Appetiser over, everyone now arrived, it was time for the main course!
Garry C 7 - 0 Grant N
Garry C 2 - 5 Steve E
Graham S 3 - 3 Garry C
Simon K 6 - 2 Garry C
Jon G 7 - 4 Garry C
I entered the players into the fixture program in finishing position order from the first tournament but once again my opener was against Grant, which ended 7-0. After a 4-month famine, Steve was not only tucking into this feast of KO2, he was hungry for revenge! A tight, tight game which remained 2-3 for a long time, but like all top players found the extra gears to pull ahead late on and finish 5-2 up.
Really grateful that Gra made the journey too last night making his KOBRA debut to be the super 6th player!
Our games are frequently open affairs, just like this one. I started brightly though struggled to find the net and a 1-0 lead can change in seconds. Sutty's determination paid off though when he created two opportunities in quick succession and converted them both. So that's how you do it! I wasn't giving up either, even though my gameplay was more than a little laboured. Leading 3-2 I was kind of willing the final whistle to come. Late on, with Gra racing through, I took his player out. Justice prevailed however with Gra converting a dead straight free-kick 'lob'. Well played, mate. I remember I've skunked wins off you in the past and this (and probably more than this) has been on the cards for a while. B*stard!
Now I don't want this to sound like sour grapes but, man, my "contest" against Si was a bitter pill to swallow.
Sure we all have the odd flukey goal which we didn't quite intend but I was in Jamsville for this game and the JamKing was in town!
Your guess is as good as mine but I was 0-4 down at half-time and neither of us knew how. I perservered to bring it back to 2-4 but when my goalie's gloves appeared smeared in the red sticky stuff to concede a feeble fumble that wasn't even a shot I knew I'd been KOBRA'd!
Let's just say this one landed nicely on a plate for Si who otherwise was having an outstanding tourney!
You owe me mate!
Just like against Ste, I felt I had a big say in this game but credit to Jon who wasn't being wobbled by his defeats elsewhere and came through the victor, 7-4 Round #2
Grant N 2 - 5 Garry C
Steve E 5 - 5 Garry C
Garry C 6 - 0 Graham S
Garry C 4 - 2 Simon K
Garry C 4 - 10 Jon G
Grant was playing down electric avenue for the second round. Bang, bang, two shots and he was in a 2-0 lead! Wow! Really was't fancying this game at all and was fearing the worst!
Intelligently Grant sought to protect his lead by reverting to lockout which was working well until finally I grabbed a goal back and then a defensive error got me level once more. Although I went on to win, this was one battle of a game, I can tell you. Bearing in mind your tired state and the fact that you hadn't played since the UKCs, you at least clocked up a goal a game in a tough league. I hope your defeats last night don't discourage you too much Grant. Reversing some of these scorelines will be more the sweeter for it.
Another tense and tight encounter against Steve but this time I was pleased to claim a point. Didn't think it was going to happen when Steve's intended through ball not only evaded his striker but my keeper too!
4-5 down, late on, I claimed an a hard-earned equiliser. Phew! Second time round against Gra I didn't want to be punished again so tried to put my chances away and defend more tightly. Gra plays some pentrating through balls to his front men but this time managed to intercept more of them, while steadily converting my own creations thankfully, 6-0.
Set up nicely, I was ready for the re-run against my sparing partner who'd left me hit for six and concussed in round one.
Ding ding! The gloves were off when keeper dropsy and Si's almost-wide shot bounced in off the post!!! De-ja-f**king vu!
Getting back up off the canvas, I wasn't going to be knocked out this time. Playing well, I fought back to a 3-1 lead and thought my defence was on top - my keeper was certainly helping me when I needed it. Bang! I took another blow and it was 2-3 but late on I landed one more punch to seal it 4-2. Thank f**k for that!
I must nevertheless give a big credit to Simon, who not only beat Jon in both games but restricted Jon to just one goal in the second match. Not many in the KOA who can say that!!!
This had upset the apple cart and inadvertently brought Jon back into the title race, which before hand looked like a two-horse race between Si and Ste. With one game to go, things were unbelieveably tight one point between all three players. This time Si joked that I should do him a favour! hehe Honest I tried, not for anyone else but for me! And you won't believe me when I say this but this was a close 4-10!
All night I'd battled hard against everyone but Jon unleashed a clinical display of goals and was 5-0 at half-time from I think just 6 shots! My heart was sinking and imagined Si would think I'd just given up. I wasn't and I didn't! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! I pulled it back to 4-5 and suddenly I felt like I was back in it.... or so it seemed! Suddenly the undisputed UK Champ pulled out the big guns and machine gunned me, particulary with lethal edge of the box diagonal lobs to blow me out of the water and the others out of the title race!!!!! Respect to the undisputed UK Champion and reigning KOBRA King!
Congratulations also on the news that you're to be a dad once again.
Looking at the table, it might look like I didn't have a good tourney but I actually felt like I did.
I felt I gave some solid performances, its just the others are too damn good
and the lines are fine in KO2.
I hope others share this but its left me wanting more and I know the next tourney is coming soon.......