Results
 

GSF Drunkerz (Svk)

0

v

2

Shahs of Sunset (Eng)

The Never Tarps (Eng)

2

V

4

Fritzl Palace (Eng)

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

5

V

1

Rat Goblins (Eng)

 

As we entered the final Round of games it was do or die for the teams in reaching the knock-out stages. It didn't get much bigger than the first two teams up as GSF Drunkerz hosted Shahs of Sunset. With it so tight at the top this was a game of huge importance these were the permutations:

Win: Whoever won the game would qualify for the Cup potentially as Group C winners subject to the Fritzl Palace result.

Draw: A draw would see them both through to the Cup should Fritzl Palace lose. If Fritzl Palace drew or won then GSF Drunkerz would miss out on the Cup.

Lose: A loss would mean Plate qualification unless Fritzl Palace also lost and then it would come down to goal-difference between the loser and Fritzl Palace.

The group was poised on a knife edge and you had to fancy GSF Drunkerz to a certain extent with three successive wins, 10 goals scored and none conceded since that opening game defeat. On the other hand, Shahs of Sunset had won their first three but just tasted defeat for the first time could they bounce back?

They could and it was Paolo Ferrari who was on the mark again to put Shahs of Sunset in the ascendency. They know held all the aces in the push for qualification and they won the hand when Adrian Satue settled matters after the break to make it 2-0.

It was a fine three points that guaranteed Cup qualification but they would have to wait and see if it won them Group C. GSF Drunkerz would have to wait and see if they had done enough to join Shahs of Sunset in the Cup.

 
 
 

The Never Tarps met Fritzl Palace in the penultimate game of Group C. With all due respect to The Never Tarps most eyes were on Fritzl Palace in this one. They needed only a draw to qualify for the Cup but a win by three goals to be crowned Group C champions. GSF Drunkerz and Shahs of Sunset would both be watching with interest and supporting The Never Tarps to get a result and help them out.

First and foremost though, The Never Tarps would want to secure a result for themselves. They were pretty much playing for pride as they were realistically going to finish 5th regardless of this result. If the Rat Goblins won their final game they would need a big swing in goal difference to climb above The Never Tarps. Conversely, if they won they would need Rat Goblins to not only win but win big over Budapest Celtic Tigers for a swing in goal difference that would result in The Never Tarps finishing 4th and qualifying for the Plate.

GSF Drunkerz and Shahs of Sunset fans would have been disappointed with the match underway to see Fritzl Palace end the first half a goal to the good with Matthew Wedlake putting them ahead. As the goals went in during the second period, GSF Drunkerz hopes were fading fast and it looked certain that it would be Fritzl Palace joining Shahs of Sunset in the Cup.

Who would be crowned Group C champions was still up for debate though. This was not of mere academic relevance. As well as the honour and glory of winning the group there was a very tangible benefit in that the group winners would secure a theoretically easier Cup Quarter-Final tie and importantly miss the impressive looking CIS who had already won Group D.

Ryan Rook (2) and Matthew Wedlake added goals for Fritzl Palace in the second half but strikes from Alex Harding and Greg Farrington for The Never Tarps meant the 3 goal victory was just beyond them. Final score, 4-2.

Our congratulations to Shahs of Sunset for winning Group C as well as to Fritzl Palace for qualifying in second. GSF Drunkerz would progress to the Plate.

 
 
 

That left us with Budapest Celtic Tigers versus Rat Goblins to wrap up Group C. The game was unlikely to change the position of teams in Group C but there was still much to play for pride, honour, points. Rat Goblins were still looking to put their first points on the board could they do it at the death?

We reached half-time and they were in with a shout. They trailed by the narrowest of margins, 2-1, as Tom Cottam scored their second goal of the day. Two goals from Peti Hegedus ensured it was the Hungarians who reached half-time with the lead.

After the break, Budapest Celtic Tigers increased their lead to 3-1 as Hegedus completed his hat-trick. If Budapest Celtic Tigers did secure victory they would move on to 9 points (level with GSF Drunkerz) but to leapfrog them into third position they needed another 5 goals. Matt Watson-Broughton and Zoli Marczell reduced that requirement to 3 goals but there was not enough time in the game. Final score, 5-1.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Shahs of Sunset (Eng)

5

4

0

1

13

2

12

Fritzl Palace (Eng)

5

4

0

1

16

6

12

GSF Drunkerz (Svk)

5

3

0

2

10

5

9

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

5

3

0

2

9

7

9

The Never Tarps (Eng)

5

1

0

4

7

14

3

Rat Goblins (Eng)

5

0

0

5

2

23

0

 
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