Results
 

DDCH (Eng)

1

v

0

Dragon Balls (Pol)

 

The second final of the day would see DDCH versus Dragon Balls. With eight 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.

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

DDCH (Eng)

Record today: Played 8, Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 3.

Goal difference today: 13-14

Current unbeaten run: 5 games.

Today's top goalscorer: Jay James Barrington (4)

Clean sheets: 2

Dragon Balls (Eng)

Record today: Played 8, Won 4, Drawn 2, Lost 2.

Goal difference today: 12-5

Current unbeaten run: 4 games.

Today's top goalscorer: Kuba Dabrowski (3)

Clean sheets: 4

 
 
 

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. You could argue that Dragon Balls were arguably shading it in terms of goalmouth action. They hit the cross bar and forced Max Braithwaite into an excellent save.

The goalmouth action that counted though was to the benefit of DDCH. Jay James Barrington increased his personal tournament tally from 4 to 5 as he gave his team a vital 1-0 lead.

DDCH fought hard to retain that lead and as Dragon Balls raised the pressure there was a red card for DDCH. Not for a bad tackle but for dissent. It was a straight red and seemed particularly harsh especially in the context of the tournament as a whole. Even the Dragon Balls side thought it was an incorrect decision.

DDCH played on with 4 v 5 but they only had a few minutes to cling on to that crucial 1-0 lead. Ultimately Dragon Balls were unable to take advantage of the extra man in the time allotted to them. The game finished 1-0 and DDCH were crowned Plate winners. A superb comeback after a tough start to the day.

First of all we offer our consolations to Dragon Balls on a fine campaign they could not have got much closer to the Plate winners' trophy. It was a great debut and a pleasure to host the team.

Huge congratulations go to our 2019 Gdansk Tournament Plate champions though DDCH.

 
 
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