Results
 

The A Team (Fra)

0

v

1

Budapest Celtic Lions (Hun)

IFC (Pol)

5

v

0

Its Back FC (Eng)

Awiw (Pol)

5

v

4

Saga Louts (Eng)

 

The last round of fixtures threw up some intriguing ties and we began with The A Team against Budapest Celtic Lions. It was a clash between the top two and due to Budapest Celtic Lions surprise loss in Round 4 it was The A Team who held a 1 point lead going into the match. A win for either team would clinch Group A. A draw would be good enough for the A Team to win the group.

 

A draw looked on the cards after the early exchanges after there was nothing to split these two heavyweight teams. Half time came and went and we were all square at 0-0. The game would not end goalless though as we were to see a breakthrough in the second period.

 

There was only one goal in the game and it came from the boot of Leo Kronberger. It earned his team all three points and the Group A title. It was a disappointing result for The A Team but they had still qualified for the Cup and they were still a fancied team in this competition.

 
 
 

The penultimate match of Group A was IFC versus Its Back. IFC needed to win to have any chance of making the Cup competition as one of the two best third placed teams. A draw or defeat may be good enough for 3rd place but 7 or 6 points would not earn them a place in the Cup. Only 9 points would give them a shot at that.

 

For Its Back there was no such pressure as they would play in the Plate regardless of the result but this result would decide where they would fit into the Plate Quarter-Finals draw and could have a big impact on their progress in that competition. There was also pressure to find their first win of the day.

 

The bookmakers would surely have had IFC as favourites and they would have been justified in doing so. They would have been vindicated in their hypothetical assertions as Bartosz Miskiewicz and Piotr Gyoneva gave them a 2-0 lead at half-time. After the break the margin of victory increased with Olek Talkowski (2) and Rafat Kimita scoring.

 

The margin of victory was not just an academic one. As it turned out IFC would finish as one of the top two third placed teams but they were level on points with another team on 9 and goals scored (due to equal goal difference) meant they were through to the Cup. Very fine margins but they still had a shot at the title.

 
 
 

So 14 games down, 1 to go and it was Awiw versus Saga Louts. The above result meant that both teams would certainly be playing Plate football this afternoon and it was 4th place that was up for grabs in Group A. Awiw could achieve it by avoiding defeat and Saga Louts could achieve it only with victory.

 

Awiw came into the game on some run of form in their last two games they had taken 4 points off the top two in the group. It is therefore shocking that they were struggling in the group. Saga Louts would also be high on confidence having just picked up their first win.

 

The first half was a real humdinger we don't really know where to start as we had 7 goals to feast on. At the break it was Saga Louts who lead by the narrowest of margins 4-3. Surprisingly it was not Matt Johnson on the scoresheet as his fine scoring run came to an end. Dave Tyrell and Simon Dearing grabbed two goals each to give their side the lead.

 

In the second half Awiw hit back to make it 4-4. They had two draws in their last three games (against the top team and the bottom team). There would be no hat-trick of draws as they struck a late winner to make it 5-4 and secure 4 th place with a total of 8 points. Their goals came from Konrad Wacker, Patryk Grudzien, Maciej Wrona, Sebastian Bigaj and Miroslav Miro Duszyk.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Budapest Celtic Lions (Hun)

5

4

0

1

16

5

12

The A Team (Eng)

5

3

1

1

17

6

10

IFC (Pol)

5

3

0

2

15

10

9

Awiw (Pol)

5

2

2

1

13

13

8

Saga Louts (Eng)

5

1

0

4

8

18

3

It's Back (Eng)

5

0

1

4

3

20

1

 
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