on the group stage results, PKG Real Estate would
have to go down as favourites for the 2010 Krakow
Trophy. We had a sneaky suspicion that Pimp My
Side FC were the main challengers to the crown.
A solid performance in the 2009 Prague Trophy
and two good opening wins here before a slip up
in their last group game although this was a dead
rubber to them. In the first quarter-final they
would meet Ireland 's Intermore FC who had proved
skillful and determined throughout the day. There
would be no change in this match and there was
to be just the one goal separating the teams.
The goal came early on from the boot of Chris
Black and Pimp My Side FC were back to winning
ways. Disappointment for Intermore FC but they
had done themselves proud.
Youth would play FC Vicars Dish in echoes of the
Plate Quarter-Final between the sister squads
of each team (Eagles Old Boys and Tree-Top Tune
FC respectively). In that match a 1-1 draw resulted
in a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win for the New Milton
Eagles team. In this game, we would see a 0-0
draw between the two teams before a 4-3 penalty
shoot-out victory for the New Milton Eagles team.
It's bad luck to go out on penalties but for both
your teams to go out in this fashion is cruel.
Eagles Youth would not care at all though as they
had a semi-final to focus on.
3rd quarter-final was one of the most bruising
encounters of the day in the Polish derby of PKG
Real Estate versus Wola. PKG Real Estate did most
of the front-running but Wola were determined
to stay in the game by all means necessary. There
were some rough challenges and some desperate
tackles and in the end Wola found themselves down
to just 3 players. PKG Real Estate were down to
4 themselves and the extra space on the pitch
did not yield goals. In the end the game finished
0-0 in a fiery clash. It would now be the dreaded
penalty shoot-out again to decide matters. After
two penalties each we were still locked at 0-0.
After 3 penalties the teams found their shooting
boots and were still level at 1-1. Into sudden
death, one missed penalty and one converted penalty
later it was Wola who took their place in the
semi-finals and favourites PKG Real Estate were
final quarter-final was Hutnik versus Bristol
Bridge Supporters. The Bristol team were the only
non-Polish team in the bottom half of the draw.
Bristol Bridge Supporters were aiming to go one
stage further than they had in the 2008 Barca
Fives but again they found their path blocked
by a stubborn local team. Hutnik played with a
mixture of brawn and flair but Bristol Bridge
Supporters were more than up to the challenge
and the teams reached half-time level at 1-1.
In the second half we saw a decisive third goal
and it was the home town team that claimed it
to progress to the semi-finals. We've seen enough
over two tournaments to suggest that Bristol Bridge
Supporters can go further and hopefully for them
it will be third time lucky to reach the semi-finals,
a final and maybe even taste glory!