Results
 

Maidenhead A (Eng)

2

V

2

JNJ High Wycombe (Eng)

JNJ Medical Russia (Rus)

1

V

0

The Rodallega Bombs (Eng)

J&J GBS Reds (Cze)

0

V

5

JNJ Poland (Pol)

 

We began Round 4 with Maidenhead A versus JNJ High Wycombe. Maidenhead A were one of four teams at the top whilst JNJ High Wycombe had registered their slowest start to a campaign to date with two defeats.

 

JNJ High Wycombe were looking to regain the title they won in Bratislava 2014 and they would need to start winning today sooner rather than later. As well as that 2014 triumph they had also come very close to glory in the previous two seasons. At the 2012 JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament they finished 2nd in their group before going on to reach the Cup Final. In the Cup Final they went so close to claiming glory as they took the Final into extra time after a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately for them JNJ Croatia claimed the Golden Goal and they had to settle for Runners-Up medals. Fast forward to 2013 and they went one better by winning their group before going on to reach the Cup Final again. They were Runners-Up for a second time as they succumbed to JNJ Russia.

 

Following their Bratislava success they joined us in Prague again for the 2015 tournament. The JNJ High Wycombe A team went through their group unbeaten as they finished 2nd and qualified for the Cup yet again. They missed out at the Quarter-Final stage, 5-1, to eventual winners Cilag Team 1 (Swi). The B team finished 3rd in their group to qualify for the Plate and they excelled. They went all the way to lift the Plate title after a 3-3 draw with Cilag Team 2 and then an epic 7-6 penalty shoot-out win.

 

In this game, JNJ High Wycombe looked more like the team of old compared with their previous games. They lead 2-1 after the early exchanges with Alex Parkinson continuing his rich vein of form in front of goal. He bagged a brace to take him to 4 for the tournament. At the other end, Vincent Tavernier also claimed his fourth of the day as Maidenhead A remained in the hunt at half-time although they trailed 2-1.

 

Parity was restored in the second half as Niall Dowling found the net for the third game in a row. His goal would ensure that Maidenhead A earned themselves a point. It was a much more valuable point for them than it was for JNJ High Wycombe in the overall context of Group A.

 
 
 

The above result meant that a win for either JNJ Medical Russia or The Rodallega Bombs would see them go 2 points clear at the top of Group A.

 

JNJ Medical Russia competed at the first JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament in Prague 2012. Their A team won the Group A title with a 100% record (a group that featured eventual winners JNJ Croatia) before going out to JNJ High Wycombe at the Quarter-Final stage. The B team finished 3rd in their group but reached the Cup Semi-Finals before losing to JNJ Croatia. In Budapest in 2013 they won the entire tournament with 7 wins in 7 games as 13 goals from Artem Khodas also meant the top goalscorer came from JNJ Russia.

 

At the 2014 Bratislava Fives tournament they had two teams both finished 3rd in their group and both went onto reach the Plate Final. In that final JNJ Russia B defeated JNJ Russia A to glory. The top goalscorer was again from JNJ Russia as Gaspar Arutyunov won the prize with 10 goals on the day.

 

In the most recent tournament, Prague 2015, JNJ Russia finished 2nd in their 6 team group. A penalty shoot-out win over GTSC (Bel) in the Quarter-Finals and a 2-1 Semi-Final win over JNJ Turkey saw them reach a second Cup Final. They lost out 7-0 to the winners Cilag Team 1 (Swi).

 

JNJ Russia looked imperious in their first two games here scoring 9 goals and conceding just once on their way to a maximum 6 points. The Rodallege Bombs were proving to be a much tougher nut to crack. The English team held their illustrious opponents to a 0-0 half-time score. The Rodallega Bombs couldn't quite complete the job though as Vladimir Doroshenkov kept up his record of scoring in every game as he provided the vital breakthrough in a 1-0 win.

 
 
 

The only thing left to settle in Round 4 was GBS Reds versus JNJ Poland. GBS Reds had lost one then bounced back with a win. They then lost one and needed to bounce back with another win to stay in touch with the Cup qualification places.

 

JNJ Poland could join JNJ Medical Russia on 9 points at the top with a win. They had looked good so far with 6 goals and a 100% record.

 

It was to be the first meeting of these two teams in the JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament and it was first blood to JNJ Poland. Jacek Banas opened the scoring and the bleeding continued for GBS Reds as Dawid Paszek scored a double before Dariusz Grzesiak made it 4-0 it was only half-time.

 

Thankfully for GBS Reds things calmed down after the break but there was still occasion for Jacek Banas to grab his second of the game and seventh of the tournament. He scored 7 goals at the Prague tournament in 2015 and already matched that tally today with at least four more games to play.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

JNJ Poland (Pol)

3

3

0

0

11

2

9

JNJ Medical Russia (Rus)

3

3

0

0

10

1

9

Maidenhead A (Eng)

4

2

1

1

9

6

7

The Rodallega Bombs (Eng)

4

2

0

2

5

6

6

GBS Reds (Cze)

4

1

0

3

4

13

3

JNJ High Wycombe (Eng)

3

0

1

2

4

6

1

Synthes UK 2 (Eng)

3

0

0

3

0

9

0

 
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