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Postby Port Christopher » Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:13 am

Christopheran Porty 0–1 Newport Sirens
Willox Street Pirates 4–0 Tralend Co-operative
Blue Coast 1981 1–2 Kelsy Merchants
New St Johns 2–2 Kirston Eagles
Sarrburgh Town 1–0 New Dundee Star

Newport Sirens 0–1 New Dundee Star
Kirston Eagles 0–2 Sarrburgh Town
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 New St Johns
Tralend Co-operative 1–0 Blue Coast 1981
Christopheran Porty 1–2 Willox Street Pirates

Willox Street Pirates 3–0 Newport Sirens
Blue Coast 1981 0–3 Christopheran Porty
New St Johns 2–1 Tralend Co-operative
Sarrburgh Town 0–2 Kelsy Merchants
New Dundee Star 2–0 Kirston Eagles

Newport Sirens 1–2 Kirston Eagles
Kelsy Merchants 2–6 New Dundee Star
Tralend Co-operative 0–1 Sarrburgh Town
Christopheran Porty 2–1 New St Johns
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Blue Coast 1981

Blue Coast 1981 1–1 Newport Sirens
New St Johns 2–2 Willox Street Pirates
Sarrburgh Town 0–0 Christopheran Porty
New Dundee Star 3–0 Tralend Co-operative
Kirston Eagles 1–1 Kelsy Merchants

Newport Sirens 1–0 Kelsy Merchants
Tralend Co-operative 1–1 Kirston Eagles
Christopheran Porty 1–1 New Dundee Star
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Blue Coast 1981 2–1 New St Johns

New St Johns 1–1 Newport Sirens
Sarrburgh Town 2–1 Blue Coast 1981
New Dundee Star 3–1 Willox Street Pirates
Kirston Eagles 1–3 Christopheran Porty
Kelsy Merchants 1–1 Tralend Co-operative

Newport Sirens 5–0 Tralend Co-operative
Christopheran Porty 0–3 Kelsy Merchants
Willox Street Pirates 6–0 Kirston Eagles
Blue Coast 1981 2–1 New Dundee Star
New St Johns 1–0 Sarrburgh Town

Sarrburgh Town 3–0 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 4–1 New St Johns
Kirston Eagles 1–2 Blue Coast 1981
Kelsy Merchants 2–1 Willox Street Pirates
Tralend Co-operative 1–2 Christopheran Porty

Newport Sirens 2–0 Christopheran Porty
Tralend Co-operative 0–1 Willox Street Pirates
Kelsy Merchants 0–2 Blue Coast 1981
Kirston Eagles 0–2 New St Johns
New Dundee Star 3–0 Sarrburgh Town

New Dundee Star 3–0 Newport Sirens
Sarrburgh Town 4–0 Kirston Eagles
New St Johns 2–1 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Tralend Co-operative
Willox Street Pirates 5–0 Christopheran Porty

Newport Sirens 1–2 Willox Street Pirates
Christopheran Porty 1–5 Blue Coast 1981
Tralend Co-operative 1–3 New St Johns
Kelsy Merchants 4–1 Sarrburgh Town
Kirston Eagles 1–5 New Dundee Star

Kirston Eagles 0–3 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 3–2 Kelsy Merchants
Sarrburgh Town 1–1 Tralend Co-operative
New St Johns 2–2 Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 1–3 Willox Street Pirates

Newport Sirens 1–0 Blue Coast 1981
Willox Street Pirates 4–0 New St Johns
Christopheran Porty 1–3 Sarrburgh Town
Tralend Co-operative 2–1 New Dundee Star
Kelsy Merchants 1–1 Kirston Eagles

Kelsy Merchants 0–3 Newport Sirens
Kirston Eagles 0–2 Tralend Co-operative
New Dundee Star 2–1 Christopheran Porty
Sarrburgh Town 2–2 Willox Street Pirates
New St Johns 0–1 Blue Coast 1981

Newport Sirens 0–0 New St Johns
Blue Coast 1981 2–2 Sarrburgh Town
Willox Street Pirates 0–0 New Dundee Star
Christopheran Porty 0–2 Kirston Eagles
Tralend Co-operative 1–2 Kelsy Merchants

Tralend Co-operative 1–0 Newport Sirens
Kelsy Merchants 4–2 Christopheran Porty
Kirston Eagles 0–2 Willox Street Pirates
New Dundee Star 2–0 Blue Coast 1981
Sarrburgh Town 2–0 New St Johns

Newport Sirens 1–1 Sarrburgh Town
New St Johns 2–2 New Dundee Star
Blue Coast 1981 1–1 Kirston Eagles
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Kelsy Merchants
Christopheran Porty 2–4 Tralend Co-operative


After last season's clean sweep, we were left wondering where any significant challenge to the Willox Street Pirates' domination might come from. However, a resilient New Dundee Star, driven on by in-form Sigrun Kannis, matched them right up until the end. With Blue Coast no longer living up to their billing, now that the stream of cash seems to have dried up, it was beginning to look frighteningly as if the Super League was going to turn into a bit of a one horse race. Indeed it's true to say that the Pirates had yet another strong season, reaching the last sixteen of the Globe Cup, and the semis of the CEDC competition; but throughout the league phase of this SL-VII, The Stars kept them honest. Man for man the four times champions look like a solid side, with quality players, of a good footballing pedigree in every position. The addition of Quebecois striker Faith Bhukhwana has definitely given them another dimension up front this season, and having three established strikers has helped them cope with the demands of international club football. Other players to shine in the League Phase were; the rock solid Mellissa Cleves, Jenny McDonald, and striker Yunji. The rock solid Brenecian keep Cleves has turned out to be a bargain signing, after joining the club on a free transfer three seasons ago, and she was big player for them in the Globe Cup. New Dundee hadn't had the same luxury of being able to bring players in, but there is no doubting that they have strong team of players. Results like their 6-2 win at Kelsy proved that they can come up with the big wins. Once again striker Ross Jameson looked in good shape, as did the aforementioned Kannis. Some ten points behind The Stars were Sarrburgh, who earned their best league finish of the Super-League era. One of the nation's top sides back in the days of the Christopheran Premiership, The Boys have struggled over the last seven seasons. Despite this strong finish, they got nowhere near their Dundee rivals, and while they finished 3rd, they were a long way off the pace. The big shock this season however - more so that the Stars' second place - was the fact that Blue Coast seem to have fallen so far from grace. At one point they looked like they were in line to replace the Pirates as the big side in the Super-League, but now the wheels seem to have come off of the wagon somewhat. Their star players all look a little old and disinterested, Lucio isn't banging them in like he used to, and Aredhel Neil seems totally off the boil. The end result was that Coast limped home in at a woeful 6th place. The other sides to make up the play-off spots will have come as little surprise: Newport Sirens finished in a very respectable fourth. Kelsy will be happy with a solid sixth spot. And Tralend make the play-offs for the first time, sneaking in at eighth.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Willox Street Pirates 18 13 3 2 41 12 +29 42 Qualified to play-offs; League-trophy; CC;CEdC
2 New Dundee Star 18 12 3 3 42 16 +26 39 Qualified to play-offs; GC
3 Sarrburgh Town 18 8 5 5 25 19 +6 29 Qualified to play-offs;
4 Newport Sirens 18 7 4 7 21 18 +3 25 Qualified to play-offs;
5 Kelsy Merchants 18 7 4 7 27 27 0 25 Qualified to play-offs; GC
6 Blue Coast 1981 18 7 3 8 22 23 −1 24 Qualified to play-offs; CC; CEdC
7 New St Johns 18 5 7 6 22 27 −5 22 Qualified to play-offs; GC
8 Tralend Co-operative 18 5 3 10 17 30 −13 18 Qualified to play-offs;

9 Christopheran Porty 18 4 3 11 21 39 −18 15
10 Kirston Eagles 18 2 5 11 13 40 −27 11



Play-Offs -- Quarterfinal
All matches played at a neutral venue.

Willox Street Pirates 2–0 Tralend Co-operative
New Dundee Star 2–2 New St Johns (4–4 AET) (6–7 pen.)
Sarrburgh Town 1–3 Blue Coast 1981
Newport Sirens 1–2 Kelsy Merchants

After their tremendous league season, there would have been a few long faces amongst the Stars players, going out on penalties to New St Johns in the Quarters. The league runners-up dominated the match, but a late Boyd Johannesen double in extra time took the game to penalties. New Dundee are guaranteed a Globe Cup spot because of their second place in the league, but this will still have been a bitter blow. The Pirates, fighting now on three fronts, had no such problems with a 2-0 win over Tralend. McDonald and Boötia were on target as the champions looked to defend their crown. In the other fixtures, Blue Coast made amends for their awful league season with a 3-1 win over Sarrburgh, and Kaden Jones-Brown struck late for Kelsy as they defeated Newport 2-1.

Play-Offs -- Semi-final
All matches played at a neutral venue.

Willox Street Pirates 2–0 New St Johns
Blue Coast 1981 3–0 Kelsy Merchants

The Pirates would have went into their fixture with The Saints as overwhelming favourites, and that indeed proved to be the case as they recorded a comfortable 2-0 win. The defending champions were through to their second play-off final as goals from Yunji, and Brain Stewart helped them past a defiant New St Johns. Their opponents dug deep, but in the end they were not able to stand up against this Pirates side. In the other semi-final both sides knew a Champions' Cup spot was at stake with the Pirates already through. Despite their poor run in the league, Blue Coast's aged international stars gave them the advantage however, and when the chips were down, they cruised past Kelsy Merchants. Jan Markus Hellensen scored a double as coast return to the Champions Cup after a two year absence.

Play-Offs -- Third Place Match @ The Willox Street Stadium

New St Johns 3–3 Kelsy Merchants (3–4 AET)

Super-Leage VI Grand Final @ The James Williams Arena

Willox Street Pirates 4–0 Blue Coast 1981

Two arch rivals facing it off in the Play-off final. It had all the makings of a tremendous game, but in the end Blue Coast were utterly humiliated by a ruthlessly efficient Pirates side. Melissa Cleves was barely tested in the end, as the 4-0 rout may in fact prove to be the end of Barry Gorman's three and a half year stewardship of the club. Coast looked at sixes and sevens, as the likes of Boötia and Brian Stewart ran riot. Pick of the goals however, was a stinging strike from young defender Tomas Nazario-Silva, which curled in past Pearl Endicott at her far post. After being pushed so hard during the league phase, there will be a little disappointment that the Champions weren't given more of a contest in the final. Whatever happens now, there will have to be a degree of soul-searching for Coast, as they contemplate where to go next.

Champions Cup: Willox Street Pirates, Blue Coast 1981
Globe Cup: Kelsy Merchants, New St Johns, New Dundee Star (as highest League finishers, of the sides losing in the PO-QF


Awards

Player of the Year:

1st: Jenny McDonald (WSP) Schottia
2nd: Boyd Johannesen (NSJ) Audioslavia
3rd: Sigrun Kannis (NDS) Nephara
4th: Yunji (WSP) Northern Sunrise Islands
5th: Melissa Cleves (WSP) Brenecia
6th: Boötia (WSP) Dainer
7th: Ross Jameson (NDS)

Golden Boot:

1st: 23 Yunji (WSP) Northern Sunrise Islands
2nd: 22 Ross Jameson (NDS)
=3th: 16 Lucio (BLC) Braziliana | | Faith Bhukhwana (WSP) Quebec
5th: 15 Boyd Johannesen (NSJ) Audioslavia

Young player of the year:

1st: Tomas Nazario-Silva (WSP)
2nd: Kira Nirie (TRL) Central Sunrise Islands
3rd: Rian Corrello (CPR)
4th: Darian Creek (NSJ)
5th: Gregor Borg (WSP) Anglatia
6th: Acacia García (NPS)
7th: Evelyn Conjure (BLC) Schottia

Manager of the year:

1st: Jimmy Mitchel (WSP) Schottia
2nd: Dane Stewart (NDS)
3rd: Johnas Bendt (KES)
4th: Neil Scorton (NPS) Schottia
5th: Catherine Sedgwick (TRL) Nephara
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Postby Port Christopher » Thu Sep 01, 2016 11:04 pm

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Two years ago, in a bid to make the league more competitive, a massive restructuring job took place, with the number of teams reduced to ten, and a play-offs system introduced. In a small territory of just over one million people, trying to sustain a league of twelve teams was often a bit of a stretch, and it lead to some ridiculous mismatches.






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Willox Street Pirates
Stadium: Willox Street stadium, 19,500
Average attendance: 12,058
Manager: Jimmy Mitchel
Colours: Sky blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Pirates
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GK. Melissa Cleves 29, Brenecia
CB. Tomas Nazario-Silva 20, Port Christopher
CB. Lara Dixon 31, Port Christopher
CB. Gregor Borg 22, Angliata
RM. Brian Stewart 30, Chiata
LM. Stefan Barcena 34, Audioslavia
CM. Jenny McDonald 26, Schottia (c)
CM. Col Mullery 31, Brenecia
AMC. Boötia 24, Dainer
CF. Nancy Peterson 22, Osarius
CF. Yunji 23, Northern Sunrise Islands

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GK. Mike Frinker 37, Port Christopher
CM. Maeve Bronte 20, Port Christopher
LM. Banda Meluo 21, Schiavonia
DMC. Milomir Savelievich 26, Polkopia
CF. Faith Bhukhwana 25, Quebec
CF. Chris Abaroa 22, Port Christopher

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The Williox Street Pirates come into Super-League VIII on the back of another fantastic season, both domestically, and in international competitions. A third domestic title in a row, along with a trip to the last sixteen of the Globe Cup, and the quarter finals of the CEdC, means that Jimmy Mitchel's side can more or less say they have cleaned up. In terms of strength and depth of squad the Pirates have no rivals in Port Christopher, and the addition of Schiavonian Project +90 star Banda Meluo, only adds to that. Up front they have the dangerous young strike force of Northern Sunriser Yunji, alongside promising Osarian Nancy Paterson. With homegrown talent Chris Abaroa, and former Kelsy striker Faith Bhukwanan acting as cover, it's safe to say they have enough firepower to fight a campaign on multiple fronts. The settled midfield five consists of; Chiatan internationalist Brian Stewart and Audioslavian veteran Stefan Barcena one the wings, with Schottia star Jenny McDonald, and Brenecian bruiser Col Mullery in the centre. Occupying the all important number-ten slot is the Daineri box-of-tricks, Boötia, who is fast becoming the side's key player. Alongside Meluo, they also have Polkopian, Milomir Savelievich, and Christopheran internationalist Maeve Bronte as cover. In defence, the back three includes hulking centre-back Gregor Borg, previously capped for Armea at youth level - the rock solid Laura Dixon, and the ferocious young Christopheran, Tomas Nazario-Silva, a player who takes no prisoners. In goals, as ever, is Melissa Cleves, the Brenecian having been on sensational form since joining the club three years ago. All in all there is very little change, and as the old saying goes: If it ain't broken, don't fix it.

Prediction: 1st.


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Blue Coast 1981
Stadium: Ocean Shores Stadium , 18,000
Average attendance: 7,856
Manager: Jan Markus Hellensen (SEM)
Colours: Gold and blue
Location: San Marco
Nick name: The Seasiders
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GK. Pearl Endicott 21, Northern Sunrise Islands
RB. Claire Osgood 30, Abanhfleft (c)
LB. Ralph Greer 36, Port Christopher
CB. Akachi Okwu 21, Semarland
CB. Luis Felipe 27, Port Christopher
DM. Evelyn Conjure 20, Schottia
DM. Paula Morton 30, Nephara
RM. Caroline Bensborg 18, Port Christopher
L/CM. Chad Duquez 21, Quebec
CF. Lucio Sylvestre 27, Braziliana
CF. Jakob Nelsen 24, Semarland

-subs-
GK. Thomas Ireland 28, Schottia
RB. George Pirrie 32, Port Christopher
CB. Danny Ocana 32, Port Christopher
DM. Kenneth Dodge 33, Cosumar
SS. Donald Sam 26, Port Christopher

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It is all change at Blue Coat, with the departure of Barry Gorman along with a host of aging stars, who despite their over the odds wage packets, spectacularly failed to deliver. Veteran Semar, Jan Markus Hellensen takes over the mantle now, and with a vastly reduced budget, has been forced to scour the free transfer market like some sort of second-hand dealer looking for scrap. There are obviously still a few remnants of the Gorman team on show, and a few very handy players whom Hellensen can call upon. $5m man Lucio Sylvestre has a great scoring record in this league, and will be looking to build on his successes in what is a new era at the club. In addition to this right-back Clair Osgood is a fully-fledged Fleftic international, and at Super-League level, can definitely make an impact. To top it all off, Pearl Endicott, the Northern Sunriser, has proven herself to be fairly handy in goals, and has had limited international experience for one of the world's top footballing nations. In terms of plugging the gaps, Hellensen seems to have gone with that he knows, picking up striker Jakob Nelsen and young defender Akachi Okwu, both from his homeland. Nelsen is far from the calibre the club are used to, but with any luck he'll have a point to prove after leaving Arkau Klub. Okwu on the other hand looks like a sturdy player, and should be easily moulded into a Super-League standard player. It is a similar story with hot-headed Quebecois midfielder Chad Duquez, who coming from the Project +90 programme, should be able to do a turn in the midfield. Finally former Nepharim U21 star Paula Morton joins from Sutcroft following their relegation. Hellensen will no doubt be hoping that she will bring some experience and composure to the side. Expect this to be a very different Coast side, much more cautions, much more defensive.

Prediction: 3rd.

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Sarrburgh Town
Stadium: John Cooper Park, 7,000
Average attendance: 3,414
Manager: Harry Farnmoun
Colours: Red and white checks
Location: Sarrburgh
Nick name: The Boys
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GK. Scott Torrence 25, Schottia
RB. Ilya Sjeckelina 30, Estenia
LB. Aliye Akbaş 26, Port Christopher
CB. Kiko Darret 23, Port Christopher
CB. James Del Vertio 37, Port Christopher (c)
RM. Samid Khren 20, Port Christopher
LM. Christian Wallace 30, Maretta
CM. Hector Berg 30, Port Christopher
CM. Len Oban 32, Port Christopher
CF. Adam Llava 32, San Llera
CF. Becky Munroe 27, Port Christopher

-subs-
GK. Jake Toonmouth 29, Port Christopher
RB. Graham Sales 29, Port Christopher
FC. Tom Noricy 25, Port Christopher

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After a very decent season last time round, Sarrburgh are back to continue their seemingly fruitless quest for UICA football. Its a difficult situation for the side, having fallen by the wayside since the Super-League era brought with it increased budgets for many of their competitors. The big challenge for Sarrburgh is how to improve, and where to pick up additional points, when they are already running on empty. Key to this side is their defence, and former Schottic U21 keeper Scott Torrance, who has since switched allegiances, and now represents Port Christopher. 37-year-old team captain James Del Vertio has been an important player for The Boys for the best part of twenty years, but now the wrong side of 35, you have to wonder for how much longer. There are other strong, experienced players amongst their ranks, Hector Berg, Len Oban, and LLeran striker Adam Llava, but on a whole the have very little in the way of depth.

Prediction: 7th.

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New St Johns
Stadium: High school ground, 9,000
Average attendance: 2,793
Manager: John Defretua
Colours: Black and white stripes
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Saints
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GK. Donald Gordon 32, Port Christopher
RB. Anderiz 26, Port Christopher
LB. Darian Creek 21, Port Christopher
CB. Karri Loikkanen 29, Polkopia
CB. Michael Campbell 22, Schottia
RM. Jose Almedro 31, Port Christopher
LM. Tom Popescu-Black 28, Port Christopher
CM. Kris Scott 32, Schottia
CM. Sam Tomlin 26, Schottia
SS. Conner Orton 29, Port Christopher
CF. Boyd Johannesen 31, Audioslavia


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GK. Fiona Fife 24, Port Christopher
CB. Lena Lewis 31, Port Christopher
CB. David Home 32, Port Christopher
CM. Colin Glen 30, Port Christopher
L/RM. Terry Heeny 27, Port Christopher
CF. Josh Smot 30, Port Christopher

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After a poor run in the league last season, The Saints surprised us all by making the play offs semi final, thus qualifying for the Globe Cup after a year's absence. As Christopheran teams go they are pretty decent, with Audioslavian striker Boyd Johannesen a real threat in front of goal. In addition, both wingers Jose Almedro and Tom Popescu Black have been capped for Port Christopher, and midfield star Sam Tomlin was a substitute in Schottia's DBC winning side. This season they have added a couple more of his countrymen, Regional Development Side product Michael Campbell, and journeyman midfielder Kris Scott. The latter was capped for Schottia back when he played for Lammerton, and had played in the Cup Winners' Cup with New Belfast Warriors. New Saint Johns normally look to build from the back, with a solid defence, biding their time before hitting sides on the break. UICA football again next season will be their goal.

Prediction: 6th.

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Kelsy Merchants
Stadium: Kaesle Park, 6,500
Average attendance: 5,550
Manager: Johnas Bendt
Colours: Orange and blue
Location: Kelsy
Nick name: The Traders
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GK. Gregor Fleg 35, Port Christopher
RB. Hugo Rodgerio 30, Port Christopher
CB. Leon Marshall 34, Port Christopher
CB. Matthew Kholl 24, Schottia
LB. Mathias Mtiliga 27, Semarland
CM. Ellie Vogel 21, Mertagne
CM. Ross McAdam 31, Port Christopher
CM. Miller Icacic 30, Port Christopher (c)
ACM. Akiko 24, Schottia
CF. Aurora Quiñones 21, Port Christopher
CF. Kaden Jones-Brown 29, Semarland

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GK. Billy Hauchette 32, Port Christopher
RWB. Dan Philips 24, Port Christopher
LWB. Steve Wallace 28, Port Christopher
RM. Ale Rousen 25, Port Christopher
CF. David Sol 21, Port Christopher

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Kelsy are tipped to do reasonably well this season; they had a good run in the play-offs last year, and with a little more financial wriggle room than some of the other teams, they have been able to strengthen in some areas. Key to making this side tick is Schottian attacker Akiko, who despite having the work rate a.... something very lazy... can turn a match in the blink of an eye with her fantastic right foot. Striker Kaden Jones-Brown has done well for the club since joining from the R49 a few seasons back, and he's another steady source of goals. Kelsy also have a strong midfield in Ross McAdam, and Miller Iccacic, who are bolstered by Mertangian youngster Ellie Vogel, from the nation's Project +90. In defence, the key man in Semar left-back Mathias Mtiliga, strong in the tackle and good with the ball at his feet. This team definitely have what it takes to push near the top of the table, and will be there or there about in going for second place.

Prediction: 4th.

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New Dundee Star
Stadium: Town Stadium, 11,000
Average attendance: 8,831
Manager: Dane Stewart
Colours: Green and white
Location: New Dundee
Nick name: The Stars
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GK. Peter Elliots 33, Maretta
RB. Elliot Thompson 27, Port Christopher
LB. Matthew Haarsen 34, Port Christopher
CB. Emiliana Rizzuto 21, Osarius
CB. Enrique Villabolos 28, Batto Vitolo
RM. Ed Santos 27, Port Christopher
LM. Ephraim Kirillov 25, Polkopia
CM. Sigrun Kannis 25, Nephara
CM. Dietmar Koenig 32, Port Christopher (c)
ACM. Moritz Wessel 32, Port Christopher
CF. Ross Jameson 29, Port Christopher

-subs-
GK. James Quinn 29, Port Christopher
CB. Tristan Quade 33, Port Christopher
RM. Ian Bartts 28, Port Christopher
LM. Henry Arounalle 30, Port Christopher
CF. Ouissal Tahar 25, Schottia

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Finished second in the league last time round, but a poor showing in the play-offs meant they had to settle for the Globe Cup. Importantly for The Stars, they have a very settled side, and thanks to one of the league's bigger budgets they have been able to put a decent pool of players together over the last few years. Since lifting the SL-III title it has been all ups and downs for the Dane Stewarts team, as they have failed to replicate that fine form. However, by staying with the Pirates in the league right up until the end last year, they showed that they have a lot of potential. The Stars go with Christopheran striker Ross Jameson up front, a player with a proven track record at this level. Just behind him is veteran number ten Moritz Wessel, a life long servant of the club, who gives it his all week-in week-out. New Dundee also have a very strong centre of midfield, with club captain Dietmar Koenig and Nepharim player Sigrun Kannis, flanked by the pacey Ed Santos and tricky Polkopian winger Ephraim Kirillov. A back four which includes Bato Vitolon internationalist Enrique Villabolos, and Marattan Peter Elliots in goals, means there is a lot of experience in the defensive areas too.

Prediction: 2nd

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Christopheran Porty
Stadium: Argets Stadium, 3,500
Average attendance: 1,657
Manager: Dennis Bruce
Colours: Sky blue
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Porty
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GK. Jim Dickson 32, Port Christopher
RB. Rian Corrello 19, Port Christopher
LB. Davy Sexton 26, Port Christopher
CB. Patrick Farnmout 32, Port Christopher
CB. Lewis Skillen 30, Port Christopher
RM. John Johnston 29, Port Christopher
LM. Near Svenson 33, Port Christopher
DM. Jack Cordoba 36, Port Christopher (c)
CM. Annie Telford 32, Port Christopher
CF. Vince Smith 21, Port Christopher
CF. Tim Corner 32, Port Christopher

-subs-
GK. Francis Penny 32, Port Christopher
CB. Jack Gentrie 33, Port Christopher
CM. Seeäna 28, Port Christopher
RM. Mitch Coroner 25, Port Christopher
LM. Janus Carnellias 27, Port Christopher

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Established by Port Sebastian fans over 100 years ago, Christopheran Porty have been a part of the footballing landscape here ever since. Now the second smallest side left in the Super-League following the restructuring, don't expect too much from them, but they can spring a surprise or two. Long standing team captain and star player Jack Cordoba is the star man in the centre of the park, and he has the skill to dictate the play. On top of that, they have a decent striker in the form of Vince Smith, and young Rian Corrello is a pacey wingback who can do some damage. For them finishing 8th and reaching the play-offs would be seen as a great achievement.

Prediction: 9th.

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Tralend Co-operative
Stadium: Hermand Park, 2,500
Average attendance: 2,269
Manager: Catherine Sedgewick (NPH)
Colours: Blue and green
Location: Tralend
Nick name: The Store
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GK. Stephen Hogan 33, Port Christopher
RB. Leigh Firth 36, Nephara (c)
LB. Marko Hillar 27, Vormsi (Schottia)
CB. David Clarck 30, Port Christopher
CB. Jacinth Deighton 36, Nephara
RM. Kira Nirie 20, Central Sunrise Islands
LM. Michael Orden 30, Port Christopher
CM. Vadic Decimus 32, Port Christopher
CM. Gary Erwin 26, Port Christopher
ACM. James Cavana 29, Port Christopher
CF. Alex Peterson 31, Port Christopher

-subs-
GK. Grant Vos 25, Port Christopher
RB. Mark Corbie 23, Port Christopher
RM. Xander Keely 30, Port Christopher
CF. Drent Pettly 31, Port Christopher
CF. Gighi Feltern 24, Port Christopher

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Very experienced, and a team of fighters, don't expect Tralend to go down without a fight. Catherine Sedgewick has built up a team of wily players who never shy from a challenge, and they can certainly give the bigger sides a fright on their day. The main creative outlet is Central Sunrise Islander Kira Nirie, who is a fast and very skilful winger, with a lot of first team experience at a young age. After making the play offs last season, Sedgewick won't want to take a step backwards, and they may even have their eye on the sides above them, with New St Johns not that far in front.

Prediction: 8th.

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Kirston Eagles
Stadium: Roston Dytes, 2,000
Average attendance: 928
Manager: Steve White
Colours: Blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Eagles.
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GK. Fred Wood 40, Port Christopher
RB. Dane Stein 23, Port Christopher
LB. Rab Harris 32, Port Christopher
CB. Grant Campbell 30, Port Christopher
CB. Caprius Pria 25, San Llera
RM. Derius Antonine 30, Port Christopher
LM. Robert Kondakova 33, Port Christopher
CM. Amy Shemp 27, Schottia
CM. Axel Farrel 34, Port Christopher
CF. Mhari MacKinnon 23, Schottia
CF. Jaden Ross 36, Maretta (c)

-subs-
GK. Vincent Jackson 35, Port Christopher
CB. Ross Horner 29, Port Christopher
CM. Chris Diales 21, Port Christopher
CF. Angus Crawford 33, Port Christopher

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The Eagles must be glad that there is no relegation in this league. Probably just here to make the numbers even, they are the last of the small community owned clubs, which used to grace the Super-League in the early days. With most of their contemporaries now playing in the Communities League they are left slogging it out with the big boys, playing in front of a smattering of fans week in week out. Their saving grace, and star player for a number of years in Marattan team captain Jaden Ross, who on his day, is a very handy striker. The Eagles just go into every game acting like it's a cup final, and anything that comes off it is a bonus.

Prediction: 10th.

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Newport Sirens
Stadium: The James Williams Arena, 24,000
Average attendance: 7,368
Manager: Neil Scarton (SCH)
Colours: Black and white
Location: Newport
Nick name: The Sirens.
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GK. Anders Sjelkords 38, Semarland
RB. Tamara Rosenbauer 24, Nephara
LB. Tom Blantan 29, Schottia
CB. Louise Kaltsas 28, Brenecia
CB. Donald Nesbit 22, Schottia
RM. Deek Rotter 22, Schottia
LM. Acacia García 22, Port Christopher
CM. Karen Seywel 30, Schottia
CM. Dennis Jagger 37, Eastfield Lodge (C)
CF Nik Konstidios 27, Schottia
CF. Lupa Na'Bengna 24, Cosumar

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GK. Desmond Duncan 21, Schottia
LB. Jasmine Bartley20, Schottia
RM. Tom Fraktone 31, Port Christopher
CM. Mia Huntly-Cooper 27, Port Christopher
CF. Olivia Serra 21, Port Christopher
CF. Liam Douglas 26, Port Christopher


The League's newest side, Newport Sirens have already made an impact in Port Christopher. Like the town of Newport itself, the club have sprung up out of nothing, using a decent chunk of money, to bolster their ranks with some very handy players. Schottic international Nik Konstidios is one name, which jumps off the page, along with league winner at New Belfast Warriors, Tom Blantan. Joining Konstidios in attack is Cosumarite striker Lupa Na'Bengna who has been very impressive preseason, and could be a big factor for them. The midfield four is arguably even better however, with: Former Handon United starlet Deek Rotter, Christopheran internationalist Acacia García, former Women's U23 captain Freya Sewel, and Eastfield Lodge legend Dennis Jagger. In goals they have the highly experienced Semar Anders Sjelkords. And look out for the pace of Nepharim right-back Tamara Rosenbauer, as the 24-year-old terrorised the opposition defences last season. We know the owners are desperate for them to be up challenging for the title, and based on their current squad, they might not be a hundred miles away.

Prediction: 5th.

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Due to the shorter Christopheran footballing calendar, the UICA qualifiers take place before the start of the season.

