At the recent Malmo GAA Tournament, June 19 in Sweden for Rd 2 of the Scandinavian Mens Football Championship, Stockholm, last month’s runners up to Malmo, gained revenge when beating the 2009 regional champions in comprehensive fashion on a scoreline of 3-9 (18) to 1-5 (8).
The southern Sweden event was deemed to be the best so far this season and last month’s hosts Copenhagen gave us their perspective on how things went for them.
Report by Kieran Punch
Half past 8 in the morning the Copenhagen (CPH) team met up at Nørreport to take the short train ride to the other side of the sound. Four games were waiting for them against Malmo, Oslo, Gothenburg, and Stockholm
CPH 1-04 3-08 Malmö
As always Cph got off to a bad start, and there was never any doubt about the outcome against the winners from the Copenhagen tournament. A pep talk from coach John did, however, see Cph improve in the second half, and Simon got Copenhagen´s first goal of the tournament. But all in all it was a very poor game by Copenhagen.
CPH 4-07 0-00 Oslo
After the bad start against Malmo, it was time to get the act together. And a comfortable win against the newcomers from Oslo saw the self confidence growing before the vital match against arch rivals Gothenburg.
Oslo have a lot of players that haven´t played the game before, so it will still be a while before they can compete with the more established clubs.
CPH 0-04 1-05 Gothenburg
There was still a chance for Copenhagen to make it to the final if they could beat Gothenburg. And the Danish team got off to a fine start and were leading by two points half way through the first half, but two unanswered points and an easy goal from a goal keeping blunder before the interval changed things around. If any of the players didn´t already know how bad their display had been, John made sure that they would never forget in a half time speech that I´m sure you could hear on the other side of the sound.
In the second half Copenhagen´s defense improved, and the Swedish team only scored a single point, but like many times before accuracy was the Achilles heal for Copenhagen, and shot after shot went wide and they didn´t make the score board at all in the second half.
CPH 0-02 Stockholm 0-08
Stockholm had won their three previous games and had looked very strong, and even though Copenhagen upped their performance from the Gothenburg game, there were never any questions about the outcome against a very good Stockholm team, who went on to win the final.
All in all a very poor day from Copenhagen. It was just one of those days. Very few could be happy with their performance, one of the few positive displays came from Mark who as always was solid in defense and cleaned up after his team mates on more than one occasion.