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Saigon Saints 2 2 Fighting Cocks F.C.

Saigon Saints 2 2 Fighting Cocks F.C. SAIGON INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Saigon Saints extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a battling 2-2 draw with Aptly Named Fighting Cocks on Saturday evening. In the least shocking ending to a game ever, Chuck Marion received his marching orders towards the end of the second half for a second yellow, leaving Simfin’s men happy to hold on for a point in the end.

However it was Marion who was the catalyst for a storming opening twenty minutes from the Saints, catching the Cocks stone cold in the second minute as Sean Campbell met Marion’s corner to fire in his first goal of the season, probably. Bushy headed deviant Chuck, popped up again moments later, ghosting past the phalluses at the back, to find the time and space to loft the ball over the ‘keeper’s head into the goal, sending the Saints’ ultras into hysterics. That’s three goals in three games for SIFL public enemy number one, Chuck Marion.

Punch drunk and clearly on the ropes, Fighting Cocks were in danger of collapsing, as the Saints continued to run riot. Troy Crosse making his return after a long absence from the squad, grabbed his chance with an outstanding performance as the focal point of the forward line. Troy Oi was the boi, you could almost say, at least if you say it in Troy’s accent and add a ‘bruv’ at the end, bruv.

Was this it? Was this the moment this Saints’ team finally arrived, fulfilled their potential, batted aside strong opposition? Went on a late charge for the league title, got signed up by a bunch of scouts for top flight teams, before blowing it all on a drug fueled descent back to the bottom of the heap? Sadly not. FCFC gained a foothold in the game, with slack marking allowing them to squeeze one in at the near post and then a mazy run, a few kind bounces and Bob’s your auntie’s husband, they were level. Was this it? Were the Saints going to fold like some kind of oriental paper folding art, before blowing it all on a drug fueled descent back to the bottom of the heap? No chance, not this team.

Blinded by Jimmy Q’s puffy chest, the Cuck’s did not even notice his scrawny legs paddling frantically beneath the surface, as along with Kane, Teague and McDonald in midfield, tackle after tackle was won. As the defence dropped a little deeper, marshalled by Captain Hulbert and champagne footballer Alex Crane, the Saints refused to be overrun by the seemingly innumerable Fighting Cock’s widemen. On one or two occasions they did manage to breach the defence, only to be foiled by the onrushing Webmaster 2.0 in goals.

A well-earned point, unbeaten in the league since mid-October and a team that looks increasingly difficult to beat. Morale was high in a packed O’Brien’s on Saturday night, until Eden Kane fluked a win in a bumper game of killers. If Eden can win a game of killers with twenty odd people playing, there is hope for all of us yet.

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