AC Motxo International (Spa)

1

V

1

Chorltonians AFC (Eng)

Men Behaving Chadli (Eng)

1

V

6

Wealdstone Raiders (Eng)

Lacey Green FC (Eng)

1

V

3

FC Gymnasium (Por)

Cruz Del Sur (Eng)

1

V

0

Elbersiktas (Hol)

 
 

The start of Round 3 saw AC Motxo International meet AFC Chorltonians. AC Motxo International had 1 win and 1 defeat to their name so far. AFC Chorltonians remained unbeaten but sat below their opponents in the league table with 2 draws. The two teams sat in the mid-table positions (4 th and 6 th ) but Group B was quite tight so a win would put the victors top of the table.

AC Motxo International will have come into the game buoyed by their first win. Momentum can be a big thing in these tournaments if it is with you it can be irresistible as you get on a roll. If it is against you it can be very difficult to lift morale and get things back on track.

AC Motxo International had the momentum with them after Round 2 but they were knocked off course when AFC Chorltonians opened the scoring here. Anthony Haddock was the man on target for the English team with his first goal of the day.

Could AFC Chorltonians be set for their first 3 points of the day? Sadly not for them. Pedro Valiente Tejeda scored for the second game in a row to rescue a point for the Spanish team. AFC Chorltonians would have to wait for that first win but they remained unbeaten.

 
 
 

Next up was Men Behaving Chadli versus Wealdstone Raiders. The former were looking for their first points of the tournament. The latter were looking for their first win having secured two draws so far.

Wealdstone Raiders had been involved in two 0-0 draws so far so goals would certainly be welcome. They did not disappoint as there were goals galore. This game proved to be the highest scoring game of the entire tournament.

Captain Ben Smale was the man to get the ball rolling for Wealdstone Raiders to make it 1-0. Tom Marriott was then on target for Men Behaving Chadli he scored his team's first goal in Europe and was also the first man to score against Wealdstone Raiders today.

Ben Smale was then on hand to regain the lead for Wealdstone Raiders at 2-1. He then went on to complete a European hat-trick as he made it 3-1. There was clear daylight between the two teams as Phil Spratt made it 4-1. Matt Graham got in on the act to make it 5-1 before Ben Smale crowned a fine performance to make it 6-1. It was their biggest win in Europe to date.

 
 
 

Up next in Group B was Lacey Green FC versus FC Gymnasium. These two teams currently sat in 2nd and 3rd position in the table with identical records of 1 win, 1 draw, 1 goal and 0 conceded. They were both missing out on top spot by goal difference.

Both these teams competed at the 2015 Algarve Open but didn't meet each other on the day. Lacey Green finished 3rd in their group on 6 points (1 win, 3 draws, 1 loss) before bowing out in the Plate Semi-Finals. FC Gymnasium, under the name Futeboladas, finished 2nd in their group with 12 points (4 wins, 1 defeat) before going to win the tournament with 3 knock-out wins and a 3-0 triumph in the Cup Final against a very good RC Lens team.

There was nothing between the two teams at the start of play today but it was FC Gymnasium who forged ahead. Joao Pereira scored for the second game in a row to give his side the lead. Lacey Green were back on level terms though thanks to a Mark Johnson equalizer.

FC Gymnasium were ahead again moments later thanks to a strike from Carlinhos. Joao Pereira's second strike of the match sealed the win for FC Gymnasium.

 
 
 

To complete Round 3 we had Cruz Del Sur versus Elbersiktas. Cruz Del Sure were leaders at the start of this round of fixtures but had just seen FC Gymnasium open up a three point lead in the game above. Cruz Del Sur could close that gap with victory of their own here.

It was Elbersiktas who stood in the way of Cruz Del Sur. The Dutch team had started off with a draw and a narrow one goal defeat. It meant they currently resided in 7th position. A defeat or draw would see them stay in 7th but a win could potentially see them surge to 4th place.

Across their two teams, Cruz Del Sur were yet to concede a goal in the tournament which was incredible. With such defensive prowess it meant they were getting full value for their goals scored. David Coleman and his defensive comrades would go on to keep a third clean sheet in as many games to keep their 100% shut-out record going. At the other end, Tom Lawro was on target to keep Cruz Del Sur's 100% win record going. The English team were looking in ominous form.

When the final whistle blew the score remained 1-0. It was another narrow loss for the Dutch. They still had 4 games to turn their fortunes around.

 
 
 

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

Cruz Del Sur (Eng)

3

2

1

0

3

0

7

FC Gymnasium (Por)

3

2

1

0

4

1

7

Wealdstone Raiders (Eng)

3

1

2

0

6

1

5

AC Motxo International (Spa)

3

1

1

1

3

2

4

Lacey Green FC (Eng)

3

1

1

1

2

3

4

Chorltonians AFC (Eng)

3

0

3

0

2

2

3

Elbersiktas (Hol)

3

0

1

2

1

3

1

Men Behaving Chadli (Eng)

3

0

0

3

1

10

0

 
 
 
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