With a long list of injured players and some late cancelations we could only manage 12 players to play against the Oranjes ! Due to the heavy rain of the last couple of days the pitch was barely playable. In the end it gave us the edge over the Dutch as we proved to be more technical skilled on the muddy surface. Erwin our new dutch signing seemed to be very motivated to play well against his fellow country man. Two fine runs with a good finish resulted into a 2-0 half time score. In the second half we tried to get more goals but were denied by the dutch goalie. It was Erwin again who scored the 3-0 on a pass from Azz and that completed his hat-trick !
DIB drew vs Azzuri and the Shooters lost so it was a good result for the Lions as they are now 5 points clear from DIB.
On Sunday we had the same problem as only 11 players made it to the game. We got several opportunities in the first half and that we failed to score them proved to be bad for us. ERS didn’t have a shot on goal in the first half. Nil nil half time and we tried to up the tempo but in the end we couldn’t get the breakthrough we were looking for. Out of nothing ERS slipped thru our defense and a scored with 10 minutes on the clock ! Oh my god ! 5 minutes later they even got a one on one but Max kept us in the race. It was Azz who saved us in the final second of the match after he out played two ERS defenders and putting the ball in the corner.
Marlins drew with Gremio 1-1 which was good for us. We still kept our unbeaten run (13 games) and that was the only positive out of the game.
It was a very hard weekend for the Lions. With no substitutes both on Saturday and Sunday it was hard for the players who came. Frustrating for Azz and Simon and myself with many late cancelations ! Hope that we can re group ourselves and show commitment with Lions Spirit. Injured players make sure you get treatment and get back on the field ! With only a few games left make sure you plan you holidays / biz trip so that you will not miss a game !
Expect all Lions to come to the training this Wednesday !
Cheers “not so happy” Freek