The weather was not great but at least we got a pitch at the SCSC field as the Jinqiao field was not available. We had a large squad with a good mix of young and new players combined with experienced players as well we were happy to have Dim back in the goal ! Our mission was to beat Kickers but also work on our goal difference as we were trailing one goal on goal difference against the Marlins as both teams were on same points going into the match.
We took possession from the start and we got quick goal after an error of the Kickers goalie and a rare header of Shingi. It was a quick break on the left by Tevz his cross ended with Romain who didn’t hesitate to score. Just before half time we scored the 3-0 when Azz surprised the goalie by laying off a free kick to Shingi who didn’t hesitate.
In the second half we had fresh legs coming in and Conway upfront proved to be a hit as he scored a hat-trick ! Azz added one more and in the final moments Fabi got a penalty awarded and he saw his effort being stopped by the goalie however Andrei was alert to make the final score 9-0 ! Beer tasted good afterwards… However the Marlins, knowing our score and what was at stake, heavily beat Japan 9-1.
That means we are at equal points and equal goal difference however on goals scored they are ahead of us +3 as well on goal difference of the two matches we played each other +2. It means in the final match we need to beat them to be Champion ! Obvious we have two weeks to prepare ourselves and it start at the training this Tuesday !
Beautiful 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.
This 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!
It was the perfect weekend for the Lions Family as the youth had won their game on Saturday (6-2) and legends defeated England earlier in the morning (3-0) with our President as the MOM ! With a nice weather, we presented a big squad composed by seniors, youth but also legends to face Kickers FC in a beautiful crossover generations!
After a few minutes, Azz had his first face-to-face with the keeper for the 1-0. 5 minutes later, an acceleration of Romain on the left wing offered the 2nd goal to Thomas Z. Another run on the left wing, from Tevz this time, was finished by Romain for the 3-0. The break was done but we needed more goals! Azz and Thomas Z added another goal each and Azz to conclude the first half with a beautiful shot from out of the box. 6-0 at the half time.
A strong first half to be continued in second with other players to participate or start in SPL like Victor who scored 30 seconds after he came on the field. He added a 2nd goal a few minutes later with a nice shot, before centering for Azz for his 4th goal of the day! It is finally Benji who concluded with a beautiful lonely run.
10-0 to finish this nice weekend for the Lions! Lots of goals and a clean sheet! Next game on April 15th is against the Marlins. We have 3 weeks to get ready, physically and technically so please, attend the training!
Almost 2 months after our last game, it was with a lot of excitement but also incertitude that we met on a nice pitch and a nice weather to play the Galacticos. They made a draw the previous week against the Kickers so we had to be prepared. The whole Lions squad was on the pitch at 11:45 (for a kick off at 12:30), focused, happy and excited to play together !
We could see the motivation as after a few minutes Tevz had a first opportunity to score well stopped by the keeper of Galacticos. Shortly after, we made several technical mistakes and failed to kick the ball out of our box. A little panic that was beneficial as it woke us up! We then started to take the control of the ball and put pressure. Tevz, from the left wing, had a second face to face with their keeper and scored the first goal. A few minutes later, a center from Tomas coming from the right was volleyed by Romain for the 2-0. Pushing on his wing, Tevz created another opportunity concluded by Fabi with no angle for the 3rd goal. Finally, Romain concluded with a nice volley a lob from Benji above the defense. The last 10 minutes of the first half were sterile as we started to slow down. Good time to re-motivate the squad as we needed more goals!
Although we had the control of the ball, we struggled getting in their box and were very often caught off-side. We changed our game and decided to use our speed. With a nice pass from Dimitri, Tevz had another face-to-face with the keeper and scored his second goal of the day for the 5-0. We continued pushing and pressing high. Kad scored a few minutes later on a center from Andrei from the right wing (6-0). The 2 teams were packed in the Galacticos’ box and it was difficult to find space to play. However, Romain found another opportunity to shoot and, with a few deviations, scored the 7th goal.
10 minutes before the end, Thomas jumped for a header and was pushed in the back in the box. Penalty transformed for the 8-0.
After the tough defeat of last week, we had to wake up and show what we could do! We started the game with an experienced team. We soon got the control of the ball but unfortunately could not go close enough to score. Then, their striker suddenly got a ball outside of the box and shoot for the 1-0… The end of the first half continued to be sterile for us and we finished the first act 1 goal behind.
