Eboria & Marida prepare for the WNC finals

Eboria & Marida prepare for the WNC finals

WEFA | World Nations Cup

Both teams have finalised their squads, played their warm-up games. Now comes the hard part- three games that will shape their destiny!

Eboria have to play Australia, Italy and Belgium. The squad is as ready as it can be. It will be interesting to see if the injured experienced couple of Murphy and Buckhalter will be missed, being replaced by youthful Jordan Wilcox and Mark Vladic.

Marida have to face one of the favourites- Brazil, with Mexico and Nigeria completing the group. Marida have the firepower to take on two of these teams, but have looked a little weak at the back recently.

We will soon find out if either squad is strong enough to get out of their groups. If they can rech the knockout rounds, then who knows how far they can get?!

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Eboria World Nations Cup squad announced

Eboria World Nations Cup squad announced

 

Tony Jones gave us all something to talk about, when he announced his 23 man squad for the World Nations Cup Finals squad in Portugal and Spain.

There were some surprise inclusions and omissions, in what is a fairly young squad.

No place for veteran keepers, and there was a place for Zack Freeman, as reserve striker- ahead of Bobby Kendrick. Freeman struggled to get a club place this season, but scored four goals in three games for the national side. It must be said to be a gamble. Continue reading “Eboria World Nations Cup squad announced”

Champions Crowned! Final Round- ESL 2017-18

Champions Crowned! Final Round- ESL 2017-18

ESL 2017-18 | Final fixture

FC CORATIA  3-4  ADELPHIA ARSENAL

Adelphia Arsenal signed off the ESL 2017-18 season as champions, with an entertaining 4-3 win over FC Coratia. Already assured of the title, the Adelphia team looked relaxed and composed, running into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Jordan Wilcox and Luis Velazquez. They led 4-1, until two late goals from Costanzo and Soares made it closer than it had appeared for most of the game. Coratia will be proud of their first ever season in the ESL. Continue reading “Champions Crowned! Final Round- ESL 2017-18”

ESL Round 33: Adelphia clinch title with win, all tight at the bottom

ESL Round 33: Adelphia clinch title with win, all tight at the bottom

Eborian Super League | 2017-18 Season | Round 33

Adelphia Arsenal wrapped up the title in the penultimate round, having an unbratable four point lead at the top. Meanwhile, the race to the bottom, or escape out of it heated up. It will be all to play for next Saturday.

ADELPHIA ARSENAL  2-1  HALLAS HOTSPURS

In the late Saturday night Kickoff, Adelphia looked unusually nervous in front of the prime time cameras. Fernando Marquez provided a 9th minute lead, with a brilliant header, but Hallas always looked like scoring. Hallas indeed got their equaliser on 49 minutes, when Peter Harvey snuck in at the far post to pop the ball in. Adelphia took back the lead, 26 mins before the end, when a neat 1-2 between Wilcox and Thomas enable the former to set up Luis Velasquez for a low tidy finish. Adelphia had done enough this year! All wrapped up with one game to go, taking in the celebrations in front of their home fans. Continue reading “ESL Round 33: Adelphia clinch title with win, all tight at the bottom”

ESL Round 32: ALFA hold Adelphia, gap at top to four points

ESL Round 32: ALFA hold Adelphia, gap at top to four points

Eborian Super League  | 2017-18 | Round 32

ADELPHIA ARSENAL  1-1  ALFA

Defending champions ALFA were not willing to perform the guard of honour for Adelphia Arsenal, and it showed in a stubborn and persistive performance at the DIY Depot Arena. Once again Roman Baric struck early to give ALFA the lead, but they failed to hang on to that lead- sitting back and trying to block the borders. Adelphia are masters of the counter-strategy, but also can adapt to circumstances. When nothing else was working, skipper Jerome Mowabé played a nifty one-two with Jordan Wilcox and curled the ball into the far bottom corner of the net.

FC CORATIA  2-2  ELVERPOOL

Elverpool will feel that they dropped points away to Coratia, but to the neutral eye, a draw was a fair result. Emerson Dosa and Jimmy Langford’s goals were cancelled out by fine strikes from Shannon Davis and Hermosillio.

OAKLAND FOREST  1-2  NEW JORG UNITED

New Jorg United kept up their claim for the title, with a goal apiece from Michael Odonkwa and Aron Mulder. Boorgarde had equalised for Oakland, whilst Peter Aguba missed  a penalty late on. Even so, United looked fairly safe in this outing. With two to play, they can still claim the title.

AMORGAN CELTIC  1-2  ANGEL FC

Amorgan Celtic gave up two late goals, giving Angel an outside hope of claiming the championship. Roberto De Melo cancelled out Eduardo’s 15th of the season, before captain Marcelo Santos gave one more captain’s winner to the cause.

HALLAS HOTSPURS  1-0  HARTEFORD HAMMERS

Hallas went one step further in confirming their survival in this vital six-pointer against the Harteford Hammers.  Eddie Decker’s late strike pushed Hallas four points safe.

Other results:
Melborg FC  2-1 LSG
Pottsburgh Athletic 1-0 Olympians
San Andreas Strikers 3-2 Rochester United
Seafax Strikers 1-1 Totterdam SV

The Table:
Adelphia’s lead is cut to four points, though they can still clinch the title next week.
Coratia and San Andreas moved up, whilst Amorgan moved down.

