next on Pitch B was Melee FC versus Cheesecake
FC. This promised to be quite some game between
two teams with a great eurofootballfives.com
FC had gone on to the Cup Final in their previous
two appearances and so naturally enough had
a 100% Quarter-Final record. Cheesecake FC had
played in 6 previous tournaments and had reached
the Cup on 5 occasions and had progressed on
all 5 occasions. If you include their one Plate
appearance they were 6 out of 6 at the Quarter-Final
at today's form and it was pretty even – Melee
FC won a tough Group C losing just the once.
Cheesecake FC also had just the defeat against
a very strong Bubble Football team. So, the
form was close on paper and close on the pitch
– when the referee blew his whistle for time
at the end of the first half it was still 0-0.
was Cheesecake FC who broke the deadlock through
Wes Armstrong and when Waseem Khalique made
it 2-0 from the penalty spot it looked for all
the world that Cheesecake would be going through.
Melee FC staged a late late comeback and reduced
arrears to 2-1 when David Stothard scored. Kevin
Lewis then popped up at the perfect time to
open up his account for the day and we were
suddenly level again at 2-2. That's how it finished
and penalties would decide this one.
had experienced three penalty shoot-outs in
eurofootballfives.com competition and although
they lost the first had been successful in their
previous two. Melee FC had been in one before
– interestingly also after a 2-2 Quarter-Final
draw – which they won.
was Melee FC to strike first and Chris Pilsbury
was first to strike for Melee FC (as he did
in the 2014 Amsterdam Fives Cup Quarter-Final)
and he scored (also as he did in Amsterdam).
Waseem Khalique was up first for Cheesecake
FC – he scored a penalty in the game but this
time saw his penalty saved by Fabio Zucchelli.
It meant that Zucchelli had faced 3 penalties
in eurofootballfives.com shoot-outs and was
yet to concede. David Stothard then powered
his penalty home to put Melee FC 2-0 up.
Nordenfeld made no mistake with Cheesecake FC's
second penalty to make it 2-1. Jack Dell scored
the decisive penalty in Amsterdam last year
and he had the chance to repeat the deal here
in Lisbon. A false start with the penalty meant
it had to be re-taken and build up the pressure.
Jack Dell, cool as a cucumber, made no mistake
as he slotted the ball home into the bottom
right corner. Melee FC were through.