Feb 17

LLFC – Training Kit

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Feb 17

LLFC – Home Kit

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Feb 17

LLFC 1st XI 1-1 UCL Academicals 1st XI

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“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… it’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa

13 February 2016 London Lawyers -v- UCL Academicals
Laden with four back-to-back defeats and a heavy start to 2016, London Lawyers’ I faced a critical match that would undoubtedly define how the team fared for the rest of the season. Up against a side that had tested in them at their previous encounter, the match served not only as a chance to shake off the demons of the matches passed but a unique opportunity to build momentum for the matches remaining.

As the day descended and the moment for kick-off neared, the omens positively seemed to be stacked in the Lawyers’ favour. The skies now looking overcast, the pitch having been graced overnight with terrestrial rainfall, beckoning to our native Spartans who arrived to the grounds with high spirits and Big Jack Horsley setting the tone with upbeat war euphonies – the stage was set for a memorable stand at fortress Turney road.

Running through the steps that would lead them to the Promised Land, mighty Horrocks and O’Halloran, set the foolishness aside in the changing room, and started coaxing the crew into fighting spirit, setting the scene for the charge.
Following a few pre-game warm-up antics in the mud, the Lawyers were cast into the fray, the match was underway. It was not long before the Lawyers faced the first challenge of the match: an inconspicuous throw-in for the accies that would lead to the first goal of the match arriving in unexpected fashion: 0-1.

For the next 20’, the Lawyers battled to gain the upper hand and show that their spirit had not been broken from yet another false start of a match. The first substantive reaction came mid-way through the half with Marcus leading the counter-attack and getting it through to big man James who darted it to finesse-man Denis who, leaving the right-back in his tracks, scurried through to the end-line and made the anticipated pass across the keeper to a raving Bazinas who unluckily got the ball on his off-foot and streamed it straight over the cross-bar.

Speaking to Baz after the match, he said “I might have well just let it pass …the ball was well behind me, only an acrobat could have converted it to a goal”.

The chance gave the stigma for the remaining 15’ of the first half which was heavily dominated by the Lawyers, who put pressure on the accies and started forcing them into errors. The Lawyers were starting to look the better side, and if it weren’t for the half-time whistle they would have surely had their equaliser.

A few words were all that were needed at half-time from reigning crewmen O’Halloran and Horsely, and the Lawyers were back on the pitch for the second half.

O’Halloran coming on as a sub made an immediate impact. Undeterred by the strict confines of his position, he began to assume control of the entire right side of the park. Fellow teammate Horsely is said to have stated after the match, “…at one moment you saw O’Halloran scaling the attack and the next moment, having only turned your back for a few seconds, he seemed to reappear on the other side of the pitch defending”. Some onlookers say they are almost certain they saw him spit out a lung on the side-line, though this is still unconfirmed.

Returning with autocracy to the match, but for one moment at the start of the half that required a vital save from keeper-extraordinaire Hadzic, the Lawyers dominated from top to bottom. The back four doing a tremendous job pre-emptively blocking any and all attempted attacks while the midfield showcasing splendid fervour and creative vision.

The Lawyers came close to the equaliser around minute 68’ on a counter-attack with whom else but O’Halloran who like a demon drove down the middle and sent a wonderfully crafted ball to the feet of anticipating solo-striker Bazinas. With plenty of time Bazinas squared the ball with two neat touches before him, setting himself for the impending strike. His team-players behind him anticipating what was a sure goal were already in celebration. Alas as fate would have it, Bazinas would not the send the ball into the nets but onto the cross-bar. A huge dampener to the mood of the lawyer camp with fellow-man Fitzgerland-Morgan falling to the ground and cursing the football gods.

Mighty Zeus however would not let the Lawyers down and with a few moments only passed, main-man Thomas swooped in for a thunderous header all the way from the gorges of Mount Olympus, and from the feet of nifty Busby, sending the Lawyers to seventh heaven: 1-1.

Hoping to capitalise on the lion’s share of possession, the Lawyers bombarded the other side and edged close to a second. But it was not to be. The ref blew the final whistle: 1-1 final score, a missed three-pointer for the Lawyers but a performance they could be proud of.
MOM: Marcus
DOD: Bazinas
With momentum now on their side, the Lawyers can positively build on this performance and, with plenty of matches left, convert the season to a success. Time can only tell if they will achieve this feat, but they should feel assured, it now lies in their hands.

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Oct 14

Results from 10 October

Results from Saturday 10 October:

*Economicals 3-0 LLFC 1s*

MOM: Jake Rainsford – quality debut
DOD: Jake Rainsford. He’ll learn that you can’t dive in this league…

 

mhAOyCY.jpg*Aloysians 2s 0-1 LLFC 2s*

MOM: Nadan Hadzic – hero in nets, kept the lads in it.
DOD: Joe McGrath – worst foul through ever.

