Bozeat All Stars (Eng)

3

V

1

Kazbar FC (Eng)

Drunk Perfect (Spa)

1

V

3

Barley FC (Eng)

Futbol 7 (Spa)

7

V

0

Hertford Brigands (Eng)

Blyborough United (Eng)

1

V

2*

Have Ago Heroes (Eng)

* Have Ago Heroes (Eng) won on Golden Goal.

 

The afternoon knock-out phase of the 2012 Barcelona Fives began with the Plate Quarter-Finals. Pitch A kicked off with Group A's 3rd placed team, Bozeat All Stars, meeting Group B's 4th placed team Kazbar FC. Bozeat All Stars had played well to finish 3rd in a very strong group featuring a former Cup finalist in Budapest Celtic Tigers and a former winner of this tournament in Rapid Bosco Navas so should take confidence going into this game. Kazbar FC are a well organised team though and never easy to beat.

 

As we expected it was a close contest with not much to choose between the two sides and come the break we were still level at 1-1. Azhar Abid with the goal for Kazbar FC and Craig Sutherland for Bozeat All Stars. It was all up for grabs in the second period and Marty Legg's third goal of the tournament put Bozeat All Stars in the driving seat and they led 2-1 with time running out. Phil Jackson's goal made it 3-1 and with that booked his team's place in the Plate Semi-Finals. We sadly had to say farewell to Kazbar FC.

 
 
 

Pitch B played host to the 2nd Plate Quarter-Final between Drunk Perfect and Barley FC. Drunk Perfect were on a good run having lost their opening game and going 3 games unbeaten since. Barley FC had played well for most of the morning and also came into the game on the back of a victory. Both would be high on confidence.

 

Barley FC struck the first blow through James Rees and things got even better for them when Matthew Wilson scored his second of the day to make it 2-0 before half-time. Could the Spanish side find a way back?

 

They certainly did their best as Jose Jovena found the net but it would not be enough as Shaun Bailey's goal meant that Barley FC were too far out of reach. They led 3-1 and when the referee concluded the game that's how it finished. Drunk Perfect were out but Barley FC with two wins a row were coming good at just the right time.
 
 
 

Plate Quarter-Final 3 would see Futbol 7 meet Hertford Brigands. Following Drunk Perfect's defeat, Futbol 7 were now the only Spanish hope for home glory in the Plate competition. They were pretty good standard bearers for the host nation given their performance in November 2011 and so far here in April 2012. The Hertford Brigands form had been up and down with a good win, a good comeback but a couple of heavy defeats which Brigands team would show up in this one?

 

Futbol 7 made it look like the team on the end of a heavy defeat as they got off to a lightning start when Albert Trillo Gonzalez (2) and David Campo Vidal gave them a 3-0 lead at the break. It was a healthy lead and one that should have proved decisive. When Juan Alvarez Martinez made it 4-0 it certainly was. There was a hat-trick goal for Trillo Gonzalez plus a strike from Xavi Garcia Osborne to make it 6-0 before Alvarez Martinez grabbed his second of the game for 7-0.

 

It was time to say goodbye to the Hertford Brigands (until the post-tournament social at least) but we thank them for a great day's entertainment and adding so much fun and atmosphere to the day. We hope to see you again soon.

 
 
 

Who would meet Futbol 7 in the Plate Semi-Finals? Blyborough United and Have Ago Heroes would do battle for the honour. Blyborough United were the top ranked of all the teams in the Plate with 2 wins, 1 draw and a return of 7 points from 4 games. On another day a haul of 7 points would see them into the Cup. They were therefore arguably the team to beat.

 

Have Ago Heroes started well with 4 points out of 6 but followed this up with two defeats. Could they rediscover their early tournament form?

 

The teams were proving to be well matched on the show pitch of Pitch D. This was arguably the most enthralling of the Quarter-Final ties and the teams shared the spoils in the first half turning round level at 1-1. Phil Spindley was on the scoresheet for Blyborough United. Cal Quinn with the goal for the Heroes.

 

Into the second half and the next goal was always going to go a long way to securing a Semi-Final place. Normal time ran out with the teams still level at 1-1 and we were into extra time. Extra time in eurofootballfives' tournaments are always Golden Goal so if it wasn't before, this tie was now on a knife's edge.

 

If we couldn't find a goal in extra time we were off to penalties but the dreaded shoot-out was not needed thanks to Ash Wainwright. Wainwright's Golden Goal for the Have Ago Heroes meant their day continued and sadly it was the end of the road for our friend's at Blyborough United. With just 1 defeat in 5 games they deserved to go further but sometimes you don't get what you deserve in football bad luck lads.

 
 
 
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Wooden Spoon
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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