Results
 

9 Nana Budds (Eng)

0

V

0

Pink Flamingos B (Eng)

Missing Magpies (Eng)

2

v

1

DHFC (Eng)

The Titanium Hollyrollers (Ger)

4

V

1

SV Zoo (Ger)

 

Group C had an interesting look to it as we started Round 3. The top two were well away on 6 points and they had a 5 point lead over the other four teams who were all tied on 1 point. One of those teams at the top were next in action, Pink Flamingos B, as they took on 9 Nana Budds who were one of the teams tied on 1 point.

 

You may be tempted, having looked at the league table, to suggest this would be a comfortable three points for the men at the top and you would be forgiven for thinking so (except maybe by 9 Nana Budds). On the pitch it was quite a different story and it was a great contest. 9 Nana Budds put in the kind of performance that saw them go through the entire group phase of the 2014 Budapest Fives without conceding.

 

The game was deadlocked at half-time at 0-0 and also 0-0 at full-time. The match was not without its chances as both goalkeepers can take credit, along with their defences, for ensuring they took a point from the game.

 

In the context of the group the draw was a better result as they took sole occupancy of top spot although Missing Magpies now had a game in hand. For 9 Nana Budds it was a good point considering the opposition but they would dearly love a victory to shoot up the table.

 
 
 

Given the result above, Missing Magpies had a great opportunity going into their third fixture as they took on DHFC. If they could win the game they would open up a 2 point lead at the top of the table. A draw would not be the end of the world keeping them joint first with a 5 point advantage over the others.

 

For DHFC, they had just scored their first goal in eurofootballfives.com and registered their first point on the European stage. Could they continue that progression and go one step further by taking their first victory?

 

Missing Magpies first stop on the eurofootballfives.com tour was the Amsterdam Fives in 2012 where they had an impressive debut. They finished 2nd in their 6-team group and were only beaten to the title by (now) 3-times eurofootballfives.com winners, Athletico Do Hollande. They went on to the Cup Semi-Finals and missed out on a debut final after defeat to El A Dees. The 2014 Barcelona Fives saw them draw a very tough group that included 2013 winners Los Swallacticos of NI and eventual 2014 winners Monexy of Ukraine. They finished a more than respectable 3rd. In the Plate competition they stormed to a 4-0 Quarter-Final win over Ireland's Balotellitubbies before a 3-1 defeat to (now) double Plate winners Naranjitos of Spain.

 

Missing Magpies were on the charge for Cup qualification again as they made it 3 wins out of 3 as they took victory in a close contest here. Goals from Henry Pescod and Luke Bird saw them edge out DHFC by 2 goals to 1. David Mobbs opened his account for the day but sadly for him and his team-mates it was to only be a consolation.

 
 
 

To complete Round 3 we had the all-German contest of SV Zoo versus The Titanium Hollyrollers. The two teams each sat on 1 point but with a win here could claim third spot and move within 3 points of 2 nd place to keep Cup qualification hopes alive. Defeat here would make qualifying for the Cup extremely difficult. A draw would not be overly helpful to either team.

After the early exchanges it was The Titanium Hollyrollers who held the initiative goals from Niels De Groot and Allard Van Der Mende gave them a 2-1 advantage over Christoph Loepes' goal for SV Zoo. The first goal after the break was always going to be crucial could Titanium Hollyrollers open up a 2 goal cushion or could SV Zoo even things up?

Look away SV Zoo fans as it was Allard Van Der Mende who scored his second of the game to put the Titanium Hollyrollers 3-1 up. SV Zoo benefitted from an own goal in their last game and it seemed the footballing gods were restoring karma as SV Zoo conceded an own goal to wrap up a 4-1 win for the Titanium Hollyrollers.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Missing Magpies (Eng)

3

3

0

0

5

2

9

Pink Flamingos B (Eng)

3

2

1

0

4

1

7

The Titanium Hollyrollers (Ger)

3

1

1

1

7

5

4

9 Nana Budds (Eng)

3

0

2

1

3

4

2

DHFC (Eng)

3

0

1

2

2

5

1

SV Zoo (Ger)

3

0

1

2

1

6

1

 
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