into the final round of games there were 3 teams
who all had a chance of reaching the Cup competition.
One of those teams, The Blackouts, was already
confirmed. Sergio Cristina and The Warriors would
battle it out for the final position. Sergio Cristina
were in the driving seat with points on the board.
The Warriors would need 4 points out of 6 if Sergio
Cristina were to lose their final game (3 if goal
difference swung enough). The Warriors may need
all 6 points and if Sergio Cristina were to win
it would come down to goal difference.
was not a dead rubber for The Blackouts though
– a point would guarantee the Group B win. There
was not only the honour, achievement and glory
in this but a theoretically easier Cup Semi-Final
was also on offer. The Blackouts looked on course
for achieving that goal when Andy Gilligan put
them ahead in the first half.
Warriors realistically needed to grab a draw in
this game to give them a real chance of making
the Cup but with The Blackouts conceding just
1 in the tournament to date this was to be a mammoth
task. In the end it was a task that was beyond
The Warriors today as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
congratulations to The Blackouts on winning their
group for the second time in as many tournaments.
Cristina and Water Boy met on Pitch A with the
two teams only really needing a draw to secure
their place in the Cup and Plate competitions
respectively. It was perhaps no surprise then
to see the two teams reach half-time at 0-0. There
was no question of the two teams playing for the
draw though as was evidenced in the second half.
Boy only needed 1 point to go level with Dickie
Dogs on 4 points but they would finish 4th and
qualify for the Plate on goal difference. A win
for Water Boy would possibly see them finish 3rd
if The Warriors were to lose their final game
and goal difference swung in the Portuguese team's
win was on the cards when Bruno Prazeres, making
his debut for Water Boy in eurofootballfives.com
competition, put his team 1-0 up. This was a potentially
disastrous situation for Sergio Cristina as they
were now vulnerable to The Warriors overtaking
them in second position.
things got better and better for Water Boy, they
got worse and worse for Sergio Cristina. 1-0 became
2-0 through Pedro Vilheno and 2-0 became 3-0 through
Vilheno again. Goal difference could still be
a crucial factor and every goal was damaging to
the Sergio Cristina cause.
finished 3-0 to Water Boy and all eyes were now
on the final game…
final game of Group B was The Warriors versus
Westfield Wanderers. The result above meant that
a win for The Warriors by a 2-goal margin would
see the English team move into second and qualify
for the Cup. Westfield Wanderers could potentially
move up to 5th with a win but they knew this would
be their last game of the day as the Plate qualification
mark was 6 points and the best they could do was
Wanderers were doing their countrymen no favours
as Sam Gurner put his side 1-0 up. It had been
a fine morning for him as this was his fourth
strike of the day. At half-time, it remained 1-0
and The Warriors hopes of qualification for the
Cup were fading – it was advantage Sergio Cristina.
the second half they needed to score 3 unanswered
goals as things stood but the next goal of the
game would go to Westfield Wanderers. It was Sam
Gurner again who found the net and his tally of
5 goals matched his haul from the Mallorca Tournament
in 2014 and took him into double figures for eurofootballfives.com
goal really meant the end for The Warriors chances
of the Cup – with time running out and the need
to score four goals they were unable to breach
the Westfield Wanderers defence and lost 2-0.
The consolation in defeat was they had done enough
over the group phase to reach the Plate and a
chance of silverware was still on the cards.