John Laing (Eng)

1

V

2

Me Toca Tirar (Spa)

Elcombe Old Boys (Eng)

3

v

0

Beercalona (Ire)

Skackney FC (NZ)

2

v

0

Farcelona (Eng)

Leave It FC (Eng)

0

V

1

Argon'ze (Fra)

 

As we entered the final Round of games it was do or die for the teams in reaching the knock-out stages. We had a massive game on Pitch A with John Laing versus Me Toca Tirar. It was first versus second with Elcombe Old Boys waiting in the wings to displace whichever team lost out here. What did the two teams need to do?

Me Toca Tirar: They currently had a three point lead at the top of Group C so they only needed a draw to seal Cup qualification and the Group C title. Even if they lost they had a chance as they had a goal difference of +11. Elcombe Old Boys and John Laing both needed to win and both currently had a +6 they needed to increase to dislodge the Spanish team.

John Laing: If they drew or lost and Elcombe Old Boys had a better result they would slip into the Plate. If they bettered the Elcombe Old Boys result they would qualify for the Cup. If they won and Elcombe Old Boys won then it would be three teams on 16 and come down to goal difference.

With two form teams in direct combat we expected a close encounter of the footballing kind and that's we got. Having picked up 12 points from 12 at the start of the day, John Laing had picked up 1 out of the last 6 so they must have been relieved to start this game on the front foot and take a 1-0 lead through David Goodwin's fourth of the tournament.

Me Toca Tirar had conceded the first goal in each of their last two games but recovered to win. The recovery in this game began with Nacho Monales who equalized to make it 1-1. He had a hat-trick in the last game and he moved on to two in this game as he gave Me Toca Tirar a 2-1 lead. Me Toca Tirar crowned a great Group C performance and were Group C winners.

 
 
 

With the top two meeting face to face, Elcombe Old Boys were well positioned in third place as obviously one (or both) of the top two would drop points. As the final group games were played simultaneously they just had to concentrate on winning their own game and see where that took them.

Elcombe Old Boys were up against Beercalona. The Irish team had found their form in recent games and won two on the bounce. A win would guarantee them knock-out football, a draw would probably be enough (subject to Leave It FC versus Argon'ze) but a defeat would leave them vulnerable to those teams behind them.

Elcombe Old Boys were on a run of 3 consecutive wins themselves. It looked like four in a row was on the cards when Andrew Hampshire put the English team ahead. A Peter Lewis goal made it 2-0 and it now looked likely that Elcombe Old Boys would qualify for the Cup for the third time in four years no mean feat.

There was still time for Andrew Hampshire to grab a third to put the icing on the cake. It was his fifth goal of the tournament and he was just one goal off his record haul of 6 that he achieved in 2013. They had done enough to qualify for the Cup in second position. Beercalona (Ire) had also done enough to qualify for the Trophy.

 
 
 

The final Group C game on Pitch C would be Skackney FC (NZ) versus Farcelona (Eng). What was as stake for these two teams?

 

Skackney FC (NZ): They needed a win to secure Plate qualification in fourth position. A draw would not be enough should Beercalona win. The worst they could possibly finish was sixth which would mean qualification for the Trophy.

 

Farcelona (Eng): They would finish in eighth position regardless of the result here and knew this would be their final game of the tournament. Could they score their first goal and secure their first point(s) to end on a high though?

 

Most on-lookers would have expected a Skackney FC victory and Daniel Sinclair would have confirmed their suspicions when he made it 1-0. The win for Skackney FC was signed, sealed and delivered when Denzil Rickerby opened his personal account to make it 2-0.

 
 
 

That left us with Leave It FC versus Argon'ze to wrap up proceedings in Group C. This game was effectively a winner takes all in terms of qualifying for the Trophy competition. The two teams both had five points today but Leave It FC had a goal difference of -4 compared to Argon'ze's goal difference of -10. A draw would therefore see Leave It FC qualify for the Trophy and Argon'ze miss out. It was that 7-0 defeat to Skackney FC coming back to haunt the French again.

There would be just one goal in the game and it was a huge goal in the context of Group C. Argon'ze had to win the game and that is exactly what they did thanks to a Gabriel Rogosic goal. It meant Argon'ze would climb two places to jump from 7th to 5th as they passed not only Leave It FC but also Beercalona. Argon'ze would qualify for the Trophy in the knock-out phase.

The news was less positive for Leave It FC who slipped a place from 6th to 7th and that meant elimination. They had been a great addition to the tournament and after a positive start with three games unbeaten the form slipped with four successive defeats. It was a pleasure to host the lads and we hope they'll be on tour again in the future.

 
 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Me Toca Tirar (Spa)

7

6

1

0

18

6

19

Elcombe Old Boys (Eng)

7

5

1

1

11

2

16

John Laing (Eng)

7

4

1

2

10

5

13

Skackney FC (NZ)

7

3

2

2

13

5

11

Argon'ze (Fra)

7

2

2

3

5

14

8

Beercalona (Ire)

7

2

1

4

7

10

7

Leave It FC (Eng)

7

1

2

4

3

8

5

Farcelona (Eng)

7

0

0

7

0

17

0

 
 
 
Group A
 

 
Group B
 

 
Group C
 

 
Group D
 

 
 
 
Trophy
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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