AC Motxo International (Spa)

0

V

0

Cruz Del Sur (Eng)

Elbersiktas (Hol)

0

V

1

Lacey Green FC (Eng)

FC Gymnasium (Por)

0

V

1

Men Behaving Chadli (Eng)

Wealdstone Raiders (Eng)

0

v

3

Cruz Del Sur (Eng)

 
 

Going into the final round of games it was do or die now for these eight teams. For AC Motxo International, results since their previous fixture meant the Cup was no longer an option for them. They could still finish fifth with a win which would secure them a theoretically easier knock-out phase route to the Plate Final. Price was also at stake as they met Cruz Del Sur.

Cruz Del Sur were currently in fourth position and the team to target for those just below the Cup qualification places. Cruz Del Sur had two games to come in this final round of fixtures so fate was very much in their own hands. A win here would guarantee them Cup football and a chance to mount an assault on the Group B title in their last game (subject to other results).

As it turned out, this game finished 0-0 which really didn't help either team. It put Cruz Del Sur level on 10 points with AFC Chorltonians and into third place on goal difference. It made winning Group B all the more difficult though.

For AC Motxo International it probably meant staying in 7th place. However, it has to be said it was a good result against Cruz Del Sur who remained the only unbeaten team in Group B.

 
 
 

Lacey Green FC came into the final game knowing they had already qualified for the Cup but they still had some work to do. To secure the Group B title they needed at least a draw. This would be good enough if FC Gymnasium failed to win. A Lacey Green FC win would guarantee the Group B victory. Not only is the group win an honour but it provides the winners with an easier route to the Cup Final in the knock-out phase.

They faced Elbersiktas who had won their last 2 games without conceding a goal. Lacey Green knew they would not have it all their own way. Elbersiktas still had a very real chance of qualifying for the Cup a win would put them level with AFC Chorltonians but ahead on goal difference. A win for the Dutch was the difference between Cup and Plate qualification. A draw would not be enough for Elbersiktas.

We mentioned in the last round that Lacey Green FC were becoming the masters of the 1-0 win as their title chances increased with every game. They were at it again here. There was a sixth clean sheet in 7 games for Ryan Maguire whilst at the other end it was Steve Evans this time who claimed the winning goal. Lacey Green were doing a very good impression of George Graham's Arsenal team. The 1-0 win saw them claim the Group B title very well done to them.

Elbersiktas should not be too disappointed it was a valiant effort but they had just left themselves a little too much to do despite a great late rally.

 
 
 

The penultimate game of Group B was FC Gymnasium versus Men Behaving Chadli. The result of this game would have been pivotal in deciding the Group B title had it not been for Lacey Green's win in the previous game. FC Gymnasium were therefore trying to wrap up second position so they would play the third placed team in Group A in the Quarter-Finals rather than the second placed team.

Their opponents would be Men Behaving Chadli. If you looked at the table, the Portuguese team might fancy their chances with Men Behaving Chadli occupying 8th place. However, Group B had showed it had been competitive throughout so no result was a foregone conclusion.

Men Behaving Chadli would go on to prove just how competitive this group was. The fact that the team in 8 th position could defeat the previous champons was testimonoy to this. FC Gymnasium won the title here in 2015 but were on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat in this game. Tom Marriott's third goal of the tournament helped pull off a sensational victory for his team.

The sadness was it would ultimately not lift his team off the foot of the table. They would go on to be one of three teams level on 6 points but goal difference meant they would stay in 8th place. It was harsh after such a great result.

 
 
 

The final game of Group B was Wealdstone Raiders versus Cruz Del Sur. Wealdstone Raiders had just run out of steam a little bit. Having gone 4 games unbeaten they had lost their last two fixtures. Other results meant that Cup qualification was no longer possible. The best they could hope for was fifth position and a favourable Plate knock-out draw.

Cruz Del Sur were still unbeaten but currently sat in third place. A win here would lift them into second and cap a fine morning's work. They had drawn their last three games in a row which had stalled their progress a little but they could still finish with a flourish.

Cruz Del Sur put on a fine display to conclude Group B and, in particular, it was Liam Kenney who enjoyed himself. He bagged a hat-trick only the second hat-trick in 28 Group B games today. Not only did it hand his team all 3 points but it did him no harm at all in the top goalscorer stakes.

Congratulations to Cruz Del Sur who for the second time in their eurofootballfives.com careers had negotiated the group phase without defeat. They would go into the Cup as a team to watch for the title. Wealdstone Raiders would be heading into the Plate competition.

 
 
 

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

Lacey Green FC (Eng)

7

5

1

1

6

3

16

Cruz Del Sur (Eng)

7

3

4

0

7

1

13

FC Gymnasium (Por)

7

3

2

2

6

4

11

Chorltonians AFC (Eng)

7

2

4

1

5

5

10

Elbersiktas (Hol)

7

2

1

4

5

6

7

Wealdstone Raiders (Eng)

7

1

3

3

6

6

6

AC Motxo International (Spa)

7

1

3

3

3

5

6

Men Behaving Chadli (Eng)

7

2

0

5

4

13

6

 
 
 
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