Results

The Blackouts (Ire)

4

V

0

Son Veri Vets (Spa)

Dickie Dogs (Eng)

2

V

0

Norton Old Boys (Eng)

Palmesanos (Spa)

0

V

0

The Blackouts (Ire)

Son Veri Vets (Spa)

0

V

0

Dickie Dogs (Eng)

Norton Old Boys (Eng)

0

V

4

Palmesanos (Spa)

 
 

Welcome to the eurofootballfives.com Veterans Tournament Post-Tournament Report Mallorca 2014. A great day was had by all under the glorious Spanish sun during the second edition of our Veterans extravaganza. Lisbon 2013 was a great debut but Mallorca 2014 took us to another level.

First up on Pitch A was The Blackouts (Ire) versus Son Veri Vets (Spa). The Blackouts were on debut and the second Irish team to compete in our Veterans Tournament after Intermore FC competed last year. Intermore FC finished 5th on that occasion could The Blackouts exceed that?

They certainly started off in fine style as two goals in each half saw them overpower Son Veri Vets in this curtain-raiser. There were two goals each for Eoin McCormack and Ronan Gilligan to set them on their way.

For Son Veri Vets competing in their first eurofootballfives.com tournament it was a disappointing start. They had won, as Arenal Vets, the Wooden Spoon contest in the 2013 regular Mallorca Tournament.

 
 
 

Dickie Dogs made an impressive debut in the 2010 Valencia Fives where they claimed the Group C title with an undefeated record of 3 wins and 1 draw. They then came undone against tournament runners-up, Galacticos, in the Cup Quarter-Finals. They followed this-up playing in the 2012 Budapest Fives were they said farewell at the Plate Quarter-Finals stage losing out to eventual winners, Csabagyongye of Hungary. Dickie Dogs were part of the inaugural Lisbon Veterans Tournament last year and finished joint 5th in the league table format.

Dickie Dogs were to begin their campaign against Norton Old Boys also eurofootballfives.com regulars and more on them later. It was a great start for Dickie Dogs who registered their first victory at Veterans level thanks to a goal in each half for Neil Ainger. Final score, 2-0.

 
 
 

The final team to get underway was Spanish team Palmesanos who were kicking off in eurofootballfives.com action for the very first time. They came up against The Blackouts who were looking to make it two wins out of two at the start of the tournament.

Palmesanos were proving to be tougher opposition than Son Veri Vets and goals were conspicuous by their absence. The two teams reached half-time at 0-0. Defences were on top in the second half two as neither attacking unit could find a breakthrough and earn victory for their team. It was a second sheet for Noel Holland in The Blackouts goal as the Irish team had produced a return of 4 points from a possible 6 at the start of Group A.

Palmesanos had begun their campaign with a solid 0-0 and given The Blackouts convincing opening 4-0 win you would think this had to go down as a point gained rather than 2 points lost.

 

 
 

Son Veri Vets second game was against Dickie Dogs. Son Veri Vets were looking to avenge opening game defeat against the team from England. In contrast, Dickie Dogs were looking to build upon a solid opening start to the competition and with a win could go top of the table.

Game 4 of Group A very much followed the pattern of Game 3 above whereby goals were hard to come by in the opening period and the teams could not be separated. We reached the break all level at 0-0. After the re-start the deadlock remained and we finished with a second successive goal-less draw. It was a marked improvement for Son Veri Vets who had banished their 4-0 opening loss.

For Dickie Dogs, they would have been hoping for victory to send them two points clear at the top but a draw saw them join The Blackouts at the top of the table separated only by goal difference.

 
 
 

Norton Old Boys played their first eurofootballfives.com tournament in the 2010 Barcelona Fives missing out on the knock-out phase. 12 months later, in the 2011 Prague Masters, they picked up their first eurofootballfives victory and qualified for the Plate before suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat to Czech team Fridays. In a very tough 2012 Mallorca Tournament Norton Old Boys third eurofootballfives.com appearance was a hugely successful one as they took an impressive victory in the Plate competition. In 2013 they found it tough in the Algarve Open finishing 6 th in their group before finishing the day on a high winning the Wooden Spoon Playoff.

This year will mark their debut in the Veterans Tournament. They had opened up with a 2-0 defeat to Dickie Dogs and were looking to bounce back when they met Palmesanos. The Spanish team had a point to show from their first game after a 0-0 draw.

After two 0-0 draws in a row it was a relief to see a goal in the first half here although we're sure Norton Old Boys would not agree as the drought was broken by Carlos Alomar Amoros. Julian Lopez Meija then added a double after half-time before Javier Alodear completed a 4-0 victory.

The win for Palmesanos meant we had a three-team tie at the mid-point of Group A.

 
 
Table
 

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

The Blackouts (Ire)

2

1

1

0

4

0

4

Palmesanos (Spa)

2

1

1

0

4

0

4

Dickie Dogs (Eng)

2

1

1

0

2

0

4

Son Veri Vets (Spa)

2

0

1

1

0

4

1

Norton Old Boys (Eng)

2

0

0

2

0

6

0

 
 
 
Open Age
Group Phase
 
 
Wooden Spoon
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 
Veterans
Group Phase
 
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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