For a second consecutive week the Legends were able to bring out a strong squad with strong numbers. They would be playing an Eintracht squad that had been somewhat Jekyll and Hyde this season, sprinkling in good results with thrashings. The Legends were taking no chances and were aiming to put pressure on right away. With several substitutes there was no excuse for lollygagging and the plan to aggressively press started to play dividends. As has also happened recently, the Legends were able to make the simple passes and keep possession, fighting hard to avoid the temptation to go for a 30 yard pass when a 5 yard pass would do. Quickly passing the ball around paid dividends early as they opened up Eintracht to leave Mckeown open in the box for the simplest of finishes. Eintracht were playing with a high line, but the outside speed of Frazier and Conboy really put them to the torch along with a referee who seemed to actually pay attention to the offside rule. A couple of times the Legends sprung the offside trap only for poor finishing to negate the tactic. However one person who couldn’t be accused of poor finishing was Denari, taking the ball from an acute angle and powering it right through the robust goalie.
At half time the Legends were urged to keep the ball on the ground and slide it thought to beat the offside trap rather than lob the all over the top. The first 20 minutes were simply one way traffic with the ball constantly in Eintracht’s penalty area. There were a variety of misplaced passes, a bad miss from Venkataraman continuing his barren spell and an astonishing miss from Frazier missing an open goal from 3 yards out. Frazier managed to atone quickly with a good finish a couple of minutes later soon followed by a majestic top corner lob from 30 yards from Conboy.
Despite being on the edge of a thrashing, Eintracht valiantly refused to concede and kept attacking to the point of pinning the Legends back. Perhaps CPR took their foot off the gas, perhaps they were surprised by the opposition’s refusal to quit. They conceded a goal and then had difficultly putting the pressure back on. The chances dried up and the ball stayed in the middle of the field. The Legends were somewhat disappointed to not score a few more, but its hard to quibble with a 4-1 victory in a league that has improved in leaps and bounds over the last few seasons.
Competition: SC Eintracht, League Opposition
Location: Randall’s Island #74, Randall’s Island
Conditions: Lovely spring morning
Result: 2:0 HT: 4-1
Goals: 1-0: Mckeown, Assist Conboy
2-0: Denari, Assist Casanova
3-0: Frazier, Assist D’Andrea
Yellow Cards: A momentous occasion as apart from one loud outburst Frazier managed to focus his energies into staying productive but avoiding a booking for the first time in his CPR career. Having a good referee who calmed things down certainly didn’t hurt.
Red Cards: None
Mike D’s aka No Shows: Hahn was a late scratch but the squad had large enough numbers to withstand that.
Conboy’s aka Reverse Mike D’s: Carducci’s arrival as goalie was more than welcome.
”Mr. Glass” Fragility/Old Man Injury Award: None.
Old Man of the Match: A very tough decision that came down to one vote. There were several solid performances but a productive game with a superb goal by Conboy was narrowly bested by yet another accomplished appearance by Belizan at the back. His speed and reading of the game allowed Oli Roberts to be more robust against other defenders and allowed the midfielders to roam a little further forward to support the forwards.
Old Man of the Bar: A throw back night that included not just the sponsor bar Blooms but an impromptu visit to say goodbye to neighbourhood stalwart Macaleers. Tier 1 Venkataraman and Resnik both put in veteran performances.
El Presidente (Old Men who don’t make it to game but come to the bar): None.
Statistic of the week: One of the oddest statistics in Legends history, but Frazier’s consecutive booking streak finally ended.
Team Bar Showing: 5 out of 16 (31%)
Team Bar Night: 3.5 out of 5. A long enjoyable stay at Blooms followed by an appearance at Macaleers. The only thing missing would be a couple of other Legends along for the ride.
Team (No new profiles this week): Mike Carducci (GK), Mark Resnik (DF), Oliver Roberts (DF), Luciano Belizan (DF), Willian D’Andrea, Bevan Rosenbloom (DF), Manohar Venkataraman, Simon Mckeown, Tom Pattinson, Manuel Casanova, Santiago Morales, Tim Frazier, Franco Denari, John Hodges, Mike Conboy, Steve Teesdale (DF)