Betio Town Council
Kiribatian National Championship Group Stage
Okay, that was a pleasant surprise!
I was getting the vibe that I will be getting sacked pretty soon, but this turned out to be a pretty good season.
Four friendlies were scheduled before I became manager. But for some reason, all players had a 100% fitness, so I didn’t feel we need to play much friendlies. Plus, as we have a small squad, playing more matches mean I am going to expose my squad to more injuries. Also, as we are an amateur club, the tactics familiarity isn’t going to increase no matter how many matches I play.
So, we played only 2 friendly matches. And well, the result is 1 draw, and 1 loss. Disappointing, I just hoped the league matches will be better.
And thankfully my hope came true. How deceiving friendlies can be, the first match thought me. We thoroughly dominated the match, was 3-0 up within 35 minutes. If not for bad finishing, we could have given them a 5-0 thrashing. However, bad news, our CM and this match's MOTM Scott Burton is out for 6-8 weeks. :mad:
We drew the next tough away match. And continued our undefeated streak in the next 2 matches. The away win verses defending champion Christmas
was totally surprising. Although, Scott Burton again fell into a nasty injury. North Tarawa
got their revenge in their home, by beating us 2-1, giving me my first loss as a manager.
The transfer market opened, and we quickly got some business done to provide the squad with some much needed depth.
But, our performance dropped a bit,but still somehow managed to win the next 2 matches via two scrappy 1-0 wins.
The last away match against Beru
was pretty much became the decider of who was going to participate in the Championship Playoff. We gained 16 points so far, while Beru
were hot on our tails with 11 points, with 1 matches played less than us. Luckily, we were able to beat them in their home match to win the group, despite suffering 3 injuries throughout the match :lol:
On to the Championship Playoff!!!