Results
 

Actelion FC (Swi)

2

V

0

Maidenhead (Eng)

JNJ Poland (Pol)

3

V

0

EDC 2 (Ire)

JNJ Turkey (Tur)

3

V

0

DePuy Blackpool (Eng)

 

At the start of Round 3, we had Actelion FC versus Maidenhead. As we had 7 teams in each group and only 6 teams could play in each round, there would be 1 team each round having a rest. In Round 2 that was Actelion FC. They lost 2-0 to JNJ Turkey in their first game would that rest do them good as they looked for their first points of the tournament?

 

Maidenhead made their debut at the 2016 JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament in Krakow. They entered two teams Maidenhead A and Maidenhead 1. The A team finished 3rd of 7 teams in Group A to qualify for the Cup. They progressed to the Semi-Final after a 3-1 Quarter-Final victory over JNJ Middle East. The Semi-Final saw them go out to the eventual champions, JNJ Medical Russia.

 

The 1 team also finished 3rd of 7 teams in their group to qualify for the Cup competition. They were successful over JNJ Poland with a 3-2 Golden Goal win in extra time in the Quarter-Finals. Like their sister team, they went out in the Semi-Finals as they lost 3-1 to Synthes UK 1.

 

At the 2017 Bratislava tournament they concentrated their power into the one squad and started off well. They won 3 of their 4 group games to finish second in Group B behind a very strong JNJ Turkey team. In the Cup Quarter-Finals they met (soon to become) 2 x winners Cilag Team 1 (Swi) and they came as close to anybody to beating the eventual winners. They narrowly lost 2-1.

 

They were about to slip to their third defeat today though. Two second half goals for Gregory Navarro and James Goodbrand earned Actelion FC their first win at the JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament.

 
 
 

JNJ Poland and EDC2 were back in action and the next teams to take to the field on Pitch B. JNJ Poland had made a promising start with 3 points from a possible 6. EDC2 had lost their first game, this was their second.

 

JNJ Poland debuted in this event at the 2014 edition in Bratislava. They missed out on the knock-out phase by just 2 points and have improved each year since. At the 2015 Prague event they recorded 3 wins and 1 draw in their 5 group games to finish third in Group B and qualify for the Cup competition. They put in a great 2-2 performance in the Quarter-Finals against De Puy Synthes 1 but missed out on a Semi-Final due to a 3-2 defeat in the penalty shoot-out.

 

The 2016 event in Krakow was their most successful in the group phase as they recorded 13 points from a possible 18 to finish 2nd in the table (behind eventual champions JNJ Medical Russia). In the Quarter-Finals they drew 2-2 with Maidenhead 1 and the game went into Golden Goal extra time. The clinching 5th goal went to the English team and JNJ Poland were out. There was some personal consolation for Jacek Banas though who finished top goalscorer with 13 goals in 7 games.

 

Then came their Cup Semi-Final finish at the 2017 tournament in Bratislava again. Here in Budapest they secured their second win of the day. Dawid Paszek scored for the second game running. Piotr Ganko and Slawomir Ziemak also added to their goals in Round 1. Final score, 3-0.

 
 
 

JNJ Turkey came into Round 3 looking for their third win of the day which would put them top. If they won this game it would be their 6th consecutive win in the group phase of our tournaments. They hadn't lost in the group phase since a 3-0 defeat to DePuy Synthes 1 at the 2015 Prague edition.

 

They were up against English opposition in the form of DePuy Blackpool who had just secured their first win of the day. It was a very fine win too as they came from behind against JNJ Poland. Edip Efe had scored all of his team's goals so far today and he continued his fine form with two more. A goal in each half put JNJ Turkey 2-0 up. Finally he let someone else score as Fatih Karabulut made it 3-0 for the game (and 6-0 on aggregate for the tournament). JNJ Turkey were looking in great form.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

JNJ Turkey (Tur)

3

3

0

0

6

0

9

Leeds One United (Eng)

2

2

0

0

6

0

6

JNJ Poland (Pol)

3

2

0

1

6

3

6

Actelion FC (Swi)

2

1

0

1

2

2

3

DePuy Blackpool (Eng)

3

1

0

2

3

6

3

Maidenhead (Eng)

3

0

0

3

0

4

0

EDC 2 (Ire)

2

0

0

2

0

8

0

 
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