Crown (Spring 2018) Game 7/8 Recap

Crown finished up the regular season portion of the Spring season with a pair of very vital games as they took on the two teams just below them in the standings who were fighting for the two spots in the Playoff Championship. There were a lot of possible permutations of how things could play out but needless to say Crown would know specifically what they had to do once the first result was known. Would they choke? Or would they come through? Here are the recaps.

Crown v TNFC:

Crown began the game very well and scored a pair of tic-tac-toe goals in the opening moments of the first half with Mark and Tim polishing off the nice team moves. And there was more from Crown to come as Simon took a pass from Shawn and finished in the corner to make it 3-0 (with his visiting Pops watching, bonus 👍). Rob was then the next on the board as he tried to make amends for last week by scoring a nice solo effort and Crown held a commanding 4-0 lead at halftime. But the saying goes, ‘It was a tale of two halves’ as TNFC clawed their way back with a pair of goals as Crown were guilty of some sloppy play all over the field. Mark (2) eased the pressure to make it 5-2 but TNFC had Crown pinned in their defensive zone for much of the remainder of the second half. But they were not able to capitalize on their opportunities and when Mark (3) scored late Crown took the important victory which took them to the verge of a spot in the Championship with a game left to play. It was not pretty in that second half and the final score flattered Crown a little but the job was done regardless. read more

Champions League: Quarter-Final Draw

The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 wrapped up recently and it was now time to see what the Quarter-Final pairings would be. But first let’s briefly look back at how my predictions fared for the previous round. There were some tough calls to be made, including choosing Real over PSG and Juventus to nip out Spurs and I ended up doing fairly well by correctly picking 6 out of the 8 matchups with only Shakhtar and Manchester Utd letting me down, but I did say that they would both be tricky ones so I’ll take it. This next round looks to be pretty straightforward to many but there is always the possibility of an upset. Here is a rundown and my picks. read more

FA Cup: Manchester Utd – Brighton Recap

Manchester Utd hosted Brighton in their Quarter-Final of the FA Cup on Saturday night under the lights at Old Trafford. With the Premier League title all but in the hands of their neighbors, plus the recent elimination from the Champions League this past week, the FA Cup has become the only remaining realistic chance at silverware for José Mourinho’s squad. It was not surprising to see a few changes made after the disappointing effort versus Sevilla as the likes of De Gea, Pogba, Alexis and Rashford were on a talented bench. This gave the opportunity for Romero and Shaw to get some valuable minutes and also for McTominay, Lingard and Martial to potentially re-establish themselves as starters. Here was the starting eleven: read more

Champions League: Manchester Utd – Sevilla Recap

After the 0-0 stalemate in Spain, Manchester Utd hosted Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League matchup on Tuesday needing a win to advance to the next round. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were both deemed fit enough to make the bench for this one as Jose Mourinho named an experienced starting eleven tasked with getting the job done. Marouane Fellaini was back in the midefield in place of Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford also got a start after his critical pair of goals dispatched Liverpool last weekend. Here is is a look at the starting lineup: read more

Crown (Spring 2018) Game 5/6 Recap

Two more games to get you caught up on before we enter the home stretch of the season, 2nd Division has been fun and competitive and as you can see from the stats much more balanced with everyone getting involved. We are not ruling out returning to BlueSky but Southlake Stampede will still be our next destination. Ok, right to it then.

Crown v Red Condors:

There were a few core players missing for this one as Captain Keller, Mark and Eddie were unavailable so Josh returned as a sub along with PJ and Chris in net. The Condors began the game down a player so Crown went on the attack early with the man advantage knowing it could be short lived. Tim and Micah opened up a 2-0 lead as they set each other up, before Simon upped it to 3-0 with a fortuitous block of a keeper’s clearance that went straight into the net…totally meant that I mean. The Condors had a few more players arrive and grabbed a goal back to make it 3-1 as their goalie made a rush and roofed one…huh? But Crown were undeterred as the game progressed scoring repeatedly, and while the final outcome was not in question in the waning moments, the POTG sure was as 4 players were sitting on a pair of goals, Tim, Josh, Micah and, drumroll………………..Keith! In the last minute Simon was in alone on the keeper and many thoughts flashed through his mind, including if he scored then there would five players tied and how would the POTG be decided? So he unselfishly faked and dropped a sitter for Tim to complete his hat trick, and we all know what that means. Oh, and Crown prevailed 10-3 btw. read more

Manchester Utd – Liverpool Recap

Manchester United and Liverpool continued their storied rivalry on Saturday in the early kickoff at Old Trafford. The two teams were sitting in 2nd and 3rd place with Utd holding a slim two point advantage going into this one. Liverpool have been playing some free flowing attacking football this season with the trio of Salah, Firmino and Mané doing a lot of damage, so limiting them was sure to be a top priority for manager José Mourinho. Utd had to do without a pair of big stars unfortunately as Pogba was injured in the final training session of the week and Martial continued to be absent also. But this gave youngster Marcus Rashford a chance to find some form as he returned to this starting eleven: read more

Crystal Palace – Manchester Utd Recap

Manchester Utd traveled to London to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League’s feature Monday game needing a win once again to take 2nd place back from their arch rivals Liverpool. Palace found themselves in the relegation zone, sitting in 18th position heading into this one, but knew that with a win they could vault up to 13th spot, so is the nature of the tightness of the bottom half of the table this season. But wins have been hard to come by recently as Palace were 0-8 without the influential Zaha in their lineup. Utd’s lineup has become a bit settled of late and looked pretty similar again with just Martial not making the squad. Lingard was back in, and Mata and Rashford were available from the bench if needed: read more