Results
 

Saipan FC (Ire)

1

V

0

Policia Local (Spa)

Morgans Magaluf (Spa)

1

V

1

Stanford FC (Eng)

We've Got Wood (Eng)

1

V

3

Dynamo Gunt (Eng)

 

Round 5 began with Saipan FC and Policia Local. What a game this promised to be as it was first place versus second place. Although in the group phase this would have the feel of a knock-out game as it would be winner takes all. The winner of this game would be crowned Group B champions a draw may be enough for Policia Local subject to the result in Dynamo Gunt's final game. Policia Local had won their group in 2011 and 2013 but for Saipan FC it would represent new ground for them.

As with many top of the table contests it was a tight, close and low scoring encounter and we should not be surprised we were still at 0-0 come half-time. The draw was a better result for Policia Local so maybe we should also not be surprised that Saipan FC were doing most of the running for the victory and they came closest to the opening goal when Ruairi McLoughlin hit the post mid-way through the second half.

It was still 0-0 as we went into the final moments of the match but the game would not remain goal-less as Ruairi McLoughlin was the danger man again and this time he found the back of the net to kill off Policia Local's hopes of a third eurofootballfives.com group win.

It was a great 1-0 win that capped a superb morning's work for Saipan FC. It was the third time Saipan FC had qualified for the Cup but first as champions following 2nd place finishes at the 2012 Barcelona Fives and 2015 Bratislava Fives. Needless to say 11 points was their biggest points haul from a group campaign too.

 
 
 

Morgans Magaluf entered the penultimate fixture of Group B knowing a defeat or a draw would condemn them to the Wooden Spoon playoff. A win might just save the day as they would either finish in 5th position (with a 5 goal victory margin) or in 6 th but with a chance to be the best 6th placed team but that would depend upon results in Groups A and C.

Stanford FC effectively had to avoid a 5 goal defeat to guarantee Plate qualification. There was no way they could make the Cup now but could potentially finish in 4th with a win and thereby help themselves to an easier Plate Quarter-Final tie.

Results so far would suggest that Stanford FC would start as favourites they just needed to find that ruthless streak and turn draws into wins. It started off well enough here as they took a first half lead through Mark Reed's third goal of the day a fine morning for him personally.

Stanford FC had so far struggled to retain a lead and that had arguably cost them 4 points this morning already. If they'd had those points on the board they could be challenging for the Cup. Not holding on to the lead was to prove their Achilles heel again as Rob Croll equalized for Morgans Magaluf. So far his goals had been fruitless in terms of points but this one was to earn a draw. Final score, 1-1.

 
 
 

Into Game 15 of Group B and there was still We've Got Wood versus Dynamo Gunt to decide how the table would look in the annals of history (yes, 2 x n'). Both teams had much to play for both could still qualify for the Cup competition. Both teams had lost just once today so a win here would cap a good morning's display.

A win for Dynamo Gunt would ensure qualification in 2nd place. A win for We've Got Wood would ensure 3rd position and qualification as one of the best 3rd placed teams. A draw would mean Dynamo Gunt take one of those best third placed qualification places and We've Got Wood would miss out in 4 th place. Watching on, Policia Local knew they had qualified regardless although they were unsure of whether that would be via the 2nd place or 3rd place route.

This was therefore a huge game who could rise to the occasion? After the opening period of play it looked like Dynamo Gunt were leading the charge to the Cup. Goals from John Briston and Steve Bennett put them 2-0 up in a fast start that was in stark contrast to the slow start they'd made in the previous game against Stanford FC. These were the first first-half goals We've Got Wood had conceded all day.

We've Got Wood now had an uphill battle to reach the Cup and it was one that proved to be too much. Although Richard Jones bagged another goal it was to be a mere consolation as a second half goal from Hamish Toon ensured it would be Dynamo Gunt heading into the Cup. Final score, 3-1.

 
 
Table
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Saipan FC (Ire)

5

3

2

0

12

7

11

Dynamo Gunt (Eng)

5

3

1

1

11

8

10

Policia Local (Spa)

5

3

0

2

6

3

9

We've Got Wood (Eng)

5

1

2

2

4

6

5

Stanford FC (Eng)

5

0

4

1

5

6

4

Morgans Magaluf (Spa)

5

0

1

4

4

12

1

 
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