Results
 

KPN Digital (Hol)

1

V

3

Drop It Like It's Scott (Eng)

Madmen (Hol)

0

V

3

Melee FC (Eng)

LMH FC (Eng)

1

V

6

Magnum (Fra)

 

We began Round 2 with two teams who had found life very tough in Round 1. The two teams came into the game on the back of heavy defeats admittedly to two very good teams.

Drop It Like It's Scott came from the group who have competed in our events as ABCDE FC (2015 Barcelona Fives), 50 Shades of O'Shea (2016 Prague Tournament) and FC Potsdam (2017 Amsterdam Fives). They made their debut at the 2015 Barcelona Fives where they finished 2nd in their group which in many cases would qualify them for the Cup but in Barcelona only saw them into the Plate competition. They defeated the Wealdstone Raiders 3-1 in the Quarter-Finals before a narrow 1-0 defeat to Drunk Perfect in the Semi-Finals. Could they go further in Prague?

In Prague 2016 they had a decent group phase with 3 wins and 2 defeats that saw them finish 3rd of 6 teams. They went on to the Plate Semi-Finals where they defeated CIS Committee Juniors of Belarus, 2-1, to qualify for their maiden eurofootballfives.com final. They missed out on glory though going down 5-1 to Frank Hirth. Semi-Final in Barca, Runners-Up in Prague Plate Winners in Amsterdam?

It certainly looked on the cards. In a tough group they finished 5th of 6 teams with 1 win and 1 draw but a positive goal difference showed just how competitive they were. The goals flowed in the knock-out phase with a 9-4 Quarter-Final win over Purnell Youth (Eng) and a 5-1 win over Shaolin Soccer (Hol). They then drew 3-3 in the Plate Final before a 2-0 loss on spot kicks.

They bounced back from opening defeat here with a 3-1 victory. Matt Berka (x2) and Joe Lazell goals outgunned Sergio Tovar's goal for KPN Digital.

 
 
 

Game #5 of Group B was due to be Melee FC versus Madmen. As we knew, Madmen were not here and therefore Melee FC collected their 3-0 walkover win.

 
 
 

The game that would complete Round 2 was LMH FC against Magnum. Due to the walkover, LMH FC had waited for their chance of action and must have been champing at the bit to get started.

LMH FC were currently on a run of 8 games unbeaten in our tournaments which dated back to their final group game at the 2016 Budapest Fives and throughout the 2017 Vilnius Tournament campaign. The team had won 2 and secured an incredible 6 draws over that period. No doubt they will have liked to turn some of those draws into wins but they would probably have taken another draw against a rampant Magnum team.

LMH FC's unbeaten record was to come to an abrupt end. David Teixeira was the top goalscorer at our 2014 Berlin Fives tournament and was leading the way on 11 goals at the curtailed 2015 Amsterdam Fives. He was to smash 5 goals in this game as the French produced a second successive big win. Bruno Parente got the other goal for Magnum.

Billy Henson scored his team's first goal of the tournament although it was only to be a consolation.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Magnum (Fra)

2

2

0

0

13

1

6

Melee FC (Eng)

2

2

0

0

8

0

6

LMH FC (Eng)

2

1

0

1

4

6

3

Drop It Like It's Scott (Eng)

2

1

0

1

3

6

3

Madmen (Hol)

2

0

0

2

0

6

0

KPN Digital (Hol)

2

0

0

2

1

10

0

 
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