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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2013 Krakow Trophy Plate Winners – Awiw.