Frank Hirth (Eng)




Wafty Crankers (Eng)

50 Shades of O Shea (Eng)




CIS Committee Juniors (Blr)


The first Plate Semi-Final was between Frank Hirth and Wafty Crankers. Frank Hirth came into the Plate as the highest ranked of the competing teams with 10 points from their group games. As they finished 3rd in Group A you could arguably say they were favourites against the team that finished 4th in Group B with 4 points.

Both teams had Plate success behind them with Frank Hirth victorious at the 2015 Lisbon Tournament and Wafty Crankers successful at the 2011 Prague Masters. The two teams served up a cracker of a Semi-Final.

Nick Wastell put Frank Hirth 1-0 up from distance before Wafty Crankers equalised from the penalty spot via Neill Fraser. The penalty was awarded for a deliberate handball by the defender to prevent a goal – the penalty given, the customary red card for the offence wasn't. It was a reprieve for Frank Hirth who then went 3-1 up before James Rowland pulled it back to 3-2 scoring direct from a free-kick. It was half-time.

After the break the goals continued to flow as Frank Hirth opened up a 2 goal lead again at 4-2 before extending this to 5-2. Wafty Crankers were not to be beaten though as they came back again to 5-4 through James Rowland and Romain Chicoux. Time was against Wafty Crankers though and the game finished 5-4. Frank Hirth were through to a second successive Plate Final.

It was a good performance but, sadly for them, their day was now over on the pitch at least.


So, who would meet Frank Hirth in the Plate Final? It would be either 50 Shades of O'Shea or CIS Committee Juniors.

As ABCDE FC, 50 Shades of O'Shea reached the Plate Semi-Final of the 2015 Prague Tournament were they narrowly missed out on a debut final to Drunk Perfect (1-0). CIS Committee's first team had always qualified for the Cup so this was new ground for their “Juniors” team. If they went on to win the Plate they would become the 7 th team in history to have won both the Cup and the Plate over their careers.

There was very little between the two teams in the group phase as 50 Shades of O'Shea finished with 9 points compared to CIS Committee Juniors 7 points so we expected a close contest and a close contest is what we got.

The teams could not be separated at the end of the first half and they were tied at 1-1. Pavel Tumash scored the goal for CIS Committee Juniors, the 50 Shades of O'Shea #3 Matt Berka was on target for 50 Shades of O'Shea.

Could either team go on and win it in the second half without the need for a penalty shoot-out? Cometh the hour, cometh the man and that man was Adam Watson whose second strike of the day was arguably his most important – it sent his team into a European final. Final score, 2-1.

Our commiserations go to CIS Committee Juniors but they still had interest in the tournament with their CIS Committee team due to play in the Cup Semi-Final shortly.

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