We Shall Overcome! Pelicans Defeat the evil opressors, and their henchmen Bafana 3-2
EAST POINT, GA (February 21, 2010) — First let me introduce myself. My name is Josh Abebe, I don’t know what Farmville is, I do have a facebook profile, but do not have an app for it on my phone. Most of my time during the day is spent making fun of people who’s teampages profile pictures look like zombies. http://www.teampages.com/accounts/22676-Michael-Clark I love you Michael Clark! I’m back.
The game was not a real match to be quite honest with you. The Bafana team plays with skilled brilliance, only to be outmatched by the Pelican prescision, bravado, and swagger, only seen in recent memory by Tyger Woods out at the House of Blues this past December (I know it’s spelled incorrectly, I did that to protect what little money I have in my bank account right now).
The game was won on the defensive side of the ball. The Pelicans were repeatedly bludgeoned by the corrupt officials and linesman, but played through their nonsense controlling the opening half. They limited Bafana’s chances to long balls, which were swiftly cleared by a sound minded defense. The defense was led, prior to Red Card Terminal Ejection, by fleet of feet Scooterski, and sound defenders Colin and Weber. Every time Bafana played their patented long ball switches, one of the three would clear the ball. Thus it went for the first 15-20 minutes, back and forth, the eb and flow of the game was developing.
The opening came shortly after the 20 minute mark, where super sub scientist, Luqman, played two give and go’s to progress from his third of the field down to the Bafana third. Upon receiving the final ball, and beating his defender in the corner, he crossed the ball through the face of the goal mouth, where a streaking (not naked, and as fast as his little feet could) Cory beat the Bafana defender across the face of the goal for the finish. Pelicans were up 1-0. Good work by Luqmon, and the forwards and outside midfielders stringing passes together to get the goal. It was a thing of beauty. Not to be confused with Bafana’s next goal.
Shortly after this goal, approx. 25-30 minutes into the game, Sooterski tracked down a Bafana forward, who had received one of their long crosses, streaking towards the outside of the box. With him was Colin, and Alex. Three defenders, on the one forward working his way to the corner flag. Scooterski made an attempt at a tackle…and by attempt, I mean it was a valiant effort made by a committed forward, converted to playing sweeper to support his team…He missed not only the player, but the ball. The ball was later scooped up by one of the other Pelican two defenders around the box. Because the Bafana team and the referees agreed to have dinner the night before, the referee not only red carded Scooter, the sweeper, but also gave the Bafana squad a penalty kick. In reviewing the situation, and locaiton of the slide tackle which started approx. 1 yard outside of the box and finished inside the box, he stated, that the foul was committed at the end of his slide. A brilliantly poor excuse for reconciling his tab that he left for Bafana at the aforementioned dinner. The score was tied up 1-1, after the penalty kick conversaion. Until that point, Steve had kept a clean sheet, and had the defenders in perfect position the entire game.
The half ended with Pelicans missing a few chances, and shutting down Bafana’s chances similar to the way that they had the entire first half. The only other real opportunity came, when the large one they call Abebe, worked a give and go with Cory, to streak through on a break away. The chance was just missed, by an errant pass to Lawrence following up the play to the wide open goal. Although down one man, they had not taken the fight out of the flying birds of prey.
The second half started much the same the first was played. Bafana making streaks into the Pelican half with long balls, and some very skilled posession, but with very few real chances. The ones that they did have were cleaned away by the Pelican keeper, or by the defense. The next few chances from the Pelicans came from what can only be called, the fastest man on the pitch. Ricky Wells had been saving his game breaking speed for these two moments. The first one he split several defenders, and before the referee could get his oppressive whistle to his mouth to find a reason to call the Azzuri for a foul, Wells had missed the target just wide. The second came just as quickly as the first ended, with Ricky stringing a few passes together on the right side, and then shooting through the defense, to slot the break-away goal just to the lower right of the keeper. A touch of class, by a classy midfielder. Pelicans up 2-1, at home, in the sun, all is good, even though we were down a man, and down on the foul count by a ratio that appeared to be 5:1. The next goal from Bafana was one that won’t be discussed more than this sentence… "it won’t happen again."
With the score now tied 2-2, and less than five or so minutes left Le Bleu turned to their super sub once again. With a cheeky move, not seen by most of the defenders, as well as his own team, Luqman slid from the defensive position that he filled, upon Scooterski’s unpleasant departure, to the forward position. After several tidy clean ups on both ends of the pitch, the ball leaked through into the midfield, where Pelican’s obtained posession and put two or so passes together. Then with a deft touch of the right Hallux of the #13 in the midfield, the ball squeaked through to Luqman. With speed only seen on the pitch by Ricky Wells earlier, Luqman raced through to the goalie, and finished the ball just outside of the keepers reach to put the Screaming Pelicans FC, up 3-2. That was all it would take. Down to 10 men, with the oppressors complaining that we still had too many men for them to contain, and the referees agreeing with them, we still overcame. The referees, and our opponents thought we were the evil ones, but we showed them. We sure showed them good.
I’m going to close this Game Recap, with some fond motivational words, I read on the walls of the BP urinal off South Cobb Drive: "Evil will always prevail, because good is dumb."
Next week, we play AMG Silverbacks at 1pm at ACC. Remember to go to the website, or if you can’t, shoot Steve a text or e-mail stating your attendance. It’s imperative that you do that. Every game we don’t, Steve loses one year off of his life…Seriously…I love you Steve.
ON Sunday 2/28, when we go out and play AMG, I want them to remember us. Not because of how unbeliveably good looking we are, or how much their women want us to give them children, but because of how much better than them we were.
- Pelicans FC Match Report Details -
STARTING SIDE: A. Zhelyazkov, C. Reilly, C. Morgan, D. Sanogo, L. Monroe, M. Skurski, J. Abebe, R. Wells, S. Cantonis, D. Weber, A. Cameron
SUBSTITUTE: L. Abdur-Rahman
MATCH: Screaming Pelicans FC vs. Bafana
DATE: February 21, 2010
TIME: 1pm ET
COMPETITION: League Match
VENUE: Atlanta Christian College
ATTENDANCE: 1 (Super Sub Scientist Luqman’s inspiration)