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 LMH
FC and Red Cow Belgrade.
Cow Belgrade were somewhat specialists at this
level having qualified 3 times out of 4 from Quarter-Finals
in the past. LMH FC were breaking new ground as
they failed to reach the knock-out phase at the
2016 Budapest Fives. This was their time to shine
and they begun well going into half-time with
a 1-0 lead thanks to a Dominic Rea goal.
Cow Belgrade hit back in the second half with
two goals from Daz Bray but it was not enough
to win the game – not in normal time anyway. They
would need a penalty shoot-out as a Mark Hornsey
goal in the second half meant the scores were
level 2-2 at full-time.
penalty shoot-out was required. Red Cow Belgrade
had two successful shoot-outs on their CV (5-4
v ADP Netherlands at the 2014 Barcelona Fives,
2-1 v It's Back at the 2015 Lisbon Tournament).
They had lost their previous one though (3-1)
in the 2015 Lisbon Tournament Trophy Final against
Frank Hirth A.
FC were to shoot first with Roy Wheeler scoring
down the middle. Tom Goyski immediately levelled
it up at 1-1 also going down the middle. Rex Worth
went low to his left and sent Dom Leonard the
wrong way in the Red Cow Belgrade goal. Daz Bray
went hard and low but Michael Grogan got a touch
on it but couldn't keep it out and it was 2-2.
Rea was the next man to shoot his penalty down
the middle and he was successful to make it 3-2.
It was Joe Smith with the last regular penalty.
It was a placed penalty but the goalkeeper went
the right way and saved it. Michael Grogan was
the hero for LMH FC and even moreso with news
that emerged after the tournament that the previous
penalty had broken his wrist (a double fracture).
In the annals of football injury heroism there
will be Bert Trautmann and then there will be