It was the day everyone involved had been waiting for, the return of Saturday football and the crunch top of the table clash with the high-flying Scans (not to mention the BBQ to follow!)
After a good couple of training sessions the last 2 weeks to work off the Christmas pounds, the GAS boys arrived in good spirits with their attention focused on sending a message to the rest of the league and making a statement in the first game back, 100% focus and commitment was required.
All the early pressure came from the boys in gold who were pressing from the off and playing some cracking stuff down both flanks. The first goal eventually arrived after the ball was won back in midfield and Dominic was played down the line and drilled a lovely low ball across the box when Yan arrived at the back post to put GAS in front. It wasn’t long after the first went in that after some lovely play from Tommy, including a nutmeg on the centre back and a sliderule left footed finish, that GAS went 2-0 and Tommy celebrated National Ginger Day with his first of the game.
Saturday afternoon brought the curtain down on a fine year for GAS with a highly impressive record of 20 wins from 26 games, including 108 goals scored! Despite struggling to pull together the numbers for the game, all involved were keen to ensure the year ended on a high and to savour the evenings festivities with a win!
It was another extremely hot afternoon but GAS started on the front foot and could have been a number of goals up in the first 10 minutes but for some better finishing and surprisingly against the run of play their opponents for the day took an early lead as their prolific forward burst through the middle and sliding the ball into the bottom corner past goalkeeper for the day Gerd. The boys in gold were shell-shocked, but, knowing that they were controlling the game heads did not go down and it was a question of when, and not if, they would get the breakthrough. However, it was the dangerman from Drunken Leprechaun, who was anything but a drunken leprechaun, who got the next goal. Similar to his first, using his pace to break through and make it 2-0. It was a massive setback for GAS who had continued to create the better chances but they hit back immediately as the confused Frenchman Yan, took a throw-in in his stride and waltzed through the defence before bending one in the bottom corner, game on!
GAS came into this game on a 3 match winning streak having scored 14 goals in the last 3 games. Confidence was high and you could see that in the players’ mannerisms.
It soon became evident that something was wrong though. Les Gaulois were nowhere to be seen. Not even one player had turned up so contact with the Les Gaulois coach revealed the opposition thought kickoff time was 4pm, not 2:30pm as scheduled.
After a good win the previous weekend, spirits were high when the team travelled to Pattaya to take on FC Planet.
FC Planet would surely be looking to seek revenge for the Cup Final loss last season and GAS were looking to record their first away win at FC Planet and climb up the league standings.
Yet another successful event for GAS!
With the squad’s great show of form in the first two matches of the season team spirit is running even higher than usual, if that’s even possible. Well, to make matters better GAS was scheduled during the one week break this past weekend, the decision was taken that it would be the perfect occasion for some team bonding, and so it was.
GAS VS Sportsman this past Saturday was the second to last game of the 2016/2017 season. With GAS still chasing the hope of the Division 1 title it was imperative we took 3 points with the hope that Red Star could manage to take points from FC Planet.
The game was a scrappy one. GAS started well and created 1 or 2 chances but couldn’t find the break through. That was until Ronnie a.k.a. Philip Lahm stepped up to take a free kick from 35 yards out, thundering in his attempt into the top corner. Keeper no chance. Despite forgetting his shoes and only realising a week later, he clearly didn’t forget how to strike a dead ball. A good goal from one GAS’ men of the season so far. Continue reading