Irish Mbassy (Pol)

0

v

2

Apsley House (Eng)

The Happy Union (Eng)

0

V

0

Wokingham FC (Eng)

Wola (Pol)

0

V

3

Irish Mbassy (Pol)

Apsley House (Eng)

1

V

1

The Happy Union (Eng)

Wokingham FC (Eng)

3

V

0

Wola (Pol)

 

Group B kicked off with Irish Mbassy of Poland versus Apsley House of England. The Irish Mbassy make their debut in this year's event. They have wanted to enter before but local league clashes have prevented them. The Polish based team represent the Irish Mbassy pub the venue for our post-tournament social! They were very accommodating in the bar, their captain Dave McGinley would hope they would not be so accommodating on the pitch!

Apsley House FC were making a welcome return to eurofootballfives action after a debut in the 2008 Prague Masters where they impressed. They finished runners-up behind Goldsmith Williams who have since gone on to make four finals (winning two). In that tournament Apsley House's Lee Carter was top goalscorer with an amazing return of 17 goals!

With the game underway it was that man Lee Carter who gave his side a 1-0 lead at the interval continuing his Prague form 3 years on. In the second-half it was Apsley House's German signing Alex Kurzweil who made it 2-0 and all three points went to Apsley House. It was a tough debut for the Irish Mbassy and they would hope for easier games to come.

 
 
 

Next up was The Happy Union against Wokingham FC. Both teams had had heavy nights before and were making a slow and steady start on the pitch this morning. There was actually nothing between the games as neither side could find a goal maybe we needed a penalty shoot-out (or a boat-race) to split the sides. As neither of those options were part of the rules, the teams had to settle for a share of the points as the game finished 0-0. It was a solid start for the two sides and gave them something to build on as the group progressed.

Game 3 of Group B was the all Poland fixture of Wola versus Irish Mbassy. Wola made their debut in the 2009 Krakow Trophy and reached the final before finishing runners-up to Rigford Seahawks. In the 2010 Krakow Trophy they looked on course for another final but lost 1-0 to eventual winners Hutnik. Sadly, this year despite booking in early they cancelled last minute. Irish Mbassy were the first beneficiaries of 3 walkover points.

 
 
 

Apsley House were next in action against The Happy Union. This was a very close fought contest and the game remained goal-less for long periods. It looked for all the world that The Happy Union were heading for their second goal-less draw and it would be a good point against Apsley House.

 

Then, in the dying embers of the game all the pertinent action happened. First of all Ben Rowe found the net which looked like giving Apsley House all 3 points but then virtually direct from the kick-off Karl Morris broke away to slot the ball home for 1-1 to spark rapturous celebrations from his team-mates and supporters. The goal was a controversial one as Apsley House spotted that Morris came on as a substitute but in the Apsley House half when he should have come on in his own half for the re-start. Unfortunately yours truly was chatting with the Irish Mbassy goalkeeper at the time and not paying attention but Apsley House were adamant. The referee missed it and there was barely time for any further play. The final whistle went and both teams would take a point from the game.

 

Wokingham FC were due to play Wola so we added their 3-0 win to the group table. We were half-way through Group B and it would be a brave man to choose the two teams who would qualify for the Cup as just two points separated 1st from 4th.

.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Wokingham FC (Eng)

2

1

1

0

3

0

4

Apsley House (Eng)

2

1

1

0

3

1

4

Irish Mbassy (Pol)

2

1

0

1

3

2

3

The Happy Union (Eng)

2

0

2

0

1

1

2

Wola (Pol)

2

0

0

2

0

6

0

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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