October 2012/November 2012/Season Summary
I thought I might as well chuck both October and November into one update along with the season summary as I'd found some time and only had four (potentially five) matches left to play.
La Passe (H) - Land Marine Cup Quarter Final - 1-0 (W)
We'd only just lost to La Passe in the league - they'd ended any chances that we had of reaching a continental competition next season. It came as a surprise then, as we managed to beat them 1-0 to send us into the cup semi-final, Jean-Louis Ravinia getting the goal late on. Maybe the team wanted revenge?
Cote d'Or FC (H) - Barclays League Division One - 1-1 (D)
A pretty dull match, this one. Hakim Magumba gave us the lead in the first half, but, like so many times before, we got complacent and conceded an equaliser in the second half.
St Louis Suns Utd (A) - Barclays League Division One - 3-0 (W)
The final league match of the season saw us travel to St Louis Suns. It's a shame we weren't at home as a fantastic 3-0 win was a delight for those who were able to come along and watch. A double from Jean-Louis Ravinia and a third from Rashim Melanie secured us a 3rd place finish in the league.
St Michel Utd (H) - Land Marine Cup Semi Final - 0-1 (L)
Ok, we lost. We dominated the whole match and then they scored in the last ten minutes. I'm not too disappointed though - we were expected to only reach the quarter-finals so to be on the verge of reaching the final was amazing. St Michel had also just won the league so to only lose 1-0 shows how close we are to the big boys.
Player of the Month
I gave him a chance in the first team and he shone. No-one else really came close to his performances this month.
Final League Table - Considering we were predicted to come last, I have to say I'm thrilled at the way the team's performed this year. I don't know whether we over-achieved or if we really are worth 3rd. I guess we'll find out next year.
Airtel Magic Cup - Maybe we should've done better, seeing as we had a considerably weaker group than that of Group A. We had a fair bit of fixture congestion around the big matches, though, which would probably explain our inability to reach the next round.
Land Marine Cup - A really good run, in my eyes. Admittedly we only scored one goal - scoring is definitely something we need to improve next season.
Squad 1 | Squad 2 - These screenshots don't really give the full extent of the story. With the exception of Babytho, Hakim Magumba and possibly Sam Mubiru, I thought that the players with only half a star were better than those with more.
Transfers - Quite a lot of action throughout the year. The first three signings barely got a game, though, as I found better players elsewhere.
Finances - Hardly the most interesting thing you'll ever see, I just thought I should include it in case anyone's interested.
Player of the Season - Douglas Moustache - A strange one, perhaps, seeing as I never chose him for Player of the Month. That's probably because he never really stood out - it's only now, when I look through my squad and their average ratings, that I realise that, while he's never been recognised as a great player, he's consistently been good. Never the best, but always there. For a 16-year-old, I think that's pretty good.
I'll be staying on at The Lions for another year, seeing as my contract doesn't expire until the end of 2013. I can't imagine I'll stay on much longer than that, so next season my aims are to cement our place near the top of the table, so the next manager to come along can take them even higher.
On an unrelated note (if anyone actually bothers to read this far) I apologise for the lack of structure to my updates. I'm still trying to find a way to present my results and stuff in a way that both me and you guys like. Any feedback on this would be much appreciated.