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Shapingba 2014 Game 2 CQIFC 1-1 Hengxin Shuo-tai Day White

Luck of the Dragon

 

On Saturday 12 April Chongqing International Football Club faced Hengxin Shuo-tai Day White Football Club at Chongqing University’s C Campus.  CQIFC were hoping to bounce back from their first loss in the Shapingba league.

 

Saturday proved to be the hottest day of the year so far in Chongqing, and it didn’t take long for the Exiles to warm up and take control of the game against Hengxin, dominating the midfield and keeping the opposition firmly ensconced in their own half.

 

They had particular joy down the left wing, with marauding left back, Marco Veser, linking well with occasional striker, Matt Newton to get behind the opposition's right back; who appeared more interested in the team of Diablo Aunties practicing alongside the pitch.  Within twenty minutes CQIFC had hit the woodwork twice, and forced a goal-line save from a surprisingly athletic keeper. 

 

But the Day Whites (playing in, erm, red) always looked a threat on the break, and the Exiles had keeper Brad G to thank when he turned back the years and got down well to save a powerful header from a speculative cross at the half hour mark.

 

CQIFC then launched wave after wave of flowing attack.  A shaky Hengxin had only the woodwork for solidity, and it again kept the Exiles from what appeared inevitable; Matt Miles this time crashing a 25 yard free kick against the bar and goal line before it bounced out to safety.  Fate, it seemed, was against them.

 

Towards the end of the first half Kearney was seen to crumble under pressure in the opposition penalty box.  Cries for a penalty were turned away: CQIFC Captain Forrester was the guilty party, with his impossibly pointy elbows forcing his own team mate off with a bleeding eye. 

 

By the start of the second half the sun was bearing down strongly on both teams and the garden allotments at ChongDa.  It did not put off the Diablo Aunties, with the constant whirring from their stringed trickery akin to the vuvuzelas of South Africa 2010.  

 

Alas! the quality of the football did not match up.  Kearney was back on, but Hengxin started strongly, finding space and time in midfield and breaking up CQIFC attacks with ease; making for a much scrappier game.  Hengxin failed to translate their possession into attacking opportunity; with man-of-the-match Alberto reading the game like a book, and repeatedly blocking and heading to safety to keep the scores an even nil.

 

It was perhaps against the run of play when a CQIFC corner was met by the head of Veser and powered past the keeper, ‘The Mad German’ getting just rewards for his attacking efforts and his third goal in three games.  1-0, and celebrations ensued.

 

The lead was short-lived.  Around the half hour mark the Exiles failed to deal effectively with a Hengxin free kick, a wave of reds at the far post outnumbering the defense and between them bundling a short range header into the back of the net. 

 

Tempers started to fray in the heat, and it nearly boiled over when the Hengxin captain decided to practice his non-text book English on Exiles’ powerhouse center back Luc.  Perhaps to preserve a 22 man finish, the referee cut short the renewed attacking efforts from the Exiles and shaved five minutes off the second half.  The game ended 1-1.  CQIFC could feel disappointed given their longer spells in control of the game and superior number of chances.  Roll on next week…

 

 

 
Shapingba 2014 Game 1 CQIFC 1-2 Opp

Blinded by the Light

 

Chongqing, China. A blinding, eye twinkling sun, grandiose old Liangluoku Stadium and rarely seen grass field presented grounds for opportunity this past Saturday as the Exiles of Chongqing International Football Club began their new Shapingba League match with the intention of putting 3 points in their back pocket; but, one too many defensive miscues and key injuries put forth a disheartening 2-1 loss to begin the Spring Season.

 

Stirring motivation, an early test of the jungle overgrown grass pitch yielded a much slower surface than the astroturf regularly played upon by the club.

The exiles kicked off, immediately putting pressure on the opponents; quick passes and formidable pressure up the left wing opened up multiple chances for scores. One corner kick flying over the middle fell to the back post and American Tad Unruh pushed it back across the middle, running through 2 defenders and sliding past 2 other CQIFC members before finding peace in a thorough strike by Marco “The Mad German” Veser.

 

The opponents fought back, pushing CQIFC on their heels, resorting to counter attacks to push into the opposing 3rd, but this wouldn’t be enough; roughly 10 minutes before halftime the opponents countered with devastating results, a 1-2 combo pushing through the defensive line yielded a defensive miscue and the tally became 1-1. Later in the second half after a long defensive battering, the Exiles allowed another goal, leaving their chances for a point behind.

 

The Exiles look to next week to continue their improvement, working together and putting a Shapingba League winning product out onto the field.

 

EXILES HURRAH

 
 
CQ Friendly 0 – 1 CQIFC (CQ Univ C, Shapingba)

Episode 3: The Return of the Great Dane

Chongqing International Football club was back in action this past Saturday, March 8th, in a friendly that was all but cordial; pulling a 1-0 win out of a hat thanks to a well-timed strike from CQIFC legend Morten “Great Dane” Jensen. The air was abuzz with thoughts of a new season as the team arrived in their bright white uniforms to take on an unnamed team at Chongqing University.
 
The game started with the Exiles pouring on the offensive pressure; with the 3 horsemen, Matthew Newton, Matthew Miles, and Evan Forrester controlling the midfield masterfully, both towering over the competition and controlling the flow of the game early on. Several chances on crosses came from Luc Donald’s extended hustle from the Left Fullback position streaking passing combinations with the midfield. It wasn’t until midway through the first half that Morten connected on what would be the game’s ultimate winner.
 
Early slight confusion on the defensive side of the Exiles almost cost chances in the early second half but were immediately swept up by stalwart defensive plays by Bill and Alberto, the “Continental Divide” defense as they are called. Play became chippy throughout the second half as the competitors became aggressive in their goal scoring pursuits; resulting in aggressive play, tackling and a few choice exchanges of words. Ukrainian goalkeeper Vlad cleaned up all of the anonymous opponent chances in the final minutes; holding tight for the victory. Ultimately the Exiles outlasted their opponents with hopes to improve in their forward march towards the Shapingba League and the Spring Season of 2014.
 
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