Globe Cup - First Preliminary Round
(TGD) Fullmetal Alchemist 1–0 New Dundee Stars

New Dundee Star got the Super-League season underway this week, with a thoroughly unspectacular 1-0 defeat to Fullmetal Alchemist in TGOD. The Stars do not exactly have the best UICA pedigree, and following a series of disappointments over the years, this won't exactly have come as much of a shock.

Globe Cup - First Preliminary Round
New Dundee Star 0-3 Fullmetal Alchemist (TGD)

And New Dundee Star's Globe Cup campaign ended as quickly as it began, with a resounding defeat on a sweltering summer's evening in Port Christopher. Ironically it was the locals who felt the heat, as they were second best in every area of the park, as the Alchemists inflicted a heavy defeat on Dane Stewart's side.

Champions' Cup - Second Preliminary Round
Willox Street Pirates 2–1 Stevenson United (DUN)
(ETM) Burnton 1963 2–2 Blue Coast 1981

The second preliminary stage, and Super-League champions Willox Street Pirates had their chance to enter the fray. This week they welcomed Dunnës side Stevenson United, and looked solid if not a little unspectacular as the heat got to even them. Boötia got the ball rolling with a well taken strike from the edge of the area, before a Jenny McDonald through ball set Yunji free to settle the tie 14 minutes from the end. Coast also got their campaign underway, with a very tricky match, in what was Jan Marcus Hellensen's first game in charge. Their opponents were Electrumite side Burton 1963, and it was a real test for the new look side to survive the onslaught in Rushmore. It turned out to be a great debut for Semar, Jakob Nelsen, who got the all-important fourth goal of the match giving his side a share of the points.

Globe Cup - Second Preliminary Round
(KSK) Latrobe AFC 0–0 New Saint Johns

For New New Saint Johns, they were forced to fight out a 0-0 draw against Latrobe, a result which tells us precious little. The Saints did go close with a Tom Popescu-Black strike in the closing stages, but in the end there was no way through for John Defretua's side.

Champions' Cup - Second Preliminary Round
(DUN) Stevenson United 0-3 Willox Street Pirates
Blue Coast 1981 3-2 Burnton 1963

As we all hoped, the Pirates managed to finish the job they started on the return leg in Dunnes, with a very comfortable 3-0 victory over Stevenson United. Tomas Nazario-Silva got the ball rolling, heading in a Brian Stewart corner before Nancy Paterson doubled their lead as the game approached half time. The visitors put the result beyond any doubt late in the second half, as Col Mullery set up substitute Chris Abaroa to score his first goal since his return from a loan spell in Schottia. The big talking point this week however, was Blue Coast's 3-2 win over Burnton. The Seasiders made the most of home advantage to show that Port Christopher's side are going to be no pushovers in international competition. The Electrumites scored twice through Jake Latham and Sara Northgrove, but the new-look Coast bettered them with three of their own from Lucio Sylvestre (2) and new signing Paula Morton, to progress to the next round.

Globe Cup - Second Preliminary Round
New Saint Johns 5-1 Latrobe AFC (KSK)

The Saints made amends for a slow start last week, with a much more composed display back in Port Christopher. The sun was hammering down on the New St Johns Peninsula of the city, but it certainly did nothing to hamper the home side, who ran out deserved winners. A first half double form Audioslavian Boyd Johannesen helped to settle any early nerves, before Kris Scott, Conner Orton, and Jose Almedro all scored in the second half, to round things off 5-1.

Champions' Cup - Third Preliminary Round
(SHY) Smegwud 1–0 Willox Street Pirates
(BRE) Kingsgrove 1–1 Blue Coast 1981

After the excitement of last week, we were rudely brought back down to earth with some sobering results in the Champions' Cup. For the Pirates they faced a trip to Shytysle to take on Smegwud, in a night where nothing went right for Jimmy Mitchel's side. After a real failure to make anything stick in the midfield, the visitors eventually went down 1-0. For the new slim line Blue Coast side, they faced an even more daunting task, as they took on Kingsgrove in their non-champions' path match. Given that this was never going to be easy, they actually made a very good go of things, with Lucio scoring as the match ended 1-1.

Globe Cup - Third Preliminary Round
Kelsy Merchants 2–1 Horton (HSZ)
New Saint Johns 0–2 Trondfjell Albion (SAV)

Kelsy provided the only bright spot on an otherwise dull UICA scorecard this week with a comfortable 2-1 win at home to Horton. The Traders looked in very good shape, as goals from Akiko, and Aurora Quiñones ensured that the side went into the return leg with the advantage. New Saint Johns, on the other hand, were back to their old ways, a very limp 0-2 defeat, not at all what the doctor ordered.

Champions' Cup - Third Preliminary Round
Willox Street Pirates 1-0 Smegwud (SHY) (1-2 AET)
Blue Coast 1981 1-2 Kingsgrove (BRE)

After a year that promised so much, both our Champions' Cup hopefuls found themselves out on their butts at the third round of qualifying. For the Pirates it will be particularly heartbreaking, after doing so well to get themselves back in the tie with a Yunji goal early in the first half, Smegwund had a sting in the tail, hitting them in extra time to take the tie 2-1. Coast obviously faced a massive struggle if they were going to edge past a side with the UICA experience of Kingsgorve, even after their excellent result in Brenecia. Unsurprisingly the Seasiders were unable to hang on, and despite a goal from Chad Duquez, they went down 2-1.

CEdC - First round
Willox Street Pirates 2-0 Emerald City Harmony (SLL)
Blue Coast 1981 0-1 Blackfort City (HSZ)

This week saw the start of the regional competitions, adding to the already busy schedule of the Pirates and Blue Coast. Both sides were at home, but Willox Street faired slightly better than their countrymen, picking up a 2-0 win over Super Llamaland's Emerald City Harmony, while the Seasiders went down 1-0 to Blackfort City. Jimmy Mitchel's side had Boötia to thank for the win, his fantastic second half double getting the team over the line.

Globe Cup - Third Preliminary Round
(HSZ) Horton 0-0 Kelsy Merchants
(SAV) Trondfjell Albion 2-1 New Saint Johns

This week New Saint John's woes continued, as the side who have never really excelled in UICA competition, came a cropper once more. Despite taking the lead through Boyd Johannasen, the City side ended up going down 2-1 to Trondfjell Albion, who progress to the next round. For Kelsy it was a much happier story however, as they held their nerve in spite on a second half onslaught to move into the play-off round at the expense of Horton, the final score 0-0.

CEdC - First round
(SLL) Emerald City Harmony 0-3 Willox Street Pirates
(HSZ) Blackfort City a 1-2 Blue Coast 1981

There were mixed emotions for Port Christopher's sides in the CEdC this week, with the Pirates finishing what they started on their return to Super Llamaland, while Coast were afforded the agony of an a narrow exit at the hands of Blackford City. The Pirates proved exactly why they are one of the region's emerging forces with a great 3-0 win on the road. Yunji, Brian Steward, and last week's hero Boötia all got themselves on the score-sheet.

Globe Cup - Globe Cup Play off Round
Blue Coast 1981 2–0 Goldlion Arsenal (TMB)
(VLD) Marinos Metropolis 2–2 Kelsy Merchants
Willox Street Pirates 1–1 Akihabara Electronics OFC (FDA)

With the territory’s Champions' Cup chances over, all eyes were on the Globe Cup play-off round, and what turned out to be a good night for the island's teams. Blue Coast looked very composed as they welcomed Tumbra's Goldlion Arsenal to San Marco. Teenager Caroline Bensborg scored the first for Coast, with Lucio adding a second later in the match. Kelsy Merchants arguably had the more impressive result however, with a late Akiko goal earning them a share of the points away to Marinos Metropolis. Finally the Pirates suffered a disappointing result, drawing 1-1 with Akihabara Electronics at home.

Globe Cup - Play off Round
(TMB) Goldlion Arsenal 0-1 Blue Coast 1981
Kelsy Merchants 1-0 Marinos Metropolis (VLD)
(FDA) Akihabara Electronics OFC 2-1 Willox Street Pirates

A goal from Jakob Nelsen helped Blue Coast finish the job they started on their return to Tumbra. The win was enough to set up a glamour tie with Valanoran side SC Rinaldi - the prize at the other end, Globe Cup football for the first time in the club's history. There was however, huge disappointment for the Pirates, who will now need to crawl off and lick their wounds after an early exit at the hands of their Flardanian opponents. Kelsy on the other hand had a fantastic win over Marinos Metropolis, with Kaden Jones-Brown tapping in an Ellie Vogel pass to give to send their team to the brink of the Globe Cup.

Globe Cup - Qualifying Round
(VAL) SC Rinaldi 1–3 Blue Coast 1981
Kelsy Merchants 1–2 Myrmidon (CEN)

There wasn't exactly enormous optimism as Port Christopher's two remaining sides entered the final phase of qualification. It had been a long journey even to get this far, and with SC Rinaldi and Myrmidon barring the path, this was no mean feat. Kelsy battled hard against their Cenian rivals, but it was to no avail, as despite an Akiko goal late in the second half, their opponents took the first leg 2-1. The heroes of the hour were Blue Coast though, who looked like a totally different side, as they put three past Rinaldi in Valanora, to give themselves a very strong lead to defend back in Port Christopher.

Globe Cup - Qualifying Round
Blue Coast 1981 1-3 SC Rinaldi (VAL) (2-3 AET)
(CEN) Myrmidon 1-3 Kelsy Merchants

Kelsy Merchants put in an absolutely unbelievable performance in Ceni to reach the Globe Cup for the first time - something few of us would have put any money on ten weeks ago. Once more they had Schottic enigma Akiko to thank for dragging them over the line. The player who can't even get a look in for her nation fired in a sensational goal with the scores levelled at 1-1, then created the winner with a well timed through pass for Semar striker, Kaden Jones-Brown. Blue Coast were unceremoniously pegged back in their match with Rinaldi, however an extra time goal from Lucio meant that the club join Kelsy in the Globe Cup, the first time two Christopheran clubs have achieved that feat in the same season.

SL-VIII
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
New St Johns 2–4 Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 2–6 Newport Sirens
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 New Dundee Star
Kirston Eagles 1–6 Tralend Co-operative

After all the excitement of the UICA qualifiers, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that we had the small matter of the SL-VIII to attend to. After their heroics in the Globe Cup, Blue Coast must have been a little overwhelmed, because their thrashing at the hands of Newport Sirens, at home, took all of us by surprise. Cosumarite youth international Lupa Na'Bengna lived up to her high billing, with a double on her competitive debut, to make an instant splash with the home fans. There were also goals for Nik Konstidios, Liam Douglas, Deek Rotter, and Tamara Rosenbauer as Newport picked up a famous 6-2 win over their title rivals. The Pirates got off to a more sombre, yet equally important start with a 1-0 win at home to The Stars. The reigning champs looked solid as a rock at the back, and had substitute Faith Bhukhwana to thank for the goal, which could prove very important come the end of the season. There was also a big win this week for Catherine Sedgewick's Tralend side, who defeated league minnow Kirston Eagles 6-1. Star of the show was young Kira Nirie, who completed a second half hat trick in this emphatic win.

Globe Cup - Group Stage
Kelsy Merchants 0-1 Alianza FC (SJG)
(JYS) Carter FC 4-1 Blue Coast 1981

The Globe Cup was always going to be tough for Port Christopher's sides, and that indeed proved to be the case, as both suffered opening day defeats. Both Kelsy and Coast will know that it is going to take a huge effort to qualify from their respective groups.

SL-VIII
Kelsy Merchants 1–0 Tralend Co-operative
New Dundee Star 1–0 Kirston Eagles
Newport Sirens 2–3 Willox Street Pirates
Christopheran Porty 0–2 Blue Coast 1981
Sarrburgh Town 1–2 New St Johns

Two matches in and the champs, Willox Street Pirates, are looking composed and up for the fight, a 3-2 win over the on form Newport proving their fighting spirit. Despite going behind twice in this match, the Pirates held their nerve, and finally struck with a late Nancy Paterson strike, to leave the James Williams Stadium with all three points. Blue Coast got over their opening day humiliations with a 2-0 win at Christopheran Porty. Lucio was the difference between the two sides, showing great poacher's instincts firstly to prod home a Claire Osgood cross, then he was quickest to react to a Paula Morton through ball to give his side their first three points of the season. Finally Kelsy kept their 100% start to the season up with another 1-0 win, this time over the free-scoring Tralend. Aurora Quiñones, on this occasion, got the only goal.

Globe Cup - Group Stage
(VLD) AS Bezieres 1-0 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 2-1 Kingsgrove (BRE)

The hard slog for Kelsy continued this week, with a 1-0 defeat to Valladares side AS Bezieres, however Blue Coast managed to pull off another fantastic result. Meeting up with Kingsgrove for the third time this season, they used that knowledge to good effect, as they ran out 2-1 winners at the Ocean Shores Stadium.

SL-VIII
New St Johns 0–0 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 0–0 Sarrburgh Town
Willox Street Pirates 4–0 Christopheran Porty
Kirston Eagles 2–2 Newport Sirens
Tralend Co-operative 2–2 New Dundee Star

In a week where the other four fixtures ended in draws, the Pirates took the opportunity to open up an early lead, with a 4-0 win at home to Porty. Northern Sunriser Yunji got his first hand second goals in the league this season, in an action packed first half. As the home side eventually wore their opponents down, Jenny McDonald and Brain Stewart added a third and fourth in the closing stages, to help bounce back from their UICA disappointment. Kirston and Newport played out a very entertaining 2-2 draw this weekend, with Jared Ross scoring twice leaving the Sirens stunned with goals completely against the run of play. Karen Seywel originally gave the visitors the lead in the first half only to see her side pegged back moments later. It was a similar story as Lupa Na'Bengna scored her fourth in three games, but again it was not enough for all three points, as Ross proved to the sting in the Kirston tail. New Dundee Star are still waiting to spring into life this season, and will not have been happy to go 2-0 down in Tralend. The only thing you can say for Dane Stewart's side however, it the fact that they stuck to it, and pulled level in the end. Ross Jameson proving to be the hero of the hour.

Globe Cup - Group Stage
Kelsy Merchants 5-1 Bayern-Algaer (TAE)
(STB) Telecontarë 3-0 Blue Coast 1981

Half way through the Globe Cup Group phase, and both sides' hopes seem to now be hanging in the balance. Blue Coast were - as expected - brushed aside by Starblaydi side Telecontarë, who ran out 3-0 winners. However, a brilliant performance from Kelsy Merchants saw them overcome Taeshan's Bayern-Algaer, by five goals to one, the put them back into the mix for qualification.

SL-VIII
Kelsy Merchants 2–2 New Dundee Star
Newport Sirens 1–0 Tralend Co-operative
Christopheran Porty 2–1 Kirston Eagles
Sarrburgh Town 0–2 Willox Street Pirates
New St Johns 0–1 Blue Coast 1981

Despite their famous result in the Globe Cup mid-week, Kelsy were unable to bring that form to their league match with New Dundee, the match ending up 2-2. The Traders looked very good in the early stages of this match. With Ellie Vogel's header opening the scoring, the Mertange midfielder's first goal for the club. However, things went pretty quickly downhill from there for the home side, as goals from Sigrun Kannis and Ross Jameson put last season's league runners-up in front. Kelsy did manage to rally though, and a late goal from Aurora Quiñones ensured they left with the honours even. Willox Street Pirates kept their 100% intact record with another impressive 2-0 win at Sarrburght Town, even though their opponents looked to set up the wall from the kick-off. Once more it was Boötia who was the biggest threat, scoring one from a free kick and setting up the second, threading Yunji through for his third in two matches. There were also 1-0 wins for both Blue Coast and the Sirens to keep them in the hunt. Chad Duquez, and Nik Konstidious got the goals for their respective sides, on a sweltering evening in Port Christopher.

Globe Cup - Group Stage
(TAE) Bayern-Algaer 2-0 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 1-1 Telecontarë (STB)

After a 1-1 draw with Telecontarë at home, things are now incredibly difficult for Blue Coast, as they start to find the going harder than they expected. Lucio's goal late in the second half was not enough to help them overcome their Starblaydi opponents. And things were even worse for Kelsy Merchants, as Bayern-Algaer took the opportunity to exercise some revenge for their thrashing last week, winning 2-0 in Taeshan.

SL-VIII
Blue Coast 1981 0–0 Kelsy Merchants
Willox Street Pirates 5–0 New St Johns
Kirston Eagles 2–3 Sarrburgh Town
Tralend Co-operative 2–2 Christopheran Porty
New Dundee Star 0–0 Newport Sirens

As the other clubs seem to be spluttering and faltering around them, the Pirates continue to cut a path straight through the rest of the field with a 5-0 win over New Saint Johns. The Willox Street side really were a cut above the rest, and the likes of Col Mullery, and Jenny McDonald in the centre, left the Saints midfield with no chance. However it was in the attack where Jimmy Mitchel's side did the most damage, in particular Yunji was once again on top form as his double today made it five in three after a slow start to the season. The only other side to come out of this round of fixtures with a positive score line were Sarrburgh, who recorded a 3-2 win over bottom side Kirston Eagles. San Lleran, Adam Llava, scored a double as the Boys had to work had to take all three point. None of the other main title challengers even managed to find the back of the net, as Blue Coast verses The Merchats, and The Stars verses Newport both ended up 0-0 draws.

CEdC - Ro16
(BRP) Empilot United FC 1-5 Willox Street Pirates

The last sixteen of the regional competitions got back underway this week, and the Willox Street Pirates carried their good form over from the league, as they paid visit to Empilot United. Goals from Yunji, Nancy Paterson, Brian Stewart, as well as a late double from Faith Bhukhwana all but assured the Christopheran Champs progress.

Globe Cup - Group Stage
Kelsy Merchants 4-1 AS Bezieres (VLD)
(BRE) Kingsgrove 1-1 Blue Coast 1981

Both Christopheran sides' Globe Cup campaigns will go down to the final week of group fixtures, following a much more promising Thursday night for the island's sides. Kelsy pulled off another fantastic result with a 4-1 win over Bezieres, and it would seem that if they could find a little consistency, they would be a force to be reckoned with. Blue Coast also gave a good account of themselves in their four match with Brenecian side Kingsgrove, this time they came away with a 1-1 draw for their troubles.

SL-VIII
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 Newport Sirens
Christopheran Porty 0–2 New Dundee Star
Sarrburgh Town 1–0 Tralend Co-operative
New St Johns 5–2 Kirston Eagles
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Willox Street Pirates

Just when it looked like the Pirates could have the SL-VIII League trophy stamped and sealed by the halfway stage, their relentless march was brought to an abrupt halt in San Marco, by a fired up Blue Coast side. Coast soaked up a good amount of pressure during the opening forty-five, but hit the visitors when it mattered, Evelyn Conjure finding Jacob Nelsen with a lovely cross field pass, the Semar scoring a header to rescue their side's difficult domestic season. Another side who recorded a much needed win were The Stars, who had Moritz Wessel and Ouissal Tahar to thank for a 2-0 win at Christopheran Porty. This was a much better performance from the New Dundee side, with Polkopian winger Ephraim Kirillov finding his groove for the first time really this season. However, it was another wretched week for the Kirston Eagles, who had yet five more goals fired past them, by a less than sharp looking Saints team. Audioslavian striker Johannesen, who has been distinctly off colour so far this season, helped himself to three, in what was in all honesty, a bit of a whitewash. As seems to be the theme this season, our other top of the table match between Kelsy and Newport ended in a 0-0 draw.

CEdC - Ro16
Willox Street Pirates 3-1 Empilot United (BRP)

The Pirates didn't even need to break sweat this week, as they started a team consisting of Chris Abaroa, Banda Meluo, and Maeve Bronte and still came away with a resounding win over Empilot United. Young striker Chris Abaroa scored twice as the Pirates won 3-1 to set up a quarterfinal match.

Globe Cup - Group Stage
(SJG) Alianza FC 1-1 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 2-2 Carter FC (JYS)

Despite yet another good attempt, the Globe Cup ended here for both of Port Christopher's sides. It will have definitely been a learning curve for them, in what was their first taste of UICA football beyond the qualifiers. However, with draws against Alianza and Carter FC, the journey ended here.

SL-VIII
Willox Street Pirates 2–1 Kelsy Merchants
Kirston Eagles 1–0 Blue Coast 1981
Tralend Co-operative 0–5 New St Johns
New Dundee Star 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Newport Sirens 4–0 Christopheran Porty

After last week the Pirates needed to bounce back quickly, and they did just that, picking up a 2-1 win over the normally very decent Kelsy Merchants. Kelsy opened the scoring after a fast flowing move involving Ellie Vogel and Akiko, cutting the normally solid Pirates defence wide open. With Laura Dixon scampering to get back, Miller Icacic shot low and hard to beat Melissa Cleaves at her near post. The Pirates regrouped after half time and piled the pressure on their hosts, with substitute Chris Abaroa scoring the equaliser, and a long range strike from Tomas Nazario-Silva proved to be a cruel knockout blow, nearly bursting the net five minutes from time. After a poor run of three or four matches, Newport got back to winning ways too, with a 4-0 win over Christopheran Porty. Lupa Na'Bengna showed why she was so highly rated as a youngster with a double either side of half time, which had the Sirens sitting comfy. As the match entered the closing stages their greater fitness showed, as they hit two more through Dennis Jagger Nik Konstidios. There was also a massive upset this week, as Blue Coast undid all the good work from the week before, going down 1-0 to Kirston Eagles. The goal came from a very unlikely source, San Lleran Caprius Pria jumping highest to nod home a header late in the second half, entirely against the run of play.

SL-VIII
Kelsy Merchants 2–0 Christopheran Porty
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 Newport Sirens
New St Johns 2–1 New Dundee Star
Blue Coast 1981 5–0 Tralend Co-operative
Willox Street Pirates 3–0 Kirston Eagles

The rollercoaster that is Jan Markus Hellenen's first season in charge of Coast continued, as they responded to their defeat last weekend with a 5-0 win over Tralend. In a cool December day in San Marco, where it only reached a chilly 18°c the Seasiders produced an outstanding display with goals from Jakob Nelsen, Lucio (2), Evelyn Conjure, and Chad Duquez. Given the budgetary restraints, it would seem that Hellensen hasn't lost much ground on where the side were last year under Barry Gorman. The Pirates looked equally comfortable, and barely even got out of second gear as they put three past Kirston for no reply. Even after only eight matches, it would seem that the Pirates aren’t far off having things sewn up here, and that would certainly seem the case if they continue to play with such consistency in defence. Kelsy Merchants also took a leap up the table with a 2-0 win over Porty, Kaden Jones Brown scored the Traders' first with a well timed header from an Akiko corner, before the young midfielder turned scorer, hammering in a low drive from the edge of the area. There were also wins this week for New St Johns and Newport Sirens.

SL-VIII
Kirston Eagles 0–4 Kelsy Merchants
Tralend Co-operative 0–7 Willox Street Pirates
New Dundee Star 1–1 Blue Coast 1981
Newport Sirens 1–1 New St Johns
Christopheran Porty 1–0 Sarrburgh Town

Eight points clear at the half way stage, and you would have to say it's game over, especially if the Pirates keep up the kind of form they showed in their 7-0 win over Tralend. The City side were in a league of their own, as literally every attack in the second half ended in a goal. Yunji scored three of his side's goals with the Northern Sunrise Islander proving he has matured into a top class striker since joining the club six seasons back. With results going their way, Globe Cup surprise package Kelsy Merchants moved up to second equal with a 4-0 win at Kirston. Akiko added another two to her impressive haul for the season so far, while Aurora Quiñones and Ellie Vogel were also on target for the northern side. Neither New Dundee nor Newport will be very happy with their 1-1 draw, given the fact that both sides needed wins. Karen Seywel opened the scoring for the Sirens in the first half after doing well to shake Dietmar Koenig. But The Stars pulled level, as a neat Ed Santos cross, floated in, found the head of Ross Jameson in the six yard box.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Willox Street Pirates 9 8 0 1 27 4 +23 24
2 Newport Sirens 9 4 4 1 17 8 +9 16
3 Kelsy Merchants 9 4 4 1 11 4 +7 16
4 Blue Coast 1981 9 4 3 2 12 8 +4 15
5 New St Johns 9 4 2 3 17 15 +2 14
6 New Dundee Star 9 3 4 2 10 8 +2 13
7 Christopheran Porty 9 3 1 5 9 19 −10 10
8 Sarrburgh Town 9 2 1 6 5 10 −5 7
9 Tralend Co-operative 9 1 2 6 10 25 −15 5
10 Kirston Eagles 9 1 1 7 9 26 −17 4
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SL-VIII
Kelsy Merchants 2–0 Sarrburgh Town
Christopheran Porty 1–5 New St Johns
Newport Sirens 1–2 Blue Coast 1981
New Dundee Star 3–2 Willox Street Pirates
Tralend Co-operative 0–0 Kirston Eagles

The league phase of the Super-League season entered the second half, and finally we have seen some signs of life from New Dundee Star. On their form up until now, they barely even looked like making the play-offs let alone winning the title, so an incredible 3-2 win over the Pirates might be just the impetuous they needed. It had probably gotten to the stage that the Pirates thought they just needed to turn up to take home all three points, so you could see the look of panic on their faces as Ephraim Kirillov's opener went in. Things got even better for the stars on the stroke of half time, as Sigrun Kannis's pass into the feet of Ross Jameson sent the striker through for number two. The visitors responded and pulled level in a second half flurry with goals from Nancy Paterson and Faith Bhukhwana, but the Stars had the final say as Dietmar Koenig's free kick gave his side all three points. There was also an important win for Blue Coast, who managed to defeat the Sirens 2-1 in Newport. Lucio Sylvestre heading in a Chad Duquez cross in stoppage time, to move his side up to third. And Kelsy Merchants went up to second, as their incredible season continued, Mathias Mtiliga and Aurora Quiñones scoring the goals as they made it look very easy at home to Sarrburgh.

SL-VIII
Tralend Co-operative 2–2 Kelsy Merchants
Kirston Eagles 0–1 New Dundee Star
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Newport Sirens
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Christopheran Porty
New St Johns 1–0 Sarrburgh Town

Blue Coast went up to second in the table this week, with other results going their way, as they picked up a straightforward 1-0 win over Christopheran Porty. Evelyn Conjure was the hero on this occasion as she popped up on the edge of the box to rocket home a neat lay-off from Jakob Nelsen. The Willox Street Pirates seem impossible to keep down for any length of time, and pulled away from Kelsy once again, with a 1-0 win at home to Newport. Boötia broke free of Karen Seywel before playing an exquisite ball into the path of Chiatan winger Brian Stewart. The 30-year-old then applied the finish to put the champions back on track. Kelsy however, dropped off second place as they were held to a 2-2 draw away to Tralend. The traders gave a good account of themselves, but a late goal from Alex Paterson gave the play-offs chasing side a share of the points. Finally, New Dundee made it two wins in a row but they were made to work surprisingly hard by a Kirston Eagles side who really dug deep.

SL-VIII
Kelsy Merchants 0–2 New St Johns
Sarrburgh Town 0–0 Blue Coast 1981
Christopheran Porty 1–4 Willox Street Pirates
Newport Sirens 6–0 Kirston Eagles
New Dundee Star 0–1 Tralend Co-operative

Kirston Eagles were on the receiving end of yet another hammering this week, this time at the hands of Newport, who ran out 6-0 winners. The Sirens have been looking very polished this season, and two more goals from the on form Lupa Na'Bengna sent them well on their way to victory. As the second half wore on, Kirston looked more and more tired, which brought about the inevitable opening of the floodgates. Nik Konstidios, Olivia Serra, Donald Nesbit, and Deek Rotter all scored as Neil Scarton's side stay in the hunt for second. Unsurprisingly, the Pirates also got in on the act, with a 4-1 win over minnows Christopherna Porty. There was another very strong performance in this match from Schottic internationalist Jenny McDonald, who alongside Col Mullery, bossed the midfield from start to finish. The 'little and large' combination are two players who really get their heads down, not letting off no matter who they are playing. The Stars' mini revival came to an abrupt end with a 1-0 defeat to Tralend. The San Marco side actually looked pretty good against their much larger opponents, winger Kira Nirie grabbing the winning goal deep into the second half.

SL-VIII
New Dundee Star 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
Tralend Co-operative 0–1 Newport Sirens
Kirston Eagles 0–1 Christopheran Porty
Willox Street Pirates 0–1 Sarrburgh Town
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 New St Johns

In a particularly low scoring week, five games five goals, there were some pretty significant results. Sarrburgh added a highlight to a very poor season with a rare win at the Willox Street Stadium. Despite being under the cosh for the entire 90 minutes, Len Oban's goal was the difference between the two sides. For Blue Coast, they had to fight equally hard to take all three points, as they played host to New Saint Johns. Jan Markus Hellensen's side left it until the 84th minute, before they found the goal that killed of their fired-up opponents. A 30 metre pass from Claire Osgood found the head of Paula Morton, who was able to direct it into the path of Lucio, for the Brazilianan's ninth of the season. With the match hanging in the balance up until the goal, Coast can consider themselves lucky to have come away with three points. It was a very similar story for Newport, who had to battle tooth and nail for a way past Tralend. Even though the Pirates seem to have the league wrapped up, there is still a frantic chase for second and third spot, which traditionally secure an easier play-offs draw. With that in mind the Sirens will have been particularly happy with Karen Seywel's 47 minute goal, the Schottian chipping the ball in from the edge of the area.

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(SJG) CD FAS 1-1 Willox Street Pirates

SL-VIII
Kelsy Merchants 0–1 Blue Coast 1981
New St Johns 0–3 Willox Street Pirates
Sarrburgh Town 2–1 Kirston Eagles
Christopheran Porty 3–2 Tralend Co-operative
Newport Sirens 3–2 New Dundee Star

After a couple of blips a few weeks back, Willox Street Pirates are now well on track to lift the League Trophy long before the final day. Another comprehensive victory this week, as they travelled to the other end of the city to play The Saints, underlined just how easily they can dispose of even the better sides in the league. Yunji continued his impressive goal scoring record with the club, kicking things off after only ten minutes. Brian Stewart then added a second on the stroke of half time, before Osarius' Nancy Peterson leapt highest to head home a Boötia free kick early in the second half. For Blue Coast it was a less spectacular, but equally important result as they paid a visit to Kelsy Merchants. This was billed as something of a battle for second and third, but based on what we say today, the league leaders have little to worry about. In the end, an Evelyn Conjure pass set up Jakob Nelsen for the only goal of this match. In terms of entertainment, the match of the day was definitely The Stars' visit to Newport. After the Sirens opened up a two-goal lead thanks efforts form Lupa Na'Bengna and Dennis Jagger, it looked like the home side were coasting. However, a late goal flourish, saw New Dundee pull goals back through Ross Jameson and Ephraim Kirillov, with only eight minutes left on the clock. However, just when everyone in the stadium though it was over, up popped Nick Konstidios with a header in stoppage time, to end the match 3-2.

