A started the days proceedings with the opening
pairings of CSF2 versus AFC Politicio and Hutnik
Krakow Old Boys versus Shock Soc 1/2. The Cobalt
Silver Foxes are veterans of both the 2007 Krakow
Trophy and 2007 Prague Trophy brought much experience
to the game whilst AFC Politico were making their
eurofootballfives debut. It was the new rookies
that drew first blood though as they took an early
1-0 lead through Martin Key which looked like
earning them the first 3 points of the competition.
It was not to be though as Tim Judd was put through
to finish sweetly with his left foot to equalize
and earn CSF2 a very creditable draw against a
strong AFC Politico.
Hutnik Krakow Old Boys had problems on the day
and would not arrive until the knock-out stage
of the tournament. This meant that they conceded
a 3-0 walkover to each of their group opponents.
This saw Shock Soc ½ topping the group
without kicking a ball in anger.
Soc were another team returning to Krakow following
their debut in 2007 dividing their teams into
two squads of equal ability. Shock Soc ½
did kick-off their campaign on the field of play
in the next match against AFC Politco. Whilst
performing admirably they could not fend off the
challenge of a determined AFC Politico. AFC Politico
picking up their first victory of the competition
with goals from Ed Turner, Ben Taylor and Dan
Taylor. Paul Winterbourne scoring for Shock Soc
½ in what proved to be a consolation. In
the other game, CSF2 collected the 3 walkover
points to head the group.
AFC Politico taking 3 points against Hutnik Krakow
Old Boys to confirm their place in the Cup competition,
CSF2 and Shock Soc ½ were in a straight
fight to see who would qualify for the Cup and
who would have to settle for the Plate. CSF2 held
the advantage knowing that avoiding defeat would
guarantee qualification whilst Shock Soc ½
knew only a win was good enough. The two sides
met in the group stages 12 months ago and on that
occasion Shock Soc ran out 3-2 winners. This year
roles were reversed and CSF2 edged out their rivals
2-1 thanks to a brace from Michael Ofori. Ofori,
a newcomer to the CSF squad, quickly ingratiating
himself to his team-mates with the goals that
sent the CSF through to the Cup Competition. CSF2
were, in theory, the weaker of the two CSF squads.
When CSF stalwart Bobby Gill was asked if he was
impressed with the team's performance his response
was simply, “Impressed? I'm amazed”
day was not over for Shock Soc ½ though
as they qualified for the Plate competition with
all still to play for.