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LFC win in style to reach the semi-final of the Stockholm Cup

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Lowly Råsunda from division seven put up a brave fight against the Stripes who play in 3 leagues above them, but their valiant cup run was cut short by a professional Långholmen performance that exposed the gulf between the two sides.

The home team had 3 bonus penalties before the game started; the first was rifled into the net, the second scuffed wide, and the third skidded into the corner despite debut stripes keeper Ben getting a hand to it. So Råsunda (playing in white) started 2 goals up and looked determined to hang on and create an upset.

Långholmen however hadn’t read the giant killing script for this one… and came flying out of the blocks. This fast start was rewarded with two quick goals of their own in the first 15 minutes, and they were both crackers.

Colm Kenny kept the ball in play out on the right, turned his man and found Harkness on the edge of the box. A sublime first touch bought him some space, but rather than shoot he rolled the ball inside to Pete Mac, who slipped it to Burris. Otis took a touch and off balance guided the ball past the statuesque French keeper to reduce the deficit.

The Stripes second goal really embodied the magic of the cup; a magnificent solo effort from young Erik Thorell – his first senior goal for Långholmen. Instant control put him into space down the left flank; cutting inside his quick feet dummied a couple of defenders before smashing a shot inside the near post from an impossible angle. Pure class.

Once parity had been achieved the Stripes continued to dominate, but the cutting edge seemed to be blunted. There was a slight tendency to overplay and the game lacked width at times. There were a couple of headed chances went begging from corners, and shots from distance flew just wide. Råsunda did not offer too much going forwards, but they fought hard for the ball and kept the Stripes honest. The referee seemed keen to even things up too so the Stripes needed to be patient and keep their foot down.

At half-time the Stripes looked comfortable but just maybe should have made their dominance in the first 45 pay. The second forty five started a little sluggishly, and Ben was called on to make an important stop from a defensive error; The keeper saving well with his legs in a 1 on 1 situation to hide some Northern Irish blushes.  The stripes were also denied a clear penalty as Thorell was chopped down (and injured) running through on goal only for the whistle man (adding insult to injury) to call it a dive.

That was the wake up call that Långholmen needed; they accelerated through the gears to create a hatful of chances, score two more goals and end any chance of an upset in this quarter final.

The first was a penalty. Kenny was clean through only to be hacked just as he was about to pull the trigger. Up stepped Billy Harkness to send the keeper the wrong way and put the stripes in the driving seat. The second was a fine move that ended with Sammba taking the ball around the keeper and rolling it into the empty net to collect his seventh goal in 3 games.

The Stripes rang the changes to conserve some energy for a vital league game on Saturday. Flavio made a powerful contribution full of lethargic energy and sharp indifference. Paul Sullivan stepped into the centre of defence and marshalled things from there. Philips and O’Sullivan jogged up and down the left wing for a bit, and there was a welcome cameo from Vilhelm ‘One Sock’ Sund who returned after an ankle injury.

There was still time for disco dancing Wille Karlsson to sprint through and chip the keeper from 30 yards, but his shot bounced once and then unluckily hit the bar to deny him a deserved reward for a solid and committed performance.

Fair play to the Råsunda squad, they worked incredibly hard and deserve some credit for pushing the Stripes all the way. But it is Långholmen who are through to the semi-final of the Stockholm Cup, a milestone in itself since this is the furthest that the team have ever progressed in the competition.

The only downside of the evening being the infernal music (identified as hectic swing) blaring from the circus tent behind the dugout – Not that it affected the stripes rhythm and we can look forward to another mouth-watering contest in the semis.

LFC Squad:

Ben (GK); Thorell (LB), Ahmed (D), Mcclelland (D), Karlsson (RB), Harkness© (RM), Larsson (CM), Burris (LM), Mcconnell (LM), Kenny (CF), Sammba (CF): Subs: Sullivan (45), Flavio (45), Philips (52), O’Sullivan (60), One Sock Sund (70)

MOTM – Wille Karlsson. Fearless, worked hard and made the right decisions.

Ref Watch – The less said the better. 1/5.

Långholmen FC’s next league game of the season is on Saturday 18th June at Essinge IP against Boo IF – KO 14:00.

Hope to see you there.


