who would take their place in the Final from the
second Semi-Final? The two teams set to do battle
were Elcombe Old Boys against Skidmarks.
really didn't have a clue how to call this one.
Both teams were similar in style – both hard-working
and physical teams added to the finesse and skill
that would see them regularly reach the latter
stages of our tournaments. Both teams also boasted
quality goalkeepers. The two teams were yet to
play each other in our tournaments…until now.
were bidding to reach their fifth eurofootballfives.com
Cup Final after victories at the 2011 Valencia
Fives and 2012 Krakow Trophy and Runners-Up finishes
at the 2013 Mallorca Fives and 2014 Bratislava
Fives. Elcombe Old Boys were bidding to reach
their first Cup Final after being eliminated at
this Cup Semi-Final stage here in Barcelona in
both 2013 and 2015.
teams had an identical record today in terms of
results (6 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat) so there really
was little to choose between the two teams and
so it showed on the pitch. The game was 0-0 for
long periods and it looked like we would be needing
penalties to decide the tie. Skidmarks would fancy
their chances with a 75% success rate in eurofootballfives.com
shoot-outs and having just been successful in
the Quarter-Finals. Elcombe Old Boys had lost
on penalties here in the Semi-Final last year
although did have a victory on pens in the 2013
Barcelona Fives Quarters too.
a penalty shoot-out was not required. A goal relatively
late in the game would decide the match. Cometh
the hour, cometh the man and who was that man?
It was Matt Hall of Elcombe Old Boys whose goal
would see his team into a first Cup Final.
often said in these tight games that the result
would come down to a moment of brilliance or a
mistake. An anonymous mole in the Skidmarks camp
leaked that it was a Luke Hatfield mistake (sorry
Luke) dribbling out of defence and caught in possession
that lead to the Elcombe Old Boys winner. In the
interest of balance and fairness, Luke had scored
6 goals today to help his team's cause and could
boast the top scorer award from Valencia as his
goals helped propel them to the title.
were very close to that fifth eurofootballfives.com
Cup Final appearance and that third title but
it was not to be this year.