On paper this was a very one sided game, but boy where we wrong!
Top of the league Paris Ganja Man were set to face bottom of the league Phoenix the Flames. In recent games we know Paris can beat teams in double figures so on paper this is a very easy game for themselves and a banked 3 points to add to their tally.
Game started off extremely slow for Paris, and it’s noticed star man Karl Barker is missing from the line-up… can Phoenix use this to their advantage. Phoenix surprisingly go 1-0 up with a superb strike from Jordan Walker which takes Paris by surprise. The next couple of minutes see Phoenix retaining a lot of the possession and showing real hunger in this game.
It’s not long though before Paris gain one back and it’s now equal terms with finesse finish from Zac Clarke. Not their usual skilful selves Paris but they still manage to bag another from Zac Clarke, Paris now 2-1 up. Phoenix still giving their all and putting 100% into this fixture and a lovely finish from Tyler Gratton makes it 2-2. 10 minutes in this a superb game already.
Paris get another 2 one from Hammo and another from Azza Cairns paris are now 4-2 up. This lead sees a change in keeper for Paris and Karl Graham getting himself a run out whilst Hammo does his goalkeeper duties. This pulls off for Karl Graham as he bags himself 2 goals within 5 mins. It’s now 6-2.
However even though Paris have much better shape 2 poor mistakes cost them 2 goals by Jordan Walker again. He really has been on form for Phoenix tonight. Karl Graham decides he needs to go back in goal incase more dramas occur, and what a decision this was as the last 5 mins saw Phoenix really going for it, if it weren’t for Graham in goal its quite possible Paris could’ve lost. That being said this win for paris just goes to show how good they are, they can bag 3 points whilst not playing their best!
What a superb Monday Night Fixture.
We had some fantastic fixtures again here on Monday Night (18.2.19). The Seacombe View continued their winning streak against runners up Hakuna Mo Salah, The Flask had a fantastic result against Karius2Glory and New Atletico keep getting better and better every week.
First game of the evening was young’uns versus young’uns. Newbies New Atletico were facing the ever improving Phoenix The Flames. What a game this looks like on paper ey? First 10 minutes of this game both teams were very evenly matched. New Atletico currently sitting 3rd in the Monday League table and only losing 2 out of 8 games is a brilliant little run for themselves especially with it being their first season. Phoenix The Flames come into this game looking for their first win since they annihilated Karius2Glory 10-2. Phoenix The Flames gave this game a real good go, however this game was very one sided as New Atletico were just far too skilful. New Atletico walk away with a brilliant 9-1 victory and another 3 points to add to their tally.
The Flask faced an improved Karius2Glory side. The Flask having a brilliant run in the Monday League at the minute coming in to this game from a fantastic victory over Xavi Dodgers and beating them 9-7 after trailing behind. Karius2Glory come into this fixture searching for a victory since 7th January when they beat The Soccer Dome 11-6. Having recruited new players it was looking like Karius could give The Flask a real good game. However this game was very much one sided. The Flask came out victorious in a brilliant 16-2, was very much goals galore with them. Each of them bagging more than one goal for themselves, Lee McKeown being the star of the show bagging himself 6 goals in this fixture and MOM, we all know where the match ball went after this game don’t we? Karius however did bag themselves 2 consolation goals coming from Adam Wilson and Scott Elliot.
And the final fixture of the evening was definitely the fixture of the night! Hakuna Mo Salah against The Seacombe View. The Seacombe View comes into this fixture with a tonne of confidence after their first win last week in the Monday League. Hakuna Mo Salah, who we all know are very, very strong side, are definitely going to give Seacombe View a tough test this evening. Game started off very unsurprising with a goal from Hakuna Mo Salah in the first minute! Is this going to be a long night for the Seacombe View? No, as they very quickly equalise. However instead of bagging another goal Hakuna then concede not 1 but 2 goals. “Oh Dear this is going to be a bad day at the office”. Hakuna just falling apart as the game goes on, leaving the keeper wide open at all times as they search for 2 equalising goals. Hakuna get the 2 goals they need and it is now 3-3, we know from experience when Hakuna get 2 goals in a row the goals just keep coming and coming for them. But in this case the goals kept coming for The Seacombe View, they reward themselves with 3 goals, it’s now 6-3. With 5 minutes to go all Hakuna can get are 2 goals which are not enough, if they had 5 extra minutes it would have been a victory for Hakuna. The Seacombe View have definitely found their feet now and are playing some brilliant football, are these going to be the team to beat next season? Hakuna as we know will come back bigger and stronger next week and continue this brilliant season they are having.