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Sep 20

LLFC 2s 2-2 Sedcopians 2s (Barratt, Embleton)

4507810159_0490e1f564.jpgThe scene was perfectly set for LLFC 2s to make their bow in the AFC Division One South at the Griffin – clear blue skies, a delightful playing surface, fresh new kit and the prospect of the season’s first LLFC social that evening. On reflection, there were many positives to take from the game, however, given LLFC’s control of most of the game, the overriding mood in the camp at the final whistle was understandably one of despondency.

LLFC made a bright start to the game, taking control of the middle of the park and working well to find space in the channels. LLFC’s defensive line kept its shape and discipline, limiting the visitors’ attacking threat to a speculative long-range effort from their towering central midfielder, for whom the phrase “good feet for a big man” seems particularly apt. The home side were finally given their just reward for their dominance when a flowing move, incorporating the entire midfield and the two forwards, was neatly finished by Jack Barratt. With LLFC firmly in the ascendancy, chances were being created at will, with Muzzy getting a lot of joy with his darting runs down the left flank. The home side looked increasingly dangerous from captain Mines’ dead-ball deliveries and were able to double their lead when Embleton used his aerial prowess to direct a pinpoint corner from Mines into the back of the net. LLFC continued in search of a third goal, with Groomy striking the woodwork from the edge of the box. Against the run of play, Old Sedcopians managed to pull a goal back before the break. A momentary lapse in concentration in the LLFC defence from an Old Sedcopians’ throw resulted in an unmarked striker at the back post diverting past the onrushing Hadzic.

Seemingly buoyed by their goal before the break, Old Sedcopians opened the second half with all guns blazing. LLFC were not showcasing the same confidence from the first half, and the visitors succeeded in getting in behind the LLFC back line on a few occasions. As the game went on, it became increasingly apparent that the visitors were looking to impose themselves physically on the game, with Messrs Mines, Embleton and Matharu on the receiving end of ill-timed challenges. The hosts pushed for a third goal to put the contest beyond doubt, and came close to doing so on several occasions, but with the game entering a tense finale, the visitors managed to level the scores. Their centre forward, arguably their biggest source of danger throughout the game, leapt well to angle his header from a free-kick from deep into the corner of the net. The roars of joy from the visiting players were perhaps indicative of how lucky they were to emerge with a point, and how LLFC will view their season opener as two points lost rather than a point gained.

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Sep 18

BREAKING: LLFC 2XI 2-2 Sedcopians 2XI

DSC_0591BREAKING: LLFC 2nd XI started the season with a 2-2 draw at home to Old Sedcopians 2s. Massive shame to not get the 3 points having dominated the first half, and we should have been 3 or 4 up at half time. Still, we learn from that and move on.

Man of the Match: Chris Musgrave. Very dangerous down the left wing, got in behind so many times we lost count. Shame we couldn’t finish off his good work.

Goal of the Match: Jack Barrett’s nice finish capped off a great team move. Great to see.

 

DOD: Anil Matharu. Repeat offences including going skins in the warm up, falling off a 4 inch step, (Horrocks has the rest).

Muzzy won the End of Match Race, clocking in at 7.46s. Anything below 10s is quick – and that guy is quick. Watch out in future lads.

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Sep 18

When One Became Two

The clubhouse, Turney Rd

The clubhouse, Turney Rd

Today is a very big day for LLFC.

For the first time in its long, illustrious history (est 2003), LLFC will be fielding 2 teams in the Amateur Football Combination. A big player recruitment drive, coupled with some extremely engaged and generous new partners, has made this possible.

The second XI kick off their season at home today. This is a massive day.

This has been made possible thanks to the spirit and dedication that the founders, Anil Matharu and Tom Greenwood, have given the club over years and years of wins, losses, and broken down cars abandoned at old ignatians away. They’ve grown the club and set the standard from the top: good lads who play football and are absolute NAILS on the pitch. We are LLFC.

‪#‎legacy‬

Our second team has also been made possible by our excellent sponsors LLFC are delighted to announce the following partnerships:

Porta Wealth Management
Hydrogen Recruitment International
David Harris Physiotherapy

We’re extremely grateful for their support this season – they join the club at an extremely exciting time for LLFC. They have enabled us to field two teams, and run training sessions throughout the season – both are brand new to LLFC.

(More details on these sponsors will be shared soon)

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A mixed start to the new season

Defying his ageAlready with as many highs and lows as a holiday in the alps, the 2014-2015 season is set to be another rollercoaster.

Latest match reports are now available ici…

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A successful 2013-2014 season

Golf day 2014After a shaky start to the 2013-2014 season, LLFC picked up considerably during our usual mid-season run which, at one stage, was in danger of seeing us promoted to the Premier division.

Thankfully, common sense prevailed and we avoided promotion by the skin of our teeth.

But it was another great season – great comebacks, outstanding goals, superb performances, and lots of new faces adding to the success of the club.

Thanks everyone who contributed to 2013-2014.

We finished off the year with our usual summer golf day, and now we look forward to 2014-2015!

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A mixed March

Marcus Hinton swings in a free kickMarch was a mixed month for London Lawyers FC. It started and ended with a defeat to our new bogey team, HAC, but in between we picked up impressive victories and enough points to move us to some dizzy heights in the league table.

Read the match reports here.

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