Results
 

FC Letcom (Swi)

0

v

1

Tekkerslovakia (Eng)

Bull Fossils B (Eng)

0

v

3

FC Skackney (NZ)

Tommy Hilfiger (Hol)

2

v

1

Cheesecake FC (Eng)

 

At the start of Round 5, we would see FC Letcom play Tekkerslovakia on Pitch A. FC Letcom had qualified for the Cup already and they were Group A champions elect. They only needed a point to win the group. Defeat would open the door for Cheesecake FC who were 3 points behind but would win the group on goal difference with a win should FC Letcom slip up.

There was more pressure on Tekkerslovakia who needed a result and when we say result we mean a win. They were currently 1 of 3 teams vying for the Plate but only two of those three teams would qualify. In effect, Tekkerslovakia needed to win and for Tommy Hilfiger to lose to go through.

The first goal of the game would go to Tekkerslovakia from a free-kick who we'll let describe it in their own words. Graham fancied his chances. He put the ball on the floor, pressure trying to crush him to the ground. He analysed the wall and the positioning of the keeper. He saw his gap. He would need to squeeze every ounce of technique out of his war torn body to get this on target! As he ran up towards the ball, Stu made an intelligent run in front of the keeper to put him off at the last minute. Graham stepped up and struck the ball so sweetly, it curled right down the centre of the goal, whistling past Stu's head in the process, leaving the keeper in no man's land and hitting the back of the net! Jubilation erupted and the team knew this was their chance.

It was to prove the only goal of the game and it was a heroic effort from Tekkerslovakia to pull off a must-win performance against the league-leaders. Would it be enough?

For FC Letcom it was a blow as they now needed Cheesecake FC to slip up in order to win the group.

 
 
 

Game 14 of Group A was the fixture between Bull Fossils B and Skackney FC. Neither team had too much to play for in terms of qualification as their fates were both already settled. Bull Fossils B would be eliminated after this game whatever happened here. Skackney FC would most likely play in the Plate regardless of the result from this tie. However, Skackney FC would no doubt want at least a point to secure third place and, with it, a theoretically easier Semi-Final match. If Cheesecake FC lost their last game they had an outside shot at the Cup.

Bull Fossils B picked up a point in their very first game (0-0) but that must have felt a long time ago now as three defeats on the bounce had left them rooted to the foot of the table. They would have got that sinking feeling again as they fell behind in the first half to a James Shale goal. It was 1-0 to Skackney FC at half-time.

In the second period Dom Higgins third goal of the tournament made it 2-0 as the Kiwis were seemingly en route to their third victory of the day. If there was any doubt the destination of the points were settled when James Shale knocked in his second of the game.

Skackney FC would finish third in the table. Bull Fossils B would finish in sixth.

 
 
 

The 15th and final game of Group A had a lot riding on it not just for the two teams involved but also for Tekkerslovakia and FC Letcom watching on. The match would be contested by Tommy Hilfiger and Cheesecake FC. Both teams had their fates in their own hands.

At the top of the table, Cheesecake FC knew that with a win they would climb to the top of the table and win Group A on goal difference. Any other result would see FC Letcom champions. A draw would Cheesecake FC qualify for the Cup in second place. A defeat could see them finish in third if they lost by three goals or more.

For the Plate competition, Tommy Hilfiger needed a win to finish fourth. Anything less than a victory and Tekkerslovakia would be going through to the Plate competition.

The Dutch team went 1-0 up early on courtesy of a goal from Luis Moreno Tello which really put the cat amongst the pigeons. It was bad news for Cheesecake & Tekkerslovakia but good news for Tommy Hilfiger, FC Letcom and potentially Skackney FC. The onus was then on Cheesecake FC who began to dominate in search of an equaliser. Tommy Hilfiger held on to lead 1-0 at the break.

In the second half Mark Hignett evened it up at 1-1 for Cheesecake FC. Mark was the top goalscorer at the 2010 Prague Masters with a return of 11 goals on his eurofootballfives.com debut. This was his second goal of the day.

The game was seemingly heading to a draw but in the final moments of the game Josh Hall struck a late winner. It had a huge effect on the group as it confirmed FC Letcom would be Group A winners. Cheesecake FC would follow them into the Cup. Skackney FC would finish third with, crucially, Tommy Hilfiger joining them. The team to miss out from this final game equation was Tekkerslovakia particularly harsh having defeated the league winners in their final game.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

FC Letcom (Swi)

5

4

0

1

10

4

12

Cheesecake FC (Eng)

5

3

0

2

10

5

9

FC Skackney (NZ)

5

3

0

2

8

4

9

Tommy Hilfiger (Hol)

5

2

1

2

6

4

7

Tekkerslovakia (Eng)

5

2

0

3

3

8

6

Bull Fossils B (Eng)

5

0

1

4

1

13

1

 
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