BEFC Lions started their first league game of 2019 against a newcomer to the TML, Eastern Capital.
The team rocked up to the pitch to find Eastern Capital fully kitted out and participating in a warm-up training match. Not quite on the same level, BEFC Lions had a little pre-game kickabout which led to one of the Eastern Capital players calling us a “bunch of schoolkids”.
Unfortunately for Eastern Capital, BEFC Lions completely dominated the first half. Tetsu made the most of his first chance by driving a left-footed shot from 25 yards out into the corner of the goal. He was unlucky to follow this up with a right-footed volley a few minutes later, while BEFC Lions were disappointed to go into half-time only 1-0 up.
The second half started well, although the Lions started to tire and the other team got more chances. For 90% of the game, the Lions defended resolutely. Mark demonstrated the finest piece of defending by launching himself at full speed with a slide tackle to block a goal-bound shot, and goalkeeper Seiichiro in his first league start instilled confidence in the whole team with his safe hands, catching almost every corner kick and saving a crucial header.
Akito had a fantastic freekick from distance which was somehow saved by the opposition keeper, and Tetsu narrowly missed scoring his second goal with another left footed shot deep into the second half of the game. Unfortunately, the fact that the Lions weren’t able to get a second goal proved decisive, as Eastern Capital were able to capitalize on a lapse in concentration and get the ball into the net in the last minute of the game.
For his excellently taken goal, the Adecco MVP for this game is Tetsuro Sotoike.