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Willox Street Pirates 1-1 CD FAS (1-2 AET) (SJG)

SL-VIII
Newport Sirens 0–0 Kelsy Merchants
New Dundee Star 1–0 Christopheran Porty
Tralend Co-operative 0–1 Sarrburgh Town
Kirston Eagles 0–4 New St Johns
Willox Street Pirates 2–1 Blue Coast 1981

This week the pirates finally delivered the knockout blow, which won them the League Trophy, and with it Champions' Cup football (at the very least). Blue Coast knew it was now or never as they made the trip to Willox Street, for one last throw of the dice, but it wasn't to be as the Pirates edged out Hellensen's side with two second half goals. Coast shocked their hosts straight off the bat with a Lucio goal after seven minutes - the striker in the right place, as ever, to apply the finishing touch to a Paula Morton pass. However The Pirates responded well, first equalising through a Boötia free kick from the edge of the area, then Stefan Barcena played a cunning ball through to Chris Abaroa to wrap up the first phase of the Super-League season. Blue Coast will be grateful that the match between Kelsy Merchants and Newport Sirens ended in a goalless draw. A win for either team would have meant that the San Marco side would have had no margin for error in the last three games. This week New Saint Johns took their turn to inflict a heavy defeat on Kirston. Audioslavian striker Boyd Johannesen is never far from the goals and added to his tally with another double today. There were also strikes form Michael Campbell, and Kris Scott, as the Saints were little tested.

SL-VIII
Kelsy Merchants 1–5 Willox Street Pirates
Blue Coast 1981 2–0 Kirston Eagles
New St Johns 1–2 Tralend Co-operative
Sarrburgh Town 0–2 New Dundee Star
Christopheran Porty 0–2 Newport Sirens

Rather than taking it easy and putting their feet up, the Pirates seem intent on winning the league in style. This 5-1 win over near rivals Kelsy Merchants simply underlined the gulf in quality between them and the rest of the pack. Right now they have a lot of experience, and a very settled pack of players, meaning that Jimmy Mitchel's side are simply punching a hole through the rest of the opposition. Blue Coast know that they simply need to keep winning, and hope that the Sirens slip up, with only two games now left to play. They had the luxury or playing the Kirston Eagles this week, and as a result had a very comfortable time of it, winning 2-0. Semar striker Jakob Nelsen got the ball rolling for Coast with an excellent header from a Chad Duquez corner. Lucio then rounded things off from the penalty spot after Evelyn Conjure was needlessly brought down with fifteen minutes left on the clock. They will need to keep waiting however, if they are going to capitalise on any mistakes from Newport, who hold the GD advantage, as well. They looked rock solid this weekend with goals from Deek Rotter and Nik Konstidios ending up the deciding factor.

SL-VIII
Christopheran Porty 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
Newport Sirens 1–1 Sarrburgh Town
New Dundee Star 1–0 New St Johns
Tralend Co-operative 0–2 Blue Coast 1981
Kirston Eagles 1–8 Willox Street Pirates

It has almost boiled down to a case of showboating, as the Pirates put eight past Kirston this week, away from home. With the season drawing to a close, the strain on the Eagles players was definitely beginning to show, as the visitors went 6-0 up inside the opening 45. Goals from Yunji (3), Nancy Paterson, Jenny McDonald, and Stefan Barcena, sent their team well on the road to victory, before a double change at half time seemed to take the sting out of things for the home side. That said, The Pirates did score twice more, through Banda Meluo and Faith Bhukhwana in what was their biggest win of the season. Blue Coast stay in second, following a 2-0 win at Tralend. The Seasiders seem to be settling back in now, after a summer of transfer upheaval, and what's more, new signings such as: Duquez, Morton, and Nelsen look to have a difference. Club captain Claire Osgood opened the scoring with a strike from just outside the area, capping off what has been a good season for the Fleftic international. Caro Bensborg then added a second in the closing stages to give her side an important victory. Kelsy Remain in fifth place however, despite a 1-0 win over Porty. Akiko's long-range effort rebounded back of the angle of the post and into the feet of Kaden Jones-Brown for the only goal of this match.

SL-VIII
Kelsy Merchants 5–1 Kirston Eagles
Willox Street Pirates 6–0 Tralend Co-operative
Blue Coast 1981 1–1 New Dundee Star
New St Johns 1–3 Newport Sirens
Sarrburgh Town 3–1 Christopheran Porty

The last fixture before the play-offs, and their wasn't a great deal more to fight for, with the Pirates already on a lap of honour. A 6-0 win over Tralend this week made in an incredible nineteen goals in three games for the City side, as it seems apparent that their opposition have just given up. Blue Coast also had second place sewn up with the Sirens slipping up last week. So despite a draw with New Dundee Star, there was no harm done, in what new manager Jan Markus Hellensen will consider a good first season. There was disappointment for their opponents however, as the 1-1 result condemned them to fifth place. Up to fourth are the Kelsy Merchants, who will consider that, alongside a run to the group stages of the Globe Cup, a great season - they rounded things off with a 5-1 win at home to the Eagles. It was a similar story for Newport, who defeated New Saint Johns by three goals to one to finish third, as they still look to establish themselves as a club.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Willox Street Pirates 18 15 0 3 58 12 +46 45 Play-offs; League Trophy; CC; CEdC
2 Blue Coast 1981 18 10 5 3 23 12 +11 35 Play-offs; SL-VIII Title; CC; CEdC
3 Newport Sirens 18 9 6 3 34 15 +19 33 Play-offs; GC
4 Kelsy Merchants 18 8 6 4 23 15 +8 30 Play-offs; GC
5 New Dundee Star 18 8 5 5 21 16 +5 29 Play-offs; GC
6 New St Johns 18 8 2 8 31 26 +5 26 Play-offs
7 Sarrburgh Town 18 6 3 9 13 18 −5 21 Play-offs
8 Christopheran Porty 18 5 1 12 16 38 −22 16 Play-offs

9 Tralend Co-operative 18 3 4 11 17 41 −24 13
10 Kirston Eagles 18 1 2 15 12 55 −43 5


Play-off One fixtures
Willox Street Pirates -v- Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 -v- Sarrburgh Town
Newport Sirens -v- New St Johns
Kelsy Merchants -v- New Dundee Star
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Play-Offs -- Quarterfinal
All matches played at a neutral venue.

Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 2–1 Sarrburgh Town
Newport Sirens 1–0 New St Johns
Kelsy Merchants 2–0 New Dundee Star

There were no upsets, no wavering nerves and no massive stories to tell this week, as all the title favourites made it through to the play-off semi finals. The Pirates only scored once, but it was enough to get them past Christopheran Porty. Despite their opponents pushing hard in the final stages, Boötia's 34th minute goal was enough to see the defending champions safely through to the next round. Blue Coast had to work slightly harder for their passage through, as Sarrburgh put up a surprise battle at the Willox Street Stadium. Jakob Nelsen put the Seasiders ahead, only for Adam Llava to pull Sarrburgh back level in the second half. Much to the relief of their fans however, Chad Duquez popped up five minutes from time to secure the league runners up a place in the semi finals. The Sirens also faced a tough fixture against New Saint Johns, a side who would have been desperate to rescue a very poor season all round. There was very little in the match over the course of the 90 minutes, but in the end Nik Konstidios's goal just into the second half gave Newport a guarantee of UICA football next season. The final fixture was billed as the one that could go either way, but in the end it turned out to be the most straightforward, with Kelsy defeating New Dundee Star 2-0. Goals from Akiko and Ellie Vogel were enough to separate the two sides.

Play-Offs -- Semi-final
All matches played at a neutral venue.

Willox Street Pirates 2–0 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 0–0 Newport Sirens (0–0 AET) (4–3 pen.)

The semi final stage, the prize at stake, a possible Champions' Cup place. It the first of the two fixtures, league winners the Pirates lined up against Kelsy Merchats, a match which on the face of it looked like it could be fairly one sided. Given that the last time these side met the result was 5-1 in favour of the Pirates they might have been a little concerned about complacency. However, this wasn't to be the case, as goals either side of half time from Yunji and Jenny McDonald sent them comfortably through to their third play-offs final on the bounce. The other match was far closer, and perhaps the knowledge that the Pirates' qualification meant that the winner was guaranteed CC football made things even tenser. There were very few opportunities from either side as the match went on, and from about fifty minutes, it seemed destined for penalties. In the end, Chad Duquez tucked away his side's final kick to set up a repeat of last years final with Coast going through 4-3 in the shootout.

Play-Offs -- Third Place Match @ The Willox Street Stadium

Kelsy Merchants 2–2 Newport Sirens (3–3 AET) (4–3 pen.)

As we have seen before, the first Globe Cup spot does bring its advantages, so it was unsurprising that both these sides were keen to capitalise. Lupa Na'Bengna opened the scoring for Newport with a well timed run to get onto the end of an Acacia García cross ten minutes in, only for Kaden Jones-Brown to pull Kelsy back level going into the break. Kelsy really had their tails up at this stage, and on 55 minutes they struck again, this time through Akiko, to give them they lead as we headed into the last half hour. The Sirens knew it was now or never, and managed to claw their way back into the game once more, this time it was Nik Konstidios who was on hand to header in a Karen Seywel corner to lever the scores. For the Sirens it was the second match in a row that had gone to penalties, and the second to end in defeat as further goals from Deek Rotter, and Ellie Vogel ensured that extra time ended with the honours even.

Super-Leage VIII Grand Final @ The James Williams Arena

Willox Street Pirates 0–1 Blue Coast 1981

The final, for a second year running, was played out between the archrivals of Willox Street Pirates and Blue Coast 1981. On paper there was a clear favourite going into the game, but these things so often work out differently. In what was probably actually a relatively frustrating game of the neutral, Coast surprised the favourites with a goal early in the first half, thanks to Lucio Silvestre, and after that Hellensen's side just really had to sit back. In fairness to them, there was little else they could do, and previous Coast sides would have probably gone out chasing the game and conceded four or five. But in the end the San Marco side held strong to left their second Super-League title, and their first since the introduction of the new format.

Champions Cup:, Blue Coast 1981, Willox Street Pirates
Globe Cup: Kelsy Merchants, Newport Sirens, New Dundee Star (as highest League finishers, of the sides losing in the PO-QF


Awards

Player of the Year:

1st: Boötia (WSP) Dainer
2nd: Ellie Vogel (KES) Mertagne
3rd: Chad Duquez (BLC) Quebec
4th: Yunji (WSP) Northern Sunrise Islands
5th: Lupa Na'Bengna (NPS) Cosumar
6th: Jenny McDonald (WSP) Schottia
7th: Melissa Cleves (WSP) Brenecia

Golden Boot:

1st: 25 Yunji (WSP) Northern Sunrise Islands
=2nd: 15 Nancy Patterson (WSP) Osarius | 16 Boyd Johannesen (NSJ) Audioslavia
4th: 14 Lupa Na'Bengna (NPS) Cosumar
=5th: 13 Akiko (KES) Schottia| Lucio (BLC) Braziliana

Young player of the year:

1st: Ellie Vogel (KES) Mertagne
2nd: Chad Duquez (BLC) Quebec
3rd: Evelyn Conjure (BLC) Schottia
4th: Tomas Nazario-Silva (WSP)
5th: Emiliana Rizzuto (NDS) Osarius
6th: Aurora Quiñones (KES)
7th: Samid Khren (SAR)

Manager of the year:

1st: Jimmy Mitchel (WSP) Schottia
2nd: Jan Markus Hellensen (BLC) Semarland
3rd: Johnas Bendt (KES)
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Three years ago, in a bid to make the league more competitive, a massive restructuring job took place, with the number of teams reduced to ten, and a play-offs system introduced. In a small territory of just over one million people, trying to sustain a league of twelve teams was often a bit of a stretch, and it lead to some ridiculous mismatches. The Super-League season is very short, and takes place during the winter months, when the temperatures are a little more bearable. This season we introduce new club, San Marco Strom, who bought over the Tralend Cooperative.





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Willox Street Pirates
Stadium: Willox Street stadium, 19,500
Average attendance: 12,058
Manager: Jimmy Mitchel
Colours: Sky blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Pirates
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GK. Melissa Cleves 30, Brenecia (C)
CB. Tomas Nazario-Silva 21, Port Christopher
CB. Seon-Yann Slater 20, Drawkland
CB. Gregor Borg 23, Angliata
DM. Maeve Bronte 21, Port Christopher
CM. Logan Murdoch 35, Nephara
AMR. Marc-André Onasi 18, Ceni
AML. Banda Meluo 22, Schiavonia
AMC. Boötia 25, Dainer
CF. Nancy Peterson 23, Osarius
CF. Yunji 24, Northern Sunrise Islands

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GK. Mike Frinker 38, Port Christopher
CB. Codie Del Sera 22, Port Christopher
CM. Col Mullery 32, Brenecia
DMC. Milomir Savelievich 27, Polkopia
CF. Faith Bhukhwana 26, Quebec

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Port Christopher's biggest club were forced to endure a frustrating season during Super-League VIII, after being eliminated from UICA competition, and losing the Play-off final to Blue Coast. Winning the league phase by ten points clearly didn't count for much, as manager Jimmy Mitchel immediately came under pressure from the club's wealthy owners. With a new season about to get underway, the team will know that once again, nothing but trophies will be good enough to satisfy the club's ambitions. There is little doubt that this current side are the best squad of players to date, and chequebook has been opened once again, with some big names making their way to the Willox Street Stadium. Logan Murdoch, a former AFC Treason captain and Nepharim international should still have more than enough left in the tank - even at 35 - to make in impact in Port Christopher. On top of that, youngsters Marc-André Onasi and Seon-Yann Slater are certainly players on the way up, who Mitchel can look to build a team around. In goals, Melissa Cleves keeps her place, after some impressive performances in sky blue. The 30-yea-old Brenecian also takes over the captain's armband following Jenny McDonald’s long anticipated departure. Along side Seon-Yann in the back three are Gregor Borg and Tom Nazario-Silva. Defensively the Pirates are normally solid as a rock, with battering ram centre-half Borg winning everything in the air, and bad-boy Nazario-Silva an intimidating presence. Just behind Murdoch in the centre of midfield sits Christopheran internationalist Maeve Bronte, McDonald's former prodigy, who like her mentor, takes no prisoners. Onasi will probably line up on the right of an attacking three, with lightning quick Schiavonian, Banda Meluo on the left, and Dainer's Boötia through the middle. 25-year-old, Boötia was the Super-League player of the year last season, and Mitchel will be looking to the flamboyant number ten, once again, to deliver. Up front Nancy Paterson plays alongside the prolific Northern Sunriser, Yunji, with Faith Bhukhwana an option coming off the bench. The Pirates only play football one way; and that's all or nothing, with the volume cranked up to eleven. Whatever happens over the course of the season, we can promise it won't be dull.

Prediction: Champions.


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Blue Coast 1981
Stadium: Ocean Shores Stadium , 18,000
Average attendance: 7,856
Manager: Jan Markus Hellensen (SEM)
Colours: Gold and blue
Location: San Marco
Nick name: The Seasiders
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GK. Pearl Endicott 22, Northern Sunrise Islands
RB. Claire Osgood 31, Abanhfleft (c)
LB. Alisander Seip 21, Nephara
CB. Akachi Okwu 22, Semarland
CB. Luis Felipe 28, Port Christopher
DM. Evelyn Conjure 21, Schottia
DM. Paula Morton 31, Nephara
RM. Caroline Bensborg 19, Port Christopher
L/CM. Chad Duquez 22, Quebec
CF. Lucio Sylvestre 28, Braziliana
CF. Ross Renshaw 18, Schottia

-subs-
GK. Thomas Ireland 28, Schottia
LB. Rémi Niel 19, Gadirya
CB. Danny Ocana 33, Port Christopher
DM. Kenneth Dodge 34, Cosumar
CF. Jakob Nelsen 25, Semarland

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Blue Coast probably shocked everyone, including themselves, when they lifted the SL-VIII title last season, defeating the seemingly unstoppable Pirates in the final by a goal to nil. They topped that off with a run to the group stages of the Globe Cup for the first time, in what was altogether a very successful first season in charge for Jan Markus Hellensen. We know Coast aren’t exactly short of a bob or two, but their policy over the last few seasons has been to work with what they have, after having their fingers burnt in the past on some white elephants. With that in mind, the signings of Rémi Niel and Alisander Seip won't exactly have replica shirt sails rocketing, but what Hellensen has been doing seems to work. There are still a couple of monoliths in this side, a hangover from their big spending past: Pearl Endicott, for example, is a very capable young keeper, who has a great command of her area. Also Fleftic international Claire Osgood, and Brazilaina's Lucio bring both experience and quality to this side. Of the new generation, Semarlandic centre-back, Akachi Okwu, has proven himself to be strong at the back alongside Luis Felipe; while Chad Duquez and Carloine Bensborg bring some flair to the wide areas. Chain-smoking, borderline-overweight, Quebecois winger Duquez, might look like he's been dragged out of one of the island's 24-hour nightclubs and shoved in a Blue Coast top - but don't let his appearance fool you, he was a massive player for them last season. Through the middle, the combination of Paula Morton and Evelyn Conjure worked very well last time round, with the very steady Nepharim lending some experience to one of the rising stars of Schottic football. Alongside the clubs top scorer Lucio, expect the duties to be shared between Jakob Nelsen, and Schottic teenager Ross Renfrew, who was originally brought in by Barry Gorman as a 15-year-old. It's hard to say how far they can go this season, but Hellensen has put together a fairly balanced side, who can definitely give some teams a fright.

Prediction: 2nd.

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Sarrburgh Town
Stadium: John Cooper Park, 7,000
Average attendance: 3,414
Manager: Harry Farnmoun
Colours: Red and white checks
Location: Sarrburgh
Nick name: The Boys
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GK. Scott Torrence 26, Port Christopher
RB. Ilya Sjeckelina 31, Estenia
LB. Aliye Akbaş 27, Port Christopher
CB. Kiko Darret 24, Port Christopher
CB. James Del Vertio 38, Port Christopher (c)
RM. Samid Khren 21, Port Christopher
LM. Christian Wallace 31, Maretta
CM. Hector Berg 31, Port Christopher
CM. Len Oban 33, Port Christopher
CF. Adam Llava 33, San Llera
CF. Tsuritsa Zinograni 18, Unified Sunrise Islands

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GK. Jake Toonmouth 30, Port Christopher
RB. Graham Sales 30, Port Christopher
CF. Becky Munroe 28, Port Christopher

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Formerly one of the Island's "big-three" alongside New Dundee and the Pirates, in the Super-League era Sarrburgh have lacked the money and wealthy backers, which have seen them reduced to a lower half of the table side. That laid to one side, The Boys still have a decent team, and won't be embarrassed in many games. For too long they have been accused of relying on San Lleran, Adam Llava, for goals, so the 33-year-old has some help this season in the form of Tsuritsa Zinograni. The aggressive little striker has been compared to Schottic internationalist Corinne Martel-Burns, and should prove a handful in the Super-League. The highly experienced midfield of Hector Berg and Len Oban should also hold its own - while neither of these former internationals have the legs anymore, they still have all of their wits. And in the wide areas, Marretan winger Christian Wallace, and local boy Samid Khren aren't afraid to get forward and support the attack. Sarrburgh have always been strong at the back, and in particular they look to veteran captain James Del Vertio for inspiration. Now 38, he was a key player for the Christopherians in the last World Cup. Finally, Scott Torrance is arguably one of the best goal keepers in the league, and since switching nationalities to Port Christopher, he has added international experience to his résumé. Sarrburgh would be very disappointed not to make the play-offs, and a win there could easily see them earn the Globe Cup spot their fans have been so desperate to see for so long.

Prediction: 8th.

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New Dundee Star
Stadium: Town Stadium, 11,000
Average attendance: 8,831
Manager: Dane Stewart
Colours: Green and white
Location: New Dundee
Nick name: The Stars
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GK. Jordi Porra 21, Felix
RB. Elliot Thompson 28, Port Christopher
LB. Matthew Haarsen 35, Port Christopher
CB. Emiliana Rizzuto 22, Osarius
CB. Enrique Villabolos 29, Batto Vitolo
RM. Ed Santos 28, Port Christopher
LM. Ephraim Kirillov 26, Polkopia
CM. Sigrun Kannis 26, Nephara
CM. Dietmar Koenig 33, Port Christopher (c)
ACM. Stella Watson 19, Port Christopher
CF. Ross Jameson 30, Port Christopher

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GK. James Quinn 30, Port Christopher
CB. Tristan Quade 34, Port Christopher
RM. Ian Bartts 29, Port Christopher
LM. Henry Arounalle 31, Port Christopher
CF. Ouissal Tahar 26, Schottia

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The Stars are one of only three sides to be crowned Super-League champions back in SL-III. It has helped them earn a reputation as one of the league's top sides, and to be fair, they have an outside chance of repeating that feat here. Manager Dane Stewart has done well with a limited budget, and is far more reliant on attendances to generate resources, as opposed to investment. For that reason, the $800,000 spent of Pirates starlet Stella Watson, will be seen as a statement of intent from the club. Stuck behind the likes of Boötia, Onasi, and Melue at her former club, Watson was desperate to get some first team football under her belt, after being called up to the national team for the last World Cup. The entire situation in Port Christopher is still very touchy, and that may have had some factor in her move to Jim Reid's former club. Watson slots into a midfield alongside captain Dietmar Koenig, Sigrun Kannis, Ephraim Kirillov, and Ed Santos. Koenig and Kannis are both strong, box-to-box players, who like to get stuck in - while Santos and Kirillov provide some balance to the side, with their darting runs up and down the wide areas. Former Project +90 star Jordi Porra starts in goals for the Stars, with a back four of Thompson, Haarsen, Rizzuto, and Villabolos in front of him. It's pretty much a four-four-two, with a good blend of experience and youthful exuberance, and should stand the Stars in good stead. They will make the play-offs without a shadow of a doubt, and are one of only four or five sides who have any chance of winning it.

Prediction: 4th

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New St Johns
Stadium: High School Ground, 9,000
Average attendance: 2,793
Manager: John Defretua
Colours: Black and white stripes
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Saints
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GK. Donald Gordon 33, Port Christopher
RB. Anderiz 27, Port Christopher
LB. Darian Creek 22, Port Christopher
CB. Karri Loikkanen 30, Polkopia
CB. Michael Campbell 23, Port Christopher
RM. Jose Almedro 32, Port Christopher
LM. Tom Popescu-Black 29, Port Christopher
CM. Kris Scott 33, Schottia
CM. Sam Tomlin 27, Schottia
SS. Conner Orton 30, Port Christopher
CF. Boyd Johannesen 33, Audioslavia


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GK. Fiona Fife 25, Port Christopher
CB. Lena Lewis 32, Port Christopher
CB. David Home 33, Port Christopher
CM. Colin Glen 31, Port Christopher
L/RM. Terry Heeny 28, Port Christopher
CF. Josh Smot 31, Port Christopher

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New St Johns have been the one side that has seen the most ups and downs in the Super-League era. From second place and Globe Cup runs, to some truly dismal showings, it has been a bit of a rollercoaster. They have always has good pool of players to chose from and are well run, meaning that on occasion they have been able to punch well above their weight. Audioslavian striker Boyd Johannesen is the man who makes them tick, but at 33-year-old, he has perhaps seen better times. They also have a strong midfield with Schottians Kris Scott and Sam Tomlin in the middle, and former Christopherans Tom Popescu-Black and Jose Almedro left and right respectively. Centre-back Mike Campbell recently switched nationality and has represented Port Christopher at the Regionals, as has right-back Adirez. Experienced keeper Donald Gordon also has four caps to his name, and is a very safe pair of hands at the back. The Saints will make it into the play-offs but it's not going to be a walk in the park. They will undoubtedly end up with one of the tougher draws, so UICA qualification may be in the balance.

Prediction: 7th.

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Kelsy Merchants
Stadium: Kaesle Park, 6,500
Average attendance: 5,760
Manager: Johnas Bendt
Colours: Orange and blue
Location: Kelsy
Nick name: The Traders
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GK. Gregor Fleg 36, Port Christopher
RB. Hugo Rodgerio 31, Port Christopher
CB. Lara Dixon 32, Port Christopher
CB. Matthew Kholl 25, Schottia
LB. Mathias Mtiliga 26, Semarland
CM. Ellie Vogel 22, Mertagne
CM. Johnny Markus 18, Mercedini
CM. Miller Icacic 31, Port Christopher (c)
ACM. Akiko 25, Schottia
CF. Aurora Quiñones 22, Port Christopher
CF. Kaden Jones-Brown 30, Semarland

-subs-
GK. Billy Hauchette 33, Port Christopher
RWB. Dan Philips 25, Port Christopher
LWB. Steve Wallace 29, Port Christopher
RM. Ale Rousen 26, Port Christopher
CF. David Sol 22, Port Christopher

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Arguably the best Kelsy side to date, if they are going to win the play-offs, it has to be now or never. The club are incredibly popular in their small home town, with almost the entire population turning up for home matches; and this has often got the over the line in the past. After surprising a few people in making the Globe Cup group stage last time round, they haven’t stood still, and the additions two new players in the close-season will help them strike on from there. Mercedinian kid, Johnny Markus, is by all accounts a very decent player, and should fit in well alongside the experiences Icacic, and last season's club player of the year, Ellie Vogel. In defence, Laura Dixon joins from the Willox Street Pirates after a very public falling out with the club's owner, and her international experience will be an added bonus. There, she will join Schottian carthorse Matthew Kholl, right-back Hugo Rodgerio, and the somewhat tricky Mathias Mtiliga. In attack, as ever, the main threat will come from enigmatic Schottian, Akiko. The phrase blowing hot and cold could have been invented just for her, but when she is blowing hot, defenders better look out. In front of her the ever so slightly more predictable Aurora Quiñones is a reliable source of goals, and cards for simulation - and Semar, Kaden Jones-Brown, has previously captained a side to the top of the now defunct R49. Kelsy will be in the play-offs, and you would say anything lower than fourth in the league stage would be seen as a very poor season for them. If however, they manage to get everything to click into place, then they will be pushing the Pirates and Coast all the way.

Prediction: 3rd.

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San Marco Storm (Formerly Tralend)
Stadium: Mark Del Cemny Stadium, 2,500
Average attendance: 2,269
Manager: Catherine Sedgewick (NPH)
Colours: Blue and green
Location: Tralend, San Marco
Nick name: The Storm
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GK. Knut Kanu-Larsberg 20, Semarland
RB. Jasper Fallon 31, Brenecia
LB. Marko Hillar 28, Vormsi (Schottia)
CB. Robert Wessel 34, Port Christopher
CB. Owen Belter 30, Schottia
RM. Kira Nirie 21, Central Sunrise Islands
LM. Michael Orden 31, Port Christopher
CM. Lazarus Stockard 31, Nephara
CM. Gary Erwin 27, Port Christopher
CF. Chris Abaroa 23, Port Christopher
CF. Peter Wiggins 31, Taeshan (c)

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GK. Grant Vos 26, Port Christopher
RB. Mark Corbie 24, Port Christopher
RM. Xander Keely 31, Port Christopher
CF. Drent Pettly 32, Port Christopher
CF. Gighi Feltern 25, Port Christopher

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Local entrepreneur Mark Del Cemny bought out the rights to Tralend and the playing contracts at the end of last season, making them the island's latest millionaire's plaything. The club have been rebranded, given a cash injection, and now San Marco Storm will be looking to take the Super-League by... well... storm. Over the summer we've looked on with a mixture of anticipation and puzzlement, as players have come and gone - however, the end result doesn't seem too wide off the mark. Marquee signing is former Taeshani captain Peter Wiggins, who was no doubt attracted more by the salary than he was the club's reputation. He will play alongside former Pirates striker Chris Abaroa, who has three Port Christopher caps to his name, and whose lively running can certainly make an impact. In midfield, Kira Nirie obviously retains her place after a great season last year, as does Christopheran squad player Gary Erwin. Alongside Erwin in the centre, Lazarus Stockard has a lot of experience playing in the second tier of Nepharim football, and hopefully can contribute something at this level. It is all change at the back however, with veteran defender Robert Wessel tempted out of retirement, playing alongside Owen Belter, signed from Lammerton for $750K in a club record transfer. Experienced right back Jasper Fallon joins from Southern Star, and the impressive Vormsian left back, Marko Hillar keeps his place after coming over from Tralend. In goals, giant Semar, Knut Kanu-Larsberg, has represented his country at U19 level, and you would imagine he would be up to standards of the Super-League. So with the stadium given a bit of a spruce up, some eye-catching new strips, and seven new first team players, it's going to be interesting to see what happens. Probably not ready for a title bid just yet, but Catherine Sedgewick seems like a canny manager, and if she can get the most out of these players, then the Globe Cup is not totally out of the question.

Prediction: 6th.

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Christopheran Porty
Stadium: Argets Stadium, 3,500
Average attendance: 1,657
Manager: Dennis Bruce
Colours: Sky blue
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Porty, CP
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GK. Jim Dickson 33, Port Christopher
RB. Rian Corrello 20, Port Christopher
LB. Davy Sexton 27, Port Christopher
CB. Patrick Farnmout 33, Port Christopher
CB. Lewis Skillen 31, Port Christopher
RM. John Johnston 30, Port Christopher
LM. Janus Carnellias 28, Port Christopher
DM. Jack Cordoba 37, Port Christopher (c)
CM. Annie Telford 33, Port Christopher
CF. Vince Smith 22, Port Christopher
CF. Tim Corner 33, Port Christopher

-subs-
GK. Francis Penny 33, Port Christopher
CB. Jack Gentrie 34, Port Christopher
CM. Seeäna 29, Port Christopher
RM. Mitch Coroner 26, Port Christopher

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Set up by Port Sebastian supporting immigrants, CP have been a permanent feature of football on the islands for over a hundred years now. Bizarrely, until 1982, the clubs official policy was that all players had to support Port Sebastian in order to have a contract with the club. (How they determined this, we are not sure.) There is not really an awful lot to report: the team normally operate with a very small pool of local players, most of whom have been with them their whole career. Key to CP always keeping their heads above water is most likely the fact that they have all been together for so long, and know what needs to be done to grind out results. Midfield pairing of Jack Cordoba and Annie Telford have been the nucleus of this team for over a decade now, and despite a lack of real quality, very little gets past them. Strike force of Tim Corner and Vince Smith are decent, but not mind-blowing, and they are normally worth fifteen goals a season between them. In terms of whom they have coming through, young Rian Corrello is one to watch, with her pace down the right hand side. Making the play-offs will be their target, but with Tralend becoming San Marco Storm, CP are now very much outnumbered in this league.

Prediction: 9th.

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Kirston Eagles
Stadium: Roston Dytes, 2,000
Average attendance: 928
Manager: Steve White
Colours: Blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Eagles.
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GK. Fred Wood 41, Port Christopher
RB. Dane Stein 24, Port Christopher
LB. Rab Harris 33, Port Christopher
CB. Grant Campbell 31, Port Christopher
CB. Caprius Pria 26, San Llera
CM. Derius Antonine 31, Port Christopher
CM. Chris Diales 22, Port Christopher
CM. Amy Shemp 28, Schottia
ACM. Moritz Wessel 34, Port Christopher
CF. Alex Peterson 33, Port Christopher
CF. Jaden Ross 34, Maretta (c)

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GK. Vincent Jackson 36, Port Christopher
CB. Ross Horner 30, Port Christopher
CF. Angus Crawford 34, Port Christopher

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What's this, signings? Surely not I hear you say, but in actual fact, the Eagles have strengthened their team for the first time in years. The little bit of tv money must be making adifference, as they have been able to offer contracts to New Dundee Stars' legend Moritz Wessel, and former Tralent striker Alex Paterson. Wessel's pace may be shot to ribbons, but he is still a talented player, and one of the former greats of Christopheran football. Paterson has long been the one who came up with the goals for Tralend, and he will slot in alongside club captain Jaden Ross in the attack. Other players to look out for include Amy Shemp, who has a bit of quality about her, and San Lleran Caprius Pria, who is a surprisingly good centre back for a club at this level. The Eagles are really just here to make up the numbers, and with no shortage of moneyed, middle aged men wanting to play real life football manager - and the Super-Leagues shockingly unprotectionist policies - you would imagine that long term, the writing is on the wall.

