Boston’s Krakow Veterans have won the Liquid Football Trophy for a second time, after beating Diamond Geezers 3-0 in the 2018 final.
As per LFT tradition, the day started in weather that can only be described as ‘SCORCHIO’. But it was a rocky start, after one team didn’t turn up, and some players jumped ships at the 11th hour, leaving FC Liquid Football ineligable to play – causing a reshuffle in the groups.
Simple FC’s 2017 crown-defense looked promising, as they topped Group A with a 100% win record. Krakow Veterans failed to top the group for the first time in LFT history, but still qualified for the semi-finals, after winning 3 games, including a 3-0 win over foes Disaronno Ronaldo – the 2016 winners finished 4th in the group, with 3 losses. Newcomers Fosdyke FC finished 3rd in the group, with 6 points, after losing a 2nd place decider with Krakow Veterans, but were a very impressive side, and goalkeeper Ed “The Cat” Figg was voted player of the tournament, by the referees.
In Group B, newcomers Ben Dover installed themselves as one of the tournaments favourites, winning all of their first round games, and not conceding a single a goal – the only side to achieve this feat in LFT history. Diamond Geezers, who finished bottom of the group last year, showed huge improvements by finishing runner up, and sealing their place in the semis. Spalding Youth got off to a good start, with a 3-2 win over South Holland Sundays, but finished the group in 3rd place, whilst SHS finished 4th. Kestrel FC finished rock-bottom of the group for the 3rd consecutive year – ending their association with the Liquid Football Trophy.
Group A winners Simple FC took on Diamond Geezers in the first semi-final. Simple looked to be going into their second consecutive final, leading 2-1, but Diamond Geezers snatched an equaliser with the last kick of the game. This lead to a penalty shootout, where the 2 players who jumped ships both missed their penalties in pathetic fashion, knocking the 2017 winners out, and sending Diamond Geezers into the final.
In the second semi-final, Group B winners Ben Dover took on Krakow Veterans. The Vets took an early lead – becoming the first side to break the Ben Dover defense. It was a tight game, between 2 very good sides, and Ben Dover scored a late goal, but Krakow Veterans held on to secure a 3-2 win, and book their place in their second LFT final.
With the players lagging in the incredible heat, the grand final between Krakow Veterans and Diamond Geezers kicked off, with the Vets taking an early lead. Diamond Geezers looked strong, but couldn’t find the back of the net, and Krakow scored twice more, turning out 3-0 winners, and lifting the prestigous Liquid Football Trophy for the second time.
Despite finding it difficult to find sponsors, the day still turned a profit (£110) which will be donated to the Little Miracles Charity.
Huge thanks to sponsors: Patterns of Play, Harrison Rose Estate Agents, The Yellow Block, Bale’s Services ltd, Pinchbeck Kebab House, Goose’s Garden and Vision Security – the LFT wouldn’t be possible without their genrous backing.
A massive thanks to all of the players who took part and donated, Mai for the photographs (keep an eye on our facebook page) and the rest of the Power League team, referees Paul Clarke and Andy Spinks, those who attended to spectate, and anyone else who has helped us out on, and leading up to the day.
And of course congratulations to Krakow Veterans for lifting their second LFT.