Season 20/21 Ongoing Summary by YEYU (17102020)

Please find updated YEYU League Report commenting on all games for Sifl Season 2020/2021!

GAME WEEK 2 - 17TH OCTOBER, 2020

After what seemed like a longer than normal October break, football was back this weekend as SIFL played out week 2 of this season. First up were reigning champions Azzurri against Voodoo Child, and any chance of their taking time to get back into the groove was swiftly put aside, as Azzurri cruised to a 5-0 victory, with Paul Tamayo adding another two to his hattrick in week 1. This takes the Azzurri this season to two games, two wins, 13 scored, none conceded. Close on their heels are the Shooters, who also recorded their second win of the season. Helped by a hattrick from (I think) Roy Jennings, they saw off Cosmos 6-2. 

Most interesting aspect to this was their new kit, which to most casual observers would appear to be inspired by raspberry ripple ice cream; however the most educated amongst you would know that this is also Arsenal‘s away kit - unfortunately one of the worst we've had in years. This makes the Shooters the second SIFL team to take inspiration from Arsenal away – why do you think Anzacs play in yellow? All we need now is Cosmos to adopt the Gunners’ all-time classic 1983 green away strip for the full house.

An early derby between two of our debutant teams, the Lions and the Marlins renewed their Sunday hostilities with a hard-fought game featuring 7 yellow cards, and four goals. Thankfully for the Lions, they netted all 4, and took home the points and gives them two wins out of two.

Another with full points after two games are the Voodoo, who triumphed 3-1 over the Krauts, with goals from Michael Wrynne, Sunny Man, and of course Jesus.

A tighter game came between Japan and Vikings, where goals from Shinjiro Ogawa and Naoya Yokoyama were enough to see them edge out the Vikings 2-1

And tighter still was the Anzacs against Pures 2-2. Anzacs had a bumper squad of 16 out, plus Ben on the sideline, still nursing an injury and not at all wishing he‘d brought his boots with him just in case. Much of the first half was played out through midfield as neither team managed to get in behind. Anzacs had a couple of runs at their full backs but without managing to threaten too much. As the game went on they started to go too long and relinquished possession too easily; for them Pures were keen to be patient and look for the ball over the top, which was not coming off for them.

With a few minutes of the first half left they tried one more such pass, but it went harmlessly out of play down by our penalty area. Motey and Keiron collected the ball, and as Keiron jogged back to his area, Motey thought about throwing it back to him, but their forward got across to cover. I then saw Andy further inside, and thought ‘that‘ll be fine, I‘ll throw it to him instead‘, only to find that my spatial awareness and judgement of the distance relative to the arc of the ball in motion were slightly imbalanced…as the throw fell short, and the forward nipped in to intercept. Although his first effort was blocked, it fell kindly for him to shoot again from the edge of the area and roll into the empty net. Half-time and Anzacs were 1-0 down when they‘d only had one shot.

Anzacs were looking for a quick start in the second half…and blimey we did it. Centre back to JT, JT out to Eric at right back, few paces forward, ball inside the fall back to Danny, come back inside onto his left foot, cross to the far post, and Jake stole in to nod into the corner. 15 seconds into the second half and it was 1-1. With nerves settled (mainly mine) we pushed on and had the better of the second half, albeit still probably not creating as many chances as we would have liked. Motey had a header tipped away by their keeper, and both Jake and JT tried to score from distance when their keeper went for a wander; neither worked. Remembering that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, we repeated our earlier move with more success. Ball to the full back, this time on the left, down the channel to send Danny away, his cross into the centre, and this time Chu was the one who headed it home. 2-1.

As the clock ticked on we were looking to put the game to bed, but in pretty much the last minute they won a free kick just in our half, and played into the edge of the box. Their forward, who hadn’t won a challenge all day, finally got something on it, we couldn’t clear the loose ball, and then somehow the defense parted like the Red Sea to allow their guy to go through and prod past Keiron for a late and entirely undeserved equalizer. I’m still not quite sure how it happened but the end result was that we could only take home one point when we were so close to 3.

