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Three Games, and No Losses
Like Tim Linsecum’s performances in the playoffs, the Pelican’s played three games over the last three weeks of October, and avoided a loss in each of them.
I am sorry it’s taken me so long to write these storylines, I’ve been hanging with the Shaolin Monks at the Monestary in China. My CLEAR wireless card doesn’t pick up there.
On 10/17, the Pelicans played Inter Atlanta FC, a team that had been promoted from the previous year. After dominating most of the first period, and missing several early opportunities, the Pelicans managed to break the scoreless tie with a goal from Aleks Zhekckcywiuerye8uyrs. Ricky Wells earned a well deserved assist, after showing up late to the game. Minutes after feeding the homeless at a soup kitchen, Ricky Wells sprinted onto the field, and darted down the sideline shooting in a dangerous cross, that the sniper Alex Z tucked into the back of the net.
The only attacks that the Inter Atlanta squad could muster were from long balls delivered out of the back, or deep into the midfield. Each attack was snuffed out by a devastating defense, led by Bryce Boggs, Luqmon, Scooter Ski, and a tenacious tackling Richard Murray. Not to be outdone, by Aaron Ingham working his first shut-out of the season.
The end of the first half ended much as it started, the next breakthrough coming from Brian Halloway sneaking across the front of the 18, and finishing in the top left corner of the net. Pelican’s 2, Inter 0 at the end of the half.
The second half was a very dominant half by the Pelicans, with several shots going wide, or missing high. Londell leading the way on many of the opportunities, finally finishing on a beatiful through-ball from the Sniper Alex Z. The defining moment of the run, was Londell hearing, "Make this one count…" coming from one of the roadies on the sideline (Londell, I mean that in a nice way!).
Final score Pelicans 3, Inter 0. Welcome to D2 Inter.
Game 2, on 10/24, ended in a 4-4 tie vs. Neusoft. Back and forth play, with posession dominated by the Pelicans, started with scoring from Josh Abebe. A fantastic goal, the likes of which are only typically seen on Saturday mornings, on The Fox Soccer Channel.
Goals 2 and 3, came from Ricky and a hard working Sam. Ricky scored on one of his patented runs, finishing as cool as the other side of the pillow. Whilst Sam’s goal required a bit more work, but his tenacity proved to be more than that of the Neusoft squad which was aided throughout the game by a referee, that was concerned more with the appearance of the members on the field, than the game going on in it. One player left the pitch after both teams finished with PK’s, tying the score 4-4, stating that he felt ikcy after the game was over. Something about a look that the referee had given him after he made an offsides call. I don’t know, you can ask him about it, he was #7 on Neusoft.
Game #3, on 10/31, was a rematch of the Inter Atlanta game. Inter Atlanta went up early 2-0 in the first half, flopping and whining their way to the early lead. A determined Pelican’s squad was led by a motivated and energized Londell McGlone, and an efficient Luqmon.
After several tactical changes early in the first half, the Pelican’s found their rhythm. Goal one was scored by Aleks Z, who seems to love playing against the Inter team. He said that the referee in the first game made him feel uncomfortable too, but he found a way to play through it. His goal was finished off after Ricky led Brel Clark through the back of the Inter defense, and Brel proceeded to beat two defenders and the goalie before bangooing the ball to Alex for the cool finish.
The next three goals came from the tandem of Londell and Luqmon, who were teamed up at forwards for the first time all season. The formation included a recessed forward, with four midfielders and three defenders.
Assists coming from one another, and from the midfield and goalkeeper positions, the tandem looked like a young Roony and Ronaldo tandem up top for United.
They picked the defense apart, en route to scoring goals two through four in the span of 15 minutes. Finishing their final score about five minutes before the end of the half.
A great recovery from the Pelicans who started very slowly, and couldn’t find the back of the net.
Next game on 11/7, vs. AC Majestic
AC Majestic posts a 3-2 record, with 11 goals for and 4 goals against.
