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Eric Portapotty Comments
Hope you chucked a bet on that

I ain't betting of chaos (i.e. us)

We lost our first choice right back and an experienced backup striker who regularly made an impact when we needed him to. Neither of them were replaced and we also failed to get a center back to replace Alderweireld and Vertonghen who are declining and will probably be gone within in a year or two.

The signings we did make were good but they didn't address any of the issues we had in the squad.

My understanding was that Son is the designated backup striker? Though obviously you lot were linked with more than a few forwards as well
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OLE'S AT THE WHEEL

(inb4 we lose to Villa)

Still trying to work out how so many people backed us to get 3rd this season.

I mean you lot didn't lose anyone and got signings (Ndombele, GLC both good additions) so why not?
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https://i.redd.it/bpvaagl75fj31.png

Group H is EN FUEGO, as is G
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November 2020


https://i.imgur.com/HeECDMJ.png

I know it's Elite and we were always going to struggle, but it was still incredibly frustrating to watch us go 3 down by the half, which flattered us such was the awfulness of our backline.
Lewis so nearly hauled us back into contention, but there was only so much 1 man can do. We were fortunate to no lose by more thanks to Coleman's penalty save.

https://i.imgur.com/GRHzuxS.png

Oh fuck sake.
We did very, very well on the day, playing on the break and sitting back against Town's usual 4-5-1, and we found ourselves 2 up going into the break.
We continued to defend and looked well within reach of a vital rebound win, only for Cupid to well, capitulate - concede a late freekick and a caution, then deflect that FK into your own net? Terrible stuff.

https://i.imgur.com/EOzJi3n.png

Finally a win this month.
Cayman Brac weren't at 100% on the day, and Lewis opportunistically put them to the sword early, before Barnett did what Barnett does with a goal of his own.

https://i.imgur.com/1Y3H1zA.png

Scholars already have a significant lead, but at least everyone below us have at least played the same number of games, so we won't be looking at a tumble down the table for now (I hope).
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No longer a NEET baby
(well from Sept 2 onwards anyway)
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October 2020

https://i.imgur.com/uqhKfdr.png

Quick tip guys, don't play attacking football if the team's not familiar with it, even if the opponents are there for the taking.
Dire game from the strikers, and Connolly was the most suspect in the backline with the foul that led to the penalty.

https://i.imgur.com/UzSwTa2.png

Thank goodness we've got our annual 3 points up next, though even Tigers gave us a hard time in the 1st half.
The introduction of the recently fit Ian Barnett changed it all, with 2 pinpoint crosses leading to goals (could've had a hat trick of assists had the finishing been better as well).

https://i.imgur.com/8x3jnhq.png

Early doors, though losing so early does get my goat quite a bit.
That said with the other challengers having dropped points (make that everyone) it does mitigate the impart of our opening day setback.
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Preseason 2020/21


https://i.imgur.com/Nz4JhjB.png

It's the preseason we've all come to expect - friendlies with teams we'll be playing in the league, good results but not necessarily good performances.
Been playing almost exclusively a Counterattacking system, which could be a problem when we need to turn on the screws against a team happy to sit back.
Indeed when we first played more attacking against Roma we proceeded to lose.

https://i.imgur.com/LmJrf5K.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/OoD7Ufg.png

Both the board and the bookies think we're comfortably midtable, which I'll gladly take since we've already shown we're far more than the sum of our parts.
In fact I've got so much faith in this current team that no signings have been made this transfer window, which explains the rather short update here.
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@terriersmad everything I've read about Siewert in his time here points to him being incredibly confrontational I have to say, would be amazed if he lasts the month let alone the season
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However, Celtic eased through and now face sterner opposition in Cluj of Romania.

They were stern indeed...

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End of Season 2019/20

CIFA FA Cup


https://i.imgur.com/CDQ57M1.png

We weren't to have the fairytale run of the President's Cup repeated here, and unfortunately it's probably shown again that Martin Hernandez is levels below Leighton Coleman - both goals were arguably preventable with a more capable stopper, but nevertheless we keep faith in our cup goalkeepers over here.
We went back on level terms just as half time was approaching, and while both sides had chances at the winner we eventually went the distance to penalties.
It's times like this when you need your senior players to step up, like a captain for instance. Well for Leighton Robinson he came off the bench and promptly missed his penalty in sudden death.
Granted he's rubbish at penalties (the whole team is), but it stings that little bit more when it's your captain who ballses it up.

https://i.imgur.com/Mpcvove.png

Bit of a pity they didn't win the whole thing so we couldn't say at least we lost to the winners, but they did beat Elite which is equivalent to a cup win in most cases.

