21st May 2016

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Bratislava 7s 2016

The 7th Bratislava annual football tournament was played out in yet again fantastic conditions at the new venue of Lafranconi. Unlike the previous venue of Mlada Garda, there's a bridge that goes over the pitch which not only provided much needed shade, but it also provided entertainment as teams would get a cheer from those watching if they managed to hit the bridge when clearing their lines...

7 teams competed for the title and with the top four progressing through to the cup semis, the three that missed out played in a round robin barrage for the Plate.

With only 3 teams in Group 1, progression into the cup semis was a little easier. Uisce Bertha FC played Lions FC United in the opener and the former went ahead in this tight game thanks to a good effort from Ryan Hughes. However, Lions managed to get back on level terms thanks to a late equaliser from captain Dixon Munyalo and the game finished level. The Lions next played Harry Portir and a few goals in this game ensured all the points as they ran out winners 3-1. So in the final group game, Uisce Bertha FC needed a draw to ensure safe passage into the Cup Semis while Harry Portir needed a win! Having led twice in the game, Uisce Bertha FC surrendered their advantage and eventually lost 3-2 thanks to goals from the Marcok brothers Milan and Jakub! Final standings: 1. Lions, 2. Harry, 3. Uisce.

BISB took on FC Economist BA in the opening match in Group 2 and despite great efforts from the team with probably the highest average age, BISB succumbed to a 2-0 defeat thanks a brace by Rasto Dobrovodsky. PSE-MCS who arrived to the venue as some of their players had gone to Mlada Garda, started off their campaign against Group 2 favourites Sunday Wolves; goals from Franco Vecchiarelli and Joao de Matos ensured victory for the Wolves. PSE-MCS got off to winning ways in their next match however as an own goal was the only thing to beat Dave Keys in the BISB goal! The Sunday Wolves did not disappoint in their next encounter as they cruised to an impressive 4-0 win over FC Economist and the Group title was confirmed in their next match against BISB as they ran riot winning 5-0! PSE-MCS booked their place in the semis as well with a fine 3-0 win over FC Economist BA thanks to goals from Martin Trello, Dusan Sedlar and Marian Hudak! Final standings: 1. Sunday, 2. PSE-MCS, 3. FC Economist, 4. BISB.

In the Plate competition, Uisce Bertha went into an impressive early lead as they scored three before half-time thanks to a Shane Crean hat-trick. The second half was a different game however with BISB taking more control of the game and forcing chances at the other end, alas the come back lacked that killer touch and the game finished as the first half did at 3-0. BISB met FC Economist again and much better football again as BISB battled and put everything into scoring with Tom Ford going the closest. Filip Krizan scored for the Economists though and time ran out for BISB as the game ended 1-0! So with one win a piece, the title was decided in the final game. A draw would be enough for Uisce Bertha FC with a superior goal difference while FC Economist BA needed the win! Goals from Lubos Konecny, Ciaran Chapman and a brace from Alex Tofan ensured the Irish would party hard in the evening with their maiden piece of silverware!

Having played a tournament the previous day, PSE-MCS were certainly feeling the effects of exhaustion and with the sun bearing down and making the astroturf like a grill, the going was tough! However, PSE-MCS pulled out all the stops in the semis and eliminated the Lions with a fine victory winning 3-0 to make their first final appearance! In the other semi, a goal by Deivet Barrios of Sunday Wolves was cancelled out by captain fantastic Viktor Gasparovski as Harry Portir held the Wolves to a 1-1 draw. Sudden death Golden Goal could not separate the sides and so the match went to penalties; check out the video coming soon. Sunday Wolves won the shoot-out 5-4 and made it through to their successive fourth final.

The Lions met Harry Portir once again though this time bronze medals were at stake. In the group Lions won 3-1 but it was Harry Portir who took their chance to claim third place in this year's tournament thanks to an effort by Milan Marcok as Harry Portir won 1-0. Sunday Wolves made it 5 wins from 5 as they won the final 3-0 with goals from Franco Vecchiarelli, Patrik Ivan and Deivet Barrios who ended the tournament as top goal scorer on 4 goals! The top goalkeeper award went to David Ortiz from the Sunday Wolves who conceded one goal in five games although their were excellent performances from the other goalkeepers and most noteworthy was Dave 'The Cat' Keys who was undoubtedly the busiest goalkeeper on the day. The tournament's Player of the Tournament Award went to Uisce Bertha FC player Ryan Hughes!

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