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Stripes made to suffer in destruction derby

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun and this Noel Coward signature holds more than a little resonance with a Jekyll and Hyde Stripes display down at the island. For all their wit, flamboyance and a sense of style Långholmen were undone by an agricultural Krukan display that ended 1-4 to the visitors.

It was business as usual in the first 45, a Coward-esque combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise, give and go football created a hatful of chances for the home side who dominated possession and looked much the better side in the sweltering heat.

When Samba’s cross was cruelly turned into the Krukan net after half an hour the Stripes were on the march, and with a bit of common sense they might well have converted more of their chances in the first period. Kenny was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after a clumsy challenge by the Krukan keeper, and Chris Allen was a thorn in the Krukan side throughout.

Still, 1-0 at the break to LFC was a deserved score-line and the forty stripes fans (and families) watching the game will have been expecting their team to build on that platform. Sadly they were let down in what can only be described as a second half meltdown by a Långholmen team that need to learn how to win ugly.

Krukan are a big physical side, but in the first half they only really threatened Långholmen from long throws or set pieces around the box. So when the referee awarded them a very soft penalty after two minutes of the second half they must have thought that all their Birthdays’, Christmas’ and Red Days’ had come at once; The big bald Krukan striker smashing the spot kick into the stanchion where 3 keepers couldn’t have stopped it.

At 1:1 the game was balanced, but the Krukan tactics to break up the play was effective since it stopped the stripes getting any rhythm to their passing game. Then came the hammer blow – Krukan converting a scrappy corner (not for the last time this season we reckon) to take the lead and a firm grip on them game.

With 35 minutes to play there was plenty of time to get a result – but it felt like the Långholmen boys had put all their Easter Eggs in one basket as they toiled in the blistering sunshine. As much as the Stripes knocked on the door, they failed to break down a solid, physical and determined Krukan team.

This was a local derby and the spirit shown by the Krukan team won the match in the end. Sheer lunacy gifted the away side two goals as the wheels fell off the LFC wagon in the last 5 minutes. The huge appeal of the beautiful game (and something that Sir Noel Peirce Coward would agree with) is that it is not who you are, but how you perform that matters. The Stripes have something to prove in their next match against local rivals Reymersholms IK.

LFC Squad:

Bergquist (GK); Thorell (RB), Ahmed (D), Mcclelland (D), Phillips (LB), Harkness (CM), Larsson (CM), Samba (LM), Allen (RM), O’Sullivan© (CF), Kenny (CF). Subs: Burris (35), Karlsson (45), Santini (80), Sullivan

MOTM – Ahmed did well on his debut against a tough opponent.

Ref Watch – Some dodgy decisions, including the penalty. But hey that’s football. 3/5.

Korv Guiden – Not a sausage, the kiosk was closed for business!

Långoholmen FC’s next league game of the season is on Sunday 1st May at Zinkensdamm against Reymersholms IK: KO 15:00. Hope to see you there.

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False Start for Misfiring Stripes

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Långholmen FC Division 4 Squad 2011

Confidence breeds confidence, and the Långholmen first team went into the match against Djurgårdsbrunn after a string of wins in their warm up games. However, the footballing Gods write their own script and this was a remarkable match from start to finish.  The stripes dominated possession and territory from the first whistle, but ended up losing 1-0 after failing to convert one of their many chances.

Few of the effervescent LFC supporters would have put their house on that result after a frantic start in which Långholmen hit the bar twice.  Inside the first minute the big man Kenny crashed a header off the bar… and the writing seemed to be on the wall for the home side.

Minutes later, Harkness rattled the woodwork with a free kick from the edge of the box, and it just seemed like a matter of time before LFC took the lead. But chance after chance came and went, with the strikers guilty of some rather clumsy finishing.

The game was crying out for a goal to settle the nerves, and completely against the run of play Djurgårdsbrunns duly delivered on the stroke of half time. Their only chance of the half coming from a corner that was deflected into the stripes net.

At half-time there did not seem to be any reason to panic. LFC were well on top, and were unlucky to be behind. The Stripes needed to remain composed and keep playing their football since the game was there to be won. But with some hefty challenges flying in and Djurgårdsbrunn putting 9 men behind the ball the game became scrappy which rather suited the home team.

Djurgårdsbrunns FC are an experienced outfit, physical and street smart. What they lack in fitness they make up for in fight. Still the Stripes never gave up, and created a host of good chances in the second half – at least one of which should have seen them draw level.

On another day Långholmen could have run out comfortable winners, but the Gods were not smiling on the Stripes and the game slipped away. And after enduring heavy pressure in the last ten minutes Djurgårdsbrunns FC held on and the game ended 1-0.

