SV Zoo (Ger)

0

V

6

Fireball (Svk)

Multiple Scoregasms (Eng)

2

V

2

St Paul's College OB (Eng)

FC Pressburg (Svk)

3

V

1

SV Zoo (Ger)

Fireball (Svk)

3

V

2

Multiple Scoregasms (Eng)

St Paul's College OB (Eng)

1

V

5

FC Pressburg (Svk)

 

The Bratislava Fives was entrusted to kick-off our 2015 season and it didn't disappoint. Following a sensational debut in 2014 we couldn't wait to get back to Slovakia and enjoy the delights of this city and the stunning football venue. With teams from England, France, Germany, Ireland and Slovakia who would be the victorious nation at 17.00 this afternoon?

To kick us off we had SV Zoo (Ger) versus Fireball (Svk). Fireball were drawn in Group D of the 2014 Bratislva Fives and had a steady start to their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Saga Louts and another 2-2 against Tommies Guns. A third successive draw, 1-1, against Murder on Zidanes Floor meant the draws stalled their progress. They would hope for a faster start here in 2015.

SV Zoo were regulars on the eurofootballfives.com circuit but despite this vast experience they were unable to turn experience into points in their opening games of a tournament they had lost all 4 opening games in our knock-out events. That unenviable record was set to continue as Fireball got off to a flyer.

There were 3 unanswered goals in each half for the Slovakian team including an own goal as SV Zoo as the German team slumped to a 6-0 defeat. Fireball would not care at all as Miroslav Sloboda (2), Jakub Racek and Sip Stanislav (2) got the home team off to the perfect start.

 
 
 

It was England versus England in match #2 of Group A as Multiple Scoregasms and St Paul's College Old Boys took to the field.

Multiple Scoregasms made their first adventure on the eurofootballfives.com tour last year at the 2014 Berlin Fives. They made an encouraging start finishing join top of their group but ended up second on goal difference to France's Luso Team. They qualified for the Cup Quarter-Finals where they came up against another French team and 2013 Mallorca Fives winners, Grant Thornton. Multiple Scoregasms saw them off 4-1 before eventual winners Hasanheide Hotspur ended their run, 1-0, in the Semi-Finals. Could they go one step further in Bratislava?

It started pretty well for Multiple Scoregasms as they took a first half lead through Darren Choytooa. At the start of the second half there was pressure from St Paul's College Old Boys but some good saves by Andrew Anastasi preserved the Scoregasms lead. Multiple Scoregasms then went up the other end to double their advantage through Chris Lowe.

James West reduced arrears to 2-1 and it was game on again. It was almost 2-2 as David Nelson flicked the ball just wide but it wasn't long before St Paul's College Old Boys were level as Mark Love made it 2-2. It was St Paul's who had their tails up as Anastasi made another good save this time from James West to prevent his side falling behind. Up the other end Matthew Ford prevented a late Multiple Scoregasms winner, saving with his feet, to preserve the 2-2 scoreline honours even.

 
 
 

The final team to begin their Group A challenge was FC Pressburg of Slovakia. As Slovak Team, they were the most successful of the home teams at the inaugural Bratislava Fives last year. They won Group B with 4 wins and a draw scoring 14 goals and conceding just 3 in the process. Their form continued in the Cup Quarter-Finals with a 4-0 win over Czech neighbours DHL Prague. They then came up against CIS Committee of Belarus and lost 4-1. Could they go on to win this year?

In their way stood SV Zoo who had already kicked off their campaign and slipped to 6-0 defeat. They were used to starting slowly with defeats in their opening fixtures but they usually bounced back pretty well over the group phase some days quicker than others. Previously, following opening game defeat they had 1 win, 1 draw and 2 defeats in their second fixture. They needed a positive result to get back on track here in Slovakia.

It did not go quite to plan for SV Zoo as Michal Cano opened the scoring for FC Pressburg. Adam Kovac doubled the lead to make it 2-0 at half-time. In the second half Tomas Macai increased the lead to 3-0 to virtually kill the game. SV Zoo opened their account with Jan Neubert finding the net he dispossessed the goalkeeper on the half-way line and swept home from distance past the covering defender for 3-1. SV Zoo could've scored again to make it 3-2 soon after but the FC Pressburg goalkeeper made a good save. Perhaps it wasn't game over at this stage but it soon was Tomas Macai made it 4-1. Stephan Schwarz forced another good save from their opposing goalkeeper as they continued to battle before a goalmouth scramble at the SV Zoo end was cleared. That was the end of the chances as the game finished 4-1.

 
 
 

Fireball was back in action again against Multiple Scoregasms in Game 4 of Group A. Fireball had started the day with a thumping 6-0 win and were on the hunt for victory #2. Multiple Scoregasms may well have thought they should be in the hunt for another victory but had seen a 2-0 lead reduced to 2-2. Still, it was a solid opening point if they could build on that.

Fireball continued where they left off in the opening round of games as they scored their 7th goal without reply on the day. Miroslav Sloboda who scored 9 goals in the 2014 Bratislava Fives stepped up to score his third of the day already and give Fireball a 1-0 lead. By the break 1-0 had become 2-0 as Lukas Zivner opened his personal account for the tournament.

There was to be a recovery from Multiple Scoregasms as Stuart Dunlop became the first man today to breach the Fireball defence not once but twice to get his side right back in it. However, Lukas Zivner's second of the game ensured that all 3 points would go to the Slovakian team. The win put Fireball top of the table.

 
 
 

St Paul's College Old Boys made their debut at the 2013 Lisbon Veterans Tournament finishing 3rd in the 6 team group to progress to the knock-out phase. They were knocked out in the Semi-Finals by Funsport B of Portugal. They followed this up with a visit to the 2014 Amsterdam Fives and in a very close Group C they were one of three teams to finish level on 9 points but goal difference meant they would finish in fourth position and progress to the Plate.

Two wins later (5-3 over AAK S&S, 2-1 over Vodafone Netherlands) saw them reach a first eurofootballfives.com final. A roller-coaster final and a 6 goal thriller saw the game end 3-3 and it was on penalties that St Paul's College Old Boys triumphed. They had started today with a 2-2 draw but now faced a very good FC Pressburg team who already had a win under their belts.

Although early, FC Pressburg were already showing the form that got them to the Cup Semi-Finals in 2014. Adam Kovac scored his second in as many games to open the scoring before Tomas Macai also got on the scoresheet for the second successive game. St Paul's College Old Boys had recovered from a 2-0 deficit against Multiple Scoregasms and looked like they could do again as James West pulled them back to 2-1 (also scoring for the second game in a row). There was to be a fourth goal before half time and it swung the game further in favour of the home team as Macai made it 3-1.

After the break FC Pressburg eased away from their opponents as Michal Cano made it 4-1 before Tomas Macai completed his hat-trick to crown a fine personal and team performance. The result meant the Group A table was looking very good if you were a Slovakian fan.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Fireball (Svk)

2

2

0

0

9

2

6

FC Pressburg (Svk)

2

2

0

0

8

2

6

Multiple Scoregasms (Eng)

2

0

1

1

4

5

1

St Paul's College OB (Eng)

2

0

1

1

3

7

1

SV Zoo (Ger)

2

0

0

2

1

9

0

 
 
 
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Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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