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  1. (FM'09) - A Chance To Rewrite History

    Friday 20th November 2009 Four of our next five matches are Cup games, and Marc Fegan is interviewed for a Friday evening piece in the Lurgan Football Gazette. He tells the press how disappointed he is to be missing such a pivotal spell of the season, but he added that he was confident in the teams ability to get wins without him, and that he hoped there would still be some Cup football to play when he returned in the New Year. The bookies were giving us half a chance of making it through the next round of the Intermediate Cup, as we prepared to travel and face First Division side Ballinamallard United, who are sitting third and getting themselves involved in the promotion race to get into the top tier. The hosts are 5/4 favourites, but priced at 7/4 ourselves, it's clear the bookies are hedging their bets and wouldn't be too surprised if we found a way into the next round. Personally, this was not a Cup I was too excited by. Sure, it had more kudos than the Intermediate League Cup, but we had already won that last year, and now reached the Final again this season, giving us an affinity with the competition. Obviously the Irish Cup was the most important of all, but the Mid-Ulster Cup also held a certain amount of bragging rights when it came to the local area, plus we had done very poorly in that last year, albeit after a tough draw. Saturday 21st November Northern Irish Intermediate Cup, Second Round Ferney Park, Ballinamallard Ballinamallard United v Lurgan Celtic Attendance :- 159. Weather :- Wet, 11c. With Marc Fegan out, I was left with the choice of making a straight swap, or doing some rejigging of our back line. I went with the most straighforward solution, bringing Paul Burns into the starting lineup as a straight swap for our injured Captain, and leaving full back Michael Hall on the bench. Aside from that, we were lining up as we were after the win over Killyleagh. It was a cagey opening at Fearney Park as the rain teemed down. The ball seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time in the air, and when it did hit the grass in the second minute, Stephen Magennis spun away from two defenders on the right corner of the box, and sent a pass into the channel of the box. Michael Maguire went to receive it, but lost out to Robert Cowan, our winger adamant that he had been fouled in the process, and risked the wrath of the referee by getting in his face to argue the point, though of course, that had no impact on changing the officials mind. When the ball did go up the other end of the park, our main concern was Darren Higginbotham, the United forward showing an impressive turn of pace, particularly against our back four that, to be fair, certainly lacked something in straight line speed. David Sinton didn't have that problem, and he slalomed his way through United players before sending the ball left to Raymond Fitzpatrick. The striker sent a cross to the edge of the box, Niall Lavery connecting with a volley that took a big deflection before ending up wide of the post. Our foray's upfield were becoming less frequent, while United were starting to pressure us, while Paul Baron went on a mazy run in the 20th minute, that took him from the edge of his own box, over halfway, and eventually sending the ball wide to Jason Gillespie. He whipped in a cross that saw Higginbotham climb above Paul Burns, and met it with a header, Stephen Havern pushing that one away to safety. Five minutes later, the same combo linked up once more, this time Gillespie sending a low cross towards the edge of the box, Higginbotham taking it down, and then a quick touch took him away from our defence, before he cracked a low shot past Havern and inside the far post. We were now starting to lose our composure, especially at the back, and in the 33rd minute, another cross came into the box, this time a Robert Williams free kick. Grant Hutchinson pounced on that one, and side footed a powerful shot through a crowd of players, leaving Havern with no chance. We tried to react, Maguire sending a volley from a Gareth Murphy corner flying past the post. But United were not yet done thrashing home their advantage, and another Williams set piece in the 39th minute saw them extend their lead further, with centre back David Murray connecting with a downward header from a corner that beat Havern's dive. In the space of three days, we had gone from enjoying a three goal half time lead, to being on the other end of the hiding. Regardless of the step up in opposition, I wasn't prepared to accept that, and handed out a half time lecture that had the walls shaking in Ferney Park's away changing room. I followed it up with a pair of changes, dragging off Paul Burns, who had proven once more that he just wasn't cut out for football at this level. Michael Hall came on, with Conor McAnallen moving into the middle to allow Hall to play at his natural right back position. Michael Maguire had been poor as well, very unlike him, though he was clearly annoyed by the refs decision not to award a penalty early in the match. Michael Downey came on to replace him. Despite the strong words, the players didn't start the second half particularly well, Cathal Beacom giving Michael Hall an early test, and managing to get in a cross to the far post, Gillespie firing it at goal, Havern turning that one away to stop the deficit getting any worse. I'm glad to be able to report that after that, we finally started to pull our fingers out and cause United some problems, Michael Downey sending a ball from the right that picked out Andy Hamilton on the edge of the box, the midfielders shot was turned over the top by so far underworked keeper, Adrian McGuigan. On the hour, a ball into the left wing was kept in play by Fitzpatrick. Support was slow to arrive in the box, so the striker held the ball up, before passing to Sinton. The winger does enjoy the opportunity to run inside off his wing, and he dropped his shoulder to move past a challenge, and powered into the box, shooting just as the cover defenders arrived, and his effort beat McGuigan and flew inside the near post to reduce the arrears to 3-1. For a spell, we laid siege on the United penalty box, first a Downey cross needing a last ditch clearing header from Gillespie, and then McGuigan was called into action, stopping a placed effort from Fitzpatrick, and then showing how tough it would be to get another one past him by reacting to keep out Stephen Magennis' effort from the rebound. A ridiculous attempt at a backpass from halfway gave Fitzpatrick another chance in the 72nd minute, he used to strength to hold off a defender, but McGuigan was equal to his shot across goal. Any chance we had to get ourselves back into contention any further was dealt a 74th minute blow, with Hamilton taking a knock, and replaced by Aidan Sweeney. As our tails dropped a bit with time ticking on, Higginbotham and Baron both brought saves out of Havern. We had one final crack at it late on, and with moments left on the clock, Downey skinned a pair of defenders, and sent in a cross, Fitzpatrick trying to find the net inside the near post with a header, McGuigan pulling off another save, and United had dispatched us without too many concerns. Ballinamallard United (3) 3 - Darren Higginbotham (25), Grant Hutchinson (33), David Murray (39) Lurgan Celtic (0) 1 - David Sinton (60) Stephen Havern; Conor McAnallen, Darren Spence, Paul Burns (Michael Hall 45), Gareth Murphy (capt); Niall Lavery, Andy Hamilton (inj - Aidan Sweeney 74); Michael Maguire (Michael Downey 45), David Sinton; Raymond Fitzpatrick, Stephen Magennis. Unused Substitutes :- Jay Stein, Greg Hall Bookings :- None. Possession :- 45% - 55%. Man of the Match :- Darren Higginbotham (Ballinamallard United). While it's true that I wasn't too concerned about progress in this Cup, I didn't expect us to go out with a bit of a whimper. During my time here, the players have relished opportunities to produce 'giant killings', but they didn't show up for large parts of the first half, and after reading them the riot act at half time, they got another ear bashing after the match, as I held court on the bus home, and told the players that I didn't expect them to throw in the towel in that manner under any circumstances. In the press conference after the match, I had refused to answer any questions about the potential penalty, or the referee, despite being pushed on several occasions. I told the press that I say no point on getting myself into trouble by commenting on a match that was now over, and could not be changed. We would be away from home once again on Wednesday, as we would travel to face Glebe Rangers in what would be our last League match until mid December. I told my players that I was expecting a much better performance in that one against the mid table side.
  2. House of Flying Daggers

    Superb season for the Daggers and yourself mate. It's going to be an interesting summer, some of the PL's big clubs have struggled with the Thursday-Sunday schedule that the UEFA Europa League throws up, and your squad management is surely going to be tested in 2037/38. I'm sure you'll find a way to deal with that particular challenge.
