second Semi-Final promised to be an intriguing
clash between Alabama Hotpockets and Elcombe Old
Boys. We had the two best goal differences in
the tournament (+18 Elcombe, +11 Alabama Hotpockets),
the two best defences in the tournamrnt (0 conceded
by Elcombe, 3 by Alambama Hotpockets) and two
of the three top goalscoring teams (18 Elcombe,
14 Alabama Hoptpockets). Elcombe Old Boys had
5 wins out of 5, Alabama Hotpockets had 4 wins
and 1 draw of 5 games.
was the furthest Alabama Hotpockets had gone in
our tournaments. For Elcombe Old Boys this was
the second time they had reached this stage
they were in the Cup Semi-Finals in 2013 where
Northern Ireland's Low Swallacticos accounted
for them 3-1.
Old Boys were imposing opposition since their
first game at the 2013 Barcelona Fives they had
played 18 games with 12 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats.
They had scored 44 goals and conceded just 10
with 11 clean sheets. They were on a run of 9
games unbeaten, 8 clean sheets in a row with 31
goals scored on this unbeaten run without reply
since Peter Werff scored for ADP Netherlands in
Group A of the 2014 Barcelona Fives. It was a
just as we put our mortgage on Elcombe Old Boys
to score the next goal it was Alabama Hotpockets
who struck the first blow. Patrick O'Brien's 7
th goal of the tournament ended Andrew Gartshore's
record of going over 2 hours of playing time without
conceding in goal for Elcombe Old Boys which is
a superb achievement in small sided fooball. Elcombe
Old Boy's did hit back through Marcus Faure to
make it 1-1 but neither team were able to find
the winning goal and so a penalty shoot-out would
decide this one.
Hall had the honour of taking the first penalty
for Elcombe Old Boys and he duly scored. Francis
Gray quickly equalized for the Alabama Hotpockets.
Andrew Hampshire was the unlucky man to see his
penalty not find the net and Kevin Shine capitalized
in full to make it 2-1. Alan Ritchie had to score
to keep his side in it and he did as he powered
it through the goalkeeper for 2-2. John Gray stepped
forward to take what could be the final penalty.
He stepped up and placed it under the goalkeeper
and sent Alabama Hotpockets into the Cup Final,
Old Boys were out and they may wonder what might
have been! They ended the tournament unbeaten
in normal time, the best defence in the tournament,
the best goal difference in the tournament and
at this stage were the top scorers in the tournament
but they were out. Football can be a cruel game.
Alabama Hotpockets had a Cup Final to prepare