Prediction: 10th.

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Newport Sirens
Stadium: The James Williams Arena, 24,000
Average attendance: 7,498
Manager: Neil Scarton (SCH)
Colours: Black and white
Location: Newport
Nick name: The Sirens.
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GK. David Benning 27, Shalum
RB. Tamara Rosenbauer 25, Nephara
LB. Tom Blantan 30, Schottia
CB. Louise Kaltsas 29, Brenecia
CB. Donald Nesbit 23, Schottia
RM. Deek Rotter 23, Schottia
LM. Acacia García 23, Port Christopher
CM. Karen Seywel 31, Schottia (C)
CM. Sisu Cassidy 19, Qasden
CF Nik Konstidios 28, Schottia
CF. Lupa Na'Bengna 25, Cosumar

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GK. Desmond Duncan 22, Schottia
LB. Jasmine Bartley21, Schottia
RM. Tom Fraktone 32, Port Christopher
CM. Mia Huntly-Cooper 28, Port Christopher
CF. Olivia Serra 22, Port Christopher
CF. Liam Douglas 27, Port Christopher


Another new side, just in their fourth season for that mater, the Sirens seem to have settled in well to life in the Super-League. From the newly build east coast resort of Newport, they are steadily gaining a decent following. In terms of support they are now the third largest club, with runs in the Globe Cup no doubt helping with that. They have a very solid team throughout, with former Handon United boss Neil Scarton making his mark. The strike force of Nik Konstidios, and Lupa Na'Bengna seems to work well, with two big physical players, the former having been capped nine times for Schottia. In the midfield there is plenty of pace and energy from Adam Garcia and Deek Rotter, with wily fox Karen Seywel in the centre. They are joined this season by young Qasden midfielder, Sisu Cassidy, who can hopefully give them with even more of an edge in the attacking third. Defensively, they also have strength and balance, with the likes of Donald Nesbit, Louise Kaltsas, and former SPL winner Tom Blantan. Former Nepharim +90 right-back Tamara Rosenbauer has also settled in settled in well, becoming a valuable member of the back line. In goals Schottia's Desmond Duncan has been tipped as a future NT cap, so we will need to watch that space. All in all, they have everything they need at their disposal to push the teams at the top, and they have as much chance as any of them. You would have to say however, looking at the squad, that they are maybe missing that one standout player they would need to win the title.

Prediction: 5th.
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Due to the shorter Christopheran footballing calendar, the UICA qualifiers take place before the start of the season.

Champions' Cup - Second Preliminary Round
(SCT) Lammerton 3-0 Willox Street Pirates

It's doubtful whether anyone saw this result coming, as Schottia and Port Christopher geared up for a big derby match in the second round of Champions' Cup qualifying. Lammerton were simply too good for the Pirates, as their players struggled to settle into the game. It might only be one game in, but this result will have already put pressure of manager Jimmy Mitchel, with qualification now looking extremely doubtful.

Globe Cup - Second Preliminary Round
New Dundee Star 5–0 Lions PC (FET)

While The Pirates suffered a humiliating result in Schottia, there were no such problems for the Stars, as they smashed five past Lions FC. Dane Stewart's players looked better in every department, as Ross Jameson (2), Ephraim Kirillov, Stella Watson, and Sigrun Kannis made light work of the visitors. After some very decent performances last season, New Dundee will be feeling optimistic about the prospects of making the group stage for the first time.

Champions' Cup - Second Preliminary Round
Willox Street Pirates 0-3 Lammerton (SCT)

If Willox Street thought it couldn't get any worse, then they were in for a fright, as Lammerton repeated their feat in Schottia, with a 3-0 hammering in the City. There was a palpably hostile atmosphere in the stadium, as the temperatures soared, and the Pirates ran out of steam.

Globe Cup - Second Preliminary Round
(FET) Lions PC 1-0 New Dundee Star
New Dundee kept calm and saw out the result, a 1-0 defeat at Lions PC, not putting them under any real pressure. The 5-1 aggregate score line, meant that the Stars progressed comfortably to the second round.

Champions' Cup - Third Preliminary Round
(DKI) Sporting Endoshi 1–3 Blue Coast 1981

Blue Coast entered the fray in the Champions' Cup this week, finding themselves the island's only remaining representatives. First up for them was a trip to Damukuni, to face champions, Sporting Endoshi. We weren’t 100% sure how this one would go, but Jan Markus Hellensen's side looked very impressive, as they cruised to a 3-1 win on the road. A stunning free kick for Chad Duquez opened the scoring for Coast, before a double from Lucio Sylvestre, late in the second half, gave them all three points.


Globe Cup - Third Preliminary Round
Kelsy Merchants 2–0 Dyno Ambers (RAK)
(MZY) Kirayuki Rangers 1–0 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 2–1 Niesburg Chariots (ARN)
(AZA) Larmana 1–1 Willox Street Pirates

Almost half of the entire island were in sporting action tonight, as Port Christopher's remaining sides took to the stage in the Globe Cup. Kelsy were first up, as they took on Dyno Ambers. Johnny Markus played Aurora Quiñones through for the opener, and the Merchants made it two shortly before the end, as Kaden Jones-Brown headed home an Akiko freekick from close range. For The Sirens, they had to endure a frustrating evening in Kirisaki, as they lost 1-0 to Kirayuki Rangers. New Dundee Star, by contrast, were narrow winners, as Stella Watson's late goal gave them a 2-1 win at home to Niesburg Chariots. And finally the Willox Street Pirates continued to look flat-footed, as this time they needed a late goal from Cenian teenager Marc-André Onasi to help them salvage a point at Larmana.

Champions' Cup - Third Preliminary Round
Blue Coast 1981 1-1 Sporting Endoshi (DKI)

With most of the hard work out of the way, Coast needed keep their concentration, and not do anything crazy, as they welcomed Sporting to San Marco for the return leg. After a somewhat difficult start where they went a goal down in the opening ten minutes, Chad Duquez and Ross Renshaw combined to good effect, the latter pouncing the head home the former's cross, to level the scores. Coast were then able to hold strong, with Conjure and Paula Morton proving tough nuts to crack in the centre of the pitch. The 4-2 aggregate win put the San Marco side just two matches away from sensationally sealing qualification to the Champions' Cup.

Globe Cup - Third Preliminary Round
(RAK) Dyno Ambers 1-0 Kelsy Merchants
Newport Sirens 2-1 a Kirayuki Rangers (MZY)
(ARN) Neisburg Chariots 1-2 New Dundee Star
Willox Street Pirates 3-0 Larmana (AZA)

The fate of four Super-League clubs hung in the balance this week, with none of the island's Globe Cup hopefuls home and dry. Kelsy were up first, defending a 2-0 lead as they made the trip to play Dyno Ambers. While the Traders went down 1-0 on the night, the result was still enough to see them safely through. There was less good fortune for Newport however, as despite a 2-1 win over Kiriskian side Kirayuki Rangers, they hobbled out on away goals. New Dundee Star finished the job they started against Neisburg Chariots, with another 2-1 victory. Stella Watson, and Ross Jameson got the important goals there, in a strong second half performance. And a second half double form Boötia secured a comfortable win or the Pirates. Yunji it was who grabbed the third, as they smoothly negotiated Larmana at the Willox Street Stadium.

Champions' Cup - Play off Round
(AVN) Golden Eagles 1–2 Blue Coast 1981

Terranean League East club, Golden Eagles, were all that stood between Blue Coat and a little bit of history this week, but coming from one of the world's fastest growing leagues, it was going to be no easy task. Despite a slow start from the visitors they managed to draw first blood in this tie, however. Ross Renshaw did well to turn home a Claire Osgood cross, before Lucio struck late to give the Seasiders a vital away win.

Globe Cup - Play off Round
(WGA) Arlington Crew 2–1 Willox Street Pirates
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 Ashton Olympic (KRY)
New Dundee Star 1–0 FC Kaldukosic (COS)

The Pirates continued to falter this week, with another shock defeat at Arlington Crew. A goal from Logan Murdoch in the second half was not enough, as their West Angolan opponents ran out 2-1 winners. Kelsey Merchants also left themselves with it all to do, as 0-0 draw at home to Krytenian side Ashton Olympic meant that they were chasing some sort of a result in the return leg. Finally the Stars helped to instil a little optimism, as their 1-0 win over Kaldukosic in Cosumar gave them a good chance of making the qualifying round.

Champions' Cup - Play off Round
Blue Coast 1981 1-0 Golden Eagles (AVN)

A truly massive day for Blue Coast (and Port Christopher for that matter), as years of big spending has finally paid off. In what was a tight, composed performance in San Marco, Coast finished the job they started in the Avon Islands. A curling strike from Chad Duquez deflected in past the keeper just before half time, to book the club a place in the Champions Cup for the first time.

Globe Cup - Play off Round
Willox Street Pirates 1-1 Arlington Crew (WGA)
(KRY) Ashton Olympic 1-2 Kelsey Merchants
(COS) FC Kaldukosic 1-0 Dundee Star (AET 1-1)

It was the end of the road this week for Willox Street Pirates, and manager Jimmy Mitchel too, as they limped out of UICA completion with a 1-1 draw against Arlington Crew. A fantastic strike form Marc-André Onasi looked to have been enough for them, but a late goal meant that one of the island's longest running managerial stewardships came to an end. There was better luck for Kelsy Merchants though, as they produced an impressive 2-1 win in Krytenia; the kind of result that showed a real statement of intent. Young Mercedinian, Johnny Markus, got the ball rolling with a well taken strike after fifteen minutes, before Akiko rifled home the second to give the side a comfortable lead. New Dundee are also through, but it was in dramatic fashion, as they needed an extra time goal from Ouissal Tahar to settle the outcome.

Globe Cup - Qualifying Round
New Dundee Star 1–0 Real Jraxville (OSR)
(DAI) Marvel Team 2–0 Kelsy Merchants

And then there were two. New Dundee Star and Kelsy Merchants both faced tough opposition this week, in a bid to make the Globe Cup proper. The Stars hosted Real Jraxville, in what looked set to be one of their toughest tests, however, an Ephraim Kirillov goal on the stroke of half time was enough to give them the win against the run of play. For Kelsy, it was a very different story, as their trip to Dainer turned sour. Going down 2-0 to Marval Team will meant that they had it all to do in the return game.

Globe Cup - Qualifying Round
(OSR) Real Jraxville 1-1 New Dundee Star
Kelsy Merchants 0-1 Marvel Team (DAI)

There were mixed fortunes this week as the final places in the Globe Cup group phase were decided. New Dundee Star continued their impressive run with a 1-1 draw in Osarius, meaning they made the tournament proper for the first time. For Kelsy however, they were once again second best, as an away goal from the Marvel Team proved too much to overcome.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
Blue Coast 1981 3-3 Rozelle (BRE)

There were a lot of eyes on Coast as they took on Brenecian big hitters Rozelle. It was going to be a massive test for Markus Hellensen's side as they debuted on the big stage. It wasn't necessarily the best performance form the San Marco side, but on a night where the temperatures reached the thirties, they managed to force a draw against their higher ranked opponents. There were good performances once again from Conjure and Duquez in the midfield, while Lucio proved to have his scoring boots on upfront, bagging a double. While there were chances to win the game, Hellensen will no doubt be happy with this start.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
(EFL) RGS Athletic 3-0 New Dundee Star

There was much less to cheer about for New Dundee, however, as they were taken apart by Eastfielder side RGS Athletic. Despite the excitement surrounding this opening fixture, the Super-League side were forced to go home with their tails between their legs.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
(VIL) Turoki Tide 3-0 Blue Coast 1981

Matchday two of the Champions' Cup, and suddenly things weren't going too well for Coast, as they ended up on the wrong end of a 3-0 hammering at Turoki Tide. It was a difficult evening from start to finish, as the Christopherans were run ragged by their vastly more experienced opponents. A deflected header from Claire Osgood was the closest they came to pulling a goal back

Globe Cup - Group Phase
New Dundee Star 1-2 Loconstead United (ETN)

On the face of it, it would appear that Port Christopher's sides have found themselves out of their depth, with New Dundee Star going down 2-1 to Ethanian side Loconstead United. Dane Stewart's players were unable to make use of home advantage, as they now have a mountain to climb if they hope to make it out of the group.

SL-IX
Kirston Eagles 1–3 Willox Street Pirates
Christopheran Porty 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
New Dundee Star 1–1 New St Johns
Sarrburgh Town 1–1 Newport Sirens
Blue Coast 1981 3–0 San Marco Storm

The Super-League IX got up and running this week, and we got a first look at new side San Marco Storm as they took on reigning champs Blue Coast. It turned out to be a bit of a Baptism of Fire for Catherine Sedgewick's players though, as they went down 3-0 at the Ocean Shores Stadium. Pick of the bunch was a rare volley from Caro Bensborg, who latched onto a cross from debutant Alisander Seip, to rifle the ball past Knut Kanu-Larsberg. There were some flashes of good play from Storm, but on the whole they looked like what they were - a bunch of players who had only just met. The Willox Street Pirates, under interim manager John McCann, got over their UICA blues with a very comfortable win at Kirston Eagles. The league champions, got over an early fright after Alex Peterson putting the Eagles ahead, with goals from Onasi, Nancy Peterson, and Bronte turning the tie. There was also a win for the much fancied Kelsy Merchants, who had Ellie Vogel to thank for a 1-0 win over Christopheran Porty - the Martegni midfielder finding the net with a 20-metre effort just before half time.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
(EUR) Ulsa 3-0 Blue Coast 1981

The nightmare continued for Blue Caost, as they were dealt another big blow at the hands of Euran side Ulsa. Back-to-back 3-0 defeats in the Champions' Cup was not the kind of start Markus Hellensen would have been looking for, as this competition has perhaps proved to be a bridge too far.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
New Dundee Star 3-1 Mierton Manatees (TAE)

The Stars managed a much better showing however, as they recorded a 3-1 win over Mierton Manatees. Ross Jameson scored one either side of half time, and there was also a goal for Sigrun Kannis, as the former Nephara +90 product put in a player-of-the-match performance.

SL-IX
Willox Street Pirates 1–3 San Marco Storm
Newport Sirens 0–5 Blue Coast 1981
New St Johns 2–1 Sarrburgh Town
Kelsy Merchants 0–2 New Dundee Star
Kirston Eagles 0–0 Christopheran Porty

The massive upset this week, as in the lunchtime kickoff, where San Marco Storm inflicted a 3-1 defeat on the Pirates at the Willox Street Stadium. Perhaps we had written the new-boys off too quickly, as they easily looked a match for their more experienced opponents. Former Taeshani international, Peter Wiggins, put Storm ahead after only six minutes, turning in a cross from Kira Nirie. A Robert Wessel header, from a Nirie corner then made it two just before half time. The Pirates pulled one back in the second half, as Yunji pounced to turn in an Onasi pass, but the visitors had the final say as Wiggins grabbed his second ten minutes from time. Blue Coast are showing absolutely no signs of struggling domestically however, as their 5-0 win over Newport Sirens showed. Shalumite keeper David Benning was given a torrid time in the home goals, with Lucio (2), Renshaw, Conjure, and Duquez all on target for the champions. The Sirens just seemed to look at sixes and sevens, as literally every Coast attack put them under pressure at the back. New Dundee carried on their good form from the Globe Cup this weekend, as they recorded an important win over close rivals Kelsy. A fantastic strike from the edge of the area gave Ephraim Kirillov a first goal of the season, as he broke the deadlock. Teenager, Stella Watson, then rounded off a great week for her side, with a brilliant solo effort for two.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
Blue Coast 1981 2-1 Ulsa (EUR)

A very impressive fortnight for Blue Coast got even better, as Ulsa seemed to fall flat at the Ocean Shores Stadium. Whatever happens now, the San Marco side will see this as a good introduction to the Champions' Cup, as goals from Lucio and Akachi Okwu gave them a famous win.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
(TAE) Mierton Manatees 3-1 New Dundee Star

New Dundee were, however, unable to recreate their victory over Mierton Manatees as they returned to Taeshan. A goal from Deitmar Koenig proved insufficient, as the Stars found themselves somewhat outclassed.

SL-IX
Christopheran Porty 0–4 Willox Street Pirates
New Dundee Star 5–1 Kirston Eagles
Sarrburgh Town 2–0 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 4–0 New St Johns
San Marco Storm 1–0 Newport Sirens

The Pirates suddenly find themselves a club in crisis, so a 4-0 away win over CP will have come as a welcome relief to interim manager John McCann. The Pirates looked close to their very best, with Logan Murdoch using all his experience to put in a commanding performance in the middle of the pitch. Nancy Peterson (2), Boötia, and Marc-André Onasi scored the goals, which gave the players some much needed breathing space. Not to be bested, Blue Coast recorded an identical scoreline over New St Johns. Maverick midfielder Chad Duquez opened the scoring with a stinging effort, before a quick fire Ross Renfrew double gave them a very comfortable lead. Lucio rounded of the scoring from the penalty spot, after Caro Bensborg was brought down. For San Marco Storm, they made it two wins from two as Chris Abroa goal was enough to confine Newport to another defeat, his side looking set to be a force this season. Meanwhile Sarrburgh appear as if they may have unearthed a gem in the form of Tsuritsa Zinograni; the Sunriser was on excellent form as her double helped the Boys past a struggling Kelsy Merchants.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
Blue Coast 1981 0-4 Turoki Tide (VIL)

It was back down to earth with a thump for Blue Coast, as they suffered yet another heavy defeat. The 4-0 thumping they were handed by Turoki Tide, further underlined the gulf in class between the Super-League and some of the worlds top divisions.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
(ENT) Loconstead United 1-1 New Dundee Star

It was pretty much the end of the road for New Dundee also as they failed to create enough chances in Ethane, inevitably drawing with Loconstead United in the Globe Cup.

SL-IX
Willox Street Pirates 2–1 Newport Sirens
New St Johns 2–2 San Marco Storm
Kelsy Merchants 1–0 Blue Coast 1981
Kirston Eagles 2–5 Sarrburgh Town
Christopheran Porty 2–4 New Dundee Star

Blue Coast 1981 suffered a Champion's Cup hangover this weekend, as they lost 1-0 to Kelsy, their first domestic defeat of the season. The Merchants, to their credit, actually played exceptionally well, and they were certainly worth the victory. Johnny Markus and Ellie Vogel both performed well in the centre, while Kaden Jones-Brown pounced at the right time give the side all three points. Coast did have chances in this game, but lacked a sense of urgency in the final third. Willox Street Pirates took advantage of the slip up, by confining Newport to yet another defeat. McCann's side took the lead early on after Yunji hammered home a Bronte pass. The Sirens probably thought they'd earned themselves a share of the points when Nik Konstidios latched onto a flick on from Lupa Na'Bengna, but Daineri number-10, Boötia, had the final say, beating two players before finishing from close range. Tsuritsa Zinograni had another good game for Sarrburgh this week - although it was against Kirston Eagles - the Sunriser scored her second double in seven day, in what was a slightly one sided game. A strike from Mortiz Wessel in stoppage time made the scoreline look a little more respectable at 5-2.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
(BRE) Rozelle 4-2 Blue Coast 1981

The end of the line for Blue Coast. After what was certainly a valiant effort, it proved, perhaps, that the side lack the right kind of players to challenge at this level. Used to the shorter seasons in the Super-League, stamina was undoubtedly an issue, and Jan Markus Hellensen will need to go away and rethink things for next season.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
New Dundee Star 1-3 RGS Athletic (EFL)

It was the same for New Dundee Star, who were left deflated after a heavy defeat at the hands of Eastfielders, RGS Athletic. It will, however, have been a learning curve for Dane Stewart's side, who will have pocketed some much needed experience, as well as some extra funds.

SL-IX
New Dundee Star 1–1 Willox Street Pirates
Sarrburgh Town 0–2 Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 6–0 Kirston Eagles
San Marco Storm 1–1 Kelsy Merchants
Newport Sirens 3–1 New St Johns

Coast were back with a bang in this fixture, and Kirston Eagles would have perhaps been better off not turning up. They opened the scoring after only four minutes, as Evelyn Conjure slid the ball through for Caro Bensborg to score from close range. Ross Renfrew then made it two half way through the opening 45, heading in a Chad Duquez free kick, before a well-taken strike from Lucio made it three. In the second half Coast cranked up the pressure even further as Lucio scored his second, before Conjure and Duquez added two more late on to complete the demolition. Things couldn't have really went much better for Jan Markus Hellensen's side actually, with the match between the Pirates and New Dundee Star ending in a draw. The archrivals played out one hell of battle, with both midfields locking horns for much of the match. Tricky attacker Stella Watson gave New Dundee the lead in this match, but the visitors pulled level in the closing stages, as Yunji showed some great agility to prod Boötia's through ball past Jordi Porra to salvage a point. Newport Sirens got themselves up and running at long last, with a home win against fellow strugglers New St Johns. Deek Rotter opened the scoring after 17 minutes, with a strike curled in from the angle of the box, before Kris Scott pulled level for the visitors three minutes later. In the Second half, however, goals from Lupa Na'Bengna and captain, Karen Seywel gave Sirens something to cheer about for the first time this season.

SL-IX
Willox Street Pirates 6–0 New St Johns
Kelsy Merchants 1–0 Newport Sirens
Kirston Eagles 0–4 San Marco Storm
Christopheran Porty 0–5 Blue Coast 1981
New Dundee Star 0–0 Sarrburgh Town

The Pirates bounced back well this weekend, as they knocked the Saints for six at the Willox Street Stadium. The Pirates looked like everything was clicking into place for the first time this season - unfortunately, however, it is far later than they would have liked. Schiavonian winger, Banda Meluo, cracked one in from outside the box to open the scoring; before a nice piece of play from Nepharim veteran, Logan Murdoch, allowed Boötia to slip through for the second. In the second half, Marc-André Onasi shook of his maker to make it three. Then in a late flourish, Nancy Peterson (2) and Yunji found the net to round off a comprehensive victory. It was a similar case with Coast, who despite their Champions' Cup exit, seem to be in irresistible form domestically. Lucio had his scoring boots on once again, with a double in this match. While Renfrew, Morton, and Duquez were also in target for the Seasiders. Hellensen seems to have been able to raise the club up a level since taking over from Barry Gorman, installing work effort and resilience, where it had previously been missing. While on the topic of big scorelines, San Marco Storm smashed another four goals past the Kirston Eagles for no reply. Kira Nirie opened the scoring, after doing well to get on the end of a pass from Lazarus Stockard. Captain Peter Wiggins scored one either side of half time - the second from the penalty spot - to give Storm an unassailable lead. Finally, a well-taken header from former Pirates man, Chris Abaroa, completed the rout.

SL-IX
Sarrburgh Town 0–3 Willox Street Pirates
Blue Coast 1981 0–0 New Dundee Star
San Marco Storm 0–0 Christopheran Porty
Newport Sirens 0–0 Kirston Eagles
New St Johns 0–1 Kelsy Merchants

In what was an otherwise relatively low scoring week, The Willox Street Pirates made some headway with another impressive win, this time at Sarrburgh. Teenager, Marc-André Onasi, has really looked a cut above the rest of the pack at times this season, so it would have come as little surprise that it was he who opened the scoring. Northern Sunrser, Yunji, was on hand to convert a deflected effort from Boötia just before half time to make it 2-0; and substitute, Faith Bhukhwana's acrobatic effort rounded things off for the visitors. Elsewhere, it was hard to find much to get excited about. Kelsy got a much needed three points, thanks to an Akiko goal against New St Johns. However the other three matches all ended in 0-0 draws.

SL-IX
Willox Street Pirates 0–3 Kelsy Merchants
Kirston Eagles 1–4 New St Johns
Christopheran Porty 1–2 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 0–0 San Marco Storm
Sarrburgh Town 0–3 Blue Coast 1981

Just when they must have thought they were over the hump, Willox Street were hit with a sucker punch as the played host to Kelsy Merchants. The Traders look like a very solid team right now, and to be fair to them, they were well worth the victory, even if the scoreline was a little unexpected. Aurora Quiñones could be in line for a NT call-up during the regionals, and another two goals today underlined her potential. The 22-year-old scored her first thanks to a lay-off from Mercedini youngster Johnny Markus; and the second came as she left Codie del Sera for dead before slotting the ball under Melissa Cleeves. Akiko completed the shock result five minutes from the end with a fantastic strike, following what had been a quiet game. Coast took full advantage of the Pirates defeat as they stuck three of their own past a somewhat sluggish looking Sarrburgh. Ross Renfrew is producing the kind of form that might have him in line for a DBC call-up; he scored one and set up another, as he seemed to play with a confidence beyond his years. Newport Sirens, got a much-needed win too this week, leaving it late to beat CP 2-1 at The Argets Stadium. A Donald Nesbit header put the Sirens ahead in the first half, before Jack Cordoba pulled the home side level with eight minutes left on the clock. Schottia cap, Nik Konstidious came to the Sirens' rescue however, his close range effort bouncing under the helpless Jim Dickson deep into stoppage time.

SL-IX
Blue Coast 1981 0–2 Willox Street Pirates
San Marco Storm 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Newport Sirens 0–2 New Dundee Star
New St Johns 1–0 Christopheran Porty
Kelsy Merchants 2–1 Kirston Eagles

Pride often comes before a fall, and with Coast sensing a chance to deal a fatal blow to the Pirates at the Ocean Shores Stadium, they were inevitably given a shock. This was probably, actually, the best match Willox Street have played all season, and they looked a different class as they put a lot of pressure on the normally untouchable Coast midfield. Young Drawkish defender, Seon-Yann Slater, threw herself onto the end of a Boötia free kick for 1-0 on 36 minutes, after some good play by Logan Murdoch, drawing in the foul from country woman, Paula Morton. Coast had plenty of chances in the second half, and Melissa Cleeves had to be at her best to keep out a distance strike form Lucio with 15 minutes to go. The Pirates sealed the deal however, with late goal from Yunji, who reacted quickest to a loose ball to slot his strike past Pearl Endicott. Kelsy Merchants also took advantage of the result, which saw things tighten at the top of the table. They played host to Kirston, and while the visitors put up a very good fight, there was only ever going to be one winner. Veteran captain, Jaden Ross, cancelled out an earlier Akiko strike with a header Just on the hour mark. However, Semar, Kaden Jones-Brown, was on hand to slot in an Ellie Vogel pass with ten minutes to spare, to take all three points. New Dundee Star also had a fantastic result, winning 2-0 away to Newport. Stella Watson was once again on target for the Stars, and Ross Jameson grabbed the second, following some good build up play between Ephraim Kirillov and Sigrun Kannis.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Blue Coast 1981 9 6 1 2 26 3 +23 19
2 Willox Street Pirates 9 6 1 2 22 9 +13 19
3 Kelsy Merchants 9 6 1 2 10 6 +4 19
4 New Dundee Star 9 4 5 0 15 5 +10 17
5 San Marco Storm 9 4 4 1 12 7 +5 16
6 New St Johns 9 3 2 4 11 19 −8 11
7 Sarrburgh Town 9 2 2 5 9 14 −5 8
8 Newport Sirens 9 2 2 5 7 14 −7 8
9 Christopheran Porty 9 1 2 6 5 17 −12 5
10 Kirston Eagles 9 0 2 7 6 29 −23 2
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SL-IX
Willox Street Pirates 8–2 Kirston Eagles
Kelsy Merchants 3–1 Christopheran Porty
New St Johns 1–2 New Dundee Star
Newport Sirens 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
San Marco Storm 0–1 Blue Coast 1981

The Super-League has never been one to disappoint in terms of goals, with the teams normally making up for the relatively short season with some cutthroat attacking football. We were left wondering, this week, whether the Eagles should just give up, as their 8-2 thumping at the hands of the Pirates showed just how far the other sides are now ahead of them. The four goals from Osarian striker, Nancy Peterson, are what this game will be remembered for; as well as just how out of their depth the Eagles midfield looked up against Murdoch and Bronte. Cenian teenager also continued to impress in this match, scoring one, and setting up another two. Blue Coast, on the other hand, proved that a win is most certainly a win, as their single goal in the San Marco derby was enough to give them all three points. In what was a fairly rugged match, Lucio's powerful volley, fifteen minutes from time, was all that separated the two teams. Kelsy Merchants also kept themselves in the chase, with a 3-1 win over Christopheran Porty. Akiko was at her very best in this match, and there was also a strong performance from Ellie Vogel.

SL-IX
San Marco Storm 0–6 Willox Street Pirates
Blue Coast 1981 2–0 Newport Sirens
Sarrburgh Town 0–2 New St Johns
New Dundee Star 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
Christopheran Porty 4–0 Kirston Eagles

The Pirates have really come out of the blocks flying in the second half of the league phase, and they followed up their 8-2 win over Kirston with a jaw dropping 6-0 win over San Marco Storm. Storm seemed to have actually ticking over nicely this season, so being knocked for six will have come as something of a shock to many following the Super-League. The dynamic duo of Yunji and Peterson were both in fine form up front yet again, with Boötia and Melue partially strong in the attacking midfield. Captain, Melissa Cleves has also shown herself to be a rock at the back this season, her save from Peter Wiggins on 12 minutes was a pivotal moment. Away from these dizzying scorlines, Blue Coast seem to be quietly going about their own business. Jan Markus Hellensen's players might be out of UICA competition, but they have been working their way, very convincingly, through the domestic field. Ross Renfrew curled an excellent strike past David Benning on 35 minutes to give his side the lead over Newport. Coast finished their opponents off later in the second half, after Claire Osgood's cross come shot rattled in off the back post. Finally, in what was billed as a very even match Kelsy prevailed by one goal to nil, as they paid a visit to New Dundee Star. A tantalising through ball from Akiko was tucked away by Aurora Quiñones for the only goal of the game.

SL-IX
Willox Street Pirates 0–0 Christopheran Porty
Kirston Eagles 0–4 New Dundee Star
Kelsy Merchants 2–1 Sarrburgh Town
New St Johns 1–4 Blue Coast 1981
Newport Sirens 1–3 San Marco Storm

The Pirates were brought back to earth with a thump this weekend, when they were shown that consistency is maybe the final ingredient they are lacking. Visitors, CP, simply parked the bus on their trip to the Willox Street Stadium, and as a result, the match ended in a slightly dull 0-0. There was only one side trying to win this one, but Jack Cordoba and Co. proved that they could still put up a fight at the back. Blue Coast didn't have the same problem, as their visit to New Saint Johns, saw them leave with a comfortable 4-1 win. Chad Duquez was a thorn the Saint's side for the entire match, and had a hand in two of the goals. All in all, it was a very composed display by the side from San Marco. In other matches, Kelsy edged an intense encounter with Sarrburgh, as Semar, Kaden Jones-Brown, scored the decisive goal five minutes from time. New Dundee Star scored four for no reply, as they became the latest side to take the Eagles apart. And finally, San Marco Storm got themselves back on track with a 3-1 win at Newport. Kira Nirie (2), and Peter Wiggins scored the goals, which help keep Storm well in the Play-offs hunt.

