Results
 

JNJ Poland (Pol)

2

V

3

S & OP FC (Eng)

JNJ High Wycombe A (Eng)

2

v

0

JNJ Russia B (Rus)

JNJ Zug (Swi)

2

v

0

Gerri Hatricks (Eng)

 

JNJ Poland were next in action when they would play S & OP FC. JNJ Poland came into the game high on confidence and with an improving run of form. After a narrow 3-2 defeat to Russia B first thing they had secured a 1-1 draw with JNJ High Wycombe A and a 2-0 win over Gerri Hatricks. If they could continue this momentum they would go joint top (temporarily at least). S & OP FC had gone loss-win-loss so would hope to continue this pattern to claim a second win.

The lunch break can be a positive or negative thing for teams. Sometimes it can be a welcome break to recharge batteries and give the lungs a break. Sometimes it can allow time for muscles to stiffen up and disrupt form. The break certainly did S & OP some good as they came out firing as a George Lazaro double put them in control at half-time in this one.

JNJ Poland were not to be beaten easily though as Artur Wrzesinski reduced the deficit to 2-1. George Lazaro restored the two goal cushion to make it 3-1 and in the process complete a fine hat-trick. It was a goal that was well needed as JNJ Poland fought back to 3-2 through Tomasz Gawlak but in the end S & OP FC had done enough to take the victory.

The win saw S & OP FC climb above their opponents and move just one point off 1st place (subject to the completion of the other games in Round 4). JNJ Poland slipped to 5th position showing what a high quality group this was.

 
 
 

JNJ High Wycombe A were back on the field of play again against JNJ Russia B. It was top of the table versus second position the second time in a row JNJ High Wycombe A were in such a game. Last time they were the chasing team but now they were the team to be shot at. Against JNJ Zug the English team passed with flying colours (5-0) and a repeat now would secure Cup qualification with a game to spare.

JNJ High Wycombe A had met JNJ Russia B in the group phase of Prague 2012 and lost 2-0. They also met in Budapest 2013 and won 1-0. There were also the games against Russia A where the English won in the Cup QF in Prague but lost the Cup Final in Budapest. There was quite some history between these two and a growing rivalry.

With the team in 4th place, S & OP FC, now on 6 points and JNJ Zug to come on Pitch C this was a vital game for both and both teams needed the points. A draw would see the group become even more compact but a win for either would be so so valuable. The first half came and went with no trouble to the scorers, 0-0.

The goal-scoring action came in the second half and the game's crucial first strike came from Alex Woodger. Woodger scored not once but twice in this fixture and became the match-winner as JNJ High Wycombe emerged victorious, 2-0. The game finished 5-0 with 3 goals in the first half and 2 goals after the break. JNJ High Wycombe A maintained their unbeaten record with 10 points from a possible 12 Cup qualification was assured. Congratulations.

For JNJ Russia B it left them part of a 3-team tie on 6 points in second place. They were vulnerable though as JNJ Zug were playing on Pitch C with a chance to take second position on their own.

 
 
 

The final game of Round 4 was another key game as JNJ Zug met Gerri Hatricks. As we have seen above JNJ Zug shared second place with two other teams on 6 points. If they could win this game they would have one foot in the Cup Semi-Finals. The Swiss team had just suffered a 5-0 defeat so could they bounce back?

If we go back to Prague 2012 we saw JNJ Zug win their first two games, lose their third and not win another game. History had repeated itself with the first three games they now needed to change their fate/destiny. In their way stood Gerri Hatricks who were cut adrift a little at the foot of the table. They were 4 points off 5th placed JNJ Poland and Plate qualification was no longer mathematically possible due to the fixtures coming in Round 5. They could still make 5th place with two wins.

It was honours even in the first half as the two teams played out a goalless opening period. Gerri Hatricks were threatening to put a big spanner in the works for JNJ Zug. As it stood a draw would see them in 2nd position on their own but needing a win in their final game. If they could find a winner here they would only need a draw going into the last game.

JNJ Zug would have breathed a huge sigh of relief when Marco Mader broke the deadlock in the second period. At 1-0 the win was not secure but they could relax a little when Jetmir Selmanaj made it 2-0 and they had secured the crucial win.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

JNJ High Wycombe A (Eng)

4

3

1

0

12

2

10

JNJ Zug (Swi)

4

3

0

1

11

11

9

JNJ Russia B (Rus)

4

2

0

2

9

9

6

S & OP FC (Eng)

4

2

0

2

10

11

6

JNJ Poland (Pol)

4

1

1

2

7

7

4

Gerri Hatricks (Eng)

4

0

0

4

1

10

0

 
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