Despite the bright Spring sunshine, the Stripes will be feeling gloomy tonight after letting 3 points slip through their fingers. This is not the start the Stripes wanted and they will be eager to put things right when they face FC Krukan at home on Easter Monday.

LFC Squad:

Bergquist (GK); Thorell (RB), Sund (D), Mcclelland (D), Phillips (LB), Harkness (CM), Larsson (CM), Samba (LM), Allen (RM), O’Sullivan© (CF), Kenny (CF). Subs: Burris, Gralla (65), Gatzakis (70),  Santini, Lascelles

MOTM – Andy McClelland didn’t put a foot wrong at the back.

Ref Watch – Nothing to complain about, but could have been tougher. 3/5.

Långoholmen FC’s next league game of the season is on Monday 25th April at Essinge IP against FC Krukan. KO 14:00.

Hope to see you there.

www.langholmenfootball.com

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Stripes Target Top Spot in 2011

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

The 2011 football season is upon us, and together with some very welcome new faces, the old guard at Långholmen FC are determined as ever to bounce back from the disappointment of last year’s relegation.

Stripes News talk to the LFC management about their ambitions for the season ahead:

Rodrigo Pinto – 1st Team Manager

“The goal for the first team is to win the series. No Question. I think that we have a good group of players and my challenge is to get this good group of players to practice together, trust me, understand my vision and focus on the team goal. Success comes from our collective strength and unity. I have a plan of how I want the team to play, and the more we play together the better we will get at putting this plan into action.”

I’m from Brazil, and as you know that football is a religion there. I’ll bring a lot of that passion into the coaching at Långholmen FC, but we also need to play smart. Use a system and a style of play that fits my players, minimize the mistakes and work on every detail. If we get this right, and get a good start… we can win the series.”

Marc Evans – 1st Team Coach

“As you know I’m retiring from serious football as a player, so I’m relishing the opportunity to Manage the R1 and coach the 1st team this season. We have a good group of lads, done a solid pre season and are very excited about the first game of the season. Obviously, we’ve learnt a lot from last year’s experience. We want to learn from that and bounce back as quickly as possible.”

“Yeah – I think you could say that we’ve got a few things to prove to a few people out there. We’ve been targeting this first game of the season for a few weeks now. We are at full strength, and you can expect fully committed performance – as always. We are up for the challenge this year, no doubt. We want to win every game… and that starts on Sunday.

Andrew O’Sullivan – 1st Team Captain

“Dropping down a level is always a test of character, but there is a great spirit in the camp. That is part of what makes Långholmen such a special club. We’ve lost a couple of players but that’s football, and the new guys are expected to step up. Playing in Division 3 last year was a very valuable experience. We’ve talked about it as players, and we know what it takes to win this league.”

We want to be back in Div 3 next year, but appreciate that it is a long season ahead of us with many battles along the way. We can only take it one game at a time. We’ve been running for 3 months now to get in shape, and this first game can’t come soon enough for us. We are raring to go… Expect fireworks on Sunday… this is going to be a fantastic season.”

The Division 4 campaign kicks off for the Stripes on Sunday afternoon

1700 KO @ Essinge IP.

Hope to see you there.

www.langholmenfootball.com

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Did you PLAY INTERNATIONAL?

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

LFC connects 450 International Party People

“The Party of the Year… and we are only in April”. Or at least that is what some people are saying.

The International Extravaganza at Clustret on Saturday night was powered by Långholmen FC, and brought together over 450 people from all over Stockholm to soak up the electric eclectic atmosphere of this cities cosmopolitan culture. Revellers danced into the early hours to the sounds of top class DJs Just Jules, Pete Wiese, Anders Höglander and Scot James. Legends the lot of them.

It was smiles all round as folks made a bunch of new connections, and got to see some old pals throwing some extraordinary shapes after one too many glasses of bucks fizz. The only negative being Billy Harkness’ lost jumper.

Were you there? Did you have a good time? Did you PLAY away from home?

LFC hope you enjoyed yourselves… and look forward to future events.

Bon Soir

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The Kevin Everest Trophy Returns to LFC

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The Stripes celebrate a hard fought victory over the Tudor Arms

The Kevin Everest Trophy, so named after its infamous sponsor represents the annual clash between Stockholm’s two leading English speaking clubs. Långholmen FC and The Tudor Arms. Always a keenly contested affair, this year was no exception with the Tudor having something of a renaissance after their promotion last season into Division 6.

A patchy Långholmen Reserve Team (R1), containing new players, old players, manager players and more than one or two ringers stepped up to the challenge year. While a combination side sometimes inspires free flowing football, the LFC lads played like Queens Park Strangers in the first half.

