IFFC match reports
Below are the match reports for Forbidden City games in the 2009-10 season, which were prepared by the IFFC (special thanks to Rob Gonella).
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. RUSSIA UTD. 2:1 (2:1)
After last week’s close 3:2 Cup encounter, both teams paired up in the first Game of the Premiership where again the City FC kept the upper hand in a close match. The first half saw all the goals: Vadim Primenko struck the 0:1 lead and then through two goals from City FC’s top striker Luca Merlone (14. & 23.) Forbidden City FC turned around the match and took the first half 2:0. In the second half both sides were not able to add one more goal, so the game ended after ninety minutes 3:2 for Forbidden City FC over Russia Utd..
BARBARIANS A vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 1:3 (0:2)
In the make up match between the Barbarians and Forbidden City FC was the most difficult to get this game ahead. Snow and holidays made the match transfer to beginning of December when it was finally played. City FC took from the start control and took a 0:2 halftime lead through two goals from Luca Merlone (21. & 35.). In the second half the Barbarians struck in twice first Sean Collins scored an own goal (53.) and then finally Tony Kelly (78.) scored a consolidation goal for the 1:3 which was also the final score of the match.
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. FRENCH LE A 1:0 (0:0)
In a very close match Forbidden City FC kept the upper hand over the defending champions the French team. After a goalless first half it was Brazilian striker Ton Dede who struck the deciding goal (66.) for 1:0 in the second half. It was Forbidden City FC’s second win in their second match while the French received their first loss after previously winning twice so far.
AZZURRI FC A vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 0:4 (0:4)
In the make up match between Azzurri FC and Forbidden City FC, the City lads proved to be a number too strong for the Italians and City FC drove home an important victory in the title race. All goals were scored in the first half through Forbidden City FC: FCFC’s Spanish striker Inigo Beltran struck a hattrick (21., 25. & 32.) while his team mate Adam Ferry (31.) added one goal for the 0:4 halftime lead which was also the final score after ninety minutes.
FORTUNA 94 vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 1:4 (0:2)
Forbidden City FC was the clear and well deserved winner in the match against Fortuna 94. In the first half Ivan Lakatos (12.) struck the 0:1 while his team mate Inigo Beltram added one goal (23.) for the 0:2 halftime lead. In the second half Fortuna could score through Shun Nakamura (58.) against the great keeper Barrie George, but that was it. Andy Williams struck a goal (53.) and Ivan Lakatos (62.) could add his second goal for the final score of 1:4 for Forbidden City FC over Fortuna 94.
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. AFRIKA UTD. 1:2 (1:0)
Table leaders suffered their first loss to the hands of Afrika Utd. in the make up match last Sunday. In the first half FCFC managed to score the 1:0 halftime lead through a goal three minutes from the break through Andy Williams (42.). Then in the second half the Africans managed to turn around the match and it was Afrika Utd.’s striker Vincent who scored the goals (60. & 87.) to win the match. The second goal was scored just three minutes from time so Afrika Utd. win this crucial match 1:2 over Forbidden City FC who still remain No.1 of the table.
OLE FOOTBALL vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 0:6 (0:5)
Forbidden City FC overran Ole Football especially in the first half where they let the Italians/Chinese team already with 0:5. Aaron Reem struck three times (8., 10. & 39.) while his team mate Ivan Lalatos (21. & 30.) added two goals for the 0:5 halftime lead. In the end of the second half Rafael Peinando added a sixth City FC goal (89.) on the scoresheet. Forbidden City FC worked on their goal difference and still reign second place behind the Africans in the Premiership while Ole Football took the bottom spot from this week.
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. ATHLETICO 6:0
On the match day Saturday morning just before the match received Athletico’s team leader Dave Thomas 6 absence notices from his team mates and the match needed to be forfeit to Forbidden City FC 6:0.
PEKING STROLLERS vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 1:5 (1:3)
In the top match of the Premiership you saw a clear victory of Forbidden City FC over the Peking Strollers. In the first half FCFC’s Andy William scored the 1:0 lead (8.), which later Strollers’ Adam Kirk equalized (16.) for 1:1. But one minute later FCFC’s Blythe Fitzwilliam (17.) struck a goal and the 1:3 halftime lead was through Andy William’s second goal (28.) eleven minutes later. In the second half FCFC’s Von Vahates struck twice (55. & 60.) within just five minutes which secured Forbidden City a 1:5 victory over the Strollers.
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. SEXY FC 3:2 (1:1)
As the Africans lost the day before, it was FCFC’s big chance to take No.1 position with a win over Sexy FC and they did use it after all. In the first half Forbidden City FC’s Phillipe Healey 1:0 (24.) was equalized four minutes later by Sexy FC’s Matthias Klasen (32.) for the 1:1 halftime score. In the second half in the last ten minutes of the match three more goals were to come. Forbidden City FC struck twice within just three minutes through Aaron Reem (80.) and Ivan Lakatos (83.) while Sexy pulled one back a minute later through Jamie O’Neill (84.) which was not enough to take away Forbidden City;s victory. After ninety minutes Forbidden City FC won 3:2 over Sexy FC.
