Csabagyongye (Hun)

3

V

2

1980 Team (Spa)

Wandsworth Athletic (Eng)

4

V

2

Triple D (Eng)

County (Re)United (Eng)

3

V

1

1980 Team (Spa)

Csabagyongye (Hun)

5

V

4

Triple D (Eng)

Wandsworth Athletic (Eng)

2

V

2

County (Re)United (Eng)

 

Game 6 of Group A was the mouth-watering prospect of Csabagyongye versus 1980 Team as top of the table met their nearest challengers in second. A win here for the Hungarians would guarantee them qualification for the Cup with a game to spare. A Spanish win would see them go top and open up the group nicely.

 

Often top of the table clashes are low-scoring tense affairs but this game saw the goals flow with three in the first-half alone. Csabagyongye claimed the edge going into the break as they led 2-1. A second half strike from Vicente bought 1980 Team back into it but a crucial third goal from Gergo Koczka (his second of the game) meant it was a 3-2 win to Csabagyongye and they now had a 5-point lead at the top of Group A and looking good.

 

For 1980 Team it was a disappointing result but a strong performance. Their 2nd position was now in jeopardy from the chasing pack.

 
 
 

Wandsworth Athletic and Triple D both had the opportunity to capitalize on 1980 Team's defeat as the race was on for the 2nd Cup qualification place from the group. A Triple D win would put them favourites but a Wandsworth Athletic win would really make it interesting going into the final round of games.

 

So far this group had seen six close games but game seven was pretty one-sided in the first half at least. Sensing their opportunity, Wandsworth Athletic raced into a 3-0 lead by the interval. Kyle Soulsby got the ball rolling scoring the first and second goals before captain James Platt made it 3-0.

 

Triple D had it all to do in the second half and, to be fair, they made a good fight of it as Roy McConnell and Andy Heath reduced the deficit. The damage was done in the opening half though and the Wandsworth lead was unassailable. Kyle Soulsby completed a hat-trick and the game finished 4-2.

 

The result put Wandsworth Athletic and 1980 Team dead level in 2nd place same points, same goals scored, same goals against. Triple D were just a point behind.

 
 
 

County (Re)United has a game in hand on the other teams and it was against 1980 Team. County still had a say in this group and if they could win their last two games were still very much in the Cup qualification picture. A win here would end Team 1980's chances and leave them in the Plate/Wooden Spoon.

 

With the pressure on County (Re)United pulled out their best performance of the day thus far as they swept into a 2-0 lead by half-time. This was the last thing 1980 Team needed but just what the doctor ordered for County. Captain Jonathan Croft set them on their way with his team's first goal of the day before Domenico Di Maria made it 2-0. In the second-half County (Re)United did exactly what they needed to do to complete the victory as Di Maria bagged a second and even a goal from Dani could not prevent them sweeping to a 3-1 victory.

 

The result put County on 3 points and the teams in 2nd to 5th place were now just separated by a single point.

 
 
 

Game 9 saw the all-conquering Csabagyongye with 3 wins out of 3 meet Triple D. Triple D were one of the three teams hoping to grab that last Cup place and whilst their task was always going to be difficult against a team with a 100% record there was always a chance. With Wandsworth Athletic and County (Re)United set to play each other in game 10, Triple D needed to win and then hope the result in that fixture.

 

First things first though get the win. Easier said than done but they got off to the perfect start when Andy Heath put them ahead virtually from the kick-off. They were pegged back by Gergo Saling but went 2-1 up through Roy McConnell. Back came the Hungarians again through Balint Fabok and it was 2-2 at the break.

 

In the second-half the goals continued to flow and a brace from David Kemeny and further goals from Roy McConnell and Richard Holliday meant the teams were level at 4-4. There was to be a 9 th and decisive goal which was to decide the destination of the 3 points. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and that man was Gergo Saling with his second of the game and bitter pill for Triple D to swallow. It was a fantastic effort against a team who finished top of the group with 12 points out of 12 but the result would mean Cup football was beyond them. Subject to other results, the Plate or Wooden Spoon awaited them.

 
 
 

The final game of Group A was Wandsworth Athletic against County (Re)United. A win for either team here would see them finish second and qualify for the Cup. A draw would see Wandsworth Athletic make the Cup with County (Re)United and 1980 Team making the Plate. A defeat for County (Re)United by less than 3 goals would see them make the Plate rather than the Wooden Spoon. Possibilities were numerous and we were sure the league placings would be changing frequently during the course of the game.

 

The task you could say was easier for Wandsworth Athletic as they just needed to avoid defeat but they found themselves up against it at half-time as County (Re)United had forget a 2-1 lead with goals from Jonathan Croft and Domenica Di Maria. Wandsworth's Alex Platt scored to keep his team in touching distance.

 

As the second half kicked off County (Re)United were in the box seat but the situation was precarious and the fourth goal in this fixture would go a long to deciding who would finish 2 nd . If County could claim it they had a cushion, if Wandsworth could claim it then the game was still on a knife-edge but with a shift in power. When that goal game it was James Platt of Wandsworth who scored it and with one strike of the boot it was now they who would qualify for the Cup as things stood. Could County (Re)United re-establish a lead and claim the goal that would turn things on their head again? For them, alas not, as the Wandsworth defence and the referee's whistle brought Group A to a thrilling conclusion.

 

With Group A complete it was Csabagyongye and Wandsworth Athletic through to the Cup, 1980 Team and County (Re)United through to the Plate and finally Triple D into the Wooden Spoon.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Csabagyongye (Hun)

4

4

0

0

11

6

12

Wandsworth Athletic (Eng)

4

1

2

1

7

7

5

County (Re)United (Eng)

4

1

1

2

5

5

4

1980 Team (Spa)

4

1

1

2

6

8

4

Triple D (Eng)

4

1

0

3

8

11

3

 
 
 
Group Phase
 
 
Wooden Spoon
 
Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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