for just the fourth time in 77 tournaments we
would have a Cup and a Plate group to decide the
winners and runners-up medals. It had proved a
popular format at the 2009 Valencia Fives, 2010
Prague Trophy and 2011 Krakow Trophy and we were
very much looking forward to how the 2016 Algarve
Open would pan out in this format.
kicked off with the Plate group with all fixtures
being played on Group B. We would begin with two
teams who had emerged from Pitch A and Group A
this morning – The Funky Shepherds versus The
two teams had met in the final fixture of Group
A and so they did not have to wait too long to
renew rivalries. In the morning, it was The Avengers
who had won 4-0. Could The Funky Shepherds put
in a performance that would reverse the fortunes
in their previous encounter?
for them the answer is no. The Avengers continued
from where they left off as Miguel Pereira put
them 1-0 up. Pereira was the top goalscorer at
the 2015 Algarve Open but amazingly this was his
first of today. Jose Miguel was also in the goals
last year (4 in total) and he added 2 to his tally
today before Joao Fernandes scored to make it
4-0 at half-time.
Fernandes went on to complete a hat-trick in the
second half as The Avengers ran out 6-1 victors.
There was some consolation for Aidan O'Reilly
scored his third of the tournament.