would join DDCH in the Plate Final? The two
teams set to do battle were Dragon Balls and
Pink Lloyd A.
two teams had met earlier in the day in what
was the very first game of the day in Group
A. On that occasion it was the Polish team who
ran out victors, 3-0. A repeat of that would
do them just fine!
started off pretty well for Dragon Balls as
Kuba Dabrowski converted his third goal of the
tournament. Dragon Balls continued to boast
the best defence in the entire tournament with
just 4 conceded in 7 games before this one.
Therefore, Pink Lloyd A would need their shooting
boots on and take full advantage of chances
when they presented themselves. Cometh the hour,
cometh the man and that man was Ed Hunter. His
goal for Pink Lloyd A levelled the tie up at
1-1 which is how we finished. A penalty shoot-out
was required to decide this one.
Lloyd A would take the first penalty and Andy
Flett strolled forward. 1-0 as he placed it
to the right of the goalkeeper. Kuba Dabrowski
was the first man up for Dragon Balls – he went
to the left of the goalkeeper but with the same
result, 1-1. It was then advantage Dragon Balls
as Steve Allen (his team's top scorer on the
day) dragged it wide. Michal Stachowski put
Dragon Balls 2-1 up but it was close. Ned Lloyd
in the Pink Lloyd goal got a hand to it but
was unable to keep it out – a valiant effort.
Lloyd had to score to keep his team in it. He
struck it to the bottom left but Marcin Baldyga
made an excellent save diving to his right and
sticking out an arm to make the save. The referee
blew his whistle to conclude the contest and
Dragon Balls were through to the final.