Seafax moved out of the the bottom three and hold their own destiny in their final two games. Rochester will play Harteford in the final round, we await to see if that’s going to be significant.

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Murphy suffers setback- may miss start of next season?

Murphy suffers setback- may miss start of next season?

Eborian Super League | Eboria NT | Melborg FC | Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy suffered a setback in his injury rehab, as he twisted his knee doing a minor workout. The pain caused him to stop immediately and sought medical advice. It appears that he is definitely out for the summer’s adventures in the World Nations Cup, but now he may miss the start to the 2018-19 season for Melborg.

At today’s press conference, Head Coach David Wilkerson broke the news, stating “it is with deep regret that we have to announce the possible delay in rehab for Matt, who has been battling all year to get back on the field. He has been so strong in his fight, but he will have to be stronger and more patient, to get back onto the field. Please send your hopes and best wishes to Matt as he tries to pull through this devastating setback. ”

The Melborg skipper has been missing from the team since August last year, they have most definitely missed him.

ESL Round 31: Adelphia hone in on trophy

ESL Round 31: Adelphia hone in on trophy

Eborian Super League 2017-18 | Round 31

Adelphia Arsenal sharpened their grip on the ESL championship with a 4-0 win over hosts Melborg. New jorg United , Elverpool, Angel and ALFA all won too.

MELBORG  0-4  ADELPHIA ARSENAL

A Henry Thomas hat-trick saw Adelphia ease past Melborg and keep their six point lead at the top intact. Luis Velasquez added a final insult with the fourth in the 90th minute. HC Frank Lebeau sang his team’s praises adding ” We have really picked up the pace and intensity as we close in on what we feel is within our grasp. We have been clinical today, in defence and in attack, I am so proud of their hard work and mental toughness” Continue reading “ESL Round 31: Adelphia hone in on trophy”

3CL: Real and Nova to meet for the trophy

3CL: Real and Nova to meet for the trophy

CONCAFA Champions League | 2017-18 | Semi-finals

NEW JORG UNITED 2-2 NOVA PORTO  (NOVA WIN 5-3 ON AGG.)

Nova Porto bested New Jorg United in the first semi-final on Tuesday, following a 2-2 draw in New Jorg. United led 1-0 and 2-1, giving them some hope, but they could not stop Nova Porto from levelling and taking a 5-3 aggregate lead, plus an away goals advantage.

Nova shut up shop for the last twenty minutes, as the hosts, needing three more goals to go through failed to trouble the scorekeepers again.

JUVENESE 1-2 REAL MARDIS (REAL WIN 6-3 ON AGG)

The ‘FSN’  show was too much for the Latanian giants’ defence, scoring two away goals to put the tie beyond any doubt. Juve scored a late consolation, knowing they will have to be a lot stronger in defence next time around.

Real and Nova will meet in the final next month. An all-Maridian affair.

 

 

ESL round 30: Elverpool harm NJ’s title hopes as the Arsenal keep winning

ESL round 30: Elverpool harm NJ’s title hopes as the Arsenal keep winning

Eborian Super League | 2017-18 |Round 30

New Jorg United’s second defeat in three rounds leaves them  six points off the pace in the race for the ESL Title. Adelphia maintained their good form, whilst at the other end Pottsburgh, Hallas and Seafax all picked up a point each.

NEW JORG UNITED  1-3  ELVERPOOL 

Chris Sulley was shown a straight red card in the ninth minute, for an awful tackle on Emerson Dosa. Despite this, United took the lead before the break, with a Peter Aguba special, breaking past the Elverpool line to slot home.

Elverpool regathered for a second period against 10-men, Defet. nder Chris Tallé headed in from a corner, to equalise.  With twenty minutes left, Axel Heinz took over and produced two fantastic strikes to leave the United fans looking in disbelief at their title hopes. ‘Pool maintained their six point advantage over ALFA for the final 3CL place.

SAN ANDREAS  0-2  ADELPHIA ARSENAL

Chris Bartowski gave the visitors the lead, in a hard-fought battle in San Andreas. The Spirit had plenty of their namesake, but couldn’t find the elusive equaliser, Balasz Nagy coming closest. In stoppage time, Luis Velasquez finished off a classic Adelphia counter attack, involving Henry Thomas, Jordan Wilcox and Velasquez.

ALFA  1-1  HALLAS HOTSPURS

ALFA’s poor home form continued against struggling Hallas. Roman Baric struck an individualistic goal from nowhere in the 7th minute. ALFA could not produce a second, and it cost them. Hallas levelled on 50 minutes through Emerson Alaves. Paul Leek was sent off with 17 minutes remaining, but the hosts couldn’t produce anything worthy of breaking the deadlock. A point each, no more than either deserved.

Other results:

LSG  0-2  Angel FC
Amorgan Celtic 3-1 FC Coratia
Olympians  4-2  Harteford Hammers
Rochester  1-2  Melborg FC
Oakland Forest 1-1 Seafax Strikers
Pottsburgh  1-1  Totterdam SV

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