ESPZEN Sunday League Season 20 Division 6
United Elite FC vs Kamikaze FC
The other teams in this league are looking over their shoulders with a nervy discomfort. For the second week running, Kamikaze ran out 12-0 winners. To their credit, United Elite, the third placed team, were a decent side, who were capable of playing good football, but they were completely outplayed by this Kamikaze outfit which has finally looked like it has gelled nicely as a war-machine.
The ball was started rolling by Safar who made no mistake after latching onto a through-ball following a quick counterattack. He then turned provider as he cut-back after beating 2 defenders, to provide the easiest of tap-ins for Victor. Victor then turned provider himself, as he regained composure after failing to beat the keeper, to lay up the ball for Barathi to smash home. The first-half was completed by Yeli who again benefited from a Safar cut-back.
The second half saw United Elite looking to contain the damage and they managed to hold the team at bay for about 15 minutes, in which they might have even grabbed a goal, if not for the excellent teamwork between the keeper Aravin and the defence. However, when Pratheep shimmied past 2 defenders to strike home a sensational goal into the left-corner, the floodgates were inevitably broken. Hevy, soon got onto the scoresheet as did Kishen, Mohaan and Shivaanan. Barathi, Safar and Victor got their braces as well, to see Kamikaze home to a comprehensive 12-0 victory, their second on the trot.
At the post-match interview, Team Captain Suresh made the following observations,
"I think we have finally settled into a style. The quick passes and intelligent movement is what is getting us the goals. I think it is very easy to see, that when we run with the ball, we don't get as much goals, as we do when we run off it and make quick passes. So right now, the focus is most important. It is still very early in the season and anything can happen. Leagues are not won by goals first. The goals are important, but the points are even more important. So I challenge my team to go forth and win the next 4 games, and then we can assess where we stand, in terms of the title. But I assure you, there is no place for Complacency in our team. Anyone who thinks, that we are entitled to win just by turning up, better beware of the backlash he will face. We have a job to do, and we will do it."
On that note, Kamikaze enters a 1-week break to celebrate Deepavali. On behalf, of the Team and its Faithful, I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and Joyous Festival of Lights.
Squad: Aravin GK, Prem, Shivaanan, Barathi, Kishen, Gerard, Mohaan, Dinesh Manjan (c), Pratheep, Safar, Victor, Dinesh Neshsta, USPO Suresh, Aravin Yeli, Vicky Hevy
Goals: Safar (2), Victor (2), Barathi (2), Aravin Yeli, Pratheep, Hevy, Kishen, Mohaan, Shivaanan
Assists: Victor (2), Safar (5), Gerard, Kishen, Yeli, Mohaan (2)
Final Score: United Elite 0 - 12 Kamikaze FC