WNC18: Eboria scrape past Costa Rica- face Brazil next!

WNC18: Eboria scrape past Costa Rica- face Brazil next!

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 | Last 16


Roman Baric’s goal once again guides Eboria through to the next phase, safely seeing off the Ticos 1-0. 

Eboria has a tough time against a resilient and rough n’ ready Costa Rica side. Los Ticos  seemed happy to play with five at the back and try to catch out the Golden Stars on the counter. They nearly did it too, when Joel Campbell broke through and headed past an onrushing Scott Chambers- only for Mark Vladic to clear the ball moments before it could cross the line.

Eboria’s goal came in the 66th minute. Jordan Wilcox played a perfect through ball to Roman Baric, who flicked the ball deftly over Keylor Navas and into an empty goal.

Costa Rica had a shout for a late penalty waived off from the referee, replay’s showed that it was a 50-50 call, with Vladic perhaps getting away with the benefit of the doubt for his handball. It was judged to not be intentional and therefore not a penalty.

Eboria couldn’t double their lead and had to hang on for the last few minutes, with long balls peppered into their box. Thankfully, the Golden Stars’ defence held strong and they saw through to the final whistle intact.

Next up? Only the favourites, Brazil in the final Quarter Final tie!

Eboria (4-3-3): Chambers, Cooper, Myers (sub Givens), Ayandele (C), Vladic, Harrison, Mills (sub Lewis), Wilcox, Johnson (sub Carter), Thomas, Baric.

WNC18: Marida into last 8 as Carlos beats Kasper

WNC18: Marida into last 8 as Carlos beats Kasper

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 | Last 16


Carlos Ricardo broke the deadlock and Danish hearts with the only goal in this even, tense and hard-fought last 16 match.

Both teams had tested out goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Fabio in the first half- but no one could get past these towering forces. It changed though, seven minutes into the second half, when Ricardo fiercely won a tackle on the edge of the box and drilled the ball past a helpless Dane in the goalmouth. Replays showed Kasper had got the tiniest  of touches on the ball, but it went in off the post.

Denmark pressed to get back into the game, going to three up front for the last 15 minutes. Marida almost caught them out on the counter. For once, striker Rolando was wasteful in front of goal. Schmeichel also went up front for stoppage time, to no avail.

Marida will play Belgium on Sunday afternoon in the third Quarter-final match.

Marida (4-3-3):  Fabio, Marcos (sub Simão), Valdo, Ivandro (C), Xavi Ramires, Felipe (sub Paulito), Lieira, Ricardo, Césaro, Félix Jr, Rolando.


WNC18: Marida take top spot as Brazil stutter past Mexico

WNC18: Marida take top spot as Brazil stutter past Mexico

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 | Group E

Marida 3-1 Nigeria

Marida saw off Nigeria 3-1 to take top spot and confirm their passage to the second round of the finals tournament. Rolando (two) and Césaro secured the  victory with well-taken goals. Césaro’s goal had come on the counter as Nigeria pressed for an equaliser, after Victor Moses had scored- ten minutes into the second half.

At the half Marida had looked comfortable, with two precision strikes from Rolando – that’s six strikes in three games for him.

Brazil 4-3 Mexico

Neymar came to the rescue for Brazil, who faced their first ever exit a the group stages as they were 2-1 and 3-2 down to Mexico. It showed how off their game the Mexicans were in the opening game ( a humiliating 5-1 loss to Marida). Mexico had chances to seal the game, deservedly leading for an hour of the match.

In the end, the big match players shone through- leaving Brazil with a mouth-watering tie against Spain in the second round, Mexico go home with their heads held high.

Marida will face Denmark in their second round match. It is a match that Marida must fancy their chances in.

WNC18: Marida hold Brazil to draw

WNC18: Marida hold Brazil to draw

World Nations Cup 2018 | Group E

Carlos Ricardo scored late on to save a point for Marida as they held one of the favourites, Brazil, to a 1-1 draw.

Brazil had started off the game in fine fashion, formulating quick pass and move sections to create chances- which Neymar Coutinho and Jesus all wasted. Ten minutes later, Marida changed their tempo and pressed from the front, catching Brazil off guard. For the next twenty minutes, you’d be forgiven for thinking Marida were the much higher ranked team. Rolando missed two opportunities to open the scoring.

Before the break, however, Neymar’s brilliance opened the doors for Brazil, with a good run and cross leaving Gabriel Jesus with an easy tap-in past Bruno.

Once the second half had started, Brazil remained in the ascendancy and looked to double their lead. Marida remained resolute at the back however.
Changing their  approach for the final 15 minutes, Marida brought more players forward, essentially four up front. With seven minutes left, Dani Alves pulled down Rolando on the edge of the penalty area. It was just outside- no penalty. Carlos Ricardo curled the resulting free kick into the top corner to even the score.

Both teams had minor chances to win as the game closed out, but could not convert.

Marida’s Head Coach Jorge Carvalho was delighted with his players afterwards. “I knew they could play like this- to be even with potential world champions! It is a delight to manage and coach this group- to see results like that, just amazing. So proud of them”, he said.

Marida play Nigeria in the final game. Unless Mexico beat Brazil in the other game, a draw should be enough  to guarantee safe passage through to the second round.

