Water Boy (Por)

3

V

1

Apsley House (Eng)

Goals Aloud (Wal)

2

V

0

RS Ocean Village FC (Eng)

FC Melts (Eng)

4

V

0

Apsley House (Eng)

Water Boy (Por)

5

V

2

RS Ocean Village FC (Eng)

Goals Aloud (Wal)

0

V

2

FC Melts (Eng)

 

When Water Boy and Apsley House met in Game 6 of Group B there was an opportunity for both teams to claim first place with a victory. The teams currently sat in 1st and 2nd so there was much to look forward to in this top of the table clash.

 

With the game underway it was Lee Carter's fourth goal of the day who put Apsley House into the lead. It was a lead they were to take into half-time. Including today's two group games already played Apsley House had only lost 1 out of 16 group games (to 2-time eurofootballfives winners Goldsmith Williams, Prague 2008) so Water Boy had a huge task ahead of them to come back in this one.

 

Comeback they did though and from 1-0 down they roared back to claim victory 3-1 including two goals from Joao Mendonca. It was a fine victory for the Portuguese and one that saw them go top on 7 points, 1 ahead of Apsley House. The English team now had work to do in their final fixture.

 
 
 

Goals Aloud met RS Ocean Village in the next fixture with qualification for the Plate at stake and a very outside chance of Cup qualification still possible in theory. First things first though was to try and win this game.

 

The two teams had a very similar record thus far with RS Ocean Village scoring a goal more than their opponents but it was Goals Aloud who scored the opening goal of this game when Chris Mellett scored for the second game in a row. All was looking good for the Welsh and it was looking even better when Sion Williams gave Goals Aloud a 2-0 cushion.

 

It was a lead that was enough to see Goals Aloud through to their first win of the day and move into 4th position. RS Ocean Village slipped back a place to 5th.

 
 
 

Next up was arguably the most important game of Group B as FC Melts took on Apsley House. FC Melts were currently two points behind Apsley House with a game in hand so a win would see them guaranteed Cup qualification, a draw would see them need a victory in their last game to secure that place in the Cup whereas defeat would see them miss out and progress to the Plate. For Apsley House, it was simple, win and qualify for the Cup as they had done in each of their previous eurofootballfives campaigns.

 

The first goal in these games are often massive and so it was Arni Baldersson who claimed the crucial opening goal. It was a lead they took into the break but a slender one and there was still all to play for. Alex Mitchell claimed the second goal of the game to put FC Melts 2-0 up and they could almost smell the Cup. Apsley House were in desperate need of a goal but they fell further behind when Alex Mitchell and Tom Lines scored FC Melts 3rd and 4th.

 

It was an emphatic result for FC Melts who roared into the Cup. Apsley House had started so well in Group B with two opening wins but two subsequent defeats saw them slip back into 3rd place and the Plate competition now awaited them.

 
 
 

Water Boy and RS Ocean Village went into Game 9 with the former looking to stake a claim for the Group B title. They were currently level on 7 points with FC Melts with both teams having one game to go. They had the opportunity to strike first. RS Ocean Village FC had work to do to avoid the Wooden Spoon following defeat to Goals Aloud they needed to win here and rely on FC Melts to do them a favour in Game 10.

 

In the first half it was Water Boy though who started the quicker and lived up to their billing at the top of the table as they raced into a 3-0 lead. In the second half there was a comeback for RS Ocean Village as Akbar Shah scored twice to give his team a ray of hope. Water Boy were not finished with the scoring though as they scored twice themselves for a final score of 5-2.

 
 
 

So, FC Melts now knew what they needed to do to win Group B claim victory against Goals Aloud by a margin of 3 goals or more. Anything less and they would be in second position but Cup qualification was assured.

 

For Goals Aloud they were guaranteed a place in the Plate regardless of the result but if they could win by 3 goals they would climb above Apsley House into 3rd position. That task looked a tough one especially when FC Melts went 1-0 up through Ian Balding.

 

In the second half there was a goal for Alex Mitchell to make it 2-0 and the 3-goal winning margin was in sight. Goals Aloud had other ideas though and prevented FC Melts from claiming that crucial 3rd goal and when the game finished 2-0 it was Water Boy who were crowned Group B champions. Congratulations to FC Melts though on a fine performance in their 4 group games so far.

 

Goals Aloud would now have a Plate Quarter-Final to prepare for.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Water Boy (Por)

4

3

1

0

13

4

10

FC Melts (Eng)

4

3

1

0

11

2

10

Apsley House (Eng) *

4

2

0

2

9

11

6

Goals Aloud (Wal)

4

1

0

3

4

10

3

RS Ocean Village FC (Eng)

4

0

0

4

5

15

0

* Apsley House were withdrew. Goals Aloud were promoted to 3rd and RS Ocean Village FC were promoted to 4th place and would both play in the Plate.

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

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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