3 Lions FC (Eng)

3

V

0

Peckham Legends (Eng)

CIS Committee (Blr)

5

V

0

Le Saux Solid Crew (Eng)

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

1

V

1

Peckham Legends (Eng)

3 Lions FC (Eng)

1

V

2

Le Saux Solid Crew (Eng)

CIS Committee (Blr)

2

V

0

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

 

Group B continued with 3 Lions FC versus Peckham Legends. Both teams had come into the tournament short on numbers but with valuable loan signings.

3 Lions FC had two stalwarts (Chris Baginsky, Tom Nolan), two team members on debut (Taranjit Panesar, Andy Sproat) and two local loan signings (Balint Pokoly, Konrad Chrzanowski). Peckham Legends were down to 5 fit players but boosted by the signing of their Brazilian goalkeeper.

Who would put those loan signings to best use when the teams met each other in Game 6 of Group B? It was captain Chris Baginsky of 3 Lions FC who made the initial breakthrough and it proved to be the only goal of an entertaining first period.

After the break it was one of those loan signings, Konrad Chrzanowski, who paid off his metaphorical loan fee by doubling the 3 Lions advantage. It was then the other loan signing, Balint Pokoly, who matched his compatriot to make it 3-0 and put the game safe.

The result moved 3 Lions FC up the table and put them right back in the mix. For Peckham Legends they had slipped from 4th to 5th with a game to go.

 
 
 

It was the top two teams who met next in Group B with CIS Committee taking on Le Saux Solid Crew. Between them, these teams had scored 14 goals without reply. The team from Belarus had won both their games 5-0 with Le Saux Solid Crew claiming a 4-0 win after a 0-0 draw.

If Le Saux Solid Crew were to take anything here you felt that defensive discipline would have to continue and see if they could grab something at the other end. An open game would probably favour CIS Committee. The last thing Le Saux Solid Crew therefore needed was to concede early. CIS Committee were proving irresistible in attack and breached the English team's back line not once but three times in the first half.

The man to do the damage was Ihar Shcherbich who bagged a first half hat-trick. If at the start Le Saux had an uphill task they now had a mountain climb. If that mountain was Kilimanjaro it became Everest when Sergey Polyakov and Aliaksandr Chaikouski made it 4-0 and 5-0 respectively.

It showed CIS Committee were in ominous form and they had wrapped up the Group B title with a game to spare. Le Saux Solid Crew needed to put this game behind them as they still had much to play for in their final group fixure.

 
 
 

Game 8 of Group B was Budapest Celtic Tigers versus Peckham Legends. Budapest Celtic Tigers had 1 win and 1 defeat so far and if they could finish the morning on a high could still claim second position. For Peckham Legends, this was their final game in the group phase and 3rd place was still a possibility if they won this and other results went their way.

For Peckham Legends this performance was more reminiscent of their opening game than the previous two and they competed well against their Hungarian opponents. We reached half-time all square at 0-0. For Budapest Celtic Tigers, a draw was not much use they really needed to win and take 3 points that would put them second. A draw would see them in 3rd position but with CIS Committee still to play.

There was a goal each in the second half with David Cannon scoring Peckham Legend's first eurofootballfives goal. Alex Gray scored the goal for Budapest Celtic Tigers as the game finished 1-1.

 
 
 

The penultimate game of Group B was 3 Lions FC versus Le Saux Solid Crew in what was almost a battle for second position. Le Saux Solid Crew held the advantage as they sat on 4 points with 3 Lions FC currently residing on 3 points. 3 Lions FC would have the wind in their sails having recorded their first victory. Le Saux Solid Crew needed to show if they could bounce back from their first defeat.

Le Saux Solid Crew did indeed bounce back and it was they who assumed the early ascendency. Oliver Dolton dealt the opening blow and also added a second to put his team firmly in control.

If at half-time they were firmly in control at 2-0 they were a little less secure when Chris Baginsky's second in as many games reduced the deficit to 2-1. Of course, a draw would favour Le Saux Solid Crew in the context of the group should they concede another but that was a scenario that they needn't concern themselves with as they saw the game out to claim all 3 points.

The win effectively secured 2nd position and even if Budapest Celtic Tigers overcame CIS Committee they would have to do it with a big scoreline to usurp Le Saux Solid Crew on goal difference. Even then, you felt 7 points would be good enough as one of the best 3rd placed sides. 3 Lions FC were consigned to finish in fourth position and they would play their knock-out football in the Plate.

 
 
 

To wrap up Group B we had CIS Committee versus Budapest Celtic Tigers. CIS Committee had already ensured Cup qualification and the Group B title but would want to keep their momentum going into the knock-out phases. They had scored 15 goals without reply so far and were the team to watch.

Budapest Celtic Tigers currently sat in 3rd position and couldn't finish lower. They could finish in 2nd position but they needed a 3 goal win to do so to overtake Le Saux Solid Crew on goal difference. A 2 goal win would be enough if it was 4-2 or higher. Less than that would mean Le Saux Solid Crew kept second on goal difference, goals scored or head-to-head (if it was 3-1).

It seemed a tall order seeing that CIS Committee were yet to concede a goal with Alexander Gerasimovich looking impregnable between the posts for the defending champions. Budapest Celtic Tigers best chance of qualifying for the Cup was if they could sneak any sort of win as 7 points would probably be sufficient to qualify. Easier said than done.

However, things were going well at the break as they held their opponents to 0-0. If they could keep their opponents at bay you just never knew. However, they could not keep CIS Committee out in the second half as Sergey Polyakov scored the goal that effectively killed off the Tigers Cup hopes. A second Polyakov goal cremated those hopes. Final score, 2-0.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

CIS Committee (Blr)

4

4

0

0

17

0

12

Le Saux Solid Crew (Eng)

4

2

1

1

6

6

7

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

4

1

1

2

3

7

4

3 Lions FC (Eng)

4

1

0

3

4

9

3

Peckham Legends (Eng)

4

0

2

2

1

9

2

 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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