Both islands have started this competition solidly, with Greenland claiming a 2-2 draw against Menorca, whilst the Åland Islands came from behind to beat Saaremaa 2-1. Greenland claimed the silver medal at the last Games in 2013, although only four teams entered that competition in Bermuda. Before that, they had finished no higher than eighth in the previous seven competitions, and had never won a medal. The Åland Islands claimed a silver in 2009, and bronze in 1989 and 1993, although they finished in fourth place in the 2011 games.
On a very warm, humid early afternoon, Greenland took the lead on 11 minutes, when the ball was played upfield, the keeper came out and Frederick Funch Jensen clipped the ball past the keeper and just inside the far post, with the goal greeted by loud, excitable cheering from the small band of Greenland supporters. Perhaps the best chance the Åland Islands had to get on the scoresheet all game came on 25 minutes, when a cross was whipped into the box and the header went just wide of the far post. A clear pattern was evident though of Åland Islands looking to play the better football, but Greenland were solid and workmanlike. The apparent better style of football certainly offered hope that Åland could unlock the Greenland defence in the second half.
However, despite a fiery team talk given by their English speaking coach at half time, and some loud cheering on from Åland sportswomen arriving during the first half, Åland Islands struggled to impose themselves in the second half, as Greenland looked more and more comfortable. Greenland had a great chance to double their lead two minutes after the break, when a free kick was played into the box, the keeper missed the ball in the air but the header dropped just wide. The Åland Islands players looked increasingly frustrated in the heat, and Greenland sealed the win ten minutes from time when a cross from the right was headed home from a central position eight yards out by substitute Malik Juhl. The Greenland players and officials celebrated wildly at the final whistle, to show just how much this win meant to them.
In their final group match, Greenland went on to beat Saaremaa, but it wasn't enough to top the group and qualify for the semi-finals, as Menorca also won, 3-1 against the Åland Islands, and went through on goal difference. They did claim fifth place overall though, by winning their 5th/6th play-off match against 2011 winners, the Isle of Wight. The Åland Islands qualified for the 9th/10th place play-off, claiming ninth place after beating Gibraltar on penalties after a goalless draw.