Results
 

Parkwood A (Eng)

1

V

5

Trinacria (Bel)

Red Star (Por)

2

V

1

Lindfield FC (Eng)

Show Me Da Mane (Eng)

1

V

2

Hellgarve Kraken's (Por)

 

Going into the final round of games it was do or die now for the final four teams locked on 6 points. First and sixth place were decided but the permutations for positions 2, 3, 4 and 5 were far too numerous to mention here. Parkwood A were the first team up and their task was simple. Win and, if possible, win big. Of the 4 teams on 6 points they had the lowest goal difference so were up against it. On the other hand they were up against the team at the foot of the table so arguably had the best fixture.

 

Trinacria in theory had nothing to play for but there was of course pride, honour and a chance of a boost before the knock-out phase. Maybe, as they had nothing to play for, the pressure was off because they pulled out the best performance of the day. Not just their best performance but the biggest win of the day. It was a sensational turnaround of form.

 

Benoit Maltaux got the ball rolling for them and Jean-Claude Messina made it 2-0 at half-time. It got even better after the break as Yassin Bouzomita increased the lead to 3-0. With Cup hopes fading fast for Parkwood A, James Staunton scored his third of the tournament to reduce the deficit to 3-1.

 

Yassin Bouzomita would go on to complete his hat-trick and a 5-1 win for Trinacria. Where did that result come from?

 
 
 

The penultimate game would be Red Star versus Lindfield FC. At the start of Round 5 we were looking for 1 team from 4 to join Hellgarve Kraken's in the Cup. Parkwood A's demise in the previous fixture meant that equation was 1 team from 3. Show Me Da Mane were to follow this game against the Group B champions so you felt this game could well be the decider for second place.

 

A win would probably be enough for the victor of this game (bar a sensational result from Show Me Da Mane). If this game ended in a draw then Lindfield FC would be out of the equation as Red Star had a superior goal difference. For Red Star a draw would be enough provided Show Me Da Mane didn't win in the final group game.

 

Red Star took control in the first half thanks to a goal from Rui his third of the day. This gave the Portuguese a bit of a cushion. They lead 1-0 at half-time.

 

Lindfield FC equalized after the break with Jon Cunningham also scoring his third of the tournament. At the moment though it wasn't enough, they needed another. The game was on a knife edge the third goal of the game would be vital. Look away Lindfield FC fans as it was Red Star's Rufino who put his team 2-1 up.

 

There was now no way back for Lindfield FC who needed to score twice. The game finished 2-1 and Red Star had almost done enough they had to wait though for it to be confirmed.

 
 
 

The final game of Group B was Show Me Da Mane versus Hellgarve Kraken's. Show Me Da Mane had a really tough job on their hands. They not only needed to win but needed to win by 3-0 or more. If they won by 3-0 they would finish with an identical goal difference and goals scored to Red Star but would go through on head-to-head.

 

However, Hellgarve Kraken's had yet to concede today. Scoring once would be a feat, scoring 3 times would be incredible. Show Me Da Mane had to do all this without conceding to a team who had scored 9 in 4 games.

 

Things started brightly though for Show Me Da Mane as David Gillick became the first man to score past Hugo Dias today. Could the incredible be on? Excitement gathered pace but Hellgarve Kraken's responded quickly to dash hopes. Joao Miguel bagged his fifth and sixth goals of the tournament to ensure a 1-0 deficit became a 2-1 credit.

 

It finished 2-1 and Hellgarve Kraken's would finish Group B as champions and with a 100% record. Show Me Da Mane put in a brave effort but would progress to the Plate.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Hellgarve Kraken's (Por)

5

5

0

0

11

1

15

Red Star (Por)

5

3

0

2

7

4

9

Lindfield FC (Eng)

5

2

0

3

6

7

6

Show Me Da Mane (Eng)

5

2

0

3

5

6

6

Parkwood A (Eng)

5

2

0

3

5

11

6

Trinacria (Bel)

5

1

0

4

7

12

3

 
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