had a great Cup Final in prospect for the 2013
Mallorca Fives as Grant Thornton of France met
Skidmarks of England.
were aiming to make it 3 tournament wins out of
3 and add to their trophy collection. On debut
they claimed the 2011 Valencia Fives title and
followed this up with victory in the 2012 Krakow
Trophy. Only Olympic Phil Babb had managed this
before in our tournaments (Amsterdam 2008, Algarve
2009, Prague 2010, Budapest 2011).
Thornton would surely prove their toughest test
yet and of course they had met earlier in the
day – the very first game of Group A. Grant Thornton
lead in that one before a late Skidmarks equalizer.
Grant Thornton were appearing in their first final
so maybe nerves would tell a little.
were treated to a game that was worthy of a final
and was end to end stuff. There were chances at
both ends and it was a little like a basketball
game with the teams seemingly taking it in turns
to attack. The highlights for Grant Thornton were
when Cedric Casterede hit the post and the French
also forced Paul Mulvey into a good save. At the
other end Neil Taylor forced Mickael Martin in
the French goal to claw one away to safety after
it looked a certain goal. Half-time, 0-0.
you say it looks like the first goal would win
a contest in a tight game but this game was open
and it still looked like the first goal would
win it. You could sense that a goal would deflate
the team who conceded it after putting in so much
effort whereas the team who scored it would get
a huge lift.
Thornton started the second half brightly with
Casterede (proving to be the French talisman)
forcing a good save from Mulvey again before the
games talking point. A ‘foul' on Cedric Casterede
in the Skidmarks box and a penalty was given.
The general concensus on the sidelines was that
it was a foul and inside the area but there was
some doubt on the pitch and afterwards. The doubt
afterwards was some people thought it was inside
the box and others out, some thought it was a
foul whereas others didn't. From our angle we'd
have given it from the sidelines but others from
a different angle maybe wouldn't have – it provided
a little controversy in an otherwise uncontentious
match and tournament.
Casterede despatched the penalty and it was 1-0
Grant Thornton. Having had no controversy all
day there was then a very good shout for a second
penalty as an Olivier Douard strike from distance
hit a hand in the penalty area. But nothing was
given. If Skidmarks felt aggrieved by the first
decision they benefitted from this one.
then came close to a leveler as they struck the
crossbar. At 2-0 you may have thought the game
was over but at 1-0 it was all to play for. Skidmarks
then substituted their goalkeeper to bring on
another outfield player and use the stand-in goalkeeper
as a sweeper to chase the game and find the equalizer.
It was a clever tactic but one that was not fully
tested as the stand-in goalkeeper's first task
was to pick a sweetly struck free-kick from Olivier
Douard out of the back of the net. We were right
behind the free-kick and it was a great hit –
power and accuracy.
was not enough time left in the game for Skidmarks
and we finished at 2-0. It was a great effort
from them in the hunt for tournament win #3…the
champagne will be on ice for that one we're sure.
winners of the 2013 Mallorca Fives – Grant Thornton…
superb win for them. After their exit in the 2011
Budapest Fives Cup QF we said, “ On another day,
we are sure they will be lifting a eurofootballfives.com
trophy in the future.” Nostradamus eat your heart
also congratulate Grant Thornton's Cedric Casterede
who claimed the Top Goalscorer Award. He finished
on 7 goals for the tournament.
congratulations also go to Son Gual in the Plate
competition. We would like to take this opportunity
to thank all our teams who participated in what
was a great day's competition. It was a pleasure
to host you all and we hope to see you all again
at a tournament very soon.