Krakow Team (Pol)





D'Ya Want Florentina (Eng)




Cool Tours (Pol)

FC Invicta of Folkestone (Eng)




Atlantic Star (Eng)

Irish Mbassy (Pol)




SV Zoo (Ger)

* Atlantic Star (Eng) and SV Zoo (Ger) won via Golden Goal


The afternoon knock-out phase of the 2012 Krakow Trophy began with the Plate Quarter-Finals. There would be 3 Quarter-Finals as Krakow Team had earned themselves a bye to the Semi-Finals courtesy of their 3rd placed finish in Group C. The three Quarter-Finals on the pitch would be contested by the teams finishing 4th and 5th in each group.


First up was D'Ya Want Florentina versus Cool Tours on Pitch A. D'Ya Want Florentina had struggled early on against some top quality opposition but in Anthony Farrell had a marksman who had scored in all 4 games. With a proven goalscorer they could prove a threat and now would be the perfect time to get their first win. Cool Tours had started reasonably well but their form had tailed off latterly in Group B including a 6-0 defeat to D'Ya Want Florentina's sister squad Half Parisian Saint Germain. If D'Ya Want Florentina could emulate their tour mates they'd have a Semi-Final to look forward to.


It started well for the English team as they scored as many goals in the first half as they had done all day establishing a 4-1 lead. Farrell started things off to make it 5 games in a row in which he'd netted. Dan Cooke then bagged his first of the day followed by Jamie Roberts and Kieran Meehan. Meehan scored again in the second half before Dom Di Maria bagged a double (to add to his 3 goals at the 2011 Valencia Fives).


It was a resounding victory and although Tomasz Drugajeo scored twice for Cool Tours he could not do it all himself. D'Ya Want Florentina celebrated a 7-2 win and had marked their arrival in this tournament in some style.


The second quarter-final was a fantastic game as FC Invicta of Folkestone met Atlantic Star. Atlantic Star would no doubt be favourites given their superior record in the Group Phase and also because, ignoring the walkover, they had taken the lead in all three of their games so far.


Atlantic Star made that four games in a row when Richard Ladd made it 1-0. It did not take long before Clarke Woollam made it 2-0 and Mark Brereton made it 3-0. You would be forgiven for thinking that Atlantic Star's place in the Semi-Finals was assured. You would have been wrong.


FC Invicta grabbed a goal back through Bartosz Subik and they had a foothold in the game. A second from Subik made it 3-2 and it really was game on. The half-time whistle went and would this arrest the FC Invicta momentum? Not at all as they found themselves level at 3-3 with another Subik strike. The Polish loanee nicknamed Stevie G was proving an invaluable signing.


Although Atlantic Star had taken the lead in 4 games they'd only won one to date but were back in front when a Polish loanee of their own, Goncalo Gaspar, made it 4-3. Would this end the FC Incvicta comeback? The reply again is no as Subik made it 4-4 and that's how it finished.


We were now into Golden Goal extra time and potentially penalties although with goals flying in we didn't think it would go that far. Who would be the hero to send his team into the Semi-Finals? Step forward Richard Ladd. He claimed the game's first and decisive final goal and it was Atlantic Star who were through to the semi-finals but it was sadly, for FC Invicta, adios to the men in white.


We'd had two cracking Quarter-Finals so far so Irish Mbassy and SV Zoo had a lot to live up to over on Pitch C. The game did not have as many goals but it certainly matched the other two games in drama and intrigue.


If Irish Mbassy wanted to successfully defend their Krakow Trophy Plate title they would need to start winning games now. SV Zoo of Germany were growing into the tournament with four points out of six and a run of form that would make them favourites.


It was the Irish Mbassy who broke the deadlock in this game though with Andy Keogh's second of the tournament in the first half. Maybe the goal came too early as it gave SV Zoo plenty of time to hit back and that is exactly what they did when Mark Wojtynek equalized in the second half. Neither team could find a winner and we finished all square at 1-1.


For the second game in a row we arrived at Golden Goal extra time. In the second Quarter-Final we had a hero in the shape of Richard Ladd. In this Quarter-Final we had a villain as the unfortunate Marcin Paprowicz scored an own goal that was golden for SV Zoo but not for Irish Mbassy.


The Irish Mbassy's defence of their Plate Trophy was over. SV Zoo progressed to an international Semi-Final.

Group Phase
Plate Knock-out
Cup Knock-out



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