Lions improve their goal difference while beating MMFC

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 8 – 1 MMFC

goal differenceBeautiful weather and nice pitch for the last game of the regular season. We presented a squad with a few new players who attended our last few trainings. For this game, our motto was clearly to work on our goal difference to narrow the space with the Marlins.

We soon got the lead with an acceleration of Tevz on the left wing for Romain who controlled and score the 1st goal. Unfortunately, this goal did not deliver us as we were struggling keeping the ball and playing together. On the opposite, the MMFC were fighting on all the duels and pushing on the wings. They came back to 1-1 with a very nice shot. They continued to push and forced us to reorganize. Short before the half-time, Amor scored with the back on a corner kick for his “good-bye” goal. We reached the half time with the lead but had to react in the second half.

We came back on the pitch with better intentions. Azz first lobbed their keeper for the break (3-1) before giving the ball to Conway who won his first face-to-face for the 4th goal. Yohan, for his come-back with the seniors, placed a nice volley (5-1) before finishing a nice job from Azz. 6-1! Positioned on the left, Azz, again, delivered a center for Kad‘s head. Conway closed the score with his second goal of the day to finish the game with 8-1.

Now, we have 2 more games before the SPL closing tournament on June 10th, 2018

 

Let’s keep focused and keep our title!

 

Cheers
Thomas Z.

Legends beat Strosso 7-2

[ Veteran ] Shanghai Lions FC 7 – 2 FC Strosso

StrossoThe weather was great and the pitch not bad ! The legends were up against Strosso a Japanese team with the typical Japanese style of playing which mean they never give up and keep running fast until the very last moment.

We had several key players missing for this match but with the return of Yohan (one of the old guard Lions / Les Bleus) we managed to bring a 12 men squad helped also by Julia, our upcoming talented youth players.

In the first 20 minutes we were up 2-0 goals by Nicolas and James. In the second 20 minutes Sam made it 3 and Mike celebrated his first goal ! Strosso came back with a goal and we also lost our keeper Clement, very unfortunate, as he twisted his ankle by himself ! Igor, our new player from Ukraine, took the position as keeper and Mike scored another one which he celebrated by taking off his shirt ! Strosso pulled one more back and in the last 20 it was Max “Schmeichel” making his debut as keeper. Our President give an assist to Mike to fulfill his dream as he scored a Hat-trick for the Legends and at the end another President assist found James he didn’t hesitate to score !

Overall a good match and the beer tasted good afterwards !

Cheers
Freek

Lions are back in the game for the SPL championship

[ SPL ] Shanghai Lions FC 3 – 1 Shanghai Marlins FC

SPLThis Sunday sounded like a perfect day for this SPL tittle race football game… Earlier in the day our legends hammered Japanese Strosso but our keeper, that was supposed to double both games, twisted his ankle… With a strong squad in the middle and in defense, we decided to put Thomas Z in the goal with victory as the only possible outcome.

The game started with opportunities on both sides and we finally opened the score with a free kick from Romain following a foul from Marlin’s keeper on Tevz out of the box… We continued to push and got  opportunities but Marlins finally equalized with Pete Rosseli who took the ball in the box to dribbled our keeper for the to 1-1. Both teams were playing a good football, with a lot of impact in the duels. The Marlins were operating lots of turn-over but our experienced defense line with Fabi, Jack and Benji remained focused. We finally reached the half-time with a draw which was insufficient for us but remained confident as we were close to take the lead several times during the first half.

The second half started like the first one, with attacks from both sides. Our opponent pushed hard during the first 10 minutes but we stayed compact. Then they slowed down a little bit. That was the right time to have our young Lions in. After a few attempts, Shingi was pushed in the box and transformed his penalty kick. 2-1! A few minutes later, after a nice combination with Tevz on the left, Matty scored the 3rd goal.

A very important game where we played together, for each others, stayed focus and with a good spirit! A good reminder on how important it is to train and practice together! Our next game is this Sunday against the MMFC. Although we are co-leaders with the Marlins, we are still 2nd because of the goal average. We need to score goals on Sunday!

 

See you all at the training tomorrow.

 

Cheers
Thomas Z.

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