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?
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
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.
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
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.