Results
 

Bialoazzuri FC (Pol)

4

V

1

Bede FC (Eng)

Audley Witney (Eng)

3

v

1

Spider Mans & Eagle (Eng)

Audley London (Eng)

3

V

0

The Crazy Gang (Eng)

Hotpockets (Ire)

7

V

1

Gdanskchester FC (Pol)

 

For the thirteenth time in eurofootballfives.com history we had a Trophy competition to supplement our traditional Cup and Plate competitions. This was the eighth time we had a 24-team event in addition to 25-team (x3) and 32-team (x2) events. This was a great opportunity for the teams finishing 5th and 6th in the morning group phase to turn their fortunes around and walk away with a trophy.

Bialoazzuri FC had the second highest points haul of all the teams in the Trophy competition as they claimed 1 win, 2 draws and suffered just 2 defeats in the group phase. They were up against a Bede FC team who had the unwanted record of never having won a knock-out game in our events. Could their fortunes change here in Gdansk?

It did not start well for the English team as Bialoazzuri FC forged ahead. Marco Yanime had scored three times so far today and he was to add two more goals to his tally as Bialoazzuri lead 2-0. It was game on again though when Muhammad Chilwan bundled in at the far post to reduce the lead to 2-1.

An own goal didn't help Bede FC's cause as the lead increased to 3-1 before Pafrruo Lopez put the game beyond doubt and sealed the 4-1 victory. Bialoazzuri FC were through to the next round. Bede FC were out.

 
 
 

On Pitch B we had the intriguing contest of Audley Witney versus Spider Mans & Eagle. Audley Witney had secured the most wins and most points out of all the teams in the Trophy competition. They were the second top scorers of the 8 teams to qualify but had conceded 20 (the second highest of the 8 teams).

Spider Mans & Eagle were in unfamiliar territory. In their 9 previous tournaments they had qualified for the Cup on 6 of those occasions and the Plate twice. Only once had they previously been in the Trophy. That was at the 2015 Lisbon Tournament and they exited at this stage via penalties.

Spider Mans & Eagle had started well enough with victory but had since slipped to four defeats on the bounce. They may well have had that sinking feeling as it was Audley Witney who established the lead. Eddie Stevens and Paul Merchant were both on target.

Alex Stewart scored his fourth of the day and 15th goal in 4 tournament appearances to cut the lead to 2-1. The fourth goal of this game proved decisive it was scored by Eddie Stevens and Audley Witney progressed, 3-1.

 
 
 

On Pitch C the referee and Audley London could take an extended lunch break as due to The Crazy Gang's withdrawal at the end of the Group Phase we had a space in the knock-out schedule. Audley London would get a bye to the Semi-Final.

It was a real shame for The Crazy Gang as they had put in their best performance to date certainly in terms of goal scored. They had their best ever haul of 10 goals and would have been the top scorers of all the 8 teams to qualify for the Trophy.

 
 
 

Last but not least was Hotpockets against Gdanskchester. Hotpockets came into the game as 5th position in Group D versus 6th position in Group C for Gdanskchester.

The group phase of today's tournament would mark out Hotpockets as favourites for this tie as they took 4 more points than Gdanskchester and had the better goal difference of the two. In fact, at -2, Hotpockets had the best goal difference of all the teams in the Trophy. Gdanskchester had the worst at -19.

The game went with the form book. Pa O'Brien opened the scoring and Hotpockets never looked back. John Gray made it 2-0 which was the score at half-time. In the second half Pa O'Brien completed his hat-trick as he extended the lead to 4-0. Sean O'Donnell then added a brace to make it 6-0.

Gdanskchester FC bagged a consolation through Wojciech Sapiotka but our hat-trick hero Pa O'Brien would have the final say as he scored a fourth. Final score, 7-1.

 
 
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