Results

Atlantic Star (Eng)

6

v

1

The Love Generation (Eng)

Azmot (Pol)

1

v

3

DHL Prague Blue (Cze)

Complex (Pol)

2

v

1

Brighton & Hove Rockets (Eng)

 

All six teams, in theory, had an opportunity to progress going into the final round of games. So, what was to decide going into the fifth and final fixture?

Brighton & Hove Rockets: A win or draw would guarantee them as Group A winners. A defeat, combined with an Atlantic Star win and a shift in goal difference of more than 2 goals, would see them slip back into the Plate on goal difference.

Complex: A win would see them crowned Group A winners. A draw and an Atlantic Star win by 5 goals or more would see them in the Plate. A defeat would mean they qualify for the Plate provided Atlantic Star failed to win.

Atlantic Star: Could still qualify for the Cup if they win and improve their goal difference (how much would depend upon the result between Complex v Brighton & Hove Rockets). A draw would guarantee a place in the Plate. A defeat, combined with a DHL Prague win and a Love Generation win would mean elimination.

Love Generation: A win would guarantee a place in the Plate. A draw or defeat would mean that DHL Prague Blue would have to better their result to knock them out. A defeat and an Azmot win would also do this.

DHL Prague Blue: A win would guarantee Plate qualification and a defeat would guarantee elimination. A draw would be enough if Love Generation lose.

Azmot: A defeat or draw would be no good at all. A win, combined with a defeat for the Love Generation, would see Azmot climb into the Plate qualification places.

So now we know what the teams needed to do, lets see how it all unfolded. First up was Atlantic Star versus the Love Generation. Atlantic Star had been a little bit unpredictable so far and it was going to be interesting to see which team turned up for this vital last game. Unfortunately for the Love Generation it was the good side of Atlantic Star that took the field against them. The game saw 7 goals and Atlantic Star benefitted from six of them a Mark Brereton hat-trick the highlight, a tournament first for Daniel Ellis, a goal from John Sweeton and an own goal helped them through to a 6-1 win. James Burton scored what would prove to be The Love Generation's last goal in the competition. Atlantic Star had got their win and improved their goal-difference so were odds on to make the Cup now with Complex versus Brighton & Hove Rockets still to play.

As the Love Generation were faltering on Pitch A, DHL Prague Blue were beginning to realize as they played on Pitch C that a draw would probably be enough for them to make the Plate. Not taking any chances though they went event better and secured all 3 points against Azmot. The hero of this final game for the Czechs was the Spaniard in their ranks Pablo Fernandez. He scored all three goals in the game which ensured a 3-1 victory and Plate qualification.

Azmot had started brightly competing well but with a couple of injuries in their squad found their final two games a bridge too far. Azmot had a great day though and have promised to have another go in 2010.

Due to Atlantic Star's victory and, now, superior goal difference a win would only be good enough for Complex. Brighton & Hove Rockets would qualify for the Cup as long as they avoided defeat. It started well for Brighton & Hove when Matt Pell put them 1-0 up. The goal, proving the tension of the occasion, started a bust up in the Complex defence with defender and goalkeeper coming to blows. Complex seemed to be in disarray but managed to get into half-time just the one goal behind.

The second half did not start much better but slowly the Polish team worked their way back into the game. Stanislaw Derszniak then got Complex back on level terms at 1-1. As the game drew on and minutes ticked away it looked more and more like this game would finish in a draw. The Poles had got themselves together now though and were pushing for the win. With just a minute to go they produced the decisive moment as Stanislaw Derszniak scored his second of the game and 7th of the tournament to jump them from 3rd to 1st whilst Brighton & Hove Rockets saw their position move in the opposite direction. The referee's final whistle blew and Complex had done it a place in the Cup was theirs.

Commiserations to Brighton & Hove Rockets but their day was not over as they had the afternoon Plate competition to look forward to.

 
Table
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Complex (Pol)

5

3

2

0

13

6

11

Atlantic Star (Eng)

5

3

0

2

14

8

9

Brighton & Hove Rockets (Eng)

5

3

0

2

10

8

9

DHL Prague Blue (Cze)

5

2

1

2

8

8

7

The Love Generation (Eng)

5

1

1

3

6

14

4

Azmot (Pol)

5

0

2

3

7

14

2

 
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