There has been so much build up to this game. First, Yemen United who started the season strong and at one point were at the top of the division fell quickly by losing 4 in a row mid season. They were able to salvage their season by beating teams that were ahead of them in the standing and getting enough points to squeak into 6th place. It was definitely down to the last game that they lost but secured it when Celtic Hoops lost to Depew Village. This team is much better than their record shows, but lack of player attendance and mid season bickering, the crew was able to pull it together at the end and get some wins. Yemen United will have great fan support including their brethren from the championship division Yemen Elite. United should have a full roster showing up for this game at the Boneyard (Orchard Park Soccer Complex).
The Sporting Roos are a new team in the league that was formed under the same Club banner as Roos United (Championship division) and managed by Drew Maloney, who has been a target of many around the league due to his brash statements that seem to stir the pot, some may call it trolling and some may call it bashing, but whatever the case, he has too many enemies (I will get back to this later on) that most fans around the league root against any team affiliated with him. He has not played in any game this season due to his knee injury, but that did not stop him from being the face of the club. The Sporting Roos started the season strong and stayed amongst the top tier of the division and at one point were in first place like Yemen United was. They have faced United early in the season which ended in a 1-0 victory to the Roos. Fans that watched that game stated it was a bland showing by both teams that could have went either way, and United missing opportunities to score. The S. Roos have some familiar faces on the squad like Tukie Gildo and Abraham Ahmed Alajji who have added speed and tenacity to the squad.
This game went from a usual playoff game to a controversial one due to one individual on the BDSL forum known as maxpayne0256 (Dave Payne). This person came out of no where and has taken the forum by storm. He has constantly berated Drew and anyone who supports him. His motivation was due to Drew’s constant bashing of other teams post game for years. He is an obscure person which everyone is trying to figure out who it might be. Everyone from former players to disgruntled fans even to the point that someone mentioned it might be Drew himself, no one knows. So why am I mentioning this for a 1st Division quarterfinal game. Well, Dave Payne made a wager, and his wager was if Yemen United were to win this game, Drew would have to apologizes on the forum for his years of so called insolence. And if Sporting Roos were to win this game, Dave Payne will no longer roam the BSDL forum. Such a big wager that goes beyond monetary value. There has been a rumor that Dave Payne will be in attendance to witness this game, although no one will know who he is. This individual will go down in BDSL history, due to the fact he single handedly revived the forum with some posts going 5 pages long including some over 3,000 views. This has been the most interesting BDSL season in a while, and happy to see so many people interested again.
Kick off is on Sunday 28th at 6PM @ Orchard Park Soccer Complex (OPSC). Map Orchard Park SC 1 Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (7/27/2012)
P.S. Yemen Elite came in 2nd place during the season and therefore were rewarded a bye this Sunday (No game)
It has been a tremendous season so far for the Elite. Coming into this last game of the season in 2nd place is quite an accomplishment. All that stands in between guaranteeing that spot and gaining a first round bye and home field advantage for the semis is the woeful Wolfpack. I really can’t tell what happened to them this year, but by reading the forum the past few weeks, they have been plagued with injuries and suspension. The Wolfpack have been known in the past to play a physical style of soccer, and some wouldn’t even consider it soccer. But this year they started the season playing against strong quality teams such as Queenston (3-0) and Amherst Sharpshooters (5-0). Their only wins have come against lower seeded teams like NS Alliance and FC Buffalo Reserves. For the Wolfpack, they really have nothing to play for other than pride. The last time Wolfpack faced a Yemen team for a meaningful game was the 2011 Semifinals. The game was very physical and ended in PKs late into the evening in which Yemen won in front of faithful who stayed after sunset. Enforcing the game was none other than the best ref in the league, Tom George, who will also be enforcing this game too. Wolfpack might be looking at the game as revenge or even getting a positive out of their failed season. Although most of the players who were on that Yemen team are not playing, it will still sit close in the back of their minds what to play for.
Yemen Elite will finally get a couple healthy bodies back. Ahmed Adil who had to sit out 3 games for a double yellow suspension that still has many people scratching their heads. Abdoghani Ali will be back after sitting out a game. Gilford Sai is still sitting with a fractured eye socket and no word on his return as of yet. Yemen must not take this team lightly or jokingly or it will get ugly. Let’s hope they come out with a win and no injuries/suspensions going into the playoffs.
Also there is Double header today. United at 4pm, against BSC Inter @ Nichols.
