Dream Leagues – Coats & Goalposts Crowned Champions

‘I have learned that champions aren’t just born; champions can be made when they embrace and commit to life-changing positive habits.’ – Lewis Howes

It’s been well over a month since our last update and since then there’s been a lot of activity going on (on and off the field).  Now that things have calmed down, this is the perfect opportunity to bring you all up to speed with C&G.

It’s finally official… we are Champions of our Monday nights Dream League! With two games left to spare, we’re thirteen points ahead of 2nd place and we’ve been unbeaten in twelve games. It’s been an incredible journey, not only have we bonded even deeper as a team but most impressively, the quality of football. We’re very direct going forward and very slick in possession but what is most pleasing, is winning dirty, grinding out a result and rolling up our sleeves for a battle; it shows we can mix it up when needed.

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League table as it stands.

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We’ve got three players in the top ten goalscorers; with Roddy poised to win golden boot.

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Roddy is currently leading the way with the most MOM awards with Shameek slightly behind.

Winning this championship shows we’ve made massive strides collectively. The competition for places within the team is fierce which keeps everyone on their toes weekly but also keeps everyone driving and pushing each other to become better. I’ve been really blessed to have this special group of people, and being crowned champions in our first league adventure is the cherry on top!

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2017 Champions 🏆

 

 

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Dream Leagues – Coats & Goalposts vs Bermondsey Bundlers

‘It is not up to me whether I win or lose. Ultimately, this might not be my day. And it is that philosophy towards sports, something that I really truly live by. I am emotional. I want to win. I am hungry. I am a competitor. I have that fire. But deep down, I truly enjoy the art of competing so much more than the result.’ – Apolo Ohno

Team line up
Blane
Marlon
Jose
Howard
Shameek
Roddy
Ibz
Helder

Match report

Fixture number five saw us come up against the Bermondsey Bundlers.

I have to be completely honest with you, I’m doing this match report extremely later than planned so my goal-by-goal break down is completely off, simply because I don’t remember every precise moment now. So, this weeks report will look slightly different.

Five goals from Roddy and Shameek helped C&G seal a comprehensive ten-nil win.

C&G who before kick off were third in the league had won their previous three games in league, came up against second from bottom at the Harris Academy.

A game that C&G created a lot of chances in front of goal and defensively gave away nothing, which was reflected in a ever so dominating performance on the night.

With first and second place facing each other we knew this was the perfect opportunity to regain the lead over our rivals. An opportunity we grabbed with both hands – and now we’re back in pole position after the two teams above us drew.

Our next match is against FC Beercelona who currently sit bottom of the league.

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Roddy has scored 13 goals in 5 games.

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Ibz, back in the side.

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Shameek working hard off the ball.

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Howard doing his defensive duties.

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Exemplary performance from Jose.

Goals
Shameek ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️
Roddy ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️

MOM
Jose

Managers thoughts

In Monday’s game we played with real  professionalism, swagger and a killer instinct in front of goal. In a game where we completely dominated proceedings, sometimes it’s easy to take your foot off the gas and allow the opposition back in to the game (and the fact we didn’t was most pleasing). We kept a clean sheet, scored ten goals and now we’re on top of the league – It’s fair to say that I’m one happy manager.

You can watch the highlights of our match here.

Dream Leagues – League Table and Stats

‘When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren’t the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation.’ – Arsene Wenger

Five games in and we find ourselves first in the league, winning four games and losing one. From top to bottom it’s very tight but I feel to win this league you can only lose once, twice if you’re lucky. Currently in this early stage we’re in a great position to contest all the way and our performances thus far have backed that up also. If we can keep performing like this we’ll be a very hard unit to break down defensively and a very difficult outfit to stop attacking wise.

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League tables as it stands.

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Roddy, Shameek and Howard currently sit within the top ten goalscorers in the league.

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Shameek leads the way with the most MOM awards so far with teammates Blane and Howard not too far behind.

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Our next two fixtures coming up.

Goal of the month ⚽️

In October we scored a wapping twenty-eight goals and some of them could’ve easily been goal of the month… just not for this month.

Goal of the month goes to Roddy for his outstanding volley against Egg Fried Reus in the opening week of the league. You can re watch the goal here.

Player of the month 🥇

TBC – voting closes Friday night…

 

Dream Leagues – Coats & Goalposts vs Franca Manca

‘Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.’ – Travis Bradberry

Team line up
Blane (GK)
Jose
Shameek (C)
Isaiah
Howard
Roddy
Tyler
Marlon

Match report

Four weeks in already?! For fixture number four at the Harris Academy we came up against Franca Manca.

