Dentway – a team the Lions traditionally struggle against. In the opening round, all the play was up Dentway’s end. The only goal conceded at the Lions’ end. Barn doors and banjos. So it was a strong Red Lions team that assembled at
the Taipei Equestrian Club Bai Ling Bridge for the final game on Sunday.
The starting 11were pushed in to an attack minded 3-5-2 formation, and from the kick off you could tell this was not going to be pretty, as far as Dentway were concerned. Chasing balls, but not really getting close, the Lions midfield and attack were running the show.
The Polack, on fine form having announced his candidature for the vacant position as club captain, was a hat trick hero (and thereby ordered to buy a round at the forthcoming CPL party) putting on an excellent performance.
Thomas set up the Polack for the first goal, the Lions defence not even slightly troubled by the seemingly non-existent Dentway attack. And when he was not scoring goals, the Polack was setting them up, with Fred scoring the second.
With the Lions attacking and pushing for more goals, Bryan headed up field for a corner, but Dentway broke quickly and although Volker was covering for the Lions defender, he and Charles failed to challenge the Dentway attacker who chipped the ball over Fowler as he was shutting the attacker down. 2-1.
This did not stop the Lions from pressuring the Dentway goal, and all the rest of the half saw the Lions attack. As half time approached, and the sun was setting, the floodlights were turned on, floodlights which are about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
It was game over, despite the scoreline, and you could tell that another goal would simply seal it. And not long after the break, Mora scored that goal after a fine cross from the right. 3-1 and the Lions were cruising to victory.
Sunil had come on for Charles in the defence at half time and had almost as little to do as the new father, Fowler, who was seen reading “Better Parenting” in the goal.
The midfield combination of OG, Logan, Christian, was simply superb – Dentway were simply run ragged the whole game. The keeper made a couple of very good saves, but was forced off injured shortly after the Polack had scored his 2nd and the Lions 4th.
With Mora on up front alongside the Polack, more goals were to follow as the Lions showed no mercy. First Mora set up the Polack for his hat-trick, and then came the move of the game – Bryan made a 60 metre diagonal pass from right defence up to Mora who passed in to OG to score the Lions 6th and final goal. It was without doubt the best pass I have seen as a Lion.
If the Lions have been sleeping so far this season, this was not just the game where we woke up – it’s the performance where we have just boosted our chances of a top 4 finish. With the top 3 essentially out of sight, a victory against Hong Min next weekend could seal another championship for City, but most importantly take us out of 6th.