ADP Netherlands (Hol)

1

V

0

Wrexham Rednecks (Wal)

Tinniedad & Tobacco (Eng)

2

v

0

El Combe Old Boys (Eng)

Naranjitos (Spa)

6

V

0

Wrexham Rednecks (Wal)

ADP Netherlands (Hol)

1

V

1

El Combe Old Boys (Eng)

Naranjitos (Spa)

0

V

2

Tinniedad & Tobacco (Eng)

 

We entered the second half of Group A with things very tight we'd had three days and two fairly close wins. There were only three points separating all five teams and still everything to play for all these teams. Going into their third fixtures of the day, it was ADP Netherlands and Wrexham Rednecks who had the first opportunity to put points on the board.

 

ADP Netherlands were one of the teams level at the top and another win here would put them in a strong position in Group A. Wrexham Rednecks had competed well to date and were to prove another tough nut to crack in this game. The teams fought hard and battled well. We reached half-time and it was stalemate at 0-0.

 

Could we have our fourth draw in six games? If we were it would not be a goal-less one as the deadlock was broken in the second half. Jan Van Rabenswaaij scored his second goal in as many games to put ADP Netherlands in front and it was ultimately enough to be the strike that separated these two teams.

 

It was another win for ADP Netherlands and they were looking good to emulate their 2013 performance by winning Group A.

 
 
 

If anyone was going to prevent ADP Netherlands winning Group A it looked like Tinniedad & Tobacco who were the closest in the group table. In fact, a win here would see Tinniedad & Tobacco go and claim top spot on goal difference. They would face El Combe Old Boys who would be a tough hurdle. El Combe Old Boys had a 100% record of victories in the group phase in 2013. Today, so far, they had a 100% record of 1-1 draws good for the pools coupon but not so good for climbing up the league table.

 

At half-time in this one Tinniedad & Tobacco went into the break one goal to the good as Chris Moorby found the back of the net. Tinniedad & Tobacco had scored four goals so far today with four different goalscorers total football.

 

You wondered if El Combe Old Boys might take another 1-1 draw at this stage but any hopes of that were dashed when Oliver Jackson doubled the advantage for Tinniedad & Tobacco. A 2-0 lead was to prove unassailable and Tinniedad & Tobacco leaped ahead of our Dutch friends to lead Group A.

 
 
 

Game 8 was Naranjitos versus Wrexham Rednecks. Both teams were yet to register their first win of the day but did have a point to their name. They currently occupied fourth and fifth positions respectively and both needed all three points here.

 

There was not much between the two teams in the opening period and it was a solitary strike from Adrian Rodriguez Ortega that was the difference. After the break this game became unlike any other in Group A to date. So far Group A had been characterized by low-scoring games which were very tight and competitive. Naranjitos moved through the gears and put Wrexham Rednecks to the sword. 1-0 became 2-0 with a strike from Jorge Bayer Saez and the floodgates opened.

 

Javier Sanchez Flores made it 3-0 before two goals from David Moya Aparicio and a second of the game from Jorge Bayer Saez completed a resounding 6-0 win. The game saw Naranjitos move into third position and establish a very healthy and helpful goal difference.

 

It was a killer result for Wrexham Rednecks that left them struggling at the foot of Group A.

 
 
 

The penultimate game was an important one in Group A. We had a cracker in store as it was last year's Group A Winners (ADP Netherlands) versus last year's Group E winners (El Combe Old Boys).

ADP Netherlands had their fate in their own hands if they could win it they would be in pole position to win the group. Even if Tinniedad & Tobacco did subsequently usurp them at the top of the table a haul of 10 points should be enough to see them qualify for the Cup as one of the best second place finishers (they qualified with 9 points as Group A winners last year).

 

El Combe Old Boys were currently in fourth position and the best possible finish they could hope for would be third position which would qualify them for the Plate. Anything less than a win would realistically consign them to the Trophy.

 

It seemed improbable that El Combe Old Boys would still be looking for their first win four games into the tournament but was that hunt for victory about to be ended when Andrew Hampshire scored his second of the tournament?

 

In the second half ADP Netherlands desperately needed a goal to get back into it. El Combe Old Boys were playing well and there looked to be no way through for the Dutch team. An equalizer was on its way though and from an unexpected source. The ball came out to ADP goalkeeper Peter Werff in the middle of the park and he hit an unstoppable rocket of a shot into the back of the net. It was a sensational strike. After Michel Nagelhout's long range effort in Game 1 and now this, you couldn't let ADP Netherlands shoot from anywhere!

 

The game ended 1-1 the third of the day for El Combe Old Boys and clearly the main reason they had not picked up as many points as they would have liked. For ADP Netherlands, they were guaranteed second position and would need to hope Naranjitos could do them a favour to win the group.

 
 
 

Finally in Group A we had Naranjitos versus Tinniedad & Tobacco. Tinniedad & Tobacco only needed to avoid defeat to win Group A as they had a superior goal difference to ADP Netherlands. A win would see them top the table in style though.

 

For Naranjitos there was pride, honour and the win to play for but they were virtually assured of a place in the Plate. They could still finish second with a win by overtaking their opponents on goal difference but a second placed finish with 7 points was unlikely to see them progress to the Cup as one of the best 2 nd place finishers. They could, however, put a huge spanner in the works for Tinniedad & Tobacco.

 

At half-time there was no score as the teams were locked at 0-0. This result was all Tinniedad & Tobacco needed but it was a precarious position just one Spanish goal could pile the pressure on. They would have been relieved when Jon McKinley broke the deadlock to put them 1-0 up and they could virtually taste the title and Cup qualification. When 1-0 became 2-0 through Michael Wilkes it was job done and Tinniedad & Tobacco had won Group A a superb debut performance.

 

The result completed a really entertaining and competitive Group A. As it would eventually turn out the 8 point haul of ADP Netherlands would not be enough to see them join Tinniedad & Tobacco in the Cup so they would play Plate football this afternoon with Naranjitos.

 

El Combe Old Boys and Wrexham Rednecks would qualify for the Trophy. However, Wrexham Rednecks had sadly picked up a few injuries and their squad of 7 was down to 4 men standing so they sadly had to withdraw from the tournament. We hope that despite the injuries they still had a great day and a great weekend in Barcelona.

 
 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Tinniedad & Tobacco (Eng)

4

3

1

0

7

1

10

ADP Netherlands (Hol)

4

2

2

0

5

3

8

Naranjitos (Spa)

4

1

1

2

8

5

4

El Combe Old Boys (Eng)

4

0

3

1

3

5

3

Wrexham Rednecks (Wal)

4

0

1

3

1

10

1

 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Trophy
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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