2009 Krakow Trophy Cup Semi-Finals saw two Polish
Group Winners meet two English Runners-up. Could
this be the year that a Polish winner emerges
to win the tournament?
first semi-final saw Complex meet the Rigford
Seahawks. Complex had come closer than any other
Polish team to date when they finished Runners-Up
to a very strong Red Light Runners of Scotland
just 12 months ago. Their bid for a second successive
final was looking good when they opened the scoring
in this semi-final through Pavel Sobczyk. Sobczyk
was a surviving member of that squad a year ago
and this was his third goal in the 2009 tournament.
lost their final group game and losing in this
semi-final, the Seahawks had to turn things around
fast. Not only did they comeback but they came
back in style. The Seahawks rattled in 4 goals
in quick succession to turn this semi-final on
its head. Richard Butterworth slotted home the
equalizer before Tom Freer put the Seahawks ahead.
A double from Chris Howard then put the Seahawks
in a commanding position.
were further goals but the result was done and
dusted. Richard Clements (Rigford Seahawks) and
Stanislaw Derszniak (Complex) both found the net
to make the final score 5-2. Complex were out
and their dream of going one better than last
year was over. A special congratulation to Stanislaw
Derszniak though who scored 8 goals in the tournament.
who would the Rigford Seahawks meet in the final?
Wola and Atlantic Star were the challengers. The
Polish team, Wola, were the strong favourites
with a 100% record so far in the tournament against
an improved Atlantic Star team. Atlantic Star
had improved considerably from their 2008 Prague
Trophy campaign but you felt they would have to
improve again from their group performance to
really trouble Wola.
hard as they tried they didn't have enough to
trouble their Polish opposition. Tomasz Gorowski
proved the thorn in the side as he had done to
so many teams already. He bagged a brace and took
his tournament total to 16 goals. Szczepan Pluta
scored his first of the tournament and Wola were
on their way to the final with a 3-0 victory.
to Atlantic Star and good luck in your next tournament