VIKINGS vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 0:2 (0:0)
The Vikings kept Forbidden City FC tied in the first half which ended goalless 0:0. Then in the second half Forbidden City FC scored to win the game. Luca Merlone (72.) and Ivan Lakatos (82.) secured with their goals another Forbidden City FC victory as the match ended 2:0 for them over the Vikings after ninety minutes.
RUSSIA UTD. vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 0:6 (0:4)
In Game 1 reigning No.1 Forbidden City had a very close 2:1 win over the Russians, but this time Forbidden City FC just overran the Russians and won at the end more then clearly with 0:6. In the first half Forbidden City FC’s Ivan Lakatos scored twice (15. & 39.) while team chairman Jochen Tenhagen (11.) and team mate Aaron Reem (17.) added one goal each for the 0:4 halftime lead for City FC and here latest the game was decided. In the second half team leader James McKay (48.) scored after just 2 minutes played and his team mate Will Weisblatt (90.) scored along with the final whistle. City FC stays front with now 33 points, while the Russians rank 4th with 21 points
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. BARBARIANS A 6:0 (4:0)
Heavy title contenders Forbidden City FC had no mercy with Game 13’s opponents the Barbarians A and finished them off with a clear 6:0 victory. In the first half the game already went decided when Forbidden City FC scored through Jochen Tenhagen (15.), Aaron Reem (16.), Andy Williams (32.) and Ivan Lakats (37.) a clear 4:0 lead. In the second half the Barbarians still were not able to find FCFC’s goal net, while FCFC’s Philipe Healy (60.) and Blythe Fitzwilliam (73.) added one goal each to make it 6:0, the final score. A fine team effort by the table leaders as all six goals were scored by six different players.
FRENCH LE A vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 1:3 (1:1)
Forbidden City FC keep up their winning streak and this time the champions French LE A were “chopped” with a 1:3 defeat. In the first half it was Forbidden City FC’s Andy Williams who scored the 0:1 (10.). Just seven minutes later French LE A’s Sandor (17.) equalized for 1:1 which was also the halftime score. In the second half the French failed to score while Forbidden City managed to score two more goals within just two minutes: Kenny Gasser (48.) and Adam Ferry (50.) each struck the ball over the French goal line and secured the 1:3 Forbidden City FC victory over the French LE A.
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. AZZURRI FC A 7:0 (5:0)
Favorite title contenders Forbidden City FC made short work of the Azzurris and took home a clear 7:0 victory over the Italians. In the first half Forbidden City FC decided the match already winning it 5:0 while in the second half two more goals were added and over the entire ninety minutes the Azzurris were kept scoreless. For Forbidden City it was Andy Williams scoring three goals (18., 25. & 42.) and his team mates Aaron Reem (17.), Barry George (30.) & Philippe Healey (50.) all added one more goal for the 7:0 Forbidden City FC victory over Azzurru FC A.
Note: Forbidden City FC’s Ivan Lakatos (34.) & Barry George (82.) and Azzurri FC A’s Chrian Secci (82.) all received red cards and can minimum not play in the next official IFFC match.
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. FORTUNA 94 2:2 (0:0)
In the top match of the weekend between table leaders Forbidden City FC and third ranked Fortuna 94 at the end a two all draw was the result after hard fought ninety minutes from both sides. After a goalless first half, then in the second half the scoring began: First it was Fortuna and it was IFFC’s top striker Shun Nakamura (52.) who scored the 0:1 lead after seven minutes into the second half. Just ten minutes later, Shun’s team mate Djack Tchinda (62.) struck even the 0:2. Forbidden City FC were under pressure to score, but their hard work earned them to level the match: Ivan Lakatos struck the 1:2 (70.) and three minutes from time it was Forbidden City FC’s Matt Costello (87.) who managed to score the 2:2 equalizer which was also the final result in this match.
AFRIKA UTD. vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 1:0 (0:0)
It was the big top match of the Premiereship between the top two teams Afrika Utd. and Forbidden City FC. Each team really needed to win to be No.1 in the league and at the end it was Afrika Utd. who were the only one who could put the ball into the net. After a goalless first half then in mid second half it was Rodrigue Rocheteau (66.) who netted the ball in the goal of Forbidden City FC which meant victory for Afrika Utd. as the score of 1:0 remained after the total ninety minutes. Forbidden City FC who tied last week against Fortuna 94 lost it’s pole position to Afrika Utd. who from now on is the hunted side; this time the hunter is Forbidden City FC.
Note: Forbidden City FC’s Inigo Beltran received his 5th yellow card in this match and Afrika Utd.’s Hicham Erfiki received in the match two yellow cards (=red). Both must miss out the next match.
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. OLE FOOTBALL 6:0
Ole Football cancelled the match two days prior to kick off and looses this match 0:6 to Forbidden City FC.
