Vikings vs. LongTang FC
It was a big weekend for the Vikings squad as they had 3 new debutantes ready to pop their Viking cherries. It was a ramshackle line-up but one with lots of potential and a big gamble by the management as they moved Dragos “Give me your Wallet” Olaru up to midfield to see if Gypsy Magic could overcome the minefield that was the pitch conditions. This was a game of tactical discipline and as usual with the Vikings, missed opportunities.
The German Firing Squad
The Vikings rocked a 3-5-2 formation that held firm for most of the first half. From a defensive and midfield point of view, everyone knew their role and played them almost to perfection. Longtang wasn’t the team to test the physicality of the Vikings and a lot of time was afforded to them on the ball. This helped with the dominant possession #’s for the Vikings during this half. The Vikings forwards almost seemed like they could develop an attack into the LongTang box almost at will. But as the Vikings have found out all season, the easier the chance the more likely it will become a song lyric from the songbird of a generation, Les Campbell. Who can somehow rhyme anything with the name “Wally”, “offside” or “wide open chance”.
Stefan and Dragos seemed to be able to communicate well with the team and were distributing the ball well. The pitch made it hard to be precise with the passes but they managed to keep their composure and make a difficult task look easy for most of the game.
Mikkel ‘own goal’ also produced a vocal and organized performance. Keeping his wingmate Fucking Chris composed and threatening on the wing as he did with Alex and Wolf as well.
A great display from Alex and Gary helped improve the Vikings fight when the team started to look like concentration was lacking. Alex was giving “Janus like” piercing runs down the wing and really making his man work. He challenged every ball and gave Bruun some great chances down the byline. After the game he could be heard saying , “I will never play centre back again!, I’m a natural winger and never knew it”. He also found out that he’s been playing with his wrong foot his entire life. The things you learn playing for the SH Vikings.
Gary on the other hand knew exactly where he was and what he was there to do. Crush the dreams and joy of any LongTang players. He was calm and cool taking the ball off players and never seemed to lose possession. He had the reflexes and tenacity of Stefan Sogaard on a Zapata’s dance floor. He was even mistaken for Stefan by the bench at one point, which means both players are ready to start rocking their Beijing bikini bods this April.
This game would have been a sad show for the Vikings finishing skill, if it wasn’t for the Mad German Jasper. He was a constant physical menace to Longtang and seemed to get the right read on the bounce with each attack forward. If he wasn’t fouled that is. Jasper hasn’t made many loving relationships with the officials this season so very few calls go his way. But Jasper’s grit and fight to stay on his feet led to 2 Bavarian made goals! In true German fashion they came of the assembly line in near perfect similarity. A through ball up the middle, a good bounce off a bumpy pitch, a nice flick and turn, an attempted foul tackle that he shoved off with ease to set himself for a thunderous low shot from the middle of the 18 straight down the goalies throat. Potentially savable but Jaspers ferocity ensured it hit the back of the net. 2 goals that gave the Vikings the cushion they needed to control the game.
The game wasn’t over yet and Stefan reminded the team of it’s Arsenal like vulnerabilities, “2-0 is the most dangerous lead to have Vikings, remember that”.
Loss of concentration
The team was able to maintain their formational prowess but a lack of conviction and energy on the ball would cost the Vikings in the second half. Players started to be second to the ball and a lot of mincy passes that didn’t have any conviction behind them, began to plague the team. Like most Vikings losses, they let the other team back into the game.
A nagging problem for the Vikings is giving fouls in dangerous areas.
A foul given on the top corner of the box seemed like a not so dangerous situation. But for this one moment, LongTang played a very accurate cross into the box and also straight to a wide open player who didn’t even need to fight or jump to pop a cute header into the back of the net. A rare lapse of concentration on the defence on this one but that changed the tempo of the game for both teams.
There was a beautiful piercing run down the wing from new AKENZ underwear model Jakob Wolf. He plowed through his marker to the byline and turned to the net. But in unselfish Danish fashion whizzed the ball to an awaiting Prince who somehow had the ball fly up and hit his face, hand and foot all at the same time. A missed wide open goal and a tale as old as time on this day.
Bruun, who was a potent threat all game just couldn’t stop hitting the post and at one point had a beautiful breakaway with just him and the keeper. Instead of utilizing his quick release that is his staple, he tried to Robinho the keeper, which put it straight into the goalies hands. It was a move even he looked surprised at that he attempted as he stood in disbelief with his face in his hands.
Jasper could have scored 5 on this day but bad calls and pesky posts kept him from his “Perfect German Hat Trick” in both halves of the game.
Overall it was a solid Viking performance with a few coaching points that were easy to take back to the training pitch. I don’t remember everything from this game so please forgive me if I missed any of your solid play. But keep it up and I will be sure to mention you in the next chapter of this exciting Vikings season!
Vikings 2 Longtang 1
Goals: Jasper x2
Saften – once again Captain fantastic was fighting like a true Viking warrior keeping the team together and so he charmed all his team mates to vote for him.