The Warriors (Eng)

0

V

1

Sergio Cristina (Por)

Westfield Wanderers (Eng)

1

v

3

The Blackouts (Ire)

Dickie Dogs (Eng)

1

v

0

Water Boy (Por)

 
 

Game 7 of Group B was an important fixture for both The Warriors and Sergio Cristina. Due to the fixture re-arrangements The Warriors did not have a game in Round 2 although they were still in third place but crucially had a game in hand over their opponents in the table. A win here for the English team would make it a three-way tie at the top.

If Sergio Cristina could maintain their 100% record to make it 3 wins in succession then they would open up a 3 point lead at the top (at least until The Blackouts next played). We witnessed a very close and even contest in the first half. It was played out with neither goalkeeper beaten and we were 0-0 at the interval.

Telmo Silva was proving to be the danger man for Sergio Cristina's opponents and he proved as much when he bagged his fourth goal in three games in the second half. It proved to be the only goal of the game and secured another 3 point haul for the Portuguese. They lead Group B with a maximum 9 points.

It was the Warriors first defeat of the day and with 3 games left they still had time to qualify for the Cup.

 
 

Westfield Wanderers versus The Blackouts was the next game on Pitch A and was a battle between the 5th and 2nd placed teams. A win for The Blackouts would see them go joint top with Sergio Cristina and turn Group B into a two-horse race. A win by 2-goals or more would see them lead the way on goal difference.

For Westfield Wanderers time was beginning to run out on Cup qualification as they had achieved in Mallorca 2014. They had to win this, their remaining two games and hope for other results to go their way to have hope of finishing in the top two. This game was a repeat of the Cup Semi-Final in Mallorca 2014 that The Blackouts won 5-1. History was not on Westfield Wanderers side.

The Blackouts were on their way to another victory over the English team as they forged a 2-0 lead by half-time. They extended their lead to 3-0 in the second half before a consolation from Aaron Dix for Westfield Wanderers. Dix had scored 5 last year and had just opened his 2015 goal-scoring account.

The goals for The Blackouts came from Darragh Cox (2) and Ronan Gilligan who both scored in this fixture last year (as did Aaron Dix for Westfield Wanderers). The Blackouts were top of Group B.

 
 
 

To complete Round 3 of Group B we had Dickie Dogs versus Water Boy. Dickie Dogs had two games to go to mount a challenge for Plate qualification where they were Runners-Up last year. A strong finish to the tournament could see them qualify and maybe go one step further this season.

Water Boy had an impressive group phase record in our tournaments having qualified for the Cup four times and the Plate once in our open age section. They had to win this one to harbor any hopes of making the Cup for the first time in Veterans action. Water Boy were 6 points behind Sergio Cristina and The Blackouts but still had to play Sergio Cristina so it was still possible.

At half-time, time was running out for Water Boy as they were held to a 0-0 scoreline. A draw was no good for the Portuguese. It was not much better for Dickie Dogs whilst a draw would put their first point on the board, they really needed 3 points to put them right in the mix for Plate qualification.

Who would get the goal the two teams desperately needed? Step forward Caspar Clark who's goal was the decisive strike and it brought Dickie Dogs all 3 points. It was a great scalp and a huge 3 points they were now locked in a 3-way tie in joint third place. For Water Boy, the Cup was now virtually beyond them although not quite mathematically.

 
 

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

The Blackouts (Ire)

3

3

0

0

7

1

9

Sergio Cristina (Por)

3

3

0

0

5

0

9

The Warriors (Eng)

2

1

0

1

1

1

3

Water Boy (Por)

3

1

0

2

2

4

3

Dickie Dogs (Eng)

4

1

0

3

1

5

3

Westfield Wanderers (Eng)

3

0

0

3

2

7

0

 
 
 
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