Bangkok Veterans League Season #5, Event #23 — Annual Traditional Friendly Derby Match — • 3rd Annual "Bangkok Veterans -vs- Bangkok Francophones" • 29/Nov/2009 • Patana School
Francophones win on a last-gasp last-kick effort
It is November, therefore it must be time for Bangkok Veterans's annual traditional friendly with the Bangkok Francophones. Visions of last year's agonizing lost still fresh in the memories, Bangkok Veterans arrived to this year's friendly with a lot of enthusiasm and a strong 20-men squad.
A quick e-mail went out to all the Vets on the VetsLeague mailing group, and we had another talented squad in a flash once again: • Veterans League
- Eralp (M) • Maple Leafs
- Anton • Thailand Superstars
- Chumphot • British Club
- Preben • Fosters Masters
- Michael • Persian Princes
- Mohsen • Southern Cross
- Bruce • Anatolian Turks
- Beyhan (C) • Sunbelt United
Bangkok Veterans stuck with its usual defensive format in this challenging game, and kept 4-1-3-2 formation.
The Starting-11 was decided as follows:
Also, in addition to friendly "Vets Spirit" rules, we adopted 2 new weird rules specific to this friendly which reflected the Francophones unique approach to football.
• player-fouled-takes-the-kick <== of course, Eralp the Organizer was the first to break this rule!
The Period-1 was an even game all around, where both teams preferring not to commit too many errors.
The only real action of the period was, on a wrong pass in the Veterans defence, Gilles broke through rounded Vets goalkeeper, Ali, and rolled it in for an easy one — only to find Bruce making a supernatural run back to cover the goal, and kicking it away right on the goalline.
• First Break ==> Veterans 0 - 0 Francophones
A gentle teamtalk among the Vets at the break on tactics and playing style, and thankfully, no serious outbursts from anyone.
In Period-2, the Vets really took control of the match, and were swarming on the Francophones goal from all directions. Yet, it was obvious none of them brought their scoring boots, and many chances came, and all of them squandered. Equally, Silas in the Francophones goal was upto the task as well.
Totally against the run of play, the Francophones found themselves crossing into the Vets penalty-box, shooting and shooting repeatedly, just no clear clean clearance. Finally, the ball rolled to Ludo's favourite left foot, and he blasted from the left edge of the penalty-box, all the way through the heavy traffic in the 6-yard-box, into the inside right net. The Francophones were jubilant, and the Vets in disbelief. [Score: 0-1]
Right after the kickoff, the Vets were all over the Francophones goal, but could not produce the goods once again.
• Second Break ==> Veterans 0 - 1 Francophones
The Period-3 appear to be a mirror copy of Period-2, the Vets constantly putting the Francophones goal under heavy pressure.
And, finally, about 5 minutes before the end, in a skirmish in the Francophones goalmouth, someone kicked the ball into the goal, and Silas first caught the ball then fumbled it, and under pressure, he slapped it into his own goal. The Vets were ecstatic. We'll take it [Score: 1-1]
When everyone on-&-off the pitch started murmuring that we're headed into the dreaded penalty-shootout, the Francophones produced another feat great achievement on another bad Vets clearance, Chris smacked a nice low one right on top of the penalty-box, and slipped it through everyone, into the back of the net, on a last-gasp last-kick of the match [Score: 1-2].
Nothing the Vets can do, but to take another defeat in Ronaldo-10 whites honourably.
• Full Time ==> Veterans 1 - 2 Francophones
Oh, Period-4 was spectacular — trophies, beers, wine, cheese, baguette, salami, cognac, pate, and most importantly — songs!
The Francophones definitely had the upper hand in this period — no contest! The Englishmen in the Vets contingent only had "Marry had a little lamb" to respond with, even getting the "Yellow Submarine" stolen to the Francophones.
It was just a wonderful day of football, friendship and camaraderie. Many thanks to Dominique and the Francophones for great annual traditional game which was the most enjoyable and action-filled of all the 3 years.
Although Dominique had left this annual traditional friendlies Permanent Cup in his living room with all the rest of LeCoq French trophies, he must have had a hunch that it would stay there for another year.
Eagerly looking forward to the 2011 edition.
Picture 1 — Bangkok Veterans had a very strong squad at this year's annual traditional friendly. Pictured are: Standing: Ali, Alen, Tony, Preben, Martin, Dave, Francesco, Yao, Beyhan, Chumphot Front: Eralp, Bruce, Michael, Anton, Vern, Guy, Matt, Yilmaz
Picture 2 — Francohones's Captain Dominique and Veterans's Captain "on-the-day" Beyhan, imported all the way from Australia, exchanging gifts right before the kickoff.
Picture 3 — Francophones's Chris blocking the ball in the midfield.
Picture 4 — Ludo building the Francophones's attack from the midfield.
Picture 5 — Huge crowds on the bench watching the game breathlessly.
Picture 6 — Victorious Francophones proud to display the French flag.
Picture 7 — Attack on the good start in Period-4.
Picture 8 — Eralp the Organizer joins the French in their national anthem.
Picture 9 — More songs follow.
Picture 10 — Eralp the Organizer calls onto the Francesco to hand over the Goal of the Day trophy.
Picture 11 — Francesco congratulates Ludo for his superb goal, and presents Goal of the Day trophy.
Picture 12 — Eric presents the Runners Up trophy to Matt in an emotion filled atmosphere where we almost witnessed a tender kiss.