope and Celtic Craic were still
went from hero to zero. Actually, make that hero
to zero to hero again as he saved the next penalty.
Bristol Bridge has won the shoot-out 2-1 and were
through to the Plate Semi-Finals. Our commiserations
to Celtic Craic – a cruel way to go out.