Today we played our last tournament of the season in the Midlands league. We played four (yes , four!) games:
Cambridge 6 – 1 Oxford
Zia (penalty shot)
A very strange game. We started off with solid defending and good offensive presence, unfortunately not being able to score. But then, inexplicably, Felix got a match penalty (we still don’t know why) which made it very hard for us. On the upside, we did not concede in the following 5 minutes when we only had 4 players. Zia scored an amazing penalty shot, but Cambridge scored 3 more goals and we couldn’t come back.
Warwick 2 – 1 Oxford
A game that lasted only 20 minutes that we expected to win. After an early goal from Matthias, we felt rushed to win the game and made too many mistakes in defense, leading to Warwick’s 2 goals.
Nottingham 2 – 2 Oxford
After a period with no goals and good defending from both teams, Nottingham took advantage of 2 defensive mistakes to score. A goal from Dan right off the face off in the third period gave us some hope, especially after Maxi scored our second goal, but the game ended before we could score a third goal. We created lots of chances but couldn’t score enough.
Manchester 2 -2 Oxford
Very close game where we created a lot of chances (a recurring theme), but Manchester’s goalie played very well. We were up 2-1 and then Manchester scored in the last 4 minutes.
Despite the disappointing results, the team played well. We had much better offense than in the last couple of tournaments but we got a bit unlucky and couldn’t actually score. It’s also worth noting that we were missing some key players (Milan, Alberto and Andy) due to some unfortunate circumstances.
Well done to Maxi and Matthias, who both scored their first goals this season! A special mention for Dan, who played on his birthday and scored 2 goals!
Back row: Lucas Buzaglo, Dan Zaitsev, David Morrey, Johan Cassel, Richard Matoušek, Maxi Strobl, Matthias Dilling
Front row: Felix Westerén, Ian Yang, Raimonds Rimarenko, Zia Saleh