National League


https://i.imgur.com/Ps4jrIK.png

The team was still finding its way back from that terrible loss to Academy, and we clearly weren't on top of it when Williams opened the scoring.
We're still very capable of chance creation though, but despite the equaliser (Abijah with a sweet cross for McLean after some good buildup) we were pretty wasteful.

https://i.imgur.com/P76O2EZ.png

I don't think I'll ever be as pissed at us scoring 7 goals.
Sunset played with 3 up top and they tore us to shreds in the 1st half, with 2 goals for their rewards. Thankfully for us there was good reason for them being near the bottom of the table, and we tore them an even bigger one in the second half. The number of chances that Lewis and McLean missed though, the could've had 5 each easily - double hat tricks though, that's some feat in itself already.

https://i.imgur.com/wJvIxhN.png

A massive, massive smash and grab win.
Andre Wilson left me with plenty of egg on my face when he struck home the opener from just inside the penalty area. Bodden Town should've built upon that lead, but as usual their 4-5-1 relied too much on their sole frontman being on form, and he hasn't been performing against us for some time.
Someone who did perform this game was Abijah Lewis, who used both his height and speed to great effect (helped on by a couple of errors from the Bodden goalkeeper) to earn us the shock win.

https://i.imgur.com/rHfQ7l0.png

An emphatic way to end the season, and revenge over North Side after the Cup exit.
North Side were the more accomplished side as seen during the cup tie, so we went with a more conservative approach this time round, which paid off handsomely.

https://i.imgur.com/kWAeQvx.png

Winning 3 of our last 4 made up for the 3 straight losses earlier in April, and resulted in us climbing back up into 4th in the end.
Bit of a shame that we finished 13 points behind Scholars though, considering we were 3 ahead halfway through the season.
Oh and the title race was as tight as the table suggested - it took literally the final game of the season (Elite played theirs a week after Bodden's last) to decide its fate (quelle surprise, Elite won).

Season Review


https://i.imgur.com/qSpy58I.png

Dominated the league in terms of individual performances, but our susceptibility to disastrous dips in form need to be remedied if we are to mount a serious title challenge.
Nevertheless, some encouragement in the form of both Ian Bennett and Jessus Connolly (the leagues top 2 for Average Rating), and top scorer Abijah Lewis.

https://i.imgur.com/Ypn4MPc.png

Pretty surprised that Emcuna Ebanks-Cupid was the best signing of the season, though to be fair to him he did step up well when Lewis wasn't available.

Players of the Season

Ian Barnett
https://i.imgur.com/pXekB81.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/ZGRZk9m.png
Well what can I say? He made the left side his own again, this time making sure the league knew he meant business.
I'm pretty certain his indispensability also contributed to a fair few knocks over the season, particularly as we were chasing the President's Cup - next season will hopefully see more rest for him.

Jessus Connolly
https://i.imgur.com/SM6O0vH.jpg
Bennett's equal on the opposite flank, Connolly topped the assist charts but was similarly blighted by injury as Barnett.
Also, no flair? No problem.

Abijah Lewis
https://i.imgur.com/KF9drYy.png
Top scorer this season, his sheer physical and finishing ability more than made up for his lack of determination.
Obviously it's a bit of a worry that he's got a low ceiling, but that's a problem for future me to figure out.

Joshewa McLean
https://i.imgur.com/fqMvDUG.png
You can tell I love my partnerships here - McLean acting as the bruiser to Lewis' speedo.
Also affected by injuries over the season, but he made great work of his time on the pitch - 13 goals and 6 assists in 23 starts is cracking stuff.

Loose Ends


https://i.imgur.com/cfm61gZ.png

Bingo, but with the CIFA FA Cup holding the keys to the CFU Cup Championship (aside from the league obviously) we'll need to go for that next season.

https://i.imgur.com/vlrz8yx.png

Bit of a shame, but absolutely the right decision because we sure as hell couldn't have afford either of these.
It's not all bad news though:

https://i.imgur.com/rtHAakt.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/EEEa4ZP.png

We've managed to pour more cash into the youth setup, which probably means I'll be playing the long game with regards to challenging for the league.

