first final of the day would see Wafty Crankers
versus Saipan FC. With seven games of football
already under their belt the two teams would need
to summon one last burst of energy to ensure they
would be picking up winners and not runners-up
medals in the presentation.
FC were in a final on debut so the whole experience
was new to them. Wafty Crankers were also appearing
in their first final but they had come so very
close before having gone out in the Semi-Finals
in the 2008 Prague Masters and 2010 Barcelona
Fives. They had already gone one stage further,
could they go all the way?
our history we have had four previous Plate Finals
with England versus Irish opposition. As you can
see below the majority of finals have gone in
favour of the English team albeit by narrow margins.
Prague Masters: Prisoners (Eng) 2-2 Shooting Shamrocks
(Ire). Prisoners win 6-5 on penalties.
Amsterdam Fives: Jordans Town (Nir) bt Over Crusaders
Barcelona Fives: Bristol Bridge (Eng) 1-0 Intermore
Amsterdam Fives: Rigford Seahawks Omega (Eng)
1-0 Deportivo Dooradoyle (Ire)
Republic of Ireland had yet to claim a Plate Final
victory – could Saipan FC be the first?
were going well at half-time with the teams level
at 0-0. It was anybody's guess who would emerge
victorious. It could quite easily be one moment
of brilliance that decided this final but we got
two – one a neat finish from Wafty Crankers' James
Rowlands and also a Captain's goal from Saipan
FC's Barry Lysaght. In normal time we finished
1-1 and memories of the 2008 Plate Final came
in 2008 a Golden Goal proved elusive and we went
to penalties. Not today though as we were to witness
a Golden Goal in the Czech Republic. Saipan FC
had already claimed one Golden Goal today in the
Quarter-Finals but they were on the wrong end
of it this time as Neill Fraser applied the finishing
touch to send his team into ecstasy. Fraser disappeared
under a bundle of his team-mates. The Golden Goal
is a great way to win such is the finality of
the goal but it is also a cruel way to lose as
your hopes are suddenly dashed.
FC, whilst disappointed, should not be disconsolate
though as they added a great deal to this tournament
and we are sure success will come to them in future
today though, we present you the 2011 Prague Masters
Plate Winners – Wafty Crankers.