Kick off is on Sunday 6PM @Yemen Soccer Field on Lehigh St. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (7/21/2013)
Just remember this was pre approved, and I never received an official approved one. Even red card suspension mention 1 game instead of red card committee decision. I know it says 2007, but believe when I tell you it was from the Nov 21 email.
The previous time these 2 teams met was on the first round of the Tehel Cup in 2012. Yemen Elite won the game convincingly with a score of 5-1. On that Day NS Alliance started with a man down but soon had a full squad with 1 bench. Yemen started slow, but slowly picked up in the second half finishing with 3 goals. NS Alliance were probably short due to the game being during the week. NS Alliance can be a dangerous team with a full roster. Yemen also played them during regular season play last year and the results close 6-2. Yemen has a lot to play for today. They will have to have a win today and gain a lot of goals to assist in goal differential against higher seeded teams. Yemen has already clinched a playoff spot and are in 4th place. I win today and a tie between Rush FC and Queenston, and Elite gains second place and first round bye as long as they win the last game of the season versus Wolfpack. Yemen controls their destiny with a win. NS Alliance used to be a great team a few years back, but lack of attendance has really hampered their play. NS Alliance might show up with just enough or might call in he reserves to play Elite, we won’t know until game time. NS Alliance is at the bottom of the division with only one win vs Buffalo Celtic, and the other losses were dismissal with few of the shutouts like 8-0,9-0, 3-0…etc NS Alliance is playing for pride with no chance at the playoffs.
Kick off is at 4PM @ Orchard Park Soccer Complex (OPSC). Map Orchard Park SC 1 Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (7/14/2012)
P.S. There is a home today at the Yemen field with Yemen United playing against a top seeded rival in the Elbow Soup. Kick off is at 6PM
Today’s match pits 2 teams with 2 different styles of play. Buffalo Celtic plays an aggressive physical style of soccer while Yemen plays a high tempo passing game. Buffalo Celtic have had a questionable season after being promoted from the 1st division. The other 2 teams that were promoted from the 1st division (Queenston and Rush FC) have seen surprising success in the championship division. Buffalo Celtic are hovering in 6th place which is a playoff spot but they have to maintain wins all the way through to season to secure that spot. They started the season strong winning against FC Buffalo and Roos, then dropping a surprising game against the last place NS Alliance. They came close to beating the Sharpshooters and losing by 1 goal, then getting crushed by Rush FC. They have shown inconsistency throughout the season and have not really become a threat to many teams. Not sure if it is because of injuries or attendance, but based on last year they finish strong and in a commanding 3rd place. With the 4th July just passing and many people out of town, will this effect their attendance. We just don’t know.
Yemen Elite is coming off an emotional and punishing win at Fort Niagara, crowds could have been watching us battle instead of the French and Indian re-enactment. Yemen Elite played with an immense heart during that game. Yemen Elite started with 6 and a goalie on the field and kept Queenston at bay for a few mins until a couple of more Elite players showed up and brang it up to 9. They kept Queenston scoreless for the first half with amazing saves by Semir Kadric and an unbelieveable goal line header save by Ayman Elsayegh. By the end of the half Yemen was able to get 11 on the field but that’s it. Second half was a true brutish game that was just a hack fest, we saw so many place kicks that second half than we have seen in many games. Yemen was able to strike first by the foot of Ali Adil who took on 4 Queenston players at break neck speeds to place a slider in the back of the net. Yemen was able to add one more the to score with a PK by James Ugorji. After that, the tensions ran high from the players and the fans. The last 15 mins was just an atrocious display of disorder. The ref missed calls, let plays go on and just made the situation worse. In the end, Elite lost one of their main guys on defense Gil Sai to a fractured eye socket that may end his season. As a result Queenston was awarded a PK, which was initially save by Semir, but the rebound was tapped in easily while the defense was sleeping. Yemen endured the last 10 minutes with a man down as Queenston came close a few times to tie it.
Today contest will be a display of Size versus Speed. Buffalo Celtic needs this win to stay in the hunt and Yemen will have to play with heart and skill to overcome the season injuries and suspensions. Its been a long time since Elite played at home. They look forward to treating its loyal fans to a win.
By the way, Double header today. Elite at 4pm, United at 6PM.
Kick off is on Sunday 4PM @Yemen Soccer Field on Lehigh St. Come show your support, bring your friends and family along for what should be a great game. (7/7/2013)