the group games put to bed we entered the business
end of the 2010 Krakow Trophy. DHL Prague Red
had started the day in horrendous fashion opening
up with a 5-1 defeat but since then had gained
in momentum and won their final two games to narrowly
miss out on the Cup. El Studs Bilbao had followed
the reverse pattern starting off with a solid
0-0 opening draw before falling away and suffering
a nasty defeat in their final group game.
this have a devastating effect on their Plate
campaign? It didn't look like it as they held
their own against DHL Prague Red. Both teams proved
closely matched and El Studs had some history
in their favour having beaten their Czech opponents
3-1 back in the group stage of the 2009 Prague
Trophy. There was to be no repeat of this result
though as the game ended in 0-0 stalemate. With
no extra-time in this year's tournament we went
straight to penalties.
Studs Bilbao put their first penalty wide opening
the door for DHL. Dan Finlay scored his penalty
to give the Czech's the advantage. Mark Keogh
then saved the next El Studs spot-kick leaving
captain Scott Clifford with the glory of sending
his team through to the last four.
would entertain RS Ocean Village in the second
quarter-final and having lost their opening two
games would now look to make it two wins in two.
RS Ocean Village you imagine would give anything
for a result other than a 2-1 defeat. Things were
looking good at half-time and the teams could
not be prised apart as they were tied at 0-0.
Then, you couldn't write the script,we saw three
second half goals and yet again were on the wrong
end of the odd goal in three. They would go out
of the tournament having lost all four games by
the exact same 2-1 scoreline – unbelievable and
you have to say they deserved something for their
3 was an all English affair as Tree-Top Tune FC
met Eagles Old Boys. The latter were looking for
their first goal of the tournament and they found
it when Shahed Miah fired them into the lead.
The lead did not last long though as Tree-Top
Tune FC found a quick reply to take us into the
break, 1-1. There were no further additions in
the second half and we were into the realm of
penalties once again. In a close shoot-out it
was goals from Shahed Miah, Olly Luchoomun, Jon
Spooner that saw Eagles Old Boys through and sadly
we had to say goodbye to the hopes of Tree-Top
final quarter-final would guarantee a second Czech
semi-finalist as JNJ Global Services would meet
DHL Prague Blue. Their prize for victory would
be the chance to play Eagles Old Boys.
was DHL Prague Blue who took the lead through
Adeogun Oluwatosin and suddenly the proposition
of an all DHL Prague final emerged although we
were some way off that but the possibility was
there. JNJ Global Services had other ideas though
and they scored an equalizer at the perfect moment
on the stroke of half-time. The goal acted as
a catalyst for a sensational second half performance
that saw JNJ stretch away from their opponents
and by the end of the game they had eased into
a comfortable 5-1 winning position.