South Leam FC are the artists formerly known as IFC Stella. They competed as IFC Stella in the Amsterdam Fives 12 months ago and on that occasion did not perform as well as they might. Captain Carl Hanson promised a stronger and improved squad this time around. Their opponents would be Real Sociable Lads who were making their debut.

The changes for the new and improved South Leam FC appeared to pay immediate dividends. Ryan Parisi scored their first goal of the tournament before Matt Florida doubled the lead. A 2-0 first half lead put them in control and they were to never look back as Matt Florida scored a second half goal to take his tally in the game to four. There was also a second goal for Ryan Parisi. Real Sociable Lads had no response in the goalscoring stakes and South Leam FC were off to a flier, 6-0.

Group B's second game was a Prague versus Prague match as debutants Hays met eurofootballfives.com veterans DHL Prague Blue. That extra experience may have told in the first half as DHL Prague Blue edged into a 1-0 lead thanks to David Plichta. There was not a great deal between the two teams and the second half proved even stevens. Tim Sleap scored for Hays and Tomas Jerabek for DHL. A 2-1 victory and DHL Prague Blue were on their way. Hays would have been disappointed to get nothing from the game but it was still early days and pl enty of time still to come to put some results on the board.

 
Results

South Leam FC (Eng)

6

v

0

Real Sociable Lads (Eng)

Hays (Cze)

1

v

2

DHL Prague Blue (Cze)

Kehar Club (Cze)

5

v

4

South Leam FC (Eng)

Real Sociable Lads (Eng)

2

v

4

Hays (Cze)

DHL Prague Blue (Cze)

1

v

4

Kehar Club (Cze)

 

The final team to get underway were the familiar faces of Kehar Club competing in their fourth eurofootballfives.com tournament. The big question for all is which Kehar Club would turn up? Would it be the same team that had lifted the 2007 Prague Masters and come so close in the 2008 Prague Trophy where they finished runners-up? Or, would it be the team that finished 6 th (out of 6) in their group in the 2008 Prague Masters?

We would have to wait and see as they took on South Leam FC who were full of confidence after their opening game victory. What followed was a cracking game of football. A game that was full of action and full of goals 9 of them in fact. Four times the ball found the net in the first half with Kehar Club the main beneficiaries thanks to a double from Josef Rakosnik and one from Jan Sekerka. Ryan Parisi's third of the tournament kept them in touch at 3-1. South Leam FC won the second half but it was not quite enough to rescue the game for them. Goals from Parisi (again), Adam Johnson and Matt Florida saw them take the second half 3-2 (Josef Rakosnik and Pavel Trminek for Kehar Club). South Leam FC ultimately fell one goal short as Kehar Club ran out 5-4 winners. The Czech team looked to have brought their A game' to the 2009 Prague Masters.

Game 4 in Group B saw two teams looking to avenge opening game defeats as Real Sociable Lads took on Hays. In a tight first half there was just the one goal to separate the teams. The first goal in eurofootballfives.com events often prove crucial to deciding the three points so Hays will have been pleased that the goal fell to them via Pete Sheppard. The game remained close in the second half although Hays doubled the deficit winning by two clear goals with a final score of 4-2. Real Sociable Lads first goals of the competition were scored by Ian Butler and Ben Parnell. Hays found their goals from a variety of sources in the name of Niklas Mattson, Marc Folkard and Pete Sheppard again.

The game that would take us to the half-way stage in Group B was DHL Prague Blue against Kehar Club. Both teams had won their opening fixtures and were looking in determined fashion to make it two from two. It was no surprise then when we found ourselves level at half-time 1-1. Martin Rehacek scored for DHL Prague Blue with Josef Rakosnik's fourth goal of the tournament keeping things square for Kehar Club. The second half proved one-way traffic (in the goalscoring department anyway). Jan Rakosnik kept it in the family with the third and fourth goals of the game. Jan Sekerka scored the 5 th and final goal of the match as Kehar Club completed a 4-1 win.

 
Table

Team

Pld

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Agst

Pts

Kehar Club (Cze)

2

2

0

0

9

5

6

South Leam FC (Eng)

2

1

0

1

10

5

3

Hays (Cze)

2

1

0

1

5

4

3

DHL Prague Blue (Cze)

2

1

0

1

3

5

3

Real Sociable Lads (Eng)

2

0

0

2

2

10

0

 
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Group Phase:

 
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
   
 
 
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