second Cup Semi-Final was between Return of the
Dancing Horses III and Skidmarks. We already let
slip above we had a sneaky suspicion of a Cracow
United versus Skidmarks Cup Final – Vamos proved
us wrong, could the Dancing Horses III also?
have a look at the records of the two teams:
of the Dancing Horses III: Won 4, Drawn 1. 12
goals scored just 1 conceded.
Including Valencia - Won 10, Drawn 2 and 1 tournament
Return of Dancing Horses III we've omitted their
Barcelona record as this team in Krakow is so
much improved from the one that competed in Spain
it would not give a fair preview of this Semi-Final.
teams had fine records and, as in the first Semi-Final,
there was very little to choose between the times.
Half time passed with the score level at 0-0 and
you expected this to be decided by very fine margins.
The deadlock was broken when Luke Hatfield powered
in a header and Skidmarks claimed the crucial
was now up to the Dancing Horses to find a way
back as they did in the Quarter-Final. The crucial
moment and the game's talking point came in the
very last minute. With the Dancing Horses attacking
a tackle on the edge of the box was made by Skidmarks
and the referee blew – what would the decision
be? Free kick outside the area but the Dancing
Horses were adamant it was a penalty. From our
angle (other side of the pitch) it was impossible
to tell if the referee had got it right or not
but after the event a couple of Skidmarks players
conceded it should have been a penalty – the foul
was not in doubt just whether it was in or out
of the box. Skidmarks successfully defended the
free kick and with it secured the 1-0 victory.
never know if the penalty would have been scored,
if Dancing Horses would have gone on to the Final
and maybe even won the tournament but the incident
showed just how far this team had come from the
2011 Barca Fives to be in this position.