DHL Prague Red (Cze)

0*

v

0

El Studs Bilbao (Eng)

Sobieski (Pol)

2

v

1

RS Ocean Village FC (Eng)

Tree-Top Tune FC (Eng)

1

v

1**

Eagles Old Boys (Eng)

JNJ Global Services (Cze)

5

v

1

DHL Prague Blue (Cze)

* DHL Prague Red (Cze) won 2-0 on penalties
** Eagles Old Boys (Eng) won 2-1 on penalties
 

With 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.

Would 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.

El 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.

Sobieski 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 day's endeavours.

Quarter-Final 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 Tune FC.

The 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.

It 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.

 
 
 
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