AFC Shooters B (Eng)

0

V

1

Why Always Morris? (Eng)

Skidmarks (Eng)

0

V

0

Why Always Morris? (Eng)

Drunken DisAudley (Eng)

0

V

1

Algarve Stars (Por)

 
 

Group C was really hotting up as we entered Round 5. Match 10 of the group was an all-English encounter between AFC Shooters and Why Always Morris? The two teams occupied the mid-table positions coming into Round 4 so this would be a real crossroads for the teams' destinies at the 2015 Algarve Open. A win here and they would be challenging for the Cup places, a defeat would no doubt mean challenging for the Plate places. A draw would leave the teams in limbo to a certain extent but closer to the Plate action.

Why Always Morris? had a game in hand over the rest of their Group C colleagues (and two on the leaders) so their position in the table was a little bit false. A Jack Turney goal would go some way to correcting that position. He scored in the opening half to put Why Always Morris? into the lead. The team was looking in good form having put opening game defeat behind them to overturn Drunken DisAudley FC and now lead here.

AFC Shooters B kicked off the second period still trailing to that Jack Turney goal. Their form was going in the opposite direction as opening game victory was followed by two defeats. They really needed to get back into this fixture to have any realistic hope of making the Cup. Sadly for them they were unable to breach their opponent's defence as Mehmet Emin kept his second clean sheet in a row for his team.

Why Always Morris moved into outright 3rd place and just 3 points off top spot with a game in hand. AFC Shooters B would remain in 5th position.

 
 
 

Due to the fixture reshuffle the next game would see Why Always Morris? come face to face with Skidmarks. Why Always Morris? had just moved above Skidmarks in the Group C table and these teams currently sat in 3rd and 4th position.

Every game was important at this stage but this fixture was huge for Skidmarks who really needed a victory to keep up their 100% record of Cup qualification as they aimed to reach that stage for the sixth time. They had responded well to opening game defeat with 4 points from the next 6 available. How they would want that to be 7 from 9.

Why Always Morris? could virtually guarantee Cup qualification with a win and do serious damage to a title rival in the process if they could secure all 3 points. A draw would be ok too as it would keep Skidmarks at arms' length whilst meaning they could still reach 10 points that would see themselves qualify (should they win their last game).

Half time came and went with the scores level at 0-0. As the second half progressed most of the urgency and the attacking verve came from Skidmarks. This is no more than you would expect from a team with a winning mentality and who needed the points more than their opponents. They threw everything at Why Always Morris? but the men in maroon repelled everything.

Skidmarks would have to settle for the 0-0 draw and 1 point. They occupied 4th position and still had a chance to reach the Cup but qualification was now out of their hands. The point put Why Always Morris? joint 2nd but Algarve Stars had a game to come.

 
 
 

That game to come for Algarve Stars was against Drunken DisAudley it was the top two teams in the Group C table about to do battle in a game that would go a long way to deciding who would be Group C champions.

For Drunken DisAudley this was their final fixture and last chance to put points on the board. A win would see them crowned champions, a draw might do the same but they'd need other results to go their way. They had some comfort in the fact that even defeat here should still them qualify for the Cup but no doubt mean a tougher Quarter-Final tie.

Algarve Stars had the chance to leapfrog their opponents and claim the top position which would make them favourites for Group C going into Round 5. A draw or defeat would leave them vulnerable to the chasing pack of Why Always Morris? and Skidmarks.

It was a typical top of the table clash close, competitive and goals hard to come by. The two teams reached the interval all square at 0-0. This was a score that would probably please Drunken DisAudley more than the Portuguese team. Nuno Pines then swung the pendulum into Algarve Stars favour as he put his team ahead.

Drunken DisAudley had scored 6 in 4 games so far today but they were unable to add to their tally as the Algarve Stars defence remained resolute. They clung on to their clean sheet, completed the 1-0 victory and claimed the lead in Group C.

Drunken DisAudley had completed their morning's work it was a pretty good morning, 60% win ratio and they had earned a place in the elite Cup competition.

 
 

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

Algarve Stars (Por)

4

3

1

0

7

2

10

Drunken DisAudley (Eng)

5

3

0

2

6

4

9

Why Always Morris? (Eng)

4

2

1

1

4

3

7

Skidmarks (Eng)

4

1

2

1

2

2

5

AFC Shooters B (Eng)

4

1

0

3

2

4

3

Depo Originals (Ire)

3

0

0

3

0

6

0

 
 
 
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