Summary of day 2 in the 2015 Maso Cup

Holders Altona Magic before their game Queanbeyan City; photo: Altona Magic SCFour quarter-finalists are already known after the conclusion of the second day in the Maso Cup.

Co-hosts Rockdale impressively won its group with three wins, in which they scored nine goals and conceded none. As the only group that concluded this far, Wollongong finished in second place, earning a place in the knock-out. Arncliffe, with one win, will hope to be among the best two of all the other teams (that did not finish first or second in their groups), but will have to wait for day 3 to find out their fate. The one thing clear is that Newcastle Suns has definitely been eliminated.

Cringila has been the surprise of the tournament as they managed to gather 7 points to book a place in the quarter-finals. They played a 1:1 draw with co-hosts Bankstown, preventing them to secure their place after two games. Instead, Bankstown will now have to at least draw Shell Cove in a match-up that will determine the remaining quarter-final place from Group B.

Group C plays their last round of matches tomorrow, but holders Altona Magic have already qualified after winning their first two games. Broadmeadow seems in the best position to proceed as the second placed team (have 4 points), but in the last and decisive game they face Altona. Will the already qualified Altona give their best or will they decide to rest some players for the quarter-finals? That will go a long way in determining that result. Debutants Sunshine Lions have slim chances as they have to beat Queanbeyan City with a margin of several goals and hope that Altona also gets past Broadmeadow. Furthermore, Queanbeyan also hasn’t been mathematically eliminated as they will need to win in order to keep alive their hopes of clinching a knock-out place as one of the best two 3rd/4th placed teams.

Group A
Arncliffe Scots – Wollongong United 0:2
Rockdale City Suns – Newcastle Suns 3:0
Arncliffe Scots – Newcastle Suns 2:0
Wollongong United – Newcastle Suns 4:0
Rockdale City Suns – Arncliffe Scots 5:0
Rockdale City Suns – Wollongong United 1:0

Rockdale City Suns 3 3 0 0 9:0 9 qualified
Wollongong United 3 2 0 1 6:1 6 qualified
Arncliffe Scots 3 1 0 2 2:7 3
Newcastle Suns 3 0 0 3 0:9 0

Group B
Yagoona Lions – Shell Cove Barbarians 1:1
Cringila Lions – Shell Cove Barbarians 2:0
Cringila Lions – Yagoona Lions 1:0
Bankstown City – Cringila Lions 1:1
Bankstown City – Yagoona Lions 1:0

Cringila Lions 3 2 1 0 4:1 7 qualified
Bankstown City 2 1 1 0 2:1 4
Shell Cove Barbarians 2 0 1 1 1:3 1
Yagoona Lions 3 0 1 2 1:3 1

Bankstown City vs. Shell Cove Barbarians

Group C
Broadmeadow Magic – Queanbeyan City 3:1
Altona Magic – Sunshine Lions 2:0
Broadmeadow Magic – Sunshine Lions 1:1
Altona Magic – Queanbeyan City 2:0

Altona Magic 2 2 0 0 4:0 6 qualified
Broadmeadow Magic 2 1 1 0 4:2 4
Sunshine Lions 2 0 1 1 1:3 1
Queanbeyan City 2 0 0 2 1:5 0

Altona Magic vs. Broadmeadow Magic
Sunshine Lions vs. Queanbeyan City

After the conclusion of the last three group stage games, the knock-out matches will follow (all times are local):

11.30 A1 vs. 7th (W)
12.20 A2 vs. C2 (X)
13.10 B1 vs. 8th (Y)
14.00 C1 vs. B2 (Z)
15.40 W vs. X
16.30 Y vs. Z

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