Post Game Analysis (6/3/12) – Yemen Elite 2 vs Celtic United 2
It was raining but I think we started the game with no real delay. This was by far the most intense game of the season I believe for both sides. Both teams came out ready to play, both teams had deep benches. We were without top DM and one of our top strikers pull a muscle within the first 5 minutes of the game. So we had to rely on our young talent up top. The pitch was wet but not that muddy as expected. The game started with both sides mounting pressure on the defenses but no real breaking chances. Yemen had a couple of chances that went just wide. The first real chance the Celtic team had was a penalty shot awarded to #5 Steve Carcaterro but our goalie Mana Mohsen made an unbeliveable save that gave us momentum to step it up. It did not last for long, just a few minutes later Celtic was awarded a corner kick that they capitalized by a mishandle of one of our defenders which Allen Filarecki broke in hard and one timed in. About 12 minutes later the sun broke through the cloud and maybe it was a sign. We finally got a call near the left top 18, and it was placed beautifully by our captain Mateo Escobar. About 10 minutes later, we got another call near the same spot and again our captain came through and netted one to the bottom left of the net. This game was ours to win, we had more chance in the second half than they did. I think our forwards left thier finishing boots at home, I am not taking anything away from the Celtic keeper, he was on top of his game and made a point blank kick-save on our young striker Ali Mo, that would have sealed the deal for us in this game, but Celtic team pressed on and we were playing to aggressive on our counter attacks that left our middle wide open for them to come down. #9 Chris Griffiths found an opening and passed back to #16 Tom Cordaro who volleyed it back and Chris one timed a beauty of shot that sailed hard and high over our diving keeper, definitely a highlight reel. Great game for both teams, hopefully we can meet up again down the road in the playoffs.
Post Game Analysis (5/31/12) – (Tehel Cup RD1) FC Yemen 2 vs Amherst Raptors 1
FC YEMEN beats the Amherst Raptors today in the 1st leg of the Tehel Cup . It was a good match at Lehigh Home Field. Final Score 2-1 . FC YEMEN advances to the next round of the Tehel Cup. Congratulations .
Post Game Analysis (5/24/12) – (Tehel Cup RD 1) Yemen Elite 5 vs NS Alliance 1
Post Game Analysis (5/20/12) – Yemen Elite 3 vs Alden 0
Very hot day and the Lehigh Soccer Field “The CAGE” ground felt like concrete. We knew it was not going to be easy against Alden since they lost close games against Roos and the Rangers. We did not want to take this game lightly since it was our first home game of the season, and what a turn out from the fans. The game started slow for our team, but as the half progressed we starting clicking. Scoring first by a cross that sailed through the six and Alden unable to clear it out, Naef Alhajjaji was in the perfect place finished it. Alden’s defense was very strong throughout the game, especially #2 Jose Gomez, if it was not for him in the second half the score could have easily been higher. Yemen went up 2-0 after a penalty kick was awarded to Yemen for Waheb Noman who got tackled in the box, Waheb showed respect to his captain Mateo Escobar by allowing him to take the shot and buried it in the bottom left, no chance for the goalie to get it. Waheb was still able to get his goal later on after Mateo was able to deke a couple of Alden players and pasted a soft past to him, and he was able to place a pretty shot into the net. Yemen’s defense held strong conceding no goals or any chances for Alden to capitalize. This is Semir Kadric’s 2nd shutdown for the regular season in 2 games that he played.
Alden is a very physical team who seem to me will get stronger as the season goes on. The referee for this game was fair and called an even game with no major fouls, he did not allow anything to get out of hand. Good Luck to Alden, great game guys.
Post Game Analysis (5/13/12) – Yemen Elite 1 vs Polonia 2
Yemen coming off a convincing win against a physical Tonawanda team and Polonia a former premier team coming off a heartbreaking loss to Roos, this game was to be a good test for both teams. Polonia is a much experienced team with a veteran coach Michael Mroziak. First year Coach Faress Saleh wanted to keep the momentum of last game flowing into this game. The troops were ready to deliver as expected scoring 5 minutes into the first half. Yemen passed the ball around beautifully, getting around the midfield of Polonia. A high through ball by Captain Mateo connected to Waheb on the right, Waheb trapped it on the run and one timed the shot from the top right of the 18 yard and struck the left top corner of the night. We were poised to win this came, but first year coach had a lot to learn from this game. Seemed like coach Faress was still experimenting with line changes and disrupted the flow of the game for Yemen. Yemen should have had at least one more goal before the end the half missing 2 opportunities that would cost them the game.
The second half of the game is were experience pays off. Polonia realized we could not win the high balls since most of our players are short in stature. They moved the ball up more often through the air and pushed the ball past our midfield, once in our side of the field, they were able to draw a foul and get a set kick from outside the 18 yard. A low and hard shot break through a porous wall a Polonia player deflected the ball toward the net and the Yemen goalie made the initial save and the ball floated on the line and was smashed into the net. Yemen brought on the pressure for about 15 mins, but Polonia pushed on and strung together great passes down the right wing drawing the majority of the Yemen players to one side leaving the middle open for Polonia. With a couple of nifty moves by #4 Polonia and wide open pass to #9 it left a one on one with Yemen goalie Mana Mohsen. He had no chance and it was an easy pass into the net. Polonia changed more defensive by adding a 4th defender and it made difficult for Yemen to equalize. The game was mostly Yemen near the end but all chances were nixed when the most of Polonia’s team slowed our assault by claiming cramps and calling for subs every time the ball left the field, even calling for subs when none were available. This was hard loss for Yemen since they were up 1-nil at halftime. Next game will be at home against Alden.
Post Game Analysis (5/6/12) – Yemen Elite 3 vs Tonawanda City 0
This was Yemen Elite’s first crack at a championship division team. We had a full squad with an exception of one our main defender Mohamed Harhara. Debwan Hassan filled in for him in this position, and he carried the position well. Yemen looked strong throughout the game, but unable to capitalize on many chances. Tonawanda City played a physical game, using their big bodies to push Yemen off the ball. It worked in the first half. We were only able to produce one goal that game off a shot to the net from Nageeb Ali. The ball rolled past the 6 yard line and was on its way out when Ali Mohamed our youngest player darted in anticipating a rebound jabbed the ball in. We had many shots on net but none were able to find the strings.
The second half started the same way, with coach Faress rotating 4 guys back in that started the first half. The offense had many opportunities to finish this team off early, but many shots were either hitting the post or sailing wide. This half the game became more physical with the referee assessing 3 reds and 5 yellows. Sami Abdulmalik, one of Yemen’s more experienced striker, was able to find the back of the net with halfway through the second half. He is also got called for a major infraction, per the ref’s call an elbow to the back of the head. He was given a direct red and expelled from the game. This left our 2 youngest players on the team to finish off this game. The defense held line and prevented Tonawanda from getting clear shot on net. Any chances of scoring for Tonawanda would have been in the first half since they looked like they ran out of steam mid second half. Down one player with 20 minutes left, the young Waheb Noman was able to bury a loose ball in the 6 yard. The midfield was just as strong and fluid with Captain Mateo Escobar commanding the center of the field.
This game could easily have been 5-0 if Nageeb Ali would have not been frustrated with himself. He is a good kid and more than likely going through a funk. Next up for Yemen Elite is Polonia at Sahlen’s Sports Park.