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Solid Stripes reboot to win three nil at Spånga

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

On a bobbly grass pitch the LFC first team put any midweek turbulence behind them and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against a young Spånga team. Baydi Sowe deservedly getting the plaudits after the match for a fine individual display, but in reality this was a solid and professional team performance without really setting the world alight.

Långholmen lined up in a familiar 442 formation for the first time this season and it seemed like  the lads were welcoming back an old friend into the team. Pete Mcconnell looked very accomplished on the left hand side of midfield, and skipper Harkness also was instrumental on the Right. In fact it was his clever jinking run that set up the first goal. His cross was expertly brought down by Sammba ‘velcro’ Sowe on the edge of the 6-yard box, who finished the move stunningly by flicking the ball into the bottom corner with his back to goal. Remarkable finish.

It was another hot day, so the boys in black and white toiled for long periods without carving out many clear-cut chances. Larsson and Burris both had long-range efforts that fail to find the onion bag. The stripes defended well as a team, kept their shape and frustrated a fit Spånga side who battled to get back into the game.

The second half was a scrappy affair. The pitch made it difficult to knock the ball about on the ground so the game got longer and longer. As always the next goal was going to be crucial, and it was Spånga who pressed hard for an equaliser with umpteen second-half corners. From one set piece header the home side hit the post, but thankfully the ball was gathered by the swift handed Jefferson in goal. There was no Russian linesman on hand to help Spånga, and that was the closest they came.

With 10 minutes to go the deciding goal finally arrived from a corner to the Stripes. Harkness delivered a vicious in-swinger that was bundled over the line by Faisel.

With the pressure lifted, Långholmen added a third with a couple of minutes left. Fine individual skill by Kenny on the left turned a couple of defenders, and his cross was confidently converted on the run by Sammba to put the icing on the cake.

Fair play to the travelling support, they made a lot of noise and really lifted the team today. 3 points has lifted the Stripes up the table and gives the players and supporters a much needed boost.

LFC Squad:

Jefferson (GK); Philips (LB), Ahmed (D), Mcclelland (D), Karlsson (RB), Harkness© (RM), Larsson (CM), Burris (LM), Mcconnell (LM), O’Sullivan (CF), Sammba (CF). Subs: Kenny (60), Faisel (75), Lascelles

MOTM – Baydi ‘Sammba’ Sowe. He just keeps getting better and better.

Ref Watch – The young man made consistently interesting decisions. 3/5.

Långholmen FC’s next league game of the season is on Saturday 18th June at Essinge IP against Boo IF – KO 14:00.

Hope to see you there.


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Stripes emerge victorious in thrilling ten-goal rollercoaster

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

The LFC Reserves showed real character overturning a 1-0 deficit at half time to bang in seven goals against a gifted Marieberg side. The R1 squad started this lazy Sunday evening game by cheering on the Tudor Arms (vets) team who also bounced back from one nil down to win in the final seconds. Subliminal inspiration perhaps for what was to follow, as the Stripes team produced several contenders for goal of the season (and we are only in June) in a remarkable free flowing contest.

Stadshagen is a big pitch, and after a recent upgrade, the surface is perfectly suited to the sort of intricate midfield passing game that Marieberg like to play. And with several of their first team playing MSK edged the opening exchanges as Långholmen were a little off the pace. Goalkeeper Jefferson pulling off a world-class one-handed strawberry-blonde reaction-save to deny a sweet strike from the baldy #10.

The home side did take the lead on 15 minutes when the stripes failed to track their runners. Marieberg played the ball around nicely, working an overlap on the back post that the baldy man stuck away with aplomb.

The Stripes battled back as captain Philip ‘Metronome’ Goldberg started to dictate play in the middle of the park. His simple combination with Larsson looked very promising for the future and carved out several clear-cut goal-scoring opportunities for the spritely front line. Gatzakis going close with a header and Sammba having one clear off the line after rounding the keeper. The game got a little niggly; with handbags and petulance warranting some yellow before the half time whistle sounded at 1-0.

Marc Evans fired up the troops at half-time with some insightful tactical tweaks and a verbal smearing of the lackadaisical referee. And the pep talk seemed to do the trick as the Stripes got much tighter, more physical, more determined and more confident during the second period; Luca in particular cementing his spot at centre-back with a top performance.

