23. - 28. JULY 2018 - HJØRRING - DENMARK

Jordan Knights FA (JOR) – Pegueninos do Jockey (BRA) 1-2 (0-2)

Pegueninos do Jockey from Brazil have taken part in Dana Cup for years while beating opponents and entertaining spectators. The participants in this year's final in B14 were no exception. It was a pleasure to watch, especially, man of the match, number 23 from Pegueninos do Jockey. With ease, bordering on arrogance, he again and again went past his opponents in high speed, whether they were two or three defenders.

Pegueninos do Jockey made it 1-0 after just six minutes of play and then the tone was set. As the Brazilians increased to 2-0 after six minutes, the spectators sort of knew that the players from Jordan Knights FA were going to have a hard time.

Pegueninos do Jockey were in control, but they gradually relaxed.

This changed when Jordan Knights FA equalised on an excellent direct free kick making the Brazilian goalkeeper look a little weak.

Consequently, the game gained new momentum. However, no more goals were scored in the best match of the finals.

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 Viking FK (NOR) – Svärtinge SK (SWE) 2-0 (1-0)

 Viking FK from Norway beat Svärtinge SK from Sweden when they scored an amazing long shot goal with just two minutes left of the game. The Norwegian girls had already scored in the first half, but the lead was fragile and Svärtinge SK could be proud of a match with more fighting than nice football.

The battle for gold and silver was close and intense in a match in which neither team intended to give anything away. Viking FK was just a little bit sharper in front of goal than the Swedish opponents.

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 Jambars FC (USA) – Dynamic Sporting Solution (NGA) 0-2 (0-1)

 Often the expectations to the last game in B19 have been sky high. Spectators expect great football but quite often people are disappointed. Thus, people also expected a lot from the game Jambars FC from the USA vs. Dynamic Sporting Solution from Nigeria. The game was played at a fast pace, had loads of physical duels but lacked quality.

From the beginning of the game the green striped players from Nigeria showed a bit more speed and aggression than the boys from the USA and, consequently, they deserved winning gold medals in class B19.

The African players made it 1-0 just before the final whistle in the first half, and when the ball struck the arm of an American defender five minutes into the second half, they scored on penalty and, therewith, more or less won the game.

Jambars FC fought to change the outcome, but they were never really dangerous. Not even a red card to one of the players from Dynamic Sporting Solution in the dying minute had an impact on the match result.

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 Stord FB (NOR) – Ottestad IL (NOR) 2-1

 Of course, Stord FB was a deserving winner of the final in class G15. Stord scored twice, while the opponents from Ottestad IL only managed to score once.

However, Ottestad might just as well have raised the trophy. From the first whistle Stord FB was the better team and, not surprisingly, they took the lead after 20 minutes. Nine minutes into the second half Stord scored again and, now, it was just a matter of how big the victory would be.

But players and spectators had reckoned without host, because Ottestad fought back and deservedly scored seven minutes later. The tempo was high, but Stord rode out the storm in the wholly Norwegian showdown.

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 Düren-Niederau FC (GER) – Pieta Hotspurs (MLT) 3-1 (1-0)

 Three teams in the A-finals indicate great skills and this was clearly underlined when German Düren-Niederau FC won the B17 final against Pieta Hotspurs from Malta. Having lost both finals on Friday, the expectations were high.

And the boys from Germany lived up to the expectations when they went ahead 1-0 after just two minutes of play. Both teams managed to keep a high tempo, however, without creating any clear cut chances.

Düren-Niederau FC went ahead 2-0 and so most people thought that the game was over. Still, the Maltese must be praised because they fought back scoring a goal and, thus, making the game interesting again.

Nonetheless, the tension only lasted for a few moments, because Düren-Niederau FC quickly responded by scoring for a third time.

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 Gjakova KF (KOS) – North America All Stars (USA) 0-6 (0-4)

North America All Stars from the USA was clearly the best team in class B13. The small players dressed in blue from Gjakova KF in Kosovo did not stand a chance against the big players from North America All Stars and as the Americans went ahead 1-0 after only three minutes of play people almost knew which team was going to win gold. Moreover, the players from Kosovo probably realised early on that they were going to have a hard time winning the match.

The rest of the game was a pretty calm affair, in which North American All Stars split the Southern European defence at will.

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 Forus & Gausel IL (NOR) – Kaupanger IL (NOR) 0 - 2

 Two defensive errors were crucial when Forus & Gausel IL from Norway played their countrymen Kaupanger IL in the final in class G16.

