MacBengals (Eng)

0

V

3

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

Whiteley VII (Eng)

3

V

4

Deportivo Lack of Talent (Eng)

Centrale Paris B (Fra)

1

V

1

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

MacBengals (Eng)

7

V

0

Deportivo Lack of Talent (Eng)

Whiteley VII (Eng)

1

V

5

Centrale Paris B (Fra)

 

We were 5 games down, 5 to go in Group C as MacBengals met Budapest Celtic Tigers. The Hungarian side were the stand out team in the group so far and MacBengals had a tough ask as they looked for their second win. If they could win they would make it a 3-way tie at the top of the group once more.

At half-time a solitary Michael Globits strike separated the two teams. It was Globits 4th of the day and the third successive game he'd scored in. The Hungarian team had so far scored 12 goals without reply in the second half this was to be 14 goals without reply as Heike Bult and Leo Kronberger both scored to secure a 3-0 win.

Budapest Celtic Tigers opened up a 3 point gap at the top, MacBengals remained in 3rd position.

 
 
 

Game 7 saw Whiteley VII and Deportivo Lack of Talent both looking for their first points of the tournament and in the case of Whiteley FC their first goals. We were treated to a 7 goal thriller as both teams needed a result to push their case for a place in the Plate.

It was Deportivo Lack of Talent who took the early initiative as they forged a 3-1 lead as Joe Rees (twice) and James Smith both found the net. Jake Alford scored Whiteley VII's first goal of the day.

Whiteley FC won the second half but not the match as Simon Stones and Jake Alford both netted for Whiteley FC but sadly for them James Smith scored his second of the game to see Deportivo Lack of Talent narrowly home by a 4-3 scoreline. It was a crucial 3 points and they were now favourites to make the Plate.

 
 
 

We were now coming to the business end of Group C and were treated to a top of the table clash between Centrale Paris B and Budapest Celtic Tigers. The France v Hungary fixture promised to be an enthralling encounter. Both teams had a 100% record so far although the Tigers had strolled to victories so far whereas Centrale Paris B had been made to work hard for their wins.

The match proved evenly contested and the teams could not be divided as they reached half-time level at 0-0. We were to see goals after the turnaround but still the teams were level as the game finished 1-1. Victor Okechukw Nwah scored for the Hungarians and Takuma Inagawa scored for the French proving what a multinational tournament this was! Honours were even.

 
 
 

Game 9 was MacBengals versus Deportivo Lack of Talent. Both teams were on 3 points and the above result meant the Cup was beyond each of them. Neither team wanted to lose this though as they would be looking over their shoulders at Whiteley VII with the potential of dropping into the Wooden Spoon. If you were looking for form as a guide, Deportivo were fresh from victory whereas it seemed a long time since MacBengals won in Game 1.

MacBengals rediscovered their early form and produced a fantastic display that would propel them into the Plate high on confidence. In truth the game was over by half-time as Olly Gardner put them 1-0 up before Matthew Elder made it two, Toby Gardner made it three and Olly Gardner again for 4-0. There was no stopping them in the second half either as 4-0 became 7-0 when Ali Phipps, Toby Gardner again and James Harvey all found the net.

The result confirmed MacBengals in 3rd place. Deportivo Lack of Talent were still in 4th and would have to hope that Whiteley VII would fail to beat Centrale Paris B to maintain that position.

 
 
 

The final game of Group C was between Whiteley VII and Centrale Paris B. It would take a monumental effort for Whiteley VII to claim victory and make the Plate competition. This was especially true as Centrale Paris B needed a result themselves to claim the Group C title. They needed a massive win though (13 goals) so seemed highly unlikely.

At half-time, we could safely say Whiteley VII were not going to get the win they needed as they found themselves 3-0 down as Jerome Delplace, Takuma Inagawa and Juan Saez put the French in control. So, could the French score 10 in the second half? Of course not but they did get two as Inagawa and Saez each scored again.

There was also a consolation for Whitely VII as their great Dane Glenn Hillstrom scored meaning the final score was 5-1. Centrale Paris B qualified for the Cup in 2nd place as Whiteley VII would compete in the Wooden Spoon.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

4

3

1

0

15

1

10

Centrale Paris B (Fra)

4

3

1

0

10

4

10

MacBengals (Eng)

4

2

0

2

10

5

6

Deportivo Lack of Talent (Eng)

4

1

0

3

5

19

3

Whiteley VII (Eng)

4

0

0

4

4

15

0

 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Wooden Spoon
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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