Amigo’s and Amiga’s,
Finally spring has arrived in Shanghai and last Sunday it was time for suncream already. We got a scare on Saturday as Dulwich told us that two games had to be cancelled but luckily with the help of SCSC and the team Captains we could move the games to Waigaoqiao. We had 5 SPL games and all were played in good and friendly spirit. At the top of the league its still crowded with ERS leading with 34 points and both the Marlins and Cowboys trailing by 3 points but with one game in hand !
Flamenkos – Lions 2-2
Both teams just managed to get a full team on the field. Jose was out of China for a bachelors party and delegated the management of the Flamenkos to other players. The Lions played better football in the beginning of the game but failed to take the opportunities. The Flamenkos played on the counter with one striker and still managed to be dangerous a couple of occasion. Just before half time the Flamenkos launched a missile which ended in the top corner. The lions had to work harder in the second half and got the reward with a penalty, converted by Charles. They even took the lead after Charles scored a second goal after a defensive error of the Flamenkos. After a corner the Flamenkos scored the equalizer by Caralt. In the end it was a fair result (2-2) of a fair game of football !
ERS-Pistolera Bulls 3-1
This was THE big game of the weekend as a win for the Bulls would put them back in the title race. However for some reason they couldn’t get enough players at the beginning of the game. ERS was highly motivated to get a result and started to push forward from kick-off. The Bulls defended well and managed to keep the score at 0-0 in the first half. In the second half the speed and good passing game of ERS proved to be too much for the Bulls. One man in particular was on a mission to terminate the Bulls, Ousmane he scored three goals all after good build up play from ERS ! Stas managed to get one back but not enough this time to get some points.
Japan – Marlins 2-4
It was far from an easy game for the Marlins. Although unlucky in the first half by hitting the post and cross bar they were lucky to get a goal made by a Japanese player. Japan didn’t give up here and got the equalizer just before half time. In the second half Japan even took the lead with a great strike. All the Marlins had to do now was work hard to get the three points they needed to stay in the title race. Goals from Ignacio,Mcgoo and Alej did just that !
AVL Galacticos – Cowboys 1-3
The Cowboys were missing some key players but the Galacticos managed to give them a good game of football. The Cowboys took a 0-2 lead but Shaun managed to bring the Galacticos back in the game. Dave should have scored the equalizer just before half time but unfortunately he missed the target. In the second half the Cowboys decided to let their goalkeeper Wang Hui be a field player and he scored the 1-3 ! Good game of football which both teams enjoyed !
Super 48 – Shanghai 2000 1-3
The game was controlled by Shanghai 2000 who took an early lead but Super 48 had a good spell in the last part of the first half and managed to equalize. In the second half the pace of the game proved too hard for Super 48 and Shanghai 2000 scored two more goals by Nick and Jon to secure all three points !
We have another full program this Sunday with 5 SPL games on our three venues !
1300-1500 Shanghai 2000 –Cowboys at Jinqiao
1500-1700 ALV Galacticos – Marlins at Jinqiao
1200-1400 Pistolera Bulls – Lions at Century Park
1100-1300 Super 48 – Gremio at Waigaoqiao
1300-1500 ERS – Flamenkos at Waigaoqiao
Enjoy the spring weather and enjoy playing in the SPL !
Cheers Freek / SPL President on behalf of the SPL Committee !