going into the last round of games in Group A,
what was to be decided?
knew that just a draw would be good enough to
see them crowned Group A champions.
needed a draw against KPMG WFC to ensure qualification
for the Cup whilst KPMG WFC had to beat the Womblettes
to make the Cup but a minimum qualification of
the Plate was assured for both.
Heroes and Godalming Yellows were both looking
for their first goal and first points of the tournament
in a battle to avoid the wooden spoon. A draw
would suffice for Hogans Heroes to avoid finishing
start at the top with how it all unfolded. Padernesne
secured the point they needed to top the group
but lost their 100% record as they were held to
a goal-less draw in the first all-Portuguese encounter
of the day. A very good point and result for CAAF
Alte “A” to hold their compatriots. Padernesne
were looking like strong contenders for the Albufeira
Fives title and had yet to concede a goal.
the other end of the table Hogans Heroes and Godalming
Yellows both got off the mark with their first
points of the tournament but still failed to find
the net with the second goal-less draw of the
round. Both teams will be relieved to avoid defeat
and avoid the ignominy of 0 points in their group.
game with most riding on it though was undoubtedly
Womblettes against KPMG WFC. KPMG WFC knew they
had to win and Womblettes just had to avoid defeat.
All the pre-match banter supported the notion
that the Womblettes would secure the point they
needed to go through to the Cup. The game did
not follow the pre-match script though with Emma
Jesse giving KPMG WFC a crucial first half lead
and, at that stage, second place in the group.
KPMG WFC held onto the lead until half-time.
began the second half with just 8 minutes to secure
their fate. In the force of brave resistance they
did manage to find the equalizer through Karen
O'Neill notching her second and most important
goal of the tournament.
no further additions to the scorer, the referee
blew the final whistle to draw a close on proceedings
in Group A. Womblettes had secured the draw and
the point they needed that would confirm them
in second place in Group A and more importantly
a place in the prestigious Cup competition.
some fantastic performances along the way, KPMG
WFC would have to settle for their place in the