BEFC Lions started their fourth game hoping to build on the strengths of the last game against Vagabonds, with the team hoping to show the same amount of hunger that nearly earned them a well-deserved first victory.
Using the same formation as the last game, but crucially without centre-back Donald who has returned to the UK, BEFC Lions knew they had to defend well. Akito, Kaz and Torsten worked well to control the midfield, with Jaisal and Charles combining well up front providing the attacking threat. Jaisal nearly scored after receiving a great pass from Charles, but he hit the post with his long-distance shot. Goran was unlucky to get on the scoresheet after a spectacular left-footed volley flew wide of the goal. Viran had the first shot on target, which the keeper managed to tip away with his fingertips in what was admittedly a very good save.
However, the first goal was scored by Dutch. It was a wonder goal which was hit from distance and went into the top corner, and the keeper could do nothing about it. At the end of the first half, the scoreline was 1-0 to Dutch, but BEFC Lions were almost definitely the better team.
The second half started with the Lions knowing they could win the game. Within minutes of the start of the second half, Charles scored a great half-volley from a corner. The Lions were back in the game…
… for a minute. Dutch scored from the resulting kick-off after a long-ball and miscommunication in defence led to a one-on-one for their striker. Further carelessness in defence led to two free-kicks on the edge of the area, which were both ultimately bundled in after failing to hit the target on the first tries. Moving forwards, it is clear that we need more communication in defence, especially with holding the line so we are not playing opposition attackers onside.
The scoreline was harsh, and it would be easy to simply blame the defence. It was a testament to his personality that Arthur in goal felt that the goals were all his fault – they were not. As the BEFC Lions prioritise the social aspect of the club, it was well-understood by those that attended the post-game meal that we have to act as a team, and we need to have more communication on the pitch between each other on the pitch.
The irony is that in this game, and especially for the first half, the Lions played very good football. We are constantly getting better, getting used to each other, and it is clear who the selfless and reliable players in the team are.
For his selfless play, always pressing defenders, running after loose balls, winning balls in the air, and for scoring an amazing goal, the team decided that this game’s Adecco MVP is Charles Mitchell.