SL-IX
Newport Sirens 0–4 Willox Street Pirates
San Marco Storm 2–1 New St Johns
Blue Coast 1981 0–2 Kelsy Merchants
Sarrburgh Town 1–0 Kirston Eagles
New Dundee Star 1–0 Christopheran Porty

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for the Sirens, as manager Neil Scarton must be now contemplating his future. The Pirates continued their strange jekyll and hyde hide season, with the good doctor showing up this week in a 4-0 win. It seems when the Pirates are at their best, they are a very strong side indeed, goals from Boötia (2), Peterson, and Murdoch were just too much for the side from Newport. The Merchants also dealt an important blow this week, as they continued their very decent form with a 2-0 win at Coast. The league leaders looked very much out of shape as the Traders hit them in two decisive blows. Aurora Quiñones pounced on a Johnny Markus cross to make it 1-0, before a clever pass from Mathias Mtiliga allowed countryman, Kaden Jones-Brown, in to make it two. Storm were also in fine form this week, as they welcomed the somewhat Lacklustre Saints to the MDC Stadium. Lazarus Stockard was in the right place at the right time to give his side the lead, and after a Kris Scott equaliser early in the second half, Chris Abaroa was on hand to make it 2-1 late in the game.

SL-IX
Willox Street Pirates 3–3 New Dundee Star
Christopheran Porty 0–1 Sarrburgh Town
Kirston Eagles 0–2 Blue Coast 1981
Kelsy Merchants 1–1 San Marco Storm
New St Johns 1–1 Newport Sirens

We were treated to a real back and forth battle at the Willox Street Stadium this week, as the Pirate and old rivals, New Dundee, played out a 3-3 draw. During a match in which the lead changed hands several times, it seemed obvious that neither side were willing to budge an inch. Both defences were sorely tested, as we saw the best of what each team had to offer going forward. After being 2-0 down at one point, Star must have thought they had won it as Watson put them 3-2 up with five minutes to go. However, Gregor Borg was able to latch onto a Boötia corner in stoppage time to square the tie. It was a week where most of the other results went Coast's way, while they recorded a slightly less convincing win away to Kirston Eagles. The Super-League minnows have looked pretty sorry at times this season, but they dug their heels in during this match, and gave nothing away. In the end however, there was to be only one winner, as the reigning champions struck twice in the second half to take home all three points. Sarrburgh were the only other side to come out of this round of fixtures with a positive result. Teen sensation, Tsuritsa Zinograni, returning from a two-match suspension, converted a Christian Wallace cross to ensure they got the better of CP.

SL-IX
New St Johns 0–2 Willox Street Pirates
Newport Sirens 1–1 Kelsy Merchants
San Marco Storm 1–1 Kirston Eagles
Blue Coast 1981 7–0 Christopheran Porty
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 New Dundee Star

This week, it was the turn of Coast to dish out a drubbing, this time it was CP who were on the receiving end. A first half hat trick from Lucio put the match beyond Porty before they even got going, and things only got worse from there. Duquez skipped inside Rian Corrello to blaze a strike home for 4-0, before Caro Bensborg's cross was turned in at the back post by Ross Renfrew. Brazilianan, Lucio, and Evelyn Conjure added a sixth and seventh late on to round off a superb performance. The Willox Street Pirates remained hot on their tails however, with a 2-0 win away to New St Johns. Some eight thousand Pirates fans made the short trip to the High School Ground to take on the Super-League strugglers, and they were to be rewarded with a strong performance. The Pirates looked an entire league apart from their opponents, as they seem likely to be going into the Play-offs in good shape. Elsewhere, Newport and Kelsy played out a 1-1 draw, San Marco Storm found the going tougher than expected against Kirston, and New Dundee Star left it late to beat Sarrburgh 1-0.

SL-IX
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
New Dundee Star 0–0 Blue Coast 1981
Christopheran Porty 1–0 San Marco Storm
Kirston Eagles 0–2 Newport Sirens
Kelsy Merchants 4–4 New St Johns

The Pirates snuck their noses in front of Coast with a very hard won three points against Sarrburgh Town. The Boys threw everything at their old rivals, but it came down to superior firepower in the end. A punt forward from Logan Murdoch on the 79th minute set Marc-André Onasi through on goal, and the Cenian showed great composure to slide the ball under keeper Scott Torrance. With New Dundee Star and Blue Coast playing out a 0-0 draw, the San Marco side now have it all to do if they are going to secure the league-phase title, and with it, guarantee Champions' Cup football. While most of us would agree that they had the best season, it will count for nothing if they have a bad run of form going into the Play-offs. The Sirens have been a pale comparison of themselves this season, but there were definitely positives to be taken from their 2-0 win at Kirston. Sisu Cassidy opened the scoring for the Newport side, and Cosmarite striker Lupa Na'Bengna struck late in the game to give them a solid victory. Kelsy Merchants also missed an excellent chance this week, as they were pegged back twice late on, in a 4-4 draw with New St Johns.

SL-IX
Kelsy Merchants 1–1 Willox Street Pirates
New St Johns 1–1 Kirston Eagles
Newport Sirens 1–0 Christopheran Porty
San Marco Storm 3–1 New Dundee Star
Blue Coast 1981 3–2 Sarrburgh Town

Its going to be grandstand finish to this, the most competitive Super-League season in years, as a draw between Kelsy and the Pirates allowed Blue Coast back on top for the with one match to go. Of course, with the league leaders taking on the Pirates in the final fixture, anything can still happen. After a very composed start to the match, Willox Street must have thought they were on their way to another three points, after a hopeful ball forward from Tomas Nazario Silva sent Yunji through to open the scoring. Kelsy stuck to the task though, and despite a lot of Pirates pressure, the managed to salvage a draw thanks to an Akiko freekick. Blue Coast were in pole position, once more, but it was only after full blooded match with Sarrburgh Town. Young Tsuritsa Zinograni was once again on top form for the Boys, as was emerging winger, Samid Khren. However, the midfield combination of Conjure and Morton proved to be a cut above, and that extra punch in them centre helped to give Coast the edge. San Marco Storm continued to finish the season strongly, and they were most certainly the stronger of the two sides as they defeated the Stars 3-1. Wiggins was once again the star of the show, as his second half double ensured that Storm look set for a strong league finish in there debut season.

SL-IX
Willox Street Pirates 1–1 Blue Coast 1981
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 San Marco Storm
New Dundee Star 0–1 Newport Sirens
Christopheran Porty 0–3 New St Johns
Kirston Eagles 0–0 Kelsy Merchants

There were to be no great surprises in the final matchday, with a draw between Coast and the Pirates ensure that the best Kelsy could hope for was third. Given that a guaranteed Champions' Cup qualifiers spot was up for grabs, there was a strange lack of urgency in this match, and in the opening half hour, neither side threatened much. It in fact took a slightly dubious penalty decision on 50 minutes for the homes side to break the deadlock, as Yunji was brought down by Luis Felipe. The Northern Sunriser then stepped up himself, and tucked the ball away confidently, for his eleventh goal of the season. As the second half drew to a close, Coast seemed to get over their nervy start and upped their game. In the end they were able to pull level, as Schottia star Evelyn Conjure, played in countryman Ross Renfrew, to make it 1-1. There was little they could have done about it anyway, but Kelsy also spluttered towards the end, with Kirston Eagles managing to amass enough energy to keep them at bay in a 0-0 draw. In other results: Newport went out on a high, as a goal from Karen Seywel helped them to a 1-0 win over New Dundee Star. And it was a similar story for San Marco Storm, as Chris Abaroa's looping effort dipped just under Scott Torrance's crossbar to give his side a 1-0 at Sarrburgh.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Blue Coast 1981 18 12 3 3 46 9 +37 39 League Champions
2 Willox Street Pirates 18 11 5 2 48 16 +32 38 Play-Offs
3 Kelsy Merchants 18 10 6 2 25 15 +10 36 Play-Offs
4 New Dundee Star 18 8 7 3 27 14 +13 31 Play-Offs
5 San Marco Storm 18 8 6 4 23 20 +3 30 Play-Offs
6 Newport Sirens 18 6 4 8 15 25 −10 22 Play-Offs
7 New St Johns 18 5 5 8 25 35 −10 20 Play-Offs
8 Sarrburgh Town 18 4 2 12 14 25 −11 14 Play-Offs

9 Christopheran Porty 18 3 3 12 11 33 −22 12
10 Kirston Eagles 18 0 5 13 10 52 −42 5
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Play-Offs -- Quarterfinal
All matches played at a neutral venue.

Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Willox Street Pirates 4–1 New St Johns
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 Newport Sirens (0–0 AET) (4–2 pen.)
New Dundee Star 0–1 San Marco Storm

The top two were both through to the quarterfinal in straightforward fashion, with the Pirates in particular cruising home in their match with the Saints. Pick of the bunch was a Boötia free kick, in a second half as the Pirates really pushed home their advantage. For Coast it was less spectacular, but they all count. They met a very determined Sarrburgh side, who pressed them exceptionally hard for the full ninety minutes. However a goal from Lucio, ten minutes from the end, was enough to separate the sides, and send Markus Hellensen's team on their way. Kelsy versus Newport was a match in which neither side were willing to give anything away. Midfield stars, Akiko and Vogel, were quite for Kelsy early on, in a match which became dominated by the players at the back. Things went all the way to penalties, with Johnny Markus converting the spot kick that sent the Traders through. The final match was probably the toughest to call, with newcomers, San Marco Storm, taking on New Dundee Star. In a match where Dane Stewart's side probably had the better of the play, they found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 scorline as Kira Nirie's effort separated the two teams.


Play-Offs -- Semi-final
All matches played at a neutral venue.

Blue Coast 1981 2–0 San Marco Storm
Willox Street Pirates 3–2 Kelsy Merchants

The San Marco derby gave the first semi-final a more interesting spin, but in truth, it was a slightly one-sided affair. Coast definitely seemed like the side who were more used to the big occasion, and that reflected in the balance of play. Ross Renfrew scored the opener, thanks to a great pass from Paula Morton, as the Seasiders applied the pressure. Quebecois midfielder, Chad Duquez then put the match beyond Catherine Sedgewick's side with a left footed strike from the edge of the area, just after half time. The other semi was far closer, with Kelsy perhaps a little unlucky to lose out to the Pirates. There was a fascinating battle early on which Vogel and Markus actually seemed to be on the winning side of. However, the pace of up and coming Cenian winger Onasi, and Daneri playmaker Boötia, made the difference, as both players got themselves on the score sheet in the second half.


Play-Offs -- Third Place Match @ The Willox Street Stadium

San Marco Storm 0–4 Kelsy Merchants

The third place play off ended up being a little one sided, with the vastly more experienced Kelsy proving just too much for their far greener opponents. Goals from Kaden Jones-Brown and Aurora Quiñones in the opening fifteen minutes set a tone for the match. Later on Akiko pounced on a Miller Icacic pass to make it three, and Semar, Jones-Brown nabbed his second to ensure the Traders took the first Globe Cup spot. Storm will be slightly disappointed by the performance, but if someone had told Catherine Sedgwick at the start of the season that her team would have come fourth, I'm sure she would have taken it.


Super-Leage VIII Grand Final @ The James Williams Arena

Blue Coast 1981 2–2 Willox Street Pirates (2–2 AET) (1–3 pen.)

Three years running now, the Play offs final has been dominated by these sides. Going into the match it had all the makings of a classic final with the reigning champions, Coast, taking on five times champions, the Pirates. There has been very little between these two during the league-phase of the season, so as to which side would come out on top, was anyone's guess. Coast opened the scoring, with a Chad Duquez freekick turned in at the back post by Nepharim left-back, Alisander Seip. Willox Street responded well, however, and got themselves back on level terms, after Murdoch and Bronte combined well to set up Osarius striker Nancy Peterson. Straight after the restart though, the Seasiders had their noses in front again, this time in was Ross Renfrew who got on the end of an Evelyn Conjure through ball to fire past Melissa Cleves. As the match wore on the Pirates got more and more into the match, and they pulled level with a well taken Boötia strike fifteen minutes from time. With things all-square at the end of ninety minutes, we were headed for extra time, and after another goalless half hour, it was penalties. In the end, the Pirates prevailed, and lifted their sixth Super-League title, proof that money can in some part, buy success.


Champions Cup: Willox Street Pirates, Blue Coast 1981
Globe Cup: Kelsy Merchants, San Marco Storm, New Dundee Star (as highest League finishers, of the sides losing in the PO-QF


Awards

Player of the Year:

1st: Evelyn Conjure (BLC) Schottia
2nd: Logan Murdoch (WSP) Nephara
3rd: Chad Duquez (BLC) Quebec
4th: Marc-André Onasi (WSP) Ceni
5th: Boötia (WSP) Dainer
6th: Ellie Vogel (KES) Mertagne
7th: Kira Nirie (SMS) Central Sunrise Islands

Golden Boot:

1st: 17 Lucio (BLC) Braziliana
25 =2nd: 15 Nancy Patterson (WSP) Osarius | 15 Peter Wiggins (SMS) Taeshan
4th: 14 Yunji (WSP) Northern Sunrise Islands
=5th: 12 Ross Renshaw (BLC) Schottia

Young player of the year:

1st: Marc-André Onasi (WSP) Ceni
2nd: Ross Renshaw (BLC) Schottia
3rd: Samid Khren (SAR)
4th: Tsuritsa Zinograni (SAR) Unified Sunrise Islands
5th: Stella Watson (NDS)
6th: Johnny Markus (KES) Mercedini
7th: Sisu Cassidy (NPS) Qasden

Manager of the year:

1st: Jan Markus Hellensen (BLC) Semarland
2nd: Catherine Sedgewick (SMS) Nephara
3rd: John McCann (WSP) Schottia
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Five years ago, in a bid to make the league more competitive, a massive restructuring job took place, with the number of teams reduced to ten, and a play-offs system introduced. In a small territory of just over one million people, trying to sustain a league of twelve teams was often a bit of a stretch, and it lead to some ridiculous mismatches. The Super-League season is very short, and takes place during the winter months, when the temperatures are a little more bearable. last season we introduced new club, San Marco Strom, who bought over the Tralend Cooperative.





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Willox Street Pirates
Stadium: Willox Street stadium, 19,500
Average attendance: 12,218
Manager: Alvin Burnsides
Colours: Sky blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Pirates
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GK. Melissa Cleves 32, Brenecia (C)
CB. Tomas Nazario-Silva 23, Port Christopher
CB. Seon-Yann Slater 22, Drawkland
CB. Gregor Borg 25, Angliata
DM. Maeve Bronte 23, Port Christopher
CM. Logan Murdoch 37, Nephara
AMR. Marc-André Onasi 20, Ceni
AML/CF. Yunji 25, Northern Sunrise Islands
AMC. Boötia 26, Dainer
CF. Nancy Peterson 25, Osarius
CF. Soren Winterkorn 27, Cosumar

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GK. Cooper Granely 20, Port Christopher
CB. Codie Del Sera 24, Port Christopher
CM. Col Mullery 34, Brenecia
DMC. Milomir Savelievich 29, Polkopia
AML. Banda Meluo 24, Schiavonia
CF. Adan Zhivko 15, Port Christopher

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After a disastrous start to last season, which saw them crash out both the Champions' Cup and the Globe Cup, manager Jimmy Mitchel was given his marching order. His replacement, John McCann, was handed an interim role, and succeeded in hauling them over the line in the Super-League title race. In reward for his efforts he was, well... also sacked, as the board opted to bring in an experienced head in the form of ex Mallox boss, Alvin Burnsides. The Cosumarite opted to bring with him Soren Winterkorn, a player whom he plucked from the lower leagues in his homeland, but never really cut the mustard with Mallox. Despite their patchy season, Burnsides actually inherits a pretty decent team, with Cenian winger Marc-André Onasi in particular earning rave reviews last season. Logan Murdoch might be getting on in years, but the shorter seasons in Port Christopher seem to have prolonged the Nepharim international's career, and he is an influential presence in the centre of the park. The attacking threat of Daneri number-ten, Boötia; as well as Christopheran defensive duo, Maeve Bronte and Tom Silva, also add to what is a pretty well rounded side. Between the sticks, club captain Melissa Cleves is an experienced and reliable keeper, who rarely lets them down.

Prediction: Champions.


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Blue Coast 1981
Stadium: Ocean Shores Stadium , 18,000
Average attendance: 7,856
Manager: Jan Markus Hellensen (SEM)
Colours: Gold and blue
Location: San Marco
Nick name: The Seasiders
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GK. Pearl Endicott 23, Northern Sunrise Islands
RB. Claire Osgood 32, Abanhfleft (c)
LB. Alisander Seip 23, Nephara
CB. Akachi Okwu 24, Semarland
CB. Luis Felipe 30, Port Christopher
CM. Evelyn Conjure 23, Schottia
CM. Lasse Pedersen 30, Semarland
RM. Caroline Bensborg 21, Port Christopher
L/CM. Chad Duquez 24, Quebec
CF. Lucio Sylvestre 29, Braziliana
CF. Ross Renshaw 20, Schottia

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LB. Rémi Niel 21, Gadirya
CB. Danny Ocana 35, Port Christopher
DM. Paula Morton 33, Nephara
CF. Jakob Nelsen 27, Semarland

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For a good number of years now, Blue Coast have been the second force in Christopheran football. Despite the two titles they have to their name, they have generally played second fiddle to the far better supported, Willox Street Pirates. Current manager, Jan Markus Hellensen, has performed wonders since taking over form Barry Gorman, basically moulding his predecessor’s scraps into a force on the international scene. The Semar's only summer signing is countryman, Lasse Pedersen, who was released from Raynor City in Valanora. Pederson was capped as recently as WC76, and should slot in well in this strong midfield four. Alongside him, Evelyn Conjure and Chad Duquez are the players who usually do the damage. Top Schottia international, Conjure, is an intelligent and highly versatile player through the middle, whereas left winger, Duquez, is the one they look to for a little bit of magic. Akachi Okwu in particular, and young Nepharim defender Alisander Seip, are both strong at the back alongside club captain Claire Osgood. Former Sunrisian squad player, Pearl Endicott is also solid in goals.

Prediction: 2nd.


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Kelsy Merchants
Stadium: Kaesle Park, 6,500
Average attendance: 5,760
Manager: Johnas Bendt
Colours: Orange and blue
Location: Kelsy
Nick name: The Traders
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GK. Joel Mendoza 30, San Jose Gauaybal
RB. Hugo Rodgerio 33, Port Christopher
CB. Simon Del Robbe 22, Port Christopher
CB. Matthew Kholl 27, Schottia
LB. Mathias Mtiliga 28, Semarland
CM. Ellie Vogel 24, Mertagne
CM. Johnny Markus 20, Mercedini
CM. Miller Icacic 33, Port Christopher (c)
ACM. Akiko 27, Schottia
CF. Aurora Quiñones 24, Port Christopher
CF. Kaden Jones-Brown 32, Semarland

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GK. Billy Hauchette 35, Port Christopher
RWB. Dan Philips 27, Port Christopher
LWB. Steve Wallace 31, Port Christopher
RM. Ale Rousen 28, Port Christopher
CF. David Sol 24, Port Christopher

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There is no club in this current set-up, with more potential to push the top two, than Kelsey Merchants. The Traders made it to the Globe Cup two seasons ago, and have the quality to cause a few problems. Talasmanic attacker, Akikio, will need to be at her best this season if they are to make an assault of the Champions' Cup places. The 27-year-old, with the incredible eye for goal, normally operates in the hole behind the strike force of Quiñones and Jones-Brown. Kelsey's central midfield of three consists of Merdecinian youngster, Johnny Markus, club captain Miller Icacic, and the very talented Mertangni, Ellie Vogel. Most of the team's width comes from the two wingbacks, Rodgerio and Mtiliga, who are both at their best while rampaging forward. Matthew Khol is their rock at centre-half, and new signing, Joel Mendoza will start in goals.

Prediction: 3rd.


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Sarrburgh Town
Stadium: John Cooper Park, 7,000
Average attendance: 3,414
Manager: Harry Farnmoun
Colours: Red and white checks
Location: Sarrburgh
Nick name: The Boys
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GK. Scott Torrence 28, Port Christopher
RB. Ilya Sjeckelina 33, Estenia
LB. Aliye Akbaş 29, Port Christopher
CB. Kiko Darret 26, Port Christopher
CB. James Del Vertio 40, Port Christopher (c)
RM. Samid Khren 23, Port Christopher
LM. Christian Wallace 33, Maretta
CM. Hector Berg 33, Port Christopher
CM. Mia Huntly-Cooper 30, Port Christopher
CF. Faith Bhukhwana 28, Quebec
CF. Tsuritsa Zinograni 19, Unified Sunrise Islands

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GK. Jake Toonmouth 32, Port Christopher
RB. Graham Sales 32, Port Christopher
CF. Becky Munroe 30, Port Christopher

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Sarrburgh Town are a club struggling to adjust to insignificance, as they seem to have been outspent and crowed out of the new, cash rich, Super-League era of Christopheran football. All the same, they have a steady pool of players, and they remain ever hopeful of clinching one of the UICA places. In a year where veterans, Adam Llava and Len Oban have hung up their boots, the Boys have been forced into bringing in a couple of new faces. Faith Bhukhwana joins up from the Pirates and should definitely be able to add something to the attack, while midfielder Mia Huntly-Cooper has plenty of SL experiences with the Sirens and Glen Ellen. Alongside Bhukhwana in attack is the volatile USI teenager, Tsuritsa Zinograni, who had a very good season last time round. Hector Berg is a rock in the centre of midfield, and brings with him a tonne of experience. Meanwhile right winger, Samis Khren is a Christopheran internationalist, whom they will be lucky to hold onto long-term. In defence is the 40-year-old legend that is James Del Vertio. Coach with the national team, and player-coach here, Del Vertio is now at the end of the road. Keeper Scott Torrance is a naturalised Schottian, who is currently the NT keeper for Port Christopher and star of this side.

Prediction: 8th.

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New Dundee Star
Stadium: Town Stadium, 11,000
Average attendance: 8,831
Manager: Dane Stewart
Colours: Green and white
Location: New Dundee
Nick name: The Stars
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GK. Jordi Porra 23, Felix
RB. Elliot Thompson 30, Port Christopher
LB. Christopher Hess 22, Schottia
CB. Emiliana Rizzuto 24, Osarius
CB. Enrique Villabolos 31, Batto Vitolo (c)
RM. Ed Santos 30, Port Christopher
LM. Ephraim Kirillov 28, Polkopia
CM. Sigrun Kannis 28, Nephara
CM. Magnus Kellur 19, Port Christopher
ACM. Stella Watson 21, Port Christopher
CF. Ross Jameson 32, Port Christopher

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GK. James Quinn 32, Port Christopher
RM. Ian Bartts 31, Port Christopher
LM. Henry Arounalle 33, Port Christopher

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Despite their one Super-League title, New Dundee Star have generally struggled to make any headway against the big two. It's always been a case of just falling short, and just missing out in the big games. For the most part, the limited success they've had has been with home-grown players or low cost transfers, and that has always been a philosophy of the club. Long-standing captain, Dietmar Koenig has now retired, leaving a place open for rising star Magnus Kellur, who has won rave reviews in reserves. He will play in part of a midfield three, with Nepharim +90 graduate, Sigrun Kannis, and the highly mobile, Stella Watson. The Stars also have some real pace on either flank, with Ed Santos, and Polkopian star, Ephraim Kirillov. Defensively they look pretty well set up too, with Enrique Villabolos and Emiliana Rizzuto a very accomplished central pairing. Another of their new signings, Christopher Hess, is a Schottian who served his apprenticeship with Project +90.

Prediction: 4th

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New St Johns
Stadium: High School Ground, 9,000
Average attendance: 2,793
Manager: John Defretua
Colours: Black and white stripes
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Saints
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GK. Donald Gordon 35, Port Christopher
RB. Anderiz 29, Port Christopher
LB. Darian Creek 24, Port Christopher
CB. Karri Loikkanen 32, Polkopia
CB. Caprius Pria 28, San Llera
RM. Jose Almedro 34, Port Christopher
LM. Tom Popescu-Black 31, Port Christopher
CM. Kris Scott 35, Schottia (c)
CM. Sam Tomlin 29, Schottia
SS. Conner Orton 32, Port Christopher
CF. Bear Smith 24, Bonesea


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GK. Fiona Fife 27, Port Christopher
CB. Lena Lewis 34, Port Christopher
CB. David Home 35, Port Christopher
CM. Colin Glen 33, Port Christopher
L/RM. Terry Heeny 30, Port Christopher
CF. Josh Smot 33, Port Christopher

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The Saints will face a tough season once again, as one of the smaller sides in the league. While they have some good players amidst their ranks, they have been hit by a double blow this summer, with the loss of both Michael Campbell and Boyd Johannasen. Trying to cover for two of their best players is going to be a difficult ask for a side who play to less than three thousand a week, and lack the big money backers that some clubs are lucky enough to have. There will be a lot of pressure on new striker Bear Smith, who will need to come up with the goals. Veteran midfielder, Kris Scott, has one Schottia cap to his name from back in his Lammerton days, and on a good day he can still come up with the goods in the middle of the park. The Saints' real strength is on the wings however, with Popescu-Black and Almedro both fantastic players coming forward. In an attempt to plug the gap at the back created by Campbell's move to Sabrefell Athletic, the club have brought in Lleran star, Caprius Pria. Keeper Donald Gordon has four Christopheran caps, and is a real experienced head at the back.

Prediction: 7th

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San Marco Storm (Formerly Tralend)
Stadium: Mark Del Cemny Stadium, 2,500
Average attendance: 2,269
Manager: Catherine Sedgewick (NPH)
Colours: Blue and green
Location: Tralend, San Marco
Nick name: The Storm
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GK. Knut Kanu-Larsberg 22, Semarland
RB. Jasper Fallon 33, Brenecia
LB. Marko Hillar 30, Vormsi (Schottia)
CB. Robert Wessel 36, Port Christopher
CB. Owen Belter 32, Schottia
RM. Kira Nirie 22, Central Sunrise Islands
LM. Petr Luongo 29, Quebec
CM. Lazarus Stockard 33, Nephara
CM. Gary Erwin 29, Port Christopher
CF. Chris Abaroa 25, Port Christopher
CF. Peter Wiggins 33, Taeshan (c)

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GK. Grant Vos 28, Port Christopher
RB. Mark Corbie 26, Port Christopher
RM. Xander Keely 33, Port Christopher
CF. Drent Pettly 34, Port Christopher
CF. Gighi Feltern 27, Port Christopher

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The new kids on the block, Storm had a fantastic first season as they clinched a Globe Cup spot with a very strong finish last time round. Formerly Tralend, the club invested a fair bit last season, bringing in top stars such as Peter Wiggins, Owen Belter and Knut Kanu-Larsberg. This season they've shown a little more restraint, only bringing in Quebecois, Petr Luongo, who will slot in on the left wing. Star player on the right, is Central Sunriser Kira Nirie. The winger has been with the club since the age of sixteen, and has grown into a strong competitor at this level. The club's lack of big money transfers this season, probably suggests that they feel it's too early for a real title challenge, and have opted to go for stability instead, and consolidate the current squad. With Wiggin's goals, and the strength of Belter and Wessel at the back, they could feasibly finish as high as third.

Prediction: 5th.

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Newport Sirens
Stadium: The James Williams Arena, 24,000
Average attendance: 7,498
Manager: Neil Scarton (SCH)
Colours: Black and white
Location: Newport
Nick name: The Sirens.
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GK. David Benning 29, Shalum
RB. Tamara Rosenbauer 27, Nephara
LB. Tom Blantan 32, Schottia
CB. Louise Kaltsas 31, Brenecia
CB. Donald Nesbit 25, Schottia
RM. Deek Rotter 25, Schottia
LM. Acacia García 25, Port Christopher
CM. Karen Seywel 33, Schottia (C)
CM. Sisu Cassidy 21, Qasden
CF Nik Konstidios 30, Schottia
CF. Lupa Na'Bengna 27, Cosumar

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GK. Desmond Duncan 24, Schottia
LB. Jasmine Bartley23, Schottia
RM. Tom Fraktone 34, Port Christopher
CF. Olivia Serra 24, Port Christopher
CF. Liam Douglas 29, Port Christopher


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In terms of their playing personnel, there is no reason why the Sirens can't finish very strongly. However, last season's dismal showing will have given the fans little cause for optimism. Former Handon United boss, Neil Scarton is a manager with bags of experience, and given the financial backing he has received, you would have hoped they could have done a bit more. Nik Konstidios is a DBC winner with Schottia, and has picked up a handful of senior caps over the years. In midfield they have a good combination of youth and experience with SPL veteran Karen Seywel and Qasden's U21 captain Sisu Cassidy. With Shalumite international keeper David Benning and Donald Nesbit in front of him, Newport are definitely up in the top two or three in terms of defensive line ups, too. Maybe this will be the year that the club step up to the plate.

Prediction: 6th.

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Christopheran Porty
Stadium: Argets Stadium, 3,500
Average attendance: 1,657
Manager: Dennis Bruce
Colours: Sky blue
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Porty, CP
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GK. Jim Dickson 35, Port Christopher
RB. Rian Corrello 22, Port Christopher
LB. Davy Sexton 29, Port Christopher
CB. Patrick Farnmout 35, Port Christopher
CB. Lewis Skillen 33, Port Christopher
RM. John Johnston 32, Port Christopher
LM. Janus Carnellias 30, Port Christopher
DM. Jack Cordoba 39, Port Christopher (c)
CM. Annie Telford 35, Port Christopher
CF. Vince Smith 24, Port Christopher
CF. Tim Corner 35, Port Christopher

-subs-
GK. Francis Penny 35, Port Christopher
CB. Jack Gentrie 36, Port Christopher
CM. Seeäna 31, Port Christopher
RM. Mitch Coroner 28, Port Christopher

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Christopheran Porty, or CP as they're known to their fans, are one of the last true independents sides on the Island. Prior to the Super-League ear, there where several smaller teams, but most have now either been taken over or have faded into obscurity. Set up by a group of Port Sebastian supporting ex-pats, the club still draw most of their following from that demographic. Like their fan base, the majority of this current squad are long over the hill, and tired legs could definitely be a big factor in their season. For years Jack Cordoba has been their star in the middle of the pitch, but at 39, he is now pushing up the daisies in a footballing sense. Young Rian Corrello is someone perhaps worth looking out for. The 22-year-old wing back has been on good form over the past two seasons, and might be ready for a bit of a breakthrough.

Prediction: 9th.

