Shanghai Lions Football Club

Mixed results for the Lions this weekend



On Saturday the Lions had tough game versus a Chinese team called Metro. DIB for the occasion just had transferred two of their players to Metro the week before as they knew we play Metro two times in a row. In the first 15 minutes Metro stayed deep and all they did was defend. Lions couldn’t break trough but I was a bloody nose from Jack Boller after an elbow of  Metro player hit his face which kept him out of the game for several minutes. Metro took advantage and scored with their new DIB winger on a break. It was an angered Jack who on a great cross from Francois scored the equalizer 1-1. In the second half Lions tried to push for the winner. Especially Erwin looked sharp on the day and at first he was clearly tripped in the box but the Chinese referee didn’t dare the give the penalty and right after that  he ran thru and by passed the goalie and his low shot hit the post but Hakim was there to tip the ball in. Everybody thought that was the winner except for the linesmen who called it off side it was an incredible mistake which proved to cost us points. Lions tried to push more forward but simply ran out of energy with Azz injured and Benji no fit as well. DIB beat shooters 4-2 so we are now one point ahead of them and need to beat Metro in our next game this Sunday !


After the game all Lions stayed back to say goodbye to our Captain Remy who is moving back to France as he couldn’t find a suitable job in Shanghai.


On Sunday we enjoyed the great weather and the great pitch at Century Park. In the first half we had most of the possession but couldn’t  make a force upfront. Terao came closest by hitting the cross bar. It was Shanghai 2000 which got the best change after their fast winger Fafa went one on one at Bryce our goalie but he stayed cool and saved the Lions. In the second half we moved Joel forward and Charles in the back and straight we got the result we wanted as Joel scored. Yosh scored the 2-0 on his last game of the Lions and Samy scored the third one. A solid 3-0 win and that was our 17th unbeaten game in the SPL and we are still 5 points clear on the number 2. We have 5 more games to go and next up are the Flamenkos !


After the game we had to say goodbye to another Lions Yosh. It was a short spell for him but surely he enjoyed being part of the Lions. He got the traditional singed Lions Ball and had down a beer in one shot which for him was no issue after having spend over 10 years in China !


We have big games coming up this weekend and we hope to see many Lions at the training !


Cheers Freek

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