up was Futeboladas FC versus AC Richmond. It
was 3rd placed versus 5th place. For Futeboladas
FC a win would guarantee them Cup football and
qualify in 2nd place. A draw would see them
Plate football. A defeat would see their opponents
draw level on 7 points but they would need to
lose by 4 goals or more to drop to 5th and miss
out on knock-out football. AC Richmond's task
was therefore “simple” – win and win by 4 goals
or more to qualify for the Plate. We say simple
meaning the equation was simple rather than
the task ahead.
teams were locked at 0-0 for much of the first
half before a pivotal period of play arrived.
Fraser McKenzie in the AC Richmond goal dribbled
out towards the halfway line before giving the
ball away – the ball fell to Jose Miguel who
struck the ball first time from distance and
into the empty net. It was 1-0 Futeboladas FC
and all of AC Richmond's hard work in the first
half had been undone.
meant going into the second-half AC Richmond
needed to score five without reply to stay in
the tournament. Luke Jackson pulled one back
to make it 1-1 and earn a good point but in
the context of the group it would not be good
enough. For Futeboladas FC the goal was a devastating
blow as it knocked them out of the Cup qualification
places and into the Plate competition.
AC Richmond the tournament was over but the
beauty of our Algarve location is the consolation
of being able to enjoy the stunning beaches
of Praia de Falesia until the coach returned
us to the hotel.