A started the days proceedings with the opening
pairings of IFC Stella versus Intellectual George
and Whiteley FC taking on the local Dutch side,
SV Amstelland United.
Pitch A, IFC Stella will have been delighted to
have scored twice in their opening fixture and
no-one more so than double goalscorer Ian Canning.
However, the joy was to be shortlived though as
the defence proceeded to ship six goals to Scotland
's only representative in this competition. Intellectual
George shared the goals around with Kenny Stewart,
David Watson, Allan Thompson, Callum Nesbitt and
Kevin Morrison (2) all able to lay claim to the
fact they have scored in Europe . A 6-2 victory
to the Scots, a great start for them and IFC Stella
needing to bounce back.
Pitch B, Holland met England in a 7-goal thriller
which saw a young Dutch side, in the form of SV
Amstelland, just edge out their visiting opponents.
Dale Matthews, Jason Waterman and Nathanael Pearce
all scored for Whiteley FC but ultimately the
goals proved to be consolations. The final score
of 4-3 meaning Scotland and Holland led the group
with the two English sides sitting in 3 rd and
4 th .
Canning of IFC Stella followed up his first game
double with another goal in IFC Stella's second
game against a strong looking Dutch SV Amstelland
United team. Sadly for Ian Canning and his team-mates
his goal would prove again to be a strike in a
losing goal. Another six goals conceded all but
secured IFC Stella's place in the Plate competition.
The 6-1 victory by contrast meant that SV Amstelland
were now on 6 points and could relax going into
the final game with qualification assured.
2 on Pitch B saw arguably the most competitive
game of Group A with Whiteley FC, searching for
their first points, taking on first round victors
Intellectual George. The Scots were looking to
build upon their solid start and a point here
would put them well on their way to qualification.
Whiteley FC were ultra-determined in this fixture
and none more so than Dale Matthews who added
to his first game goal with a hat-trick in this
game. The three goals for Matthews would lead
to three points for Whiteley FC as goals from
Iain Stirling and David Watson meant Intellectual
George fell just short. This proved to be a very
close and entertaining game. With both teams on
three points going into the final game it was
effectively a straight shoot-out between these
two teams to qualify for the Cup competition.
Whiteley FC, on paper, had the easier final fixture
and were in pole position.
FC were to make no mistake in their final game
with a comprehensive 8-1 win over IFC Stella.
Whiteley FC shared the goals around with three
new goalscorers for them. Aidan Wood (4), Paul
Winch (3) and Emlyn Hughes took full advantage
of their opportunities. The result wrapped up
a disappointing group for IFC Stella. All was
not lost for them though as the Plate quarter-finals
beckoned in the afternoon whereby they could put
the morning's results behind them.
George had a tough ask to beat group leaders SV
Amstelland. Whiteley FC's performance against
IFC Stella was making the Scots task so much more
difficult. Intellectual George would have to beat
SV Amstelland convincingly but first of all they
would need to secure three points. However, just
as in their second game where they lost by the
odd goal in a 7-goal thriller they would also
lose out in this game by the odd goal but in an
11-goal thriller. The game was goals galore with
SV Amstelland emerging victorious, 6-5.