We took advantage of the dragon boat festival and the good weather at the same time. We got a great location at the Donjiao state guest house where we booked to BBQ pitch next to a small soccer field ! We got great catering from Yasmin’s Steak House and plenty of ice-cold drinks. Almost every player made it and we were pleased to have many parents showing up as well ! The evening ended with an Oscar type nomination where the envelopes of each category were opened by the parents.
Best Goalkeeper Noel
Best Defender George
Best Midfielder Julia
Best Attacker Gordon
Top Scorer Matty
Most Assist Jason
Most Improved Paul
Most Unlucky David
Best Hair Cut Matthew
The Icing on the cake was our U18 Championship Trophy which was celebrated with everybody !
Great end of a great season ! We hope to see you all back after the summer break !
Our U15 match got cancelled due to a meazle outbreak at some Shanghai International School but the weather was too nice not to play… Then, we came up with the ideas to invite the parents to play. It was an entertaining match with plenty of goals & misses. Everyone played really well including the parents 😉
Congratulations to our U18 for winning the SPL Championship for 2 consecutive years in a row. We have been the most consistent team in the league.
Always committed to train & always willing to play.
Several academies cancelled some games in the very last moment… we didn’t cancel any single one !
The key is that we are not an academy but a club of passionate players, parents and coaches and we create a platform of opportunities for players to improve themselves week after week.
We got several U18 players having trained and played league matcthes with the senior team and Noel one of our most committed players being goalie for U15 / U18 and the Seniors !
The best example was todays match against Wiss Stoke City where we actually had five U15 players playing in the U18 team today ! This is what makes the difference and will help each player to improve himself and step up to go to the next level.
We wanted a win against Stoke to secure the SPL Championship. It started well as within 2 mn Yuxuan scored his 1st league goal for U18 after a corner the ball was not cleared well by Stoke and he was alert to tip it in ! The 2nd goal came after Stoke didn’t react following a cross bar free-kick from Philipp… Jason gave a great assist to Matty to make it 2-0. Matty was brought down in the penalty box & our captain Julia stepped up and didn’t hesitate to put the ball in the right top corner !
It was 3-0 at half time and in the second half we wanted to go for the clean sheet and give chances to our younger players to come in ! Matty made it 4-0 but Stoke was better in the second half and created several chances but Noel was alert and saved us a couple of times. Stoke did get a penalty but saw it saved by Noel in the left corner however the referee saw a player in the box and asked for a re take and Noel almost got it in the right corner but the ball went in via the post.
After the game we took a great team picture with players, parents & also talked about our end of the season party in 2 weeks time.
For this important game, we barely had 11 players against Stoke City but were lucky getting Gordon to help out. With the heat close to 30 degrees and no subs to start we knew that we’ll have to play smart and let Stoke City players run behind the ball… At least, that was the plan !
Philipp tried out the goalie from long distance and it worked as he could score twice from far. We should have gotten two penalties with one on Matty and the other one after a bad tackle on Victor… Unfortunately, he got injured on this foul and couldn’t continue. As a revange, Gordon who barely got into the field for Victor, scored a great strike. However we let Stoke come back into the match with poor defending.
At half time we reminded our youth that Stoke had only 11 players as well… Then, it was all about looking to create the circumstances to score more goals ! The Stoke keeper made some very good saves while we were creating some very good combinations and opportunities. Finaly, the killer came from counters with goals from Matty & Gordon. Much better second half and we were also happy that many parents came to support and withness the 6-1 final score !
Well done Lions and we see you on Wednesday on the training !
Last Saturday, our U15 squad was smaller than usual to face Shanghai Japan FC after a few last minute dropped out… However, the team spirit was there with Jason coming to play despite an injury. Also, a few U18 (Noel, Daniel & Gordon) came to make the number.
The key components for the match was to stay focused on the back and take control of the midfield. The idea was not to give any chance to Shanghai Japan FC players to play through balls in counters. It worked well and the game was fast and good in the first half thanks to both teams. Our midfield was really working well and Nikita, Max, Gus & Fabien were solid in the back. Jason opened the score but the icing on the cake came from our second goal… It started from way in the back going from a player to another. I think the all team touched the ball and Gordon finished the job with a small touch to make it 2-0 before half time.
In the second half we lost a bit of control of the midfield as Japan got so many substitutes and our legs were getting tired but again after that it was all about spirit and the will to win. We took control back of the midfield and defense was solid and our attack were trying to make the third. We had one slip up during the whole match but Noel was alert and stopped it with a great save ! Gordon scored his second goal with a good strike but soon after saw his penalty go sky high into orbit but after the final whistle it was all praise for the players.
It was a Super team performance of every single player today ! See you all on Wednesday !
Last Saturday, our young Lions were playing Ebbe Sand Academy U15. At the beginning of the game we noticed a few players were not awake and alert and sometimes that is hard to explain it could be the summer weather but in the first 20 minutes we asked all the players to wake up ! We did score a very nice combination goal finished by Sotaro-san to take a 1-0 lead. Still we were not in control at the back and in some parts of the midfield. Ebbe Sand didn’t caused serious trouble but all the opportunities they got were given by ourselves. Our second goal was very good as well with a good run by Daniel and a great cross by Gordon and good chip over the keeper by Daniel to make it 2-0 !
