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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.