Son Gual (Spa)




Have Ago Heroes (Eng)

Cheesecake FC (Eng)




AB Kirby FC (Eng)

* Cheesecake FC won 3-2 on penalties.


The first Semi-Final was between Son Gual and Have Ago Heroes. Son Gual were in familiar territory having won the Plate in the Mallorca Fives last month and were looking in similar form so we wouldn't put it past them on making their second Plate Final in a matter of months.


Have Ago Heroes had just won their Quarter-Final 8-1 so would be extremely dangerous opposition. They had lost at this stage in the 2012 Barcelona Fives to Spanish opposition so would be determined to avenge that and reach a debut European Final. What followed was a corker of a game.


There was nothing between the two teams in the opening period as this was a very keen contest. There was to be a goal to separate the two teams and it was an absolute screamer of a free-kick. The goal came from the boot of Jose Luis Malta and it was Son Gual who were ahead. It was Malta's fifth goal of the tournament.


In the second half Have Ago Heroes equalized through Rob Millington and it was game on. It was like a home game for Have Ago Heroes with their subs and sister squad Barley FC supporting them. The goal seemed to deflate Son Gual who now had a real fight on their hands. The goal was a massive boost for Have Ago Heroes and the wind was in their sails….you could tell they sensed blood.


It was perhaps no surprise with the momentum of the game going in favour of Have Ago Heroes that they struck the third and decisive goal of the game – Jordan Passey scored it and Have Ago Heroes were into the Plate Final.


We said farewell to Son Gual who were unable to recreate their win in May. We thank them for their support of our tournaments and look forward to seeing them next season.


The second Semi-Final was Cheesecake FC versus AB Kirby FC. The game was every bit as entertaining as the first Semi-Final. Cheesecake FC would certainly be one of the favourites for the Plate given their Cup record in previous tournaments.


There was a little bit of history between the two teams as AB Kirby FC's Chris Williams had previously played against Cheesecake FC in the 2012 Mallorca Tournament and drawn 1-1.


The game looked pretty much over by half-time and it was 3-0 to AB Kirby FC. It was a bit of a shock not necessarily that AB Kirby FC were ahead as they were a quality team but more the size of the lead they held. A Daniel Qureshi hat-trick had put them in pole position.


Cheesecake FC had been below par today but they were to find their “A-game” in the second half as they turned on the style. An own goal, two from Waseem Khalique and a Justin Rees strike had turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead. AB Kirby FC looked broken but Jonnie Brennan turned this game around again for 4-4.


That's how it finished and we were into the dreaded penalty shoot-out. AB Kirby kicked us off and, like in normal time, they quickly established a lead. They scored their first two, Cheesecake FC missed their first and were in control. The pressure was on Mark Hignett to keep them in it – he did, 2-1. AB Kirby had the chance to win but screwed the decisive 3 rd penalty wide. However, they were still 2-1 up and the pressure was now on Wes Armstrong to keep Cheesecake FC in the tournament. He fired home and it was 2-2. It was sudden-death penalties – AB Kirby FC missed theirs, Cheesecake FC scored theirs and it was they who were through to the Plate Final. Waseem Khalique scoring the decisive spot-kick.


AB Kirby FC were out in the cruelest of fashions. A Quarter-Final in 2012, a Semi-Final in 2013 and maybe a Final in 2014?

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