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Damn you've got a serious Midas Touch on this, keep it up
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You've jinxed it lol

I can't see this being anything other than a wake-up call for them tbh, they've always had the ability but the mentality is lacking
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Commiserations mate, but your career moves onwards regardless doesn't it, a new club it is
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Can you still spend outrageous sums of money in China?
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April 2020


CIFA FA Cup


https://i.imgur.com/cuNf8QR.png

We started very well, as our strike pair gave us a 2-goal lead in under 2 minutes, but a lack of communication led to Connolly's own goal and a bit of nerves about us.
Barnett added a goal to his earlier assist for a (yet another) MoTM performance, before Academy had a late consolation to bring back those nerves.
But a win's a win, a it's a first step to a cup double.

CIFA National League


https://i.imgur.com/WVzsM6k.png

East End have been an annoying bogey team for us, having not beaten them in an official game since I took over last season.
And so it continued, as we eventually succumbed to their increasing control on the game.

https://i.imgur.com/9TSnXfu.png

Shocker as Tigers cave yet again.
A bit more difficult this time as our bumper schedule necessitated some rotation, but once McLean scored we never looked back.

https://i.imgur.com/3q3BgCB.png

We were listless this game, attack was out of whack and our defence couldn't hold - one of those days I suppose.

https://i.imgur.com/Ao6c8OE.png

Admittedly I should've been much braver than simply playing on the break, because they were definitely there for the taking.
They didn't have their shooting boots on in the 1st half, as were we, but giving up so many chances to a superior side was bound to bite us in the arse eventually.
A late siege on their goal didn't bring the equaliser, but it definitely highlighted how vulnerable they were to chances as we were - if only we'd gone at them earlier.

https://i.imgur.com/7z4W7Fn.png

A completely different outfield 2 days later properly backfired on us, as Academy avenged their cup loss pretty convincingly.
Oh and quelle surprise, we can't take penalties.

https://i.imgur.com/fJtnF4e.png

4th is well within our grasp if we can stop this recent slide, though we're equally likely to tumble down the table.
Such an annoying drop in form again though, but with 6 games this month something simply had to give.

At least the club had a bit of a positive at the end of the month:

https://i.imgur.com/UkfHxBm.png

You may or may not have noticed that I've taken a pay cut, and it turns out I probably should've too:

https://i.imgur.com/t7zSJ7U.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/E6BdIvu.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/MOnv48U.png

I could well have bankrupted the club with my requests for facilities upgrading, oops.

Finally, as promised there are the youth prospects I've signed:
https://i.imgur.com/UQbnAkK.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/YyQLl99.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/fTcCCa3.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/rzS7oNn.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/3t51UQp.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/vstuobL.png
Personally Cupid is the best of the lot - he's already made his debut, and despite his lack of ambition I believe he can develop into a serviceable defender, hopefully for us to transition into a 3-4-3, because there just aren't any decent RBs around.
McLaughlin doesn't quite count - he's tall af and will also be trained to play in the centre.
Roach-Ruiz and Andre Solomon-Williams are both absolute wastelands technically, but possess some pace and are somewhat willing runners, and I can definitely have use for guys like them.
I'm counting on Ruiz Martinez's good Vision to be our primary playmaker of sorts, though he'll need a lot of work on his other Mental attributes before he can start regularly.
Benjamin Solomon-Williams was the last of this bunch to be signed - good enough in the air, good enough determination, not as good as Cupid for now but who knows a year down the line.



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March 2020


President's Cup Final


https://i.imgur.com/21ms3mm.png

It was a cautious start from both sides and it was looking like we'd go into the break goalless, but for a run and cross down the left from Barnett, which Thomas unfortunately diverted into his own net.
We came out of the 2nd half and scored the second almost immediately, before Lewis made it 3 in under the hour.
Cayman replied with 2 goals of their own sandwiching McLaughlin's effort, but we did just enough to seal the win.

https://i.imgur.com/HvckmNX.png

Oh yeah, trophy number 2 lads.

https://i.imgur.com/p7JjGza.png

Both Elite and Bodden Town crashed out in the first round too, which definitely made the cup win significantly more possible.

