With all teams safely at the ground and champing at the bit to begin the 2009 Prague Masters, Group A kicked off proceedings. In time honoured tradition it was the defending champions who would get us underway. Goldsmith Williams racked up seven wins in seven games in 2008 and it was DHL Prague Red who would attempt to prevent them making it 8 consecutive victories. DHL Prague Red were no strangers to themselves with runners-up medals (2008 Prague Trophy) and winners medals (2008 Barca Fives). Those achievements were in the Plate competition so Goldsmith Williams would represent a step-up for them.

Goldsmith Williams were favourites and they went about supporting that theory in the first half as a Chris Williams goal and Craig Ralph hat-trick put them comfortably ahead by the break. The first half was not entirely barren for DHL Prague Red thanks to a goal from Eduard Veselovsky. The second half began at 4-1 and was closer than the opening period. There were to be four further goals shared equally between the two teams. Craig Ralph turning his hat-trick into a 5-goal salvo whilst Jan Boula and Leo Echeverria opened their tournament account for the Czech team. A final score of 6-3. The defending champions were up and running whilst DHL Prague Red had performed well.

The second game of Group A saw two debutants in the shape of Prague team JNJ Global Services against touring team, AON Top Guns. Both teams were untested in eurofootballfives.com so this would be a match of keen interest. It was AON Top Guns who drew first blood thanks to the boot of Chris Mould. Mould himself added a second before the half time whistle to put the English team in firm control of this fixture. In the second half Mould went on to complete his hat-trick and then add a fourth to round off a 4-0 victory. A great start for them and, although early doors, they sat on top of the Group A.

Pimp My Side FC were the only team yet to play in Group A. Their opening fixture was against DHL Prague Red which proved to be the closest game so far. Our Prague tournaments are usually high scoring affairs and it is testament to the competitive nature of this game that goalkeepers Paul O'Neil and Aibek Dunaev had preserved parity and clean sheets until half-time. We did see goals in the second half but there was still nothing to separate the teams at the final whistle. Eduard Veselovsky scored for the second consecutive game for the Czech team whilst Rob Gilhespy scored Pimp My Side FC's first goal of the competition. Honours were even and both teams put their first points on the scoreboard, 1-1.

 
Results

DHL Prague Red (Cze)

3

v

6

Goldsmith Williams (Eng)

JNJ Global Services (Cze)

0

v

4

AON Top Guns (Eng)

Pimp My Side FC (Eng)

1

v

1

DHL Prague Red (Cze)

Goldsmith Williams (Eng)

7

v

1

JNJ Global Services (Cze)

AON Top Guns (Eng)

0

v

2

Pimp My Side FC (Eng)

 

It was all eyes on the defending champions Goldsmith Williams in the next game on Pitch A. They would meet JNJ Global Services who were looking to get off the mark. The match went to form though with Chris Williams opening the scoring before a brace from David Lowry. For the second game in a row the Goldsmith Williams defence was breached. This time it was David Twort for JNJ Global Services with their first goal of the competition. It was 3-1 at half-time and Goldsmith Williams will argue that the defence does not matter too much when you can rattle in goals for fun. There were four lots of fun for Goldsmith Williams in the second half as they ran away with the game in the end. John Lowry's first of the tournament was followed by Craig Ralph's 6 th . David Lowry completed his hat-trick and then the man who opened the scoring, completed the scoring Chris Williams. A final score of 7-1 put Goldsmith Williams in firm control of Group A with 6 points from two games and a plus nine goal difference.

AON Top Guns were looking to follow the defending champions by making it two wins from two but they had not countered on Pimp My Side FC. The latter had secured their first point in a close match versus DHL Prague Red and this game would be equally competitive. With 4 goals in his first game, Chris Mould was to be the danger man but Geordie team Pimp My Side FC managed to prevent the marksman finding the back of the net. At the other end they found the net themselves twice through Ray Bell in the first half and Rob Gilhespy in the second. In the opening game Paul O'Neill preserved a clean sheet until half-time. In this game he ensured he would earn a full clean sheet at the final whistle. A 2-0 win to Pimp My Side FC and they would go second at the half-way stage.

 
Table

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

Goldsmith Williams (Eng)

2

2

0

0

13

4

6

Pimp My Side FC (Eng)

2

1

1

0

3

1

4

AON Top Guns (Eng)

2

1

0

1

4

2

3

DHL Prague Red (Cze)

2

0

1

1

4

7

1

JNJ Global Services (Cze)

2

0

0

2

1

11

0

 
Into;
 

Group Phase:

 
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 
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