Fyllingsdalen FK (NOR) – Düren-Niederau FC (GER) 1-0 (1-0)
With a narrow 1-0 win, there was, more or less, no doubt about who was going to win the trophy during the entire match.
Fyllingsdalen went ahead 1-0 after nine minutes in the final against Düren-Niederau and, even though, the Germans were in control in the second half, Fyllingsdalen managed to overcome the challenge.
By far, most of the play was in midfield and, thus, the game became more of an intense duel than an exciting football game.
However, this was an excellent final with two hard-working teams.
Liverpool FC (ENG) – Ottestad IL (NOR) 2-1 (2-1)
English teams are rare guests in the finals at the Dana Cup. The last time an English girls team went home with the gold medals was in 2009, when Ipswich Town won class G16. Accordingly, on Saturday, Liverpool FC had much to live up to, but the players in red from Merseyside did well. With a 2-1 win, Liverpool FC picked up the trophy as the best team in G16 in the club’s first Dana Cup.
Liverpool FC went ahead after two minutes of play, but Ottestad responded swiftly by equalising three minutes later. However, a misplaced pass by Ottestad enabled Liverpool FC to score again after 17 minutes.
After the half-time break Ottestad took control of the match. The team fought bravely and even hit the post.
But as the game progressed, the Norwegian team created fewer chances and as they were unable to score seconds before the final whistle the Norwegian girls had to be pleased about winning silver.
Trauma IF (NOR)- Rhein-Hunsrück (GER) 1-2 (1-2)
And even though the Norwegian boys went behind 0-2 after 11 minutes, they still continued the fight against a superior team and, as a consequence, they deservedly scored after 17 minutes of play. Nonetheless, they did not manage to win.
In the second half the Germans put the game on cruise control winning gold. A great game requires two good teams and credit to Trauma IF for not giving up and, thus, contributing to an excellent final.
Fortuna Aalesund FK (DEN) – Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) 0-3 (0-3)
When Fortuna Hjørring went in front 1-0 after just one minute of play in the final against Fortuna Aalesund from Norway, the players in blue knew that it was going to be difficult. Fortuna Aalesund fought bravely, but as the Norwegian girls used too much energy defending they were unable to create good chances.
Consequently, Fortuna Hjørring was in control of the game. The 3-0 win was never at risk even though the lead was to some extent a pretext for doing nothing and, subsequently, the second half was not as entertaining as the first 25 minutes.
Fortuna Aalesund won silver and has every reason to be content because, on this day, the Norwegians simply lost to a better football team.
The Winners of Fair Play 2017
The jury at Dana Cup has found the winners of this year’s Fair Play trophies among the boys and girls. Mansfield Crew FC in class G15 from the USA was awarded the Fair Play trophy among the girls and Cantalao in class B11 from Peru won the boys’ Fair Play trophy with the following reasoning.
Since the arrival in Hjørring, both teams have shown a remarkably pleasant appearance in connection with transport and accommodation.
Likewise, both teams have been extremely cooperative and have always complied with various requests from the referees concerning player information.
During the completion of all games, the players have displayed a very remarkable behaviour and helped ensure that all involved parties around the matches have had a good and unforgettable experience.
Mansfield Crew FC participates in the Dana Cup for the first time.
Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) – Langfjorden FK (NOR) 3-0 (1-0)
Even though Langfjorden FK had strong support from enthusiastic spectators in the stands, the Norwegian players were busy preventing Fortuna Hjørring from scoring in a game, in which the Norwegian players in the red shirts failed to create a single chance; however, at one point, the Norwegian players and fans felt that they should have been awarded a penalty.
Hence, with a 3-0 win, Fortuna Hjørring deservedly won the trophy in G17.
After at 1-0 lead at half time, it looked as if Langfjorden FK was best in the beginning of the second half. Fortuna Hjørring’s players seemed nervous making too many mistakes, but Fortuna scored two second half goals to give them a well-deserved victory.
GPS National Team (USA) – Frogner-Skedsmo IL (NOR) 1-0 (0-0)
In a lively final, in which both teams had difficulties creating actual chances, GPS National Team from the USA eventually won by scoring a goal just after half time.
In all 40 minutes, the game was a duel about controlling midfield and, moreover, it was dominated by many physical duels. Several times both teams played well, but observant defenders in both ends stopped all attempts on goal and apart from an American shot that hit the Norwegian crossbar, none of the teams managed to score another goal. Both teams fought hard in the final but, unfortunately, they did not manage to score more goals.
Tucuman 1 (ARG) – Vidar FK 1 (NOR) 2-0 (5-3)
’I hope to see you in the final.’
That is what the head of Dana Cup, Jette Andersen, told Tucuman and Liverpool FC on Monday, when the mayor of Hjørring, Arne Boelt welcomed the two teams in the town hall.
On Friday Argentinian Tucuman fulfilled Jette Andersen’s wish and even managed to win the final in the club’s first visit to the Dana Cup.
After four minutes of play, Tucuman was 2-0 in front and seemed to have won the game but, in just two golden minutes in the second half, Vidar equalised. However, Tucuman scored again and in only a few minutes the score went from 2-2 to 4-2. Yet, once again Vidar managed to bring excitement into a very entertaining game, when the Norwegians equalised with five minutes left. Tucuman’s goal in stoppage time was only adornment. Super game by both teams.
On the other side of the centreline Fortuna Hjørring’s head coach was obviously more satisfied.
‘ When the players come to me, I expect, not least, that the technical skills are all right. We continue practicing skills, but certainly also tactical understanding,’ he emphasises. Having won the game, Fortuna Hjørring plays the final in G17 tonight in Nord Energi Arena.
Frederikssund FB (DEN) – Cantalao (PER) 5 – 2 (1-1)
Cantalao from Peru has proud traditions in the Dana Cup. The South Americans won class B11 in 2016 and have won that class four times. Apparently, the Danish boys from Frederikssund did not know that.
They played a great game based on technical skills and a good tactical understanding, totally without respect for their opponents and, thus, already went in front 1-0 after six minutes of play. However, five minutes before half time, Cantalao equalised with a perfect header.
Just one minute into the second half, the story repeated itself. Due to a well-played attack, Frederikssund went in front again but only a couple of minutes later Cantalao equalised. Then the best player of the match, Frederikssund’s number 10, took control of the game. Scoring a real hat trick, he clearly underlined the Danish dominance, so Frederikssund deservedly won the match 5-2.
Kreis Cloppenburg NFV (GER) – Minsk FC (BLR) 3 – 4 after extra time (2-1)
The fortunes of battle fluctuated. An old worn phrase in football but, nevertheless, it fits well to describe the first final between Kreis Cloppenburg NFV from Germany and Minsk FC from Belarus.
From the very beginning of the game, the Belarusians put a lot of pressure on the opponents and, actually, dominated the game until the Germans scored after 11 minutes of play. Six minutes later they went in front 2-0, but when Minsk scored one minute before half time, the game changed. Consequently, Minsk FC equalised one minute into the second half.
After 28 minutes Kreis Cloppenburg scored again from the distance, but five minutes later Minsk equalised again, and as nobody scored again, the game went into extra time.
In extra time Minsk FC won the game when the captain, one of the best players of the game, scored.