The Kickers first team and second team were off this weekend. Both Over-30 teams were in action.
With a deep bench, Kickers Legends were able to maintain control of the game for its entirety, with only a couple of lapses. Passing and moving well, midfielders Kevin, Dave, Christian, Slover, and then John and Danny, sprayed the ball around confidently and created several opportunities, but shooting practice clearly continues to be a priority. It was left to DJ to finally score, forging forward from his center-back position. Wale soon added to his season’s growing bounty with a well taken shot in the box, off a brilliant over-the-top reverse lob from Joe that would have impressed Iniesta. Gjoa had few chances as its forward line found no way past the defensive wall of Dave, DJ, Jess, Tim and then Jef) and Ulrich had little to do. Gjoa started the second half with far greater intensity and Kickers struggled to get the ball out of their own half for the first ten minutes, with their slim lead threatened. It took Danny the debutant to carry the ball all the way from midfield on a rampaging run for the insurance goal. Not only did Danny not celebrate scoring against his old team, he immediately took himself out of the game. Kickers’ complacency then put themselves in jeopardy by allowing Gjoa to counter 5 on 3, which Ulrich managed to save brilliantly one-on-one. Unfortunately, he had a bit of a fumble with a long shot that had little threat to give up a goal. It happens. Fortunately, almost immediately after, Scotti reacted positively, and managed to get an own-goal off a hapless Gjoa defender trying to block his pass. Game ended 4-1, and Legends climb to second place, just behind Cozmoz on a single goal difference.
The Kickers Over-30 Premier went down 3-0, but could only muster a two-goal comeback, missing a few crucial 1 on 1 breakaways and having a goal called back for an offside call, eventually falling 3-2. Both goals were scored by Ardian, one in the 80th minute and one around the 85th on a PK.