17 Dec 2013
Day 5

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Setting off for training, confidence was high In the camp after a comprehensive victory against the American School of Doha. Weather conditions weren't the easiest as the wind was quite strong but nevertheless, we trained well and were well prepared our game later that evening.

In the day we went to a member of the Qatari  Royal family's museum which contained various random goods he collected and then brought back to the museum ranging from cars and aeroplanes to swords. From the museum and after a bite to eat we went back to the hotel to relax for the game ahead. With Oldham Hulme winning in the game before us, we knew the chances of qualifying were very slim but even so we really wanted to beat QUESS (Qatar Union of English Speaking Schools) and remind all the other schools that we can beat the semi finalists, as they had definitely already qualified.

That we did! Although we weren't as clinical as the game before we came through 2-1 winners. In the first half we were playing with a strong wind and we dominated the game - the opposition barely had the ball in our half. Our only goal of the half came from a good cross from Jamie Humes only to be slotted home from their opposition centre half. Disaster struck straight after half time as a QUESS midfielder skipped through our defence and got a shot away, well saved by Kidson but the striker tapped in from close range.  This toughened our resolve and we got back to some hard work in all areas of the pitch. We created several chances, but as is perhaps the story of our season, failed to convert them. Eventually a strong run from skipper Brown drew defenders and enabled him to play in Carrasco who slotted the winner.

This took us to 6 points and our only hope of qualifying for the semi-finals was for Manchester Grammar to lose 3-0 to Evolution but this did not happen. The tournament format meant that only the top 2 English and top 2 Qatari sides qualified for the semis. 

So the final standings were Manchester 9 points, Oldham Hulme 7 points, Shrewsbury 6 points, Evolution Academy 3 points, QUESS 1 point, American School Doha 0 points. The loss in the first game cost us dear and left us to lick our wounds and think of what might have been.

A morale boosting burger at the Burgerry helped matters and we headed back to the hotel and sought an ice cream in the
surrounding streets for pudding.