ATHLETICO vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 1:7 (1:2)
Forbidden City FC gave Athletico a football lesson and after ninety minutes it was 1:7 for Forbidden City over Athletico. In the first half Athletico stunned the City FC lads with the 1:0 from their striker Tom Hogan (1.) in the first couple seconds of the match, but that was all today Athletico could score. Philippe Healey (10.) and Blythe Fitzwilliam (38.) scored each one goal and turned around the match and it was 1:2 for Forbidden City FC in halftime. In the second half Philippe Healey could add two more goals (53. & 76.) while his team mates Andy Williams (70.), Matt Dunn (75.) and Alex Henderson (84.) added one goal each.
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. PEKING STROLLERS 2:3 (0:0)
The Strollers avenged their Game 9 loss to Forbidden City FC by winning this Game 20 match 2:3 in a hard fought battle from both sides. After a goalless first half the Strollers picked up a 0:3 lead by two goals from Josh Glover (53. & 71.) and Jonny White (67.). Forbidden City FC woke up too late in scoring goals and started it in the last ten minutes of the match: Inigo Beltran (80.) and Barrie George (89.) scored once each to make it two FCFC goals, but it was not enough as the game ended 2:3 for Peking Strollers over Forbidden City FC.
SEXY FC vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 0:1 (0:0)
Sexy FC gave the favorites Forbidden City FC a heavy battle, but at the end were standing empty handed as FCFC was able to win by one singe goal the match. The goal was scored in the second half by Forbidden City FC’s Ivan Lakatos (57.) after twelve minutes of play. FCFC managed Sexy FC from scoring goals and took home all three points.
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. VIKINGS 6:0 (4:0)
Forbidden City FC were the supreme side against the Vikings and after ninety minutes they drove home a 6:0 victory over the Scandinavians. In the first half Forbidden City already was leading 4:0 while in the second half two more goals were added while keeping the Vikings scoreless in both halves. Ivan Lakatos struck three goals (38., 44. & 60.), while Philippe Healey (11.), Matt Dunn (45.) and Andy Williams (80.) all added one goal to the score sheet. Forbidden City FC seems to be ready for next weekend’s Super Cup match.
IFFC CUP Second Round
FORBIDDEN CITY FC vs. RUSSIA UTD. 3:2 (2:1)
Forbidden City FC was warned from Russia’s 11:0 against the Barbarians in Round 1, that the Russians are no easy opponents. The first twenty minutes also were decisive of this match. Forbidden City FC’s Inigo Beltram (14.) and James McKay (21.) scored a 2:0 lead for City FC, while the Russians could pull one back eight minutes from the break through Roman Tolstikhin (37.) for the 2:1 halftime score for City FC. In the second half it took some time for the next goal; City FC’s Inigo Beltram struck his second goal (78.) twelve minutes from time, while the Russians replied with a last minute goal from Alexey Shilov (90.) which was not enough to endanger Forbidden City FC’s victory.
IFFC CUP Quarterfinal
BEIJING BARBARIANS A vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 0:6 (0:5)
Forbidden City FC ensured another clear 0:6 victory over Beijing Barbarians; recenty they won them in Game 13 with the same score. The match was decided in the first half where City FC already managed to score 5 from 6 goals: Jochen Tenhagen (4.), Andy Williams (7.), Adam Ferry (15.), Phil Dunne (20.) and James McKay (41.) were the five Forbidden City FC scorers. In the second half the City FC lads managed to continue to keep Barbarians from scoring and managed themselves a sixth goal: Adam Ferry (20.) scored twenty minutes from the the last goal of the day which meant Forbidden City FC is through into the Cup Semifinal and will await there the winner of Peking Strollers/Red Cards.
IFFC CUP Semi-final
PEKING STROLLERS vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 1:1 (0:1) 6:5 after penalties
It was like a thriller the match between rivals Peking Strollers and Forbidden City FC which had to be decided by penalty kicks after a one all tie after ninety minutes of play. In the first half, Forbidden City FC went 1:0 ahead with a goal from James McKay (17.) which was also the halftime score. In the second half Forbidden City FC were kept from scoring again, other then on the Strollers’ side: And it was Evan Pu who struck the 1:1 equalizer (71.) nineteen minutes from time which was then also the score after ninety minutes. In the penalty shootout in the end the Strollers had the upper hand and made it through this semifinal while Forbidden City FC missed and exited from the Cup competition.
SUPER CUP Semi-final
FORTUNA 94 vs. FORBIDDEN CITY FC 4:2 (1:1)
The IFFC T.M. Cup Winner Peking Strollers did not participate so the 3rd ranked Fortuna 94 took the Stroller’s spot who faced of with the Vice-Champions Forbidden City FC in the first Super Cup Semifinals. In the first half it was Fortuna’s top striker Shun Nakamura (30.) who brought his team ahead after thirty minutes but then two minutes before the break Forbidden City FC was able to equalize the match for 1:1 halftime score by a goal from Ivan Lakatos. In the second half Fortuna had a bid more of the game and scored through Djack Tchinda (50.) and Andrew Calvert (56.) the 3:1 lead. In the last ten minutes of the match both teams were able to score: Shun Nakamura (81.) scored with his second goal his 49th of the 09/10 Season while also Ivan Lakatos (89.) scored his second goal for Forbidden City FC so the match ended with Fortuna 94 winning Forbidden City FC 4:2 after ninety minutes.