With only 6 teams in the division the home & away format in back to back weeks appears popular. In the Autumn the Legends had not fared well in the return fixture, providing Hoboken with their solitary point of the season. The second leg at home was helpful, the vastly increased injury list was not. The depths of the On Call list were scoured to the point that even the Human Hail Mary Mike D was sounded out, although to no surprise he was off gallivanting in parts distant. Still, the Legends felt cautiously optimistic that 14 should do the job, at least until Rich Enticott greeted the squad with an announcement that he was leaving at half time. Couple that with an unexpectedly large contingent of Hoboken squad members who had made the trip and the ominous clouds started to circle.
The uneasy omens took shape with Hoboken putting the Legends on the back foot early with an increased level of urgency. This materialized into the lead, a deliberate shot at the top of the box eluding several players into the side netting. Chances were not going to be in short supply for the Legends, but the finishing was haphazard. The initial encouragement to shoot from distance at the part time goalie did not factor that the Legends are a somewhat woeful distance shooting team. Enticott unexpectedly spurned a comfortable one on one chance when put through in a nice 1-2 with Venkataraman. Although CPR had tightened at the back it was still nice to go into the half on level terms, Pattinson showing the rest of the team how to do it from distance with a challenging ball that dipped in nicely for the equalizer.
With Hoboken not only showing signs of fatigue but plenty of entertaining infighting the Legends knew that if they kept composed their chances would come. Indeed, as Hoboken continued to push forward at the expense of tracking back vast acres of space started to show up. One on ones sprouted aplenty but were not accepted. After a sustained bout of pressure Faherty lofted a ball in to the penalty area that Venkataraman chested down and placed past the keeper for the lead. Despite more simple chances being created it was a second high level of difficulty goal that put the Legends up for good, Tony Vamvouris lofting a nice cross and D’Andrea heading it perfectly into the top corner.
The Legends should not expect to win too many games playing the way they did, but with more composure in front of goal and higher intensity they should be able to finish the season in style.
Competition: Hoboken, League Opposition
Location: Randall’s Island #74, Randall’s Island
Conditions: Very pleasant day for a game of football
Result: 3-1 (1-1 at H/T)
Goals: 1-1: Pattinson
2-1: Venkataraman, Assist Faherty
3-1: D’Andrea, Assist Tony Vamvouris
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None
Mike D’s aka No Shows: None
Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: None
”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: Thankfully none as the team were still struggling after last week’s injury laden debacle
Old Man of the Match: Had there been more of a showing or if the sponsor bar had actually been open then there might have been a vote, but there was none.
Old Man of the Bar: Decent longevity but nothing exceptional
El Presidente (new award for Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): None
Statistic of the week: Nothing noteworthy.
Team Bar Showing: 4 out of 14 (29%)
Team Bar Night: 2 out of 5. Less than a third, and the debacle of searching around for a bar early in the morning did not help.
Team (No new profiles this week): Telly Vamvouris (GK), Andrew Faherty (DF), Lars Murray (DF), Steve Teesdale (DF), Mark Resnik (DF), Olle Roberts (DF), Faul Vale, Tony Vamvouris, Tom Pattinson, Ugo Solinas, Manohar Venkataraman, Rich Enticott, Manuel Casanova, Willan D’andrea