Vikings faced top team Cosmos in a late Saturday kick off under the flood lights. This was always going to be a tough opponent as an earlier preseason encounter had proved. Still it was a hopeful Vikings team as the squad looked strong with only Stein, Joel, Hallas and Tim missing out this time.
Lineup: Marcus; Christian “Øffe”, Breitner, Mikkel, Jannik; Mofok, Niklas, Chris, Martin V, Fran; Andreas.
Judging from the 4-5-1 formation it seemed Vikings were going for the cautious approach. This was not the case however as the team came roaring out from the very first minute and took the game to the opponent. Breitner delivered a free kick into the penalty area and Jannik fired over goal from close range. Minutes later it was Andreas showing off some of his trickery and after dodging a couple of tackles he was finally brought down in the penalty area. Andreas stepped up to take the penalty kick but very unlucky the ball hit the post.
A promising start and Vikings should really have taken the lead but as we seen only too often it’s necessary to take the chances given. In a short period of time Cosmos managed to score 3 unanswered goals and every single time the Vikings failed to clear the ball in the six yard box. A tough turn of fortunes as Vikings otherwise played some sensible football. At halftime the score was 0-3.
From the start of second half it would be important to get a goal back to still have a fighting chance. This was exactly what happened when Martin V struck a great free kick towards goal and Niklas directed the ball past the keeper. 1-3.
Unfortunately it was another lapse of concentration that put the game beyond reach as Vikings conceded yet another sloppy goal. 1-4.
There was still some spirit left in the Vikings though and Chris headed Martin V’s long throw in on goal and beat the keeper. Niklas was there to make sure the ball got all the way over the line. 2-6.
In the dying minutes Ruj managed to get another goal back but in the end the Vikings had to concede a 3-6 loss. It was a frustrating way to lose as the team played well over long periods but still managed to give away 4 sloppy goals. On the positive side it was a good show of morale to end the second half on a strong note.
Man of the match was Andreas.
Match report by: Jannik