Ealing Expendables (Eng)

4

V

2

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

Equipo A (Spa)

3

V

6

Penethinaikos (Spa)

FC Junction (Eng)

3

V

4

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

Ealing Expendables (Eng)

3

V

2

Penethinaikos (Spa)

Equipo A (Spa)

4

V

3

FC Junction (Eng)

 

As we went past the half-way mark in Group C results were getting more and more important as games remaining became less and less. It was top of the table Ealing Expendables against Budapest Celtic Tigers in the next fixture.

Ealing Expendables had two wins out of two and Budapest Celtic Tigers had just won 8-1 so this was set to be a heavyweight clash. We expected a close match and the game lived up to expectations in the first half. Ben Esprit kept up his record of scoring in every game so far with a first half double that helped Ealing Expendables to a 2-1 lead (Nicolas Landy with the goal for the Tigers).

After the break Landy scored his second of the game and fifth of the tournament but it would not earn his side any points as Darren Reilly scored what proved to be the decisive goal before Esprit put the icing on the cake to make it 4-2 and complete his hat-trick.

Ealing Expendables opened up a 3 point gap at the top of the table whilst Budapest Celtic Tigers were sandwiched in the middle of Group C.

 
 
 

Game 7 was Equipo A versus Penethinaikos. The former were looking for their first points whilst Penethinaikos needed all three points to rejoin Ealing Expendables at the top of the table.

Equipo A had just conceded 8 goals so confidence was bound to be fragile especially at the back. This confidence would have taken another hit with four goals conceded in the first half. Luis Sanchez Campillo got the ball rolling before Edgar Sant Lopez, Jose Maria Escridie Vidal and David Sant Lopez all found the net. It was better news going forward for Equipo A though as they scored two goals of their own both from Victor Santamaria.

After the break David Sant Lopez completed his hat-trick to ensure Penethinaikos hit their opponents for six. The highlight of the day so far for Equipo A then came in the shape of a Victor Santamaria hat-trick as he scored again.

The final score of 6-3 saw Penethinaikos go back to the top and saw Equipo A return to the bottom.

 
 
 

FC Junction and Budapest Celtic Tigers both went into the next fixture on the back of defeats and disappointment. The maximum potential return for each team would be 6 points but only if they won all their remaining games. That would be good enough to see them finish third in the group but we would have to wait and see if that would be good enough for Cup qualification.

All that was in the future though and what mattered now was the next 16 minutes and the game ahead. FC Junction started well and played their best football of the day so far as they raced into a 2-0 lead.

This was a great example of the proverbial game of two halves as after the break Budapest Celtic Tigers were rejuvenated as Paul Kamondy (2), Jamie MacDonald and Sen turned a 0-2 deficit into a 4-2 lead. FC Junction pulled one back for 4-3 as the pendulum looked to swing again. Time was against FC Junction though and they missed out on their first points as the game finished 4-3.

FC Junction did have their first goals in Europe though courtesy of Tim Bill and Sam Bunker (2).

Budapest Celtic Tigers had guaranteed they would finish 3rd in the table.

 
 
 

Game 9 of Group C would be the mouth-watering prospect of Ealing Expendables versus Penethinaikos. This was a top of the table contest and winner takes all. The winner would win the Group, defeat would mean 2nd place. A draw would see Penethiakos claim the title courtesy of their superior goal difference.

It was first blood to Ealing Expendables as Ben Esprit scored his sixth of the day maintaining that goal every game record. In a tight match it was enough to see the English through to half-time in the ascendency. After the break Edgar Sant Lopez pegged the Expendables back and equalize for 1-1.

It got even better for the Spanish team when Edgar Sant Lopez made it a double to put them 2-1 up. Could Ealing Expendables respond? Yes, they could as Jordan Dunn stepped up to make it 2-2. The goal was not quite enough to win them the group and they needed one more they got it too. It was Ben Esprit again to make it 3-2 and edge this topsy-turvy contest in the English team's favour.

Congratulations to Ealing Expendables who won Group C. Both teams would progress to the Cup and both teams would feel they had a legitimate chance at winning this tournament.

 
 
 

To follow our summit meeting at the top of Group C we had a winner takes all battle at the foot of the table. Equipo A and FC Junction would both want to end the group campaign on a high and now was the perfect time to start.

It was nip and tuck all the way and the teams proved evenly matched. At half-time the teams were level at 1-1. Both teams seemed to be enjoying the freedom of the situation and attacks were on top as the goals flowed in increasing quantity in the second half. In all we had 7 goals to enjoy and when the referee blew the final whistle it was Equipo A who claimed the narrow victory for the 4-3 win.

Equipo A had scored a hat-trick for the second successive game with Carlos Fabregat this time with the golden boots and he was ably supported by Mohamed Rida Zeonoufi. The goals for FC Junction were exactly the same as those in their previous game Tim Bill and Sam Bunker (2). Déjà vu as for the second game running they had just missed out on the points by a 4-3 scoreline.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

Ealing Expendables (Eng)

4

4

0

0

13

5

12

Penethinaikos (Spa)

4

3

0

1

19

8

9

Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)

4

2

0

2

16

12

6

Equipo A (Spa)

4

1

0

3

9

20

3

FC Junction (Eng)

4

0

0

4

6

18

0

 
 
 
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Plate Knock-out
 
Cup Knock-out
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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