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Kirston Eagles
Stadium: Roston Dytes, 2,000
Average attendance: 928
Manager: Steve White
Colours: Blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Eagles.
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GK. Fred Wood 43, Port Christopher
RB. Dane Stein 26, Port Christopher
LB. Rab Harris 35, Port Christopher
CB. Grant Campbell 33, Port Christopher
CB. Dave Del Quill 20, Port Christopher
CM. Derius Antonine 33, Port Christopher
CM. Chris Diales 24, Port Christopher
CM. Amy Shemp 30, Schottia
ACM. Moritz Wessel 36, Port Christopher
CF. Alex Peterson 35, Port Christopher
CF. Jaden Ross 36, Maretta (c)

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GK. Vincent Jackson 38, Port Christopher
CB. Ross Horner 32, Port Christopher
CF. Angus Crawford 36, Port Christopher

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If you can be sure of one thing this season, it is that the Eagles are terribly out of their depth. For a long time now they have lacked the real quality to stand up to the teams at the top. Most of their players are too old, or just not good enough to mount much in the way of an assault on the play-offs. Jaden Ross, a former Marettan captain is their main man in an attacking line with an average age of over a hundred. Elsewhere in the side, Moritz Wessel is a good midfielder, although at 36, he has seen better days. Chris Diales had a good season last year, however, and has been talked about as a potential Port Christopher call-up. The only thing Kirston have going for them is the fact that there is no relegation from the Super-League.

Prediction: 10th.
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UICA - Globe Cup and Champions' Cup Qualifying Rounds.

For the most part, Port Christopher's sides now miss the earliest of the UICA qualifying rounds, and with it, the worst of the summer heat. New Dundee Star were the Island's sole reprehensive in the first preliminary rounds, where they took on Dreamplanet's FC Benrita in the Globe Cup. Despite a good win in New Dundee, Dane Stewarts side failed to follow it up in the away leg, where they fell victim to a late Benrita goal. The tie headed to extra time and then penalties, where the Stars were just edged out. It will come as a bitter result for the players and the fans, who would have been hoping to build upon their results last year.

It was a similarly frustrating story for Kelsy Merchants, who would have quietly fancied their chances as they took on AC Pomena. However a poor result at home meant that they had a mountain to climb as they travelled to Juvencus. Despite a first half goal from Jonny Markus, the Traders only went on the draw the game, meaning that they crashed out in the qualifiers, 2-1 on aggregate.

For Super-League new boys, San Marco Storm, there was better news however. They defeated SC Lusitânia 5-0 on aggregate to sail through to the next round. Peter Wiggins scored two in each leg, in what was a strong display of leadership from the experienced captain. Kira Nirie claimed the other goal, as their 3-0 win in the first match put them on easy street. Storm faced a far stiffer test in the third round however, as they took on Eastfielder side Olympia FC. Two narrow defeats meant this was the end of the road for Port Christopher's newest side, as they went down 2-3 and 1-2 respectively. There were some good individual performances, but generally, Storm seemed to lack the quality needed cut through.

So it was left to Port Christopher's Big Two, and Blue Coast 1981 found themselves up against Valanoran side Raynor City United in the often trickier, non champions' path. There couldn't have been much more of a contrast between the two sides: One steeped in tradition, the other as shallow as a puddle on a hot day. However, in the first leg you may have had trouble telling which was which, as Coast ran out convincing winners. In an evening where the temperatures reached boiling point, it was the home side who stood up to the pressure recording a 5-2 win. Jan Markus Hellensen's side went down 2-1 in the Eternal Empire, but their strong first leg performance meant that they were safely through to the next round. Stood between them and a place in the Champions' Cup was Nepharim side Sabrefell Moths, as Coast looked to carryout another giant killing exercise. After drawing 1-1 in Nephara, the San Marco side must have thought they had done enough, thanks to first half goals from Ross Renshaw, and Lucio. However, a late Federico Serra strike sent the Moths through on away goals, with Coast confined to the Globe Cup. The club then faced a nerve jangling experience, as they took on Albertpool, with a place in the group stage at stake. It was a tie they would have fancied themselves to win, but after a 2-1 defeat in San Marco, it wasn't looking good for them. Hellensen's side managed to raise their game though and after a battling performance, they won 3-1 in Brigantii to make a UICA competition proper, for the third time.

There would have been a lot of eyes on the Willox Street Pirates as they bid to return to UICA football after two seasons of poor qualifying performances. New manager, Alvin Burnsides, would have been abundantly aware of the pressure he was under to finally deliver some success on the international stage, with the lack of trophies a source of irritation to the club's wealthy patrons. First up for them were Mercedinian champs, Zoloroni City. A strong win in the home leg meant that the Pirates had the upper hand in this one, new signing Soren Winterkorn scored a debut goal, and Tomas Nazaria-Silva powered in a header late in the second half. The return leg in Mercedini was a far tighter affair, but a Nancy Peterson double ensured a Burnsides got off to a winning start as manager. It was winner takes all, as the Pirates faced Llamian side New Llama Stars, in the play-off round. However after a two all draw at the Willox Street stadium, things looked extremely doubtful as they headed for the away leg. The Pirates managed to pull something out of the bag though, as goals from Winterkorn, and the outstanding Marc-André Onasi helped them qualify for the UICA's premier tournament for the first time.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
(EUR) Bastion 0-1 Willox Street Pirates

The Champions' Cup has been the Holy Grail for the Pirates in the Super-League era of Christopheran football, but an opening game in Bastion had all the makings of a baptism of fire. After weathering a first half of intense pressure, in which Melissa Cleves was called upon to make a number of saves, it was to be the visitors who scored the decisive goal. Boötia's pinpoint free kick was expertly turned in by Nancy Peterson to give them a win that will no doubt go down in the clubs folklore.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
Blue Coast 1981 1-0 Holdenberg (EUR)

Blue Coast are getting quite used to this whole UICA thing, and recorded another outstanding result against a Euran side, in the form of Holdenberg. Lasse Pedersen is looking more and more like a shrewd signing, and the Semar was an influential figure in the centre of the park. The decisive goal came thanks to Lucio, who slid onto the end of an Alisander Seip cross to give the smattering of home fans something to smile about.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
Willox Street Pirates 0-3 Sporting Esper (ZWZ)

It was back down to earth with a thump this week, as the Willox Street Pirates suffered a humbling defeat at the hands of Sporting Esper. Alvin Burnsides would have been hoping for a positive result on home soil, but the defence let him down badly, as the S-L champions were totally overrun.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
(JSY) Carter FC 0-0 Blue Coast 1981

A 0-0 draw away to Carter will go down as another good result for Blue Coast in the Globe Cup. Jan Markus Hellensen's side are looking pretty composed these days, and it's certain that they have gained a lot from their previous experiences in UICA completion. Had Claire Osgood's header not come back off the crossbar at the start of the second half, they might have ever sneaked the win.

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Sarrburgh Town 0–1 San Marco Storm
Kirston Eagles 2–2 Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 5–3 New St Johns
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Kelsy Merchants
Newport Sirens 1–2 New Dundee Star

There were no real surprises to speak of as the Super-League got underway this week. Pick of the matches was the Saints' visit to the Ocean Shores Stadium, which ended in an eight-goal thriller. The match looked evenly poised going into the half time with the scores at 2-2. However, there was to be a late flourish from Coast, which left the Saints reeling. Schottia's DBC star, Ross Renfrew, continued to develop into a top asset, with a double and a man of the match performance. Willox Street Pirates will also be pleased to have negotiated the often-tricky Kelsy Merchants. The Pirates have looked good preseason, and Marc-André Onasi wasted no time in giving his side the lead, bursting free of the attentions of Simon Del Robbe to open the scoring after ten minutes. The second half was a far tighter affair however, and Logan Murdoch and Maeve Bronte needed to put in a good shift in the centre of the park to preserve the win. And New Dundee star also got off to a strong start as they paid a visit to Newport Sirens. Young Magnus Kellur looked impressive on his debut, and had a hand in Ephraim Kirillov's opening goal. For the Sirens it is a result, which will fill them with little confidence that they can turn things around after last year's disappointment.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
Willox Street Pirates 1-2 KT Moreazerua (AUD)

The Pirates seem to be finding the going much tougher now, as like Blue Coast before them, they discover how difficult it is to make any headway in the Champions' Cup. This week they played host to Audioslavian giants, Moreazerua, and were left a little flatfooted as they went down 2-1. They did pull level through a Soren Winterkorn goal at the start of the second half, but the Cosumarite's goal proved insufficient.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
Blue Coast 1981 1-1 SS Skiveness (BSE)

Blue Coast picked up points once again, as they look to stay in international competition past Christmas for the first time. They faced the unenviable task of taking on Skiveness of Bonesea, a little nation who seem to be making a big impact on World football right now. Luckily a strong performance meant that Hellensen's side took away a point to keep them in the hunt.

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San Marco Storm 3–1 New Dundee Star
Kelsy Merchants 2–1 Newport Sirens
New St Johns 1–5 Willox Street Pirates
Christopheran Porty 1–3 Blue Coast 1981
Sarrburgh Town 0–0 Kirston Eagles

It was another heavy defeat for New Saint John this week, who have now conceded ten in their opening two matches. To be fair though, the Pirates look like a side who have really found their groove; and the champions took the game to their city rivals from the start. Boötia was up to his usual trickery, and his set pieces were a huge threat throughout. Once again though, it was Winterkorn who bagged the important goals; a hattrick in this game proving he was a bargain buy at $2 million. San Marco Storm also made it two wins from two as they brushed aside New Dundee Star. Catherine Sedgewick's players seem to have really hit the ground running, as they looked by far the better team in this match. New signing, Petr Luongo, caused the Stars defence a lot of problems with his accurate crossing, and veteran captain Peter Wiggins was able to come up with the goods in front of goal. Blue Coast recorded a 3-1 win over CP, but they were certainly made to work for it, as late goals from Evelyn Conjure and Chad Duquez came to their aid after a cagy start. With the scores tied on 76 minutes, it looked as if a shock might have been on the cards. However the dynamic duo got the goals at the right time, to keep Coast top after two matches.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
(AUD) KT Moreazerua 2-0 Willox Street Pirates

In the reverse fixture, the Pirates faired no better, as Moreazerua put two past them for no reply in Audioslavia. Had it not been for some heroics from Cleeves it may have been even more, as the Christopheran side looked second best.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
(BSE) SS Skiveness 0-2 Blue Coast 1981

Blue Coast all but secured qualification to the knockouts with a knockout win over SS Skiveness. The Boney club recorded a good result in San Marco the previous week, but they Coast looked much more direct this time round, as first half goals from Lucio and Duquez gave them a valuable win on the road.

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Kirston Eagles 1–2 San Marco Storm
Blue Coast 1981 1–3 Sarrburgh Town
Willox Street Pirates 3–2 Christopheran Porty
Newport Sirens 1–3 New St Johns
New Dundee Star 1–1 Kelsy Merchants

It was a sobering night for Coast in San Marco, as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 hammering at the hands of Sarrburgh Town. Hellensen's side have looked good in the opening stages of the season, but it all went wrong for them in the second half. With the scores tied at 1-1, Coast went forward in search of the winning goal; however, they were hit on the counter attack, as a Tsuritsa Zinograni double saw them plummet from the top of the table. Replacing them are the Willox Street Pirates, who maintained their 100% start to the domestic season, thanks to a late Nancy Paterson goal. Yunji and Marc-André Onasi had put the Pirates ahead in the first half, but CP battled back hard and deservedly pulled themselves level. A sweeping ball from Cenian, Onasi, however, set the Osarian free to salvage the three points. Things really seem to be falling apart now for the Sirens, as they suffered a humiliating 3-1 defeat at home to New Saint Johns. New signing, Bear Smith, seems to be making a bit of an impact, and he was on target again today for the Saints. As for the home side, it may now be the end of the road for manager Neil Scarton.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
(ZWZ) Sporting Esper 1-1 Willox Street Pirates

A draw wouldn't have been the result the Pirates were looking for here, but while it made qualification impossible, it may have just opened the door to the Globe Cup. A distance strike from Logan Murdoch was enough to claim an important point.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
Blue Coast 1981 3-1 Carter FC (JSY)

Blue Coast recovered from their hiccup at the weekend, to secure a place in the next round of the Globe Cup with a comprehensive victory at home to Carter FC. Coast survived the 38 degree heat to put three past their opponents thanks to goals from Renshaw (2) and Pedersen.

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San Marco Storm 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
New St Johns 1–2 New Dundee Star
Christopheran Porty 2–2 Newport Sirens
Sarrburgh Town 1–4 Willox Street Pirates
Kirston Eagles 2–3 Blue Coast 1981

Willox Street continue to beat a blazing trail through the rest of the field this season, with a goal tally that is even impressive by their own standards. This week it was as is they and Sarrburgh weren't even in the same division, as they cruised to a 4-1 victory. Murdoch and Bronte were absolutely controlling in the centre of midfield, and gave the home side nothing, as they chased the game for 90 minutes. The pace of Boötia and Onasi also caused the Boys problems, as did the threat up front caused by two million man, Winterkorn. The Cosumarite may have failed to make a breakthrough in Harlighen, but he is certainly making up for it here with his goals. Blue Coast also got back to winning ways, but they were made to work harder than they might have liked, as they visited minnows, Kirston. The side of near geriatrics fought tooth and nail to keep Coast's high fliers at bay. In what was a very high scoring half, Akachi Okwu came to the visitors' rescue, angling his header in past Fred Wood, from a Chad Duquez corner. Kelsy Merchants also secured a vital win at San Marco Storm, to keep themselves up near the top of the table. In a high octane match, Akiko scored the winning goal, after being put through on goal by the vastly improved Mercedinian, Jonny Markus.

Champions' Cup - Group Phase
Willox Street Pirates 2-0 Bastion (EUR)

It was a crunch game for the Pirates, as they took on Bastion for the chance to stay in UICA football after Mid-Winter. The Super-League Champions have been finding the going tough in the Champions' Cup, but came into this match on the back of some very good domestic form. A flick on from Gregor Borg allowed Soren Winterkorn to tap in the opener from close range, before a stunning strike from Daineri, Boötia, sealed all three points.

Globe Cup - Group Phase
(EUR) Holdenberg 2-0 Blue Coast 1981

And for Coast, who had already secured qualification, they found themselves really up against it in Eura, as they were put through the mill by a solid Holdenberg side. The result meant little in the end, but the two goals for no reply will be a sobering defeat for Jan Markus Hellensen.

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Blue Coast 1981 2–1 San Marco Storm
Willox Street Pirates 4–2 Kirston Eagles
Newport Sirens 0–3 Sarrburgh Town
New Dundee Star 0–1 Christopheran Porty
Kelsy Merchants 1–1 New St Johns

Another week, another thumping Pirates victory. With an average of four goals in each of their last four games, it is hard to see how anything can derail them at present. With very little change in terms of personnel, it seems that Burnsides' influence has paid dividends; installing some much needed belief in this pool of pretty decent players. Yunji looked dangerous out wide left, and the Eagles had little to give in response in this match, and the Northern Sunriser had a hand in two of the side's goals. The only issue seemed to be at the back, with the three centre-backs system looked a little lopsided at times. This may be an area Burnsides looks to address next season. This week also saw the San Marco derby, a fixture which has never really lived up to it's billing. In what was a very even match, homes side, Coast, seemed just to have the edge over their city rivals. Lazarus Stockard gave Storm the lead, but the hosts upped the tempo in the second half, and pulled level through Ross Renshaw. Chad Duquez then struck late with a sizzling effort from 25 metres, to clinch all three points for the title chasers. There was something of a shock this week, however, as Christopheran Porty inflicted a 1-0 defeat on New Dundee Star at Town Stadium. Rian Corello put in a five star performance as her side dealt a big blow to their rivals' title hopes. Jack Cordoba scored the winning goal, with a strike from the edge of the area.

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San Marco Storm 2–0 New St Johns
Christopheran Porty 2–1 Kelsy Merchants
Sarrburgh Town 4–5 New Dundee Star
Kirston Eagles 0–2 Newport Sirens
Blue Coast 1981 2–1 Willox Street Pirates

Blue Coast verses the Pirates is the fixture everyone wants to see. It's the match which brings in the money, draws the crowds, and comes within a whisker of putting Christopheran football on the very corner of the map. Long gone are they days where it was just 22 players whom no one had ever heard of kicking a ball about, now they actually have some quality on show. After the start they made to the season, the Pirates went in as favourites, even if they were away from home. However, things are rarely that straightforward, and a near record 14,000 people watched on as Coast pulled off a very credible victory. A Chad Duquez corner picked out Ross Renshaw for the opener, as the young Schottian managed to get ahead of Tom Nazario-Silva to send his bullet header home. The Pirates then found themselves in further trouble, as Maeve Bronte was ordered off for upending Lucio in the penalty area. The Brazilianian was cool and collected as he converted the spot kick for 2-0. The ten men Pirates weren't totally out of it, however, and they kept pushing till the very end. Substitute, Banda Meluo, pulled one back for them in the dying minutes, but it was too late for side to get back into the match. Newport Sirens finally got off the mark, the week they waved goodbye to their manager Neil Scarton. The rudderless Sirens recorded a 2-0 win Kirston, to lift them up of the bottom of the table, thanks to goals from Sisu Cassidy and Nik Konstidios. And finally, in a nine goal thriller, New Dundee Star managed to squeeze past Sarrbugh Town with a late goal from Stella Watson giving them a 5-4 win away from home.

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Willox Street Pirates 5–2 San Marco Storm
Newport Sirens 1–3 Blue Coast 1981
New Dundee Star 4–0 Kirston Eagles
Kelsy Merchants 3–1 Sarrburgh Town
New St Johns 1–4 Christopheran Porty

The Willox Street Pirates needed some sort of a reply to the result last weekend as they went up against the ever dangerous, San Marco Storm. Luckily they seemed to have re-found their scoring boots; scoring five goals in a pretty comfortable home win. Storm did make things hard for the Pirates in the opening half, pulling themselves back level twice to prove that the home defence is perhaps vulnerable. However, the second forty-five was a whole different kettle of fish, with a Winterkorn double, and a goal from Onasi getting the Pirates over the line in style. Blue Coast are still equal top though, and their 3-1 win at Newport was a distinctly one-sided affair. Whatever the Sirens need to do to get back to form, they'd better do it quick, because other than Lupa Na'Bengna's 74th minute effort, there was little else for the team to shout about. Pedersen and Conjure stood out a mile in the centre of the park, and the two senior internationals made it very hard from their opposite numbers in the Newport side to make any impact. There was also a thumping win for Kelsy at home to Sarrbugh Town, as the Traders put on good show in front of their fans. Akiko was a little off the boil in the early part of the season, but the enigmatic attacker was on great form today, as she scored one either side of half time. Aurora Quiñones scored the third as they did their best to keep pace with the top two.

CEdC - First Round
Willox Street Pirates 3–0 Northern Blue Lions (NTN)
Blue Coast 1981 3–2 Crownsville Central (COL)

There were no problems for the Pirates in the first round of the CEdC, as they cruised through the opening match with Northern Blue Lions. The gulf between the two sides was all too apparent, as Yunji (2) and Peterson gave them a 3-0 win at home. Blue Coast got over the line, but we will need to wait and see if the two away goals they conceded will have any bearing on the final outcome.

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San Marco Storm 0–1 Christopheran Porty
Sarrburgh Town 1–0 New St Johns
Kirston Eagles 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 3–2 New Dundee Star
Willox Street Pirates 7–3 Newport Sirens

With the assumption that this season could come down to goal difference, the Pirates are doing their prospects no harm at all with the way they seem to be going for the jugular in every match. The seven goals they put past Newport Sirens was near textbook display of attacking prowess, as they launched wave after wave of attacks. Nancy Peterson and Soren Winterkorn each bagged doubles, as David Benning was subjected to a torrid evening in the Newport goal. Boötia looked top-class at points, as the Daineri's pinpoint passing cut the visitors defence open time after time. Meanwhile, Christopheran Porty seem to be making quiet progress, as yet another hard fought win moved them further up the league. This time it was San Marco Storm who were upset by Dennis Bruce's side, with Rian Corrello continuing to make a big impression at right-back. A couple more victories, and the minnows are in serious danger of making the Globe Cup spots. Finally, there was a fierce battle at the Ocean Shore Stadium, as New Dundee look to pull themselves into Champions' Cup contention. The Stars have been good this season, without being outstanding, and that was underlined by the fact that they let a 2-1 lead slip through their fingers. Kellur and Kannis look like a good central pairing, but they struggled against the star quality in the Coast side - particularly in the wide areas - where the likes of Osgood, Seip, and Duquez were too strong.

CEdC - First Round
(NTN) Northern Blue Lions 2-3 Willox Street Pirates
(COL) Crownsville Central 2-2 Blue Coast 1981

After such a comfortable match in the first round, the Pirates would have been surprised to see such a strong challenge from Northern Blue Lions, who managed to put two past them. Alvin Burnsides' players were never really on the back foot for long though, and goals from Logan Murdoch and Soren Winterkorn, early in the second half, nullified the Lions' threat. Blue Coast were give another tough match by Crownsville Central, in an encounter which would easily have gone either way. However, a Lucio equaliser was enough to see them safely through to the next round at the expense of the Coldfield side.

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Newport Sirens 1–3 San Marco Storm
New Dundee Star 2–0 Willox Street Pirates
Kelsy Merchants 0–1 Blue Coast 1981
New St Johns 3–1 Kirston Eagles
Christopheran Porty 1–1 Sarrburgh Town

Blue Coast 1981 go top of the league with a 1-0 win away to Kelsy, as the Pirates slipped up. The S-L VIII champions took the opportunity to edge ahead of their archrivals at the half way point, thanks to an Akachi Okwu header four minutes from time. Kelsy had put up a very good defensive display, and it looked to all the world that they had done enough to merit the point. However, after Caro Bensborg was brought down by Matthew Kholl, it gave Chad Duquez the opportunity to deliver the knockout ball. The Pirates had a horrific afternoon, by contrast, as they couldn't make anything stick on their visit to New Dundee Star. Dane Stewart's side were well worth the three points, and were denied a clear-cut penalty late on, which would have made it three. Ross Jameson gave them the lead after half and hour, before Sigrun Kannis converted a Stella Watson lay-off to seal the deal. Finally, San Marco Storm jumped up to fifth, with a convincing 3-1 win at Newport Sirens. There were goals for Peter Wiggins, Chris Abaroa, and Kira Kirie in a largely one sided game.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Blue Coast 1981 9 8 0 1 23 14 +9 24
2 Willox Street Pirates 9 7 0 2 30 15 +15 21
3 New Dundee Star 9 5 1 3 19 14 +5 16
4 Christopheran Porty 9 4 3 2 16 13 +3 15
5 San Marco Storm 9 5 0 4 14 12 +2 15
6 Kelsy Merchants 9 4 2 3 10 8 +2 14
7 Sarrburgh Town 9 3 2 4 14 15 −1 11
8 New St Johns 9 2 1 6 13 22 −9 7
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9 Newport Sirens 9 1 1 7 12 25 −13 4
10 Kirston Eagles 9 0 2 7 8 21 −13 2


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Sarrburgh Town 2-1 Christopheran Porty
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San Marco Storm 0–2 Sarrburgh Town
Christopheran Porty 3–0 Kirston Eagles
New St Johns 2–4 Blue Coast 1981
Kelsy Merchants 5–4 Willox Street Pirates
New Dundee Star 5–2 Newport Sirens

Given that Alvin Burnsides' Pirates side had to make up ground on Coast this week, their 5-4 defeat at Kelsy will be a bitter set back. In a very high scoring match, the lead changed hands several times, with the home side refusing to roll over and die. Despite a Nancy Peterson double, as well as goals from Marc- André Onasi, and Soren Winterkorn, the Pirates were hit late on. Veteran Semar, Kaden Jones-Brown latched onto a sublime Akiko pass, to give the home side all three points five minutes from the end. Blue Coast took full advantage, and powered their way to victory, putting some clear water between them and their rivals. Want-away midfielder, Evelyn Conjure put in a good performance, as did Alisander Seip as the side prepared for the visit to Sabrefell Athletic in the Globe Cup midweek. New St Johns fought hard in the first half, and managed to haul the SL-XIII champs level twice, but in the second half, goals from Chad Duquez and Lucio allowed them to pull free. New Dundee Star were the latest side to inflict a heavy defeat on the Newport Sirens, as they moved up to within spitting distance of Willox Street Pirates. The young, home-grown duo of Watson and Kellur looked very solid throughout, and crucially, Ross Jameson was deadly as ever in front of goal when called upon.

Globe Cup - Round of 32
(NPH) Sabrefell Athletic 0–1 Blue Coast 1981
(FFD) Dí Maozöxê 1–0 Willox Street Pirates

Blue Coast inflicted a shock defeat on highflying Sabrefell Athletic in the Globe Cup, with what was a bit of a smash and grab. Coast seem to be good at scrapping out these kind of results right now, and Caroline Bensborg and Lucio combined to good effect, the latter powering in a header for a shock win. The Pirates were less fortunate however, as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Dí Maozöxê in Farfadillis. Burnsides' players gave a good account of themselves, but in the end, they were edged out by a better side on the night.

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New Dundee Star 2–3 San Marco Storm
Newport Sirens 3–4 Kelsy Merchants
Willox Street Pirates 5–1 New St Johns
Blue Coast 1981 3–4 Christopheran Porty
Kirston Eagles 0–0 Sarrburgh Town

The Pirates finally got back to winning ways as they scythed through a New St Johns side at the Willox Street Stadium. The Saints had little in response to the pace of Onasi and Boötia who caused them problems from start to finish. Since they lost Mike Campbell, we've also noticed the visitors have really struggled at defending set pieces, and going up against dead ball specialist, Boötia, that's never going to end well. Bear Smith pulled a goal back for New St Johns in the second half, but it did little to gloss over the huge gulf in class. Christopheran Porty have been enjoying a remarkable season so far, in some part due to the incredible form of young Rian Corrello, who has already spark interest from the big two. The 22-year-old was at her best again this weekend, as she helped her side inflict a humbling defeat on Blue Coast at the Ocean Shores stadium. Coast just never really settled into the game, with $20,000,000 rated Conjure, second best to the sprightly 39-year-old, Jack Cordoba. The 4-3 defeat all but undoes the hard work that Hellensen's side have put in over the last fortnight, while lifting CP further up the table. There was also a difficult night for New Dundee Star, who found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-2 score line at home to San Marco Storm.

Globe Cup - Round of 32
Blue Coast 1981 0-0 Sabrefell Athletic (NPH)
Willox Street Pirates 3-0 Dí Maozöxê (FFD)

Blue Coast managed to hold out as the Reds became to latest club to find out that Port Christopher is a devil of a place to go when you need a result. For a club who are already facing a struggle to hold on to their best players, news that Alisander Seip seems to have now caught the eye back home in Nephara will be a worry though. The Pirates overcame a 1-0 defeat in the first leg as they played Dí Maozöxê off the park in one of their best ever performances in UICA football. Onasi was a cut above the rest, while Murdoch and Bronte were utterly imperious in the centre of the pitch. The Cenian attacker scored the opener, before a Winterkorn double put the tie to bed.

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San Marco Storm 1–0 Kirston Eagles
Sarrburgh Town 2–3 Blue Coast 1981
Christopheran Porty 0–1 Willox Street Pirates
New St Johns 0–0 Newport Sirens
Kelsy Merchants 0–4 New Dundee Star

The form CP have been in this season is nothing short of incredible and they held out for nearly eighty minutes this week against the Willox Street Pirates, before being pipped at post. The Pirates came in straight off the back of their incredible result in the Globe Cup midweek, and probably thought they could inflict more of the same on the Super-League minnows. However it didn't quite work like that, and in a very cagy game, it took an excellent header from Tomas Nazario-Silva to separate these sides. New Dundee Star recorded a roaring victory over the Traders in Kelsy, putting four past their opponents for no reply. Ephraim Kirillov put in a solid shift on the left side, setting up both of Ross Jameson's first half goals. The Polkopian added one himself on the hour mark, with a curling effort which seemed to take the wind from the Kelsy sails. Sigrun Kannis rounded the scoring off with five minutes to go, as the girl from Nephara muscled her way into the box before burring her strike from close range. Blue Coast needed to get their league form back on track again quickly, and they faced a trip to Sarrburgh Town. Faith Bhukhwana has been in some good form for the Boys since joining from the Pirates at the start of the season, but it was young Tsuritsa Zinograni who proved to be a handful for Coast. Hellensen's side stuck to the task though, and a late goal from Pedersen was enough to separate the two sides.

Globe Cup - Round of 16
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Tihon (CMT)
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Centralis Heart (ETM)

It was fortress Port Christopher midweek, as both Glob Cup sides kicked of their quest for a quarterfinal place with battling wins over strong opposition. Blue Coast earned an impressive win over Chromatika's Tihon, as Ross Renshaw met a Claire Osgood cross to score the only goal of the game. For the Pirates, they faced a visit from Electrumite side Centralis Heart. The Pirates have been good going forward this season, and that seamed to give them the edge, as Nancy Paterson scored the only goal in an otherwise tight match.

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Kelsy Merchants 1–1 San Marco Storm
New Dundee Star 2–1 New St Johns
Newport Sirens 2–0 Christopheran Porty
Willox Street Pirates 3–0 Sarrburgh Town
Blue Coast 1981 6–3 Kirston Eagles

Blue Coast 1981 were the latest side to inflict a heavy defeat on perennial strugglers Kirston Eagles. Six goals, four of which coming in the first twenty minutes, would have left the visitors reeling, after what was a strong attacking display. The Eagles were partly to blame for their own demise with some calamitous defending, particularly in the first half, as it took them way too long to get up and running. A hattrick for Lucio kept the Brazilianian in the hunt for the golden boot award. It wasn't quite the same goal fest, but The Pirates had an equally comfortable evening as they welcomed Sarrburgh Town. After a good result in the Globe Cup the home side were full of confidence, and barely gave their opponents a sniff at goal. A twenty-eight metre strike from Yunji was the highlight of the match, as the Northern Sunriser capped a good performance. Newport Sirens earned themselves a valuable win, as they try desperately to scrape a play-offs spot. Goals from Lupa Na'Bengna, and Sisu Cassidy gave them what was perhaps an unexpected win over the on form Christopheran Porty.

Globe Cup - Round of 16
(CMT) Tihon 0-0 Blue Coast 1981
(ETM) Centralis Heart 2-2 Willox Street Pirates

Blue Coast knew it wouldn't be an easy night in Chromatika, and it wasn't. Tihon were never going to go down easy, but Coast stayed strong at the back and hauled themselves through. Some good goalkeeping from Pearl Endicott was the difference over the two legs. Willox Street Pirates were embroiled in a tough battle in Centralis, however with a 1-0 lead from the first leg, they could afford the draw in what was a very close match. Two first half strikes from Nancy Paterson and Logan Murdoch gave the Pirates a solid base, and allowed them to see out the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

CEdC - Quarterfinal
Willox Street Pirates 6–0 Hoxford United (TMB)
Blue Coast 1981 2–1 SC West Namagoro (DKI)

The Pirates' phenomenal home form continued, this time in the CEdC, where they took on Tumbran side, Hoxford United. Their fans must be wondering where the hell Alvin Burnsides found Soren Winterkorn, because his countryman has been on a terrific scoring run this season, and arguably been the difference in international domestic competition. The 27-year-old scored two and set up another as his side romped home to a six nil win. Blue Coast were treated to a slightly more difficult night as Damukunian side, West Namagoro, really pushed them to the limits in their first round tie. It took a blistering free kick from Duques (the Quebecois only contribution of the match) to separate the two sides, and give Coast a 2-1 lead to take into the away leg.

