Vamos (Pol)

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Skidmarks (Eng)

 

So, with 42 games under our belts we had just one more to go to decide the winners of the 2012 Krakow Trophy Cup. We had a great final in store and a fantastic crowd assembled by Pitch B to watch the game and see who would be crowned champions.

 

The Final would be contested by Vamos of Poland (3 wins, 3 draws) and Skidmarks of England (4 wins, 2 draws). The general feeling was this was going to be a tough one to call and so it proved.

 

This was unchartered territory for Vamos on their debut but Skidmarks had been at this stage before winning a sensational final at the 2011 Valencia Fives. Would that experience put them in good stead for this match?

 

The teams looked a little bit heavy-legged as they felt each other out. This was going to be a tight chess match of a Cup Final rather than a gung-ho goal fest. The two teams showed their opponents a lot of respect and of course they had already played today in Group A when they fought out a tough 2-2 draw.

 

Vamos had so far gone to Golden Goal extra time in their Quarter-Final and their Semi-Final and a repeat looked likely when we reached half-time at 0-0. Could either side find the goal that would almost certainly earn victory. You would have to say Skidmarks were probably edging it with the Polish goalkeeper the busier of the two but we are talking edging it. As the game wore on we looked destined to finish 0-0 until Iain Congdon dispossessed a Polish defended on the half-way line. He was the last man and Congdon charged through on goal and slotted coolly into the back of the net.

 

It was a fine goal to break the deadlock and would prove not only to be the match winner but the tournament winner. At the final whistle it was Skidmarks who emerged victorious and they could add the Krakow Trophy title to their Valencia Fives crown.

Skidmarks had become only the sixth team to win multiple Cup titles and only the third to win their first two tournaments (Olympic Phil Babb and Athletico Do Hollande being the others). The current roll call reads;

 

4 Olympic Phil Babb: Amsterdam Fives (2008), Algarve Open (2009), Prague Masters (2010) and Budapest Fives (2011)

2 Athletico Do Hollande: Algarve Open (2010 and 2011)

2 Goldsmith Williams: Prague Masters (2008) and Amsterdam Fives (2010)

2 Lozenetz City: Prague Masters (2009) and Manchester Fives (2010)

2 Rigford Seahawks: Krakow Trophy (2009) and Berlin Fives (2012)

2 Skidmarks: Valencia Fives (2011) and Krakow Trophy (2012)

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It was a great win for the English team and they had played superbly from their opening game right through to the last minute of the Final. They had picked up 7 successive wins and scored goals for fun. Combine that with a solid defence (5 clean sheets and only 3 goals conceded) and they were very worthy winners.

 

Please spare a thought for Vamos who had made a great eurofootballfives debut and done themselves proud throughout the competition. On another day with a bit more luck they could well have been the victors.

 

We send our congratulations to all the teams who participated in what was a great day's competition. The tournament had everything and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

 
 
 
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