Almanac Soccer: Weekly Recap – South in Seventh Heaven After Cupset Fiasco

Memoir of The Geezer

 

 

 

The halftime slash. You’ve gone down early to beat the rush. But everyone else has had the same idea. It’s rammed. Three man deep at the urinals. Gotta pick your spot wisely. Weigh up who’s finishing first. Always avoid the owd fella struggling with his zip. And the half cut lad propping himself up against the wall. He’ll be pissing like a race horse. Solid five minute wait.

Meanwhile the room’s quickly filled with smoke. The 30-a-dayers who can’t go an hour without a drag are packed into the cubicles. It’s like a shit Stars In Their Eyes when the doors fling open. You’re struggling with your asthma. Gaggin’ for fresh air. Finally it’s your turn. Relief. Some feeling. Fella next to you tries a bit of small talk. You’ve absolutely no time for that. Eyes fixed ahead. Quick glance at the Tena Man advert on the wall. That’s not changed all season. Do your business. And get out of there. Clock the lads who don’t wash their hands. Rotters.

Photo via @soccerbible

Post by @trekuartista95

 

 

Photo of The Week

 

 

“Today’s generation probably don’t know it existed… Rolls of photographic film and queuing at a store to develop the photos. Here, two clicks in a row of a shot that passed Sweden’s crossbar, in a friendly we played in 1966. We won the match 3-2”

Photo and caption provided by Pele’s official Instagram account.

 

 

Weekly Recap: South in Seventh Heaven After Cupset Fiasco

A cold, dark breezy night at ADB stadium in Broadmeadows had Hellas fans witness a second-string South team up against a full-strength Avondale FC who were hot on their tails in the National Premier League battling for the top of the ladder. It was supposed to be a blockbuster cup game but the writing was already on the wall before the ball was even kicked.

Half time South were trailing 3-0. Chorus of boos erupted by the handful in the corner and verbal abuse sounded out across the field. It wasn’t a pleasant sight and the mood was already a depressive acceptance of defeat. So much for driving 90 minutes to and from the venue. It is awkward to get to from the east.

Full time and it ended a resounding 4-1 win. The only good thing to note is seeing Jankovic and Ingham coming on at half time and this caused a change in dominance in the midfield and attacking play, as South peppered Avondale’s goalkeeper with weak shots on goal. There was no true No. 9 forward to bang them in as the chances gone begging, but overall South were played off the park from the get-go but showed glimpses that they are capable of beating them next time.

 

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Side Note: Am I uncovering a pita bread shortage?  

The souva saga rages on as I am yet to find the peak God-tier of football souvlaki. 2 weeks ago (Round 6) I have covered Oakleigh Cannons hosting Port Melbourne. Oakleigh, renowned for being the kings of souvlaki in the league, provided a hot dog roll instead. They often jostled for the title with Bentleigh Greens in the canteens but this was an astounding discovery.

Has the economic downturn headed for the worst where we are stockpiling on hot dog rolls from Coles and Woolworths to deliver a fan’s favourite meal? Has the Ukrainian war halted the grain and wheat imports to Australia and thus halted pita bread production? What’s going on? Is the end near?

Thankfully I saw someone holding a pita wrapped souvlaki in the cup game but I did not get the chance to get one myself. So, the journey continues to earn a 10/10 experience prior to kick off.

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The weekend that just past, South continued their league form by winning 7 of 7 games after putting past 5 goals against the lowly Eastern Lions, who will be in a dogfight for survival this year and it looks a bit grim. South enjoyed controlling the game throughout with 3 goals in less than 20 minutes and a red card short after from an amateur foul by the Lion’s centre back tugging the shirt of his opponent who would have been through on goal from a counter attack. Harrison Sawyer stole the show with 4 goals to his name in what was a very one-sided affair.

 

 

Speaking of one-sided affairs, Avondale was away to Dandenong Thunder. The chase for the league title took a huge turn at this game. By going over the statistics, Avondale had approximately more than 12 shots on target whilst Thunder only managed to have two shots throughout the game. Miraculously those two shots Thunder had, turned into goals and held on for dear life as they ran out 2-1 to the good, sending the Albanian fans in attendance into raptures on what was a fantastic underdog story told in 90 minutes, with an additional 8 minutes of extra time. Avondale threw the kitchen sink but to no avail. Thus providing a six point gap between first and second.

 

Consequently, Avondale will travel away again to Oakleigh Cannons who historically start slow in the beginning of the season but eventually mould into title challengers once they solidify their team chemistry. Their away game to Dandenong City resulted in a triumphant 4-0 win and are raring to go at their fortress which is very difficult venue to earn points at if you’re on the road.

 

Coincidentally South travels to Dandenong Thunder this Saturday and it will be up to them to show Avondale if they are capable to get the job done and stay on track to win the premier’s plate.

 

To see Luke’s published album of the game, click HERE

 

 

 

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