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G6: Squad – Summer Palace vs Red Cards

Palace,
Below is the squad list for Sunday game vs Red Cards. Meet at the Lido at 11:30am, kick off at 12 noon. Please don’t be late.
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Cheers,
Patrick
PS: any change in your plans, call me on my mobile: 135 xxxx xxxx
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Match report: Summer Palace vs ISB Dragons

Match report for Summer Palace vs ISB Dragons, IFFC first Division league, Saturday 20th October, Lido
On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon Summer Palace played its 5th league game of the season against the high-school team ISB Dragons.
Early on in the game, Palace had the lion-share in terms of ball possession and created numerous chances, with in particular Ian Crouch, playing up-front and giving their central defenders a hard time. However, the lack of luck (we hit the bar 3 or 4 times during that game), combined with a lack of composure in front of goal meant that it was still 0-0 after 10 minutes. It was then the high-school boys who drew first blood on one of their rare incursion into our half of the pitch. Loose marking at the back post from Patrick R. let the little Dragons plenty of time to head the ball on Jason D.’s cross-bar and then get the rebound into the goal off his back…
Palace, 0-1 down but not panicking, re-took control of the game and quickly equalized as Peter H., with a simple tap-in, could take advantage of the Dragons’ inability to defend corner kicks.  In the rest of the first half Dragons were getting more of the ball as the (older) legs of the Palace were tiring. The young Dragons, deceptively short-sized, grew more aggressive too and Gabriel de T. had to leave the pitch injured after a clumsy challenge. Then, 5 minutes before half-time, a through-ball caught our central defense off-guard and Jason had to dive in the feet of the on-rushing forward. Being at least twice as big as his opponent, Jason got the ball and the boy too! The ref had no hesitation, penalty against Palace! The well-taken penalty kick left no chance to Jason, and Palace were once again behind. Fortunately, just one minute after the restart Mike Zheng could convert one of our chances with a great demonstration of shooting on the turn. A great tackle from Adam Nowak saved us from conceding a third goal in the dying seconds on the first half. 2-2 at half time.
Early on in the second half, Palace were the quickest off the starting block and managed a great move involving at least 7 or 8 passes with the ball going from one side of the pitch to the other before Chris Lupton could release a nice ball in the feet of Charles Wharton who coolly converted the chance by slotting the ball under the Dragon’s keeper. 3-2, Palace was finally leading on the score-sheet in this game. We however could not extend our lead, despite having most of ball possession and a few more opportunities to score. As a result, the last 5 minutes of the games were a bit nervous as the Dragons were pushing for an equalizer. But we hold-on to preserve this narrow lead and to claim another win and the 3 points associated to it.
Few people made it to the bar after the game and Peter was voted Man for bringing friends to support us during the game, while Adam N. got Donkey for playing chess while in the bar.
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G5: Squad Summer Palace vs ISB Dragons

Palace,
Below is our squad list for tomorrow’s league game vs the ISB Dragons.
Kick off is scheduled for 2 PM at the Lido pitch. Be there at 1:30 PM so that we can warm-up properly.
We don’t have a big squad this week, so PLEASE, don’t be late or we may have to start without having 11 guys on the pitch.
Cheers,
Patrick
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G5: Summer Palace vs ISB Dragons

Palace,
After last weekend hard-fought draw vs Celtic B (2-2, match report to follow soon), let’s try to go back to winning ways.
This Saturday (20th of October), we are playing the ISB Dragons. Kick off is again scheduled for 2PM and the venue is again the Lido.
Who is available?
Please REPLY as soon as possible (if you are very busy, just YES or NO is enough) and remember to come to training on Wednesday evening (8-10PM at the Lido, as ever).
Cheers,
Patrick
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Summer Palace 5-a-side Team

Hello All,
As the most recent recruits to City/Palace you may or may not know that we also have 5-a-side teams playing on Tuesday night.
I organise the Summer Palace 5-a-side team and am looking for more interested players – guaranteed game every week.
If you are interested reply to my email
We have a new season starting this Tuesday night (16th) at 8pm.
Cheers,
Jason C
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G4: Squad Summer Palace vs Celtic B

Palace,
Below is the squad list for our league game vs Celtic B, to be played on Sunday at the Lido. Kick off is scheduled for 2PM, make it at 1:30 PM at the latest.
Please make it on time!
It’s really disturbing not to have a proper warm-up with the full squad, and to have to worry about guys coming late when the game is about to kick off.
Cheers,
Patrick
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G4: Summer Palace vs Celtic B

Palace,
Well done to all involved in the intra-squad game played last Saturday.
Our next league is on Sunday 14th against Celtic B. This team made a good start in the league, they have the same number of points as we have, so this promised to be a very tough game.
The game is scheduled for a 2pm kick off at the Lido, who is available?
Please reply ASAP and come to training on Wednesday.
Cheers,
Patrick
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Match Report: Summer Palace vs Lao Hu

Match Report: Summer Palace 0 – 0 Lao Hu Internazionale

Week 3 in the IFFC 1st Division saw Summer Palace go head-to-head with fellow title contenders Lao Hu Internazionale. As ever, the fixture was compelling for its clash of styles- The Lao Hu team boasting energy, technique and movement and Palace displaying age, experience and – as Lao Hu’s youthful ‘keeper put it – “a bunch of massive dicks”.

