Vamos (Pol)

1*

V

0

Cracow United (Pol)

Dancing Horses III (Eng)

0

V

1

Skidmarks (Eng)

* Vamos (Pol) won by Golden Goal.

 

Before we kicked off the Cup Semi-Finals we already knew we were assured a Poland versus England Final with two Polish teams in the first Semi-Final and two English teams in the second Semi-Final. The first semi-final would see Vamos and Cracow United come face to face. Both teams were unbeaten and something would have to give here.

 

Although both teams were unbeaten Cracow United would start as favourites with a 100% record compared with Vamos's record of 3 wins and 2 draws in normal time. You could also look at the teams' results against Half Parisian Saint Germain as a pointer as both teams had met the English team. Cracow United had won 2-0 and Vamos had drawn 1-1 (going on to win with a Golden Goal).

 

If Vamos were underdogs they were giving as good as they got and the two teams were evenly matched with play underway. There was nothing in it to be honest and both teams looked capable of victory. It was a tight contest and clear that goals would be at a premium and hard earned. Half-time came and went, 0-0. Full time came and went, 0-0.

 

We had yet another game going into Golden Goal extra time one of so many today proving we had some very even contests and some very competitive football. With the game on a knife-edge it was David Antos who scored the Golden Goal winner and, his team, Vamos emerged victorious. It was tough luck on Cracow United who had done so little wrong today with 5 wins and 1 draw they were out. They had played superbly today and we must concede we had predicted a Skidmarks versus Cracow United final Vamos proved us wrong and good luck to them.

 
 
 

The 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?

 

Let's have a look at the records of the two teams:

 

Return of the Dancing Horses III: Won 4, Drawn 1. 12 goals scored just 1 conceded.

Skidmarks: Including Valencia - Won 10, Drawn 2 and 1 tournament victory.

 

For 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.

 

Both 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 lead.

 

It 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.

 

We'll 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.

 
 
 
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