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What a way to come back with the fixtures we had on Monday (11/2/19). Paris Ganja Man proved why they are top of the league and why they are 5 times Monday Night League champions “They’ve Won It 5 Times, They’ve Won It 5 Times, In The Dome They Won It 5 Times”, how Hakuna Mo Salah are having their best season yet and how newcomers The Seacombe View are starting to find their feet in the league.
First game of the night was Paris Ganja Man against NEW Atletico. NEW Atletico another new team to have entered our Monday Night League, and my aren’t they putting their own stamp on the league?! Currently sitting mid table with 3 wins and only 3 losses, they aren’t doing half bad considering it’s their first season. However this game was always going to be a tough one, New comers against the Champions. First 10 mins was very much equal boards and looking like a brilliant game of football. However experience just edged here this game, with Karl Barker on form and bagging himself 4 goals, Karl Graham playing an absolute blinder in goal with his cat like saves, and Zak Clark just being an absolute Hench at the back. New Atletico give them their due give Paris Ganja Man a brilliant game. Not a very high scoring game, so New Atletico can take that away from the game, as we all know Paris are fond of the double figure games. An 8-3 victory to Paris means adding another 3 points to their tally. However New Atletico are a definite team to watch in this league.
Second fixture of the night was between Hakuna Mo Salah and Phoenix The Flames. Now Phoenix The Flames are into their second season with us and are improving week in week out! Hakuna Mo Salah are currently having their best season yet on 9 wins and just 2 losses they are sitting comfortably in 2nd place and are looking to snatch the title off Paris Ganja Man. The Game started off in Phoenix The Flames’ favour as they went 1-0 up. However this lead didn’t last long as Hakuna quickly equalised with a brilliant strike from the birthday boy of the night CJ Sutton. However 5 mins later an absolute shocker happened… Phoenix won a free kick on the halfway line with Hakuna’s keeper shouting “stand on it” as the phoenix player had perfect sight of goal. Hakuna’s new draft in goes to actually stand on the ball (Oh dear, this fixture could be heading south for Hakuna). Phoenix score the free kick with an absolute bullet shot to the top left corner, Phoenix are now 2-1 up. Hakuna still looking for the equaliser and they find it with another CJ Sutton spectacular before he subs himself off asif to say “job done from me boys it’s your turn now”. After Sutton’s equaliser there was no stopping Hakuna now as every shot they had turned into goals, Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now must’ve been playing in their minds. In the dying moments of the game Phoenix the Flames gained a consolation goal for themselves but it doesn’t change the result and Hakuna Mo Salah come away from the fixture in a comfortable 8-3 victory.
And the final fixture of the night was between the other newcomers The Seacombe View against Class On Grass who are also newbies to the league this season. On paper this was looking like it was going to be a great game of football to finish a fantastic Monday Night of football. Class on Grass are coming into this game after beating second place Hakuna Mo Salah last week 8-3 and really starting to play some nice football. The Seacombe View comes into this game searching for their first win of the season. The game started off just how we expected, very very close. However after 10 mins into the game it was clear to see which of the 2 teams turned up and who wanted the victory more. Looking at the league table you would say this was Class On Grass, but it actually The Seacombe View. Yes that’s right The Seacombe had their first victory on Monday Night. You can see it in the papers now can’t you, Seacombe Ferry Terminal shut down due to celebrations of this victory, it’s like they’ve won the league isn’t it. But no taking matters seriously The Seacombe view played the better football in this game which will give them a massive massive confidence boost going into their next fixture. Class on Grass however we know this was just an off day as they can play some unbelievable football, and plus they have the top goal scorer in the league in the team, Ste Teale who in 9 games has scored 32 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo eat your heart out son!
