As has been typical this spring, the game start time was once again 8am, the only difference was that the field was in Yonkers. With it being Mother’s day it was a scramble to get enough of a squad together, let alone once capable of giving the mighty JC Eagles a run for their money (Wins 14, Draws 1, Goal Difference + 78). On arriving at the field the news was that the referee had found 8am too early and had cancelled, and that the opposition had a mere 9 players. The teams amicably decided to play the game on gentleman’s rules, and for the most part this seemed to work except for a few predictable borderline offsides calls. Although the two man advantage helped the Legends keep possession they were unable to do much with it, continuing to resort to aimless crosses from the wings instead of utilizing the extra space to find shooting opportunities down the middle. The Eagles exhibited touch and composure on the ball as befitted a team with their raw numbers, but the lack of referee inhibited CPR from increasing the intensity and physicality of the game against a team with nothing to play for.
With the Eagles at ten men at the half it was a stalemate, but CPR was both justifiably disappointed with not making more of the space while also optimistic at their chances in the second half. Once again it was emphasized that they needed to make simple passes while using the width to move up the field but then should divert the ball centrally. Unfortunately although there was an improvement all too often decisions were either made incorrectly or too late, with far too few balls falling to a player at the top of the box to take their chances. Meanwhile JC Eagles were also gaining their stride, and their physical abilities started to show. A cross from the outside found their striker all alone for a simple header and the lead, and soon after a move in the box created a clear penalty and just like that it was a two goal hole for the Rangers. A slick through ball and sheer speed outran the defence for a third, and although a Venkataraman volley brought one back the rout was on. With CPR continuing to toil up the field space was opening at the back for the Eagles and it was too much to ask of some of the elderly defenders to keep up with the electric pace. On the one hand the final score of 6-1 felt unfair and not indicative of the proceedings, on the other hand the season scores for JC Eagles says it was par for the course. The Legends should be disappointed because they know they didn’t play well, and if they had played up to capacity they surely would have created more chances, more goals and kept the game tight. Who knows what would have happened at that point?
Competition: JC Eagles, League Opposition
Location: Tibbet Brook Park Field #3, Yonkers
Conditions: Decent spring morning
Result: 1-6 (0-0 at H/T)
Goals: 1-3 Venkataraman Assist Pritchard
Yellow Cards: None
Red Card: None
Mike D’s aka No Shows: None
Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None.
”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: None.
Old Man of the Match: After giving up 6 goals in a second half its hard to find too many candidates for OMoM.
Old Man of the Bar: None.
El Presidente (new award for Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): None.
Mr. “Bed, Bath & Beyond” (Season award for least appearances as a full time squad member):
Dean skyrockets out of wooden spoon contention leaving the title to Mike D with only one game left. Realistically this was always going to be a competition for second place as Vegas started paying out on Mike D before the season even started. Next week should be a thrilling finale as Casanova has threatened to show up.
Season Appearances (Games = 16)
|Michael ‘Mike D’ Douglas||
|Mark ‘Tactics’ Dean||
|Manuel ‘Essentially’ Casanova||
Team Bar Showing: 4 out of 13 (31%)
Team Bar Night: 2 out of 5: 4 managed to make it to the bar which was an accomplishment in itself given the starting time and location of the game.
Team (No new profiles this week): Mark Becker (GK), Panu Purhonen (DF), Dan Bernoske (DF), Lars Murray (DF), Steve Teesdale (DF), Mark Resnik (DF), Dan Ochoa, John Hodges, Mark Dean, Tony Vamvouris, Manohar Venkataraman, Willan D’Andrea, Steve Pritchard