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Lions are back on track with a 5-1 win over Cosmos

The superb weather continued in Shanghai this weekend clear skies and 25 degrees !

We received our new kit just on time on Saturday morning sponsored by REL EVENTS the company which manage the successful Club La Suite in Shanghai ! The new kit was boosting our spirit as we wanted to forget our OFF day of last week against the Kickers !

We had a well balanced squad of experienced player and young and fast youth players ! As well two friends of DJ Skiv passing by Shanghai on a holiday were willing to help out one of them a striker !

Cosmos was our opponent who we played last season the cup final 2-2 draw but lost on penalties !

We started well organized with all players disciplined sticking to their positions ! Cosmos did get a couple of corners and free kicks on the side of the field but we defended them ok but on one occasion Cosmos thought they scored from a corner only to see their goal or actually Jack’s goal disallowed for a foul on Marcel our goalie !

We did score first when Hira-san went on a run on the left side his cross fell to the feet of Malick who scored from close range ! Our second goal was a fast counter when Cosmos lost possession and Shaun spotted Malick free and with his great assist and Malick’s goal we were leading 2-0 !

We thought to have gained a penalty when Hira-san was launched in the box while in a scoring position but the referee closed his eyes but soon after a similar situation finally we got the well deserved penalty ! Hira-san was happy to take it and score !

For a coach 3-0 at half time is a difficult one as teams tend to take it easy in the second half !

Same for us this time we lost our composure and players were looking for own glory over team work ! To add to the misery Marcel dropped a ball which he thought he had it in his hands ! Gift for Cosmos but a wake up call for us !

In the last 20 minutes we scored two nice teamwork goals one assist from Mounaim and one from Hira-san all finished by Malick ! Cosmos ran out of steam and were no longer a threat so the game ended in 5-1 !

A quick beer after the game tasted good and we are back in training on Tuesday for our Cup match against Pures on Saturday !

Cheers Freek

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