Allthough we were 2-0 up at half time our half time talk was not about praise but about the fact that we could play so much better. We were looking for a team response and hoped we could improve our play ! Jason stepped up his game and scored two goals to make it 4-0 but Ebbe Sand Academy U15 got a goal back when we couldn’t clear the ball. Gordon was left alone while our opponent was all-in attack and he finished nicely in the low corner. Taku-san made a nice goal and after that with 5 minutes to go we let Ebbe Sand come back scoring two goals in two minutes to make the final score 6-3 win for the Lions !
We were happy with the second half performance as well with the commitment of the team ! Keep Training ! Keep trying to improve yourself as player and as teamate ! Next weekend we’ll play Japan !
It was a great day for football in Shanghai as finally spring did arrive with a blue sky and 16 degrees ! We had a good squad but only issue was that we didn’t have a goal keeper ! It was great to see Gordon and Matt standing up as volunteer for this match ! Our strategy was to play defensive first as we saw a few new faces at YKFC and wanted to see how they played first.
We started organized in 4-4-2 with focus on defense. The result was that we didn’t give any chance away with Alvaro solid stopping all the players who tried to come through. Gordon as goalie didn’t have to make one save in the first half but while we controlled the midfield we didn’t make a lot of shots on target either. It was a solo run from Jason which with the help of an YKFC player did give us the 1-0 lead.
At half time we changed strategy and try to go for the second goal instead of defending the 1-0 lead and we played 4-3-3. Gordon was now left winger and Matt in the goal ! We played better and got our combination play back and the match started to become more interesting ! It was a super strike fully intended by Gordon which surprised the YKFC goalie and we were 2-0 up. Right after this, Gordon had two great chances with great team build up but his efforts were going just wide. It was also nice to see that our substitutes came in very well and helped to secure the win. In the last minute the referee overlooked a foul on David in the box which gave YKFC a free shot but Matt saved it in a great manner !!
It was a solid win and we thank all the U18 and parents who came to watch ! We have now won 6 matches out of 9 and have the best defensive record in the league ! Well done Lions ! Keep up the efforts you make week after week to improve as a team ! To us this is only the beginning !
For our U15, we only had 12 players as a few players were missing. Without the help of the older players it was a good test for us as all younger ones could play.
In the first half both teams didn’t play so well and Paul, our goalie, kept us in the game with a couple of good saves with his feet but DEQ did take the lead. We used the half time to change the formation especially upfront and Daniel took over as goalie for Paul. It worked well as we played much better as a team and started to control the game. It was a fine header from Mat which put us level and soon after we took the lead after Sota who made his debut for the Lions and played very well crossed to Gus and he saw his strike hitting the cross bar but Gordon was alert to score the rebound. With hard work we kept the score like that and won 2-1 !
Soon after it was time for our U18 ‘s with a thin squad as well but Gordon and David were asked to stay back and help out if needed. In the first half we didn’t get into our passing game but adjusted to DEQ game with long balls. However Victor showed us how to finish as twice he perfectly put the ball in the corner of the goal after a good counter attack form our side ! He could have made a first half hat trick but saw his effort being denied by the post.
At half time we took the chance to talk to the players and told them although we are 2-0 up we were not playing well. We lost Thomas for the second half as a DEQ players opened up his feet we hope is doing well and the injury is not too bad ! David made his debut in the U18 for the second half and we played better after the break. Much more passing and combinations what we do at the training and our defense didn’t gave away anything while we were looking for our next goal. We took a 3-0 lead with a strike from Philipp which the DEQ keeper couldn’t hold. The referee gave a penalty to DEQ for a handball which brought them back in the game as they made it 3-1. Till had a great chance to end the game but he saw his good effort saved by the goalie. Instead DEQ came back in the game 5 minutes before the end with a good goal. In the last few minutes we knew we had to defend well and it was a super save from Noel which in the last seconds which gave us all three points and kept us on top of the SPL U18 League !
Well done Lions ! Great team efforts and great team spirits today ! Lets keep building and improving ourselves ! See you all on Wednesday !
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 !
It was a strong performance today ! With only eleven players available versus YKFC who had 15 players we knew it wouldn’t be an easy game. As we have been making progress as a team in the last couple of matches and definitely at the training it showed on the pitch today. We worked as a team and decided to focus on defense first in order not to be caught out on a counter as YKFC a local Shanghai team has fast players.
We got the best opportunity 30 minutes in the first half when a good corner from Gordon flew over the keeper and Jason saw his header go just wide and on another good counter it was Gordon who just shot wide after a good cross from Jason.
No goals in the first half but in the second half we stepped up a notch and it was harder for YKFC to keep the ball. We created more and more opportunities but it was a free kick on our own half which Noel our goalie blasted behind the YKFC keeper. It lifted our spirit but meanwhile YKFC was pushing more and more forward and got a few good opportunities to equalize. Paul thought in the last minute to have scored the 2-0 but instead of the goal he got a yellow card ! The final whistle was a relief but we can look back at a great game. Pietro made his debut we kept a clean sheet again and we even had three generations of Blissets on the field !