FC Dad (Eng)*




Dragon Balls (Pol)

Spider Mans & Eagle (Eng)




Boca Seniors Warsaw (Pol)

* FC Dad won 3-2 on penalties.


We were down to our final 4 teams in the Plate competition. The first Semi-Final would see FC Dad versus Dragon Balls. FC Dad came into the knock-out phase on a good run of form, unbeaten in 3 games with 7 points from a possible 9. Dragon Balls had only lost one game all day but 3 draws had limited their climb up the league table.

The game itself was dominated by defences with Graham Dodds (FC Dad) and Marcin Baldyga (Dragon Balls) both keeping clean sheets. The first penalty shoot-out of the day would be required to decide this one. Dragon Balls had won their one previous penalty shoot-out in our tournaments. This was also at the Plate Semi-Final stage when they defeated Pink Lloyd A 3-1 at the 2019 Gdansk Tournament. Surprisingly this was FC Dad's first penalty shoot out in our events.

Just like the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup FC Dad changed their goalkeeper for the shoot-out. Calum Jones took the gloves from Graham Dodds and it seemed to pay dividends as he saved Dragon Balls 1 st penalty from Kuba Dabrowski. However, he was adjudged to have come off his line. The penalty was retaken and Dragon Balls lead 1-0.

Calum Jones was goalkeeper turned striker as he struck the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. You couldn't keep Jones out of the action as he stood strong to save Dragon Balls 2nd penalty, Marcin Cichacki struck it down the middle but saw it saved. FC Dad took full advantage as crowd favourite Ben McNamee clipped his penalty in off the ‘keepers left post to make it 2-1.


Dragon Balls converted the last regulation penalty courtesy off Michal Stachowski to make it 2-2. It meant Graham Dodds had the chance to power his team into the Plate Final. Dodds duly obliged as he struck his spot kick low to the goalkeeper's right. The referee blew his whistle to conclude the contest and FC Dad were through to the final.


Who would join FC Dad in the Plate Final? The two teams set to do battle were Spider Mans & Eagle and Boca Seniors Warsaw.

This promised to be a high quality encounter – Spider Mans & Eagle had reached the Cup competition in 7 of their previous 11 tournaments including reaching 1 Cup Final. They had also enjoyed success at Plate level reaching two finals before – winning the 2017 Amsterdam Sixes and finishing runners-up at the 2018 Riga Tournament. Today, they had lost just so a third Plate final was a real possibility.

Boca Seniors Warsaw were on debut and breaking new ground with every step forward they took in this tournament. They finished the group phase with 7 points from a possible 15 and were in fourth position in the table. They had suffered 2 defeats – to the teams who qualified for the Cup, they were 7 points from 9 against the rest.

All the teams at today's tournament had generally been well matched and, as such, we had witnessed lots of games going into half-time level at 0-0. This game was no different. With the match on Pitch A going to a penalty shoot-out this one looked like it could be going the same way but we were to get a winner in normal time. The man of the moment was Ariel Guelfi for Boca Seniors who scored his second goal of the tournament.

It meant Spider Mans were out for today. Boca Seniors Warsaw had a final to prepare for.

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