Goals change games and the second forty five delivered 9 of them, none more special than the first. The Stripes swung in a corner that was headed clear, only for Wille Karlsson to charge onto the bouncing ball and unleash an unstoppable thunderbolt that would still be rising now if it had not been snared by the top corner of the net. Ronnie Radford would be proud. (

Once level, LFC turned the screw. Karlsson again involved as his long throw was flicked back for Sammba to drill a sweet low volley into the bottom corner. At 2:1 the game opened up, MSK came back into it, and with 25 mins to go Goldberg issued a wake up call… “Anything could still happen” was the message… and it did.

Perhaps the defining moment came with 20 minutes to go; Larsson sprung the offside trap, and from just over half way had a clear path to goal. Some say his legs wouldn’t have made it… others say it was a sublime piece of vision. Regardless, in one fluid motion he simply unleashed a 5-wood drive that caught the keeper in no-mans-land… and found the ball fizzing into the net from all of 40 yards. ( Then he kissed his boot in celebration.

From this moment on it was all Sammba magic. His tireless running exposed the fragile MSK defence as the Stripes were rampant. His second was a penalty; dusting himself down following a foul to tuck the ball away under the despairing keeper’s dive. His third was a waltz around the keeper and fourth a delicate chip to complete a man of the match (four goal) performance.

In between Faisel managed to bag superb solo effort, twisting and turning the home defence inside out before drilling a low shot inside the keepers near post. While Marieberg also grabbed a couple of consolation goals to keep the Stripes defence honest.

The game ended 3-7(seven) to Långholmen and manager Evans will be happy with the start that his young side have made to the league campaign – they seem to be enjoying their football.

LFC Squad:

Jefferson (GK); Ely (LB), Ahmed (D), Luca (D), Karlsson (RB), Goldberg© (CM), Larsson (CM), Ebou (LM), Santini (RM), Faisel (CF), Sammba (CF). Subs: O’Sullivan (35), Tomas (75), Gatzakis (30)

MOTM – Baydi ‘Sammba’ Sowe. Power, pace and end product.

Ref Watch – Sadly, not interested. The game and the players deserved better. 1/5

Långholmen Reserves next league game of the season is on Sunday 12th June at Essinge IP against Kungsängens IF – KO 15:00.

Hope to see you there.


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Stripes suffocate in Saturday sunshine.

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Some of the Turkiska players were seen smoking and drinking beer before this match, but on the hottest day of the year it was Långholmen team that hit the self-destruct button shipping 3 goals to a team that has not scored in the previous 360 minutes of football.

Långholmen (as usual) started brightly, and after a smart nod down by Harkness O’Sullivan whipped in a dangerous cross that Flavio was just unable to direct on target. The big Brazilian with pedigree thighs looked dangerous throughout, but like many LFC players seemed to suffer in the midday sun.

Prodigal son Pete Mcconnell returned to the black and white outfit, and put in a rather cultured performance at left back; although he also collected a caution for a typical lunge on his tricky opponent.

After dominating for 30 minutes against a distinctly average Turkiska side; LFC were hit by a sucker punch on the counter. A long punt up field and stripes were caught 4 on 4 at the back and a cross from the left was converted at the back post. This was the away sides only real chance of note in the half, so it is hard to see how they deserved it. The half ended 0-1.

The Stripes came out firing in the second half, and after just two minutes were rewarded with an equalizer. After a well worked move down the left wing, the ball was worked across to Santini, who slid the ball back inside for O’Sullivan to hit first time from just outside the box. 1:1 and game on.

This gave Långholmen a platform to build on, but again the Stripes wilted in the stifling heat. Defensive errors gifted Turkiska two goals in quick succession that completely knocked the stuffing out of the LFC comeback. Sammba produced a bright cameo from the bench, a bright spark in an otherwise dull and dented LFC machine.

D:ream once penned “Things can only get better” which we imagine would just about sum up the feeling in the Stripes dressing room after this latest defeat. Sometimes, you have to go there to come back.

LFC Squad:

Kelly (GK), Mcconnell (LB), Mcclelland (D), Ahmed (D), Phillips (RB), Sullivan (CM) Harkness© (CM), Larsson (CM), O’Sullivan (LM), Gatzakis (RM), Flavio (CF). Subs: Santini (30), Graham (70), Sammba (55)

MOTM – Not Applicable

Ref Watch – Pretty good and fair. 4/5.

Långholmen FC’s next league game of the season is on Saturday 11th June at Spånga IP against Spånga IS FK – KO 14:00.

Hope to see you there.


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