Tea Time (Pol)




Johnsbridge FC (Eng)

Misfits FC (Eng)




Always Short (Eng)

* Johnsbridge FC won 3-1 on penalties.

We were down to our final 4 teams in the Plate competition with 3 teams representing England and 1 sole survivor representing the international fold – Tea Time of Poland (although with a strong Iberian twist).

The first Semi-Final would see Tea Time take on Johnsbridge FC. Tea Time had breezed into this round following some extraordinary goalscoring in the Quarter-Finals – a 6-1 victory. Johnsbridge FC had been involved in a much tighter affair (1-0) but that can often make a team more hardened for the battle in future tight games.

This game did prove to be a tight one and there appeared to be very little between the teams. Nothing could divide the teams in the opening period and we turned around level at 0-0. The second half did provide goals but still the teams could not be divided as we finished at 1-1. Borja Perez Martinez scored an impressive 8 th goal of the tournament for him and the fabled Spartacus Brian Kirpal Sadheura was credited with the Johnsbridge FC goal.

A penalty shoot-out was required to decide who would progress to the Plate Final. It would be Johnsbridge FC to strike first and, unlike many an English team, showed they were pretty adept from the penalty spot. They went 1-0 up only for Tea Time to equalize at 1-1 straight away. More solid shooting from Johnsbridge FC saw them go 2-1 up. Then, the big moment….

…step forward Kirpal Sadheura (the real genuine one). An outstretched, strong left arm from the Johnsbridge FC goalkeeper made a crucial save. If Johnsbridge FC could convert their final penalty they would go through – and they did. The final penalty was struck low and hard to the goalkeeper's right and the shoot-out was won 3-1.


The second Semi-Final was Misfits FC versus Always Short. Always Short came into the game on a good run of form with 2 wins, 1 draw and a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Group A winners in their last 4 games. Misfits FC themselves were also on a decent run of form – 2 wins in a row and on the back of a sensational 11-1 win in the Quarter-Finals.

Misfits FC were in the goals again here with everything clicking going forward. Joe Carroll scored his first two of the tournament in the last game and he had two more to celebrate in the first half here. Misfits effectively won their Quarter-Final in the first half but this game was still in the balance. Nicholas Riley's second goal of the tournament in the opening period meant we were 2-1 at half-time.

It was all set up for a thrilling second half and it would not be too long before we were all square at 2-2. Always Short forcing an own goal to see parity restored.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man and that man was Lee Bridge. With 7 goals in the tournament today, his eighth was the vital goal that put Misfits FC 3-2 ahead. He took his tally to 9 with a goal that sealed the win for Misfits FC, 4-2.

There was no way back for Always Short who'd enjoyed a good debut in action and we hoped this would be their first tour of many.

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