Dickie Dogs (Eng)

0

V

0

WEEDS Youth (Eng)

Water Boy (Por)

0

V

0

FC Mahou (Eng)

Trilution (Por)

2

V

1

Gosham Rangers (Eng)

 

Dickie Dogs had just picked up their first win of the tournament and currently sat in join fourth position. A win here would mean they could go joint second (temporarily at least). WEEDS Youth picked up their first goal in the previous round and were now looking to put their first points on the board.

These two teams met at the 2017 Mallorca Veterans Tournament last year. In the group phase they played out a 1-1 draw (Graeme Spinks for WEEDS Youth, Paul Hillier for Dickie Dogs). WEEDS Youth went on to finish in 3rd place in the group, 1 place above Dickie Dogs. Dickie Dogs then went on to beat WEEDS Colts 3-0 in the Plate Semi-Finals (Neil Ainger x 2, Paul Hillier)

All those goal-scorers were on show today but it was the goalkeepers and defences who were on top. For WEEDS Youth, Big Nige Unsworth kept his first clean sheet of the day. For Dickie Dogs, it was Steve Banks third clean sheet in five games.

Final score, 0-0. Only time would tell if this was 1 point gained or 2 points dropped.

 
 
 

Water Boy are our longest-serving Portuguese team. Their first appearance, at the 2011 Algarve Open saw them finish 2nd in their group behind (now) 3 times eurofootballfives.com winners Athletico Do Hollande. A 1-0 Cup Quarter-Final followed before losing in the Semi-Finals 5-1 to Cheesecake FC. Could they meet again in 2016?

In 2012, they proved just as strong winning their group which featured 2011 Krakow Trophy winners, Apsley House. In the Cup Quarter-Finals they endured a tough 0-0 versus Parry St Germain emerging victorious 3-2 on penalties. They then went out in the Cup Semi-Finals again, 4-0 to the eventual champions ManDem United. In 2013, they had a less successful group phase coming 4th out of 6 teams but in the knock-out stages found their form and went on to win the Plate competition beating Dutch team United Colours of Benetton 2-1 in the Final.

The 2014 Algarve Open was their most successful tournament to date where they won Group A with 4 wins out of 5. A Cup Semi-Final win, 1-0, over Scoregasm saw them reach their first Cup Final. Unfortunately for them they couldn't go all the way and lost the Final 2-1 to Stand Cristina.

2015 was an equally successful tournament with 13 points from 15 to win Group A. The knock-out phase began well with a 4-0 win over Drunken DisAudley before a 3rd Cup Semi-Final defeat in 5 years. This time it was 2-0 to RC Lens. They also had a team in the Vets event in 2015 and finished third in Group B. They qualified for the Plate Semi-Finals but went out to Norton Old Boys on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

In 2016 they surprisingly struggled. They lost all four group games in Group A and so went through to the Plate group. They found their form as they produced 2 wins and 2 draws from their 4 games to finish 2nd and collect Plate Runners-Up medals.

Here in 2018, they faced a really tough challenge in FC Mahou. The English had just lost their 100% record (10 games) but still had a fantastic unbeaten record (11 games) to bring to the table. That unbeaten run would continue but it was a second successive draw. Final score, 0-0.

 
 
 

The final game of Group B was Trilution versus Gosham Rangers. The fact that FC Mahou had just drawn 2 games in a row opened things up for Trilution they were currently four points behind with this fixture and another game in hand to come. If they won both they would be top.

Gosham Rangers were currently sixth and could move up to fourth with a win. The Cup was still possible but only with a win here. The Plate seemed more likely and they needed to avoid the dreaded 7th place.

Trilution, perhaps motivated by FC Mahou's draw, came out all guns blazing and they opened up a 2-0 lead. Rufino opened the scoring before Aquino scored his fourth in as many games. There was controversy with one of the goals as it seemed to break the side netting but the ref gave it. Gosham Rangers got back into the game with a Jake Alford goal but time was ultimately against the English side. Trilution won it, 2-1.

 
 
 

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

FC Mahou (Eng)

5

3

2

0

13

2

11

Trilution (Por)

4

3

1

0

6

2

10

Water Boy (Por)

4

2

1

1

2

2

7

Dickie Dogs (Eng)

5

1

2

2

3

5

5

Mavericks (Eng)

4

1

1

2

1

2

4

Gosham Rangers (Eng)

4

1

0

3

4

8

3

WEEDS Youth (Eng)

4

0

1

3

1

9

1

 
 
 
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