We've also had the draw for the other cup competition:

https://i.imgur.com/RkQvhDZ.png
https://i.imgur.com/nlUueLH.png

Rather (very) unusually, the fixture list doesn't display the cup tie, instead showing the league game - also against Academy - on the same day.
No idea if it'll fix itself come the day, but I really hope this thing doesn't crash on me already.

Ok, back to the league:

CIFA National League


https://i.imgur.com/0bNz8eu.png

Managed to forget to switch out Hernandez the cup keeper, who (bless his heart) is nowhere near as good as Leighton Coleman.
Granted the loss wasn't his fault, but Coleman would've saved those I reckon.
At leats McLean got a couple of goals after some time out with injury and only coming back recently.

https://i.imgur.com/iz49YQ0.png

I took the loss as an opportunity to do some squad rotation, particularly since this game was just 3 days after.
Undeniably nervy - the 1st meeting earlier was a close 1-0 win and Scholars with their 4-2-3-1 was inevitably keeping the ball well.
But of course we were always going to have chances with Ebanks-Cupid up top - unfortunately he (and late sub Lewis) fluffed their attempts.

https://i.imgur.com/5gA6LWd.png

The first XI was back in town against Cayman Brac, but it looked like we were headed into another winless streak when Solomon curled it a sumptuous shot for a shock opener.
Thankfully Connolly put those fears to rest with a quick reply, before we put the game away in the 2nd half.

https://i.imgur.com/hJiShO1.png

We've got games in hand on our direct opponents above us, as well as everyone below which gives us a very handy buffer, but we're basically at least 8 points behind the top of the table.
Rather annoyingly, Scholars have also kept themselves just out of reach for now. Still, with a cup title in hand this season has been undeniably fruitful no matter what.

Lastly, the annual youth intake has arrived:

https://i.imgur.com/Xv3knNR.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/2TSmEtU.png

I'll give you guys a proper rundown on the ones I've decided to keep once their trials finish next month.
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February 2020


It's Cup month apparently, so we'll go through that first:

President's Cup


https://i.imgur.com/UW3ILEG.png

Bit of an odd game - scored with our first attack, sat back as their midfield 5 dominated ours but failed to break through, then blew our chance to ice the game at the end.
We don't have any proficient penalty takers in the club too, which has been made all too clear when the coaches are suggesting that Theron Cupid take them.

https://i.imgur.com/NJLPYd1.png

I think we gave way too much respect to Roma United here, being somewhat satisfied to let them have the ball and have the occasional counterattack.
Our chances went up in flames when Wood got his second yellow, and Roma took full advantage to earn a vital win, despite a late flurry of chances on our part.

https://i.imgur.com/czLANVm.png

You have to feel sorry for Roma tbh - having won the 1st leg and leading on away goals at the half in this leg, being blown to pieces in the way that they did would've been mortifying.
That said, what an incredible second half - Barnett and Connolly were at their very best yet again, the former with four assists to add to his goal too.
But the MoTM had to go to Abijah Lewis and his hat trick - another dominant performance from the young striker.

https://i.imgur.com/Kc7V180.png

They'd beaten us earlier in the league, so we could leverage that and avenge that loss, in no better an occasion than a cup final.

Back to the league, where the entire Cup XI was rested:

https://i.imgur.com/Nnlhw4E.png

Our B-Team was probably more concerned with not losing tbh, and to that end we succeeded, keeping a desperate George Town at bay.

https://i.imgur.com/l4ctgVC.png

Bodden Town and Elite are effectively out of reach at this point, but being 6 at the halfway point of the season with 2 games in hand and a cup final is much more that I can ask for really.

Oh and remember how I wanted to rest the Cup XI?

https://i.imgur.com/Dsah4Ks.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/Pftkx4A.png

"Oh give them a few minutes in the U20s, they can't possibly get hurt right"
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Oooh nice work getting promoted with only half a season to work with! Though if that Tuasamu bloke is indeed your best then you'll definitely need some serious reinforcement to stay up imo
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Yeah that's flames

Wouldn't mind copping one of those sash kits though tbfh
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January 2020


https://i.imgur.com/MkB48IW.png

OOOHH, a fantastic victory over a surprisingly under-par Elite.
Ian Barnett was on absolute fire, delivering the corner for Robinson-Rivers' opening goal, before getting his own to seal the game.