We started the game very brightly, moving the ball around at pace, being in the final third and pressing them high up the pitch. Our positive start was soon rewarded when Shameek picked up the ball deep in his own half and he played a through ball to Roddy, who shot first time, beating the keeper at the near post. The second goal followed shortly after Shameek’s corner found Roddy’s head to score his second of the night and his seventh goal of the season. We could’ve added more to our tally before half time with chances falling to Howard, Jose and Roddy but we were happy with our two-nil advantage.

In the second half, we knew Franca Manca would come out and chase the game. In the first five minutes the opposition did exactly that as they pushed to get a goal. We soon got found guilty for switching off as the opposition made it two-one when the ball fell to their striker and his shot hit the post but the ball ricocheted off Jose into his own goal. That was the wake up call we needed and we regained our dominance on the game, we dug deep as a unit, even when the tackles were flying in, we didn’t let them disrupt our play. We finally got the goal the which we deserved when Shameek, who went to take the corner on the left hand side saw a small gap, he then whipped the ball in the goal off the post – which caught everyone by surprise. Franca Manca did pull a goal back with the final kick of the game but C&G were victorious winning three-two.

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Well earned three points from C&G.

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Marlon and Tyler at the final whistle.

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Goal scorers on the night, Roddy and Shameek.

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Solid performance from the boys in black and white.

Goals
Shameek ⚽️
Roddy ⚽️⚽️

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Shameek

Managers thoughts

There was nothing glamorous about how we played or how we got the win. In the first half we had plenty of chances to completely kill the game off but we had to settle for a two-nil lead at half time. In the second half I feel our concentration levels dropped, which allowed them to apply pressure but we dealt with that period well. Despite the three-two scoreline the two goals flattered them and at no point was we not in control of the game.

You watch the highlights of our match here.

 

Dream Leagues – Coats & Goalposts vs Red Hot Azpilicuetas

‘Hard work pays off – hard work beats talent any day, but if you’re talented and work hard, it’s hard to be beat.’ – Robert Griffin III

Team line up
Blane (GK)
Shameek (C)
Marlon
Howard
Roddy
Jose
Junior

Match report

For fixture number three, we lined up against Red Hot Azpillicuetas. After last weeks defeat the boys were eager to get back to their winning ways.

From the first whistle, C&G started very positively and within minutes we got our first goal from a mazy run from Shameek, who cut in to finish low in the corner. Minutes later Howard got his first goal for C&G with a low drive across the goalkeepers grasp. The opposition couldn’t deal with our intensity going forward and we limited the hardly any shots on goal. Shameek grabbed his second with another solo run, and he struck low and hard from distance. As half time started the close in Marlon, scored with a well worked passing move that started on the right, then eventually the worked its way across to the left where Marlon shot low across the keeper and with a little help of the post the ball nestled in – to make it four nil at the half way mark.

In the second half we carried on where we left off, not allowing the away side to find their feet, not giving them a moments respite. Blane (who was mere spectator in the game) threw a long ball up forward and Howard rose high to flick the ball into the goal to make five for C&G. For goal number six, Howard was exposed to a loose ball on the edge of the area, then slid Roddy through who made no mistakes with the finish. The visitors managed to get a conciliation goal after they caught C&G on the break, their striker drove forward and hit the post with his shot but the rebound inadvertently hit Jose and went in. Our goal scoring spree did not end there, Roddy was gifted the ball by the defender and he finished emphatically past the keeper. For our last goal Howard and Roddy played a series of one-twos between themselves and Roddy passed the ball over to Howard from the wide right and the in running, Howard slotted home.

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Roddy has scored five goals in three games.

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C&G attacking in numbers.

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Marlon flying forward.

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Shameek shooting on sight.

Goals
Marlon ⚽️
Shameek ⚽️⚽️
Roddy ⚽️⚽️
Howard ⚽️⚽️⚽️

MOM
Howard

Managers thoughts

All in all I was very impressed with the way we played. It was a very deciplined performance and we didn’t ease up from the pressing, to the movement going forward and defensively we nullified the opposition to very few attacks on our goal. There were also good debut appearances for Junior and Hatrick-hero-Howard on the day. Next week, we have Franca Manca, which should be a tasty match up (yes, pun intended).

You watch the highlights from our match here.