  3. (FM'09) - A Chance To Rewrite History

    Tuesday 17th November 2009 Tomorrow we will finally get to play our League match against Killyleagh, and despite our stutter on the weekend, we're huge favourites to dispatch the side who were promoted up from non-League last season. It has been a bit of a baptism of fire for Damian Baker's side, and they are near the foot of the table, with just a single win to their name, and a relegation battle on the cards. Goals have been the biggest issue, and with odds of 15/1 for the match available on them, few are expecting them to bag many tomorrow night at Knockramer Park. Wednesday 18th November On Monday, I started looking at the contracts of players which are due to expire at the end of the season. By Wednesday morning, I was starting to get some of those contracts back. I'm pleased to report there were no issues with players being unwilling to talk to us, and I'd like to think they recognise that they are at a club that are looking to go places. Stephen Havern returned his contract first, and the 31 year old first choice keeper has agreed to take a slight pay reduction from £55 a week down to £50 a week on a new deal through to the end of the 2011/12 season. When asked why he was happy to agree to reduced terms by the media, he replied that he would get a pay rise if we're promoted, and he was pretty sure he'll get that money, and a little more, back next summer. You've got to like his confidence. Havern signing started the ball rolling, and in next was left winger David Sinton. Currently on a £25 a week deal, Sinton asked for a big rise up to £55. I offered him £30 a week, and the 23 year old accepted the 20% pay rise. He is also now contracted through to the end of 2011/12. Striker Raymond Fitzpatrick has agreed a deal for the same contract extension regarding time span, but there is no pay rise for one of the highest paid players in the squad, as he remains on £45 a week. Gareth Murphy is also signed up, the left back who has been an ever present this season gets a one year extension through to the summer of 2011, taking a slight pay cut from £30 a week down to £25. Northern Irish Second Division Knockramer Park, Lurgan Lurgan Celtic v Killyleagh YC Attendance :- 198. Weather :- Breezy, 7c. Despite the slip up against Portstewart on the weekend, the starting lineup remains the same, though there are a pair of changes on the bench, as Aidan Sweeney returns to the matchday squad after his injury, taking Colm Rooney's spot, while Greg Hall is back in the squad too, as he takes the spot of Glenn Ferguson. After two bumper home crowds for Cup games, we drop to a more normal level of just under 200 for this midweek match. Chris Holland has become a bit of a target for both the press and boo boys at Killleagh, the former Football League midfielder was expected to be a lynchpin for the newly promoted side, but has struggled for form. In the early moments here though, he took the ball in the centre of the park, and played a lovely pass to the feet of Philip Jennings, the striker letting a shot go from 20 yards that Stephen Havern was comfortable was always clearing the bar. Normal service was resumed in the 11th minute however, with one of the most predictable goals of the season, Michael Maguire sending over an inswinging corner, and at the near post, Gareth Murphy flicked a header on that evaded everyone and found the far top corner. While our visitors were far from crumbling, their task already looked an uphill one, and their body language suggested they knew that as well as anyone. We weren't dominating, but the scoreboard made it look more convincing when ten minutes before the break, Maguire sent in another inswinging corner, and this one beat everyone and curled right into the net! A first goal of the season, and Maguire was having a great first half, which would continue five minutes later, as the winger teased his marker before dropping his shoulder, and making it to the byline. Phil Carpenter got a touch on his cross, which sent it looping up into the air, but he would get no help from his defenders, and David Sinton planted a firm header past the prone keeper and into the bottom corner to make it a 3-0 lead. Andy Hamilton missed a stoppage time chance to increase the lead still further, sliding his shot past Carpenter, but just wide of the upright. Without playing anything like our best, we had scampered out to an advantage that would be almost unthinkable to see us lose. On top of that, Killyleagh had lost striker Jennings to injury just before the break, and sacrificed another striker Jack Christopher in a half time change. They would make their final change in the 49th minute, but by then, they would be four down. A quick free kick from Darren Spence sent the ball to Niall Lavery, and the midfielder swung it into the acres of space on the left wing. Sinton had time to measure his cross, and he picked out Stephen Magennis at the far post, who's downward header beat Carpenter and put us well and truly out of sight. The big question now was how long I would wait to make my changes, and who would get a bit of a rest with a busy schedule of matches starting to pile up in front of us. Sinton was enjoying himself on the left wing, and on the hour, tried an absolutely audacious shot from right out on the left touchline, volleying another cross field pass from Lavery at goal, Carpenter pushed it safely over the bar, and then wagged a finger at our winger, the keeper not enjoying Sinton's bit of fun that could have left the custodian looking somewhat foolish. Maguire, Lavery, and quiet striker Raymond Fitzpatrick were all substituted in the 69th minute, with Michael Downey, Aidan Sweeney and Greg Hall all coming on as their replacements. Chances were now becoming few and far between though, the best coming when Hamilton sent a through ball in for Magennis, but he delayed his shot a little, and when he did eventually pull the trigger, the effort was blocked. The biggest headache would come with just over ten minutes, Marc Fegan went down and we had used all our subs. The skipper wouldn't be able to continue, or get off the pitch without the aid of a stretcher, and we would finish the match with ten men. So we closed ranks, stifled Killyleagh, and then just starved them of possession. The job had already been done. Lurgan Celtic (3) 4 - Gareth Murphy (11), Michael Maguire (35), David Sinton (40), Stephen Magennis (49) Killyleagh YC (0) 0 Stephen Havern; Conor McAnallen, Darren Spence, Marc Fegan (capt - inj 78), Gareth Murphy; Niall Lavery (Aidan Sweeney 69), Andy Hamilton; Michael Maguire (Michael Downey 69), David Sinton; Raymond Fitzpatrick (Greg Hall 69), Stephen Magennis. Unused Substitutes :- Michael Hall, Jay Stein. Booked :- None Possession :- 61% - 39%. Man of the Match :- Michael Maguire (Lurgan Celtic). It was early in the new year when Marc Fegan last went down and couldn't get off the park under his own steam. On that occasion, our Captain had broken his leg, and would sit out the rest of the season. There was a sinking feeling, and an eerie hush over Knockramer Park when he had to leave on a stretcher once more in the 78th minute. Thankfully, this time, it was as much a precaution as anything, the injury was to his ankle, and was no worse than a sprain. That said, he would still be out for a while, likely the rest of the season. It could have been a lot worse. At least the Captain will have something to cheer him up, a contract extension that would see him extend his stay with us through to the Summer of 2012, and the deal came with a small pay rise as well. With Michael Maguire announcing his retirement at the end of the campaign, Michael Downey would likely become a more significant player for us in the future, and the winger also has a new deal announced after the match, as we confirm he has a one year extention through to June 2011, and he also gets a small pay rise too. The win means we're now five games unbeaten in the League, but we still have company at the top of the table, as Police Service of Northern Ireland match us with a 1-0 win at home to Oxford United Stars, though we stay above them thanks to our considerably better goal difference. In the other fixture of the evening, Annagh United squeezed past Portstewart, and moved up to third spot.
  4. March 2017 (cont) We wasted no time moving on from Nepal, and making our way to our next destination, the South East Asian country of Laos. This nation is placed is a very interesting geographical location, and we'll be visiting one of it's border neighbours, Myanmar, later in the campaign. That border is to the North West of Laos, which also has a northern border with China, to the east is Vietnam, while Thailand lies to the west, and Cambodia to the south. A new determined mood seems to have crept over the squad as we arrive at the destination of our first competitive match since I started the job. In fact, the determination on the job was such that when Anton Zemlianukhin's agent got in touch to tell the player that he has a club looking to dicuss terms with him, Zemlianukhin replied that he would deal with it later in the week when International duty had finished. Commitment to the cause from one of our stars. I can't ask for much more than that. Many would have asked to be excused and gone to get a deal thrashed out. This country is home to a little less than 7 million people. Unfortunately for the nation, not too many of them have pursued a career in football. They only have three players of any real note, and all of them have left Laos to try and achieve in the game. The good news is, that they are all pretty young, and are all vital for any success their country may have. 22 year old striker Chitchanok Xaysensourinthone is an English commentators nightmare, fortunately he doesn't get too much exposure in the west as he plays for Toyota Thai League side, Suphanburi FC, and has three International goals in 12 caps to date. He is joined in Thailand by 18 year old attacking midfielder, Thanin Phanthavong. He is playing his football in the third tier with Khonkaen FC of the Euro Cake Pro League North, and has started the new season well, finding the net twice and setting up a further three goals. He is scheduled to also win his 13th cap on Tuesday in the capital city of Vientiane. The third of the trio may be arguably the busiest, 23 year old right back, Tou-Yeng Yang. He has played and lived in Australia for the last five years, and actually had the option of declaring himself for his adopted nation. He now has nine caps for Laos, but has mostly been a substitute for his club, National Premier League Victoria 2 West club, Moreland City. This is his second campaign with the semi professional club, and is the lowest level he has played at. Now just one appearance shy of 100 Senior club matches, he has experience that Laos may be without when they play us, as he is doubtful for the game. It's arguable that Laos' biggest asset may actually be their manager. Steve Darby is a 62 year old Liverpudlian and now naturalised Australian, he never really made it in the game as a player, but started to flourish as a manager in South East Asia. He settled in Australia after finishing his playing days as a goalkeeper in the lower leagues there, and after earning all his coaching badges and licenses, landed a job in Malaysia with now defunct club, Johor. After some success, he had his first taste of the International game with the Womens team in Vietnam, before returning to England for year. He was soon back in South East Asia though, this time in Singapore, with domestic heavyweights, Home United. He led the side to a League and Cup Double in 2003, and United have failed to win the League again since that success. He took United to the semi-finals of the AFC Cup the following year, and in 2005, repeated the Cup success with the side before leaving the club to return to Malaysia with Perak. After three seasons and a couple of Cups, plus some more impressive AFC Cup performances, Darby would return to Thailand, this time as a Coach for Peter Reid with the National Team. When Reid left and Bryan Robson arrived, Darby would be appointed to the role of leading the Thailand Under-23 side. After a few