SV Zoo (Ger)

2

V

0

Multiple Scoregasms (Eng)

Fireball (Svk)

2

V

1

St Paul's College OB (Eng)

FC Pressburg (Svk)

6

V

3

Multiple Scoregasms (Eng)

SV Zoo (Ger)

6

V

2

St Paul's College OB (Eng)

Fireball (Svk)

2

V

2

FC Pressburg (Svk)

 

SV Zoo were playing in their sixth eurofootballfives tournament and fourth foreign tournament having begun their partnership with eurofootballfives.com at the 2012 Krakow Trophy. In Krakow they were successful on debut winning the Plate competition. In May 2013 they finished 4th in the Plate Champion of Champions tournament in Budapest. This was followed by the 2013 Berlin Fives where they finished 3 rd in their 5-team group progressing to the Plate again. They secured a resounding 5-0 win in the Quarter-Finals before eventual Plate winners, Team Geek, arrested their progress at the Semi-Final stage. In Berlin 2014 they also finished 3rd in their 5-team group before a Plate Quarter-Final exit on penalties. Their most recent European adventure was at the 2014 Barcelona Fives when they were unlucky to draw a group that featured both the defending champions and the eventual winners. They finished 4th in Group E and qualified for the Trophy competition. A 3-1 win over Scotland's Peebles All Stars in the Quarter-Finals was followed by a 3-1 win over England's AFC EX-UEA. A second eurofootballfives.com final proved to be unsuccessful when El Combe Old Boys (Cup Semi-Finalists the year before) defeated them 5-0. The German team were looking for their first victory of the tournament when they took on Multiple Scoregasms in game 6 of Group A.

Multiple Scoregasms were in the same boat and also looking for their first win of the tournament but their games had been a lot closer (2-2 draw, 3-2 defeat) compared to the 6-0 and 4-1 defeats of SV Zoo. It meant they probably started the game as favourites but it was SV Zoo who struck first. Jan Neubert struck the only goal of the first period and at the break it was 1-0.

In the context of Group A thus far this was a low scoring game and as time pressed on the next goal was going to be more and more crucial. Could SV Zoo take the game away from the English team or could Multiple Scoregasms get back into it. Jan Neubert scored his 3rd goal in 2 games to put SV Zoo into a 2-0 lead and that's how it finished.

 
 
 

Next up was Fireball versus St Paul's College Old Boys. The Slovakian team came into the game on a 100% record and scoring freely with 9 goals in their 2 games to date. St Paul's College Old Boys had a draw and a defeat to their name so far and this would no doubt be a tough fixture in which to seek their opening win of the day.

The English team performed well in the opening period and gave as good as they got with both defences on top it was stalemate at the break, 0-0. After the break we were to see the net bulge on three occasions and it was Fireball who shaded it 2-1 with two goals for Jakub Racek outgunning the strike that was credited to Lewis Howard (although the dubious goals panel may review that one!).

The win meant that Fireball now had 3 wins from their 3 games and with just one fixture to go they were in pole position in Group A. For St Paul's College Old Boys it was a result that saw them slip from 4 th to 5 th after SV Zoo's win in the game above.

 
 
 

So far the Slovakian teams in Group A had notched up 5 wins in 5 games between them and FC Pressburg were looking to make that 6 out of 6 when they took to the field against Multiple Scoregasms. If they could achieve that they would join Fireball at the top of Group A and secure a place in the Cup competition.

For Multiple Scoregasms this was the last chance to impress in Group A and they could still qualify for the Cup if they took victory and other results went in their favour in subsequent games.

Based on previous results today it was going to be a tough ask and that ask got even tougher when FC Pressburg opened up a 3-1 lead at the break. The lead was down to Adam Kovac who bagged a first half hat-trick. There was a goal from Darren Choytooa that kept Multiple Scoregasms in the hunt.

Bruce Lambert and Darren Choytooa again weighed in with goals for the English team in the second period but FC Pressburg always had enough in the tank to keep their opponents at bay. Two more goals for Michal Cano ultimately won the game for FC Pressburg before Adam Kovac put the icing on the cake with his fourth. Kovac had scored 11 goals in the 2014 Bratislava Fives and his tally was now up to 6 here in 2015.

It was a huge win for FC Pressburg in that it put them top of the table on goal difference. For Multiple Scoregasms, they knew their football this afternoon would be played in the Plate competition.

 
 
 

Game 9 was certainly going to be an interesting one as SV Zoo (Ger) lined up against St Paul's College Old Boys (Eng). Both teams had enjoyed Plate success in the past with SV Zoo enjoying success in the 2013 Krakow Trophy and St Paul's emulating that at the 2014 Amsterdam Fives and both, you sensed, would feel happier at this level than by qualifying for the Cup. However, one of these clubs would make the Cup. Due to Multiple Scoregasms loss above, meaning they would finish on one point, the winner of this tie would finish 3rd and qualify for the Cup. A loss for either would mean the Plate. What about a draw you say? Well, SV Zoo would then go through to the Cup on 4 points leaving St Paul's College Old Boys to go through to the Plate on 2 points.

The game was played at a relaxed pace and was probably one of the least intense games we've witnessed over our 65 European tournaments but it was a good game (perhaps?) for SV Zoo. They lead 2-0 at the break and 6-2 at full time to finish Group A with 2 victories. A hat-trick for Stephan Bader and a goal each for Jan Neubert, Stephan Schwarz and Clemens Villinger meant that SV Zoo had finished with their joint highest points tally in a group phase (equaling the 2014 Berlin Fives).

Despite defeat (and goals from distance for Andrew Sprosen and Bucky) St Paul's College Old Boys looked secure in their fate as they would look to make it back-to-back Plate victories in the afternoon's knock-out phase.

 
 
 

The final game of Group A was a Slovakian derby with Fireball versus FC Pressburg. There was only goal difference separating the two teams as both teams brought 100% records into the game. For one (or both) that record would be over at full-time in this one. Whoever won this game would take Group A victory and should the game finish in a draw it would be FC Pressburg who would win the group on goal difference.

The teams could not be separated at half-time as the teams reached the interval at 0-0. 0-0 at half-time became 2-2 at full-time as the two teams could not be separated in direct combat. Two goals for Vladimir Rezny of Fireball were cancelled out by strikes from Adam Kovac (7 for the tournament and scoring in every game to date) and Martin Cano.

No doubt both teams would be happy having secured safe passage to the elite Cup competition but FC Pressburg would be the happier winning Group A in the process. They also won their group in 2014 and would go into the knock-out phase as one of the teams to keep an eye on for overall success at the 2015 Bratislava Fives.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

FC Pressburg (Svk)

4

3

1

0

16

7

10

Fireball (Svk)

4

3

1

0

13

5

10

SV Zoo (Ger)

4

2

0

2

9

11

6

Multiple Scoregasms (Eng)

4

0

1

3

7

13

1

St Paul's College OB (Eng)

4

0

1

3

6

15

1

 
 
 
Group Phase
          
 
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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