Dream Leagues – Coats & Goalposts vs Gigatrons

‘I developed a mechanism so that whatever mistakes I made, I would bounce straight back. Whatever was happening off the pitch, I could put it to one side and maintain my form. Call it mental resilience or a strong mind, but that is what we mean when we talk about experience in a football team.’ – Gary Neville

Team line up
Blane (GK)
Marlon
Tyler
Shameek (C)
Jose
Roddy
Isaiah
Helder

Match report

For fixture number two, Harris Academy saw us come against Gigatrons, and after the back of last weeks win we wanted to continue with that winning momentum.

From the offset, neither team held back especially in the early stages. C&G raced into a early lead with great combination play between Roddy and Shameek on the right hand side before Roddy cut the ball back to Shameek on the edge of the box, who slotted the ball in. Minutes later, we were pegged back by a defensive error as Shameek tried to clear the ball away but the ball got deflected into his own net by Gigatron’s attacker boot. The away side started to create more chances which tested Blane but their attacking onslaught finally came ontop when one of Gigatron’s midfieldersstook a shot which deflected past Blane which made it two, one to the opposition. C&G managed to make it two-two just before half time with Shameek and Roddy linking well again and this time Roddy slotted the ball low past the keeper.

In the second half we started really slow, allowing the opposition far too much time and space on the ball. At times we struggled to get close to them and they punished us – they scored three goals with no reply as we chased the game and we left us very open on the counter but our postional awareness wasn’t the best which allowed them to get in those positions in the first place. Isaiah pulled one back to reduce their lead but by then the game was finished and the referee blew up shortly after to end the game.

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Shameek working hard off the ball.

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Jose driving C&G forward.

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A MOM performance from debutant Blane in goal.

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Helder jostling for possession.

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C&G closing down in numbers.

Goals
Shameek ⚽️
Roddy ⚽️
Isaiah ⚽️

MOM
Blane

Managers thoughts

Overall on the day we didn’t play too badly but there were a few moments where we got caught out defensively which cost us the game ultimately. On a positive note, collectively, we do create a lot of chances going forward and that reflects on the amount of goals we’ve scored so far. Also it was a great debut for Blane who pulled off some wonderful saves to keep the dream alive but all in all we’ll dust ourselves off and go again on Monday.

You can also watch highlights of our match here.

 

Dream Leagues – Egg Fried Rues vs Coats & Goalposts

‘Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.’ – Paul Bryant

Team line up
Nick (GK)
Tyler
Kai
Shameek (C)
Jose
Roddy
Ibz
Marlon

Match Report

Monday night saw us play our first league match in the 6-a-side Dream League in Bermondsey. It’s a new adventure for us all but it’s an experience the boys and I are relishing and I can’t wait to see how we progress over the next thirteen weeks.

In our first match we came against ‘Egg Fried Rues’ at the Harris Academy. For the first knockings of the match it took us a while to find our feet, with the home team starting quick off the blocks, moving the ball well and creating a few good chances early on. Eventually a few minutes later, they scored to take the lead with a well worked goal from the left hand side. From the restart, we looked more assured on the ball, moving back and forth a lot more quicker. We became a lot more direct in our play, allowing us to create more opportunities to score. Roddy managed to get us back into the game with a great side-to-side and slotted the ball in across the goalkeeper. Our intensity was overwhelming for the opposition which lead to three quick goals from Marlon, Shameek and a wonder strike from Roddy all before half time to take us in 4-1 up.

In the second half, the home side looked more dominant as they started to chase the game to reduce the deficit but we looked fairly in control minimising their attacks. With ten minutes to go they threw the kitchen sink at us and they scored two quick goals. This set us up for a tetchy last four minutes of the game but with a couple minutes to spare Roddy managed to break away from defence and weaved his way to the edge of their area and passed the ball through to Tyler, who finished low underneath the goalkeepers grasp. The home team pulled one more goal back with the last kick of the game but C&G were victorious at the final whistle, winning 5-4.

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Kai driving C&G forward.

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Nick making his debut in goal.

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C&G putting their bodies on the line.

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Ibz getting touch tight.

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Chasing lost causes up top.

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Three points and a smiles.

Goals
Roddy ⚽️⚽️
Marlon ⚽️
Shameek ⚽️
Tyler ⚽️

MOM
Shameek

Managers thoughts

I was very pleased with the overall performance from everyone. We worked really hard on and off the ball and I still believe we have so much more to offer, which is very pleasing but we’re fully aware that we have a lot more hard work do to.

You can also watch highlights of our match here.