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San Marco Storm 2–4 Blue Coast 1981
Kirston Eagles 0–3 Willox Street Pirates
Sarrburgh Town 2–2 Newport Sirens
Christopheran Porty 1–2 New Dundee Star
New St Johns 3–2 Kelsy Merchants

With some big matches coming up midweek, the Pirates fielded a lightly weaker side for the visit to bottom club Kirston. There was a first team debut for 15-year-old Adan Zhivko, who didn't managed to get on the score sheet, but the highly rated teen did have a hand in Nancy Paterson's opening goal. Despite the fact that they were missing four first team players, the Pirates still managed to cruise to a convincing 3-0 win. Blue Coast have a derby match to contest with these days, and they never seem to find the short trip very easy. As always Storm dug their heels in and made the title hopefuls work hard for their points. Two first half goals from Chris Abaroa and Owen Belter put Storm in a strong position, but they were simply outgunned as Coast went up through the gears, scoring three second half goals. Elsewhere, in a slightly topsy-turvy week, The Stars were the only other side to come away with a credible score line, as they inflicted another defeat on highflying CP, with a very good 2-1 win away from home. Magnus Kellur cancelled out an early Vince Smith goal, before Ed Santos snatched all three points in the closing stages with a well taken strike from the edge of the box.

Globe Cup - Quarterfinal
Willox Street Pirates 4–1 CA Paulinthal (PAS)
(SCT) Port Sebastian 2–1 Blue Coast 1981

And it just continued to get better, as Pasargan heavyweights CA Paulinthal became the latest side to find the going tough at the Willox Street Stadium. On a stiflingly hot evening in the City, the Pirates used their pace to excellent effect once again as they ran away with a 4-1 win. Blue Coast couldn't quite summon up the same form as they travelled to the Schottic capital to take on Port Sebastian. The Schottic league runners-up looked in good shape as they edged a 2-1 win.

CEdC - Quarterfinal
(TMB) Hoxford United 0-1 Willox Street Pirates
(DKI) SC West Namagoro 2-1 e Blue Coast 1981 (1-3 AET)

In the CEdC quarterfinal, the writing was already on the wall for poor Hoxford as they played host to the Willox Street Pirates. Having won the first leg 6-0 and defeated CAP 4-1 in their previous game the Christopheran champs looked in no mood to mess about. Despite going in as overwhelming favourites, Alvin Buernsides' team could only manage a single goal, but Yunji's 24 minute strike was enough to give them the win. However there was a more dramatic end for Blue Coast 1981, who found their narrow lead pegged back by Damakunian side West Namagoro. It took an extra time goal from Ross Renshaw to pull them out of trouble, and secure their place in the last four.

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New St Johns 3–3 San Marco Storm
Kelsy Merchants 2–1 Christopheran Porty
New Dundee Star 2–2 Sarrburgh Town
Newport Sirens 2–1 Kirston Eagles
Willox Street Pirates 3–1 Blue Coast 1981

The big matches just keep on coming, with the fans pouring into the Willox Street Stadium to watch the Islands top-two lock horns in what promised to be a fascinating fixture. That wily old fox, Logan Murdoch, was at his very best in this game; the ex Treason skipper using all his experience to marshal the midfield. Blue Coast stayed with their opponents for much of the first half, with Lasse Pedersen even pulling them level at one point from a Caro Bensborg cross. In the second half it was the sky blues who dominated though, with goals from Soren Winterkorn and Boötia giving them a 3-1 win, and moving the League trophy to within their sights. Out with the top two, it seems that the chasing pack are all very evenly matched. The battle for third, and the guaranteed Globe Cup spot is really heating up now, and Kelsy Merchants took a huge step towards that with a 2-1 win over Christopheran Porty. A double from Schottic attacker Akiko, either side of half time, was enough to give them the three points the so badly needed. Stand out player for them was Ellie Vogel, with the midfielder putting in a hard working performance in the middle of the pitch. And finally, the Newport Sirens made hard work of their match with the Kirston Eagles - Nik Konstidious netting late on to save them further embarrassment.

League Cup of Port Christopher
New St Johns 2-1 San Marco Storm
Kelsy Merchants 3-0 Newport Sirens
Sarrburgh Town 1-3 Blue Coast 1981
Willox Street Pirates 4-2 New Dundee Star

Globe Cup - Quarterfinal
(PAS) CA Paulinthal 2-1 Willox Street Pirates
Blue Coast 1981 2-2 Port Sebastian (SCT)

The Willox Street Pirates lost in Pasarga, but their result in the first leg was more than enough to carry them through to the semi finals. It has turned out to be an excellent season for the island's biggest side, with not only their results, but their performances improving under Alvin Burnesides. The board have also revealed he will be under no pressure to sell star players, Onasi and Boötia, who will only be allowed to leave if the price is right. For Coast however, it was the end of the road, as they were dumped cruelly from the competition by Port Sebastian. With the Schottic club firing in a second goal on the night, it proved too much of a mountain to climb.

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San Marco Storm 1–0 Willox Street Pirates
Blue Coast 1981 2–3 Newport Sirens
Kirston Eagles 0–3 New Dundee Star
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
Christopheran Porty 1–1 New St Johns

The Pirates threw Blue Coast a lifeline this week, but it was one they would fail to grab. With the form the City side have been in, you would have expected them to be little phased by a trip to take on San Marco Storm. Having been sorely stretched midweek, big Col Mullery was in from the start, as was Schiavonian winger, Banda Meluo. Storm had to withstand a fair bit of pressure in the opening half hour, but after they got past that, they actually looked a match for the champions. Cleves was forced into a good save from Petr Luongo, before Peter Wiggins scored the only goal of the game for the San Marco side. Despite the open goal this left for their rivals, Blue Coast couldn't capitalise, suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Newport. The Sirens have been really struggling this season, but they turned a few heads with their performance here. Coast looked sluggish at the back, as Lupa Na'Bengna (2) and Acacia García both netted in the second half to give the visitors a 3-2 win. And New Dundee Star will now feel fairly confident of securing third spot, and with it, a Globe Cup spot. The Stars were simply too strong for Kirston, as second half goals from Jameson, Kirillov, and Watson got them home and dry.

Globe Cup - Semi Final
(EUR) Revolutionaries 4–0 Willox Street Pirates

The semi-final of the Globe Cup proved to be a bridge too far for the Willox Street Pirates, as they suffered a heavy loss at the hands of Euran side, Revolutionaries. The Rushmori club exposed some real gaps in the Pirates' back three, which looked painfully flat at times. While the champions' home form has been very good this season, overturning 4-0 might be a tall ask.

SL-X
Christopheran Porty 1–3 San Marco Storm
New St Johns 1–1 Sarrburgh Town
Kelsy Merchants 4–3 Kirston Eagles
New Dundee Star 2–3 Blue Coast 1981
Newport Sirens 2–4 Willox Street Pirates

A 4-2 win over Newport Sirens meant that the Pirates went into the last game of the season just ahead of their closest rivals. They and Blue Coast are equal on points, but the reigning champs have a vastly superior goal difference, meaning that all they need to do is match their opponents score to win the league trophy, and guarantee a minimum of Champions Cup football. Newport have been improving as the season went on, but they were second best on the day. Phenomenally, the Pirates have averaged over three goals a game this season, a dizzying achievement even by their standards. Marc-Andre Onasi scored a double in this match, taking his own personal tally to fifteen; nearly a goal a game for the Cenian winger. Blue Coast had a very difficult fixture, facing New Dundee Star away, but they managed to come through that unscathed, to keep the pressure on the pirates until the last. Schottia striker, Ross Renshaw came up with the goods early on, his two goals inside the first eleven minutes setting the tone for the rest of the game. And Kelsy Merchants will now be firm favourites to clinch fourth spot, after Johnny Markus' late goal at home to Kirston Eagles spared his side the shame of being held to a draw.

Globe Cup - Semi Final
Willox Street Pirates 2-1 Revolutionaries (EUR)

The Pirates put on a very brave show as they bowed out of UICA competition, taking yet another high profile scalp on home soil. The result did nothing in the end to overturn the score from the first leg, with the Revolutionaries early goal meaning that they required six to go through. All the same, this will have gone down as a very good campaign, with Burnsides finally getting the club to a standard which the board have been striving for.

SL-X
San Marco Storm 0–3 Newport Sirens
Willox Street Pirates 3–0 New Dundee Star
Blue Coast 1981 1–1 Kelsy Merchants
Kirston Eagles 0–0 New St Johns
Sarrburgh Town 1–1 Christopheran Porty

The final matchday of the league phase of the Super-League season, and there was still time for things to change hands. However very little did, as the Pirates signed off on a very good year with a 3-0 win over New Dundee Star. The fact that the league-winners took apart the third place side so easily, is testament to how lopsided this league can be at times, and the Stars were rarely ever at the races. Willox Street cut them open twice in the first half, first with Onasi setting up Paterson for the opener, before a great solo run from Boötia allowed the Daineri to double their lead. Soren Winterkorn stuck late on to give the home side a resounding win. It wouldn't have mattered whether Blue Coast had won or not, but all they could manage was a draw against a Kelsy side fighting hard for third spot. Coast took the lead early on, after Chad Duquez floated a ball in for Ross Renshaw to head home. However, Kelsy responded shortly after, with an Akiko free kick whizzing in under the post to level the tie. And Newport Sirens went out on a high, knowing that they will have to do a fair bit of rebuilding work next season to get back up towards the top of the league. Lupa Na'Bengna netted again for the Sirens, as they had their best result of the season, away to San Marco Storm.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Willox Street Pirates 18 14 0 4 56 25 +31 42 League Champions
2 Blue Coast 1981 18 13 1 4 50 36 +14 40 play-offs
3 New Dundee Star 18 10 2 6 41 29 +12 32 play-offs
4 Kelsy Merchants 18 9 4 5 30 28 +2 31 play-offs
5 San Marco Storm 18 9 2 7 28 28 0 29 play-offs
6 Christopheran Porty 18 6 5 7 28 28 0 23 play-offs
7 Sarrburgh Town 18 4 7 7 24 28 −4 19 play-offs
8 Newport Sirens 18 5 3 10 31 43 −12 18 play-offs

9 New St Johns 18 3 6 9 25 40 −15 15
10 Kirston Eagles 18 0 4 14 15 43 −28 4


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CEdC - Semi Final
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Nasutani Powerblade (DKI)
Blue Coast 1981 3–1 South Saints (ETN)

There was a week off, following the end of the league phase of the Super-League season, but the big two still had their work cut out in the CEdC semi final first leg. The Pirates were at home to Nasutani Powerblade, and know that a good win over their Damukunian rivals could pave the way for a first ever grand-final appearance. As expected it was a real tussle, with the visitors keen not to give anything away. Willox Street came through in the end though, with Soren Winterkorn heading in a Boötia corner midway through the second half. Meanwhile, Coast played host to Ethanian side, South Saints. I what was a reasonably straightforward match, the home side quickly raced to a three-goal lead, thanks to Lucio (2) and Pedersen. Saints through themselves a life line in the closing stages though, with an away-goal, which might just keep them in the tie.

CEdC - Semi Final
(DKI) Nasutani Powerblade 1-3 Willox Street Pirates
(ETN) South Saints 1-1 Blue Coast 1981

Willox Street Pirates were in a good position going into the return fixtures, knowing that an early away goal would leave their Damukuni opponents requiring three. Osarian striker, Nancy Peterson duly obliged with a close range effort five minutes in, before a Marc-Anré Onasi double put the game beyond Nasutani Powerblade, and sent the Pirates through to the final. Could Blue Coast join them? Yes they could. Despite a very good performance from South Saints, Ross Renshaw tapped in an Evelyn Conjure pass to give the San Marco side the draw they needed to take them through.

Play-Offs -- Quarterfinal
All matches played at a neutral venue.

Willox Street Pirates 1–1 Newport Sirens (2–1 AET)
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
New Dundee Star 1–2 Christopheran Porty
Kelsy Merchants 1–0 San Marco Storm

Always a nervy weekend, the play-off quarterfinal represents a chance for clubs to guarantee themselves a UICA spot next season. Despite an impressive season so far, the Willox Street Pirates nearly came unstuck as they took on Newport Sirens. Karen Seywel put the Sirens ahead early on, and they managed to hold out for seventy-five minutes before Yunji rescued them with a defected effort from the edge of the box. The match went into extra time, with things very evenly poised at 1-1. Much to the relief their fans, the Pirates dealt they decisive blow, as Gregor Borg nodded in from a Boötia free kick five minutes from the end to send them through to the semis. Blue Coast verses Sarrburgh Town, on the face of it, looked like a straightforward match. However, the play-offs have a funny way of throwing a few curve balls. As we expected, Sarrburgh defended doggedly, and it took something very special from Coast to break the deadlock. Chad Duquez turned quickly on the ball, before launching an excellent cross in towards the back post for Lucio to header in for the only goal of the game. New Dundee Star definitely drew the short straw in Christopheran Porty, who have been having their best season in the Super-League era so far. The Stars were perhaps the better side, but they didn't take their chances. As a result CP struck late on through Tim Corner to win the match 2-1, and secure themselves UICA football for the first time. Finally, Kelsy Merchants managed to get the goal they needed to see off San Marco Storm. In what was a very hotly contested match, Aurora Quiñones second half strike was all that could separate the two sides. Storm will be very disappointed to miss out on UICA football next year, with the ambitious club seeing this as a real setback.

Play-Offs -- Semi-final
All matches played at a neutral venue.

Willox Street Pirates 1–2 Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Kelsy Merchants

Lightning stuck this week, as the pitfalls of the play-off system were laid bare for all to see. The Pirates might have had a fantastic season, but they will now be left with a bitter taste in their mouths following a 2-1 defeat to CP in the semi finals. The Pirates came out of the blocks flying, but after a tumultuous opening ten minutes, CP got themselves back into contention. The truth of the matter was that the league minnows simply worked harder. The Pirates found it difficult to make anything stick in midfield against a team who looked like they were playing for their very lives. The forward runs or Rian Corrello caused Alvin Burnsides' players problems all match, and it will have come as no surprise that it was her cross, which created the winning goal for Vince Smith. The other semi was more of a straight up match, and with the Pirates losing earlier in the day, Coast must have sensed a massive opportunity to snatch to Super-League title through the back door. They still had to get past Kelsy of course, but provided they could do that, they knew they had a very winnable final lying in wait. As you would predict, the Traders gave nothing away for free and there were definitely opportunities at both ends. While Kelsy are no slouches, there is a difference between these sides however, and that's Schottia international Evelyn Conjure, whose pace and passing was a cut above. Chad Duquez scored the only goal of the game with a freekick form the left side of the box to set up a Coast Vs. CP final.

League Cup of Port Christopher Final @ The Willox Street Stadium

Kelsy Merchants 1-1 Blue Coast 1981 (3–1 AET)

Kelsy became the first ever cup champions in Port Christopher, as they picked up the inaugural trophy. In a very close game, the teams were all square after 90 minutes, with Akiko cancelling out a Lucio opener. In extra time the Traders really cranked it up a notch, with goals from Quiñones and Jones-Brown, which helped them to their first ever piece of silver wear.

Play-Offs -- Third Place Match @ The Ocena Shores Stadium

Willox Street Pirates 3–1 Kelsy Merchants

It wasn't where they wanted to be, but the Willox Street Pirates had to get on with it none the less. After failing to make the final, the club were left counting their lucky stars that they won the League Trophy, otherwise there would have been no Champions' Cup football next year. In the end they made light work of the their opponents, Kelsy, with first half goals from Winterkorn and Bronte giving them a comfortable lead. Johnny Markus pulled a goal back for the Traders in the second half, but substitute Banda Meluo secured the bronze medals for the Pirates with her goal seven minutes from time.

Super-Leage VIII Grand Final @ The Willox Street Stadium

Blue Coast 1981 5–0 Christopheran Porty

So a somewhat unconventional looking Super-League X Final. Blue Coast 1981 won't have surprised anyone with their appearance here, but there can't have been many at the start of the season who expected to see Christopheran Porty. The team set up by Port Sebastian supporting expats have had the season of their lives, somehow finishing sixth in the league with a team of home-grown players, many of whom are pushing forty. The great pity for them is the fact that their one shining light this season, Rian Corrello, missed out through suspension, giving the match a strangely hollow feeling. CP minus Corrello are as flat as a pancake, which is worrying given the fact that they are almost certain to lose her next season. Blue Coast must have been nervous going in to the match, given the way the Pirates had come unstuck in the semis. However, they had nothing to worry about as the match became something of a lap of honour. Lucio (2), Renshaw, Pedersen, and Bensborg all scored in what was more or less a rout.

Champions Cup: Blue Coast 1981, Willox Street Pirates
Globe Cup: Christopheran Porty, Kelsy Merchants, New Dundee Star (as highest League finishers, of the sides losing in the PO-QF


CEdC - GRAND FINAL @ Damukuni
Willox Street Pirates 3–2 Blue Coast 1981

The CEdC final ended up becoming the pinnacle of the sporting season, thanks to the phenomenal efforts of Port Christopher's big two, meaning that the territory was guaranteed it's first international domestic trophy. The tournament had a slightly subdued feel to it, with only ten associations sending teams forward, and there were a few notable omissions. One still needs to get there, of course, and for an island of just over a million people, it wasn't a bad effort. The Pirates were out to spare their blushes after missing out on the SL-X title, and they looked in the mood early on. Winterkorn converted from a Onasi cross, before Nancy Peterson came close to doubling their lead shortly after. Coast weren't going to let this one go though, and they managed to pull level through Ross Renshaw on the stroke of half time. The Pirates retook the lead thanks to a header from Gregor Borg, turning in a Boötia corner, only for Lasse Pedersen to equalise again from close range. The Pirates would have the final say however, and after leaving it late, young Cenian winger, Onasi, scored what the fans will be hoping was not his last goal at the club, to secure them a valuable piece of silverware. It will be a very special moment for both clubs - and the entire territory - as they may now earn some much-needed self-respect.

Awards

Player of the Year:

1st: Rian Corrello (Christopheran Porty)
2nd: Marc-André Onasi (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
3rd: Evelyn Conjure (Blue Coast 1981) - Schottia
4th: Soren Winterkorn (Willox Street Pirates) - Cosumar
5th: Boötia (Willox Street Pirates) - Dainer
6th: Chad Duquez (Blue Coast 1981) - Quebec
7th: Alisander Seip (Blue Coast 1981) - Nephara

Golden Boot:

1st: 25 Soren Winterkorn (Willox Street Pirates) - Cosumar
2nd: 20 Ross Renshaw (Blue Coast 19819 - Schottia
3rd: 19 Marc-André Onasi (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni

Young player of the year:

1st: Marc-André Onasi (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
2nd: Johnny Markus (Kelsy Merchants) - Mercedini
3rd: Ross Renshaw (Blue Coast 19819 - Schottia
4th: Magnus Kellur (New Dundee Star)
5th: Caroline Bensborg (Blue Coast 1981)
6th: Sisu Cassidy (Newport Sirens) - Qasden
7th: Tsuritsa Zinograni (Sarrburgh Town) - Unified Sunrise Islands

Manager of the year:

1st: Dennis Bruce (Christopheran Porty)
2nd: Jan Markus Hellensen (Blue Coast 1981) - Semarland
3rd: Alvin Burnsides (Willox Street Pirates) - Cosumar
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Six years ago, in a bid to make the league more competitive, a massive restructuring job took place, with the number of teams reduced to ten, and a play-offs system introduced. In a small territory of just over one million people, trying to sustain a league of twelve teams was often a bit of a stretch, and it lead to some ridiculous mismatches. The Super-League season is very short, and takes place during the winter months, when the temperatures are a little more bearable..





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Willox Street Pirates
Stadium: Willox Street stadium, 19,500
Average attendance: 12,218
Manager: Alvin Burnsides (COS)
Colours: Sky blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Pirates
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GK. Melissa Cleves 33, Brenecia (c)
RB. Rian Corrello 23, Port Christopher
LB. Liam Goncalves 23, Port Christopher
CB. Tomas Nazario-Silva 24, Port Christopher
CB. Seon-Yann Slater 24, Drawkland
DM. Maeve Bronte 24, Port Christopher
CM. Seyda Artîn 19, Schottia
AMR. Marc-André Onasi 21, Ceni
AML. Boötia 28, Dainer
CF. Sasha Falkenrath 19, Ceni
CF. Soren Winterkorn 28, Cosumar

-subs-
GK. Cooper Granely 21, Port Christopher
CB. Codie Del Sera 24, Port Christopher
DMC. Milomir Savelievich 30, Polkopia
AML. Banda Meluo 25, Schiavonia
CF. Adan Zhivko 16, Port Christopher

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Following on from their most successful season in the UICA era, the Pirates will be looking to capitalise on their momentum while recapturing the Super-League XI title in the process. The gulf between the top and the bottom of the Christopheran league system looks to be growing further, despite huge efforts to bring about the opposite. With the Alvin Burnsides' team spending another fifteen million on players during the window, it is difficult to see any side really competing with them in terms of strength and depth. Top goal-scorer Soren Winterkorn is joined by rising star of Cenian football, Sasha Falkenrath, an exciting prospect who should definitely bolster their attacking options as Burnsides switches to his trusted 4-4-2 formation. Daineri, Boötia, switching from the number-ten slot to the left wing, shows his versatility in attack; while Marc-André Onasi's explosive pace and finishing cutting in from the right should make that a dangerous combination. With Logan Murdoch's retirement, Christopheran international, Maeve Bronte will team up with Schottic hard-girl, Seyda Artîn, in a central midfield that won't take any prisoners. There has been a lot of chopping and changing in the defence, as the side switch to a full-back system. Christopheran internationalist, Rian Corrello, and Liam Goncalves join from CP and Dundee respectively, and both should be more than capable at this level. Drawkish defender, Seon-Yann Slater, will partner hatchet man defender, Tomas Nazario-Silva, and what has the makings competent centre of defence. In goals, once again, is their vastly experienced Brenecian captain Melissa Cleves, who is expected to be rock-solid as ever.

Prediction: Champions.


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Blue Coast 1981
Stadium: Ocean Shores Stadium , 18,000
Average attendance: 7,856
Manager: Jan Markus Hellensen (SEM)
Colours: Gold and blue
Location: San Marco
Nick name: The Seasiders
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GK. Pearl Endicott 24, Northern Sunrise Islands
RB. Claire Osgood 32, Abanhfleft (c)
LB. Alisander Seip 24, Nephara
CB. Akachi Okwu 24, Semarland
CB. John Hare 20, Schottia*
CM. Rebecca Stenger 26, Nephara
CM. Lasse Pedersen 31, Semarland
RM. Caroline Bensborg 22, Port Christopher
L/CM. Chad Duquez 25, Quebec
CF. Lucio Sylvestre 30, Braziliana
CF. Ross Renshaw 21, Schottia

-subs-
LB. Rémi Niel 22, Gadirya
AML/C. Aredhel Neil 31, Port Christopher
CF. Jakob Nelsen 28, Semarland
*On loan from Handon United

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There are a few of the usual doom merchants predicting, well... doom and gloom for Blue Coast this season following the sale of their star player during the summer. While Evelyn Conjure's departure will likely make a big hole in title defence, it is probably the noises coming out of Coast's owners (the Ocean Shore Group) which cause the most concern. The club have not been spending anything like the money they were on players, and with the majority of Conjure's $20,000,000 transfer fee simply banked, it hard to see where the side can improve. Anyway, all that to one side. The Seasiders have a decent enough attack by anyone's standards, with Schottia cap, Ross Renshaw, and prolific Brazilianian, Lucio, most certainly capable of scoring goals. Chad Duquez, despite looking like he's been picked up on the kerb sleeping rough outside a nightclub, provides some real quality on the left side of the pitch, with arguably the best delivery in the league. On the right, Caro Bensborg provides a bit of contrast; a headless chicken with pace to burn, she can cause a lot of problems in getting to the by-line so long as she remembers to stop. Journey woman, Rebecca Stenger, is Conjure's replacement in midfield, as so long as she stays injury free, she can most certainly be a good addition. The Nepharim will have Lasse Pedersen for company, the vastly experienced former Raynor City player had a very good debut season last time round. The big thing that Jan Markus Hellensen's team have got going for them is the fact that they are a well-balanced side, especially at the back. Captain, Claire Osgood, starting at right-back is a seasoned international with Abahnfleft. On the left, Alisander Seip, has had a very good twenty-four months in Port Christopher, and the Nepharim does a good job of covering for the somewhat lazy, Duquez. Akachi Okwu is highly underrated at centre-half, and this season the Semar is paired up with Schottia U21 star, John Hare, on loan from Handon United. Keeper, Pearl Endicott, is a very athletic player, and a relic from a time when Coast used to spend a lot more on players.

Prediction: 2nd.


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Kelsy Merchants
Stadium: Kaesle Park, 6,500
Average attendance: 5,760
Manager: Johnas Bendt
Colours: Orange and blue
Location: Kelsy
Nick name: The Traders
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GK. Joel Mendoza 31, San Jose Gauaybal
RB. Sasha Christener 33, Nephara
CB. Simon Del Robbe 24, Port Christopher
CB. Dean Parker 21, Port Christopher
LB. Mathias Mtiliga 29, Semarland
CM. Ellie Vogel 27, Mertagne (c)
CM. Johnny Markus 21, Mercedini
CM. John Murchison 21, Schottia
ACM. Akiko 28, Schottia
CF. Aurora Quiñones 25, Port Christopher
CF. Jacques 28, Port Christopher

-subs-
GK. Billy Hauchette 36, Port Christopher
RWB. Dan Philips 28, Port Christopher
LWB. Steve Wallace 33, Port Christopher
RM. Ale Rousen 29, Port Christopher
CF. David Sol 25, Port Christopher

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Somehow it's never really happened for the Traders, despite pushing the top-two hard on occasion. A fleeting visit to the Globe Cup group stages a few years back seems to be the most they were able to achieve, despite the fact that they have a decent enough budget. Possibly in another league they would be an altogether different side, but trying to attract players to Port Christopher without the prospect of Champions' Cup football isn't so easy. Kelsy are a side who really pack a punch though, and Jacques is a signing which might raise one or two eyebrows; the former Dundee man will slot in alongside fellow Christopheran striker, Aurora Quiñones. In the midfield they have good balance with Akiko (who knows where the goals are), playing alongside the hardworking duo of Johnny Markus and Ellie Vogel. Youngster, John Murchison, will join the starting line-up this season, after a good year in the reserves. The club's big name signing this season is Nepharim international, Sasha Christener; and despite being thirty-three, the right-back should still easily have enough quality to make an impact in this league. Her opposite number is Mathias Mtiliga, who seems to have fizzled out a little after a very promising start to his career here in Port Christopher. At centre-back, however, you have to worry a little for Kelsy, with the not-exactly-composed, Simon Del Robbe, now joined by the inexperienced Dean Parker. Guayabalese keeper, Joel Mendoza, looked the part last season, and will likely to the job once more.

Prediction: 3rd.


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Sarrburgh Town
Stadium: John Cooper Park, 7,000
Average attendance: 3,414
Manager: Harry Farnmoun
Colours: Red and white checks
Location: Sarrburgh
Nick name: The Boys
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GK. Scott Torrence 29, Port Christopher
RB. Aaron Boyle 18, Schottia
LB. Aliye Akbaş 30, Port Christopher
CB. Kiko Darret 27, Port Christopher
CB. Suzanna Nittel 26, Port Christopher
RM. Samid Khren 24, Port Christopher
LM. Joyce Del Rougemont 16, Port Christopher
CM. David Bloesch 23, Port Christopher
CM. Mia Huntly-Cooper 31, Port Christopher (c)
CF. Faith Bhukhwana 29, Quebec
CF. Tsuritsa Zinograni 20, Unified Sunrise Islands

-subs-
CF. Becky Munroe 31, Port Christopher

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Sarrburgh Town have always been haunted by their pre-UICA history, as the money flooding in recently has left them firmly rooted to the middle of the table. The Boys are a good side nonetheless, and if they get the rub of the green, there is nothing to stop them challenging for the last Globe Cup spot. Tsuritsa Zinograni has been called the Super-League's CMB, owing to her combative style of football, and the Sunriser certainly packs a punch alongside Faith Bhukhwana. There has been a lot of change in the midfield, with Mia Huntly-Cooper taking over the armband, and youngsters Joyce Del Rougemont and David Bloesch thrown in at the deep end. Samid Khren was very good last season, and Sarrburgh with be looking once again to the right-winger to cause some damage going forward. The long awaited retirement of James Del Vertio means there is finally a starting role for Suzanna Nittel, who will start alongside Kiko Darret. Handon born, Aaron Boyle, is also one to watch at right-back, the teenager having performed well at youth level. Jewel in the Sarrburgh crown is Scott Torrance, the naturalised Schottian who has put in some very good performances for the Christopheran national team.

Prediction: 7th.

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New Dundee Star
Stadium: Town Stadium, 11,000
Average attendance: 8,831
Manager: Dane Stewart
Colours: Green and white
Location: New Dundee
Nick name: The Stars
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GK. Jordi Porra 24, Felix
RB. Elliot Thompson 31, Port Christopher
LB. Christopher Hess 23, Schottia
CB. Emiliana Rizzuto 25, Osarius
CB. Enrique Villabolos 32, Batto Vitolo
RM. Ed Santos 31, Port Christopher
LM. Ephraim Kirillov 29, Polkopia
CM. Sigrun Kannis 29, Nephara (c)
CM. Magnus Kellur 20, Port Christopher
ACM. Stella Watson 22, Port Christopher
CF Nik Konstidios 32, Schottia

-subs-
GK. James Quinn 34, Port Christopher
RM. Ian Bartts 33, Port Christopher

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New Dundee Star are the kind of team that could spring a surprise, even though anything extraordinary looks unlikely. They have very good average attendance, and some of the most loyal fans in the Super-League, but they don't have the same external cash backing as some of the bigger sides. The $2,000,000 they forked out on Schottia cap, Nik Konstidios, is big statement of intent and the former Hillstreet, Handon United, and Sirens striker will accompany the fancy-footed Stella Watson in attack. Magnus Kellur was a revelation coming into this side as a teenager last season, and after winning his first Port Christopher cap, he will be looking to build on that success. Alongside him is the rough and tumble midfielder, Sigrun Kannis, who has also proven a good source of goals since joining up from Porject +90. A lot of the Stars' strength comes from their pace in the wide areas, with Ed Santos and Ephraim Kirillov both seasoned pros. Again, in defence they look reasonably solid. Schottian, Chris Hess, is another Project +90 graduate, and his opposite number, Elliot Thompson, has caps to his name. Enrique Villabolos is a hulking great mountain of a centre-back, and compliments the finer built, Emiliana Rizzuto in what is a good "little and large" combination. Felix born keeper, Jordi Porra, is still young and likely needs a little more time to improve.