The match began with Palace snapping into tackles and making their presence felt; in the middle Gab and new boy, Alex were preventing Lao Hu’s central duo from perpetuating their side’s usual passing fluidity. When they did get into exciting areas, Palace’s rotating back-line of Jason Kaye, Peter, Donald, Edu and Patrick were behaving much like the girls on the youngsters’ first awkward dates, “no entry here”. Up top, perennial child abuser, Crouchy was giving their defense a torrid time with his movement and physicality, it looked like it would be only a matter of time until Rowan’s pre-match war-cry of “Make them cry” was realised.

Indeed, after 15 minutes of midfield attrition, Palace were awarded a free-kick 35 yards from goal. Despite Lao Hu’s entire schoolboy side being taller than Ben, Palace were always likely to be most dangerous from set pieces. Gab’s whipped cross to the back-post was turned goal-wards by Jason Kaye only for the ball to deflect off Lao Hu’s ‘keeper and over the bar. Like a teenager’s first clumsy fumblings in the bedroom, his success owed more to luck than judgement. The match proceeded to half-time with much the same pattern of play, Palace creating the odd half-chance and Lao Hu struggling to establish themselves in the game.

The second half commenced with the sun sapping energy from Palace’s tired legs. Lao Hu began to find their passing rhythm but were still struggling to penetrate Palace’s resolute defense. On the few occasions they cut through, they found Jason Dorey guarding his goal more stubbornly than a 16 year-old guards her v plates. While Dorey’s reflexes were frustrating Lau Hu’s strikers, Bobby’s protective refereeing was incensing Palace’s outfield. Crouchy was booked for assaulting a minor – in Crouchy’s defense the boy did put in a reckless challenge and was one of the few who had the audacity to not look petrified when Crouchy threatened to kill him, he needed to learn.

Palace tried rotating the wings in an effort to disrupt the pattern of the game and while the tactic did not create many openings it did allow Blythe to nominate himself for post-match awards by kicking his shoe further than the ball and indulging in a swing, miss and pirouette (not landed) when attempting to cross.

Though the game drew to its conclusion with Lao Hu enjoying plenty of possession but no penetration, Palace created the contest’s final chance. Crouchy held off challenges down the left channel to cross low to the near-post, Blythe’s shot was blocked by a combination of keeper and defender and the ball fell to Gab three yards out. Not usually one to show mercy to the impressionable, Gab experienced a first in his life- being kept out by a teenager’s legs.

The game may have ended in a stalemate, but Lao Hu went back to their homework and Summer Palace went to the pub – there’s victory there somewhere. Voting was an intimate affair with only 4 players present. Boosted by many text votes, Dorey and Edu shared MOM- Dorey for his saves and Edu for his huge tackle (his lady-friend is yet to confirm this rumour) – and Blythe picked up DOM. B52s led to a heavy night out for some and special mention must go to selfless acts made by FCFC players on that night: Donald, for not only knowing 4 single hot girls, but also for bringing them along to Luga’s to meet the team. And Crouchy, whose generosity knows no bounds :)

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G3: Squad: Summer Palace vs Lao Hu

Palace,
Below is the squad list for our league game vs Lao Hu. The game kick off is scheduled for 2 PM tomorrow, Saturday 22nd September, at the Lido. Meet at the pitch at 1:30 PM at the latest, please don’t be late as we’ll need our best starting 11 and all the subs ready to make a good start in this game.
Cheers,
Patrick
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G3: Summer Palace vs Lao Hu

Palace,

We are currently top of the league table with 2 wins in 2 games, let’s try to make it 3 out of 3.

This coming Saturday we are playing the high school team Lao Hu, which promises to be a tough game especially as we knocked them out of the cup earlier this season (2-2 draw, Palace won on penalties) and they will be looking for revenge.

The game is scheduled for Saturday, for a 2 PM kick off at the Lido. Who is available? Please reply ASAP and don’t forget to attend training tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8-10 PM at the Lido, as ever).

Cheers,
Patrick

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