WNC18_Ricardo(vsBRA)Carlos Ricardo celebrates scoring the equaliser

Marida (4-3-3) : Bruno, Siminho, Ivandro, Valdo, Xavi Ramires, Félipe (sub Paulito) , Lieira (sub Dias), Ricardo, Césaro, Rolando, Félix Jr.

WNC18: Eboria stun Italy in Madrid

WNC18: Eboria stun Italy in Madrid

Eboria got off to a flying start in Madrid, with a wonderful win against Italy at the Wanda Stadium. Roman Baric caught veteran goalie Buffon off guard in the seventh minute with an early long range strike from outside the area.

Baric doubled the lead before half-time, when Jordan Wilcox and Henry Thomas caught Italy on the break, a quick pass through to Baric caught out Chiellini. The Eborian striker, rubbished during  his time in Serie A, controlled the ball nicely and  slotted past Buffon.

Italy never looked like they were really going to trouble the scorers, surprisingly low on energy for an opening game.

Both teams still have to face Belgium and Australia, with Eboria and Belgium holding the initial advantage.

Eboria line-up:
Chambers, Cooper, Myers, Ayandele (C), Vladic (sub Holland), Mills, Harrison, Wilcox, Johnson (sub Carter), Thomas, Baric.

Eboria & Marida prepare for the WNC finals

Eboria & Marida prepare for the WNC finals

WEFA | World Nations Cup

Both teams have finalised their squads, played their warm-up games. Now comes the hard part- three games that will shape their destiny!

Eboria have to play Australia, Italy and Belgium. The squad is as ready as it can be. It will be interesting to see if the injured experienced couple of Murphy and Buckhalter will be missed, being replaced by youthful Jordan Wilcox and Mark Vladic.

Marida have to face one of the favourites- Brazil, with Mexico and Nigeria completing the group. Marida have the firepower to take on two of these teams, but have looked a little weak at the back recently.

We will soon find out if either squad is strong enough to get out of their groups. If they can rech the knockout rounds, then who knows how far they can get?!

Eboria World Nations Cup squad announced

Eboria World Nations Cup squad announced


Tony Jones gave us all something to talk about, when he announced his 23 man squad for the World Nations Cup Finals squad in Portugal and Spain.

There were some surprise inclusions and omissions, in what is a fairly young squad.

No place for veteran keepers, and there was a place for Zack Freeman, as reserve striker- ahead of Bobby Kendrick. Freeman struggled to get a club place this season, but scored four goals in three games for the national side. It must be said to be a gamble. Continue reading “Eboria World Nations Cup squad announced”

WNCQ18 Eboria qualify, Marida in play-off

WNCQ18 Eboria qualify, Marida in play-off

WEFA World Nations Cup 2018 Qualifiers | CONCAFA

It had come down to the last round of matches. If Eboria won against Latania, they were getting the automatic spot, draw or lose- and Marida could snatch that spot with a win away to Saint Louis.

Eboria won 2-0 at home, thanks to goals from Jake Carter and Roman Baric. Latania’s Mario Lotti hit the post and bar either side of half-time, teenage prodigy Mauro Bellatoni also missed essentially an open goal when it was 1-0. Baric’s strike with eleven minutes remaining meant that what was happening in Saint Louis was irrelevant. With qualification settled, it’s time to sort out the front end of the team- as they will possibly be without a fully fit Matt Murphy for the run up to the finals.

Marida won 3-0, thanks to a brace from Carlos Ricardo and a (now) rare goal from -Manha. Césaro limped off before the interval, which will be of concern for Nova Porto. Félix did not play either, following a minor injury picked up in the previous game.

Marida will now have a two-legged play-off against New Zealand for a place in the World Nations Cup finals next summer.


IC3: Eboria claim third place over Spain (PKs)

IC3: Eboria claim third place over Spain (PKs)

WEFA Intercontinental Champions Cup | 3rd Place Play-off | Lisbon

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(EBORIA 4-2 on PKs)

Eboria claimed a historic third-place in the IC3, beating the co-hosts Spain in the play-off for third place on penalties. It was 1-1 after normal time, after extra time, so the deadlock was decided via shoot-out. Matt Murphy scored an equaliser in the second half, following Spain leading through Alvaro Morata, again.

After a scoreless extra-time period, in which the hosts were down to ten-men after a reckless Sergio Ramos foul earned him a straight red, Eboria held their nerve in the shoot out. They scored all four penalties, whilst the Spanish missed two. Sol Harrison scored the decisive kick.

Tony Jones’s men have proved themselves worthy of entry to this tournament, with two wins, two draws and 1 defeat in the five games, with a bonus of the penalty shoot out win tonight.

Although all eyes will rightly be on the final between Chile and Portugal, Eboria will have given notice that they are for real, with next summer’s World Nations Cup a priority.

Eboria: Ferguson, Holland, Ayandele (C), Givens, Cooper, Mills, Harrison, Langford (sub Murphy), Wilcox (sub Carter), Marshall (sub Baric), Thomas.

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IC3: Chile too hot for Eboria in Semi-final

IC3: Chile too hot for Eboria in Semi-final

WEFA Intercontinental Champions Cup | Semi-Finals | Camp Nou, Barcelona

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Eboria’s run in the IC3 came to an end in Barcelona tonight. Chile, led by Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal were just too strong for Eboria on the night. Eboria had been without playmaker Matt Murphy and lost Buckhalter and Myers to injuries before half-time.  Continue reading “IC3: Chile too hot for Eboria in Semi-final”