years, he would return to club football, this time in a new destination, spending a season in India with the Mohun Bagan club, before doing some advisory work. The chance to return to club football in a familar country would prove too much though, and Darby would return to Malaysia once more, this time with Kelantan FC. He would only spend a year with them, before being appointed in charge of Mumbai FC for the inagural Indian Super League season. It was after leaving this role that Laos came calling, firstly employing him as a Technical Director, before putting him in charge of the Senior National Team. He has now been in charge of them for almost two years, and got them past Cambodia in a Playoff to earn their spot in this stage of the Asian Nations Cup Qualifiers. In a very busy end to the year, they finished second in the South East Asian Championship Qualifiers, only to lose all three Group games in the tournament itself, all of their games taking place in Manila, Philippines. The fact that bookmakers Sportpesa are offering 50/1 on a Laos win in this match, tells you everything you need to know about the general perception of their prospects of reaching the Finals. That still didn't stop former Internationals and members of the assembled media queuing up to give us advice on how we were in a 'no win' situation, and need to make sure we get the job done well. In a press conference, I tell the press that I'm not sure it matters too much who the opposition are, we need to have the belief that we can go about our business and continue building foundations for the future. Tuesday 28th March 2017 - 19:30pm Asian Nations Cup Qualifiers, Group D Chao Anouvong Stadium, Vientiane, Laos Laos v Kyrgyzstan Attendance :- 10,181. Weather :- 29c. There are a couple of changes from the win in Nepal, starting in defence, where Tamirlan Kozubaev is deemed fit enough to start, and we have our first choice back four in situe. We go back to our three man midfield today as well, with Bektur Talgat joining Sergej Evljuskin and Anton Zemlianukhin. It's Ivan Filatov who loses his place as a result, with Tosin Aleriwa selected as the lone striker. There is also a change on the left wing, where Karim Izrailov is brought into the side in place of Ilzat Ahkmetov today. We made a lively start, very lively in fact. When home skipper Thanin Phanthavong tried a cross, it was easily intercepted by Karim Izrailov, and the counter attack was rapid. Izrailov galloped over halfway and into space down the left, before putting the ball into the centre for Tosin Aleriwa just outside the box. The striker was quickly surrounded, but that left a free player. Aleriwa rolled the ball into the path of Edgar Bernhardt, who took a touch to position the ball, and then with a second, slotted the ball past Phanlakone Sysoulath, who got a piece of it, but not enough to keep the ball out. We were ahead inside three minutes, and we had no intention of letting up early. We were pinning Laos back into their own third of the park, and our midfield trio were proving very effective at winning the ball back. Anton Zemlianukhin and Sergej Evljuskin did just that in the 8th minute, working the ball between them to turn defence into attack, and Zemlianukhin picked a pass to Aleriwa on the edge of the box. The striker had space to shoot, and let fly, his low effort beating the keeper and finding the net via the inside of the far upright to make it two. And still we weren't done with this furious start. Bektur Talgat and Bernhardt did the work, and the latter played the ball to Zemlianukhin. He was 40 yards out when he started to make his run, ghosting past two players with minimum fuss, and then from 25 yards, striking his left foot through the ball, and finding the top corner. To the credit of Laos, there was no dropping of heads, and as our attacking intent tempered somewhat, they tried to claw themselves back into the match. But if our midfield didn't get them, our defence held them very much at arms length, and the shooting quickly started to come from range, with Pavel Matyash facing nothing that would cause any concern. Soon enough, we started to quicken the pace, and with Vadim Kharchenko and Valery Kichin getting forward almost at will, Laos were being stretched almost to breaking point. Kichin sent a low cross right through the box towards the far post, and Bernhardt threw himself at it when it arrived at the far post to try and add further to our lead, but he was inches away from making a connection. No matter, before half time he struck a free kick from the edge of the 'D' that curled around the wall and just stayed under the cross bar to find the roof of the net and make our half time advantage a four goal one. Clearly any changes made at the break would be discretionary, and not necessary, with consideration needed for those just beginning their seasons and short of match fitness. I decided not to make any adjustments right away, and watched on as Bernhardt attempted to complete his hatrick, striking a volley from an awkward height that flashed across the face of goal. Laos did come close to pulling a goal back, sub Kolasouk Pengchampa made good ground down the left, and then sent a low cross into the middle, Chitchanok Xaysensourinthone connected, Pavel Matyash saved with his feet, and then had to scramble back towards his own goal line to smother the ball after it rebounded back off the shins of Manas Zhutanov. That triggered a triple substitution just before the hour, with Zemlianukhin, Bernhardt and Aleriwa all coming off, and in their place came on Ahletdin Israilov, Ilzat Akhmetov and Ivan Filatov. The home side continued to push for some reward, and it duly arrived just over five minutes after we made our changes, and in some style too. Pengchampa again did some good work on the left, but his cross found no one at the far post. Phanpadith Ounephongchalern retrieved the ball, and sent it back towards the penalty spot, and the quickly arriving Phetsamone Thongthanith, the sub smashing an unstoppable shot high into the net to the delight of the fans who remained in the stadium. Those delighted fans would soon be contemplating joining their comrades who had already left. Matyash came off his line to collect a free kick, and threw the ball overarm to Vadim Kharchenko. Spotting an opportunity to counter attack, the skipper sent the ball up to Ahletdin Israilov on halfway, who quickly turned and split the centre backs with a through ball, allowing Ivan Filatov to run in on goal. The striker has been in good form for his club, and he rounded the keeper, and slipped the ball inside the near upright to open his International account. If the result had been in any doubt whatsoever, that goal settled it, and the game died a death after that. In fact, apart from Filatov attempting to double his tally with a bending effort from the edge of the box that didn't quite manage to find it's way inside the far post, neither side looked particularly interested in trying to score. That suited us just fine. Laos (0) 1 - Phanpadith Ounephongchalern (66) Kyrgyzstan (4) 5 - Edgar Bernhardt (3,42), Tosin Aleriwa (8), Anton Zemlianukhin (13), Ivan Filatov (69) Pavel Matyash; Vadim Kharchenko (capt), Tamirlan Kozubaev, Manas Zhutanov, Valery Kichin; Beltur Talgat, Anton Zemlianukhin (Ahletdin Israilov 59), Sergej Evljuskin; Edgar Bernhardt (Ilzat Akhmetov 59), Karim Izrailov; Tosin Aleriwa (Ivan Filatov 59). Unused Substitutes :- Ulug'beq Mo'minov, Vakhitzhan Akbaraliev (GK), Shuhrat Rahmonov, Azamat Baymatov, Sherzod Shakirov, Daniel Tagoe, Bakyt Kashkaev, Vitalij Lux, Maxim Agapov (GK). Possession :- 45% - 55%. Shots on Target :- 6 - 7. Man of the Match :- Edgar Bernhardt (Kyrgyzstan). We're very happy with that, even if we're only given credit elsewhere for doing exactly what was expected of us. Either Laos are every bit the bad side, or we have transitioned in the last year to the point where we now have expectations upon us. I don't care which it is, all I'm interested in is the three points on the board, and hopefully there's plenty more where that came from. Maybe this Group won't be all plain sailing though, ask Turkmenistan, who had to come from behind in Myanmar to open their campaign with a 2-1 win that they scarcely deserved according to the reports. We face both of those teams in succession in Bishkek, starting with Myanmar in June.
  5. **Just a quick note. While I realise that this isn't actually the story that won an award on Sunday night, this is the continuation of the original piece of work, making the two very much entwined. I'd like to say thanks for continuing to read my work. I really enjoy writing about my FM saves, despite the hard work that sometimes accompanies it. I never expected it to get to the point where it would receive any recognition. Thanks again, and I hope those of you that are reading continue to enjoy the progress.** March 2017 (cont) Words like 'pointless' and 'meaningless' and 'easy caps for players' gave me my first clue that the press in Kyrgyzstan would rather not have had this stopover in Nepal, and just got on with business in Laos. While they had a point, it wasn't true to say that there was nothing to be gained from this Friendly. 'Confidence'. It's a big thing for a small footballing nation such as this one. If we could get back on the winning trail after our defeat against Cyprus last time out, and rattle in a few goals in the process, it would do us the world of good before we kicked off our campaign for qualification. Friday 24th March 2017 - 19:30pm International Friendly Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal Nepal v Kyrgyzstan Attendance :- 750. Weather :- 9c. With that in mind, it was a strong and attacking lineup that was selected to start the match in Kathmandu. It would be 6'6 goalie Pavel Matyash who would get the first opportunity to win, or lose, the goalkeepers jersey. It's almost our first choice back four, Tamirlan Kozubaev is not fit enough to start today, so Azamat Baymatov partners Manas Zhutanov, on the day when Vadim Kharchenko takes sole possession of the record for the most caps for Kyrgyzstan. We're going with just two in midfield today, Sergej Evljuskin and currently clubless Anton Zemlianukhin. We've got Edgar Bernhardt on the right, with Ilzat Akhmetov on his preferred left side, while Tosin Aleriwa is joined up front by Ivan Filatov. An attendance of 750 is actually a full house at this small ground in Kathmandu. That tells you all you need to know about Nepal's current appeal on the International football stage. If there had been more people in the crowd, there might have been a bit of noise when Rajendra Rai curled an early free kick opportunity over the target. There wasn't much in the way of noise in the 9th minute either, when Vadim Kharchenko took a chance to overlap down the right and fired a cross to Ivan Filatov. With his back to goal, and no chance of a shot himself, he rolled it into the path of Tosin Aleriwa, who sent a low curling shot into the bottom corner to put us ahead. Ten minutes later, our in form striker could have added another, but his shot was blocked, and when it was recycled into the box by Edgar Bernhardt, then Filatov forced Bikash Malla into a save at his near post. We created nothing from that corner, but from the same method a while later, Sergej Evljuskin connected with a header that Min Thapa hacked off the line. On the half hour, Nepal would have another chance to create something from a free kick after Kharchenko did a hatchet job on Bijay Kharki right on the edge of the area. Rai didn't fare too much better with this one either, though it was slightly closer to the target. Bernhardt came closer to doubling our lead with an effort that took a layer of paint off the top of the cross bar. Rai accepted the challenge, and finally forced Pavel Matyash into a save, the keeper turned his latest free kick over attempt over the top right on the half time whistle. Half time in a Friendly where we should probably be doing better on the scoreboard. But with no pressure on the players today, a team talk that would make them feel pressured wasn't necessary. Evljuskin and Aleriwa both came off at the break, and were replaced by Bektur Talgat and Vitalij