It was our fourth game in the SPL U19 league and we were up against Dulwich Earthquakes ! It didn’t look good at the beginning as with 20 minutes before kick off we only had 4 players arrived ! Heavy traffic on the Friday evening was the culprit but some how and with the help of the referee who also arrived late we got all our players ready. In the first period of the game both teams played attacking forward and created some opportunities we had some great build ups and crosses fm our upcoming righ defender Yukki and Francesco got the best opportunity standing face to face with the Dulwich goalie but he shot over. It looked like we would go into half time 0-0 but in the very last minute a miscommunication between our goalie and last defender gave Dulwich an early Christmas present. In the second half our plan was to play with more forward pressing in order to force their defenders to make a mistake as well. However we ran into trouble when we lost the ball on the right and Dulwich scored with a hard strike. We tried to keep our heads up and came close a few time but while looking for the goal we got punished for leaving our defense exposed and Dulwich scored the 0-3 with 25 minutes to go.
What happened next was quite amazing as Lions players decided to fight instead of giving up. We picked up the pace of the game and produced several deadly counter attacks. Felix brought us back in the game with two goals after great build up from the middle. When we got a free kick at a dangerous spot Felix curled the ball in the top corner to make it 3-3. The Lions didn’t stop here and it was Tevin with 5 minutes to go who scored the winner. A great achievement of a well composed and mature Lions Youth team !
Well done young Lions / Coach Freek