Results
 

FC Maroon (Eng)

3

V

1

The Crazy Gang (Eng)

Bede FC (Eng)

0

V

5

Lilchicago (Ltu)

The Crazy Gang (Eng)

5

V

6

Fail Madrid (Eng)

 

There was very much a top 3 and a bottom 3 developing in Group B. We had three teams level on 6 points at the top and 3 teams level on 0 points at the bottom. Up next was one of those teams at the top (FC Maroon) taking on one of those teams at the bottom (The Crazy Gang).

We mentioned FC Maroon's group phase form in the last round of fixtures and it was mightily impressive. They had now gone 9 group games unbeaten with 23 goals scored and 0 conceded. If you include knock-out matches they are in a run of 9 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat with 31 goals scored and just 4 against. That run includes a 10-0 win for FC Maroon over The Crazy Gang in Group B of the 2016 Riga Tournament.

FC Maroon were strong favourites and it was perhaps no surprise when they took the lead through Matt Alawi. What was a surprise was when James Hornsby equalized for 1-1. Hornsby was the first man to score against FC Maroon in the group phase since Janis Klepanis did for FC Zemniecki in Game 8 of Group B in the 2016 Riga Tournament.

The goal did not derail FC Maroon though as they were back in front courtesy of Rich Mason's first goal of the day. James Smith secured the 3 points with his second strike of the tournament.

 
 
 

Bede FC (Eng) were the second most capped team in the draw making their 8 th appearance in our events. They made their debut in the 2011 Barcelona Fives and picked up a first European victory with a 2-1 victory over eventual Plate Winners, Bristol Bridge. Other results did not quite go their way and did not reward their performances as they were unlucky to finish 5th on goal difference going through to the Wooden Spoon Semi-Finals but going down to Stamford AC. They played in the 2012 Algarve Open finishing 4th in their group before a narrow 2-1 exit in the Plate Quarter-Finals to Goals Aloud of Wales. A return to the Algarve Open in 2013 saw them struggle in the group phase finishing 6th. In the Wooden Spoon Final they lost on Golden Goal to Norton Old Boys. Next stop was the 2014 Amsterdam Fives where they finished 5 th in their 6 team group before Vodafone Netherlands were responsible for their exit in the Plate Quarter-Finals. Fast forward to the 2015 Bratislava Fives and they lost narrowly to the 2015 Mallorca Tournament winners, Saipan FC. They followed this up with a 3-1 win over Slovakia's Donuts. A 2-1 loss to Tekkerslovakia followed and they ultimately finished 4 th in their group. An epic Quarter-Final and 10-goal thriller wowed the crowds but sadly they missed out on the next round, 6-4, to the 2013 Budapest Fives champions Team Bear.

At the 2016 Mallorca Tournament, Bede FC had their most successful group phase to date in terms of points with a 60% win ratio as they finished 4th of 6 teams. They qualified for the Plate and in the Quarter-Finals met 2 times eurofootballfives.com Plate winners St Paul's College Old Boys. Bede FC sadly succumbed at this stage.

Most recently Bede FC plied their trade at the 2017 Vilnius Tournament. It was another fourth place finish in the group phase with 1 win, 1 draw and 2 defeats to their name. It was another Quarter-Final exit, 3-0, at the hands of Shahs of Sunset.

They had a tough match here against the Lithuanian team, Lilchicago. Lilchicago were 2 wins from 2 and soon to make it 3 wins from 3. Aurimas Marcinkevicius, Danas Kulisauskas and Marcinkevicius again saw them race to a 3-0 lead. Goal difference could well prove useful at the top so they were aided by Liudas Masiliunas and Danas Kulisauskas making it 5-0. 100% record for Lilchicago.

 
 
 

To complete Round 3 we had The Crazy Gang versus Fail Madrid. These two teams had crossed paths at the 2016 Riga Tournament but did not meet on that occasion. They had their chance to play each other today and we wished they could play every tournament as they produced an 11 goal epic.

Let us take you through the game if we can recall correctly there was a lot to take note of! Oliver Begbie got the ball rolling to make it 1-0 to Fail Madrid. Phil Lockwood-Taylor scored his second of the tournament to make it 1-1. Fail Madrid were back in front through Rob Maller and extended that lead to 3-1 via Graham Hargraves.

The momentum changed and swung back towards The Crazy Gang as Hugh Roach opened his personal account before Phil Lockwood-Taylor continued his fine form to level it up again at 3-3.

Neil Hargraves re-establised the lead for Fail Madrid at 4-3 and Oliver Begbie restored the two goal gap at 5-3. Surely that would be the end of it? Not at all, the game was back in the balance as Hugh Roach reduced the deficit to 5-4. This game had everything and so it was perhaps no surprise to witness Joe Clark, goalkeeper for Fail Madrid, scoring to make it 6-4. It proved to be the match winner as Hugh Roach completed his hat-trick to get the game back to 6-5. The sands of time eventually ran out for The Crazy Gang.

Congratulations to Fail Madrid for the victory but well done to both teams to produce such a fantastic game.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

FC Maroon (Eng)

3

3

0

0

10

1

9

Lilchicago (Ltu)

3

3

0

0

10

1

9

RAF Fylingdales (Eng)

3

2

0

1

7

6

6

Fail Madrid (Eng)

4

1

0

3

10

15

3

The Crazy Gang (Eng)

3

0

0

3

7

11

0

Bede FC (Eng)

2

0

0

2

0

10

0

 
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