3 saw the North London derby on Pitch A with both
teams looking for not only their first win but
their first goals of the tournament. The two goal-shy
sides continued to fire blanks as defences and
goalkeepers continued to hold the upper hand.
The half-time whistle went with the scores at
0-0. The second half opened up and saw both sides
create chances. Tottenham captain Sven Alexis
eventually producing the moment to break the deadlock
and put his side 1-0 up. 1-0 could have quickly
become 2-0 as Sven Alexis searched for a second
only to see Zoran Orlic clear his next effort
off the line. It was not totally one-way traffic
though as, at the other end, Daniel Rossiter produced
a good save pushing the ball onto the post and
out to deny Arsenal an equaliser. The result saw
Tottenham jump from 8th to 6th place with their
first points of the campaign.
B saw table-toppers Chelsea take on Liverpool
. Both teams had started well with 4 points out
of 6. The Portuguese Chelsea proved why they were
top of the table keeping a clean sheet and scoring
the decisive goal to take all three points. Edmundo
Estevio was the man on the scoresheet to keep
Chelsea on top of the table. Interviewed after
the game, Liverpool 's Danny Troke commented that
he thought the referee could have been stronger
although ultimately the result was a fair one.
Liverpool remained on 4 points.
Utd continued to impress and joined Chelsea at
the top of the table following their second 3-point
haul against Ipswich Town Elite. A 2-0 defeat
saw Andrew Senior in the Ipswich goal beaten for
the first time following two clean sheets. Goals
from Celso Rosario and Pedro Xavier prevented
a hat-trick of three clean sheets and saw another
Portuguese victory over English opposition. The
defeat for Ipswich left them in 5th place and
just below the qualification places.
final match of Round 3 saw Reading Royals meet
Aston Villa on Pitch B. Aston Villa quickly put
defeat against Man Utd out of their minds as they
brushed aside a young Reading Royals side. Jerome
Branch opened the scoring to put Villa on their
way with goals from Harminder Seerha and Mehbub
Ahmed completing the victory. The result put Aston
Villa in third place just a point behind the two
Portuguese teams whilst at the other end Reading
were propping up the rest in 8th place.