& Co would surely be confident having progressed
to this Plate Final via penalties in the Semi-Finals.
Youssuf Benarous took the first penalty and
he was unlucky as he saw his penalty rebound
off the post. There was an early opportunity
for Belgium. Maarten Sas was first up in the
Semi-Final and he was first up again here. He
scored last time but was to be denied here.
Andrew Chippendale made the save for DePuy Blackpool.
Hunter was up next for DePuy Blackpool. He struck
it down the middle but Jelle Van Steenbergen
made the save, still 0-0. Yannick Van Steyvoort
was the next man up and it was another save
for Andrew Chippendale.
4 missed penalties surely something had to give.
Mohsin Chopdat was the man tasked with taking
the final regular penalty for DePuy Blackpool.
He scored but Van Steenbergen was close to it.
It didn't matter though, DePuy Blackpool were
1-0 up. A hat-trick of Andrew Chippendale saves
would win this for the English team. Bert Meeus
had all the pressure on him – he went to the
right of the goalkeeper and he struck the inside
of the post before the ball hit the back of
the net. Sudden death penalties would be required.
Jones would make the walk to the penalty spot
– he went high and down the middle as Van Steenbergen
dived to his left. Raoul De Schutter had to
score to keep Klopp and Co in it. Following
a huge run up he went low to the goalkeeper's
left and scored for 2-2.
McCray now had the task of putting Blackpool
ahead again. It was another penalty down the
middle and Van Steenbergen made his second save
of this shoot-out. So, Joren Mertens had a chance
to win it for Klopp & Co. It was all over
as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way and
Klopp & Co had won it!
like to thank DePuy Blackpool for attending
the tournament and offer our commiserations
for the Final. They could not have come much
closer to glory in that Final. Hopefully the
runners-up medals afforded a little consolation.
credit today and many congratulations go to
the 2018 JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament Plate Winners
– Klopp & Co! After Treasury Tigers win
last year it was successive Plate wins for Belgium.