Monday, June 9, 2014

2013 to 2014 the season in figures

I saw 42 games and 126 goals.

Biggest home win:
Cambridge Women 9 Fulbourn Bluebirds 0 (16/3/14)

Biggest away win:
Ely City 1 Godmanchester Rovers 5 (21/4/14)

Most goals in a match - 9:
Cambridge Women 9 Fulbourn Bluebird 9

The stadiums:
The Unwin Ground, Ely 17
The Walks, King's Lynn 4
NSK Olympiskiy, Kyiv 3
The Recreation Ground, Thetford 3
The Emirates Stadium, London 2
Craven Cottage, London 2
Carrow Road, Norwich 2
London Road, Peterborough 1
Crown Meadow, Lowestoft 1
Westwood Road, St Ives (Cambs) 1
Dynamo Stadion, Kyiv 1
Obolon Arena, Kyiv 1
Villa park, Birmingham 1
The Pirelli Stadium, Burton 1
Brisbane Road, London 1
The Gold star Ground, Felixstowe 1

The competitions:
Eastern Counties League Premier 12
Preseason friendly 4
Northern Premier League Premier 4
English Premier League 3
Emirates Cup 2
Ukrainian Premier League 2
International friendly 2
Eastern Counties League Cup 2
Cambridgeshire League Senior A 2
Ukrainian Under 21s League Premier 1
Ukrainian League 2 -1
Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup 1
English League 2 -1
FA Cup 1
English League 1 -1
South East Combination 1
Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup (women) 1
John Ablett Cup 1

Monday, June 2, 2014

Italy 0 Ireland 0

On Saturday we went to see Italy take on Ireland at Craven Cottage as a World Cup warm-up game. It was a n experimental Italian team and a spirited performance by the Irish. Italy also had a couple of hard knocks in the game, with captain on the night, Montolivio being carried off with a broken leg after 15 minutes. Giuseppe Rossi, who was brilliant for most of the season at Fiorentina before picking up an injury was also given a chance, but ultimately he wasn't fit enough and hasn't made the cut for the final squad on the back of Saturday's performance.

David Forde was in good form in the Irish goals and saved early on from a good shot from Claudio Marchisio, but the first real chance came on 21 minutes when Owen Pilkington curled in a free kick, which Salvo Sirigu did well to save. Darmian of Torino who was making his debut for the national team came close a minute later, but it was Ireland who were looking the most convincing going forward and Sirigu was at full stretch to stop stinging shots from David Meyler and Shane Long in the half. More disaster struck Italy in the first half when Aquillani, who had come on for the injured Montolivio also limped off injured.

Ireland continued to pressurise the Italians in the second half with both Long and Pilkington forcing Sirigu to make good saves in the opening encounters in the half. It was Italy who were the first team to put the ball in the net when on 56 minutes Ciro Immobile put the ball in the goal, but it was ruled offside.

Antonio Cassano was introduced shortly afterwards and Italy looked a lot more confident and went for the win. It was again Ireland who came closest though and with 12 minutes left Stephen Quinn hit the inside of the bar with Sirigu beaten, but the game finished 0-0. Ireland can be proud of their performance and Italy will know that they will have Balotelli and Pirlo to come back once the World Cup starts properly.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

King's Lynn Stars 54 Coventry Bees 35

It was a great result for the Stars who went 10 points clear at the top of the Elite League and Nicklas Porsing, Robert Lambert and Lewis Kerr were on impressive form for the Stars, but the night will probably be remembered for some other reasons.

In race 9, which was ironically sponsored by an ambulance company Dsrren Mallett crashed with James Sarjeant of the Bees and both of the riders were taken to hospital. When the race restarted after about an hour Jason Garrity of the Bees crashed his bike into the concrete and the bike went flying over the fence. Fortunately he wasn't hurt though and the race continued.

Nevertheless, the Stars totally dominated the Bees, who were also on a fine run of form especially on the road. They won a series of matches 5-1 and if it wasn't for the Bees Hans Andersen who won one match when wearing the double points helmet and gave the Stars a run for their money in other heats the margin could have been even greater.

Photos from Italy 0 Ireland 0 at Craven Cottage

Yesterday we went to see Italy play Ireland in a World Cup warm up game. A match report will follow soon, but here are some photos for now.