Tommie's Guns (Eng)




Rayford Athletic (Eng)


The first Final of the day would see Tommie's Guns versus Rayford Athletic. With seven 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 and not runners-up medals in the presentation.

Rayford Athletic had reached a Final on debut and Tommie's Guns at the second attempt so both had made an impressive start to life and could duly be proud of their performance. No-one wanted to lose a Final though and to go home with the trophy and winners medals would crown a fine day.

We witnessed a great Plate Final which was befitting of a great Plate competition in general so far. Of the six games so far three had gone to penalties and the others had all been decided by just one goal (one being a penalty in normal time). It couldn't have got much tighter. It was Tommie's Guns who forged ahead through Pat Vernall his third goal of the tournament putting his team in the box seat. Those Rayford Athletic legs would surely feel heavier now as they tried to get back on level terms. Andrew Key's fourth of the tournament would have given them a lift and we were back level again at 1-1. That's how it stayed as we reached half-time.

Ross Bennett who had been successful with his penalties to help Rayford Athletic reach this Plate Final then scored his second of the day in normal time to put his team 2-1 up. They had come from behind and were, for the moment, on their way to victory. Tommie's Guns had other ideas though and we shouldn't be surprised that another Plate fixture was levelled up again as Pat Vernall's fourth of the day made it 2-2. It was a goal in the final stages of the game that looked like it was taking us to yet another penalty shoot-out. Both teams had been successful from the spot today so we're sure both would have fancied their chances in a shoot-out. Penalties were not needed though.

Tommie's Guns equalizer came late but there was still time for them to stun Rayford Athletic with a late late winner. Alex Meecham was the man that sent Tommie's Guns wild. He'd flown in from China to make the tournament and that commitment was rewarded with him popping up to claim the winning goal right at the death.

We'd like to thank Rayford Athletic for attending the tournament and offer our commiserations for the Final. It had ultimately proved not even one game too far this time but a couple of minutes too far right at the end. Maybe they could go one step further next time they certainly showed they were capable.

For today though, we present you the 2015 Berlin Fives Plate Winners Tommie's Guns! Very many congratulations.

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