2 started with Why Always Morris versus Drunken
DisAudley FC. The former had lost their opening
fixture and the latter had claimed victory so
a simplistic prediction would be to plump for
an away win. The fact that Drunken DisAudley FC
had defeated a 2-times eurofootballfives.com winning
team would add merit to their credentials as favourites
going into the game.
Always Morris? had started well enough in their
opening game but tailed off in the second period
(in terms of the score if not performance) so
would hope for a fast start to bounce back. They
did just that with Tom Burrard Lucas and Rob Stockwell
both finding the net. From there they never looked
back as they saw the game out in a professional
DisAudley, by their own admission, had failed
to reach the heights of their opening game. We've
all heard of “second season syndrome” so maybe
this was a case of “second game syndrome”. I am
sure Why Always Morris? would not care one jot
as they deserved their first win of the day. Drunken
DisAudley still had 3 games to regain their opening
game form and mount their title challenge.
Shooters were up next as they took on Skidmarks.
It was a similar scenario as the previous game
in that we had one team with an opening game victory
playing another with an opening game defeat. Above
you saw the team that tasted defeat bounce back
with a win. If this was to happen here it would
make the group incredibly interesting with 5 teams
on 3 points.
Shooters would be desperate for this not to happen
as they could open up a 3 point lead at the top
and put them in command of Group C. Their task
would not be easy against a Skidmarks team who
had a formidable record in the Group Phase of
our tournaments. In their 5 previous outings they
had played 23 group games winning 15, drawing
7 and losing just 1. They had scored 60 goals
in the process, conceded 17 and amassed 52 points.
That one game they lost came at the 2014 Bratislava
Fives – on that occasion they bounced back immediately
with a 3-0 win. AFC Shooters may need to be wary
of a wounded beast.
first half showed this was a pretty even contest
between two good sides and there was nothing to
separate the teams at half-time, 0-0. In the second
half there would be a solitary goal that would
win the tie. Step forward Ashley Britten as the
man to score the goal and claim all 3 points for
Skidmarks in a very hard fought victory.
complete Round 2 we had Depo Originals versus
Algarve Stars and once again we had a first game
winner against a first game loser. A win for Depo
Originals would see all teams level on 3 points
and just goal difference separating the entire
cast of Group C – it would be an incredible scenario
and one we've not seen before. A win for Algarve
Stars would see them open up a 3 point lead over
the chasing pack.
half-time the game was still very much in the
balance with the two teams tied at 0-0. Both teams
had been level at 0-0 in Round 1 but then their
second half performances had decided the destination
of the points. Algarve Stars stepped up to claim
all 3, Depo Originals slipped to defeat and joyously
for the Portuguese and unhappily for the Irish
history was to repeat itself.
Pines broke the deadlock to put Algarve Stars
ahead before Binlo all but secured the points
by making it 2-0. It was bitterly disappointing
for Depo Originals who had no substitutes and
maybe the ability of their opponents to refresh
personnel during the games was a crucial factor
in these second half performances.
win put Algarve Stars on top of the pile whilst
Depo Originals were in 6th position.