Atlantic Star (Eng)

8

V

0

AON Top Guns (Eng)

Los Betetas (Spa)

1

V

5

Los Halcones (Eng)

Tarifa 3 (Spa)

1

V

4

Karma FC (Eng)

Los Gorriones (Spa)

1

V

0

Triple D (Eng)

 

The afternoon knock-out phase of the 2010 Valencia Fives began with the Plate Quarter-Finals. First up was Atlantic Star versus AON Top Guns. In a curious twist of fate and due to the Group B withdrawals one of the 5th placed teams would be promoted into the Plate. The 5th placed team with the best record was AON Top Guns. The pre-determined draw through them directly against Atlantic Star who they had met in the last game of Group A.

On that occasion AON Top Guns had come out on top. With the benefit of the lunch break and with a desire for revenge Atlantic Star came out firing to such an extent that we may have to check their lunch for performance enhancing drugs. They came out a renewed side with the form that saw them become 2010 Manchester Fives Plate champions.

With four goals in each half they romped to an 8-0 victory. Captain Clarke Woollam claimed a hat-trick before being subbed and rested for the semi-final. Daniel Ellis and Aaron Conneran each scored twice plus there was a first tournament goal for Nick Schofield. For AON Top Guns there hunt for glory was over for this tournament at least.

 
 
 

Next up was Los Betetas who missed out on the Cup on goal difference only against a Los Halcones team who had only secured their place in the Plate in their last group game. The group records of the two teams would suggest a Spanish home win but the once the teams hit the football field it was a different story.

Maybe it was Los Betetas' disappointment at missing out on the Cup, maybe it was the last game win for Los Halcones that gave them fresh impetus or maybe it was just that Los Halcones were the better team. Whatever the reason it was a stunning performance from Los Halcones who raced to a 3-0 lead by half-time. The job was almost done but Jose Fee Robledillo Pastor pulled a goal back for Los Betetas to remind their opponents they were not done. As it turned out, this goal did not matter as Los Halcones completed an impressive 5-1 victory. Manu Adubufour (2), Yaser El Borgi, Ben Bryant and Dan Cooke scored the goals that booked a semi-final place against Atlantic Star.

 
 
 

In Quarter-Final 3, Spanish team Tarifa 3 met the first of the two Bure Park Old Boys squads to reach this stage Karma FC. Tarifa 3 were yet to win a game but were no pushovers and had pushed their opponents close in many of their 4 games to date. Karma FC had started well but were on a run of two defeats. They would need to arrest this slide to make their first eurofootballfives.com semi-final.

Karma FC delivered exactly what was required in a first half saw them surge ahead in style. When the teams turned round at half-time Karma FC had the cushion of a 3-0 lead. The second half was tighter but the damage had already been done. The teams shared two second half goals which saw Karma FC sail through to the semi-finals 4-1. Who would they play in the next round though?

 
 
 

The winners of the fourth quarter-final would play Karma FC in the next round. There was the possibility of a Bure Park Old Boys derby if Triple D could overcome their Spanish opponents in the form of Los Gorriones.

The three quarter-finals to date had all seen fairly convincing victories for the winning teams but this match was to prove the closest of the four quarter-finals. In the first half there was to be just one goal which went to the Spanish team. In the second period the onus was on Triple D to come back at their hosts but the goal proved elusive. Los Gorriones could not build on their lead but by keeping a clean sheet they did not need to. Los Gorriones progressed by the narrowest of margins, 1-0.

 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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