Spider Mans & Great Hawk (Eng)




Two Balls One Touch (Eng)

Frank Hirth B (Eng)




Saga Louts (Eng)

PPB (Por)




Ealing Expendables (Eng)

€agles 3:36 (Eng)




Shahs of Sunset (Eng)


We arrived at the Plate Quarter-Final stage and we would shortly see eight teams reduced to four teams. To begin it was Spider Mans & Great Hawk versus Two Balls One Touch. It was 3rd placed in Group A versus 4th Placed in Group B and as such you would imagine Spider Mans & Great Hawk would be favourites given the higher league placing. With 10 points, Spider Mans & Great Hawk had the highest points haul of all the teams in the Plate so you could easily draw the conclusion they were the favourites for the Plate overall. This wasn't going to be a straightforward match though as Two Balls One Touch were on a run of three games unbeaten.

That run included a 0-0 draw against Spider Mans & Great Hawk's sister squad - Spider Mans & Eagle. After the early exchanges on the pitch it was a tough one to call and the teams looked to be evenly matched. Half-time came and went with the scores locked at 1-1. Richard Eggleston was the Spider Mans scorer. Tom Desa was the scorer for Two Balls One Touch – his third of the day making him his team's top goalscorer in Lisbon.

After the break Paul Williams scored his second of the day and Spider Mans & Great Hawk forged 2-1 ahead. When Steve Wildman made it 3-1 the result was sealed and Spider Mans & Great Hawk were through to the next stage.

Sadly, it was the end of the day for Two Balls One Touch – it was great to see them join the party and a welcome addition to our tournaments.


The second Quarter-Final saw Frank Hirth B take on Saga Louts. Frank Hirth B had performed well in a difficult group this morning. They lost just the once and were leading Group C until the final round of fixtures. They would come into the Plate as one of the teams to watch.

Saga Louts had plenty of experience at Plate level and reached the 2013 Krakow Trophy Final. They were so close to clinching the title only missing out via a penalty shoot-out. This was the third season in a row Saga Louts had made the Plate Quarter-Finals. At the 2013 Krakow Trophy they won 3-0 over Budapest Celtic Tigers but at the 2014 Bratislava Fives they lost 4-0 to local side GSF Drunkerz. Looking at Saga Louts (and their Bure Park Old Boys sister squads) they had an overall record of 3 wins and 3 defeats at this stage (one defeat was technically a draw with a loss on penalties).

Sadly for the Saga Louts, Frank Hirth B continued where GSF Drunkerz left off in Bratislava at this stage. Frank Hirth B raced into a 3-0 lead by half-time. Nick Wastell set them on their way before John Sneddon and Steven Cameron put them in command. After the break Matt Limb and Ross Annand scored to wrap up a 5-0 win.

Ross Annand's goal was remarkable for two reasons – not only was it celebrated in style with a Bafetimbi Gomis celebration but it also meant that all 7 members of the squad had scored today.


In the lower half of the Quarter-Final draw it was PPB versus Ealing Expendables – or at least it was supposed to be. With Ealing Expendables and our match referee on Pitch C there was no sign of PPB. We searched the Estadio Municipal and tried to get PPB on the phone – no sign of them and no answer. PPB had gone AWOL.

Ealing Expendables were awarded a 3-0 win and effectively had a bye to the Semi-Finals.


The final Quarter-Final saw €agles 3:36 take on Shahs of Sunset. €agles 3:36 came into the game as the 3rd placed team in Group D with a haul of 7 points. Shahs of Sunset came into the game as the 4th placed team in Group C also with a haul of 7 points. This promised to be an intriguing affair.

€agles 3:36 had a proud Plate record in our tournaments – they had already secured 3 titles (Krakow Trophy 2010, Algarve Open 2011 and Mallorca Veterans Tournament 2014). If they could claim victory in the Plate today they would equal the record of 4 Plate wins currently held by the CSF with 4.

Shahs of Sunset despite never finishing lower than joint 1st in their groups over the years had played in the Plate before due to the bizarre scenario of them finishing joint 1 st but 3rd placed on goal difference. On that occasion they won their Quarter-Final, 1-0, and a repeat would see them safely into the next round.

With the game underway it was the Shahs of Sunset who struck first with Paolo Ferrari scoring his second of the tournament. At half-time the Shahs were in the ascendency and they strengthened their position when Martin Weltman scored for the third time today.

Julian Smith pulled a goal back for €agles 3:36 – could they go on and get an equalizer? Shahs of Sunset had drawn 3 of their 4 Quarter-Finals in competition (fittingly after 4 draws in the group phase today) but they would not want to go into a penalty shoot-out having lead by two here. They wouldn't have to as Paolo Ferrari made it 3-1 and booked the Shahs of Sunset their place in the Semi-Finals.

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