Last but not least was Kickers up against ReUnited. Kickers had a bad start with an early injury, but despite that took the lead after half an hour with a goal from Ryan King, only for ReUnited to score from distance before half-time. In the second half though it was one-way traffic, as ReUnited scored early after the break, and went 3-1 up with a quarter of an hour left. Kickers pushed on but ran out of steam, and ReUnited notched another three in the last ten minutes to ease to a 6-1 final score.

This leaves four teams with a 100% record after two weeks, and an equal four looking for their first point.

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GAME WEEK 1 - 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2020

It was a warm, crisp autumn morning as we stepped out for the first league game of the season. Not sure how the Anzacs ended up playing at 9am but there you go, they took on the Lions in their return to the league. Lions turned up meaning business with a squad of 18, but the early skirmishes were pretty even as the Anzacs pressed high and cut off any supply lines to the Lions' forwards.

It was the Anzacs who made the breakthrough, debutant Conway Hardimann pushing through and although the Lions keeper saved his first (and maybe second) effort, he eventually bundled the ball home. His credit didn't last so long though, as early in the second half he dived in to make a tackle, and caught the Lions forward in the box, with Lions' Patrick Lapon scoring the resulting penalty. This then gave Lions their strongest period of the match, as they dominated the next 15 minutes and racked up two more goals from Daniel Tingay and Hioyuki Hosokawa. Anzacs made some changes and tried to get back into the game, their best chance coming with five minutes left when Nico Leclerq hit the bar with a header; Lions survived and chalked up their first victory, 3-1. Conway and Patrick were MOMs

Cosmos were up against Pures, and did what needed to be done as Gary Halcrow (2), Michael Joyce and Ant Spark all scored for a comfortable 4-0 victory. Gary and Ryotaro Takanhashi were MOM.

Another debutant team was ReUnited U19s, who had a baptism of fire against the Shooters. They learned a quick lesson - don't let McGoo shoot - as Mike McGirr scored a hattrick, earning him MOM. Goals also for Wilson, Suart Annetts and Tom Elsden saw the Shooters hit six, with Louis Ribes and Gabriel Ng-Triquet replying in a 6-2 goal fest. Alban Lorans was the ReU MOM.

Another 8-goalfest was Azzurriagainst Japan. Trouble was...Azzurri scored them all. Four for Gilberto Palazzoli, three for Paul Tamayo, one OG, and the Italians are on the march already. 

The headline game of the day was between ReUnited and Voodoo, both of whom would want to challenge for the league title, meaning that even this early the points would be vital. In the end goals from Rory Murphy and, of course, Sam 'Jesus' France saw Voodoo triumph 2-0. MOMs went to Jack Webster and Alex Pozhar.

Another warm welcome from the league was to Shanghai Kickers, 20 year veterans of the Sunday league under the inestimable leadership of Bilgin 'the Dictator' and a magnificently-head banded Roy Beale. It started well for them too as they scored in just the second minute, only for Vikings to pull them back to 1-1 after 10 minutes. Vikings then hit the post twice, something that cost them as Kickers roared into a 3-1 half-time lead. Not sure what was in the Vikings half-time tea, but they came out strongest, and put away three in 15 minutes to put them back in the lead. This led to Bilgin ringing the changes, but Vikings pulled out further ahead with a 5th with 10 minutes to go. There was still time for Kickers to pull one back, but the equalizer was beyond them and it ended an entertaining 5-4 to Vikings. Vikings goals from Edwin Pfeil, George Shores (2), Jack Boller, and Ronald Rutize, with Hope Fan MOM; Kickers replied with Max Werbelow, Cesra Correia (2, MOM), and Othmane Idelouali.

And last but not least, Sunday league stalwarts the Marlins started their Saturday campaign with a 2-0 win over Voodoo Child, goals from Dyland Sanders and Fafa and MOM performances from Anzacs-deserter Jon Heaney and VC Ben Goodwin.

The one and only,
Ian Mote

 

 

 

 

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