It was a great Lions legends performance including Clement who left his place to Pascal coming out to support with some beers and Max who is still recovering from his operation have not missed a match from the side line ! We made a tactical plan to avoid being caught out by Japanese counters and their speed. The whole Scotland team stayed back to cheer for Japan as they were equal on points but we had this match to play.
With only Bob and Mamdouh upfront we made it hard for the Japanese to slice through our midfield and defense. Our second counter attack was perfect and easy finished by Bob.
In the next 20 minutes we tried to play the same as we knew that opportunities would come as we dominated the midfield with in super form Sylvain who claimed he was playing so well due to a strong dose of Baijiu ! We scored a great goal with several combinations and cool finish from Mamdouh.
In the third 20 we saw Kevin almost scoring by trying to shoot over the Japanese goalie who preferred to be always out of his box ! When we saw Jerome and Matze our in form central defenders limping off we quickly reorganized with James as a center back and later Arnaud as stopper.
It was good time to use all the substitutes we had in the last 20 with Mike causing the Japanese defenders to panic a few times and Freek almost scoring after a great run from Imad and a dutch move from the President but he saw his shot just be tipped out by the Japanese goalie in the far corner.
The Scottish left already when we went 1-0 up. Indeed we never let the Japanese shoot on target for 80 minutes and the clean sheet is great as we have the best defensive record and are still on top ! What I liked the most is that from the start until the end we had a positive attitude and kept focusing on the game !
Our next match will be next week against the new team Wellington Champs 900 AM so lets get ready NOW !
Today the most important for us was to pay respect to the former Japanese Captain who sadly passed away in Japan last week only 33 years of age. These things are hard to understand as he was great player and real leader of the Japanese team when we still played in the SIFL. Life some time is hard to understand but the fact that Japan played today with most of their players attending the funeral is also special and it was very nice to see both teams paying respect to him and we hope he can rest in peace ! I have very deep respect for the Japanese players even losing 9-0 but never gave up given the circumstances…
Lets always appreciate life and as long as we are here… Hope to see you all on Tuesday.
We were lucky that the rain stopped for once when we started our game ! With Paul in the goal and not many subs we decided to play 4-4-2 bit more defensive. We focused on defense first and try to break on the counters.
In the first half we didn’t play well as we tried to look for a difficult solution where instead a simple easy pass was there all the time. As team we dropped our level and that was the reason DEQ took the lead 1-0 ! Jason showed that when the level drops you can still work hard and try to get a result. His goal was pure determination as his first attempt to score was blocked but he kept trying as he was falling down he managed to lift the ball in the far corner. Great goal by a great individual effort ! It was 1-1 at half time and we took the chance to talk to the players and explained how to improve like not running with the ball when you can give a simple pass next to you.
We played much better in the second half and stepped up our work rate and created many more chances. Jason tested the newly replaced DEQ keeper with a wide range shot and the keeper couldn’t handle it and we took the lead. We combined much better and after a good build up Gordon placed the ball right at the inside of the far end post to make it 3-1. However DEQ came back after we couldn’t clear a ball crossed in. Gordon put us 4-2 ahead with a good finish left from the keeper. DEQ did come back once more by a penalty Paul choose the right corner but couldn’t get the ball. Solid defending and the great work rate gave us all three points in the end.
Well deserved and a really great team effort again ! Keep training hard and we will get better and better ! Well Done Lions !
In this morning of SPL V match-day, it looked a bit dicey as pollution levels were at 200 when we woke up but soon the sun appeared and the sky was turning blue. After weeks of rain this was a welcome relieve for everybody. In the last few encounters against today’s opponent, the Emeralds, we struggled to play and beat them… Then, let’s say that we were all very motivated this time !
In the first 20 minutes, we had a small team at the start of the match but we played very disciplined and organized. Emeralds, on their side, decided to sit back and were waiting for a counter attack however our mid field and defense were working well together so that the Emeralds struggled to give the final pass. With Bob out wide and Mike in the middle on top we took a 1-0 lead after a good cross from Bob connected with Mike’s extended leg just enough to give the ball a little notch and roll in the goal ! Great start for the Legends !
In the second 20 mn, we decided to keep the team the same as they started so well but we failed to keep our positions in some cases and we started to fell in the “too much talking and less playing” mode. We did make the 2-0 after a great run of Masa-san where he was ready to score but got fouled at the edge of the box right in the middle. The keeper choose to defend the side of the wall and Bob put the ball at the other side.
In the third 20 mn, the game changed as the last defender of the Emerald got his second yellow after he blocked Masa-san to run through and we started to play the ball around which tired the Emerald players on the large Wellington pitch.
In the final 20 mn our intention was the clean sheet however we did let Emerald come back in the game after a few bad passes in row from our side we let Fafa score from close range. However 5 minutes later Tomas surprised the Emerald goalie with a well placed shot to make it 3-1. In the last minutes a cross from Bob ended up at Kevin at the far end and he scored with the help of an Emerald player to make the final score 4-1.
Great day for the Legends as this result allow us to stay on top of the SPL V. It was also great to see Matthieu flying over from France for this match. Well done Legends ! See you all at the training !