who would take their place in the Final from
the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to
do battle were Banerka (Pol) against Only Kruls
& Horses (Eng).
were the last hope for the home nation in this
tournament. It is a tournament that Poland has
struggled to win. Since the tournament's inception
in 2007, Poland has only won on 3 occasions
– a double in 2010 when the event was staged
twice and then more recently in 2017. Only Kruls
& Horses were hoping to set up an all England
Cup Final and potentially be the 6th English
winners of this title.
won Group B and were one of 5 teams (across
both groups) to finish on 9 points but they
finished with the best goal difference of all
teams with a stunning 18 goals scored and just
3 conceded. They had the best attack and the
joint best defence (with Alea Iacta Est who
were in the Plate). As a result, they were arguably
favourites for this tie.
Kruls & Horses were appearing in the knock-out
phase for the 9th time in our tournaments. Of
the previous 8, 7 had been in the Plate but
their Cup appearance was at their last tournament
– the 2019 Barcelona Fives. They went out at
the Quarter-Final phase to the 2012 champions,
Black Sheep. Was a first Cup Final appearance
awaiting them here in Krakow?
was little to choose between the two teams in
terms of goals and ultimately it was the extra
firepower up front that Banerka possessed combined
with a miserly defence that won this tie for
the Polish. Dominik Krol and Kornel Krzyzak
scored in either half as Ian Corkill kept his
4th clean sheet in 5 games. Final score, Banerka
2-0 Only Kruls & Horses.
to Only Kruls & Horses but their Barcelona
& Krakow appearances show they are a team
on the up and a eurofootballfives.com title
could be within their grasp in the coming years.