Britannia Soccer Club

Britannia Coaches in Action - Issue #9

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Coach Adam - Busy Weekend

With last weeks utterly bonkers game (you have to read it to believe it) Coach Adam and the Houston Dutch Lions were looking to bring their game back starting with their game in the Memorial Cup against Shooting Stars FC on Saturday.

Adam spent most of the first half practicing his runs and movement off the ball against the lower league opposition, turning from goalscorer to provider with 2 assists to help the lions cruise to a 4-0 Half Time lead. The second half saw the return of the goalscorer we have known to love with Adam scoring 3 goals in style as always. He started his scoring off with a header (😳  really? 🤔 ) which shocked most onlookers especially Coach Derek. His second was from the penalty spot after he had used his pace to round the keeper and was brought down. He stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left but was told to take it again as a teammate had encroached. This did not phase him as this time he slotted the ball into the bottom right.  

He started his scoring off with a header (😳  really? 🤔 ) which shocked most onlookers especially Coach Derek. His second was from the penalty spot after he had used his pace to round the keeper and was brought down. He stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left but was told to take it again as a teammate had encroached. This did not phase him as this time he slotted the ball into the bottom right. His third was similar to the second as he rounded the keeper and I don't think the keeper wanted to get a red card so left him alone to slot the ball home to complete his hat-trick.

This capped off a convincing 9-0 win and helped the Dutch Lions advance to the next round of the Memorial Cup.

Sunday's game was back in the league and saw the Dutch Lions facing a relatively easy challenge in EFC Premier who reside at the lower end of the table, but it wasn't as easy for Adam.

With any game, that is seen as an "easy game" you find that some players take that to mean "I've got loads of time on the ball" or "Oh...this is where I could score a bag load of goals" either way this wasn't the Dutch Lions best game.

Adam spent the first half on the sidelines and came into the game in the second half with the Lions 1-0 up. Without having any sniff of the ball, Adam's frustrations grew. The ball did not move around the field as well as it has done in previous games and the Lions were lucky that the other side didn't take their chances. The score finished 4-0 and got the lions back to winning ways.


Coach Stephen - Flashback to 1998

Coach Stephen had stepped up to the plate to play as Goalkeeper for his University SC side against CJ's Barca and he was sent back in time to the first/last time he had played youth soccer as a Goalkeeper!

At 7 years old, Stephen had made the commitment to play in goal for local club Phoenix Rangers and after a season of finger pointing and taking the blame from a rubbish defense (yeah I still have a grudge) he retired. Donning the gloves for the first time to play competitively brought back all those emotions, but Stephen knew what to do!

University SC has slipped into a slump of late and unfortunately for Stephen could not stop that this weekend. Not to sound too bias, but every goal that was scored was near-perfect.

Univeristy SC found themselves 1-0 down 15 minutes in, after a great counter attack from CJ's Barca. With a low pacey ball across the box found the open winger who slotted back across goal into the bottom corner. Even with Stephen getting a finger tip to it, it wasn't enough to keep it out.

Before Stephen had time to think back to all his previous playing time in goal, they were 2-0 down and found themselves looking at another half of soccer to get back into the game.

One thing Stephen can be proud of was a spectacular, amazing, fantastic top corner fingertip save to deny CJ's Barca from scoring early on in the second half. (It was okay...he really should have committed more to the save so that someone could have got a decent picture)

In the second half, University SC played much better but just couldn't take their chances in front of goal and eventually got sucker punched for the third goal of the goal with a delightful (even if it was against me) chip with seconds to go before full time.

So Stephen's goalkeeping return wasn't the happiest but at least he didn't pull this stunt off

Thankfully Coach Stephen can now focus on teaching his Goalkeepers as he is much better at coaching than playing.


Next weekend brings a break for both Coach Adam and Coach Stephen so you will have to wait for the next installment of the Britannia Coaches in Action saga. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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