https://i.imgur.com/bXXkIts.png

Easily the deadest game in the save so far, neither side showed any requisite quality to win.

https://i.imgur.com/ygwJNjV.png

Sunset are probably the 2nd worst team in the league after Tigers, and we took full advantage of their struggles in a convincing win.
Due to an injury to Joshewa McLean and other administrative issues (transfers out and Tex Wilson playing for the U20s - oops) we started Lewis up top with new signing Ebanks-Cupid (more on him later).
Hell of a debut too, with both players' sheer pace proving too much for the Sunset defence.

https://i.imgur.com/b5aLiTF.png

We were evidently on a roll at this point, and North Side played like a side all too aware of that fact, despite their superior position on the table.
Both wingers were absolutely lethal on the day - Barnett has 2 assists, one of which was for Connolly's goal, and both absolutely ran their respective wings ragged.
Our lowish block also neutered their narrow diamond 4-4-2, limiting them to a couple of shots and none of target.

After the game though:

https://i.imgur.com/wBbTQoZ.png

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqQGUJK7Na4Jog on mate, we did you for 4 alright?

https://i.imgur.com/sho7avn.png
https://i.imgur.com/7PXLVYA.png

This run of form has brought us back into some semblance of contention after the blip earlier in the campaign, though we're still miles away from Bodden Town.
I've also realised why they've managed to win so many games too - turns out they've been going with the dreaded 4-3-3 Narrow, which I'm sure you know will blow many a team out the water.

President's Cup


https://i.imgur.com/ClrzyZu.png

Man this game was sooo satisfying, finally having an injury time comeback win.
It was gratifying to see the team keep plugging away even as we went a goal down, though our quality and reading of the game did leave a bit to be desired.

Transfers


https://i.imgur.com/cQFN4Py.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/G8yJOEo.png

Goodbye and good riddance.
That said, with Bodden Town's fondness of both a 4-5-1 and 4-3-3, it's hard not to see him fit in there like a glove - we'll see if I've just gifted them the league title for the next few seasons.

https://i.imgur.com/KNdGhnV.png

After Wilson's departure Dion Browning was back in the fold as a sub, as I weighed up his suitability for a return to first team football.
Well he didn't, so we signed Ebanks-Cupid instead, who's basically Abijah Lewis with more Determination.
He'll be the new supersub now that Lewis has been promoted to starting striker.

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December 2019


https://i.imgur.com/OdV4j6S.png

I'm just sick of having Andre Wilson at the club to be honest.
Plays poorly the whole match, get a lucky penalty, scores, and we find ourselves back into the game.
Continue to play poorly, gets another penalty and a chance to be a hero - has his penalty saved.
All this on disproportionately high appearance fees too, not worth it at all.

https://i.imgur.com/jY7z3Da.png

For real, you can always count on Tigers to provide their opponents with a pick-me-up.
Game was over by half-time, and it was only our own complacency that gave them a consolation.

https://i.imgur.com/YQL9xjQ.png

... And then life goes "NOT SO FAST"
Such a depressing game - at least Ian Barnett made up for conceding the penalty by delivering the freekick that led to Wood's headed equaliser, but Abijah Lewis didn't manage to redeem himself, with bitting the bar on a 1v1 summing up his day in front of goal.

https://i.imgur.com/5QwIgUN.png

At least we no longer have a losing streak, but our season has well and truly gone lukewarm.
At least we're one of 2 sides who took points off Bodden Town this season, though it does beggar belief how a team with that formation wins 7 games from 9.

The first of 2 Cups is about to commence as well:

https://i.imgur.com/NHtF6FC.pnghttps://i.imgur.com/Sd9MkMb.png

Future are at our level or thereabouts, and we did exchange wins in the league last season, though we did beat them in the same round of the Cup last season, uncanny...
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November 2019


https://i.imgur.com/yNMO4gx.png

A tight game - Scholars had their 3 central strikers which we handled sufficiently well, and Abijah Lewis came through again for us.

https://i.imgur.com/UzCGpNV.png

Such a desperately disappointing result, losing the early lead and conceding at the end of both halves.
That said we didn't deserve to win really, we might've gotten the early lead but we were outplayed throughout the match.

https://i.imgur.com/ndaUuFZ.png

.... Another lead lost, and against a team we'd beaten twice last season.
It's worryingly reminiscent of last season, where Abijah's hard carrying was all for nought due to our defence.