Lux as kept our shape as it was for now. Maybe we should change things around though, as Nepal were starting to put up a fight, and not just from free kicks. Kharki sent a through ball into the path of Bimal Gharti Magar's run, and he sent his shot past Matyash, but it ricocheted back off the cross bar. They were getting closer, but so were we, Ilzat Akhmetov stepped in off his left wing, and then dropped the ball over the defensive line and into the left wing for Vitalij Lux to run onto. He swept a cross into the centre, and from an awkward height, Filatov headed goalwards, but it just bounced the wrong side of the near post. Akhmetov would have the next chance, but his finishing was below the standard of his build up play, his attempt from Lux's through ball was wide of the mark. Midway through the half, we switched things around a bit, using the remaining four changes, and going back to the three in midfield and one up front. Manas Zhutanov, Bernhardt, Akhmetov and Filatov all came off, replaced by Tamirlan Kozubaev, Ahletdin Israilov, Karim Izrailov and Bakyt Kashkaev. Almost immediately we gained more control in the midfield, leading to us regaining control of the game. Ahletdin Israilov curled one just off the target, and then raced into the right channel when skipper Kharchenko picked him out with a superb pass. The winger twisted and turned to try and buy the room to put his cross in, but Biraj Maharjan was much less patient, bringing Israilov down, and gifting us a penalty. There was zero doubt who would be taking it, as Anton Zemlianukhin stepped up, and he placed the ball firmly into the bottom corner, in the process becoming the first every Kyrgyzstani player to reach double figures for International goals. It had taken far longer than it should have to put this match away, but now we really had our hosts on their heels, and Akmetov's cross to the far post after a partly cleared corner found Lux, but his header only found the side netting. But we weren't done pushing, and after some good play on the left, Bektur Talgat found Kharchenko with acres of space on the right. The record breaking full back marked his big day with a curling cross, Karim Izrailov arriving to plant a header goalwards, Malla clawing it off the goal line, but Izrailov buried the rebound, netting his first ever International goal to round off the scoring, Malla preventing Israilov from adding to the tally with a superb save late on. Nepal (0) 0 Kyrgyzstan (1) 3 - Tosin Aleriwa (9), Anton Zemlianukhin (76 pen), Karim Izrailov (82) Pavel Matyash; Vadim Kharchenko (capt), Azamat Baymatov, Manas Zhutanov (Tamirlan Kozubaev 67), Valery Kichin; Sergej Evljuskin (Bektur Talgat 45), Anton Zemlianukhin; Edgar Bernhardt (Ahletdin Israilov 67), Ilzat Akhmetov (Karim Izrailov 67); Ivan Filatov (Bakyt Kashkaev 67), Tosin Aleriwa (Vitalij Lux 45). Unused Substitutes :- Ulug'beq Mo'minov, Vakhitzhan Akbaraliev (GK), Shuhrat Rahmonov, Sherzod Shakirov, Daniel Tagoe, Maxim Agapov (GK). Possession :- 42% - 58%. Shots on Target :- 2 - 6. Man of the Match :- Vadim Kharchenko (Kyrgyzstan). When November's squad was announced, Vadim Kharchenko's inclusion was lambasted by the Kyrgyz sports media. Now the record cap holder in his nations history was being praised by the same journalists for his outstanding contribution to this win. They're a fickle bunch these media people. Now also a target for transfer by Thai second tier side and promotion hopefuls, Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda, our right back and Captain is going about proving the doubters wrong in the best possible way. Edgar Bernhardt had some words of his own for the media, telling them that there are no easy International games anymore, and while the scoreline had not necessarily been what had been expected, the squad were pleased with the result, and aimed to continue their form into the Qualifiers that were now upon us.
  6. Just back from a family weekend in Dorset with zero Wi-Fi and limited 3G and 4G. Managed to check in briefly last night, more in hope than expectation, and needless to say, I was absolutely delighted to win my first ever FMS award. Many thanks to all those who have taken some time to read or vote for my story. It's very much appreciated, as are the kind words. I'd like to add my congratulations to all the winners, but in particular two of my favourite writers @CFuller and @EvilDave who walked away with the big awards, and @mark wilson27 who as always, did a fine job organising, and polices our small corner of the internet very efficiently. The work that goes in to all the stories on these Boards is immense, and the standard simply doesn't drop. To win something was not expected at all, so thanks again everyone.
  7. You should have gone last week Dave, you could have tried to get me some votes for the FMS Awards haha. While I'm pleased to hear you're still enjoying my save, more importantly, I hope you have a superb trip mate,
  8. February/March 2017 At the start of the new month, one Senior players career takes a new path, while anothers is ended. Centre back Tamirlan Kozubaev was the subject of interest from several clubs across the Continent. He had his heart set on a move to the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia his preferred destination. He would eventually get his move though, ending up in the Philippines, moving to Football League Champions of that nation, Ceres-Negros FC, who paid around £1,500 for his signature from Dordoy. His new club go right into the Group Stage of the Confederations Cup, and while it's not currently one of Asia's top ranked League's, it is on the up. Goalkeeper Kirill Priadkin has decided to call time on his playing career, and has retired at the age of 39. He earned 15 caps for his country, most of them during my reign, and he played the large part of his pro football career in Kazakhstan. During a career that lasted twenty two years, he won one Kyrgyzstani Title, two Kazakh Premier League Titles, and a pair of Kazakh First League Titles. He now has ambitions to be a Goalkeeping Coach, and it's immediately clear he would be a very good one as well. We can't miss opportunities to improve any aspect of the National Squad, and Ulugbek Joldoshov is relieved of his duties, with Priadkin taking as his place as the Senior sides Goalkeeping Coach. This is going to be a big month for the our Under-23 side, and the Kyrgyzstan FA take the chance to double check that I want to continue looking after that age group side. No thought required for that one, I'm looking forward to a huge year of competitive action, and that very much includes the age group sides. The draw for the Under-23 Asian Nations Cup Qualifiers takes place in just a few short weeks. The 2018 edition of the tournament will be held in South Korea, and the hosts have of course earned automatic qualification. The current holders of the competition, Japan, do have to qualify though. When the draw is made, it doesn't go too badly for us. We're drawn into Group B, which is a five nation group, making qualification from second place much more likely. The big guns in the Group, and very much the favourites are Uzbekistan, who will also host the action when it gets underway in mid July. Once more we have been paired up with our neighbours from Tajikistan, and the pundits believe we may well be fighting with them for second place, with Bhutan and Bangladesh not expected to be challenging for the qualification places. After being announced as Group hosts, Uzbekistan have to now decide on the venue, and they have chosen the MXSK in the capital city of Toshkent. The 31 year old stadium has a capacity of 16,000 and is in good condition, with a very good grass playing surface. The Group will begin on Saturday 15th July, but we will not play our first match until the Monday, where we will face hosts and favourites Uzbekistan in a late afternoon kick off. From there we'll play every other day, with Bhutan next in an evening match, Tajikistan on the Friday afternoon, followed by the finale in the last match of the Group against Bangladesh. If we're still in the running on the last day, we'll know exactly what we need to do going into that match. In February's FIFA World Rankings, we have moved back up one spot in the 116th place we had occupied back at the end of last year. That increase would be outdone in mid March, when the squad received a boost just days before the most important squad announcement so far. We have moved up 8 places, taking us to 108th in the Rankings, a new record high since I took charge just over a year ago, and a shot in the arm right before we play our first competitive football. Kyrgyzstan Senior National Squad Announcement Nepal (189th) - Away (24/3/17 at Halchowk Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal) International Friendly Laos (=174th) - Away (28/3/17 at Chao Anouvong Stadium, Vientiane, Laos) Asian Nations Cup Qualifiers, Group D | Name | Position | Age | Club | Height | Value | Caps | Goals | | Pavel Matyash | GK | 29 | UiTM (MAS) | 6'6" | £0 | 10 | 0 | | Vakhitzhan Akbaraliev | GK | 27 | Alay | 6'3" | £475 | 0 | 0 | | Maxim Agapov | GK | 29 | Abdysh-Ata | 6'1" | £825 | 5 | 0 | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Manas Zhutanov | D (RLC) | 25 | Alay | 5'11" | £1.1K | 10 | 0 | | Valery Kichin | D (LC) | 24 | Yenisey (RUS) | 5'11" | £27K | 22 | 1 | | Azamat Baymatov | D (C) | 27 | Alay | 6'3" | £600 | 29 | 3 | | Shuhrat Rahmonov | D (C) | 28 | Alay | 6'3" | £925 | 3 | 0 | | Tamirlan Kozubaev | D (C) | 22 | Ceres (PHI) | 6'1" | £27K | 9 | 0 | | Ulug'beq Mo'minov | D/WB (R) | 32 | Alay | 5'11" | £95 | 5 | 0 | | Sherzod Shakirov | D/WB (L) | 26 | Alay | 5'11" | £550 | 17 | 0 | | Vadim Kharchenko | D/WB/M (R) | 32 | Dordoy | 5'9" | £80 | 31 | 1 | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Daniel Tagoe | DM | 31 | Busaiteen (BHR) | 5'10" | £0 | 18 | 0 | | Sergej Evljuskin | DM, M (C) | 29 | Kassel (GER) | 5'10" | £48.5K | 10 | 0 | | Bakyt Kashkaev | DM, M (C) | 28 | Kara-Balta | 5'11" | £1K | 3 | 0 | | Ilzat Akhmetov | M (L), AM (RLC)| 19 | Rubin (RUS) | 5'8" | £190K | 1 | 0 | | Bektur Talgat | M (C) | 22 | Churchill Bros (IND) | 5'9" | £19.5K | 1 | 0 | | Ahletdin Israilov | M (C), AM (RC) | 22 | Cherkaskyi Dnipro (UKR) | 5'7" | £42.5K | 8 | 1 | | Anton Zemlianukhin | M/AM (RC) | 28 | Unattatched | 5'9" | £0 | 27 | 9 | | Karim Izrailov | M/AM (LC) | 30 | Navy FC (THA) | 6'0" | £27K | 10 | 0 | | Edgar Bernhardt | AM (RL) | 30 | Rödinghausen (GER) | 5'9" | £8.25K | 18 | 3 | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Tosin Aleriwa | ST (C) | 27 | Abdysh-Ata | 5'8" | £725 | 6 | 4 | | Ivan Filatov | ST (C) | 29 | Minerva Punjab (IND) | 5'11" | £24.5K | 3 | 0 | | Vitalij Lux | ST (C) | 28 | Unterhaching (GER) | 6'0" | £10.5K | 21 | 7 | This squad is named on the morning that the domestic season gets underway, and shows that there are now some gaps to be filled, and that there are some dynamic changes in the background of Kyrgyz football. With Kirill Priadkin now a member of the backroom staff instead of the playing squad. His replacement is Vakhitzhan Akbaraliev of Alay Osh, leading us into the first real change in the squad. With Manas Zhutanov and Sherzod Shakirov both joining the Alay club, there is suddenly something of a one club monopoly over the defence. Tamirlan Kozubaev is carrying a knock, but should be fit for both games. The midfield is a different story however. All but two of our midfielders play abroad, and one of the two is Anton Zemlianukhin. Still without a club, the nations leading all time International goalscorer has still been selected for the squad, because we simply can't afford to leave him out. Currently there is no interest in the player either, and we can only hope he signs a deal somewhere soon. With Anatolii Vlashichev missing out through injury, and Victor Maier out long term, there is a return for Bektur Talgat, and Ilzat Ahkmetov is in from the get go. Up front, Vladimir Verevkin is left out, with in form Indian based striker Ivan Filatov brought in to replace him. With Tosin Aleriwa and Vitalij Lux already proving their goalscoring pedigree last year, we do look like a side with goals in them, particularly against this level of opposition.
