|Left to right: Jeff Parsons, John Bottomley, Andy Mill, Neil Youngson, Karl Dragan, Chris Kaberry|
The group stages were tightly contested with Malaga winning group A and West Brom (Jeff Parsons) 2nd. Andy Mill's Brampton Palace outfit finished 3rd, but they should take heart form some excellent blocking and defensive play. Group B was won by Liverpool (Neil Youngson) whilst Roma (Karl Dragan) finnished runners up. John Bottomley's side Longfield Cosmos played some good attacking football all afternoon, but a poor result against Liverpool put them in third spot.
|The finalists: Jeff Parsons (left) and Chris Kaberry with referee John Bottomley (middle)|
The two semi finals were very tense affairs. Malaga v Roma ended 0 - 0 and it was Malaga that edged it 2 - 1 on sudden death penalty shots. Liverpool v West Brom drew 1 - 1 and held their nerve to win 3 - 1 on penalties. Before the final, there were two playoff games for 3rd & 4th and 5th & 6th. Liverpool v Roma ended 0 - 0 with Liverpool winning the shootout 1 - 0. The wooden spoon Game went to Longfield Cosmos 1 - 0 Brampton Palace. A tense final saw Malaga win 2 - 0 against West Brom. Chances were few, but Malaga took them when it mattered. Big thanks to Andy Mill for making a delicious Spaghetti Bolognaise at half time. The event was very successful and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
(Report by Chris Kaberry)