Spider Mans Ressies (Eng)

5

V

3

Paralytic Athletic U23s (Eng)

Spider Mans 1s (Eng)

3

v

2

Riga Spartans (Lat)

Colonel Getafe (Lat)

3

V

7

Johnsbridge FC (Eng)

Deddington Sea Squirrels (Eng)

1

V

4

Steve Park Rangers (Eng)

 

We arrived at the Plate Quarter-Final stage and we would shortly see eight teams reduced to four teams. The first two teams to do battle were Spider Mans Ressies and Paralytic Athletic U23s.

The Spider Mans teams were reaching the knock-out phase for the 14th and 15th time (taking into account both their squads). Of the previous 13 times, they had reached the Cup on 8 occasions, the Plate 3 times and the Trophy/Wooden Spoon twice. Given the 8 Cup qualifications we would expect them to do well here especially as they were victorious in the 2017 Amsterdam Sixes Plate.

The Plate was new territory for Paralytic Athletic U23s. Paralytic Athletic had reached the Cup in their 2 previous tournaments and their first team had done so again today from Group D. Could Paralytic Athletic do the Cup & Plate double? This had never been achieved by 1 group at the same tournament.

There was not much between the two teams at half-time. In fact, just the one goal separated them. Steve Wildman was amongst the goals again boosting his tally by 2. Jonathan Clark's fourth goal of the day meant there was all to play for in the second half.

Although Paralytic Athletic U23s scored two more (Nanda McCarthy, Jonathan Clark) it was Steve Wildman who stole the show. He added a second half hat-trick to his first half brace. It meant Spider Mans Ressies would run out 5-3 winners.

Steve Wildman was now on 12 goals for the tournament the highest amount ever scored by one of the Spider Mans in a single tournament. It also meant Wildman was Spider Mans second top scorer in eurofotoballfives.com competition (24) as he moved 1 goal ahead of Nick McIntosh.

 
 
 

The second Quarter-Final saw Spider Man 1s versus Riga Spartans. The big question here was could Spider Man 1s progress to the next stage and set-up a Spider Mans derby in the Semi-Finals.

In truth, we didn't expect Riga Spartans to trouble Spider Mans too much but the final score was maybe a little closer than we thought. Spider Mans 1s were 2-1 up at the break and when the final whistle blew for full-time were safely through 3-2.

Barney Wilde was enjoying a successful first tour of duty for Spider Mans in front of goal. He scored twice in this game to take his tally to four for the day. Sam A'Court also moved on to 4 for the day. This equaled his personal best goal tally achieved at both the 2015 Budapest Fives and 2017 Amsterdam Sixes.

For Riga Spartans their day was over. Kristays Kokins had proved to be a valuable loan signing for them with 2 goals in this game and 4 for the tournament in total. Kokins incidentally was our medic for the day who couldn't bear to be on the sidelines and wanted to be part of the action.

 
 
 

Colonel Getafe against Johnsbridge FC was Quarter-Final 3. Colonel Getafe were on debut so would be entering unchartered waters in our Plate competition. They came into the game with one win and two draws from four games and a positive goal difference. Johnsbridge FC had one win and one draw but arguably had a tougher group to negotiate so this would be an interesting fixture.

In their third eurofootballfives.com competition they had previously reached 1 Cup and 1 Plate. That Plate appearance was at the 2016 Krakow Trophy where they went all the way to the final. The quest for a second European final began in earnest here. Johnsbridge FC flew out the traps and effectively wrapped up this tie in the opening half.

They raced into a 6-1 lead thanks to goals from Dan Goodwin (2), Ollie Salvesen, Miles Lowry and Jack Roberts (2). A Paul Stewart goal for Colonel Getafe looked lonely in reply.

The second half was more even. Ollie Salvesen added a seventh for Johnsbridge FC whilst Paul Noonan scored a double for Colonel Getafe. The damage was done in that first half though and Johnsbridge FC were through, 7-3.

 
 
 

The final Quarter-Final was Deddington Sea Squirrels versus Steve Park Rangers.

Deddington Sea Squirrels would be familiar with the Plate after both their teams reached the Plate Semi-Final stage at the 2017 Krakow Trophy. One successfully reaching the Final, the other bowing out. Deddington Sea Eagles won the Plate in Krakow so there was a chance for the Sea Squirrels to make it a double. With the Sea Badgers in the Cup there was also a chance of a Cup and Plate double today. As we mentioned in Quarter-Final 1 in relation to Paralytic Athletic this had never been achieved before in 12 years and 95 eurofootballfives tournaments.

It didn't look like happening today either as it was Steve Park Rangers who surged into a comprehensive first half lead. They got off to the perfect start with a first minute goal from Steve Kettle. Dom Rice doubled the lead midway through the opening period before Steve Kettle scored again for 3-0.

It was Steve Park Rangers game to lose now and for much of the second half they were in control with Deddington Sea Squirrels unable to hit back. The game remained at 3-0 until a little late flurry of goals with Steve Kettle completing his hat-trick for Steve Park Rangers and Tom Weir grabbing a late consolation for Deddington Sea Squirrels. Final score, 4-1.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Wooden Spoon
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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