Wimbledonians and the Northern Monkeys had the
honour of fighting it out in the first ever
final of a eurofootballfives.com tournament.
There was now just 16 minutes (plus any extra
time) between one of these two teams and the
chance to lift the 2007 Krakow Trophy!
Most neutrals had Old Wimbledonians
as favourites. They had looked strong throughout
the tournament and with a fully fit squad of
9 to choose from this was where the smart money
was going. The Northern Monkeys in contrast
were down to the bare minimum 5 fit players
who would have to draw upon all their reserves
of stamina to win this.
tight first-half saw nothing between the teams
until the half was drawing to a close and Bill
Fisher, with his 8th goal of the competition,
put the Northern Monkeys ahead. It was backs
to the wall stuff as Old Wimbledonians pressed
on in search of an equaliser. Attack after attack
saw the pressure building as the Northern Monkeys
were visibly tiring. The pressure eventually
told though as Old Wimbledonians struck with
5 minutes to go. A goal from Adrian Lloyd confirming
he would pip Bill Fisher to be the top goalscorer
with 9 goals in the tournament.
Northern Monkeys looked deflated and tired but
kept fighting valiantly on as Old Wimbledonians,
buoyed by the goal, looked strong in search
of a winner. The game was becoming very tense,
nervous and absorbing for all who had the pleasure
to be there and watch it.
seconds ticking away and golden goal extra time
looming a bolt from the blue from Ian Foulds
sent the Northern Monkeys into raptures. Everyone
was stunned - players from both sides, officials
and spectators alike. There appeared to be no
danger as Foulds took the ball out wide towards
the touchline and from a narrow angle with a
defender in attendence the ball flew into the
back of the net. The game re-started with just
10 seconds on the clock but no time for Old
Wimbledonians to recover.
final whistle blew and the Northern Monkeys
were crowned inaugural champions of the eurofootballfives.com
Krakow Trophy 2007.
big thank you to all teams who took part
in a glorious competition and made the tournament
a huge success!!