2013 Barcelona Fives had been the most difficult
ever to qualify for the Cup competition and therefore
we expected a very strong Plate competition with
some quality teams that would have otherwise made
the Cup in some of our other tournaments.
Plate Quarter-Finals would begin with JF &
The Pullbacks meeting Burritos FC. JF & The
Pullbacks lost just one game, finished 2nd and
in any other tournament this would have seen them
go through to the Cup. It therefore made them
one of the favourites for the Plate competition
especially as they were the highest ranked team
in the Plate draw (9th in the group stages).
FC were no pushovers themselves though and had
the lead in Group C at one stage. I think it is
fair to say there were no easy games at this level
and the two teams proved pretty evenly matched.
As if to prove this point the teams reached half-time
level at 1-1 with goals from Michael Meredith
(JF & The Pullbacks) and James Burton (Burritos
was all up for grabs in the second period and
in the end there would be just one more goal in
this game to settle matters. Anthony Farrell popped
up at the perfect time to score his first of the
day and with it put his team into the Semi-Finals.
JF & the Pullbacks were through.
FC were out as they joined Burritos FC with Mustard
on the sidelines. The two teams were a great addition
to the tournament and played the game in a great
spirit and on another day could have made further
strides through the tournament draw.