four of the six teams tt was all to play for as
we entered the final round of games. So, what
was to decide going into the fifth and final fixture?
A winners regardless.
2nd if they beat Real Apsley and Real Apsley avoid
defeat to DHL Prague. If DHL Prague win then Wafty
Crankers will finish 2nd if they win and maintain
a better goal difference than their Czech opponents.
A draw would be good enough if DHL Prague and
Real Apsley also draw. Defeat would mean the Plate.
Prague: Win and finish 2nd if
Wafty Crankers fail to beat Real Apsley. If Wafty
Crankers beat Real Apsley then DHL Prague would
need to win and improve their goal difference
by +3 compared to Wafty Crankers. Defeat would
mean the Plate. A draw would be good enough if
Real Apsley beat Wafty Crankers by less than two
their final two games, three points or less would
mean the Plate semi-finals. Four or more would
mean the Cup semi-finals.
Beat Goldsmith Will iams and hope Real Apsley
only get 1 point (or less) from their final two
games. Or, if Real Apsley draw their last two
games Lucky Leprechauns would need to beat Goldsmith
Will iams by 7 goals.
Club: 6th place
first fixture to fit into the equation in the
three-way fight for the Cup was DHL Prague versus
Real Apsley. It was first blood to the Czech side
as they took the lead through captain Will McCollum
to go 1-0 up. Real Apsley fought back strongly
though and were back on level terms thanks to
a third tournament goal from Gareth Rigby. The
third goal in the game would prove to be decisive
not just for this fixture but in the overall outcome
of the group. It came from the boot of none other
than Lee Carter who took his personal tally for
the competition to 10. A goal that consigned DHL
Prague to the Plate competition and with it their
chances of emulating (and surpassing) their runners-up
spot at the 2007 Prague Trophy was gone. Real
Apsley's victory meant they pulled level on points
with Wafty Crankers in what was now a two-horse
race for the prized second position.
that though was the Lucky Leprechauns against
Goldsmith Will iams. With Real Apsley beating
DHL Prague they knew they would finish 5 th and
so could relax and relish the challenge of taking
on this year's ‘boys to beat' They put up a pretty
good fight too and took an awful lot of credit
out of the game. In a 10-goal extravaganza the
league leaders came out on top but only just as
they took victory 6-4. Special mention to Mike
Hughes and Adam Spicer who scored a brace and
four goals respectively. A second hat-trick for
Steve McNamara and a third tournament goal for
Thomas Jennings of Lucky Leprechauns. A great
tournament for McNamara who finished up with 9
goals from 5 games.
the last group game was a befitting struggle between
two teams battling it our for their place in the
Cup. The game was effectively a Cup quarter-final
with the losers having the consolation of the
Plate. Wafty Crankers had the better goal difference
and as such a draw would be good enough to see
them through. The game was a close one throughout
and when the referee brought down the final curtain
on Group A it would be the odd goal in seven to
decide it. The usual suspects, James Rowland (2)
and Neill Fraser had put Wafty Crankers in a strong
position but four goals from Real Apsley's goal
machine Lee Carter had the final say and it was
Real Apsley who took the coveted 2 nd place and
with it a Cup semi-final berth.