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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?