up was JNJ Middle East versus JNJ Russia A.
JNJ Middle East were making their debut and
deserve a lot of credit for making the journey
to the event from Dubai. Although on debut,
they did feature a few players who had played
for other offices in previous events so did
have some experience.
Russia needs no introduction. Put simply – they
are the defending champions. They won 7 games
out of 7 in Budapest 2013 to win the title with
13 goals from Artem Khodas firing them to success.
In 2012 they were not too far off glory either
- JNJ Russia A won the Group A title with a
100% record (a group that featured eventual
winners JNJ Croatia). The A team went out to
JNJ High Wycombe at the Quarter-Final stage.
it looked tough on paper as if would be a tough
baptism for JNJ Middle East but it was a task
they took to admirably as they took a 1-0 lead
until half-time. The goal was scored by Matt
Tominey who was part of the JNJ High Wycombe
A squad who lost the Cup Final last year.
the break JNJ Russia proved why they were champions
by launching a comeback. Rustam Kecherukov equalised
for 1-1 before Stanislav Martynov fired JNJ
Russia A ahead. Final score, 2-1.