left us with Why Always Morris? versus Depo Originals.
Now, we had a fascinating situation potentially
arising between Skidmarks and Why Always Morris?
Should this game finish 0-0 both teams would have
identical points, identical goal difference, identical
goals scored and an identical head-to-head record
as the two teams drew 0-0 when they met earlier
in the day. So we would need penalties to see
who finished third and who finished fourth. This
was not just an academic exercise – Cup qualification
would depend upon this potential penalty shoot-out.
watching on were hoping that Depo Originals could
do them a favour by winning the game or at the
least hold Why Always Morris? to a draw to give
them a shout on penalties. Why Always Morris?
needed a goal and to avoid defeat and they were
first half came and went with the scores level
at 0-0. The game had quite a following and as
Depo Originals tired it increasingly became defence
versus attack. Why Always Morris? desperately
trying to get the goal and Depo Originals defending
feverishly. Mark Higgins in the Depo goal was
also having a superb game – clearly inspired by
the swelling crowd on the touchlines.
had gone round what was at stake and the crowd
was cheering for the underdogs to get the draw
and take us to penalty shoot-out. This was the
last group game of the tournament so the numbers
around the sidelines were plentiful. There was
some atmosphere and as the game went on it looked
like the crowd may get what they wanted.
the vital moment, Dean Broadhurst popped up with
the crucial strike to break Depo Originals resistance
and Skidmarks hearts. You felt there was no way
back for the Irish and even if there was 1-1 would
see Why Always Morris? through on goals scored.
it was Why Always Morris? won the game 1-0 and
that result would see them finish in 2nd place
– a superb morning's work.