Results
 

FC Maroon (Eng)

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v

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Old Boys Blue Magic Dublin (Pol)

* FC Maroon (Eng) won 2-1 on penalties

 

The next final of the day would see FC Maroon versus Old Boys Magic Blue Dublin. With five games of football already under their belt the two teams would need to summon one last burst of energy to ensure they would be picking up winners medals and the trophy in the presentation.

Let's have a look at the two teams' credentials for the Plate title:

FC Maroon (Eng)

Record today: Played 5, Won 2, Drawn 2, Lost 1.

Goal difference today: 7-5 (+2)

Current unbeaten run: 3 games.

Today's top goalscorer: Ed Cotter (3)

Clean sheets: 2

Old Boys Magic Blue Dublin (Pol)

Record today: Played 5, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 2.

Goal difference today: 8-9 (-1)

Current unbeaten run: 2 games.

Today's top goalscorer: Michal Cedrowski (5)

Clean sheets: 2

Old Boys Magic Blue Dublin were on debut with us so breaking new ground with every step on this journey. Could they round it off with a trophy and a pot of gold medals?

FC Maroon were appearing in their second eurofootballfives.com final. They reached the 2016 Riga Tournament Trophy Final where they lost the title on penalties. Having seen their FC Dad colleagues win the Plate in Warsaw last year we are sure they would be extra determined to match the feat of their stable-mates.

 
 
 

The stage was set, let's get the action underway. It was a very even contest and there was very little to choose between the two teams as you would expect from two teams competing for glory. Ed Cotter gave FC Maroon the lead in the first half with a stunning strike from distance that clipped in off the post. Old Boys Magic Blue Dublin were back level though and it was a 6 th tournament goal from Michal Cedrowski he was now just one goal behind the tournament top scorer (Carlos Perez Tornay of CE Llefia).

There was to be no further addition to the score in the second half which meant a penalty shoot-out was required to decide this one. As debutants we had no idea of the credentials of Old Boys Blue Magic Dublin but we did have some history for FC Maroon. Their record read:

2016 Riga Tournament, Trophy Final: Lost 3-2 to Aliance (Lat)

2018 Gdansk Tournament, PQF: Lost 6-5 to Deportivo Dooradoyle (Ire)

2019 Barcelona Fives, PQF: Lost 3-1 to Paralytic Athletic (Eng)

2020 Warsaw Tournament, CSF: Lost 3-2 to Yac Club (Eng)

History was not on FC Maroon's side. FC Maroon were to take the first penalty and up stepped Ed Cotter. With four goals to his name today, and after a false start, he duly put the English team 1-0 up. Jakub Kociemski was up first for the team from Dublin and quickly levelled the score at 1-1. Robbie Todd was up next for FC Maroon and restored the lead at 2-1. Jaroslaw Skowronski then sent the goalkeeper the wrong way but dragged his shot onto the post and out.

Captain Max Hill had the chance to win it for FC Maroon but he saw his penalty saved by Mariusz Kupisiak. FC Maroon still had the lead but they had lost the advantage. Michal Cedrowski, 6 goals today, stepped up to send us into sudden death. However, James Smith had other ideas he guessed the right way, blocked the shot and was engulfed by team-mates as FC Maroon celebrated victory. A first penalty shoot-out win in our tournaments and a first Plate Trophy.

First of all we offer our consolations to Old Boys Blue Magic Dublin on a fine campaign they could not have got much closer to the Plate winners' trophy. It was a great performance and a pleasure to host the team and their supporters.

Huge congratulations go to our 2021 Barcelona Fives Plate champions though FC Maroon. A first eurofootballfives.com trophy and maybe a stepping stone to a Cup win next time!

 
 
 
 
 
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