Oz had another opportunity to help the Kiwi squad
as they met Art Hosteleria for the 3rd time in
the tournament. Defeats by the scorelines of 3-0
and 4-1 did not bode well by maybe it was 3rd
time lucky? Last time they took the game to the
Spanish and scored first but there was to be no
repeat. It was a much straight forward victory
for Art Hosteleria this time as they opened up
a 3-0 lead by half-time. There was to be no let
up in the second half as Art Hosteleria needed
as many goals as they could score to boost their
goal difference and reduce their task in the 6th
and final Plate game. Michael Ofori's third goal
of the tournament grabbed a consolation goal but
4 more conceded at the other end meant a final
score of 7-1. The goals were shared between Joan
Soriano Ramon (3) and Rafael Cayala Forner (4)
as both claimed hat-tricks.
could now sit back and relax in the bar over a
cold beer knowing their day's work was done!
one game to go the CSF Kiwi squad could virtually
taste glory but they could not get complacent
as they had work to do in order to seal the deal
and claim the Plate. It was far from done and
dusted though as Art Hosteleria still had a very
good chance of taking the trophy for themselves.
To do that they needed a win to put them level
on 9 points and take the group to goal difference.
To emerge victorious the Spanish team needed to
win by a margin of 4 goals. In the fast, continuous
form of the 5-a-side game this was distinctly
possible and it would only take a few brilliant
minutes from Art Hosteleria or a few bad minutes
from CSF Kiwi to switch momentum.
earlier game between these two had been a feisty
affair with a lot of tension. This encounter was
more nervy but with no less passion. The task
for CSF Kiwi got a little easier as Zamora put
through James Nott to put them 1-0 up. This was
James Nott's 4 th of the tournament and is best
goal return in 6 tournaments. If CSF Kiwi thought
they could relax they were mistaken as Agusti
Lopez Nacher drew Art Hosteleria level and the
game was back on a knife edge. The game reached
half-time and CSF Kiwi were edging closer.
tension in the game remained as CSF Kiwi knew
that if their Spanish opponents took the lead
a further couple of goals could easily follow
and the game was being played as if only one further
goal was needed. There was to be no further goals
though and as referee Graham Barber blew the final
whistle the teams shook ends and it was CSF Kiwi
who could raise their arms in celbration.
Plate victory was the CSF's 3rd of the season
after wins in the Algarve Open and Amsterdam Fives.
Once you add the 2008 Krakow Trophy the Valencia
Fives was their 4th Plate win. If you consider
a runners-up spot in the 2007 Prague Trophy Plate
then there is no doubt the CSF are the eurofootballfives.com
Plate specialists. Well done to them once again.