CIS Committee (Blr)

3

V

1

Skidmarks (Eng)

Red Cow Belgrade (Eng)

3

V

4

AFC Shooters B (Eng)

KRP FK (Ltu)

0

V

3

Skidmarks (Eng)

CIS Committee (Blr)

3

V

1

AFC Shooters B (Eng)

Red Cow Belgrade (Eng)

3

V

0

KRP FK (Ltu)

 

We had a share of the lead at the top of Group B and that was between CIS Committee and Skidmarks. If you'd looked at the fixture before the tournament then it would probably be no surprise to see this as a top of the table clash given each teams impressive record in past events. The teams boasted 5 tournament wins between them.

 

It was certainly a tough draw and I guess the compensation was that by being in the same group, assuming no slip ups, they would not meet again until the Cup Final. These two teams had history and this match was a repeat of the 2014 Bratislava Fives Cup Final. On that occasion, CIS Committee won 2-0.

 

We had a quick check of the line-ups from that 2014 fixture and Skidmarks had 6 members of that Bratislava squad here in Vilnius. CIS Committee had 3 surviving members from that title victory three years ago.

 

Here in Vilnius it was CIS Committee who hit the front when Aliaksandr Viazhevich gave them the lead. Luke Hatfield then equalized for Skidmarks but it was CIS Committee who would take an advantage going into the change of ends. Aliaksandr Viazhevich was the man on target again.

 

After the break Aliaksandr Viazhevich completed his hat-trick to give CIS a two goal cushion. It proved enough to earn all 3 points for the Belarussian team. Could these two teams be meeting again in the tournament finale this afternoon?

 
 
 

It was the third game on the field for Red Cow Belgrade and the second game for AFC Shooters B. Red Cow Belgrade would hope the game would not be as difficult as their opening two games. Let's have a look at their opponent's for this fixture:

 

AFC Shooters were returning to eurofootballfives.com action having made their debut at the 2015 Algarve Open. They had two teams that day as they do here in Vilnius. The A team made a steady start with two draws in their first two games before a defeat to Galacticos. They steadied the ship with another draw before getting their first win in their final game. Although only 1 defeat in 5, the draws stalled their progress and they progressed to the Plate. A 3-0 win in the QF was followed by a 0-0 draw in the SF (which they won on penalties). They then finished off the day in style with a 3-0 win in the Plate Final over Mavericks.

 

The B team had a brighter start with a win in their opening fixture but then found life tough as they lost their next 3 all by just the one goal. They lost their lost game 2-0 and qualified for the Plate. They met Mavericks in the Quarter-Finals and drew 1-1 in normal time but went out on penalties.

 

Here in Vilnius the two teams played out an epic seven goal thriller. It was arguably one of the games of the tournament. At half-time it was Red Cow Belgrade who held the advantage as goals from Joe Howitt, Tom Goyski and Joe Howitt again outgunned a double from Aaron Wheeler.

 

In the second half AFC Shooters turned it around with Aaron Wheeler hitting another brace as they won it 4-3. The result meant Red Cow Belgrade would finish in fourth place. Aaron Wheeler's goals meant he was now on 5 for the tournament and currently leading the top goal-scorer charts.

 
 
 

KRP FK and Skidmarks were due on pitch B at 12.20 but, as we now knew, KRP FK were not here so Skidmarks picked up their 3-0 walkover victory. It put them on 9 points and they would qualify for the Cup as long as AFC Shooters did not beat CIS then it would come down to goal difference between 3 teams on 9 points for 2 Cup qualification places.

 
 
 

The next game in Group B was huge. CIS needed just a point to win Group B which would also see Skidmarks qualify for the Cup.

 

If AFC Shooters B were to win then they would be level with CIS Committee and Skidmarks on 9 points. Goal difference at the start of play was +7 for CIS, +6 for Skidmarks and +1 for AFC Shooters. It therefore meant Skidmarks were safe in the Cup regardless of what happened. If AFC Shooters were to win by 3 goals they would level up goal difference with CIS Committee and go through on goals scored.

 

That's fine in theory. It is difficult to get any form of win over CIS Committee in these tournaments and a three goal win a massive task. In fact, it has never happened before they have only ever lost by the odd goal.

 

With the match underway, CIS Committee took goal difference out of the equation by racing to a 3-0 lead. An Alexander Ciganok double and a goal from Pavel Tumash made it almost certain CIS Committee would qualify for the Cup as Group B champions. In the second half Matt Bailey put a dent in their record to reduce arrears to 3-1 but the destination of the points was already decided.

 

Congratulations to CIS Committee on the group win and also to Skidmarks who joined them in the Cup. AFC Shooters B would progress to the Plate competition.

 
 
 

To complete the formalities we added Red Cow Belgrade's 3-0 walkover win over KRP FK to finalise the group standings.

 
 
Team
Pld
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Agst
Pts

CIS Committee (Blr)

4

4

0

0

11

2

12

Skidmarks (Eng)

4

3

0

1

10

4

9

AFC Shooters B (Eng)

4

2

0

2

9

10

6

Red Cow Belgrade (Eng)

4

1

0

3

6

8

3

KRP FK (Ltu)

4

0

0

4

0

12

0

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

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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