Lions legends beat Japan FC 2-0

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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 !

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions beat Japan to go on top of the SPL

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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.

 

Freek

U15 beat DEQ 4-3 in an even match

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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 !

 

Cheers
Freek, Nick & Azz

Legends beat rival Emerald 4-1 to stay on top of the SPL V

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SPL VIn 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 !

 

Cheers
Happy Freek

U15 beat YKFC 1-0 in a close game

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YKFCIt 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 !

 

Well done Lions keep up the hard work !

 

Cheers
Freek, Nick & Azz

Lions beat Galacticos 15-0

For this SPL game vs. Galacticos, we had a large squad with a mix of old and young players. Remi was making his debut as Lions while George (one of our youth player) was playing for the first time with the seniors as left back. For this game, our only problem was that Galacticos only had 9 players at the start of the match… As the weather was too good and everybody was ready to play, we went ahead and decided to play the game still. Despite this numerical advantage, the team agreed that the key of the game would be to stay focus/serious as it was important for us to work on the goal difference and keep a clean-sheet.

In the first half we played a bit too slow and didn’t make use of the fact that we were playing against 9 instead of 11 players but we still managed to score 7 goals. In the second half, we let the substitutes come in and played a bit faster. The game got better as well as Galacticos managed to finally get a full squad. At the end, we scored 8 more goals in the 2nd half and a good save by Noel (our goalie) helped us to keep the sheet clean.

 

Lets all come to the training to stay in shape and focus on the next match against Japan.

You can also click herfor the match statistics.

 

Cheers
Freek

Lions start 2019 on a good note

Last weekend, the Lions family decided to start 2019 on a good note taking into consideration that usually right after new year we are not 100% in shape… In our senior match match especially, our Kickers opponent had lined up good players from everywhere to try to beat us but our combination with youth, experience and collective spirit on the pitch made it happen !

  • On Saturday our U15 beat the Dulwich Earthquakes academy 4-0 with a great hard working team effort
  • Sunday morning, our legends beat England 3-1 with a good team performance
  • Icing on the cake on Sunday afternoon, the Senior beat the Kickers 5-1 with a hard fought team effort !

 

Well done but the new year is just beginning so we see you all on Tuesday at the first training of 2019 ! !

 

Cheers
Freek

Xmas excess has to be paid cash when you are a legend

LegendJust 2 weeks after new year, we were playing England FC in SPL Veteran. As we all know it’s always hard after new year hard as Xmas excess has to be paid cash when you are a legend.

2-0 up in the 1st 20mn with England FC looking weak, we were put at the test in the 2nd 20mn as they brought on actual better players and we started to take it easy as it goes in football you get punished for that and england got a goal back and even came close to drew !

In the 3rd 20mn, our legends knew that we needed to step it up as england got their believe back and they thought that they could get something out of the match however we defended well. In the last 20mn we knew england would push forward. Thus, we played on the counter and finished it off with a great cross of Matze and perfect header by James which sealed the deal ! 3-1 win over England !

 

Good team effort every legend did his role ! Tuesday training restart 19:30 at Concordia !

Click here for the match statistics.

 

Cheers
Freek

U15 beat DEQ 4-0

On Saturday, our Lions U15 were facing DEQ. Well, we started the game focused from the start and because DEQ opted for a defensive tactic we got time to settle our defense and start to play from the back !

We got good connection between the defense and midfield and the forwards and got rewarded by a good goal from Jason to give us the lead. A solo effort by Jason whereby he fouled a defender but the referee overlooked the foul gave us the 2-0 lead. Our third goal was the best starting from the back with three passes the ball came to Julia in the middle who saw Daniel making a moving towards the goal and her pass was perfect which help him finish with a small chip over the keeper.

It was 3-0 at half time and for a coach that is the worst score as its hard to motivate your players with 3-0 up ! However we told you the clean sheet was the key of this match and the second half we were very pleased with the players work rate to make sure we didn’t concede a goal. Every player worked very hard today and it showed that we can be serious and achieve our goals and push our level. Gordon finished a great goal with his right foot to make it 4-0 but the build up before the goal was as good as the goal itself ! We kept it at 4-0 and can take this result to the next training and keep improving ourselves !

 

Well done Lions great team effort ! See you all on Wednesday and you click herfor the match statistics.

 

Cheers
Nick, Azzeddine & Freek

Santa was not there for the legends

Shanghai Santa Football Cup

As a long lasting tradition, the legends were up again for the 2018 edition of the Shanghai Santa Football Cup. As 18 teams were involved this year, veterans were delocalized to a second venue at Wellington playground.

Earlier in the week, the squad looked fantastic rising our hope being the 1st Lions team to lift Santa’s trophy. Unfortunately, few late cancellations narrowed the squad to its diet limit. As the idea of the
Shanghai Santa Football Cup is not about winning but having fun, we realized that it was a chance to play football among ourselves for one last time in 2018. Then, led by captain Jerome, we putted our Santa hat and played with our brave hearts !

Lions Legends 0-0 Emerald B

For our 1st game of the day, we were facing Emerald B. Both teams seems a little rusty in their physical and mental preparation and the game ended up 0-0

Lions Legends 0-0 England

For our 2nd game, it was England FC at the menu with the same result…

Lions Legends 0-0 Wellington

For the 3rd game of the day, we were facing our local host of the day. With no mercy, Mike putted his Santa gear and scored a beautiful header as Christmas gift.

Lions Legends 0-1 Japan

For our last group game, only a win against Japan could let us go through the final.  We knew that we had to attack and this is what we did… Japan FC as fine harbour tactician waited for us and killed us on one of their few counter strike…

For the record, P/F FC won the trophee beating Japan FC 1-0 into final.

Great afternoon with great people ! We didn’t score much but we tried… Anyway, we had a great spirit today and good laugh ! Thank you all and merry Christmas !

Jerome A

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