Results

Goldsmith Williams (Eng)

9

  v

2

SK Zelenec (Cze)

Real Apsley (Eng)

5

v

3

Athletico Apsley (Eng)

 

Goldsmith Will iams were the stand out team in the group phase with five wins out of five and they would be the team to beat to take the 2008 Prague Masters title. In the semi-finals SK Zelenec stood in their way. This team was the last hope for the Czech Republic to make it a hat-trick of eurofootballfives.com Prague wins following the exploits of Kehar Club (2007 Prague Masters) and AFK Druhaci (2008 Prague Trophy).

The task facing the Czech side was an unenviable one although they went into this game on the back of two wins and a draw and in some form. However, this form did not mean anything though as Goldsmith Will iams showed no signs of letting the favourites tag get to them. The semi-final proved a fairly straight forward task for them and whilst they did concede twice (both to Radek Sulta) the nine goals they scored meant they were never in trouble.

There were hat-tricks for Adam Spicer and David Lowry, two goals from Kevin Smith and one for Chris Will iams to complete the biggest Cup semi-final win in the nine tournaments we have had to date.

The second semi-final would prove to be an intriguing encounter as Real Apsley and Athletico Apsley came face to face in the Apsley House derby. Not only was a place in the 2008 Prague Masters final up for grabs but bragging rights and honour for the rest of the tour and probably long after.

These derby matches often go one of two ways, they are often blood and thunder games with no-one giving an inch or they can become a bit too nice and friendly and lose their edge. This game provided a happy medium there was grit and determination from either side to win but the game was played in good spirit and with good humour.

It was difficult to pick a favourite in this game as while Athletico Apsley were group winners and Real Apsley were runners-up in Group A, if it was not for Goldsmith Will iams then Real could have won their group too. It would be a brave betting man to forecast the winner of this one.

The teams shared eight goals between them and did produce a winner in normal time. It was arguably the goalscoring prowess of Lee Carter that proved the difference as another four goals took his tally for the competition to 16. Benedict Rowe (2) and Tommy Peters did score for Athletico but ultimately in a losing cause as Ben Male's goal to add to those of Lee Carter sent Real Apsley through to the final 5-3.

 
 
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