in Group D we had Csabagyongye versus Liverpool
Central. This was to be the final game played
in the entire Group phase and it was set-up to
be a cracker. The first thing to note was that
it was a top of the table clash. Both teams brought
a 100% record to the table. Liverpool Central
were the higher scoring of the teams with 8 goals
to the 5 of Csabagyongye. The Hungarians were
stronger defensively though as they were yet to
concede whereas Liverpool Central had let in four
was also a sub-plot to the game – the winners
would win Group D and that would entail a Cup
Quarter-Final against Group E winners Monexy of
Ukraine who everyone was looking at as the team
to beat (so went the whispers around the tournament).
However, the teams could not afford to lose the
game as, if so, Csabagyongye would miss out on
the Cup on goal difference. The same fate could
also befall Liverpool Central if they lost by
three goals. A 1 goal defeat would see them go
through on goal difference, a 2 goal deafeat would
see them go through on goals scored.
what if the teams played out a draw. Then, both
teams would qualify for the Cup finishing on 10
points with goal difference of +4. Liverpool Central
would win the group on goal difference and face
Monexy. Csabagyongye would be the best 2 nd placed
finishers and face Tinniedad & Tobacco.
clear? Clear as mud anyway. Whether the teams
were aware of all the repercussions or not was
unknown. The two teams both played to win the
game and put in an almighty effort to do so. Once
you step over that line all you want to do is
win and that was clear for these two sides.
first record to go was Csabagyongye's clean sheet
for the tournament as David Peters scored in the
first half for Liverpool Central. The half-time
score was 1-1 though as Attila Sarosi had scored
for the Hungarian team. In the second half there
were additional goals for Peters and Sarosi but
crucially one more goal and it was a decsive goal.
Balint Szimler scored it and Csabagyongye had
won Group E.
though to both teams who had been superb throughout
the morning phase.