3 started with an important fixture between Saipan
FC and Scandittack FC. The Irish team had 1 win
and 1 loss to their name but if they could put
another tick in the win column they would force
a 3-way tie at the top of Group C.
Scandittack FC any kind of positive result would
put them top but a win would really put pressure
on Hasanheide Hotspur. The game ebbed and flowed
and both defences were on top – we reached half-time
two teams looked evenly matched and as the referee's
watched ticked on the game looked to be heading
for a draw. You've often heard in tight games
that the match will be decided by a mistake or
a piece of brilliance. Well this was neither –
there was a third way – a piece of good/bad luck
depending upon which side of the fence you sit.
Scandittack FC had their part to play in the goal
and forced the luck to go with them. Michael Kunde
drilled in a corner flat and hard. Before he could
react, the ball ricocheted off the unfortunate
Jonny Royds and sneaked in the near post to beat
Richie Magnier in goal. It turned out to be the
only goal in the game and was an unlucky way for
Saipan FC to lose it.
FC's progress marched on though as they now had
3 wins from 3 games.