we entered the final rounds of games what were
the permutations and possibilities for each team;
Nana Budds: Need a draw or a win to become
2009 Valencia Fives champions. They could even
afford to lose if Prisoners beat Shabbier and
they lost to Legends by less than 4 goals.
To win the tournament they would need to beat
9 Nana Budds by at least 4 goals and better Shabbier's
result against Prisoners. A draw would mean runners-up
medals if Prisoners won or drew.
To win the tournament they would rely on Legends
beating 9 Nana Budds and them beating Prisoners
with a 5 goal swing in goal difference and bettering
Legends margin of victory. A win or a draw would
guarantee runners-up place if 9 Nana Budds won.
Would have to beat Shabbier by 5 goals and hope
9 Nana Budds won by the same to sneak runners-up
start with Pitch A and the Legends versus 9 Nana
Budds fixture. It was a nervy start for 9 Nana
Budds and Legends had most of the early play.
9 Nana Budds were favourites for the game and
expected to win but disaster struck mid-way through
the first half when they conceded a penalty. Legends
had the chance to blow this group wide open and
give them and Shabbier a chance of glory. Much
to 9 Nana Budds relief the penalty went wide and
parity was preserved. Would that be a wake-up
call for 9 Nana Budds? Needing only a draw to
win the tournament it looked as if the English
team did not know whether to stick or twist. If
they could forge ahead they would be able to breathe
a lot easier. As the half-time whistle blew we
were still at 0-0.
Pitch B it was Shabbier who were not just looking
for victory against Prisoners but looking for
goals. It was a much improved performance by the
Prisoners and whilst they battled hard they could
not prevent Shabbier taking the lead through MP
Matthews. Shabbier were leading at half-time but
just by the one goal. They would have been buoyed
by news from Pitch A that Legends were still level
with 9 Nana Budds. With just one half to play
they needed more goals and Legends to claim victory.
were pushing for goals and whilst extending their
lead they were not doing it quickly enough and
still relying for a Legends goal. 9 Nana Budds
were still looking nervy though but holding their
own never-the-less. Arguably Legends were having
more of the game without truly threatening but
it would only take one goal to put the cat amongst
just a few minutes to go we saw the goal that
would decide the destination of the 2009 Valencia
Fives Trophy as Gary Myhill broke the deadlock
on Pitch A to give 9 Nana Budds a lead that, barring
any spectacular collapse, would see them emerge
victorious. The goal must have broken Legends
hearts and those of Shabbier on Pitch B. Myhill's
goal was good enough to earn a 1-0 victory.
the other game Shabbier finished with a 3-1 win
that would jump them into second place and take
the runners-up medals.
congratulations to 9 Nana Budds on a fantastic
victory that saw them crowned worthy winners of
the 2009 Valencia Fives.
also go to MP Matthews of Shabbier who finished
on an outstanding 14 goals in 6 games to claim
the top goalscorer prize.
you to all the teams who competed in the inaugural
Valencia Fives. Pre-sales for 2010 are impressive
as the event looks to double in size. We hope
to see all teams in eurofootballfives.com action
in the future whether in Valencia or in one of
our other amazing destinations across Europe.