Bayer Own Beer (Eng)

0

V

2

Csabagyongye (Hun)

Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa)

0

V

0

EX AFC-UEA (Eng)

Liverpool Central (Eng)

5

V

2

Bayer Own Beer (Eng)

Csabagyongye (Hun)

1

V

0

Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa)

EX AFC-UEA (Eng)

1

V

2

Liverpool Central (Eng)

 

Group D kicked off with Bayer Own Beer versus Csabagyongye. Bayer Own Beer, representing England were on debut so we waited eagerly to see them in action. Csabagyongye were familiar faces in eurofootballfives.com competition.

 

Csabgyongye (Hun) made their debut in the 2011 Budapest Fives and almost created history when they were only seconds away from knocking Olympic Phil Babb out in the Cup Semi-Finals and preventing them retaining their (then) 100% record of 4 Cup wins. They then went on to compete in the 2011 Valencia Fives where they won Group A with a 100% record. It was a surprise to see them go out in the Cup Quarter Finals in a 9-goal thriller, 6-3, to Spanish side Rollert FS. In the 2012 Budapest Fives they played their knock-out football in the Plate competition and they went all the way to the final which they won 4-2. In 2013 they reached the Plate Semi-Finals of the Lisbon Tournament and won the Plate Champion of Champions Tournament in Budapest. In their 6 th tournament, the 2014 Budapest Fives, in May they won their 6-team group qualifying for the Cup competition where they equalled their 2011 best of a Cup Semi-Final. They narrowly missed out on a debut Cup Final as they went down 1-0 to Argentina.

 

It was an even match in the early stages with the teams turning round at half-time level at 0-0. After the break, Csabagyongye struck two killer blows from Peter Dovak and Balint Szimler.

 
 
 

Group D continued with Rapid Bosco Navas versus EX AFC-UEA (Eng). The latter were making their @eurofootball5 bow. In contrast, Rapid Bosco Navas are the most capped team in the Barcelona Fives.

 

Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa) are one of our favourite competing teams across our tour destinations and make their 9th appearance. They made their debut in the 2008 Barca Fives where they completed a fine 2-1 Cup Final victory over Scotland's Red Light Runners to lift the trophy. Since then they have not managed the same glory although came close in the 2011 Barcelona Fives. Their record reads;

 

November 2008: Winners.

June 2009: Won their group before losing on penalties in the Cup quarter-finals.

November 2009: Finished joint top of their group before going out in the Cup QF.

June 2010: Finished 2 nd in their group before losing on penalties in the Cup Semi-Finals.

April 2011: Runners-Up.

November 2011: Finished 2 nd in their group behind eventual winners Midshires FC. Then, went on and Lost 3-0 in Cup Semi-Finals to Hungary's FC Miracle.

April 2012: Finished joint top of their group before losing to Hungary's Budapest Celtic Pumas via Golden Goal.

October 2013: Finished fourth in their group and knocked out in the Trophy Semi-Finals.

 

With the game underway it was a solid start to the tournament for both teams a 0-0 draw.

 
 
 

Last but not least in Group D and it was Liverpool Central to kick-off. They made their debut in the 2012 Budapest Fives (as Mersey White Sox) finishing second in their 6-team group behind France's L'Albiceleste. They qualified for the Cup competition before going out to Budapest Celtic Tigers of Hungary at the Cup Quarter-Final stage. At the 2013 Mallorca Tournament, as AB Kirby FC, they finished 4 th in a tough 6-team group to qualify for the Plate. A resounding 6-0 Quarter-Final win was followed by a 4-4 draw with Cheesecake FC in the Semi-Finals and AB Kirby FC went out on penalties. Incidentally, Cheesecake FC took the 2014 Mallorca Tournament title.

 

Their opponents Bayer Own Beer had started well in the opening game before eventually succumbing and tasting defeat. It was a familiar story here. We witnessed four goals in the opening half and the goals were shared with Jamie Pike and Aaron Turner scoring for Bayer Own Beer. Ryan Crook and Daniel Qureshi with the goals for Liverpool Central.

 

After the break Qureshi scored again to make it 3-2 as Liverpool Central grew more and more into the game in the second half. David Peters made it 4-2 before Chris Williams made it 5-2 to wrap a winning start.

 
 
 

Csabagyongye were back in action in Game 4 of Group D against Rapid Bosco Navas. Both these teams had been very good defensively in their first games with neither conceding a goal in the tournament. Perhaps it was no surprise then that we reached half-time level at 0-0.

 

Going back to the opening games again, in the second half of those fixtures Csabagyongye had managed to convert a solid opening half into a winning second half. Rapid Bosco Navas only managed to settle for a 0-0 draw.

 

It was that extra firepower that Csabagyongye possessed that decided this game as Gergo Koczka forged a 1-0 lead. They were so good defensively that there was no way back into the game for the Spanish team.

 

Rapid Bosco Navas tried hard but time was against them and it ended 1-0. Csabagyongye were top of the table with two wins out of two. Rapid Bosco Navas remained in fourth position.

 
 
 

The game to take us to the half-way stage of Group D was EX AFC-UEA against Liverpool Central. The two teams opening games had been contrasting experiences. There were goals galore for Liverpool Central as they won a 7-goal thriller 5-2. EX AFC-UEA had drawn 0-0.

 

Liverpool Central had the opportunity to go to the top of the table with victory whilst EX AFC-UEA could claim second so there was much to play for even though still relatively early days in Group D.

 

It was Liverpool Central who were able to take advantage of that opportunity but they were made to work hard. They won the game by the odd goal in three. Ryan Crook and David Peters scored the goals that set them on their way to a 2-1 victory. For EX AFC-UEA there was some consolation and especially so for Georgie Danby who had scored their first European goal.

 

EX AFC-UEA had slipped to a first defeat of the day and occupied third position as Group D was emerging into a two-horse race between Csabagyongye and Liverpool Central.

 
 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Liverpool Central (Eng)

2

2

0

0

7

3

6

Csabagyongye (Hun)

2

2

0

0

3

0

6

EX AFC-UEA (Eng)

2

0

1

1

1

2

1

Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa)

2

0

1

1

0

1

1

Bayer Own Beer (Eng)

2

0

0

2

2

7

0

 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Trophy
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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