https://i.imgur.com/BpKmSan.png

Oh my head.... The defence was a complete shambles today, continuously losing Leighton Coleman up top, while Roach-Ruiz also conceded the penalty - ex-vice captain and leftback David Lee fired home the spot kick just to rub it in.
We finally woke up in the 2nd half, a double from Abijah giving us some hope. We really should've won too, the three efforts that hit the woodwork making it an even more agonizing day for us all.

https://i.imgur.com/2YMU90s.png

Our decent start to the season has been for nothing essentially, 3 losses on the trot as our defence forgot their basics.

To top it off:

https://i.imgur.com/N8WocsF.png
https://i.imgur.com/EXWdu8r.png
This had been coming for some time - as the most senior player he clearly didn't have the personality I was looking for, and he was already regressing technically.
The last straw came when he came to me complaining about a lack of game time, at which point it was evident that his time here was up.
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Ashley just wants a yes-man doesn't he, he'll even let them spend upwards of 80mil if they behave well enough.
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October 2019


https://i.imgur.com/sFEE0PS.png

Being frustrated against Bodden Town could become a biannual affair by the looks of it.
They set out with a 4-5-1 with a flat 5 again, which is far too negative for a side of their supposed ability.
As with our previous encounter it helped no one as they only had one attacking outlet while ours had to face 5- and 4-men walls - not good if you want an attacking game.
Though honestly the way our strikers were finishing we wouldn't have scored even if Tigers were the opponents.

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Now this was a hell of a rebound.
Things didn't exactly start well as Cupid lost Robinson for George Town's opener (he was poor all game, got a yellow soon after and was subbed off on the hour).
Lewis then equalised from a fantastic Barnett run and cross on the counter, after which it was clear that George Town were there for the taking.
We started going with an attacking approach and sure enough the goals kept flowing, Abijah almost having a hat trick had the ball not been deflected for an own goal instead.
Recent youth graduate Lindo did well too, with a goal and assist on his 2nd start.

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Early doors, but it's always nice to see Elite suffering a shock loss in their opener.
The rest of the league's going to need that to if we're to see anyone else winning the title.
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Expect Spurs to be about 9th come the new year. We're playing away games at Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd, Wolves, Everton, Leicester & West Ham all before Christmas.

So it looks like we're selling Trippier, Rose and Alderweireld and are replacing them with attacking midfielders. Genius.

Please... You know you'll be challenging
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Preseason 2019/20


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It was a terrible, no good, very bad start to preseason - ominous signs were had at the opener against the youth side, where the first team looked disjointed and disinterested; not good.
Those fears were realised against our league opponents, misfiring strikers and lethargic defence being the lowlights of our games.

That said, Tigers can always be counted on to provide a pick-me-up, the league's whipping boys being subject to another thumping.
That seemed to do the trick as we found our mojo back, finishing preseason on a very healthy note of 4 wins on the trot.
Andre Wilson also got firing as he adjusted to life as a striker, which we'll need because Ronaldo Thomas has been regressing (as if he hasn't been bad enough).

A couple of transfers:

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Kemar Thomas was part of the youth intake last season, but was not picked up then due to his lack of ambition.
Turns out our complete lack of quality at left back supersedes any ambition issues a prospective player might have, and as such he'll start for us at LB next season.

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... That is, if we hadn't signed Tex Roach-Ruiz later into preseason.
Granted he isn't as defensively sound as Thomas, but his head is at least in more of a right place, and I'm banking for him to develop into a better player than Thomas ever will (or Jairo Elliot for that matter - remember him?)

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Dion Webb was unhappy at his lack of game time, which I couldn't reasonably give, especially as a central midfielder.
He can't pass, he isn't particularly fast, and he can't tackle - he's a poor man's Andre Wilson and was comfortably 3rd or 4th choice in my book.
Can't say I'll miss him too badly.

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Sounds about right, a place below where we finished last season.
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Rapids eh? Do me a favour and have a wee on Stan Kroenke's mausoleum, cheers

All jokes aside looks like you're doing pretty well for yourself so far
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End of Season 2 (2018/19)


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I was surprised when the bookies had us as favourites - turns out they must've known something about us that I certainly didn't, because that was the best first half we've played all season.
We took it way easier in the 2nd half and gave them a sniff of a chance at a comeback, but this team is understandably not there yet in terms of mentality, to last a full 90 on 100%.

