Match report for Summer Palace vs Kozo Japan. IFFC Cup 2nd Round.
Played on Saturday 3rd September 2011, Side Gongyuan (Lido)
For our second game this season, we had a full squad of 18 players after new recruit Lee Russell passed a late fitness test. This was welcome as we were going to need a strong squad if we were going to beat Kozo Japan, something Summer Palace never managed to achieve in previous seasons.
As expected, Kozo was the most dangerous at the start of the game and they managed to open the scoring after about 20 minutes, when their fast forward went past our defense on the right and scored with a low shot at the far post. Fortunately, we did not lose our focus after this setback and not long before half-time Chris Lupton equalised from a header, at close range, from a Ben Roberts free-kick. The second half started as the first did, with Kozo dominating. Their domination culminating with them being awarded a penalty that Stefan brilliantly saved. This was the turning point of the game as soon after that another good corner-kick from Ben was met by Amir who volleyed the ball in the Kozo goal from close range. 2-1 for Palace with 10 minutes left on the clock. Kozo, who had only 2 subs, did not have enough energy left in them to return the situation and we managed to hold on without too much trouble.
Amir Saleh was voted Man-of-the-Match for his decisive goal as well as for doing a very good job at holding the ball up-front, and Donald Wildiers was voted Donkey for giving away the penalty that Stefan saved.
This is the best run in the cup achieved by Summer Palace in 5 seasons. Now Forbidden City awaits us for an interesting Cup ¼ final to be played later this season.
After our successful win last weekend, beating Chaoyang Park Rangers 3:1 (all headed goals; from Chris x2 and Jim x1 and assists from Ben x3), we are now in Round 2, playing Kozo Japan this Saturday. See below for the full draw.
Please let me know your availability for a 4PM k.o at Lido Park, this Saturday, 3rd September.
Come to training to tonight.. Ben will send the squad list out on Thursday evening.
IFFC T.M. CUP ROUND 2:
12:00-14:00 French LE A vs. Longhetianxia FC
14:00-16:00 Russia Utd. vs. Barbarians A
16:00-18:00 Kozo Japan vs. Summer Palace
12:00-14:00 Afrika Utd. vs. Dong Ren FC
14:00-16:00 Forbidden City FC vs. Lao Hu Internazionale
16:00-18:00 Peking Strollers vs. Shenzhen Development Bank
14:00-16:00 Fortuna 94 vs. Vikings
16:00-18:00 Sexy FC vs. Beijing Celtics 02