Goals galore throughout second day of football
Published: Saturday, 06 August 2011
The quarter final line-up for the boys' football competition has been decided – and Team Lanarkshire are in the mix to lift the coveted gold medal.
Dreams of a double success for Team Lanarkshire are also very much alive, as the girls' just need to avoid defeat against Marion of the USA to make their final.
The weather may have took a turn for the worse during the afternoon but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the players as the goals rained in during both the football tournaments, sponsored by construction and property development company CCG.
In Group A, Szombatheley of Hungary secured top spot by beating Tralee of Ireland 3-2 in the morning before winning 2-1 against Pesnica of Slovenia.
Team Lanarkshire's 26-0 morning thumping of Sialkot, Pakistan, was followed up by a 5-0 afternoon victory against Medias of Romania to make it three wins out of three in Group B.
Greek side Sparta had an impressive 18-0 win over Bangalore of India and also beat Daegu of South Korea 4-2 to clinch Group C, while Sentilj-Ruse's earlier 4-1 win over the Koreans meant they qualify for the quarters as group runners up.
The last two places in the quarter finals went to the Group D winners and runners up, Ptuj of Slovenia and Sopron of Hungary respectively. Both sides narrowly beat Kecskemet of Hungary 3-2 to help them qualify, with Sopron racking up 19 goals without reply in their morning game against Lahore.
The quarter finals will see Szombatheley play Medias, Team Lanarkshire face Tralee, Sparta against Sopron and an all-Slovenian clash between Ptuj and Sentilj-Ruse.
In the girl's competition, Seoul secured their place in the final with a tight 1-0 win over Hamilton, Canada, to make it three wins out of three in the group. The Canadians bounced back to beat Marion of the USA 4-2 in the afternoon.
The Americans beat Fort Simpson of Canada 10-0 in the morning but that scoreline was bettered by Team Lanarkshire, the home side winning 15-0 against Fort Simpson.
As long as Team Lanarkshire avoid defeat against Marion tomorrow morning, they will face Seoul for the gold medal.
The spirit of the games continued to shine through, with a real sense of camaraderie and fair play amongst spectators and competitors alike.
Cierra Torosantucci, player with the Hamilton, Canada, girls' football team, said: "It's been really fun meeting lots of people from countries all around the world, finding out about their different cultures and languages.
Carla Jackson, player with Team Lanarkshire girls football team, said: "We've been meeting lots of different people from many different countries and the Games have been really great so far."
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