Match report for Summer Palace vs French LE B, 26th November 2011, Lido
The weather keeps getting colder, but Palace came to the game with a red hot string of results. Joining them on the sidelines, however, were perennial contenders and longtime rivals French LE B. It was the game of the week according to many commentators and many a Chinese person was seen peering through the fence, obviously having been unable to acquire any of the sold-out tickets.
Palace may have felt edgy from all the hype before the game, but captain Ben Roberts found the right words to calm the team and get everyone focused. As a result, Palace came out firing on all cylinders and quickly put their stamp on the game. Palace’s more physical brand of football quickly led to the lion’s share of possession and eventually to Jim So taking a ball from half and passing 3 defenders to put the ball in the back of the net. Almost before French LE could adjust to Jim So’s ability to dribble, he then showed that he is clearly not a one trick pony by bursting past the last man to collect a through ball and calmly finish for his tenth goal of the season. You can’t spell SCORE without S.O. Jason Dorey also showed his class at this point by making a superb one-on-one save. Lee Russell also nearly had a fantastic goal, but his left footed strike off a Giovanni cross caromed of the corner of the goal. Then it was Barrie George up front giving the French headaches from headers, but none of his attempts yielded a goal. Oddly enough it was Ben Roberts who finally found the goal as he directed a cross into the bottom corner with his head. Yes you read that correctly, with his head. 3-0 Palace at the half.
The second half started much as the first had finished with Palace enjoying a greater part of the possession and looking far more threatening. Although none of their chances were converted at first, the pressure was building and the French defense looked ready to concede another. Finally Olliver Chesterman had his opportunity with a ball coming to him in the penalty area. The French keeper could only watch as the ball shot just inside the left post. Regardless of the score at this point French Le B were not going to lay down, and they kept pressing and defending till the end. A great run near the end of the game from Ollie produced the last goal, which Lee R knocked in with his left foot. 5-0 Palace
After watching City come from behind against Vikings, the palace boys went to Lugas where they were soon joined by the rest of the club. After much drinking and fun they voted for men and donkeys. Jim So and Giovanni were voted Men of the Match, with 5 votes each. Lee Russell got Donkey with 5 very ridiculous votes.
For people who like stats:
Palace leads the league in goals against with 6 goals conceded in 10 games
Jim so is the leading goal scorer with ten in 6 games played
Lee Russell has the highest donkeys per game average at 40%
Well done on Sunday, it was a much improved game from the City compared to our Cup game! let’s keep aiming high and pushing ourselves!
Our first game of the season will be against the French. Make yourselves available and let me know ASAP.
Friendly against the French this Sunday @ Chaoyang Stadium 2pm please RSVP now to let me know if you can make it.
Its a classic pre-season warm up!
I hope you’ve now recovered from the party on sunday night celebrating for City winning the premier league in emphatic fashion.
For Palace, it was a very disappointing day: We lost against Red cards (defeat 2-3, match report to follow if I can find the time to write it, although i would appreciate if someone else did it, any volunteer??) and we also lost Rowan, who broke is collar bone and has to go through surgery (last night). He’s staying at the Beijing United hospital, near the Lido. We will pass on more info and arrange a visit to the hospital when Rowan will have recovered a little, post-surgery.
Regarding the league, we have been given a chance to redeem ourselves. As Athletico totally screwed the league by fielding a semi-pro Chinese team for the last 4 weeks and that the results of our game as well as the French LE B’s game vs Athletico are both under examination by the disciplinary committee of the League, the French LE B and us, as well as the IFFC all agreed that it would be more practical and fair to just play a “play-off game” between the French B and Palace to decide which team wins the First Division league this season.
Only players having played at least 4 games with their B teams (i.e. Summer Palace and French LE B) are allow to take part (so Philippe, Jochen, Darren, Barrie,: you’re not qualified to play in this game, sorry!).
This game will be played this saturday at 12 noon, at the Lido (Side Gongyuan). Who is available?
Please reply ASAP and don’t forget to come to training tomorrow, wednesday 8 pm at the LIDO.
Here is the 89th minute of Forbidden City FC vs French LE, 24th March 2010, when expected drizzle turned into freezing rain / sleet / snow by half time! No matter, the City players fought on to win 3:1.The football coverage is shit as it shows a French attack and corner, eventually cleared as the full time whistle peeps. It could do with some editing but it does give you a good idea of the horrid weather conditions.[quicktime]http://yabbox.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/20100324_fcfc3-1france-89min.MOV[/quicktime]