Three Wins and a Wild One at Pier 40 - 9/16 Kickers Recaps

First Team

The Kickers first team got their second win in two games against an organized and energetic FC Japan side. Over 90 minutes, the Kickers created the majority of the chances, while Japan spent most of the game defending without creating anything near the Kickers' goal, save for a few set pieces. It took until the second half for the Kickers to break through when Jesus sent a quick turnaround shot toward the back post that found the back of the net. From there, Brian Morris broke through the defense and slipped a ball around the keeper to make it 2-0, then found the foot of Almir on a low cross across the 6-yard box for the Kickers’ third. In the last few minutes, with space open all over the pitch, Fooki dribbled around the goalie and slotted home from a tight angle to make it 4-0.

Second Team

The Kickers came out victorious with a 3-0 defeat over FC Japan Saturday evening. The Kickers set up with their best ball winners occupying the midfield to capitalize on the sloppy possession from the opponents. As expected, the game began frenetically, with plenty of possession turnover. The Kickers dominated what possession there was to have, but the breakthrough came on a turnover pounced on by Dennis, who rounded the keeper and squared it to Aussie Danny for an easy tap-in. This took the Kickers into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

The Kickers started the second half sharper, but again their next goal game from a turnover high up the field. Again, Dennis latched onto a lose ball that ricocheted off Pat's head, and this time buried the chance himself.

The last goal was rewarded after waves of Kicker attacks. After a bit of chaos on the box, the ball came wide to Pat who volleyed a square cross to Michael Kahn, on his return debut after a year and a half out injured, who lashed it into an open net from close range.

Over-30 Premier

Due to the previous game running behind, the Kickers Premier Over-30 started late vs. Celtic Legends at Pier 40. They played a full, 45-minute first half but only 20 minutes of the second half because another group showed up with a legal permit. At this point they were behind 4-2. The other group walked out onto the field in the middle of the game—which was still in full action—and refused to let us finish the final 20-25 minutes. After about 10 minutes of discussion, the referee decided to suspend the match. This result of the game will be sent to the league arbiter and the Kickers are expecting a full match replay.

Over-30 Legends

Kickers Legends’ new campaign got kick started by today’s 7-3 drubbing of reigning champions Doxa FC Legends.

In the first few minutes, returning vet David Stopforth’s first touch of the ball slid it across the penalty box for Wale Bakare to score, also with his first touch of the ball. Wake would score again minutes later by rounding the keeper after out running the champions’ back four. Christian Huguenot would add a third in the 15th minute to stamp Legends’ dominance. Some complacent passing in the back gave the ball up for a Doxa screamer to put them on the scoreboard. But the chaotic Doxa keeper soon allowed the ball to run under his feet, to be slotted into an open net by Joe Whiteman. Lax defending would cause the Kickers to concede a second goal for a halftime score of 4-2.

With sun and wind now at their backs, Legends resumed play in second half with strong possession, allowing Scott Conti all the time in the world to lob the Doxa keeper. Miscommunication between reassigned centerback Wale and Bruce would give up the third and final goal, before Wale made amends by first timing a corner kick cross into the Doxa net for his well deserved hat trick. Christian would end the day by stealing the ball from a surprised defender for his second and Legends’ seventh. Final score 7-3.