All quiet at the top, Kowalski injured

Round 18 of the ESL gave us some insight as to how some team will shape up over the next few months, with a few changes here and there, there’s a different feel to the ESL at this time of year. Here are the main ups and downs of round 18:

⇑ UP! Adelphia Arsenal, ALFA , Elverpool and New Jorg all won, showing off their strength in depth, with a few injuries, international call-ups and suspensions. In fact, ALFA’s win was away to title contenders Angel. So, a massive boost for their title chances.

⇑ UP! Olympians home draw with Melborg increased their unbeaten run to eight matches, having lost five of their first ten. Patrick Brady seems to have brought in stability to the team. 

⇑ UP! Oakland Forest continued where they left off in late 2016. A big win away from home at impressive San Andreas was the perfect start to 2017. Javier Escalalda looked composed and assured in his first ESL game.

⇑ UP! Debut Goals: both Amorgan‘s Eduardo and Hallas HotspursDavid Sanches scored on their debuts! Double up! Sanches’ goal was the winner against LSG

⇓ DOWN! Victoria‘s home defeat to Pottsburgh (1-0) was more than a six-pointer. It shows a team that cannot compete with its rivals. Against a very average Athletic team, Victoria only managed two attempts on goal- none on target. 

⇓ DOWN! Hillsborough and Carlton also lost (both away). The Bottom three are in danger of falling too far of the pace to remain in the league. 

⇓ DOWN! New Jorg have lost talented playmaker Alex Kowalski for the rest of the season with a broken metatarsal. He injured his foot in the match against Hillsborough in a challenge with Jules Olsen. Olsen was not booked as it was seen as a 50-50 challenge – much to New Jorg Head Coach Chris Millers dismay.  


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