ESPZEN SS Black 's Match Report
Only game of the day with two 30 mins halves against a Sporting Lisbon side who we knew would be strong. With only 6 players available ESPZEN had to try and conserve energy for a long game ahead and the first few minutes of the game were uneventful for both sides but then ESPZEN produced one of the goals of the season with some brilliant passing and moving resulting in a great inside pass behind the defence from Paul for Cayden to run onto and pass into the net. From there ESPZEN took control and played some great football, moving Sporting Lisbon around the pitch and were rewarded with three more goals in quick succession - Lorenzo on his return from injury, Cayden again and an own goal. But the game quickly changed and within moments Sportings efforts were rewarded as they themselves scored three goals with no response from ESPZEN and went into the half time break just 4 v 3 behind.
The half time break gave ESPZEN time to re-group, the team spoke about needing to help each other when a team mate has the ball to the right, left and through the middle. They took this into the game and quickly scored through Luca and Lorenzo who capitalised on defensive mistakes, On 49 minutes quick play between Paul and Cayden provided a cross for Paul who scored at the back post. As the game wore on and the players got tired ESPZEN showed their fitness and Cayden scored two more goals, one superb long range effort.
Overall a good game from both teams but ESPZEN just had a little too much this time around. Jacob was captain and gave the MOM award to Cayden for his passing and his composure on the ball