It was a nice setup at the grass field at Waigaoqiao for the Lions youth team. We had a small squad this time and we were up against Japan FC youth academy who luckily for them got more players back to Shanghai.
We started poor by lack of focus and it looked like it would end in a 0-0 draw. However, after the first 30 minutes, we put everything in order during the break team talk and we started to play better football. What was important was that each player kept their positions and the first objective was a quick pass within a couple of minutes we were 3-0 up and all goals coming from nice field plays with short combinations. Japan did well to score a nice goal from a corner with a good header from not their tallest player and that’s something we can learn from as we got several corners but didn’t manage to score.
As the game went on we were very pleased with all players’ performances as we created many opportunities and scored another 3 goals. Japan FC youth academy deserved the last goal for their never-give-up attitude to make the final score 6-2.
Coaches were pleased with the progress especially from the younger players and we are looking forward to the training on Thursday as well as our next BIG match against Juventus 11 aside next Sunday at 12:00 kick-off at Qi Yi.
Well done Lions!
Nick, Pat & Freek