Goals: Jimmy Q, Iaianianain, Connla
Stadium of All Your Dreams Coming True (or Phuoc Long A)
Attendance (not including subs): five grubby street urchins that Roel didn’t trust.
The Saints got preseason off to a fine start with a well-earned win against last season’s league champions Olympique (with a light sprinkling of Hotshots). Never behind during the game, the Saints went 1-0 up with a strike from assistant-to-the-fitness coach James Quantrill that no goalkeeper in the world could have kept out (that is if the goalkeeper was blindfolded and had his hands tied behind his back -- not sure what this guys excuse was). Still that’s why the Gaffer… actually we have no gaffer but if we did, he would say this: “Always get your shots on target fellas!”
Olympique replied with a fine strike of their own that volunteer keeper and fitness coach Joseph Keogh – looking magnificent in luminous yellow – couldn’t get a hand to but Joe’s speed off the line was key to the Saints avoiding about 10 one-on-ones and he was voted man of the match for an impressive turn between the sticks. Joe even grabbed an assist for the Saints second goal after 60 minutes with a massive kick that put through renowned speedster Iaianaiaiaian Campbell who put on his LEGENDARY after burners to surge past the defence and give himself enough time to smash a sweet strike into the bottom corner. Did someone say it was positively Ronaldo-esque (celebration)? The Saints were then unlucky to concede a second as an Olympique shot deflected off Simon Graves’ head to wrong foot Joe. Down but not out, the Saints attacked and the Future Mayor of a Small but Well-Functioning Town Roel Borremans curled a beaut of a cross for Ze Webmaster to head the Saints back into the lead with only a few minutes to go. The team then reconvened for light refreshments and sandwiches at Game On before having an early night ('cos, you know, it's preseason).
Next week: Saigon 7s, Reloaded Tournament.