[ SPL U18 ] Shanghai Lions FC 6 – 2 Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy
We don’t know why but we started with not much motivation to win the game against Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy ! If the will to win is not there or not serious you will get punished for your attitude. That’s what happened we went 1-0 down and still we were not waking up ! They made it 2-0 and we got a goal back from Philipp who scored from a direct corner in last part of the first half we started to play better however we needed to change the mentality of the team at the half time talk.
Obviously, the talk by coach Azzeddine was not nice but very important to turn around the game as he asked the players to change the mentality and play to their capabilities ! We took control of the match in the second half and it was great to see Alvaro from Spain making his debut in the Lions team. He played very well which lifted the moral of the other players ! Jason Z brought us back in the game with a great strike to make it 2-2. Soon he scored another one with another great strike and it broke down Ebbe Sand once we took the lead our team believe in winning and never turned back ! After a 1-2 down, we won the match 6-2 with a great team performance and superb goal keeping of Sam to sail us through !
Well done Lions and you can click herefor the match statistics.
Last Saturday, our U15 had a late game with kick-off at 18:00 versus Japan FC. The Japanese had a very large squad and played their usual good passing game which is always pleasant to watch. However both teams struggled to be dangerous in the box… Except from a few free kicks, nobody was shooting on target. The Lions were unfortunate when their goalie let the ball slip through his hand and gifted Japan a goal. In the second half the team tried to get back into the game but failed to impose some danger for the Japanese defense. In the end it stayed 1-0 for Japan a draw should have been the correct result.
Sometimes you end up having a small squad which turns out to be positive as long as you play the whole match as one team and that’s what happened ! The kickers came with a good squad with plenty of experienced players and very fast forward players. As we didn’t found a regular goalie for the first team we had Patrick putting on the gloves. In this case we used Pat de Gea as last man and he was involved many times in the build up.
We played compact as we knew that running after long balls for 90 minutes with only 12 players will not be a good idea. With a lot of short passes we tried to tire the opponent out and run after the ball. Kicker came very close to open the score first as the hit the crossbar but Pat de Gea claimed he knew it… The lions were playing on counters and set pieces. It was on a counter where the Kickers couldn’t deal with our shot on target and in the rebound Tomas was alert and scored as if he was 35 years old ! Half time 1-0 up we knew that another 45 minutes of hard work would pay off !
We kept possession at the back for longer periods and Kickers needed to chase us instead of we them ! We became more and more dangerous on counters and had chances to score. It was a great counter starting from the back and quick midfield passes that left youngest Lions Jeremy to volley and he did that german style perfect in the far corner ! Great goal and great team work for the build up to it ! Kickers got a chance to come back when a shot hit our player arm and a penalty was given. Pat the Gea choose left and the ball went right… ! 2-1 and we didn’t change the way we played and on a good counter Tomas was set up to finish the match by Azz but instead he gave the ball back to Azz and he did some playstation FIFA 2020 tricks to make it 3-1 for the Lions ! In the end the Kickers ran out of gas and we were happy to take the three points with a small squad ! Well done Lions !
[ SPL U18 ] Shanghai Lions FC 4 – 4 Wiss Stoke City FC Academy
Last Saturday our U18 squad was up against Wiss Stoke City, a team with strong will power. For this game, we were missing a goalie as all our three regulars were on school trips ! Luckily, Felipe has been kind enough and stood as goalie.
We started well by taking the possession and let the ball circulate fast and we should have scored at least three times in the opening 25 minutes. Matty was fouled in the box but the referee let the advantage which was not as we never got the ball back. We did get the opening goal with a good strike from Titus; however we let Wiss Stoke City come back after a great strike from a free kick. Matty scored direct from a corner with 10 minutes to go before half time. Just before half time we let Wiss Stoke City come back again with a penalty.
At our half time speech we told the players that we expected more from them if they want to win this match. However 10 minutes in after we played better but we let them score again and let them take the lead after poor defending from our side. Know it all came down to character and fighting spirit. We did fight back and Matty scored twice with one goal from a nice free kick to give us the lead back 4-3. Credit to Wiss Stoke City who kept trying and they got their reward when the same player from the first half stepped up to take the free kick… Unfortunately, our three men wall was way too small for the skillful Stoke player ! 4-4 as a final result.
It was great weather last Sunday and we played on a good pitch at Wellington School ! As we played a Japanese team and we knew that they are generally fit we decided to put our defense in order first. With James on the right and Imad on the left we took extra precaution not to be got out on a fast counter by the Japanese.
We focused on set pieces and it was our first corner which gave us the first goal with a nice flick in from Bob. Soon it was a great piece of skill by James who scored with a bicycle kick after another corner and Nicolas made it 3-0 with the first 20 minutes which was a great start of the match.
In the next 20 we tried to keep a clean sheet but the Japanese were still dangerous a few times however our defense and goalie Clement held out strong.
It was in the next 20 minutes that we putted the game to bed… 2 goals from Freek within 4 minutes with a great pass from Kevin and a good assist from Bob made it 5-0. Nicolas added his second and the icing on the cake came from new comer Mamdouh who scored a beauty in the far corner !
The beers tasted well after the match but we know that the tougher teams are stronger this season and we need to step up and get back into fitness to rival them !
We had a good mix of young and experienced players for our first season game against AVL Galacticos. With Adam Li as stand in goalie we started well. Matty was launched a couple of times and Dave, our Captain, also found the net after good build up plays. Azz scored from a direct free kick from the side and Chris also got on the goal scorers sheet. In the end Matty scored 5 and Victor,our other youngster, added another one.
It was a pity we slowed down in the last 20 minutes as we conceded one and didn’t score anymore… It reminded us we lost last season on the goal difference. In the meantime, Marlins beat Japan 10-1… you can see how important it is not to switch-off !!!
It was great weather and as usual the field at Concordia was perfect to play on against Ebbe Sand Soccer Academy ! As most of our U15 players have not had experience to play competitive 11 aside football yet we knew it would not be easy. However in the past trainings we focused on pure basic passing between defenders, midfielders & attackers.
It worked well in the first part of the match as we could have longer possession and let the ball move around among our players. It was a wonderful strike from Daniel at the edge of the box which gave us a 1-0 lead. However we lost focus soon after and gave away a goal which left the score 1-1 at half time.
We tried to make the players aware of the first part of the game during the half time talk and hope we could get back into the game but 5 minutes in the second half the scored again after we couldn’t clear the ball. Although we tried to step up our game we got another blow as David got tackled from behind and he had to leave the game with an ankle injury… Matty playing upfront for the last 10 minutes also could turn around our fortune.
We will work hard week after week to get more experience in playing 11 aside matches. it’s a process and with a positive attitude we will be there !