Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa)

3

V

0

Dynamo Fucdarest 1 (Eng)

FC Maroon (Eng)

0

V

4

Hardly Athletic (Eng)

Walthamstow Warriors (Eng)

1

V

1

Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa)

Dynamo Fucdarest 1 (Eng)

3

V

1

FC Maroon (Eng)

Hardly Athletic (Eng)

3

V

3

Walthamstow Warriors (Eng)

 

Group E kicked off with Spain versus England as Rapid Bosco Navas took on Dynamo Fucdarest 1.

 

Rapid Bosco Navas are one of our favourite competing teams across our tour destinations and they make a milestone 10th appearance in the Barcelona Fives a superb achievement. 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. Overall, they have qualified for the Cup on 7 of their previous 9 appearances and the Plate on the other two occasions.

 

We will preview Dynamo Fucdarest 1 in due course in this tournament report but they found it tough going in this opening fixture. Rapid Bosco Navas started really well and took the lead through Luigi Beatus. 1-0 soon became 2-0 and then 3-0 when Rafa Martinez added a double and it was only half-time.

 

The game settled down in the second half with Rapid Bosco Navas seeing out the 3-0 win with no further addition to the score.

 
 
 

Up next was FC Maroon versus Hardly Athletic.

 

The story of this fixture was centred around Murat Haykir a FC Maroon player for the 2013 Lisbon Tournament and 2014 Budapest Fives but now a Hardly Athletic player for the 2015 Barcelona Fives. Would Murat or his old team-mates be smiling come the final whistle?

 

Hardly Athletic were making their eurofootballfives.com debut but took to life in Europe well as it was they who broke the deadlock in the first half thanks to an Alan Glynn strike. After the break it was to get even better for the new boys as Tom Nash, Oliver Green and Will Stone all found the back of the net.

 

It seemed a good transfer for Murat Haykir whose new team was off and running in style.

 
 
 

Walthamstow Warriors were the final team to get their campaign started when they took on Rapid Bosco Navas.

 

Walthamstow Warriors FC were making their fourth appearance in eurofootballfives.com action. Their journey began at the 2012 Berlin Fives playing as Bafta Boys. They made an impressive debut in Berlin as they won their group with 4 wins and 1 draw. A win on penalties against 2007 Krakow Trophy champions, Northern Monkeys, followed in the Quarter-Finals before an exit on penalties to Shrewsbury Townsend in the Semi-Finals. They also boasted the tournament's top goalscorer, Joe Bardwell, who scored 14 goals on the day. In 2013 they travelled to the Algarve where they won their group undefeated with 3 wins and 2 draws. They claimed a Golden Goal victory in the Cup Quarter-Finals against Ecclesfield Eagles before going out 1-0 to eventual winners FC Radbroke in the Semi-Finals. In 2014 they returned to the Algarve and played as Far Out FC. They finished 4 th in their group to qualify for the Plate. They won their Plate Semi-Final 2-0 over Portugal's Galacticos before a 1-0 defeat in the Final to 11 Esperancas Faz Clube. Joe Bardwell picked up his second top goalscorer award with 8 goals to his name.

 

Rapid Bosco Navas had already warmed up with a 3-0 victory in the opening game and were looking to make it 2 wins from 2. Before kick-off, Rapid's goalkeeper David Garcia Gallego told us he was relishing the opportunity of coming up against Joe Bardwell it was a battle that Joe Bardwell would win as he scored in the first half. The goal was not enough to take Walthamstow Warriors into the break with the lead though as Rafa Martinez was showing his own prowess in front of goal with his third in 2 games.

 

There was to be no further score in the second half as the teams settled for a draw only time would tell if this was 1 point gained or 2 points dropped.

 
 
 

Game 4 saw Dynamo Fucdarest 1 meet FC Maroon. Both teams had suffered an opening game setback and would be keen to bounce back quickly.

 

In game #1 we promised to preview Dynamo Fucdarest in due course and we shall do that now. They were playing in their fourth eurofootballfives.com tournament. On debut in the 2010 Prague Masters they went out on penalties to JNJ Global Services of the Czech Republic. In the 2011 Algarve Open they went one step further reaching the Plate Semi-Finals where they went out in one of the all-time eurofootballfives.com classics. It was penalties that proved to be their downfall again as Eagles UnAthletic knocked them out with over 100 spectators watching the drama unfold. Their third appearance was at the 2011 Valencia Fives where they found goals hard to come by but were genuinely solid aside from a 5-0 defeat to the eventual champions there was two 0-0 draws and a narrow 1-0 loss to Bridge House. They finished 4 th in their group to qualify for the Plate where they went out to the Plate winners, Kings Old Boys, by another narrow scoreline 2-1. This was the first time they brought two squads to the party.

 

Dynamo Fucdarest 1 appeared to have put their slow start in game #1 behind them as they came storming out of the blocks in this fixture. Kam Sandhu (2) and Mahe Rahman were responsible for putting them 3-0 up at half-time. FC Maroon came back into it in the second half when Matt Alawi reduced the deficit to 3-1 but the damage had been done in the first half. Final score, 3-1.

 
 
 

The game that would take us to the mid-way point in Group E was Hardly Athletic versus Walthamstow Warriors. Hardly Athletic had the chance to open up a 2 point lead at the top of the group with a win and they had been impressive in their first game. If Walthamstow Warriors were to claim victory they would move joint top with Rapid Bosco Navas on 4 points and it would mean just 1 point would separate the top 4 teams.

 

It was Hardly Athletic who edged the first half by the odd goal in 3 as Murat Haykir and Tom Nash goals outgunned David Ahadzi's strike for Walthamstow Warriors. The second half was a mirror image of the first with Walthamstow Warriors taking it 2-1 with Dennis Ahadzi and Joe Bardwell both on target. Alan Glynn's goal would ultimately earn a draw for Hardly Athletic as we finished at 3-3.

 

The draw meant Hardly Athletic lead Group E at the half-way stage via goal difference. Walthamstow Warriors were yet to win but still unbeaten and were just 2 points off the leaders so they still had plenty to play for.

 
 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Hardly Athletic (Eng)

2

1

1

0

7

3

4

Rapid Bosco Navas (Spa)

2

1

1

0

4

1

4

Dynamo Fucdarest 1 (Eng)

2

1

0

1

3

4

3

Walthamstow Warriors (Eng)

2

0

2

0

4

4

2

FC Maroon (Eng)

2

0

0

2

1

7

0

 
 
 
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