We proceeded to a few changes for the second half and came back on the pitch with more aggressively and more willingness to score! Our young Lion Matty came in to bring more speed and balls into the box. We soon came back to the score, thanks to Romain who benefited from a good work of Matty on the right side. We were pressing our opponent very high. A few minutes later, Laid received the ball, transmitted to Romain who found Azz on the left who perfectly opened his foot to adjust the keeper for the 2-1. On another high pressing, the Japanese team conceded a corner kick. Matty took it and Fabi smashed it in the goal for the 3-1. Finally, very thankful for the assist, Fabi perfectly launched Matty who lobbed the goal for the 4-1!
It was a good game, with a good result against a serious team. More than the result, we all played together and the whole squad participated!
For our first game of 2018, we were facing the Marlins on a beautiful sunny Sunday. Our opponents started full speed and before most of the team could even touch the ball, we conceded our first corner and our first goal… Marlins continued playing their game, attracting us and counter attacking very fast. A few minutes later, Wilson smashed a nice center from the left for the 2-0. Despite this handicap, we kept trying to play, pushing from the wings. Unfortunately, Wilson again, in the middle of 3 Lions, found a way to shoot for his second goal of the afternoon. 3-0 with only 3 shots was a difficult score…especially for a young team. We were late on most of the balls and the Marlins were more aggressive. Maybe too aggressive since Azz was tackled in the back and had to leave the pitch. As the half time was approaching we continued pushing. Dave had a free kick that was well stopped by their keeper. And a few minutes later, we had a penalty kick for a foul on Tevz in the box. Again, their keeper stopped Tomas‘ shoot…just before the half-time.
We operated a few changes for the second half and came back on the field with a positive attitude. We controlled the ball a little bit better and were pressing them a bit higher. The game was getting tougher and we conceded a few yellow cards. 10 minutes before the end of the game, Shingai got his second yellow card…leaving the team 10 vs 11. After a good combination in the box, they finally scored their 4th goal.
It is a tough defeat but we have to learn from it… See you all at the training on Tuesday to prepare the next game on Sunday against Japan!
Christmas is approaching fast and the leagues are coming to and for this year ! The SPL Santa Cup was there to end the season with some fun football ! A total of 18 teams from all over the world took part and it was great to see the Lions take part with the Young Lions and the Senior Lions and the Lions Legends !
Although we didn’t win the cup we enjoyed the great weather and great pitch and the matches ! As you can see from the pictures !
Beautiful Sunday afternoon and the first game of the season on the JQ pitch to play MMFC.
With no keeper available, we started with Azz as goalie… We had the ball in the first half but we struggled to score. MMFC was proceeding in counter attacks with their fast forwards. A nice save of Azz on a 1 to 1 woke us up and Tevz finally delivered us. Despite a few more opportunities for us, we reached the half-time with only 1-0.
We needed more creativity! We decided to put Fred in the goal and have Azz on the field. Terao also came in to bring more intensity in the midfield. We immediately got opportunities but due to our lack of efficiency the score did not change. Finally, after an acceleration of Shingai, Kad let the ball pass for Azz who could finish for the 2-0! Unfortunately, MMFC team who was playing better and better, saw that we were struggling to score. They got confidence and forced us to play lower… On one of their fast attack, their right forward, on a nice ball behind our defense, reduced the score to 2-1. They kept attacking and a few minutes later, we were happy to see their striker kick the ball over our goal… On one of our attacks, Shingai got tackled in the box. Azz transformed the penalty kick for the 3-1. But our opponents kept attacking and after a good combination on the right wing, they could score with a soft ball after hitting the post for the 3-2. The game ended with another victory for us!! Our opponents played well and it reminds us that there’s no easy game!!!
Have a nice week and see you on Tuesday evening!
Another windy Sunday but with pollution… Our opponents were new to us although a few players came from the Krauts. Our team was very motivated as we had almost the full squad to start the warm up 30 minutes before the game.
Since we were well prepared, we attacked the game full speed! After 20 minutes, we already had scored 3 goals! With the wind in the back, we used our speed to play behind their defense. We soon got our 4th goal and it was the right time to have our new players (Corentin, Masa and Racann) on the pitch! As they have been attending all recent trainings, it was easy for them to find their place in the team and we reached half-time at 5-0.
With the wind against in the second half, we changed our game with more passes on the ground and acceleration on the wings… with the same result! 4 more goals to reach 9-0 but the most important is that we achieved our 3rd CLEAN SHEET!