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.
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.
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.
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.