EC2010: Finland stays among top teams

Category: European Championship - published 2010-07-31 by EFAF

The first decision of the day is made. Great Britain has to go into the B pool and Finland remains in the A pool. The four times European Champion beat Great Britain 32-9. The GB Lions tried everything to remain in the A pool, but were only able to score a field goal and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Their defense was good enough to allow points for Finland only in the 2nd and in the 4th quarter. But their offense, although showing the best performance in the tournament could not score at it was necessary.

It was perfect atmosphere for a warm and sunny Saturday morning on the field in front of the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt. Almost 1.000 people came out to attend the match between Finnland and Great Britain. It was an important game for both football teams. The looser has to go down into the B pool and must win the B pool tournament to reenter the A pool.

But who thought both teams might not take any risk a play just as careful as they could saw another match. Both teams tried to take the first lead. Compared to their first two games the GB Lions were able to install their passing game. At the end QB Fred Boyle threw for 211yards, but only one late touchdown. Again the GB Lions were not able to install their running game, although RB Michael Andrew was selected as great Britain's MVP. He ran for 36 yards on nine carries. QB Fred Boyle was more efficient with 41 yards on nine carries.

Team Finland tried everything in the first quarter to gain an early lead but was stopped several times by the GB Lions defense. Unfortunately the GB Lions offense was forced by a very strong Finish defense to too many turnovers. Team Great Britian was forced to four fumbles and two interceptions. But they never gave up and fought until the end by showing their best performance.

One big difference for Finland was again their running game. RB Veikka Lehtonen, the finish MVP, ran for 77 yards and one touchdown. The whole finish running backs ran for a total of 200 yards and three touchdowns. This was the big difference between the two teams. At the end Great Britain is forced to go down into the B pool but will try to come back. “We have to wait and to see what the future brings”, GB Lions head coach Riq Ayub stated.

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EC2010
5th Place
Finland 32018014Stats File
Great Britain90009

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