The Tudor came out strong, started well and scored a well constructed goal early on – catching The Stripes defence napping. Langholmen struggled to get a grip on the 1st half, giving possession away cheaply and guilty of overplaying at times.

Overall, The Tudor looked more hungry and were unlucky not to be two up moments into the second half when their striker broke clear only to push his shot wide under pressure.

However, whatever Manager Pinto and Evans said at half time seemed to make the difference, as The Strips looked much more alert and purposeful in the second forty five. LFC took the game to the Tudor Arms from the start, creating a host of chances and looking much the better side. Fitness seemed to be a factor, and some quality interchanges saw Langholmen hit the woodwork twice in quick succession. Brazilian Flavio looking sharp and unlucky not to score on his Stripes debut.

The writing was on the wall before Samba had netted the first goal, no less than he deserved after an industrious performance. The second (a deflected O.G.) coming shortly after to wrap up a 2-1 win for the stripes – and the return of the KE Trophy to Långholmen FC after a 2 year absence.

Good to see the Tudor Lads in the Southside after the game to share a few pints – We wish them all the best for their season ahead.

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Smashing Stripes demolish Bollstanäs 5-1

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

On a balmy evening at Bollstanäs IP the handful of travelling home fans saw Långholmen FC put on a classy performance to kick-start their 2011 campaign. The Division 4 team outplaying their Division 3 opponents for long periods and made a very good team look rather ordinary by the end.

As is customary in the Stockholm cup the difference in leagues is negated by penalties, so bizarrely LFC were one nil up before the first whistle. Stripes midfielder Harkness coolly sending the keeper the wrong way and slotting the handicap penalty into the bottom left.

The game started at a furious pace with Långholmen having the better of a frantic first 15 minutes. But the young Bollstanäs team, comfortable in possession and dangerous going forwards, soon started to threaten. Chances opened up at both ends in a real ding-dong of a cup battle, with some niggly challenges bringing a flurry of yellow cards from the official.

Chris Allen and Samba both looked lively for Långholmen, before striker Colm Kenny struck first blood for the stripes five minutes before halftime. It was a scrappy one from a corner, but they all count. Kenny winning the first header, before roofing the rebound inside a crowded 6-yard box.

Three minutes later and more joy for the stripes supporters as captain Andrew O’Sullivan charged onto a loose ball in the box and smashed an unstoppable drive into the top right hand corner of the net.

3-0 at the break to LFC, and stand-in manager Stuart Lascelles looked like the cat who’d got the cream after a very solid team performance in the first 45 minutes.

But goals change football matches, and when Bollstanäs got behind the back four to pull a goal back after 10 minutes of the second half, things did not look quite so rosy for the Långholmen camp.

But spirit is something that defines the classic LFC team; and by closing off the supply to the wide men, knuckling down and winning their individual battles, the stripes closed out the win. The midfield pairing of Larsson and Harkness got better and better as the match progressed, and Bollstanäs simply ran out of ideas and patience in the end.

Stripes goal machine Samba bagged a brace in the last 20 minutes capping off a fine individual performance. The first was a very calm finish under pressure after centre-back Vilhelm Sund had crossed to the back post. His second, coming 5 minutes from time was drilled into the bottom corner after Billy Harkness robbed the ball in midfield and set him free down the inside right channel.

A fine team performance from Långholmen should be rated even higher considering the quality of this Bollstanäs team. These boys can play and have a very strong youth set-up which was demonstrated by them bringing on some 14 year olds for the last ten minutes – by which time the contest was dead and buried.

Distinction must go to the outstanding centre back pairing of Sund and Mcclelland, both of whom were rock solid all night. While yin and yang full backs Karlsson and Philips both passed a very difficult test on the flanks.

LFC Squad:

Kelly (GK); Karlsson (RB), Sund (CB), Mcclelland (CB), Phillips (LB), Harkness (CM), Larsson (CM), Samba (LM), Allen (RM), O’Sullivan© (CF), Kenny (CF). Subs: Bodini, Gralla (75), Hentmark (30).

MOTM – It’s a cliché, but this goes to the whole LFC squad tonight.

Ref Watch – Excellent game from the officials. Firm and fair. 4/5.

Korvguiden – Chairman Mats was certainly tucking them away 4/5.

Pitch Inspection – Top-notch facility, but the showers were broken. 2/5.

Waiting in the next round is a very juicy home draw against Division 2 Enskede IK. If Carlsberg did third round Stockholm cup matches…

Långoholmen’s first league game of the season is on Sunday 17th April at Essinge IP against Djurgårdsbrunn FC: KO 17:00. Hope to see you there!

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