  9. January 2017 New year, and new expectations for our footballing nation. Now I don't know if Santa was good to you, but he sent us 47 new footballers to add to the National Pool. There was no outstanding talent in the intake, in fact the players were all either part of last seasons KG United squad that had been released by the now semi-professional Lower League side, or they were part of the squad for one of the two newly promoted sides, Kara-Shoro Ozgon and Ysyk-Köl Karakol. The pick of the crop was probably 25 year old freeagent centre back, Janar Abdraimov, who stands at a huge 6'8, and would be one to keep an eye on despite his not so young footballing age, should he manage to find a new club. Some players involved in the International setup have made New Year moves too. The most high profile in early January was that of Anatolii Vlasichev, the Senior International midfielder has returned to his homeland, with Alay Osh flexing their comparative financial muscle where this League is concerned, spending a club record £4.6k to bring him home from Al-Omani. Not stopping there, Alay also bring International left back Sherzod Shakirov back from Bahrain, signing him on a Free Transfer. There is also an interesting move for prolific young striker Almaz Omoraliev. After his goals weren't quite enough to fire Shakhter Kyzyl-Kia into the top tier, he will play at that level next season, if he can force his way into the Alga Bishkek side. It wasn't all good news however. A worrying number of our International players entered 2017 without a club side. Amongst them were the trio of Kirill Priadkin, Raul' Dzhalilov, and most concerning of all, Anton Zemlianukhin. While Priadkin might now be in the twilight of his career, with his 40th birthday this summer, he has proven that he is still the most capable of our goalkeepers. As for Zemlianukhin, like most precocious talents, he can struggle for consistency. But when he is on his game, he is a match winner, and it would be a huge blow to lose him in what should be his prime years. There is talk of interest from the Thai Champions. One player who we will be without for a large part of the year is Viktor Maier. The 26 year old Dutch based winger ended his year by damaging cruciate ligaments, and even the most positive of prognosis' had him out till September. Some thought he would miss the entire year. We drop a solitary place in the January rankings, moving us back down to the 117th place we held in November. We could do with some help from the nations club sides to build up the footballing reputation, and Alga Bishkek have been handed what appears to be a straightforward roiute through the opening Qualifying Round of the Asian Confederations Cup. Drawn into a three club Group, their fixtures will be hosted in Bhutan by one of their opponents, Thimphu City. They are the first opponents too, and Alga come through that test with a 2-1 victory, thanks to first half goals from a pair of Russian's, the honours done by Konstantin Belov and Alexandr Chistyakov. The hosts are out of the running when they lose again two days later to the third side in the Group, the Friends Club from Nepal. That means a winner takes all clash for a place in the next round, and Alga get the job done, Chistyakov giving them a very early lead, and in even better news, Almaz Omoraliev opened his account for the club ten minutes into the second half. So, Alga will go into the Western Asia Preliminary Round, where they will be joined by Kyrgyzstan's new Champions, the underdogs of Abdysh-Ata Kant. Both are drawn away, with Alga travelling across the border to next door neighbours Tajikistan, where they will face Barkchi Dushanbe. Being away from home didn't bother them in the slighest though, Omoraliev and Chistyakov both finding the net again to put Alga two up inside seventeen minutes, with Bakytbek Mamatov adding the final goal before the break. They go into a Western Asia Playoff, where they will not be joined by the Champions. It was a failiure at the first hurdle for Abdysh-Ata Kant, who travelled to Turkmenistan, and fell behind early to Şagadam FK Türkmenbaşy. They found an equaliser before the break from Timur Valiev, but disaster struck when they conceded again six minutes from time, and their Continental adventure was over before it even really began. It will be down to Alga Bishkek to progress the nations hopes, and they're chances of being involved in the Group Stage of this season's Confederations Cup will depend on their ability to get the job done on their travels once more. They will be heading to Lebanon this time, where they will face Al-Safa on their synthetic surface. That match will take place as we head towards the middle of February. The time is moving on quickly, and it won't be long before we can finally get our teeth into some competitive International football.
  10. 2016 Review (cont) World's Biggest Transfers Romelu Lukaku (Belgian, 23 years old, S C) Everton (England) to Bayern Münich (Germany) £38.5m potentially to £52m Dani Carvajal (Spanish, 24 years old, D RL) Real Madrid (Spain) to Manchester United (England) £34.5m Fred (Brazilian, 23 years old, M C) Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) to Real Madrid (Spain) £32m potentially to £46m Carlos Bacca (Colombian, 30 years old, S C) AC Milan (Italy) to Chelsea (England) £29.5m potentially to £33.5m Eugene Kacheridi (Ukrainian, 29 years old, D C) Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) to Chelsea (England) £27.5m potentially to £31.5m José Gayà (Spanish, 21 years old, D L) Valencia (Spain) to Manchester City (England) £27m potentially to £33.5m Rafinha (Brazilian, 23 years old, AM RLC) Barcelona (Spain) to Arsenal (England) £22.5m potentially to £28.5m Jonny (Spanish, 22 years old, D RLC) Celta de Vigo (Spain) to Arsenal (England) £21.5m potentially to £26.5m Christian Pulisic (American, 18 years old, AM RLC) Borussia Dortmund (Germany) to Liverpool (England) £19m potentially to £24m Stefan de Vrij (Dutch, 24 years old, D C) Lazio (Italy) to Paris Saint-Germain (France) £17.75m to £26m Asia's Biggest Transfers Odil Ahmedov (Uzbek, 29 years old, M C) Shanghai Shanggang (China) to Al-Ain FC (UAE) £4.9m potentially to £6.5m Edin Visca (Bosnian, 26 years old, AM RL) Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey) to Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia) £4.7m Javier Cortés (Mexican, 27 years old, M RC) Pumas (Mexico) to Al-Gharrafa (Qatar) £4.5m Abdulfattah Asiri (Saudi, 22 years old, M R) Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia) to Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) £3.8m potentially to £6m Valentin Eysseric (French, 24 years old, M RC) OGC Nice (France) to Lekhwiya (Qatar) £3.5m Jaime Ayoví (Ecuadorian, 28 years old, ST C) Beijing Renhe (China) to Ludogorets 1945 (Bulgaria) £3.4m potentially to £4.3m Veton Berisha (Albanian, 22 years old, ST C) Greuther Fürth (Germany) to Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia) £3.3m potentially to £6m Hassan Al-Amiri (Saudi, 22 years old, M C) Al-Qadisiyah (Saudi Arabia) to Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) £2.5m potentially to £3.5m Motaz Hawsawi (Saudi, 24 years old, D C) Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia) to Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) £2.3m potentially to £2.6m Michael (Brazilian, 23 years old, S C) Fluminense (Brazil) to Al-Shabab (Saudi Arabia) £2.3m potentially rising to £3.2m FIFA World Team of the Year Manuel Neuer (Bayern Münich & Germany); Philip Lahm (Bayern Münich & Germany), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid & France), Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao & France), Marcelo (Real Madrid & Brazil); Thiago Alcântara (Bayern Münich & Spain), Eden Hazard (Chelsea & Belgium); Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona & Argentina), Mesut Özil (Arsenal & Germany), Juan Mata (Manchester