Results

Prisoners (Eng)

2

v

2

Athletico Apsley (Eng)

Bartley Greeners (Eng)

1

v

2

The Wild Rovers (Ire)

The Shooting Shamrocks (Ire)

0

v

3

Athletico Apsley (Eng)

 

Round 5 and the final games in Group B. At this stage we like to sit back, take stock and see what's up for grabs as the teams enter the final straight. So, who needed to do what?

 

SK Zelenec: Effectively through barring huge victories for both Wafty Crankers (by 8 goals) and Prisoners (by 11 goals). They would realistically finish 1 st or 2 nd depending on a whole host of combination of results.

 

Athletico Apsley: Win one of their last two games and they would qualify unless they suffered a very heavy defeat in the other game. The Plate was guaranteed even with two defeats.

 

The Shooting Shamrocks: Win and hope Athletico Apsley lose to Prisoners whilst maintaing a better goal difference than Prisoners. A place in the Plate was otherwise assured.

 

Prisoners: Win and hope Athletico Apsley lose to The Shooting Shamrocks whilst improving to a better goal difference than The Shooting Shamrocks. A place in the Plate was otherwise assured.

 

Bartley Greeners: Avoid defeat to claim 5th place.

 

The Wild Rovers: Beat Bartley Greeners to claim 5th place.

 

First up was the tie between Prisoners and Athletico Apsley. This was a must win game for the Prisoners despite only suffering defeat once in the tournament. Athletico Apsley knew they had to avoid defeat as a draw or win would keep their campaign very much on track.

 

When the game had reached its conclusion it was Athletico Apsley who were the happier of the two teams. A 2-2 draw gave them work to do but they were still in their fighting. The draw put Prisoners on 8 points a good total but not enough for The Cup. In this occasion, a Plate semi-final would await them.

 

Bartley Greeners and The Wild Rovers met in the battle for 5th place. A very close game ensued and the Wild Rovers were finally rewarded for their exploits with three points to see them leapfrog their opponents in the Group B standings. For Bartley Greeners it was a better performance but not enough to keep their Irish opponents at bay as they slipped to 6th place. Both teams added a lot to the competition and their day would now continue in the bar with a well earned beer.

 

All this left one final game The Shooting Shamrocks versus Athletico Apsley. Athleitco Apsley's point against Prisoners gave them the edge moving onto 8 points. The Shooting Shamrocks, just one point behind on 7, were the only side that could prevent Apsley's safe passage to the Cup semi-finals. The Irish team from Askeaton FC knowing that only a win would be good enough.

 

The game was a close one and a low-scoring one befitting of the nervy, tense atmosphere that surrounded the fixture. In the end it was just a solitary strike that would separate the two teams and decide it. The goal came from Joseph Tilt not only sending Athletico Apsley to victory and the Cup semi-finals but also propelling them to the top of Group B.

 

The Shooting Shamrocks falling just short at the last hurdle but putting in a strong performance. It was not all over for them though as they had the knock-out stages of the Plate competition to look forward to.

 
Table
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Athletico Apsley (Eng)

5

3

2

0

23

8

11

SK Zelenec (Cze)

5

3

1

1

22

9

10

Prisoners (Eng)

5

2

2

1

10

7

8

The Shooting Shamrocks (Ire)

5

2

1

2

13

8

7

The Wild Rovers (Ire)

5

1

0

4

6

14

3

Bartley Greeners (Eng)

5

1

0

4

4

33

0

 
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