After 20 minutes of play Forus & Gausel made a terrible mistake and then the players in green from Kaupanger easily went ahead 1-0: moments before the team had even had a goal correctly disallowed, and just three minutes into the second half Kaupanger missed a huge chance to win the game. However, due to another mistake in defence, Kaupanger went ahead 2-0 10 minutes before the end of the game.

A defender passed the ball to the goalkeeper and when she picked up the ball the Polish referee correctly gave Kaupanger a free kick a couple of meters inside the penalty box. Even though Forus & Gausel put up a wall of players, the opponents easily scored a second goal and, thus, the game was decided.

Early in the game people could see that Kaupanger was the better team even though Forus & Gausel IL did try their best.

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 Hjørring IF (DEN) – A/O Heeslingen JFV (GER) 0-1 (0-1)

 When A/O Heeslingen JFV from Germany went ahead 1-0 22 minutes into the first half, it seemed as if they were quite satisfied. At least, they were happy defending in the second half and, even though, the local boys from Hjørring IF kept attacking they could not split a solid German defence.

Heeslingen, on the other hand, make use of quick turnovers without ever becoming dangerous.

At the same time, Hjørring failed to convert possession of the ball into goal chances with a few exceptions when the players in white played well on the right flank.

Especially, towards the end of the game Hjørring IF had two-three great chances to force the game into stoppage time and Hjørring's hard-working striker will probably be terribly annoyed at missing a huge chance he got when the German goalkeeper got his fingertips to the ball, pushing it onto the crossbar. The striker only had to kick the rebound into the empty net, but he kicked the ball over the crossbar.

And then Saturday's first gold medals went to A/O Heeslingen JFV.

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 Norwegian Teams Won the Fair Play Trophies

 Fair Play is part of the DNA, which Dana Cup is based. Consequently, each year two teams – one girls and one boys – are nominated for showing Fair Play. It may be on the football pitch, in the school where they live or in the centre area.

At Dana Cup 2016 the Fair Play trophy goes to Forus & Gausel IL B13 from Norway.

The rationale is as follows:

In a game the opponents had a shot at Forus & Gausel's goal. It was then the referee's opinion that the ball went past the goalpost, but Forus & Gausel's goalkeeper immediately made the referee aware of the fact that there was actually a hole in the net and that the opponents had in fact scored.

Subsequently, the referee found out that there was indeed a hole in the net and all the players on the Norwegian team agreed that the goalkeeper had done the right thing.

Moreover, the guards at Højene School said that the Norwegian team always showed nice behaviour and, as a consequence, the players had been role models for the other teams staying in the school.

The girls Fair Play trophy 2016 goes to Nymark IK in class G15.

The rationale is as follows:

During the tournament the team has shown great helpfulness when playing. In one of the games the ball disappeared into the scrub. Despite having kicked the ball into the scrub, the players from the other team were unwilling to search for the missing ball. Nymark's players, however, were very positive and invited everyone to participate in the search. Everybody took part and the game could be resumed. Additionally, during the game the players did not question the referee's decisions and the game was therefore played in a very friendly manner.

Moreover, in Muldbjergskolen where several of Nymark's teams stay, the school guards say that all the teams have behaved nicely and have been a good example to others.

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 Byåsen IL (NOR) – Hauger SK (NOR) 1-0 (0-0)

 The final in G19 between Byåsen IL and Hauger SK, both from Norway, was played in pouring rain and in spite of the harsh conditions the two teams gave the spectators at rain-soaked Energi Nord Arena a fast-paced and physical final. Both teams are to be praised for having the will to win, but the final never offered many great chances. Yet, Byåsen came close when they hit the crossbar in the first half.

However, they had only played a few minutes of the second half when a perfect pass split Hauge's defence and a fast striker from the north of Norway scored the only goal of the match.

Then the game became much faster, but Byåsen was able to withstand Hauger's efforts.

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 Baccum SC (GER) – Gneist IL (NOR) 4-2 (0-1)

 German thoroughness did not disappoint. Gneist IL from Norway quickly gained the upper hand in the game but, nevertheless, Baccum SK scored the first goal of the match.

Gneist continued undeterred to be in possession most of the time, but they only managed to scored 13 minutes into the second half.

Baccum SK defended exemplary and Gneist were only dangerous from time to time.

With 1-1 after regular time, the game went into stoppage time but still none of the teams managed to score.

And then Baccum SK made the difference. As Baccum SK scored three times on penalty and Gneis only scored once, they won the final 4-2 and then former UEFA press officer Frits Ahlstrom presented gold medals to Baccum SK in G17.

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