United & Spain); Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United & Sweden) FIFA World Player of the Year 1st :- Lionel Messi (Barcelona), 2nd :- Mesut Özil (Arsenal), 3rd :- Juan Mata (Manchester United) UEFA Footballer of the Year 1st Lionel Messi (Barcelona), 2nd :- Mesut Özil (Arsenal), 3rd :- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Asian Footballer of the Year Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund & Japan) Asian Young Footballer of the Year Sardar Amzoun (Rostov & Iran) 2016 South East Asian Championships Hosts :- Myanmar & Philippines Indonesia beat Vietnam 5-2 on aggregate 2016 West Asian Championships Hosts :- Bahrain Kuwait beat Bahrain 2-0 at Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain 2016 Asian Under-19 Championships Hosts :- Bahrain Iran beat South Korea 2-1 at Bahrain National Stadium, Riffa, Bahrain FIFA World Club Cup FC Seoul (South Korea) Finished 5th Asian Champions League FC Seoul (South Korea) beat Al-Ain (UAE) 5-2 on aggregate Asian Confederations Cup Johor Daruk Ta'zim (Malaysia) beat Al-Muharraq (Bahrain) 2-0 Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstani Top Liga Champions :- Abdysh-Ata Kant. Runner's-Up :- Alga Bishkek. 3rd :- Alay Osh Relegated :- Ala-Too Naryn Kyrgyzstani Pervaya Liga Zona A Champions :- RUOR-97 Bishkek. Relegated :- Ala-Too Naryn Reserves Kyrgyzstani Pervaya Liga Zona B Champions :- Shakhter Kyzyl-Kia. Relegated :- Kara-Suu Kyrgyzstani Pervaya Liga Promotion Playoff :- RUOR-97 Bishkek beat Shakhter Kyzyl-Kia 4-2 on aggregate Kyrgyzstani Cup :- Alga Bishkek beat Alay Osh on penalties (2-2 on aggregate) at Stadion Dolena Omurzakova, Bishkek Australia Hyundai A-League Regular Season Champions :- Adelaide United Hyundai A-League Finals Series Champions :- Adelaide United China Chinese Super League Champions :- Shanghai Shanggang. Runner's Up :- Hebei Huaxia Xingfu. 3rd :- Guangzhou Hengda Relegated :- 15th :- Changchun Yatai. 16th :- Shijiazhuang Yongchang Chinese FA Cup :- Shandong Luneng beat Guangzhou Hengda on penalties (2-2 on aggregate) Hong Kong Hong Kong Premier League Champions :- Eastern Athletic Association Hong Kong FA Cup :- Pegasus FC Hong Kong Season Playoff :- Kitchee Sports Club Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield :- Eastern Athletic Association Hong Kong League Cup :- Kitchee Sports Club Hong Kong Sapling Cup :- Pegasus FC India Indian I-League Champions :- Bengaluru FC Indian Durand Cup :- Bengaluru FC Indian Hero Federation Cup :- Mohun Bagan Athletic Club Indonesia Indonesian Super League Champions :- Bhayangkara FC. Runner's-Up :- Pusamania Borneo FC. 3rd :- Arema FC Relegated :- 15th :- PSM Makassar. 16th :- PS TNI Persiram. 17th :- PS Barito Putra. 18th :- Perseru Serui Piala Indonesia :- Persib Bandung beat PS Barito Putra 1-0 at Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta Iran Iranian Persian Gulf Pro League Champions :- Esteghlal Khuzestan Iranian FA Cup :- Zob-Ahan Isfahan Iraq Iraqi Premier League Champions :- Al-Zawra'a Sports Club Iraqi FA Cup :- Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Japan J-League 1 Champions :- Yokohama F Marinos. Runner's-Up :- Júbilo Iwata. 3rd :- Cerezo Osaka Relegated :- 16th :- Ventforet Kofu. 17th :- Gamba Osaka. 18th :- Shimizu S-Pulse Japanese Emperor's Cup :- Júbilo Iwata beat Yokohama F Marinos 2-1 at Shizuoka Stadium ECOPA, Fukuroi Japanese J-League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup :- Cerezo Osaka beat Júbilo Iwata 2-0 at Memorial Centre Sub Stadium, Gifu Malaysia Malaysian Super League Champions :- Felda United. Runner's-Up :- Perak. 3rd :- Selangor Relegated :- 11th :- Penang. 12th :- Sarawak Malaysian FA Cup :- Johor Darul Ta'zim beat Teregganu on penalties (1-1 after extra time) at Nasional Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpar Malaysian Cup :- Pahang beat Penang 2-0 at Darul Makmur, Kuantan Qatar Qatari Stars League Champions :- Al-Rayyan Sports Club Qatari Prince Cup :- Al-Sadd Sports Club Qatari Crown Prince Cup :- Lekhwiya Sports Club Qatari Stars Cup :- Qatar Sports Club Saudi Arabia Saudi Professional League Champions :- Al-Ahli Saudi Sport Club Saudi Champions Cup :- Al-Hilal Saudi Sport Club Saudi Crown Prince Cup :- Al-Hilal Saudi Sport Club Singapore Singaporean League Champions :- Tampines Rovers. Runnder's-Up :- Albirex Niigata. 3rd :- Geylang International Singaporean Cup :- Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota beat Global Cebu on penalties (1-1 after extra time) at Bishan Stadium, Bishan Singaporean League Cup :- Warriors FC beat Balestier Khalsa 1-0 at Jalan Besar Stadium, Jalan Besar South Korea South Korean Hyundai Oilbank K-League Classic Champions :- FC Seoul. Runner's-Up :- Jeonbuk Hyundai. 3rd :- Pohang Steelers Relegated :- Gwangju FC South Korean FA Cup :- Suwon Samsung Bluewings beat Jeonbuk Hyundai on away goals (3-3 on aggregate) Thailand Thai Toyota League Champions :- Muangthong United. Runner's-Up :- Bangkok United. 3rd :- Chiangrai United Thai Chang FA Cup :- Ratchaburi Mitr Phol beat Pattaya United 2-1 at Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok United Arab Emirates UAE Professional League Champions :- Al-Ahli UAE President's Cup :- Al-Nasr Sports Club UAE FA Cup :- Dubai Cultural Sports Club UAE Emirates Cup :- Nal-Nasr Sports Club Uzbekistan Uzbek Oliy Liga Champions :- FJ Qo'qon 1912. Runner's-Up :- Bunyodkor Toshkent. 3rd :- Paxtakor Toshkent Relegated :- Metalurg Bekobod Uzbek Cup :- Mash'al Muborak beat Paxtakor Toshkent on penalties (1-1 after extra time) at Paxtakor Stadium. Toshkent
  11. November/December 2016. The press in Kyrgyzstan were not too hard on us after defeat against Cyprus. In fact, they were simply hoping that the spirits in the camp were not impacted too much with the next window featuring some long awaited competitive action. I don't think there was anything to worry about there, though our FIFA World Ranking did take a knock. We dropped eight spots down to 117th place, which is still a dozen places higher than we were at the start of the year, assuming we don't lose any more ground in December. One of the perks of being an International manager is that you get to vote when the awards are being handed out in the latter part of the campaign. Early December sees me asked to tender my vote for Asia's Footballer and Young Footballer of the Year awards. For me, playing at the highest level will always be something I take into account, as someone playing in the J-League or A-League for example, should absolutely be expected to produce more than someone playing for, say, Borussia Dortmund. Why Dortmund you say, well that happens to be the club of the man I selected for the main award, Shinji Kagawa, who has had an outstanding year for his club, if not so much for his country. For the Young Asian player award, see the same reason, as I select Iran's outstanding 21 year striker, Sardar Azmoun. He has bagged 29 goals in just 37 caps, and has been equally impressive for FC Rostov after signing for them on a permanent basis. The fee was undisclosed, but whatever he cost, he has surely paid it back, hitting 13 in 18 games, including five in seven in the UEFA Europa League, where they have a good chance of making the Knockout Stages. When December's edition of the FIFA World Rankings are announced, we're up one place, meaning we end the year in 116th place, and up thirteen places over the course of the year. I can't pretend that I'm not really happy with that. I'm hoping this is just the beginning, and we can continue this improvement for a long time yet, but I'm not naive, I realise how much work is going to need to be put in over the coming years to make this nation a force in Asia. We're ranked 15th in the continent right now. 2016 Review. Seniors :- Overall Record P 10. W 8. D 0. L 2. GF 19. GA 11. GD +8. Win Percentage 80% Competitive Record N/A FIFA World Ranking :- 116th (+13) Debutants (12) Manas Zhutanov (Defender, RLC) 10 Caps, 0 goals Marat Ajiniyazov (Defender, RC) 1 Cap, 0 goals Shuhrat Rahmonov (Defender, C) 3 Caps, 0 goals Tamirlan Kozubaev (Defender, C) 9 Caps, 0 goals Sergej Evljuskin (Midfielder, C) 10 Caps, 0 goals Ahletdin Israilov (Midfielder, RC) 8 Caps, 1 goal Ulug'beq Mo'minov (Defender, R) 5 Caps, 0 goals Bakyt Kashkaev (Midfielder, C) 3 Caps, 0 goals Raul' Dzhalilov (Midfielder, LR) 1 Cap, 0 goals Tosin Aleriwa (Striker, C) 6 Caps, 4 goals Bektur Talgat (Midfielder, C) 1 Cap, 0 goals Ilzat Akhmetov (Midfielder, RLC) 1 Cap, 0 goals Most Caps :- Vyacheslav Amin, Vadim Kharchenko (31 caps) Most Goals :- Anton Zemlianukhin (9 goals) Best XI :- Kirill Priadkin: Vadim Kharchenko, Manas Zhutanov, Azamat Baymatov, Valery Kichin; Sergej Evljuskin, Anton Zemlianukhin, Pavel Sidorenko; Ahletdin Israilov, Edgar Bernhardt; Vitalij Lux. Substitutes :- Pavel Matyash, Tamirlan Kozubaev, Anatolii Vlasichev, Karim Izrailov, Tosin Aleriwa, Shuhrat Rahmonov, Vladimir Verevkin. Under-23's :- Overall Record P 1. W 0. D 1. L 0. GF 2. GA 2. GD 0. Win Percentage 0% Competitive Record N/A Under-19's :- Overall Record P 10. W 2. D 4. L 4. GF 13. GA 17. GD -4. Win Percentage 20% Competitive Record N/A
  12. November 2016 (cont). The final International of my first year in charge of Kyrgyzstan was upon us, and we would face Cyprus at home. The Senior side have now won their last eight matches in a row, unheard of in the history of this side. We would be doing well to make that nine on the spin tonight though was the general consensus. Tuesday 15th November 2016 - 19:30pm International Friendly Stadion Dolena Omurzakova, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan v Cyprus Attendance :- 8,738. Weather :- Gusty, 14c. Changes are made from the victory in India, starting at the back, where Kirill Priadkin is left out, and Pavel Matyash is given a chance to show what he can do in goal at this level. There is also a change at left back, where Sherzod Shakirov starts the match, with Valery Kichin expected to play the second half. With Viktor Maier unavailable, Edgar Bernhardt starts on the right wing, with Karim Izrailov staying in the side on the left. Tosin Aleriwa retains his starting place up front. That means that if Ilzat Akhmetov is going to make his debut today, it would be from the bench. At the other end of the scale, Dordoy full back and current National Squad skipper, Vadim Kharchenko, today becomes the nations joint most capped player on 31 appearances, joining Vyacheslav Amin. Fancy watching a team get off the to the perfect start? Then kick off your shoes, put your feet up, and feast your eyes, as Tosin Aleriwa sends the ball from the centre circle out to the left wing. Full back Dimitris Moulazimis got it all wrong, and Karim Izrailov breezed past him. At the far post, Nektarious Alexandrou got in front of Edgar Bernhardt, but the ball spun off his head, and Aleriwa slammed it home from close range to put us a goal up inside five minutes. Cyprus looked rattled, and less than a minute later, Pavel Matyash sent a long clearance down the park, and Aleriwa won it in the air, and headed it to Bernhardt. The winger sent a quick pass to Anatolii Vlasichev. He sent it through to Aleriwa, and the striker sent in a low shot, Giorgos Papadopoulos getting a foot to it, which only sent the ball higher into the net. Two up in a little over five minutes! What a start! But do you want to see what a team shouldn't do with a two goal lead? Well get your feet off the table, put your shoes back on, and prepare for to become very uncomfortable in your seat! While Manas Zhutanov received some attention, Cyprus manager Christakis Christoforou had his side gathered around on the touchline, and was reading them the riot act. Marios Ilia linked up with Nestoras Mytides in their first raid, the latter shooting just wide. It was better luck next time though, as in the 26th minute, Grigoris Kastanos dropped a free kick into the right channel, Giorgos Efraim refused to give up on a seemingly lost cause, and was rewarded, keeping the ball in play, and his cross to the back post was headed down by Nikolas Englezou, before being swept home by Mytides to half the arrears. Efraim would be involved again in the 34th minute, once more showing willingness to chase down a ball down the right, this time from Ilias. He sent it to the far post again, where Englezou once again won it in the air, this time planting his header firmly past Matyash and into the net to level the match. The lads dug in a bit, and Vlasichev sent a curling effort just wide of the target, but Cyprus had really moved through the gears now, and long serving midfielder Vincent Laban broke play up, then sent the ball forward. Ilia and Mytides were inevitably involved, as was Efraim, who sent in yet another cross, and again Englezou was on to it, sidefooting this one high into the net to complete the comeback! We could have gone in level at the break, Aleriwa hitting a pot shot from the edge of the box that hit the top of the cross bar on it's way over. I wouldn't say I read my players the riot act, they didn't deserve that I felt, but I did tell them that they couldn't afford to lose the ball in midfield, and they certainly couldn't afford to let Efraim cross the ball at will. Sherzod Shakirov had been turned inside out by the winger, and he was relieved of his duties at the break to allow Valery Kichin to try and contain him. Tamirlan Kozubaev also came off, he had lost track of Englezou on numerous occassions, and Azamat Baymatov came on in his place. We certainly looked like we had put that loss of three goals behind us, as we set about getting ourselves level, Izrailov coming very close to doing so within a minute of the restart, shooting across goal, Papadopoulos not getting there, but the ball just scraping past the far upright. Azamat Baymatov wasn't having such a good impact, as he picked up a booking, and then was caught dwelling on the ball somewhat, and Englezou robbed him of possession and sent it to Ilia who got past Zhutanov, but Matyash pushed the shot away. I made three more changes, Vadim Kharchenko, Vlasichev and Bernhardt were all taken off, and replaced by Ulug'beq Mo'minov and two debutants, Bektur Talgat in midfield, and youngster Ilzat Akhmetov on the wing. When that failed to create any real goalscoring chances, I was a bit more bold, taking off a quiet Anton Zemlianukhin, and replacing him with striker Vitalij Lux, as we brought on some support for Aleriwa to try and find an equaliser. We never quite managed to create a golden chance though, and our run had come to an end. Kyrgyzstan (2) 2 - Tosin Aleriwa (5,6) Cyprus (3) 3 - Nestoras Mytides (26), Nikolas Englezou (34,42) Pavel Matyash; Vadim Kharchenko (capt - Ulug'beq Mo'minov 62), Tamirlan Kozubaev (Azamat Baymatov 45), Manas Zhutanov, Sherzod Shakirov (Valery Kichin 45); Anatolii Vlasichev (Bektur Talgat 62), Anton Zemlianukhin (Vitalij Lux 74), Sergej Evljuskin; Edgar Bernhardt (Ilzat Akhmetov 62), Karim Izrailov; Tosin Aleriwa. Unused Substitutes :- Kirill Priadkin (GK), Shuhrat Rahmonov, Daniel Tagoe, Ahletdin Israilov, Vladimir Verevkin, Maxim Agapov (GK). Possession :- 49% - 51%. Shots on Target :- 2 - 11. Man of the Match :- Nikolas Englezou (Cyprus). Giorgos Efraim was the real difference between the two sides for me today, the APOEL winger was nothing short of superb. So we would end this year as we had started it, with a defeat. We couldn't be too disappointed, it was not so long ago that a nation like Cyprus would have laughed off the idea of playing us, never mind us giving them a good game and a real fright as well. After the game, I held an impromptu meeting with the players, and told them that I didn't want to see their heads go down, and that while it had been disappointing, we had challenges ahead of us to look forward to, and 2017 would be an important year for Kyrgyzstani football.
