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.
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
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.
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