Misfits FC (Eng)

1

V

2

Mar Olhao (Por)

Redhill Rovers (Eng)

2

V

0

RS Ocean Village FC (Eng)

Dynamo Fucdarest (Eng)

3

V

2

Mar Olhao (Por)

Misfits (Eng)

1

V

2

RS Ocean Village FC (Eng)

Redhill Rovers (Eng)

1

V

0

Dynamo Fucdarest (Eng)

 

When Misfits FC and Mar Olhao met in Game 6 of Group B there was an opportunity for both teams to claim first place with a victory. Both teams entered this fixture on the back of a win so would be confident of securing a result.

 

With the game underway it was Jose Reis who put the Portuguese team into the lead. It was a lead they were to take into half-time. The game was evenly contested and even with the lead the Portuguese were never certain of victory and this was especially true when Thomas Carroll found the net for Misfits FC. However, Mar Olhao had just enough in reserve to see off their travelling opponents as Micael Andrade scored what proved to be the match-winning goal as Mar Olhao made it 2-1 to earn the 3 points that put the Portuguese team top of the table.

 
 
 

RS Ocean Village had just seen Mar Olhao take their lead at the top of Group B but they were in action straight away with the chance to reclaim first position. Their task would not be easy though as they took on Redhill Rovers who had looked impressive in their first two games.

 

The first blow in this fixture was struck by Sam Chapman of Redhill Rovers in the first half. A win for them and they would go top themselves on goal difference over Mar Olhao. They had plenty of incentive to hold off an RS Ocean Village FC comeback and when Reece Thomas made it 2-0 to Redhill Rovers in the second half the odds of a comeback lengthened. It meant a first defeat for RS Ocean Village FC who now occupied 3rd place in the table. Redhill Rovers were in 1st place on goal difference with one game to go.

 
 
 

Next up was arguably the best game of the Group phase and probably the largest crowd of the group phase. Many spectators had settled around Pitch B and were treated to a great contest. It was a game of joint-top versus bottom as Portugal's Mar Olhao took on Dynamo Fucdarest. The form book would suggest a Portugal victory but with the vast majority of crowd support behind them could Dynamo spring a surprise.

 

At half-time it was not looking likely as they trailed 2-1 to goals from Luis Couto and Micael Andrade. Mahe Rahman's goal for Dynamo kept them in touching distance and it was a vital goal which gave them some sort of platform to launch a second half comeback.

 

In the second half, Suniel Makh equalized to make it 2-2 much to the crowd's delight. If there was a roof on Pitch B it would have been lifted off when Suniel Makh scored his second of the game to make it 3-2. There was no way back for Mar Olhao who had seen their grip on a place in the Cup loosen somewhat. They now had to hope for other teams to do them a favour otherwise they would be playing in the Plate.

 

For Dynamo though this was a massive result - it put them on 4 points and just two points off first place. From being bottom, Cup qualification was now a realistic possibility.

 
 
 

Misfits FC and RS Ocean Village went into Game 9 looking to bounce back from defeats in their previous fixtures. Group B was so close that it meant a win here would see the victors go top or at least share top spot. You would be a brave man to choose which two teams would qualify for the Cup in this group at this stage.

 

In the first half it was Misfits FC who took the lead courtesy of their top marksman Thomas Carroll. They bounced back from opening game defeat to win their second fixture. Having lost their third game they were looking like they could do the same in their fourth game. If they could hold on to this lead they would qualify for the Cup if Redhill could win their final game.

 

RS Ocean Village FC had other ideas though and staged a second half revival. First of all Nick Rogerson put the teams on level terms before Dave Roberts bagged the winner. It was a great comeback and a vital comeback as the 3 points moved them onto 7 overall and with that their Cup qualification was secure.

 

For Misfits FC, it was catastrophic as defeat meant they would now play in the Wooden Spoon competition harsh to say the least. At half time they were sitting in the Cup places and by conceding 2 goals slipped from 2nd to 5th . To coin a phrase unbelievable Jeff.

 
 
 

So, in a group where you could climb up or fall down the table with ease due to one good win or one defeat we came to the final fixture. The equation was now simple, Redhill Rovers had to avoid defeat to play in the Cup, Dynamo Fucdarest had to win. Any other results for these teams and they would be playing in the afternoon Plate competition. There was also the added bonus of winning the group to avoid a potential Quarter-Final clash with Athletico Do Hollande again Redhill Rovers needed to avoid defeat for this to happen but for Dynamo needed to win by 4 goals to leapfrog RS Ocean Village FC. Their first task was to get 3 points and worry about goals later.

 

The task for Dynamo was made more difficult when James Harcourt scored his third of the tournament to put Redhill Rovers 1-0 up. It was a goal that gave Redhill a cushion and it proved to be enough as 1-0 became the final score. Congratulations to Redhill Rovers for winning a fascinating group and also to RS Ocean Village who joined them in the Cup.

 

Mar Olhao and Dynamo Fucdarest would play in the Plate competition and, we have to say, in unfortunate circumstances, Misfits FC would contest the Wooden Spoon.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Redhill Rovers (Eng)

4

3

0

1

7

2

9

RS Ocean Village FC (Eng)

4

2

1

1

5

3

7

Mar Olhao (Por)

4

2

0

2

6

8

6

Dynamo Fucdarest (Eng)

4

1

1

2

3

6

4

Misfits FC (Eng)

4

1

0

3

5

7

3

 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Wooden Spoon
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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