Eborian Super League Round-up | Round 31
The final midweek of the campaign saw a few tired teams, dropping points as the league title race heats up. At the bottom Pottsburgh and Carlton are fighting it out for survival as Hilsborough and Victoria run out of games
ANGEL 1-3 NEW JORG UNITED
Angel failed to cash in on their momentum of the weekend as they gave up three second half goals to fall to New Jorg United. Angel opened with a goal from Alex van der Kamp and looked assured in their play. Chris Miller must have given United the hairdryer treatment at halftime, as a very different New Jorg side emerged for the second half.
Andre Williams, Jake Carter and Kevin Kelly all finished off excellent chances as the Angel defence lost their composure. It leaves the title race very wide open!
ALFA 2-2 OLYMPIANS
ALFA will be kicking themselves after failing to win this Landor derby. Olympians twice came from behind to level this game. Coach Daniel Berkowitz knows this is the type of game that championships can be won and lost on.
ADELPHIA ARSENAL 1-1 HARTEFORD HAMMERS
Adelphia could not undo a spirited performance by a well-organised Hammers team. Harteford stuck to their gameplan, even after Henry Thomas had struck (his 19th league goal of the season) with a low shot. The away side’s persistence paid off with 30 minutes to go, when Marty Collins shot from outside the box. The shot took a slight deflection off David Ayandele and past ‘keeper Alberto. Playing four up front for the last ten minutes didn’t work for Adelphia Arsenal, who were missing the suspended Ryan Givens and Luis Velasquez.
Amorgan Celtic 1-0 San Andreas Spirit
Hallas Hotspurs 4-0 Seafax Strikers
Hillsborough 1-2 Pottsburgh Athletic
LSG 1-1 Elverpool
Melborg 1-0 Oakland Forest
Victoria AC 1-1 Carlton
ESL Round up | Round 30
It changes from week to week! ALFA reclaimed top spot as a nine-man Adelphia slipped up yesterday against Angel. New Jorg and Angel now put pressure on the top two, playing eachother next weekend! This is the closest title run-in in the 29 years of the ESL.
ADELPHIA 0-2 ANGEL
Adelphia slipped up at home, with Angel pulling in a fantastic performance. Led by Alex van der Kamp’s virtuoso midfield control, Angel made more chances and deservedly took the lead wth a van der Kamp through ball linking Giovanni through for a one-on-one with ‘keeper Alberto. Ryan Givens lunged into the back of the Brazilian, causing a penalty kick and red card for Givens. Van der Kamp converted the spot kick.
Adelphia tried to get back into the game in the second half, coming close several times. The game was over in a few short moments though, Giovanni intercepted a back pass from Robinson and easily beat Alberto to make it two-nil. Moments later, Luis Velasquez lost the ball and his head, kicking out at Angel’s Carlos Suárez. Velasquez had already been booked and was given his marching orders.
ALFA 3-0 ELVERPOOL
ALFA regained the lead in the race for the ESL championship with a convincing win at home against fifth placed Elverpool. The hosts denied all of Elverpool’s attacking options in the first half, whilst maintaining a good pace on the attack. Just before halftime, ALFA took the lead when Lauren Féyembé beat his man and crossed in a dangerous ball for Roman Baric to poke home. Just as the second-half was underway, Elverpool had to take off star striker Aaron Johnson who had picked up a knock in the first half. Without Johnson, Elverpool looked a little toothless up front. ALFA commanded much of the possession in the second half and doubled their lead through Alameida. By the time that Myers had headed in a Marshall corner, it was all she wrote.
NEW JORG UNITED 2-1 HALLAS HOTSPURS
New Jorg kept up their fight with a spirited victory over Hallas, who had been on a good run of form. Kevin Kelly and Jake Carter cancelled out Petkovic’s opener against his former employer.
Amorgan Celtic 1-0 Harteford Hammers
Carlton 1-2 LSG
Oakland Forest 2-1 Victoria AC
Olympians 1-1 Hillsborough
Pottsburgh Athletic 1-1 Seafax Strikers
San Andreas 0-1 Melborg
CONCAFA Champions League | Semi-finals, 2nd legs
ALFA 1-1 ADELPHIA ARSENAL
(Adelphia win 2-1 on aggregate)
Adelphia pulled out another defensive/counter display against ALFA in Landor. Soaking up the pressure, Jordan Wilcox caught the ALFA defence flat-footed, teeing up Henry Thomas after 24 minutes to give a 2-0 advantage (and an away goal). It was all chasing for ALFA after that. With Adelphia keeping a resolute defence, ALFA played four up front. They finally scored when target-man Roman Baric made something out of nothing with just four minutes remaining. Adelphia skipper Jerome Mowabé masterminded and commanded the field of play for the full 90 minutes.
