Pink Flamingos A (Eng)




Tinniedad & Tobacco (Eng)

Hurting Berlin (Ire)




Coole Wampe (Ger)

* Pink Flamingos A won 3-2 on penalties.


We were at the 2015 Berlin Fives Cup Semi-Final stage and from 18 teams who started the day we were down to the final 4. We now had 1 German, 1 Irish and 2 English teams vying for the ultimate glory.

Up first was Pink Flamingos A versus Tinniedad & Tobacco in the most heavyweight contest of the day thus far – Pink Flamingos A had played 6, won 6. Tinniedad and Tobacco had played 6, won 5 and drawn 1. In fact, if you take Tinnidad & Tobacco's record back to their debut at the 2014 Barcelona Fives they were played 12, won 9 and drawn 3 – still unbeaten over their trips to Spain and Germany.

The game was a superb contest. In the first half as you may expect from two top competitors it was very tight and there was nothing to separate the two sides and we reached the break level at 0-0.

After the break it was Mike Wilkes 6 th goal of the tournament and the most important yet as he gave Tinniedad & Tobacco a vital 1-0 lead that could well send them into the Cup Final. In the 2014 Barcelona Fives Tinniedad & Tobacco were 1-0 up in their Semi-Final with just moments to go before conceding a last gasp equalizer and history was to repeat itself. As the game was heading to its conclusion Tinniedad & Tobacco conceded a penalty – we think we have a photo of the incident and contact looks outside the box. A penalty was awarded and the penalty was scored by Lewis Westlake who held his nerve to give his team a lifeline. The final whistle blew and we would have a penalty shoot-out to decide the game. Tinniedad & Tobacco would strike first…

1-0 to Tinniedad as Michael Wilkes, scored in the game, scored in the shoot-out.

1-1 as James Westlake quickly evened things up for Pink Flamingos A

1-1 it remained as Jon McKinley with four goals to his name in the competition saw his effort hit the outside of the post and ricochet to safety.

1-2 Joe Maskell made no mistake in punishing the error as he struck his spot-kick into the bottom corner.

2-2 Oliver Jackson had to score to keep his team in it and he did. A very cool penalty as he passed it into the top right corner.

2-3 All eyes were on Lewis Westlake. He scored the penalty at the death of normal time to get us to this stage and he was successful again to send Pink Flamingos A into the Cup Final.

Please spare a thought for Tinniedad & Tobacco who had gone out in a Cup Semi-Final for the second successive tournament on penalties. It also meant they had now played 13 games in competition without losing but were yet to reach a final. Hopefully it will be third time lucky at their next appearance.


So, who would take their place in the Final from the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to do battle were Hurting Berlin against Coole Wampe.

Hurting Berlin had reached the Cup Semi-Final of a competition for the second time in their history. On that occasion they pulled off a great victory over French team Grant Thornton, 1-0. Grant Thornton went on to win the 2013 Mallorca Fives and actually appeared here in Berlin last year. Coole Wampe were on debut here and breaking new ground for them – could they make it through to the Final to represent the home nation?

A look at the record books will show you it was a Lorcan Bannon goal that fired Hurting Berlin (playing as Mestallaban) into the 2012 Valencia Fives final and it was that man again who put his team into the ascendency here in Berlin. It was his goal that gave the Irish the ascendency going into half-time.

Coole Wampe had trailed to their opposition 1-0 in the previous round and had showed the fighting spirit required to level things up and go on to win the tie. If they were to repeat the feat they would have to do it from 2-0 down as Emmet Egan doubled the advantage. Hurting Berlin won their Quarter-Final 3-0 and it was to be 3-0 again in the Semi-Final when Lorcan Bannon scored his second of the game and sixth of the tournament. Hurting Berlin appeared to be reaching peak form at just the right time.

The tournament was over for Coole Wampe but they had performed well on debut and had some consolation as their number 17, Konstantin Kausch, was crowned the tournament's goalscorer with 9 goals.

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