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Category: EFL - published 2016-06-13 by

Samsung Frankfurt Universe celebrates 35-21 win over Amsterdam Crusaders

The field was set for the EFL Bowl. Over 6,000 football fans had gathered at the Bornheimer Hang to see the final of the Samsung Frankfurt Universe against the Amsterdam Crusaders in the Volksbank Stadion. And except of the few visiting fans all were happy to have been there.
At the end the hosts cheered after a great game with all facets for a deserved 35-21-success and the first international trophy of this young team.
Especially at the beginning both showed a spectacular duel that started with a 76-yard touchdown by George Robinson. But the visitors tied it in direct return by a quarterback sneak of Allan Bridgford and hit also - in contrast to the "Men in Purple" - the extra point by Tyron Vrede. Still in the first quarter, the lead changed again and brought the Universe the 13-7-lead by quarterback Marcus McDade and Ricardo Rodrigues. But the Crusaders again answered promptly with Rajiv Hooi and Vrede and went with a 14-13 in the second quarter.
In this period only the Samsung Universe Frankfurt scored, and they did it twice. Shortly after the start of the quarter René Möll scored a touchdown before Ricardo Rodrigues was successful with a field goal from 26 yards ten seconds before halftime. Annoying for the guests from Amsterdam: Just before the touchdown of Möll the Crusaders had the chance to increase their lead. However, the Universe intercepted a pass from Bridgford into the end zone.
But Frankfurt also had the reason to annoy. Three touchdowns of the “Men in Purple” were called back from the referees after yellow flags.
With a 22-14 lead in the back the Universe played with more self-confidence in the third quarter and reached two more times the Amsterdam end zone. First McDade throw a pass to Jansa, who scored for the 28-14 with a 82-yard touchdown. Rodrigues made the PAT. Two minutes before the end of the quarter Jansa increased after a 40-yard pass from McDades to 35-14 before the PAT was blocked.
Although the Amsterdam Crusaders reduced the result by a short rush of Bridgford including the additional point of Vredes, the “Men in Purple” brought the victory home safely.
Marcus Grahn, head coach of the Samsung Frankfurt Universe: "I'm happy for the people who are familiar with this team since 2007. We have a young team and young coaches. Just six players had ever been in a bowl game. How we did it, is a great reward. It is annoying, that we have left 21 points by penalties in the first half. In this time we hurt ourselves. But the offense had its best day today. The key was probably the better fitness at the end of the game.”
Winston Ronde, Head Coach Crusaders: "That was a great experience for us. Our young team has made a great leap in this season. But with this crowd it was hard to communicate the plays. In the Netherlands we do not have such an atmosphere. We need more of these games, to be here in the final again next year."

Frankfurt Universe35139130
Amsterdam Crusaders2114007

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