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).
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).
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.
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?
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!
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.