D was really hotting up as we entered Round 4
and it was especially tight at the top. Match
10 of the group was €agles 3:36 against Cheesecake
FC. If Cheesecake won this game you felt it was
a two-horse race for the Group D title. If €agles
3:36 could claim the win then it would make things
really interesting in the battle for Cup qualification.
FC were on 9 points, had a 100% win record, had
8 goals to their name and were still to concede
a goal. They continued that form again in the
opening period here by grabbing the first goal.
Clement Barouillet was enjoying a fine morning
and it was 3 goals in 3 games for him as his strike
put Cheesecake FC in the ascendency.
felt that if €agles 3:36 were going to win this
they would have needed to score the first goal
so they could soak up the pressure and take their
chances on the break. As it was, €agles 3:36 now
had to come out in search of a goal and with limited
time available to them that would inevitably lead
to space for Cheesecake to operate in. Cheesecake
FC were more than capable of taking advantage
and they did just that with Wes Armstrong and
Clement Barouillet both adding to their tally
for the day.
final score was 3-0 and it effectively sealed
qualification for the Cup for both Cheesecake
FC and Bubble Football. €agles 3:36 were still
in pole position for the Plate competition.
was a brief hiatus in proceedings as the Bubble
Football versus Casa Amarela game was chalked
up as a 3-0 walkover to Bubble Football. By
not appearing at least Casa Amarela had limited
the damage to just 3 goals!
left us with the final two teams yet to play their
fourth fixture – Saga Louts and It's Back. It
was becoming crunch time in Group D and with the
absence of Casa Amarela it meant there would be
just one team from the group going through to
the Trophy. This was almost a knock-out tie in
terms of whoever won would go to the Plate and
the loser would go to the Trophy. Should the game
finish in a draw then that would favour Saga Louts
as they had a better goal difference and although
It's Back would claim their walkover in Round
5, they'd only be able to improve their goal difference
a must win game for It's Back and it was indeed
they who broke the deadlock going into half-time
courtesy of a Rich Hudson goal. Hudson was on
his first It's Back eurofootballfives.com tour
and he scored his team's opening goal of the day.
Hudson was unfortunate to score an own goal earlier
in the day and if, using golfing parlance, that
was a bogey then he'd just birdied to get himself
back to par.
that Rich Hudson goal be enough to claim all 3
points? Alas for the perennial best dressed team
on tour (you should see their Saturday night suits!)
Saga Louts hit back after the interval and it
was Andy Gauld who was the man on the mark. It
was a goal that had looked to earn Saga Louts
(although not quite guaranteed) a place in the