That’s all from our first blog back, stay tuned till next week we’re we catch you back up all things Leagues. Just call us Soccer Dome Catch Up Tv.
So after a 4 month slog through the winter months, the final game of the season in Division 1 was for the league title, and was between Avenue Vets and Railway. Following last week’s shock loss for Railway against Sons of Pitches, they had left themselves with an uphill task of not only needing to win the game tonight, but they also needed to beat the opposition by 4 clear goals if they were going to win the league. Pre match confidence was high from both managers, Stu Boyd (Railway), when asked if they were going to win the league tonight, answered ' I'm confident, it's do able, let's hope so'. Whilst Peter Smith’s (Speedy) response was 'yes, we'll batter these'.
The match was officiated by Phil tonight and the game got under way at 7.54pm and both sides had different keepers in, as the usual keepers were both injured. In goal for Avenue Vets was Sean Kenny who had already played half of the games previously covering for the injured Robbie Humphries earlier in the season and in goal for Railway was Dave McGovern who had previously been a regular Monday league keeper for Paris Ganja Man. The game had also attracted a capacity crowd to the side of pitch one, with players from other teams and even off duty staff in the arena.
So we got underway, and Railway were very quick out of the blocks and we saw an early effort from Danny Edwards which was deflected off Nick Scholls and went past Sean Kenny to put Railway one up in the first couple of minutes. This was quickly followed by another goal for the same team, thanks to a left wing attack by Stu Boyd, and a shot went past Kenny and it's 2-0, early on. Anthony Sample then took a free kick for Avenue, which came to nothing as Avenue struggled to get into the game. It would appear that they were also missing the injured forward Lee Gibson. Jon Sumner (Railway) then had a shot which went wide of the goal. It was Edwards who had the next attempt which also went wide. Sumner then won the ball from Scholls, shot and scored, and it's 3-0. Avenue have hardly had a touch and don't appear to have turned up tonight.
Scholls then had an attempt at goal only to see it saved by Dave McGovern. Edwards had a further attempt which he missed, as did Paul McDonnell. Speedy then had a shot from the left wing which was going inside the left hand post only for McGovern to make a class save to deny him.
McDonnell had another effort which Kenny clawed out low to his right hand side to pull off a brilliant save. The same player had the next shot which Kenny pushed over the height mark. Speedy then put a poor pass out from the back which went straight to Edwards, and he struck the ball away and it is now 4-0 to Railway. If this continues they will win the league easily.
At long last, this appeared to get a reaction from Avenue and on their next attack, Scholls had a shot from long range, which went into the goal to make it 4-1 and now it is Avenue who, if the game stays the same, will win the league. Scholls also had the next attempt which he saw saved by the Railway keeper, McGovern. Sample then had a hard shot, which was not only saved, but was also held by McGovern. McDonnell then had a shot which Kenny saved, only to see it going back out to McDonnell, but Kenny recovered in time and held onto the ball just before it went out of the area. We then saw the pass of the game, where Dave Carrington, who was in the left back position passed it forward to Brady, who slotted the ball home and Avenue are well in control of their own fate now, even though they are losing 4-2. The half time whistle blows and a much needed rest for all.
The 2nd half started very much as the 1st half had, with Boyd having two early shots, one from the right side and one from the left only to see both efforts saved by Kenny. Edwards, then won the ball on the right hand side and again scores, and it's now 5-2. Edwards also had another shot, only to see it well saved. Unfortunately for Avenue, the ball rebounded back to Sumner who put it away, and it's now Railway's title, as the score is now 6-2. They have the much needed 4 goal advantage needed to win the title. Edward’s has another effort which has hit the upright. Edwards then also won the ball on the left wing, crossed it to McDonnell but he missed with his attempt. Speedy then attacked down the left wing, shot and scored. It's now 6-3 and the pendulum has now swung back in Avenue's favour. Boyd then saw his shot also hit the upright.