  13. FMS Awards 2017 Final Round Vote

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  14. November 2016 (cont). When Viktor Maier became unavailable to play against Cyprus, I would require a replacement player for the squad. I wasn't in a rush to make a decision, the match is a Friendly, the season is now over domestically, and we had plenty of cover in the squad as it currently was. I would sleep on my decision, and decide early in the day on Sunday. The news that Maier would not be available for Tuesday was no secret, it was noted in sports bulletins and online football webpages. There were a number of candidates to come into the National Squad as his replacement, the front runners being Raul' Dzhalilov, who performed well previously when coming into the squad, and could cover both wings. There was also the intriguing option of moving Viktor Kelm up from the Under-19 squad and into the Senior side, though that one would be more difficult logistically, as he was now in Hong Kong with the age group squad. Unexpected option number three presented itself fairly early in the day on Sunday when I received a phone call. I recognised the number, and was more than happy to take the call from Rubin Kazan's talented young forward, Ilzat Akhmetov. The call started well right away, when he called me 'boss'. He told me that he had watched the game against India, and admired very much the team spirit we had shown to grind out a result. He also explained that since our conversation, he had been thinking over his very recent decision, and his prospects of ever playing International football with Russia. He was aware that Maier was out, and he wanted to be part of what we were trying to do. In moments like this, there is often a pause, or a small period of silence. That didn't happen here. 'I'll make the arrangements to get you to Bishkek, and I'll see you in the hotel later today.' So Ilzat Akhmetov comes into the Kyrgyztsan Senior National Squad, and is in line to make his debut against Cyprus on Tuesday evening in his home city. It's a fantastic outcome for us, and one that was not expected, at least, not for several months or years down the line, if at all. Due to turn nineteen on New Year's Eve, Akhmetov brings many qualities to the side. He has great pace, great technique and agility, and a footballing brain. His first touch is excellent, he can cross a ball, and his passing is at a high level for a young player. At just 5'8, he isn't a big lad, but what he doesn't have in size, he makes up for in versatility, as he can play on either wing, though he prefers to cut in from the left, he can play behind the striker, or up front on his own, or supporting a strike partner. He arrived at the team hotel later in the evening, and was warmly welcomed by the squad, including Maier, who was waiting on arrangements to be made for him to return to Holland, where his niggle would be treated by the medical staff at his club, FC Emmen. There would be another light training session on Monday, which would give us at least some kind of opportunity to run the rule over out latest potential debutant. The squad would eat together in the afternoon, while watching the Under-19's match in Hong Kong. Obviously it was going to take some thinking over to decide the Seniors starting eleven for Tuesday night. Out in Hong Kong, another talented young winger had been asked to play no more than 45 minutes, as Neftchi Kochkor-Ata were concerned about Vladimir Badalov's lethargic outing in Belovodskoye last week against Kosovo, and want us to limit his time on the park this week. Russian side Yenisey Krasnoyarsk have a game on Saturday, so they have asked our goalscoring full back from last time out, Valery Kichin, to also play no more than a half in the match against Cyprus in Bishkek. Monday 14th November 2016 - 18:00pm Under-19's International Friendly So Kon Po Recreation Park, So Kon Po, Hong Kong Hong Kong Under-19's v Kyrgyzstan Under-19's Attendance :- 136. Weather :- Rain, 14c. This rather dilapidated stadium holds only 800 people, and is really only used as a spare venue, utilised occassionally by club sides like C&W District when the scheduling with the many ground shares in Hong Kong gets too tight, and also a favoured place for the Hong Kong Under-23 side to play their matches. Mirlan Orozbek continues in goal again today, while Danislam Zagidulin returns to the line up at right back, taking back over Captain duties from stand in, Almaz Omoraliev. There are two changes in the midfield trio, with Aidar Mambetaliev and Abdurashit Saydirakhmatov rotated out, and Azamat Omuraliev and Ernist Batyrkanov replacing them. In the final change, I start Ivan Biyaliev on the left instead of Vladimir Badalov, who has a club instruction and will get some time later in the match. The Hong Kong side was almost as dirty as our white kit was about to get on this rain soaked park. They gave away a plethora of early free kicks, and two minutes in, Beksultan Kaipov curled one of those just too high, and over the goal frame. We were perhaps a little fortunate that their 17 year old striker, Robbie Stamp, who looked very impressive early on, wouldn't make it much further than the quarter of an hour mark. His strike partner, Sun Ming Him, showed he wasn't quite as capable looking, when a pass through the middle sent him clear on goal, but he shanked his shot high and wide of the target. Meanwhile, we continued to rack up efforts at goal from dangerous free kicks, and Ivan Biyaliev curled one over the wall, and Ho Gam Wai produced a stunning acrobatic save to tip it over the bar. Defensively, we were doing a pretty good job, and managing to prevent crosses coming into our box on the whole, something both the Senior and age group sides have been working on. When Cheng Chin Lueng did manage to send one over on the half hour mark, Ming Him did rather better than he did with his earlier effort, winning the ball in the air, and heading it towards the bottom corner, Mirlan Orozbek doing well to get down and stop it, and preventing the loose ball from falling back to the lurking striker. Almaz Omoraliev was the latest to try his luck with a free kick, hitting the target, but Gam Wai held onto that one. The striker was also involved in the last, and best chance of the first half. He turned and was on the run quickly when Ernist Batyrkanov broke play up in his own half, and he had the two centre backs backtracking. With their attention on the striker, who rolled it into the path of charging winger Viktor Kelm, who took the pass in stride and got into the box, only to see Gam Wai use his legs to block his low effort to beat the keeper at his near post. At the break, I felt we were a little unfortunate not to be ahead. I made just the one change at the break, Biyaliev replaced by Vladimir Badalov on the left wing as planned. I don't think the youngster had yet got on the ball when two and a half minutes into the half, Ulan Taalaybek collected a short pass from Orozbek, and then played a sweeping left footed long pass that dropped just beyond the defence of Hong Kong, and Omoraliev raced onto it. When Gam Wai didn't come particularly far to narrow his options, Omoraliev had plenty of time to make his decision, and he lifted it beyond the keeper's reach and put us ahead. We were playing well, and looking good, and nearly bagged a quick second, Danislam Zagidulin and Kelm passed between each other quickly on the right, and the latter played it to Batyrkanov on the edge of the box, but his driven shot was bravely charged down by Yu Wai Lim. With just over an hour gone, and our hosts starting to make subs, Azamat Omuraliev made a run through the midfield, and released Vladimir Badalov into space on the left. Cutting into the box, Badalov faced sub keeper Ho Kin Fung, and shot with the outside of his boot, the effort curling just off target unfortunately. Midway through the half, and with some of our subs getting warmed up in preparation for changes, Ming Him sent the ball wide to overlapping full back Lee Ho Kwan, and he sent it back inside for Kôta Jige, who's shot was swept towards goal with some power, Orozbek pulling out a great save to keep that one out of his net. Ulugbek Salamatov and Kaipov were the first players I removed as we tried to get some fresh legs on, Ayzar Akmatov and Abdurashit Saydirakhmatov brought on. But it was Orozbek who was taking centre stage, Jige skipping away from Nurtay Kurmantay, and whipping in a low cross to Leung Ho Yin, who produced an even better save from our young keeper, as he had originally anticipated the ball being sent across his goal. From the corner, sub defender John Ramage headed the ball past Orozbek, but that one came back off the upright. After missing his tackle, and then picking up a booking, Kurmantay became a prime candidate to be substituted, and he would replaced in the 79th minute, along with Zagidulin and Omoraliev, the trio replaced by Muhamedjan Grischenko, Kursanbek Akmatov, and Janboto Yrysbek, who would be asked to drop deeper and hold the ball up, just like the Seniors had done with Vitalij Lux in India last week. If Hong Kong had been more disciplined, they might have been able to put us on the ropes a bit more effectively. Equally, if the ref hadn't been so lenient with their constant niggly fouls, they might have been out of the game long ago, rather than seeing Ko Shing Yan become their first booking with only minutes left to play. Kelm was well off target with a free kick, while very late substitutions to bring on Aidar Mambetaliev and Kanat Yuldashev were designed soley to break up the game and waste time. We hung on pretty easily, and that would go down as one of the Under-19's better performances of the year. Hong Kong Under-19's (0) 0 Kyrgyzstan Under-19's (0) 1 - Almaz Omoraliev (48) Mirlan Orozbek; Danislam Zagidulin (capt - Kursanbek Akmatov 79), Ulan Taalaybek, Ulugbek Salamatov (Ayzar Akmatov 71), Nurtay Kurmantay (Muhamedjan Grischenko 79); Beksultan Kaipov (Abdurashit Saydirakhmatov 71), Azamat Omuraliev (Aidar Mambetaliev 89), Ernist Batyrkanov; Viktor Kelm (Kanat Yuldashev 90+1), Ivan Biyaliev (Vladimir Badalov 45); Almaz Omoraliev (Janboto Yrysbek 79). Unused Substitutes :- Georgiy Slavnyi (GK), Manas Smatov, Kadyrbek Shaarbekov, Abdulnur Mamytov (GK). Possession :- 42% - 58%. Shots on Target :- 4 - 4. Man of the Match :- Ulan Taalaybek (Kyrgyzstan Under-19's). That was a good performance and result, and it's not often this year I've been able to say either about our Under-19 side. Are we about to finally see some kind of form and consistency from our young players, or will this prove to be nothing more than a one off, and another false dawn? They were certainly in good spirits as they headed for the airport and a flight back to Bishkek. They would remain in the capital to watch tomorrow night's match as the Senior side faced Cyprus, before then returning to their clubs and then starting their end of season holidays.
  15. (FM'09) - A Chance To Rewrite History

    2009/10 Northern Irish Second Division League Table. Up to & Including Sunday 15th November 2009. | Pos | Inf | Team | | Pld | Won | Drn | Lst | For | Ag | G.D. | Pts | | 1st | | Lurgan Celtic | | 10 | 6 | 2 | 2 | 20 | 9 | +11 | 20 | | 2nd | | P.S.N.I. | | 10 | 6 | 2 | 2 | 14 | 7 | +7 | 20 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 3rd | | Coagh Utd | | 11 | 6 | 2 | 3 | 14 | 14 | 0 | 20 | | 4th | | Queens University | | 11 | 4 | 6 | 1 | 14 | 7 | +7 | 18 | | 5th | | Glebe | | 11 | 5 | 3 | 3 | 12 | 6 | +6 | 18 | | 6th | | Oxford Utd Stars | | 10 | 4 | 6 | 0 | 12 | 6 | +6 | 18 | | 7th | | Annagh Utd | | 10 | 5 | 2 | 3 | 11 | 7 | +4 | 17 | | 8th | | Killymoon | | 10 | 4 | 1 | 5 | 7 | 15 | -8 | 13 | | 9th | | Tobermore Utd | | 11 | 3 | 3 | 5 | 9 | 14 | -5 | 12 | | 10th | | Portstewart | | 10 | 2 | 5 | 3 | 13 | 12 | +1 | 11 | | 11th | | Chimney Corner | | 11 | 1 | 6 | 4 | 7 | 11 | -4 | 9 | | 12th | | H & W Welders | | 11 | 1 | 5 | 5 | 7 | 14 | -7 | 8 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------| | 13th | | Killyleagh | | 10 | 1 | 3 | 6 | 9 | 15 | -6 | 6 | | 14th | | Dundela | | 10 | 0 | 4 | 6 | 5 | 17 | -12 | 4 |