final Quarter-Final was Red Light Runners versus
Elcombe Old Boys. Red Light Runners had the second
best record of all the teams in the group phase.
They won Group D with a 100% record and the joint
third best goal difference of all teams with +15.
They scored 17 goals and conceded just 2. Only
Naranjitos with a 100% record and a +18 goal difference
surpassed them. It would be a brave man to bet
against Red Light Runners in this one.
Old Boys had qualified for the Cup for the third
time in four years at the Barcelona Fives. On
the previous two occasions they had gone on to
reach the Semi-Finals. Today, they had 5 wins
and 1 draw from their group games. They were on
a run of 3 wins in a row. Like Red Light Runners,
they had conceded just two in the group phase.
These were the best two defences on show so far
in the tournament and we expected a tight low-scoring
game – which is exactly what we got.
Old Boys benefitted from an early goal as Andrew
Hampshire claimed the crucial strike that would
dictate the play for the rest of the game – they
had something to cling onto and allowed them to
play on the break. For much of the rest of the
game it was attack versus defence as Red Light
Runners put Elcombe Old Boys under the cosh. There
was some valiant defending and inspired goalkeeping
that preserved the clean sheet. Red Light Runners
did everything but score although they came close.
This could well be one of those games that could
be filed under “winning ugly” but win they did
and they were through to the Semi-Finals.
Light Runners were the best team at the 2008 Barcelona
Fives and should have won it then and there was
a good case to be had that they were arguably
the best team here in 2016. It was not to be though
as Elcombe Old Boys, as they said themselves,
changed it up and found a way to win. Not many
teams would have held out against Red Light Runners
but Elcombe Old Boys have proved over the years
they are a strong defensive unit.
with Naranjitos on Pitch A, it seemed unfair to
say goodbye to Red Light Runners after 7 perfect
games they had one slip up and they were out.
It was a particularly harsh exit but that is football.
Red Light Runners are hoping to join us at the
Budapest Fives in 2017 so we look forward to seeing