Lions in the SIFL Cup semi final
Great weekend with a lot of action on and off the field !
On Saturday, it was freezing cold (welcome to Shanghai) and our opponent were all Chinese, so it was a good build up for the DIB game in three weeks time.
The idea was to play good football but it’s getting more and more difficult on the WGQ pitch nowadays, as well most of our players appeared to be frozen in the first 30mn. However we did manage to score and had a 2-0 lead in the first half.
We never were in trouble and in the second half we pushed a bit harder and more lions put there name on the score sheet 7-1 final score and up to the semi’s vs either DIB, Shooters or Japan.
Six games to go for the championship and our next game on Sat. March. 9th is versus Japan at 9:00 am! so you better all put your alarm clock on right NOW !!!
On Sunday, it was beautiful weather (welcome to Shanghai) and we managed to pull a 13 member Lions squad together, with an average age of 38. Our youngest veteran was Alex, who confirmed that he was still 14 years old…
We played the Dulwich Dribblers and its seemed they had a hangover from the night before as there was a cloud of alcohol hanging over the pitch. We went for the half time tea 2-0.
In the second half the Lions appeared to be fitter and in better shape. The reward was a clean sheet and a 7-0 victory. Special word for Yamada-san who is the second Japanese converted into a Lion and the first Japanese who came late for the game (5 minutes before kick-off).
This veteran league is great for our club as it give the us more depth and more playing opportunities for our members !
For more info on Lions Veteran’s team and league, it’s here
The SPL Lions did good business while they were not playing. Two of their main rivals dropped points. The Cowboys drew 1-1 vs the Bulls and the Marlins drew 1-1 vs the Flamenkos. With these results, it keeps the Lions on top of the SPL and looking at the table, the SPL is the most interesting league in Shanghai this season. Hope you remember why I told all the players that the goal difference is key. All the four top teams still need to play each other. You can place your bets now with Charles “Al Capino Poker Face”
1) Lions played 14 points 34 goal diff 56
2) Cowboys played 12 points 31 goal diff 45
3) Gremio played 13 points 31 goal diff 32
4) Marlins played 11 points 26 goal diff 61
Lions enjoy these interesting times and train hard and stay focused !