Return of Dancing Horses III (Eng)

0

V

1

Drunk Perfect (Spa)

Samurai Japan (Jap)

1

V

3

El A Dees (Eng)

HMS Sultan FC (Eng)

0

V

0

Drunk Perfect (Spa)

Return of Dancing Horses III (Eng)

0

V

1

El A Dees (Eng)

Samurai Japan (Jap)

5

V

0

HMS Sultan FC (Eng)

 

As we went past the half-way mark in Group C results were getting more and more important as games remaining became less and less. It was then vitally important for the teams in 4th and 5th place to record their first win and surge up the Group C table. The game to be played was Return of the Dancing Horses III versus Drunk Perfect.

Return of the Dancing Horses III were unfortunate to lose last time out (1-0 to a deflection) and would need to emulate that performance, if not the result, this time round. For Drunk Perfect, they had a point under their belts, but needed to avenge a 6-1 defeat.

There was not a great deal between the two teams and just one goal separated them in the first half as Dimitri Hubert's fourth goal of the day gave Drunk Perfect a crucial lead. Could Return of the Dancing Horses III get back into it in the second half? Sadly for them no as they were unable to find the path to goal. Drunk Perfect remained firm at the back and held on for a 1-0 victory. It was another 1-0 narrow defeat for the Dancing Horses who were certainly competitive but just a little short in the final third.

Drunk Perfect grabbed a crucial 3 points that put them level in 2nd place with El A Dees so their position looked healthy.

 
 
 

Game 7 was a top of the table clash as leaders Samurai Japan met El A Dees. The former were looking to maintain their 100% record and it was normal service resumed in the first half as Masafumi Saiki put the Japanese team 1-0 up. It looked as if they were on their way to win number 3.

El A Dees had different ideas though as they put in a stunning second half performance. Oliver Woody put the English team level at 1-1 before Gaz Lawrence turned the match on its head for a 2-1 lead. There was still time for Chris Lawless to make it 3-1 and secure all 3 points.

It was a very important 3 points as it meant they leapfrogged their opponents and sat at the summit of Group C. Samurai Japan were down to second and with work to do in their final fixture.

 
 
 

At this point HMS Sultan FC had a game in hand on the rest of the field and with a win they could go second. Drunk Perfect were about to embark on their final fixture a win for them would mean them going joint top on 7 points and guarantee Cup qualification.

A draw would be of limited benefit for the two teams and at half-time with no goals to show that is where we were heading. Another half of football later and we were still without goals as the referee drew time on this fixture. Final score, 0-0.

The draw put HMS Sultan FC on 4 points but with a game in hand to secure their fate. Drunk Perfect were out of games and their tally was declared at 5 points they would have to wait for other results to see what their fate would be in the afternoon knock-out phase.

 
 
 

The last group games for Return of the Dancing Horses III and El A Dees arrived with the teams separated at opposite ends of the table. El A Dees led the group and another win here would guarantee them first place and Cup qualification. Return of the Dancing Horses III could only make the Plate but they had been playing well without success.

With the exception of the game against Samurai Japan, the Dancing Horses had suffered narrow one-goal defeats in each of their games. They were keeping it tight in this one too as the teams entered half-time level at 0-0. Fate then repeated itself again as El A Dees Oliver Woody opened the scoring for 1-0 and again the Dancing Horses III slipped to a one-goal defeat. It really was rough justice for their efforts. El A Dees went marching on though as they collected their third consecutive win and ended Group C as undefeated champions.

 
 
 

The final Group C fixture was a straight shoot-out between Samurai Japan and HMS Sultan FC. A win for either would guarantee 2nd place and Cup qualification. An HMS Sultan FC win or draw would mean both teams going through with one of the teams in second and the other being one of the top two 3rd placed finishers.

If a draw suited both the game wasn't played in that way. It was played with both teams going for the victory and it was Samurai Japan who made the early advances. By half-time they had established a 2-0 lead. As the game went on Samurai Japan increased their lead to 3-0, 4-0 and then finally 5-0. Hitoshi Saiki scored twice to put him on 8 for the tournament, Masafumi Saiki also scored twice and there was a further goal from Gaku Sato as Samurai Japan surged into the Cup. The result was not a good one for HMS Sultan FC as it meant they missed out on the Cup and progressed to the afternoon Plate competition.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

El A Dees (Eng)

4

3

1

0

9

3

10

Samurai Japan (Jap)

4

3

0

1

16

4

9

Drunk Perfect (Spa)

4

1

2

1

4

8

5

HMS Sultan FC (Eng)

4

1

1

2

1

8

4

Return of Dancing Horses III (Eng)

4

0

0

4

0

7

0

 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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