First up were the Saturday Lions who had an early game all the way in Tianma vs Reunited. At 8 in the morning we got all the players ready in the bus except for Fabie who came straight from his rock concert and was a bit late as he was mobbed by his fans however we didn’t expect Azz to be missing ! We finally got hold off him and took off !
Not sure whether it was the weather (27 degrees !) or the bus ride but we started slow and with lack of inspiration. Reunited smelled success the longer it stayed 0-0 and we had to defend well to keep it like that. During the half time talk we focused on enjoying the game and keeping our heads up ! We knew we still had a bus ride back and wanted to do that with a happy mood and beers !
We started the second half with a BANG! Within 5 minutes we scored a great goal finished by Allan and the joy of the goal lifted our spirits. We got a small set back when “Jack in the BOX” tried to catch a ball and Reunited converted a penaly however we controlled the game and soon after a thunderball goal kick from Big John Allan scored his second. Another fast break put Fabie on the score sheet. The fact that he made that run as left back and ended up with a goal was great. Our biggest gain however were our 4 substitutes as all of them came on and lifted our game ! Yes we enjoyed the bus ride back and our lunch in Tamati (Gubei) !
The Sunday Lions were up against Shanghai 2000 who prepared well for this game. Bryce our youth goalie had a very good game. The first half it was 1-1 by a goal from Adam and the second half it was all about “killing birds in the Century Park”. Several opportunities went wide or over and Shanghai 2000 sensed that they could cause an upset however with two minutes to go Adam scored the winner. That’s 4 wins out of 4 games now !
Last but not least the Veteran Lions were honored to be invited to the Japanese over 40 tournament at SRFC. Twelve teams playing 11-aside was great. The organization was typical perfect into every detail. We had a great tournament under the super vision of Jamie who on the occasion talked us into drinking Scottish Whiskey before the games. We played 5 games and didn’t concede a single goal. That we still ended only 4th is a miracle and we leave it upto you to guess what happened but the fact that El Presidente himself missed a penalty to make it to the final was one of the reasons !
Great weekend for the Lions !
We wish the Lions success in Phuket this coming weekend. For the home stayers we organize a special training on Sunday at SRFC from 1200-1400 PM together with our Lions U17 team !