first Plate Semi-Final was between Wafty Crankers
and Shooting Shamrocks on Pitch A. Wafty Crankers
had just missed out on qualification to the Cup
with defeat in their last game to Real Apsley.
Shooting Shamrocks had started well with two wins
and a draw but had followed this up with two defeats.
They would need to find their early tournament
form to progress past a strong Wafty Crankers
Crankers capitalized on the recent poor form of
the Shooting Shamrocks by establishing a 2-0 lead
with goals from the now familiar sources of Neill
Fraser and James Rowland who had scored their
6 th and 11 th goals of the tournament respectively.
Everything was going to plan for the English but
then something clicked for the Irish team and
they regained their form almost at the click of
2-0 down and with time ticking away they pulled
one back and were right back in this game. The
goal gave them hope and put pressure on a Wafty
Crankers team that were comfortable up until this
stage. Then an equaliser from Gary Manning and
the Shooting Shamrocks were back on level terms.
With momentum behind them and their sizeable support
whipped up into a frenzy this was definitely game
Shooting Shamrocks then continued their recovery
by taking the lead for the first time and it was
Gary Manning who scored the crucial goal. This
was to be the last goal of the game and the Irish
had produced a stunning comeback to make a eurofootballfives.com
final at their first attempt.
who would they play in the 2008 Prague Masters
would be either DHL Prague looking to follow-up
their 2007 Prague Trophy Cup Final with a 2008
Prague Masters Plate Final. In their way were
debutants Prisoners who had been competitive throughout.
was the local team that had the edge early on
and mid-way through the second half had found
themselves winning 3-2 and looking relatively
untroubled. A double from Leo Echeverria looking
like it could be enough. Then a moment of madness
from Gareth Evers turned the game on its head.
long ball over the top saw Gareth Evers challenge
goalkeeper Simon Liau and in an incident reminiscent
of Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup Evers
used his hands to punch the ball goalwards. The
referee followed the letter of the law and produced
the customary red card.
comfortable running down of the clock had now
turned into a backfoot rearguard action with four
men. Prisoners took full advantage and found the
equaliser they needed. At 3-3 the referee blew
the final whistle that would take this game into
golden goal extra time.
was with Prisoners and they were certainly favourites
with the extra man. On a hot summers day this
would be increasingly hard work for DHL Prague
to progress to the final. The golden goal did
not take too long in coming and half-way through
the first half of extra time Prisoners scored
the goal that meant they would meet The Shooting
Shamrocks in the Plate final of the 2008 Prague
Patel, Justin Phillips and Chris Aronson (2) with
the goals to send them on their way.