final of the 2008 Prague Masters would be contested
by The Shooting Shamrocks of Ireland and Prisoners
of England. You may recall that these teams met
each other in the morning phase in Group B.
the group game the two teams could not be separated
in a 2-2 draw and this was likely to be another
close encounter with The Shooting Shamrocks regaining
their form in the latter stages of their semi-final.
The Prisoners had only lost once en route to the
final in their opening game against Bartley Greeners.
They had even remained unbeaten against the two
teams in their group who made the Cup semi-finals.
followed was an absolutely classic. Without a
doubt this match was the best Plate final eurofootballfives.com
has ever seen.
drew first blood when Cleyton Cabral broke the
deadlock with his second of the tournament at
just the right time. The Shooting Shamrocks had
fallen behind in their semi-final and fought back
and would have to do the same again in the final.
This is exactly what they did as they gradually
fought their way back into the game and eventually
got the goal they craved through Anthony Foley.
did not take long for one goal to become two as
Anthony Foley scored again. Everything was going
the way of the Irish at the moment and, with time
running out, it looked for all the world that
a second successive comeback would result in glory.
Prisoners had other ideas and showed great metal
to lift themselves and produce a comeback of their
own. Chris Aronson scored his fifth of the tournament
late on to send the Prisoners into unconfined
joy with a well-earned equaliser.
was a game that neither team deserved to lose
and 2-2 was probably a fair scoreline at full-time.
This was exactly the same scoreline as when the
teams met in the group. This time round there
would be no points sharing as the teams entered
golden goal extra time.
lot of effort and energy was put into the finding
that crucial last goal but alas it was not to
be found and the game would go to the dreaded
penalty shoot-out. This would be the first ever
penalty shoot-out in a eurofootballfives.com final.
toss of the coin decided that the Shooting Shamrocks
would shoot first. Six perfect penalties later
and the teams were locked at 3-3. Sudden death
penalties awaited. Two more penalties each and
two more goals each as the exemplary display of
penalties continued with neither keeper having
a chance to make themselves a hero.
came the telling moment. The next round of penalties
saw us start with the same penalty takers as we
began with. Up stepped Shooting Shamrocks only
to put their 6th penalty narrowly wide of the
target with a slightly wide effort.
pressure was now on the shoulders of Bishal Gautam
who was one kick away from glory. Up he stepped
and placed it towards the top right corner. Gary
Noonan got finger tips to the strike but could
not prevent it finding the back of the net to
send the Prisoners into raptures.
great final played in a great spirit and it was
handshakes all round as the teams walked off to
a warm and generous applause.
to Prisoners and commiserations to the Shooting
2008 Prague Masters Plate Winners – Prisoners.