Results
 

Awiw (Pol)

3*

V

3

Saga Louts (Eng)

* Awiw won 2-1 on penalties.

 

The first final of the day would see Awiw and Saga Louts come head-to-head in a bid to lift the 2013 Krakow Trophy Plate Title.

 

With 13 games of football already under their belts between them the two teams would need to summon one last burst of energy to ensure they would be picking up winners and not runners-up medals in the presentation. The game started off at quite a pace with Dave Tyrell and Matt Johnson (x2) putting Saga Louts into a 3-0 lead. It was an explosive start to the match and many thought the game was over after this opening burst including us we have to admit.

 

However, we only need to look at last year's Plate Final to realize this could have been premature. Back then Krakow Team lead 3-0 at half-time but still lost as Germany's SV Zoo hit back to claim a 4-3 win. We were not even at half-time in this one and Konrad Wacker reduced arrears to 3-1. Half-time.

 

After the break Marcin Kluza made it 3-2 and it was really game-on. The game was all of a sudden on a knife edge. The pressure was on Saga Louts and the momentum with Awiw. Time was against the Polish team and it looked as if Saga Louts were about to hold on until Patryk Grudzien scrambled the ball home from close range with practically the last kick of the game to make it 3-3. The full-time whistle blew and a penalty shoot-out would decide this match.

Saga Louts would take the first penalty and it was Matt Johnson tasked with getting them off to a good start. He struck it into the bottom left corner to crown a fine day for him personally 6 goals plus this penalty. Marcin Kluza stepped up for Awiw and it was 1-1.

 

Up next was Ian Mansley who struck his penalty well but it cannoned back off the cross-bar with the goalkeeper beaten. Awiw converted and it was 2-1 to the home team. When Paul James struck the next penalty Konrad Moszczynski dived to his left to push the ball to safety.

 

Many congratulations to Awiw on a superb win. Our commiserations go to Saga Louts who narrowly missed out. The Bure Park Old Boys would collect medals in our presentation for the fourth year in a row though.

The 2013 Krakow Trophy Plate Winners Awiw.

 
 
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