Stags 2-2 Bants (Bants win on pens)
A good game played in good spirits. We struggled to get going and Bants played to their strengths to deserve the result.
Scorers: S. Lang, M. Winter
Ref 1/5 - a lot of random decisions both ways.
Bants 2-2 HK Scottish Stags (Bants win 4-3 on pens)
Scorers: Jens Reijersen, San Chow
Full report to follow…..
Wanchai Wolves 8-1 Dong Feng Express
A game that Wolves deserved to win, but in which the opposition had their moments
Scorers for Wolves: Stefan Schratz x4, Rui Fernandes, Adam Boulanger, Hung Chi Law, OG
Ref 2.5/5 - reasonable refs who lacked control of his linesman
Cors 2-1 Barbarians
Matt Hoare 2
Scrappy game overall. Barbarians were a decent outfit but we managed to get the winner with 5 minutes to go.
Barbarians 1 - Corinthians 2
Scorer: Beto Fronza
Tropics 5 Wanchai Spartans 2
Closer game than the score suggests. Spartans had the better possession in the first half and we looked to catch them on the break. We took the lead twice only to be pegged back each time to go in 2-2 at HT.
We had more possession second half and went ahead after about 20 mins and added 2 more to give the score line a bit of gloss.
Always a good game against Spartans and well played.
Tropics scorers: Kieran McBride, Nathan Beaumont, Ruben Duk x 2, Joost Van Opstal
Spartans scorer Oli Baijings x 2
Well played Tropics. Hope you win it now.
Goodfellas 2-2 Sampdoria (fellas win on pens)
Scorer Dave Cheung x 2
Good game on a nice pitch - Sampdoria clearly a well run outfit turning up with a 30 man squad, but we held our own today. They were lucky to not have two red cards today (one last man, one two footer). Ref struggled in my opinion but didn’t matter in the end.
JLeaguers 3-1 BoC
Competitive match against good team. JL missed a few chances and ended 0-0 at half. We scored one from header at begging of 2nd half and efficiently added two more soon. Conceded one due to lack of concentration but managed to close the game with 3-1.
Scorer: Daichi Okamoto 1, Toshihiro Murakoshi 2
Ref: 3/5 BoC suffered from some questionable whistles
Shooters 1 - Newteam 2
Game started with high intensity from both sides. Open game with both teams having chances. Penalty was given to Newteam which they capitalized and gained lead. Another goal followed shortly afterwards our mistake on defense. We fought back in second half and created numerous chances. Later in second half, we scored from free kick, but unable to fill the gap in the end.
3/5. Balanced calls overall but penalty was highly suspicious and changed the direction of the game.
OSM 6-2 Waterloo Warriors
Scorers: Ben Thomson x2, Shane Burdekin, Murphy Chan, George Flitton & John McLaughlin.
Ref: 4/5 - no worries, all good.
Solid day at the office from OSM to progress in the Plate to our club's first ever semi-final - albeit played out in a pitch reminiscent of the UK Sunday League!
Waterloo Warriors started with only 10 and we were able to score within 3-4mins. Some play on the edge of the box resulted in a overhead flick by Shane Burdekin and a looped finish from Ben Thomson high into the net. As Warriors moved up to the full complement of 11, we kept our foot on the gas. George Flitton was making good runs down the left hand side and found himself 1-on-1 deep in their half; rather than cutting onto his favoured right for a conventional cross, he pinged an outside of the boot outswinger right onto the arriving-Burdekin who headed home from the centre of the box. Top tekkers! 10mins later a set-piece was recycled from the far touchline and some interplay between Burdekin and Thomson put Thomson through to bag his brace. Soon after Warriors, whose central areas had posed the most threat, got one back. One of their strikers was able weave and bobble past a couple of defenders and finished nicely into the corner for 3-1. We restored our three-goal advantage just before half-time when a Flitton corner was put into the net by Murphy Chan at the near post.
In the second half, the game followed a similar pattern, albeit with Warriors opening the scoring this time. The same striker scored a not too-dissimilar goal and finished well when through on goal again. However, still, much more play was coming from our midfield and wide areas than the opposition, with either our final ball or - unfortunately - the roll or bounce of the pitch affecting the outcome. Pressure in the box told, though, when Burdekin got to a loose ball ahead of the defender and was tripped in the box; the resulting penalty from Flitton was despatched to make it 5-2. Later, Thomson continued his excellent performance by taking a couple of defenders to the byeline before cutting back for John McLaughlin to calmly finish from a few yards out and make it 6-2.
Thanks for the game Warriors and all the best in their remaining games in their first season in Legal League!
Goalscorers: Ben Thomson (x2), Shane Burdekin, Murphy Chan, George Flitton & John McLauglin.
Legal Head 1 v Revolution 2 (1.1)
There is a warrant out for the arrest of Merrs Snelgrove & Hudson for organising the daylight robbery of 3 points (OK, at least 1) from LH!...members of the public warned not to approach them...
Well, we certainly had the opportunity to take down the surprise table toppers on smallish WCH pitch...they had a clearly understrength side with the legend that is Vijay absent as well as (probably more importantly) their top scorer...we had a big squad including a couple of new guys but the cool conditions meant our advantage in men was not as great as it could have been...
fairly scrappy opening but then our gk was penalised for hand ball outside box, very fortunate not to be given a yellow, but nothing came of fk..they did have a couple of half chances but then a fantastic shot from our cdm from about 30 yrs went diagonally into the top right of their net, gk no chance...
not long after, two of our defs went for same high ball near edge of centre circle, neither got it and it was an easy pass to play in their forward who beat our keeper with a low shot...
we freshened up the team and got on top especially down the flanks...
more of the same in the 2nd half where we had most of possession and territory, loads of crosses but just could not score...we had a header on target but it lacked pace and then their gk, who I thought was MOM, did well to get his hand in position to keep out a fierce shot from our RW...
their best chance came from fairly harmless low cross going underneath the foot of out gk, who otherwise had a very solid game, straight to their forward near the corner of our 6 yr box...I think he was as surprised as we were on the line that it came to him and he screwed it wide from a sharp angle...
just to balance up the poor ref. decisions, their guy threw himself to.the ground in a 'swimming dive' with both arms out to try to get a pen., no foul but no booking! and then their player had his arm straight about his head when trying to block, ball hit his hand but no foul given...bizarre stuff...
we were undone by a break down their right which was half cleared to edge of box...their guy could see the top left of our net and I think side footed it in there, gk unsighted ...we didn't close him down enough but have to say a very decent finish...
this was about 10 mins from end and we continued to try to break through but without any real chances, even after they wheeled on Mr Hudson