The next goal was going to be crucial as we entered the last 10 minutes of the game, and it went to Avenue, thanks to Sample, it's now 6-4 to Avenue. Avenue then changed tactics, and decided to play possession football, and it was up to Railway, to take the ball off them, which they struggled to do. In the last minute of the game, Edwards gained possession and scored to make it 7-4 with his fourth goal of the game, but there wasn't enough time left for another goal, and Avenue came out the victors, even though they had lost the game, as they won the Division 1 title after 16 games played, courtesy of a one goal better goal difference than Railways.
This was the best game I had witnessed at the Soccerdome as a 'reporter', and it was down to the honesty of both teams, who played it in the correct spirit, with little disagreement with the referees decisions. MOM tonight went to Sean Kenny, and this was well deserved, even though I am his Father, his biggest critic and perhaps a little biased. Well done also to Phil for his excellent officiating of the game.
Tonight was a potentially good match between Railway who were up against The Flask, who were weakened by regular players being injured. The referee for tonight game was Phil.
The game kicked off and almost immediately it was 1-0 to Railway thanks an excellent attack up the left flank and successful shot from Danny Edwards. It was the same player who scored the next goal after 2 minutes. Is this going to be annihilation? Paul Hughes had the next shot for Railway but was pushed high by The Flask’s keeper Michael Crisp.
We then saw Flask have their first attempt via a free kick. Gareth Jones took the shot but it was an easy save for Chris Smith. Edwards then had another attempt, but was denied by the keeper who pushed it onto the post. It was going in off the post, but Crisp recovered in time and picked the ball up.
Jon Sumner then had an attempt as he attacked the space in front of him, but again Railway are denied by Crisp. Paul McDonnell, with excellent use of the boards passes the ball onto Edwards and railway find a way through; it’s now 3-0. Railway in possession again this time sees Edwards square the ball to Macca, who plays it back to Edwards who can get his shot off. Again this shot is successful past Crisp and its now 4-0.
David Murphy had a rare attempt for TF but Smith parries it out back but land back to Murphy, he gets a second shot off but it goes wide, an excellent chance wasted. Normal service quickly resumed when Macca squared the ball to Sumner this time and it’s 5-0. Macca then passed to Sumner again, and it’s another goal and 6-0. TF are going to have to improve dramatically if they are going to get anything out of this game. They do just that and gain some quick promising possession and then a shot from Murphy from the halfway line but it’s saved once again by the cat that goes by the name Chris Smith. It was doom and gloom for Flask as they were reduced to 4 men as Aaron Hayes came off injured before half time after turning his ankle. Macca attacked down the left flank for railway and was able to make it 7. However The Flask were able to get that goal before half time from Mark Woods to make it 7-1 at the break.
Flask had a switch around for the second half with Hayes going in goal and Crisp playing out. Sumner put the ball away only to see Phil disallow it for an earlier infringement. Edwards then grabbed his fourth goal of the night and this was quickly followed by a goal for Sumner to make it 9-1. Woods then tried a toe poke to get The Flask a second goal but missed the target. It was Edwards again, with the next attempt only to see it hit the underside of the bar and bounce high. Woods then put a through ball to Gareth Jones and his shot went under Smith and into the net to make the score 9-2. Macca scored another goal for Railway which was quickly replied by Woods for the Flask and it’s now 10-3. Railway asserted their authority again with another 3 quick goals courtesy of Sumner and Edwards with 2 which makes it 13-3. Jones has an attempt from the left wing and the score is now 13-4. Macca replies though for Railway, supported by tonight’s mascot, Charlie Macca, his Son. Last goal of the night goes to Flask and Murphy to end the game 14-5, but it was a one sided game. It looks like it will be a last game shootout between Railway and Avenue for the Division 1 title.
MOM went to Danny Edwards