Saigon Hotshots 6 Vs 1 FileString FC

Match Report | Weekday #1:

Location: Santiago de Bernabeu (PLA)
Spectators: 30,958

Match day and this time there is no turning back, the season is starting for real! Few weeks of rainy trainings, friendlies and a good amount of towers down at Sports bar have prepared the team for a good start against the former club of our manager Leo, surely a special game for him.

Overcoming the emotion of the first match, the team focus is intense from the 1st steps during the warm-up and up to the final and now famous Roar “Ahou Ahou Ahou” screamed alongside the public, which attends massively for this opening.

The game starts with pace and with a high team pressure from the team putting their defense into despair. Barely 13’ into the game when a good combination Dom-Clem-Kevin leads into a clinical finish from our #9. Game on. With as much as 80% of possession in the first half, Hotshot is outrageously dominating the game and waves keep coming at the opponents, both from the wings and through the center, from left to right, from top to toe, here and there and so on, they are lost and so am I. The promising association between our #10 and #9 is just too smooth and in a blink of an eye, 2nd, 3rd, 4th goal, 40’ minute, game over, half time. The public just could not believe it, who would have expected such a great start? We certainly did.

Second half starts and it’s about to get ugly but we don’t know that. While we expect a remake of the first half, Hotshots starts to play Arsenal-like and that’s no good, sorry Joe. 17 shots on target, 11 on keeper, and 2 impossible misses. But impossible is not Hotshots and Baptiste, not the fastest but often at the right place at the right time draws the first fire of the second half, 5-0. While our team is slowly stretching and stretching lines, a thunder strike flashes: A screamer of a free-kick by Clem, to be shown in all academies, starting with Fox Football. End of the show, the last 20 minutes are desolation, looks more like Kabbadi than football, the supporters start to leave, but who cares?

Final blow, this is the first win of a great season ahead, a solid collective performance from 16 players which sets us on the right foot for the first big game of the season against RAIDERS next Saturday. The game starts tomorrow at training, see you there!

Clement Lemaire – Mon, Sep 25

NEW SEASON ON 22nd SEPTEMBER

SIFL SEASON 2017-18:
TO START ON WEEKEND BEGINNING 22ND SEPTEMBER

 

SIFL 11 A SIDE CUP:
It was agreed that this season we would have an 11 a side cup running throughout the season. 

The way this would work is ( dependent on how many teams we have ) by having the teams split into TWO GROUPS. Teams would play each other once to decide who finishes where. The top two teams from each group play each other in a knockout to decide who progresses to the Cup Final. Bottom two teams do the same to decides who progresses into the Plate Final.

 

SIFL PRE SEASON 7 A SIDE CUP: SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER.
All teams agreed this was a good event. Hung will check CVA and TRAN THAI availability as well as allowing us to have GAME ON provide food and drink.
The league will cover FOOD and DRINK for all players at the cup.
Trophies won from last season will be handed to YBA and individual winners.

Date for 7 a side cup is saturday 16th september. SIFL teams ONLY and you are allowed to enter more than one team. Start preparing now so we can do the fixtures.


TROPHIES
This gives the opportunity for 4 winnable trophies this season. League, 7 a side, 11 a side Cup and Plate.

It was agreed that disciplinary actions would be separate for the league and cup ( IE – if you are red carded in the Cup – you miss the next cup game, not a league game )

It was agreed that the team that wins the League is presented with the trophy and medals at the pitch

 

More information here:

http://www.sifl-vietnam.com/2017/08/15/sifl-meeting-minutes-pre-season-news/

Match Report Day 3: Olympique De Saigon 1 vs 3 Saigon Hotshots

 

The backdrop of Phuoc Long A was the setting for Hotshots versus Olympique De Saigon.

Both teams started strongly, testing each others positions, both pressing and when the opportunity arisen both playing on the counter and attempting to press and hold high in the final third.

This game looked like it was going to be won in the middle of the park and both teams attempted to play the ball wide and penetrate through the channels.

Olympique De Saigon more than held their own for long spells of the first half and were clearly a team that also wanted to win this game badly. However, it was Saigon Hotshots that opened the scoring 32 minutes into the game, with a deflected cross from Benoit to the on rushing outside of the foot from Etienne, who finished with great calm and composure to knock the ball past the keeper and into the net.  This was his first goal in his first match and a huge turning point in the match. Olympique De Saigon gave it a last push before half time butHotshots were able to soak up the pressure, then attack on the counter.

The second half kicked off with the knowing knowledge that Olympique De Saigon would give all they could in the starting five minutes of the second half. With a free kick given with only two minutes of the second half played, the ball was whipped in from the right wing to be met by an Olympique De Saigon player Viet Luu, to knock it past the keeper, leaving the backline to look at each other in dismay.

The spirit and camaraderie of Hotshots again came to the forefront. The tireless workhorses going up and down the channels not only provided options and relief to the back line, but also attacking options going forward for the Hotshots. Olympique De Saigon back line began to tire as Hotshots pressed and with no option of substitutions, this was going to be a huge problem for Olympique De Saigon .Fifteen minutes into the second half, after a goal mouth scramble, the ball broke outside the box to the onrushing Kevin Fox, who hit it low and hard off the inside of the right post and into the net. With wave after wave of attack the Olympique De Saigon goalmouth was then laid to siege and after an inch perfect pass from Simone to Clem, Clem raced through and with an outstretched leg managed to poke the ball past the goalkeeper and with joy the whole team watched the ball roll into Olympique De Saigon’s empty net. With twenty minutes still left to play, only some fine saved from the Olympique De Saigon goalkeeper kept the score down, while at the other end Chris Harris had little or nothing to do.

The fulltime whistle blew, with 5 minutes of injury time played. Olympique De Saigon will be a difficult opponent this season and have a lot more to offer in the following weeks. Hotshots roll onto next week with 100% record intact.

Richard Harcus
Coach

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