honour of kicking off Group B fell to Bristol
Phippy FC of England and The Lucky Leprechauns
of Ireland. It was the Irish who took to the early
start a little bit better than their opponents
establishing a solid 2-0 lead at half-time thanks
to goals from Tom Jennings and Emmet Whelan. The
second half was the Steve McNamara show as he
rattled in four goals to take the game beyond
Bristol Phippy FC. The Lucky Leprechauns had lay
down a marker in Group B.
to follow them were Portugal's Maritimo Olhanense
FC and Rolling Circus. The first half of this
game was so one-sided it was untrue. If we tell
you that the Rolling Circus were part of a stag
weekend and out until the very early hours that
morning it will be no surprise to hear that they
were on the wrong of a 5-1 half-time thumping.
Paulo Carradho helped himself to a hat-trick whilst
Daniel Rosario and Helio Jeudorga also chipped
in. Martin Thompson scored for the Circus to spare
all blushes. The second half was better and tighter
holding the Portuguese to just one further goal
(from Daniel Rosario).
been hit for six in their opening game, Bristol
Phippy FC now took on Cantona's Classicos who
were opening their campaign. Cantona's Classicos
took over where the Lucky Leprechauns left off
and raced into a 3-0 lead. A goal from James Halliday
got them off and running before Kevin Wilsher
and Ross Bryant added further goals. In the second
half Rhidian Hobbs joined the party and Ross Bryant
scored his second of the game to complete the
5-0 victory. Cantona's Classicos joined The Lucky
Leprechauns and Maritimo Olhanense at the top
all with big wins. Bristol Phippy remained bottom
with the Rolling Circus.
of the Rolling Circus they were up next against
the Lucky Leprechauns. You may have to read this
next sentence a few times before it sinks in but
here we go. After keeping it tight early on the
Rolling Circus took the lead from a corner as
Stuart Barnes drilled the ball in for Howard ‘Herring'
Johnson to arrive and meet the ball perfectly
to slot home. The Circus suddenly came alive with
something to hold on to and they defended valiantly
with their one goal lead until just before half
time when Tom Jennings restored parity for the
Leprechauns. The teams kicked off the second half
1-1 and whilst it was generally one-way traffic
in favour of the Irish for much of the second
half there was little in the way of goalscoring
opportunities. As the minutes ticked away the
Circus were trying to run the clock down with
a series of negative throw-ins down the wing.
The ref was not to be fooled though and the time
added on was to kick the Circus in the teeth.
With a minute to go a wonder tackle from Ian Gibbins
kept the game at 1-1 when McNamara had an open
goal gaping he just nipped in front from nowhere
to take the ball off McNamara's shoelaces. (Please
forgive this self-indulgence as it was the only
notable contribution I made all day!).
could be forgiven at that stage for thinking the
Circus had done enough to hold on but the Leprechauns
eventually got the goal they deserved for their
territory and possession with practically the
last kick of the game as Tom Jennings deflected
effort deceived Doug Berwick and nestled in the
back of the net. 2-1 the final score and The Leprechauns
were top with two from two.
other teams at the top came face to face in the
5th game of Group B as Portugal 's Maritimo Olhanense
took on Cantona's Classicos. As you would expect
from a top of the table clash the game was tight
and goals were hard to come by. The first half
came and went with the scores 0-0. The second
half was equally close but the teams opened up
and shared four goals. Paulo Carradho's 5th of
the tournament and Daniel Rosario for Maritimo
whilst Halliday and Ross Bryant both scored for
the second game running for Cantona's Classicos.