who would take their place in the Final from
the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to
do battle were Tinniedad & Tobacco against
were two teams who had reached this stage with
regularity and were both bidding to win their
second eurofootballfives.com title. Tinniedad
& Tobacco had claimed the 2016 Krakow Trophy,
Saipan FC had won the 2015 Mallorca Tournament.
was Tinniedad & Tobacco's fifth tournament
and fifth Cup appearance. It was the fourth
time they had reached the Semi-Finals – on the
first two occasions they went out on penalties
after conceding late equalisers. On the third
they reached the Cup Final and the rest was
history as they say.
FC had a simply stunning record in Semi-Finals
in eurofootballfives.com competition. Coming
into this game they had played 5 (Plate x 3,
Cup x 2) and won all 5. It was an incredible
record – could they keep it going?
& Tobacco opened the scoring and it was
Jon McKinley with the crucial goal. He was top
scorer in the 2016 Krakow Trophy with 14 goals.
He had taken a back seat a little to Michael
Wilkes today in the scoring stakes but had now
scored in the QF and SF to take his tally to
3 for today.
FC were back level in the second half with their
#10, Hector Navarro Real, scoring his 10th goal
of the campaign. Max Halley completed the turnaround
as Saipan FC went ahead 2-1. There was still
time left in the game though and Tinniedad &
Tobacco were able to respond when Michael Wilkes
scored his 8th of the tournament to level it
up again at 2-2.
scoring was not done there. The fifth goal of
the game would be decisive – who would be the
hero? Step forward Agus Benedito Galmes. He
had now scored in both knock-out games and this
goal would be priceless – it had earned his
team a place in the 2018 Lisbon Tournament Cup
Tinniedad & Tobacco it was a third Cup Semi-Final
defeat and another “nearly” tournament as they
looked to add to their Krakow Trophy success.
Early indications are that the 2019 Algarve
Open could be their destination of choice –
unfinished business in Portugal for the Tins.