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Ok wow, what a great result - George Town has just won their first game in 6 and were clearly still struggling from that catastrophic loss in form.
We went in red hot in the first half as we did against Sunset, and while they were obviously threatening, it took us conceding 2 penalties for them to reduce the arrears.

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We were red hot right now, and it continued against North Side.
Thomas scored in his 3rd straight game (a hat trick too) while McLean scored his 2nd goal in 3 games - it's good to have him back.

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Elite had lost to Roma last time out, and I expected them to come at us all guns blazing to make up for that mishap.
No, not even close, as we avenged both losses earlier in the season with our biggest win this campaign.
McLean went from strength to strength, a double against the champions-elect and an assist to round off a dominant performance.

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We finished our season with significantly less fanfare and a couple of medium-term injuries, but I'll be damned if I won't take the win.
A bit wobbly towards the end of the game, but our early establishment of the 2-goal advantage ensured our victory.

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What an incredible way to see our the season, managing to more than double our points tally in the last 6 games of the season to finish in the top half.
It was a tight lower half of the table as the season progressed, but such a rapid rise would've been unthinkable just over 2 months ago.

CIFA FA Cup Final


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Awww, look at poor Elite, falling at the last hurdle and failing to complete the treble

Season Review


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Come on man, the real climb happened in May, what's this April to January malarkey about.
Would've also picked the dismantling of Elite as the highlight, considering we nearly self-destructed in the George Town game.

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See, even the fans prefer the match where we gave away two silly penalties, baffling.
It's funny how they keep mentioning the wage issues though, it's all stuck with Andre Wilson and his $150/game appearance fee.

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Shame that Abijah Lewis didn't get into our Team of The Season despite coming in 3rd in the fans' poll.
Really surprised that McLean of all people achieved the best pass completion rate too.

Players of the Season


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Ian Barnett was one of the very few bright spots in our team in the first half of the season, providing both goals and assists as well as a pacy threat on the left.
Unfortunately he then did his knee ligaments and was out for 6 weeks, only coming back as a sub during our winning run.

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An integral part of our end of season run, Connolly was initially second fiddle to Nicholas Murphy, as I wasn't convinced that a guy with Flair of 2, poor ball control and an obsession of Playing His Way Out Of Trouble would be an effective presence on the right - boy was I wrong.
His searing pace was the source of many a goal, and he contributed with 5 assists and a goal.

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Murphy was a decent option himself, as an aerial option to get to the end of Barnett's crosses.
But he definitely suffered when we needed to play on the break unfortunately.

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Abijah Lewis was instrumental in our President's Cup run, and his physicality proved to be effective in the league as well.
He has got that speed and aerial going for him, though the lack of determination is a stumbling block in his development (not to mention a negative towards our squad personality) - as a result I don't see him staying much longer, at least if we see ourselves challenging in the short to medium term.

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Thomas wasn't supposed to be a starter - he was one of a few terrible senior players who would get culled over the season, and was listed for transfer. However, as Lewis faltered (and Browning shit and sent back to the U20s) he was a last throw of the dice.
He repaid that leap of faith handsomely, with his speed causing defences many problems, problems that our own backline were so often be subjected to.
He's got issues of his own though - he's pretty much hit his peak as a player and with poor mentals doesn't add to the squad off the pitch - he'll need to be upgraded on if we're looking to push up the table.

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Josehwa McLean is a funny one - he played at the start of the season and was a complete donkey, so much so that he was dropped around 10 games in as we moved to a 4-2-3-1.
I'm not sure why I brought him back into the fold, but once we went back to a 4-4-2 and hit that winning run he wasn't turning back.
Finally using his body effectively, he added some finishing ability to his skillset and worked well with Thomas.
His propensity to go for a tackle will always put me off though; I tried to train it out of his game but to no avail.

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6 weeks of preseason, in which we can hopefully we can improve the team familiarity so that we won't be playing like a bunch of complete strangers as we did at the start of this season.
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This season's pricing is way out of wack imo, nigh on impossible to build anything resembling a balanced team.

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AHAHAHAHA that's some good karma shit right there

But man... At least you're only 5 points from mid-table? Every cloud etc. I guess.
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