The battle for supremacy in the faculty of law continued on Monday 11th of July. The matches for the day were year 2 (War Machines) who we got to see in action after their no-show at the preseason games up against year 5 (Ironmen) and also year 1 (Antmen) versus year 3 (black panthers).
YEAR 2 VS YEAR 5
The match was played on the sand pitch inside sports centre. The war machines were putting on a beautifully sewed white shirt with a red vertical stripe on white shorts, an improvement on the jersey they wore last year. The Iron men were putting on their usual dark blue jersey with an orange patch on the shoulder with dark blue shorts. The key question was how well will the war machines gel seeing as they just merged together from diploma and year 1. While the Iron men had only one thing on their mind to garner more points. Some star players on show were Idowu, Robert, Omeiza, Orji for the year 2 team while Year 5 star players were Yemi Adebo, Jide, SAS, Ore Nino to go into battle with.
The match kickoffed and was all about the Robert and Idowu running rings round the defence of the Iron men with their lung bursting runs and passes but there no goal for all the efforts by the War machines. A rare attack by the Iron men brought about a penalty which was unfortunately missed by Birdy for Year 5. The match was becoming boring due to the fact that Year 5 chose to pack the bus and play on the counter for most of the first half. It ended in a goalless draw in the first half.
The second half started the same way the war machines ended it, as they continued to dominate the midfield but there was no end product maybe due to their lack of a good finisher upfront. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. The Iron men will no doubt be happy with the draw while the War machines may regret not converting their midfield dominance into goals.
YEAR 2 STATISTICS YEAR 5
0 GOALS 0
3 SHOTS 2
1 ON TARGET 1
5 FOULS 7
1 YELLOW CARDS 0
0 RED CARDS 0
0 OFFSIDES 0
1 CORNERS 3
55 POSSESSION (%) 45
*Stats by Olumayowa Akinyemi
YEAR 1 VS YEAR 4
Heading into this match, this looked like a David and Goliath battle, but the final result showed that overconfidence can be dangerous atimes.
The match started immediately after the earlier boring match that produced no goals between Year 2 and Year 5. In this match year 1 wore their yellow strips while year 4 wore their black and white jersey. The Black panthers started without Macho who had an injury scare in the match against Year 3 while Seyi law shrugged off his injury to start against the Antmen.
The early proceedings were dominated by year 4 due to their experience on the ball and they were rewarded when Tobolos who started the match stuck with a sweet drive after a defensive mixup by the Antmen. This really sparked more energy into the game as the Antmen began to threaten down the left wing through Ayo who was ably supported by Khalil and Efe who was really getting in the faces of the black panthers midfielders.
The Year 1 players didn’t let their spirit drop as they scored two quick fire goals before halftime. A rare corner by the Antmen resulted in a goalmouth scramble and Ayo was there to poke the ball home. Ayo increased the tempo with his quick feet and trickery which every defender of the black panthers fell prey to. The next goal came from a flowing counter attacking move by the Antmen who exploited the lack of pace at the centre of the defence of the black panthers, as Ayo expertly scored through the legs of Year 4 goalkeeper when he was one on one with him. The first half ended 2-1 in favor of the Antmen.
The second half saw the introduction of Macho and Pablo to possibly help spark a comeback or even win the match. The lead for the Antmen didn’t last too long as year 4 got a penalty after Dominic was bundled over, which Tobolos missed at first but scored the rebound. The scores were level 2-2 !!!
The next key action was when Pablo scored a simple tap in after the buildup involving Quasim and Macho. The year 1 were shocked as they tried to understand how they let slip their lead. Their inability to get the ball out of their defence often led to misplaced passes. I don’t blame their naivety as this is their debut at the LSS games.
However, they made a couple of changes such Semilore coming on. They showed they were not done when the trio of Khalil, Efe and Semilore exchanged passes near the box 18 of the black panthers and Semilore was brought down. Their was initial confusion as to whether that was a penalty or a freekick. The referee pointed to the spot for a penalty, the likes of Mr Ajayi and Ibrahim questioned the referee over the call but the referee was not moved. There was a chance of a hattrick for Ayo but he chose not to take it as their captain Khalil took the responsibility of taking it, all the nerves were showing in him, he struck the penalty low and hard to the middle but the keeper saved it but it was bundled in by no other person than Ayo who alongside Robert from Year 2 have been the revelation of this tournament for me so far.
So the match ended in a 3-3 draw what a match, If you missed the match, I couldn’t have described it better for you.
YEAR 1 STATISTICS YEAR 4
3 GOALS 3
5 SHOTS 7
4 ON TARGET 4
6 FOULS 9
3 YELLOW CARDS 2
0 RED CARDS 0
0 OFFSIDES 1
1 CORNERS 2
52 POSSESSION(%) 48
*Stats by Olumayowa Akinyemi