Leading scorers are as follows:
Brad Veillon: 4
Gary Davis: 3
Tim White: 3
Allan Waters: 2
Oscar Caicedo: 1
Seek and destroy
See you tomorrow gents
10/17 & 10/24 Man of the Match Honors: PFC Blue
Earning his first Man of the Match honors as Screaming Pelican is Richard Murray with his strong physical performance in the regular season match on 10/17 against Inter Atlanta. As one of his teammates, Ricky Wells, put it, Richard Murray was "killin on tackles"!
In the 10/24 match verse Nuesoft, Man of the Match honors went to Josh "JopoSumbaHembe BopoBopo" Abebe. When one of his teammates was asked why BopoBopo deserved the MOM he said, "for winning every ball in the air, finishing a goal and keeping control of the center".
Congrats to both!
Shorthanded, Pelicans pull off a point
In the record setting heat, the shorthanded Pelicans Blue squad was able to manage their 1st point of the 2010/2011 campaign. Starting with 10, the Pelicans gained possession against the Sting squad taking a quick 1-0 lead with a well-worked goal by Bryan Holloway. Pretty sure every Pelican player touched the ball before the goal, so everyone is awarded with an assist. Even a man down, the Pelicans dominated the run off first half play & jumped out to a 3-0 lead with quality finishes from Lonnie McGlone & Sam Hamilton. Losing focus for a minute after the 3rd goal, Sting moved the ball to the Pelicans’ 18 & off a well placed finish, Sting got one back right before the half. Heading into halftime with a 2 goal lead, Pelicans felt confident, but starting to hallicinate from the heat. In the 2nd half, Sting came out on fire, netting a PK given within the 2nd minute & a breakaway shortly thereafter. With the score level, each team peppered the net with multiple opportunities to secure the full 3 pts. However, with some brilliant saves from the Pelicans GK, Aaron Ingram, it stayed level until the final whistle. Drained & exhausted, the Pelicans were upset to lose the lead, but being a man down the entire time, they were content to walk away with a point. Let’s learn from this & work on putting teams away. Moving forward, the Braves season is over, so we ought to field a full team. Couple subs, if you’re lucky.
Man of the Match Honors: PFC Blue
The first game of the season was not pretty, but there was a bright spot in the game, that was Ricky Wells, constantly working up and back and getting off some quality shots. Ricky earned man of the match honors as recognized his teammates for his relentless effort and hard work. Well done!
The second game of the season saw Man of the Match honors go to the new Pelicans net minder, Aaron Ingham, making several clutch saves to hold on to a point in a match that saw a short handed Pelicans squad tie an overmatch Sting Black team. Aaron’s looking forward to the next match with a full 10 in front of him!
Pelican's Distracted by November Elections, lose 0-5
Distracted by the upcoming elections, and running around the Atlanta Christian College Pitch like confused college students, the Pelican’s missed their chance to start the season off on a positive note, losing 0-5, to Oooozo.
The Oooozo squad dominated posession from the start, exiting the half up 0-1. The lone bright spot in the second half, other than the few saves made by substitue goalkeeper Jem Big-Macabee, was the missed PK, by Oooozo/Ghanaian forward Asamoah Gyan.
It was quite clear at the end of the game the Pelican’s were either too far left, or too far right, when the ball bounced their way.
Hopefully, we can do some research, put this behind us, and move forward for our next match, on 10/10 @ 1pm, vs. Sting Black. Ball posession, and winning the 50/50 game will be key vs. a team that is also coming off a loss 4-1 vs. Neusoft.
Let’s win this one for ourselves, for Meehan’s, for Slalom, and for Miller Light.
- Pelicans FC Match Report Details -
STARTING SIDE: B. Clark, B. Hollaway, R. Wells, M. Skurski, A. Cameron, J. McAbee, R. Murray, L. Abdur-Rahman, , C. Morgan, J. Abebe, S. Hamilton
SUBSTITUTE: R. Hajnal, M. Ricketts, B. Boggs, J. Patteson
MATCH: Screaming Pelicans FC vs. Ouzo
DATE: October 3, 2010
TIME: 1pm ET
COMPETITION: League Match
ATTENDANCE: Way to many to count!