UANL TIGRES 3-0 OLYMPIANS
(Tigres win 4-2 on aggregate)
Olympians found themselves struggling early on in this tie. With the heat, the atmosphere created by the passionate Tigres fans, it was quite an intimidating atmosphere in Mexico. When André-Pierre Gignac struck after only seven minutes, Olympians knew they’d have their work cut -out. With it 2-2 on aggregate (and trailing 3-2 on away goals) Hernandinho hit the woodwork from a free-kick and Nelinho went close. In the second-half, a double from Tigres’ striker Eduardo Vargas took the game beyond reach for the Landor side.
UANL Tigres will face Adelphia Arsenal in the final on May 24th.
With three rounds left to be played, who are the favourites to replace AC Victoria and the two other relegated teams for the 2017-18 season?
NL Premier Standings
1st Totterdam SV 68 pts
2nd FC Coratia 65 pts
3rd Rochester United 64 pts
4th Mayona City 61 pts
5th Dunderry United 57 pts
Anderland’s top team, the only one of the four in the Eborian system in the top two tiers. Will be a massive step-up for this team, having showed grit and determination as they fend off the challenge of the Eborian rivals.
Despite being from the tiny island of Coratia, this new kid on the block has surprised many with their attractive style of play. Owned by a billionaire businessman, this tiny outfit has been punching above its weight, with money showing the way as they run for their first try at top-flight football.
Looking to get back where they belong, Rochester have been close the past few years- only to fall short in the final rounds. Have experience in the side and goals in abundance. Will be favourites to ride out the final stages this time around.
The beach-ball city has finally found itself a new rhythm again. Looking to bring back the days of glory to the City side that favours youth and organisation in its approach to the game. Structured team, rarely strays from its 4-4-2 rigid blocks of four and two up-front.
Aiming to get back to their glory days of the ESL, Dunderry have a big hill to climb to get back in the running. Outstanding at home this season, have lost too many goals on their travels to be in the top three. with two away games left, their ability to travel may hold the rest of their fate this season.
Copa Eboria | CEFA Challenge Cup 2016-17
ELVERPOOL 3-2 SEAFAX STRIKERS (AET)
Elverpool booked their place in the final, following a last-minute winner from Aaron Johnson. Seafax, playing in their first semi-final ever, had been three minutes from winning 2-1 in normal time. Elverpool saved themselves with a late header from Brazilian Emerson Dosa following good work from compatriot Dani Basso. Seafax had twice led, with goals from Ratovic and Keys. The first goal had been cancelled out just before half-time, with a Scott Bradshaw header from a Blake Solo free kick.
AMORGAN CELTIC 3-1 NEW JORG UNITED (AET)
Amorgan strick twice in extra-time against a ten man United side. Goals from Eduardo and Ellis left the New Jorg side reeling. Coach Chris Miller was fuming after captain Johan Korsten had been sent-off in normal time. United had taken the lead from the penalty-spot, following Warner’s challenge on Carter. Ameche converted from the spot.
Eduardo had equalised to take the gem into the extra-priod, before the United skipper lunged in on Camara. Having already been booked, it was a reckless decision for Korsten to go in like that.
Elverpool and Amorgan Celtic will compete for the Copa Eboria in the Final on May 20th.
CONCAFA Champions League | Semi-finals
ADELPHIA ARSENAL 1-0 ALFA
Adelphia Arsenal and ALFA kept this game tight and set-up for a dynamic second leg in Landor. In the midpoint of the first half, defender Andre Cooper bombed it down the flank and crossed in an inviting pass that Eddie James deflected into the ALFA net. Despite a deluge of shots in the second half, ALFA could not get their vital away goal.
OLYMPIANS 2-1 UANL TIGRES
Olympians bested their Mexican opponents with a late, rare goal from Hopkinson. Earlier, Nelinho had cancelled out Gignacs away goal. Having conceded an away goal, Olympians will be targeting an early goal, to avoid a potential 1-0 win on away goals. The trip to Mexico will be difficult.