Pink Flamingos A (Eng)




Hurting Berlin (Ire)


After 58 games of football we came down to the most important of them all. Game 59 The 2015 Berlin Fives Cup Final.

The two teams set to do battle for the honour and glory of victory were Pink Flamingos A (England) versus Hurting Berlin (Ireland). England were looking for their first winners of the 2015 season after wins for Slovakia, Hungary, Portugal and Ireland so far this year. That Irish win was by Saipan FC at the 2015 Mallorca Tournament a first ever Cup winner representing the Emerald Isle. Could Hurting Berlin make it 2 Irish wins in 8 days after 9 years of waiting?

Pink Flamingos A were massively impressive on debut and would be narrow favourites going into the game. They had stormed into the Final with 7 wins on the bounce, 21 goals scored and only five goals conceded in the whole tournament. Hurting Berlin were not far off that record with 6 wins, 1 defeat, 20 goals scored and just 4 conceded. Hurting Berlin had already accounted for the Pink Flamingos B team in the Quarter-Finals and would need to make that a double-scalp to lift the coveted trophy by beating the A team too.

Hurting Berlin were appearing in their second Cup Final having reached this stage at the 2012 Valencia Fives. On that occasion it was one game too far as they succumbed 4-0 to Hungary's FC Miracle. This was a much more even contest than that final 3 years ago. It was a committed performance from both teams with both teams trying their best to break the deadlock but defences were on top. Lorcan Bannon had a header go close for Hurting Berlin whilst at the other end it looked like opening up for James Westlake of Pink Flamingos A before a Ross Nicholson challenge came to the rescue. We reached half-time at 0-0.

In the second half Pink Flamingos A were getting closer as Hurting Berlin required a last ditch tackle from Emmet Egan to keep things level. Pink Flamingos then had a penalty shout that was waved away whilst at the other end Pink Flamingos goalkeeper Elliott Bartram looked like he might have handled the ball outside the area nothing given.

As we entered the last quarter of the game the deadlock was broken as James Westlake's fourth goal of the tournament gave Pink Flamingos A a crucial lead. It was not the end for Hurting Berlin as they pressed for an equalizer. The looked like they might get it when Lorcan Bannon latched on to a sharp chance and the ball rebounded back off the crossbar. Pink Flamingos A survived that scare and held on to their 1-0 lead as the referee blew for full-time.

We offer our consolations to Hurting Berlin who were absolutely superb and a top quality side. They could not have gone much closer to victory.

Our congratulations go to Pink Flamingos A 2015 Berlin Fives Champions! Who could deny them after 8 wins out of 8 games. A great win and may you enjoy your success!

Thank you to all the teams who competed. We hope to see you all again at a tournament very soon.

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