4 of Group A began with the two pace-setters in
Group A meeting face to face. It was 1st placed
Mini FC versus 2nd placed Belfast Space Monkeys
– a win for either at this stage would virtually
guarantee Cup qualification. A loss would leave
a challenge with Ashtead Vets for the Cup and
a draw would keep it a 3-horse race.
was therefore the biggest game of Group C to date
and as you'd expect with two quality teams was
a tight affair. The two teams were yet to concede
a goal so it was always likely that goals would
be at a premium.
was to be a goal and it was a hugely valuable
goal. Who scored it? Cometh the hour, cometh the
man and that man was Sean Mullan who fired his
team into a precious lead. His goal ultimately
proved to be the winner and Belfast Space Monkeys
were top of Group A. Cup qualification was not
100% guaranteed but they were almost there.
next on Pitch D was Norton Old Boys versus Old
Bromleians. The above result meant that Cup qualification
was no longer possible for these two teams but
Plate qualification was very much in the offing
and the result of this match would go a long to
deciding which of these teams would make it.
win for Norton Old Boys would guarantee they could
finish no lower than fourth and would assure them
of a place in the Plate. It would also mean elimination
for Old Bromleians. A win for Old Bromleians would
put Plate qualification in their own hands. A
draw would be better Norton Old Boys than their
Bromleians drew first blood and it was Mark Hyland's
second goal of the day. Could it be enough to
win all 3 points? It was enough to give them the
lead at half-time. Could they hold on?
Old Boys are a resilient side and they drew level
after the break through Mark Paget – joint top
goalscorer at the 2012 Mallorca Tournament. As
things stood, Norton Old Boys were heading for
a third successive draw. In the context of the
group it was an ok result but they'd dearly love
they nor Old Bromleians could find a decisive
strike and it ended 1-1.
Old Boys had just claimed a point on the pitch
and they would now claim three points off the
pitch as we chalked up their 3-0 walkover win
versus the absent RT Algarve.