B began with one established teams on the eurofootballfives.com
circuit against one team making its European bow.
It was Dickie Dogs versus The Warriors.
Dogs made an impressive debut in the 2010 Valencia
Fives where they claimed the Group C title with
an undefeated record of 3 wins and 1 draw. They
then came undone against tournament runners-up,
Galacticos, in the Cup Quarter-Finals. They followed
this-up playing in the 2012 Budapest Fives were
they said farewell at the Plate Quarter-Finals
stage losing out to eventual winners, Csabagyongye
of Hungary (who also won the Cup at the 2015 Budapest
Fives). Dickie Dogs were part of the inaugural
Lisbon Veterans Tournament in 2013 and finished
joint 5 th in the group table. A year later in
the 2014 Mallorca Tournament they finished 3 rd
in Group A and went through to the Plate Final
missing out on the victory narrowly (2-1) to Eagles
extra experience of the Dickie Dogs proved to
be to no avail as the Warriors won the contest
by the narrowest of margins, 1-0. Melvin Witt
scored the goal meaning it was played one, won
one in Europe for The Warriors.
2 saw Sergio Cristina take on Westfield Wanderers.
Wanderers made their eurofootballfives.com debut
at the 2014 Mallorca Veterans Tournament. They
started slowly with a 3-1 defeat against Policia
Vets before 3 successive wins to finish the group
in 2nd position. They met The Blackouts of Ireland
in the Cup Semi-Finals and went down 5-1. Could
they go one step further in the Algarve?
started well against the team from the host nation
and we reached the break with the teams level
at 0-0. It's an old cliché that goals change
games and, beyond stating the obvious, it does.
Sergio Cristina bagged the first goal of the game
through Nelson Rodrigues. Westfield Wanderers
had to come out in search of the equaliser and
they were hit by Telmo Silva who made it 2-0.
That's how it finished with the home side claiming
all three points.
final teams in Group B to start their challenge
were The Blackouts versus Water Boy. This was
a real heavyweight contest for these teams to
open their campaign. The Blackouts were Runners-up
in the 2014 Mallorca Veterans Tournament and Water
Boy were Runners-up here at the 2014 Algarve Open.
Boy would ordinarily be one of the favourites
for this tournament but they had played in the
Open Age tournament already today and we wondered
if that may take its toll. The Blackouts were
fresh as a daisy in footballing terms but had
had an early start flying in from Ireland on the
morning of the tournament.
we might have expected from these two heavyweights
we found ourselves at half-time locked together
at 0-0. In the second period it was The Blackouts
who struck the first blow with captain Shane Cox
finding the net. He capped a true captain's performance
by grabbing a second and making the game safe.
The Blackouts were off and running for their tournament