2016 Veterans Tournament Plate Final would be
contested by Crabtree Amblers and Pioes. This
was only our third Veterans Plate competition
so who could follow in the foot-steps of €agles
3:36 at Mallorca 2014 and Norton Old Boys at the
Algarve 2015 in order to take the cherished trophy.
have a look at the two teams road to the final;
Played 6, won 3, drawn 2, lost 1. They
had scored 7 goals along the way and conceded
just one. They were perhaps unlucky to miss out
on the Cup but put that disappointment behind
them as they swept Dickie Dogs aside, 3-0, in
Amblers: Played 3, drawn 1, lost
2. They started off superbly with two wins but
two defeats threatened to de-rail their campaign.
A draw in the final group game and a great 1-0
win over Mavericks in the Semi-Final saw them
through to a final on debut. They had scored 3
goals and conceded 5 along the way.
at the stats above you would probably make Pioes
favourites. However, this was a remarkable final
in the sense that we had the two teams finishing
fourth in their group defeating the teams that
finished third in the groups to reach the final.
Maybe we should ignore the stats and the form
the game underway it was Pioes who drew first
blood. Bruno Bambo scored his fourth of the tournament
for the Portuguese team. This sparked danger for
Crabtree Amblers who had picked up all 3 of their
victories by scoring first and seeing out the
game as front-runners. In the two games they lost
they had conceded the first goal – they would
need to change that to take the Plate trophy.
task got more difficult when Rui Fernandes made
it 2-0 for Pioes. Pioes had only conceded once
today so Crabtree Amblers were really up against
it. They were unable to find a way through the
Pioes defence as the home team saw the game out
to claim the Plate victory.
Crabtree Amblers it was disappointment to fall
just short but it had been a great performance
from them today. For this season they had to be
content with Runners-Up medals but maybe it will
be winners medals and trophies waiting for them
leave the Plate competition for today though by
celebrating our winners – huge congratulations