Prediction: 4th

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New St Johns
Stadium: High School Ground, 9,000
Average attendance: 2,793
Manager: John Defretua
Colours: Black and white stripes
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Saints
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GK. Donald Gordon 37, Port Christopher (c)
RB. Anderiz 30, Port Christopher
LB. Darian Creek 30, Port Christopher
CB. Karri Loikkanen 31, Polkopia
CB. Caprius Pria 29, San Llera
RM. Anna Meyreani 16, Schottia
LM. Tom Popescu-Black 32, Port Christopher
CM. Douglas Flack 20, Port Christopher
CM. Sam Tomlin 30, Schottia
SS. Conner Orton 32, Port Christopher
CF. Bear Smith 29, Bonesea


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GK. Fiona Fife 30, Port Christopher
L/RM. Terry Heeny 31, Port Christopher

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After only managing a haul of fifteen points last season, you'd be forgiven for predicting another very tough season ahead for the Saints. John Defretua's side are notorious for working hard, but to very little ends, and fleeting visits to UICA football in the past, have always been short lived. There is a real mix of players in this team with some real gems of quality pocking out through the dirt. In attack they have a pair of real, powerhouses in the form of Conner Orton and Bear Smith. Boney, Smith, managed a respectable haul last season, and he will need to have his scoring boots on once more. In the centre, Sam Tomlin has been capped for Schottia at U21 level, and he will likely need to be at his best to play alongside the untested Douglas Flack. Anna Meyreani was actually signed two years ago after being spotted playing football with her father while on holiday, the 16-year-old now completes a fairytale journey by starting on the right. Port Christopher international, Tom Popescu-Black, is probably their best player on the left, and he will be called upon more than ever this season. The Saints have plenty of experience in the back four, with Anderiz a wily and hard-battling figure at right-back, capable of doing some damage on the overlap. Donald Gordon is their captain, and stalwart between the sticks. The 37-year-old keeper is likely to have a busy season.

Prediction: 9th

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San Marco Storm (Formerly Tralend)
Stadium: Mark Del Cemny Stadium, 2,500
Average attendance: 2,269
Manager: Catherine Sedgewick (NPH)
Colours: Blue and green
Location: Tralend, San Marco
Nick name: The Storm
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GK. Knut Kanu-Larsberg 24, Semarland
RB. Lawrence Morton 19, Port Christopher
LB. Marko Hillar 32, Vormsi (Schottia)
CB. Steven Gray 23, Schottia
CB. Owen Belter 34, Schottia
RM. Kira Nirie 24, Central Sunrise Islands (c)
LM. Petr Luongo 31, Quebec
CM. Lucy Del Aragona 20, Schottia
CM. Gary Erwin 31, Port Christopher
CF. Chris Abaroa 27, Port Christopher
CF. Nancy Peterson 26, Osarius

-subs-
GK. Grant Vos 30, Port Christopher
RB. Mark Corbie 28, Port Christopher
CF. Gighi Feltern 29, Port Christopher

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Storm started out with great gusto following their inception a few years back, however things seem to have quietened down somewhat on that front. Attendances have never really picked up in any meaningful way, and common consensus would be that manager Catherine Sedgewick is actually doing a pretty good job in holding a messy situation together. The club have spent money on Pirates player, Nancy Peterson, who can definitely score goals in this league. The Osarian will partner another former Willox Street recruit in the form of Chris Abaroa, in what on paper looks like a very able duo. Kira Nirie is their captain, and the imaginative right-winger probably actually deserves a move to better club in all honesty. Her opposite number, Quebecois, Petr Luongo, looked good last season and his delivery into the box was a key element of the attack. Gary Irwin can hold his own in the centre, but as for Lucy Del Aragona, we will need to wait and see. In defence a lot hinges on veteran centre-back Owen Belter, who has a new partner in crime in the form of Steven Gray, eleven years his junior. Lawrence Morton is another young Christopheran right-back, and certainly one to watch. And lastly, former Semerlandic U20 star, Knut Kanu-Larsberg has proven himself a valuable asset in goals.

Prediction: 5th.

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Newport Sirens
Stadium: The James Williams Arena, 24,000
Average attendance: 7,531
Manager: James Del Vertio
Colours: Black and white
Location: Newport
Nick name: The Sirens.
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GK. David Benning 32, Shalum
RB. Tamara Rosenbauer 29, Nephara
LB. Jasmine Bartley25, Schottia
CB. Louise Kaltsas 33, Brenecia
CB. Hamish Ellan 20, Port Christopher
RM. Deek Rotter 27, Schottia
LM. Acacia García 27, Port Christopher
CM. Karen Seywel 35, Schottia (C)
CM. Sisu Cassidy 23, Qasden
CF Alex Marray 24, Port Christopher
CF. Lupa Na'Bengna 29, Cosumar

-subs-
GK. Desmond Duncan 26, Schottia
CF. Olivia Serra 26, Port Christopher
CF. Liam Douglas 31, Port Christopher


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Newport Sirens are a side who have been slowly gaining supporters in the Super-League, but that may be down to the fact that there is now actually a town around the stadium. Five years of playing in a giant building site are over, and with them, the reign of Neil Scarton. James Del Vertio comes in as manager, no doubt bustling with fresh ideas, and the side will be hoping he came make a difference. Looking through the starting eleven, the Sirens actually seem pretty strong. Starting with the strike force; Lupa Na'Bengna has really been the main source of goals in recent years, and Del Vertio has hopefully found a worthy partner for her in young Alex Marray. Qasden's Sisu Cassidy has really matured into a good all-round central midfielder, and with 35-year-old Karen Seywel keeping her right, they should be able to hold their own. Deek Rotter and Acacia García are very similar players on the wings. Rotter, who joined from Handon Uinted six years ago has Schottia U21 caps to his name, while García has represented her country at senior level. Benecian, Louise Kaltsas, and young Hamish Ellan is maybe a little bit of a patch up job at centre half; and given Tamara Rosenbauer and Jasmine Bartley aren’t world-beaters either, we are likely to see goals at least. Keeper, David Benning, should help gloss over some of the cracks though, the Salumite international having been on top form last season.

Prediction: 6th.

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Christopheran Porty
Stadium: Argets Stadium, 3,500
Average attendance: 1,657
Manager: Dennis Bruce
Colours: Sky blue
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Porty, CP
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GK Chris Gonzaö 36, Schottia (c)
RB. Sophia Jackson 22, Port Christopher
LB. Davy Sexton 31, Port Christopher
CB. Donald Mann 22, Schottia
CB. Lewis Skillen 35, Port Christopher
RM. Richard Geddes 18, Schottia*
LM. Dylan Gallagher 17, Port Christopher
DM. Simon Del Pratolini 21, Port Christopher
CM. Marian Bristowz 20, Port Christopher
CF. Vince Smith 26, Port Christopher
CF. Lenya Auzens 19, Port Christopher*

-subs-
CM. Seeäna 33, Port Christopher
RM. Mitch Coroner 30, Port Christopher
*On loan from Port Sebastian

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Following on from their fairytale season, the former Christopheran branch of the Port Sebastian supporters club have had some big work to do. Despite making the play-offs final, and the Globe Cup for the first time, a series of retirements have seen them need to bring in new recruits en masse. There has always been a strong connection between the two Portys, and with four former players making the move from the SPL, the ranks have been bolstered in the nick of time. Loanee, Lenya Auzens, is a Christopheran native, and will need to hit the ground running alongside Vince Smith in attack. There have been big changes in the midfield, and there is going to be a lot of pressure on young shoulders. Another loan player, Richard Geddes, is probably the pick of the midfield and his pace could present the opposition with some problems. Defender, Lewis Skillen, is pretty effective if not a little clumsy, and he should be able to hold his own alongside new signing, Nick Mann. CP's big signing is former Port Sebastian, Marionville, and Schottia keeper, Chris Gonzaö. The 36-year-old is without a doubt the biggest signing in the club's history, and he will need to be at his best.

Prediction: 8th.

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Kirston Eagles
Stadium: Roston Dytes, 2,000
Average attendance: 928
Manager: Steve White
Colours: Blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Eagles.
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GK. Fred Wood 45, Port Christopher
RB. Dane Stein 28, Port Christopher
LB. Rab Harris 37, Port Christopher
CB. Grant Campbell 35, Port Christopher
CB. Dave Del Quill 22, Port Christopher
CM. Alan Forrester 23, Port Christopher
CM. Chris Diales 26, Port Christopher
CM. Amy Shemp 32, Schottia
ACM. Camillo Bolelli 20, Port Christopher
CF. Kate Carr 18, Port Christopher
CF. Jaden Ross 38, Maretta (c)

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Some day Kirston Eagles are just going to stop and give up. It's almost become a bit of a cliché that the team who play on a football pitch behind a community centre will finish bottom of the league getting thumped week in week out. For far too long they have relied upon the striking abilities of 38-year-old forward, Jaden Ross, who despite his advancing years, is still very much a player. Elsewhere, former Pirtates kid, Camillo Bolelli, has also shown a few flashes of brilliance in his years as an academy player, and could perhaps add something. At the back, Kirston could really be struggling though, with a serious lack of pace, and a 45-year-old goalkeeper, you could imagine the top clubs having a field day. A reasonable finish for the Eagles would be anything other than rock bottom, and more than the four points they acquired last season would be a good start.

Prediction: 10th.
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UICA - Globe Cup and Champions' Cup Qualifying Rounds.

New Dundee Star were the first team out the blocks for Port Christopher, as they travelled to Savojarna to take on Dynamo Novaya Russica. After narrowly scraping through the away leg thanks to a Nik Konstidious header, the Stars made the most of the sweltering heat in the return leg, defeating their opponents 4-1 in what was a very accomplished display. Next up, in their bid to make the Glob Cup, was a trip to face Lindon United, a side who battled hard to a 2-2 draw, much to manager Dane Stewart's frustration. It seems a feature of New Dundee Star, that the humidity during their home matches is something of an advantage right now, and back in Port Christopher they took full advantage to produce a 2-0 win. The game was well and truly up however, as a 5-1 defeat at The Northern Blue Lions meant that they crashed out in the third round, with the scoreline insurmountable.

There was massive disappointment for Willox Street Pirates in the first round of the Champions Cup, as a disastrous first leg in the Whirl Islands left them without much of a prayer. There will have been a massive autopsy following the 4-0 defeat, and it will be a result which puts a target on manager Alvin Burnsides' back already. Despite a 3-0 win in the return leg, there was no was back for the Pirates. A hard thought win over Lusitano de Macau in the Globe Cupwould have eased the fans suffering, and the manager's pressure after the Champions' Cup exit though. A 4-1 win, and a Falkenrath hattrick, probably helped convince the board that everything was back on track. Then, disaster stuck. It would be pretty disrespectful to suggest that getting knocked out by Emerald City Harmony was shock of the season, but the truth is, the Pirates just didn't play well at all. A 2-2 draw in the home leg sewed the seeds for what was a dismally early exit from UICA competition.

We were left holding our breath as Christopheran Porty took to the pitch in their first (and very likely last) UICA adventure. However, despite going down one nil to Zoloroni Metropolitan in Mercedini, the small club bounced back in the return leg, as a Richard Geddes double helped them through to the third qualifying round. Crazier things have probably happened, but only just, as CP scored a late goal in Pasarga to knock Hellinic Rouge out of the Globe Cup. In an oven-like Port Christopher, Porty set themselves up with a three nil win, totally against the form book. And while Rouge utterly ran them over back in Rushmore, a late strike from Vince Smith was enough to see them through on away goals. Predictably enough though, CP choked at the final hurdle, with CA Paulinthal getting revenge for their fellow Pasargans, with a comprehensive 5-1 aggregate win.

Kelsy Merchants went into the Globe Cup looking desperately to return to the group stages, after missing out last time round. Their first opponents were Vidial Alchemists who despite putting up a good fight in both legs, were eventually overcome, thanks to goals from Jacques and Johnny Markus. Next up for the traders was the far stiffer test of Zoloroni City, with Markus getting the chance to show his home nation what he was capable of. In a strong first leg, Kelsy got the two away goals, which would make it very difficult for City back in Port Christopher. The heat on the island at this time of year is a real issue, and goals from Akiko and Vogel ensured that Kelsy were safely through. The pressure was on, as SCU Torreense presented Kelsy with a very winnable game as they looked to make the group phase of the competition. After a disaster of a home leg, Kelsy managed to pick themselves up and an extra-time goal from Quiñones must have sent a palpable sense of relief through the side as they safely negotiated the qualifiers.

Finally Blue Coast 1981 seem to be getting rather good at all this. The difference that Jan Markus Hellensen has made to this side is incredible, and as they prepared to take on Crown Fighters, there was a real sense of belief. A 2-0 win in San Marco, followed up by a more impressive 3-0 win in Coldfield was the perfect start, as the club avoided any banana skins. Next up was Bojikstan's Strasburg Saints, and despite a 3-3 draw away from home, Coast really moved up through the gears in the return leg, putting four past their opponents for no reply, to secure Champions' Cup football, and the much needed revenues that go with it.

SL-XI
Christopheran Porty 0–1 Newport Sirens
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Blue Coast 1981 0–0 Kelsy Merchants
New St Johns 0–0 Kirston Eagles
San Marco Storm 0–0 New Dundee Star

It a bitterly dull afternoon, the Super-League teams got us rolling with a grand total of two goals - Yes, two goals from five matches. Sasha Falkenrath got his Pirates career up and running, in what was one of the few bright spots of the afternoon, as the young Cenian did well to get on the end of the end of a Maeve Bronte pass. It was the only goal of the game, but it was more than enough to see off Sarrburgh, who turned up at the Willox Street with the sole aim of defending. The only other goal fell to Deek Rotter, who helped Newport Sirens to an opening day win over an impressive looking Christopheran Porty. We weren't sure if the new look CP would struggle or not this season, but they were extremely unlucky to come away with nothing in this match. Elsewhere Blue Coast were one of the many sides held to a 0-0 draw, in a match where nothing they tried seemed to come off. Hellensen's players had a lot of the possession, perhaps underlining the gulf in quality between the sides, but Kelsy managed to ride their luck and come away with the draw.

SL-XI
Newport Sirens 1–2 New Dundee Star
Kirston Eagles 0–3 San Marco Storm
Kelsy Merchants 1–0 New St Johns
Sarrburgh Town 0–2 Blue Coast 1981
Christopheran Porty 1–2 Willox Street Pirates

After an heroic stand in the first game of the season, Kirston Eagles were back to their old ways, being taken apart by a ruthless Storm side, who could have scored even more. New signing, Nancy Peterson, was fired up for this one, and the Osarian scored a double inside the opening twenty minutes to more or less knock the game on the head. A pin-point Kira Nirie cross just after the restart picked out Chris Abaroa for the decisive third goal of the match. Blue Coast also got over their early jitters as some clinical finishing helped them to a 2-0 win over Sarrburgh Town. It's not been the best start of the season for Sarburgh, and it got even worse as goals from Ross Renshaw and Chad Duquez resigned them to defeat. Coast took the lead after new signing, Rebecca Stenger, played a clever ball over the top for Schottia's Renshaw to tuck home. Duquez settled matters just before the final whistle, as he curled in a free kick from the edge of the area. There was also another strong performance from Christopheran Porty, as the young side continue to find their feet. Lenya Auzens actually gave them the lead over the Willox Street Pirates, only for a Soren Winterkorn double to resign them to defeat for a second week running.

SL-XI
Willox Street Pirates 2–0 Newport Sirens
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Christopheran Porty
New St Johns 2–3 Sarrburgh Town
San Marco Storm 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
New Dundee Star 1–1 Kirston Eagles

Alvin Burnsides and his players are working hard to erase the bitter memories of their UICA disaster, and all they can really do is keep on winning games. With sixty percent possession, the only real surprise is that they didn't win by a bigger margin, because the Sirens were rarely in the match. Seyda Artîn put in a good performance in the centre of the pitch, and had a hand in Sasha Falkenrath's opening goal, before going close herself. Liam Goncalves scored the second with a distance effort half an hour from the end. Kelsy Merchants recorded a narrow win in what might well turn out to be a crucial match in deciding the play-off rankings. A lovely piece of skill from Akiko opened up the Storm defence, before Jacques pounced to score his first goal on his return to the Super-League. San Marco Storm had their chances as the match went on, but they were unable to get back into the game. Match of the day, however, was up at New St Johns, with Sarrburgh producing a shock performance on the road. Faith Bhukhwana bulleted in a header from a Samid Khren cross to give the Boys the lead, before Bear Smith returned the favour at the other end, after some nice foot-work from Anna Meyreani. Sam Tomlin then put the home side ahead, before a late comeback from Sarrburgh earned them a valuable three points away from home, with Zinograni and Huntly-Cooper getting the goals.

SL-XI
Newport Sirens 2–0 Kirston Eagles
Kelsy Merchants 1–0 New Dundee Star
Sarrburgh Town 2–3 San Marco Storm
Christopheran Porty 0–2 New St Johns
Willox Street Pirates 0–0 Blue Coast 1981

The Pirates Vs. Coast has become the match people want to see in Port Christopher. It's the fixture that can fill stadiums and get fans buzzing, even back in Schottia. With all the eager anticipation, it was kind of sod's law that the match would finish in a somewhat uninspiring 0-0 draw. Weirdly both sides seemed content with the result at this stage in the season, and that perhaps contributed to the low-key atmosphere. Boötia came closest to breaking the deadlock on forty minutes, when his long range effort cannoned back off the upright. New St Johns made light work of a now thoroughly demoralised looking CP side, who really struggled to get a foothold in the match. Anna Meyreani once again looked like a rising star of the game, as she twisted this way and that, creating huge amounts of problems for Davy Sexton at left back. In the end it was a very convincing win for John Defretua's side. Finally, Kelsy Merchants left it very late before scoring the goal which preserves there strong start to the season. Some excellent work from Johnny Markus created the opening for Aurora Quiñones who tucked the ball away with aplomb, her stylish finish ensuring that they club stay in the title hunt.

SL-XI
Blue Coast 1981 5–0 Newport Sirens
New St Johns 1–2 Willox Street Pirates
San Marco Storm 2–1 Christopheran Porty
New Dundee Star 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Kirston Eagles 0–2 Kelsy Merchants

This was the week were Blue Coast finally clicked, as a standout performance saw them put five goals past the Newport Sirens. New girl, Rebecca Stenger, got her first goal for the San Marco side, it what was her best game of the season so far. The Nepharim also did well to set up Ross Renshaw for the second, as she picked the Schottian out expertly at the back post. It was just one of those games where everything aligned perfectly for the home side as they tucked away chance after chance. Even Chad Duquez seemed to have a bit of running in him, as he illustrated by wrapping up the scoring with four minutes left on the clock. Willox Street Pirates had a slightly harder game, as the headed to the St John's Rock to take on their city rivals. Once again Anna Meyreani caught the eye, but there was precious little the 16-year-old could do against the kind of firepower that Willox Street possess. Marc-André Onasi burst free after ten minutes to open the scoring with a powerful strike into the bottom corner. Bear Smith pulled one back for the Saints just after the restart, but a well aimed cross from Rian Corrello was met by Soren Winterkorn, who nodded the ball past Douglas Gordon to give the visitors all three points. And, a resilient performance from New Dundee Star was enough to earn them all three points as the welcomed Sarrburgh Town. After some good work from Stella Watson, Nik Konstidious was on hand to tap in the only goal of the game.

SL-XI
Newport Sirens 2–2 Kelsy Merchants
Sarrburgh Town 2–0 Kirston Eagles
Christopheran Porty 0–0 New Dundee Star
Willox Street Pirates 3–0 San Marco Storm
Blue Coast 1981 4–1 New St Johns

Blue Coast 1981 made it nine goals in two matches, as they slammed another four past New Saint Johns at the Ocean Shores Stadium. Lucio was at his clinical best as he scored one either side of half time, to leave very little way back for the Saints. Rebecca Stenger made it two in two games with a long-range strike, before Ross Renshaw wrapped up the scoring with penalty, after Caro Bernsborg was floored in the box. There was also a fierce battle down in Newport as the Sirens fought hard to earn a draw against highflying Kelsy. Lupa Na'Bengna headed the home team in front on the half hour mark before Akiko rattled in an equaliser. In the second half it was a familiar scenario as the Cosumarite, Na'Bengna, put Newport ahead once more, only for the Traders to pull level once more, this time thanks to John Murchison. And finally, Christopheran Porty finally got off the mark, albeit only with a 0-0 draw. The side held firm at the back despite some fierce pressure to take a point from New Dundee Star.

SL-XI
New St Johns 0–0 Newport Sirens
San Marco Storm 1–3 Blue Coast 1981
New Dundee Star 0–1 Willox Street Pirates
Kirston Eagles 1–2 Christopheran Porty
Kelsy Merchants 3–1 Sarrburgh Town

It was very much business as usual this weekend, as the top three all recorded wins, to keep things tight as we approach at midway stage. Blue Coast were once again amongst the goals, and the three, second half strikes they put part Storm in the San Marco derby showed the gulf between the two sides. Pedersen and Stenger were once again too good for their opposite numbers in the Storm side. Bensborg ripped the defence open to make it 1-0 after seven minutes, then a second half double from Renshaw put the game beyond home side. The Pirates faced a much stiffer test as they made the trip up to the highlands to face New Dundee. In a match that has become something of a derby in the Super-League era, the Stars seemed up for spoiling the party. As a unit however, Burnsides' team were just too strong, and a fantastic solo goal from Onasi ensured that the visitor took away the win. And CP followed up there point last weekend with a win away to Kirston Eagles. The Eagles didn't make it easy for them by any means, and as Jaden Ross' header found the net on 63 minutes, it looked like things were headed for a draw. However, with five minutes left, up popped Vince Smith to blast home from close range.

SL-XI
Newport Sirens 0–1 Sarrburgh Town
Christopheran Porty 0–4 Kelsy Merchants
Willox Street Pirates 0–0 Kirston Eagles
Blue Coast 1981 0–1 New Dundee Star
New St Johns 0–1 San Marco Storm

After picking up a couple of good results, Christopheran Porty came up against top of the league Kelsy, and that's where it all fell apart. The home defence looked about two metres off the pace during this match, with Quiñones and Jacques tormenting them relentlessly. Back in the division where he made a name for himself, Jacques compounded his former club's misery with a late strike. However, the fact that he failed to celebrate perhaps shows the affection he still hold for them. New Dundee Star got a much-needed win, as they took on Blue Coast in San Marco. After looking unstoppable in recent weeks, nothing really seemed to come off for Coast, as the Stars defended admirably. Late in the second half, Stella Watson - who has been playing well this season - managed to slip the attentions of John Hare before launching the ball past Endicott and into the back of the net. The shocker of the week, however, has to be The Pirates' failure to defeat Kirston at the Willox Street Stadium. The players were booed off at the end of the match, having failed to make 73% possession count for anything. Falkenrath hit the post twice in what was a hellishly frustrating second half.

SL-XI
San Marco Storm 2–0 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 0–1 New St Johns
Kirston Eagles 0–6 Blue Coast 1981
Kelsy Merchants 1–1 Willox Street Pirates
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 Christopheran Porty

Blue Coast were able to take advantage of other results, to claw their way back into the title race, as they smashed the Eagles for six. Jan Markus Hellensen's side showed the Pirates exactly how it is done with a ferocious second half display, where it looked as if they barely got out of second gear. When you fail to press the likes of Duquez and Stenger, then you are asking for trouble, and the midfielders were able to more or less play inside the opposition's final third for the entire game. Three late goals, including a Bensborg double, ensured that Coast reached the half way point having scored an average of more than two goals a game. San Marco Storm stay fourth, as they look to plot their return to Globe Cup football. The Lightning Bolts played very well as they took on Newport, in what promised to be a very close match. Nancy Paterson continued to play well scoring one and setting up another for Kiri Nirie, as she begins to thrive with first team football under her belt. It looks as if a gulf is about to open up at the top of the league, but securing a good play-off ranking would certainly be a big step forward for the Catherine Sedgewick's side. Of course though, the big match this week was the Pirates visit to Kelsy, in what was a top of the league battle. The Pirates most certainly had the edge in terms of possession, but that has been the story of their season. It looked as if a Winterkorn goal might have been enough to get the visitors over the line, before Akiko popped up with ten minutes to go to keep Kelsy top of the league.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Kelsy Merchants 9 6 3 0 15 4 +11 21
2 Willox Street Pirates 9 6 3 0 12 3 +9 21
3 Blue Coast 1981 9 6 2 1 21 3 +18 20
4 San Marco Storm 9 5 1 3 12 10 +2 16
5 New Dundee Star 9 3 3 3 5 5 0 12
6 Sarrburgh Town 9 3 0 6 9 13 −4 9
7 New St Johns 9 2 2 5 7 11 −4 8
8 Newport Sirens 9 2 2 5 6 14 −8 8
9 Christopheran Porty 9 2 1 6 5 13 −8 7
10 Kirston Eagles 9 0 3 6 2 18 −16 3


League Cup of Port Christopher -- Prelim
The four clubs finishing bottom of the previous Super-League season are entered into the preliminary round.

Sarrburgh Town 4-0 Kirston Eagles
Newport Sirens 2-1 New St Johns

UICA - Globe Cup and Champions' Cup Group Stages.

Kelsy Merchants were always going to be massive underdogs going into this group, and that is indeed what proved to be the case. Realistically they were probably targeting one win, which, in the end, was all they got away to Rozelle. Apart from their mauling in Cosumar at the hands of Samaj, the Traders actually managed to avoid any real embarrassment, and put together some decent form at times. It wasn't the outcome they would have prayed for, but it is yet more experience at the top level, which could prove invaluable in the club's development.

 Group L                        Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts   Smj  Ocs  KlM  Roz
1 Samaj FC COS 6 4 2 0 11 4 +7 14 — 0–0 3–1 3–0
2 SC Oceanside NFX 6 2 3 1 8 7 +1 9 1–2 — 1–0 4–3
3 Kelsy Merchants PCR 6 1 2 3 10 13 −3 5 1–2 1–1 — 3–3
4 Rozelle BRE 6 0 3 3 11 16 −5 3 1–1 1–1 3–4 —


Topping a group consisting of 1830 Cathair FC, Dûsanto Mojaikĭjĭ, and Sonoma Center Panthers, most probably raised a few eyebrows back in Port Christopher, with the fans still trying to adjust to the fact that their clubs are no longer just there to make up the numbers. Jan Markus Hellensen's side came into this tournament off the back of an accomplished qualifying campaign, and were defiantly in the mood to erase some of the bad memories from their last adventure in UICA's premier competition. An impressive haul of thirteen points, including three home wins will have exceeded the manager's expectation, as Port Christopher continues to be a tricky place to go and get points. Lasse Pedersen was particularly impressive, providing a cool, calm head in the centre of the pitch, while Ross Renshaw and Lucio provided the goals in attack.


  Group F                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts   BCo  30C  DûM  SCP
1 Blue Coast 1981 PCR 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13 — 4–0 1–0 3–1
2 1830 Cathair FC AUD 6 3 1 2 10 13 −3 10 3–2 — 3–2 3–2
3 Dûsanto Mojaikĭjĭ JSY 6 2 0 4 9 9 0 6 1–2 2–0 — 1–2
4 Sonoma Center Panthers COM 6 1 2 3 7 11 −4 5 0–0 1–1 1–3 —
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SL-XI
Newport Sirens 5–1 Christopheran Porty
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 Willox Street Pirates
Kelsy Merchants 1–3 Blue Coast 1981
Kirston Eagles 3–0 New St Johns
New Dundee Star 0–0 San Marco Storm

As the league passed the halfway point, we saw a potentially pivotal match, as Blue Coast took on the Traders in Kelsy. With the home side sitting top of the league, and Coast a point behind them, this game would go a long way towards deciding the final league standings. Kelsy started brightly, taking the lead through Jacques after seventeen minutes. Coast responded very well however, and after Lucio equalised from the penalty spot, Ross Renshaw met a cross from Alisander Seip just before half time to send Coast up the tunnel with a narrow lead. The second half was more of the same, and with the visitors in the ascendency, and a long range strike from Chad Duquez was enough to ensure they headed straight back to the top of the table. Newport Sirens have been struggling a little in patches this season, so their shock 5-1 win over Porty will have probably come as a relief to their fans. The Sirens looked good going forward, with Alex Marray causing the CP defence lots of problems. After a quick-fire double from Lupa Na'Bengna at the start of the second half, the writing was on the wall. Somehow, out of nowhere, Kirston Eagles managed to come up with a three nil win at home to New St Johns. It is surely a sign of just how badly the Saints seem to be struggling in recent years, that they were so soundly beaten by a team who barely have 11 professionals. You have a feeling John Defretua's days might be numbered.

SL-XI
New Dundee Star 2–2 Newport Sirens
San Marco Storm 2–0 Kirston Eagles
New St Johns 2–1 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Willox Street Pirates 0–0 Christopheran Porty

It seems as if the defeat at the hands of Newport seems to have given CP a shot in the arm they were desperately needing. The minnows made the short trip to the Willox Street Stadium probably not expecting to come away with very much. However, they dug themselves in and managed to somehow soak up everything the Pirates managed to throw at them. While Burnseides' players have generally been excellent, they just can't seem to avoid having these odd matches where they switch off. It was a similar story at the High School Ground, were New St Johns were spurred back into life, producing a 2-1 win over Kelsy Merchants. Anna Meyreani got her first goal for the club, in what will be a massive moment for the young winger, who continues to develop at an alarming pace. Kelsy found themselves 2-0 down in this game without really doing much wrong. A late Akiko goal wasn't enough to save them though, as they dropped further off the pace. Blue Coast were left standing before a massive open goal as they went into the Sunday fixture against Sarrburgh Town. While the Boys did their best to thwart Hellensen's side, they were clinical when they needed to be, with Lasse Pedersen slamming home from the edge of the box to extend their lead at the top of the table.

SL-XI
Newport Sirens 0–4 Willox Street Pirates
Christopheran Porty 1–5 Blue Coast 1981
Sarrburgh Town 1–2 New St Johns
Kelsy Merchants 0–1 San Marco Storm
Kirston Eagles 0–7 New Dundee Star

It was just one of those day at the office for Kirston Eagles as they lost 7-0 to New Dundee Star. Demoralisingly, they spent the last ten minutes just playing in front of the travelling support, as their five hundred or so followers left as the seventh goal went it. The Stars barely broke sweat, with Konstidios scoring a hattrick and Watson grabbing a brace. Blue Coast also recorded an impressive win, once more heading home with all three points from a visit to the City. Christopheran Porty are really struggling now, and last season's surprise package are in desperate need of recapturing some of that form. The left boot of Chad Duquez was their undoing time after time after time, as some of the long range passes the Quebecois pulled-off actually got ridiculous. Goals from Lucio (2), Renshaw, Stenger, and Bensborg meant a torrid afternoon for the home side. And Willox Street Pirates kept the pressure on with a big win of their own. Winterkorn (2), Falkenrath, and Bronte scored the goals, in a very impressive away win in Newport.

Champions' Cup - Round of 16
(AUD) AC Izotz Zubia 2–1 Blue Coast 1981

This is where things started to get serious for Blue Coast, as they were asked to reproduce their excellent domestic form against one of the world's top sides. Audioslavian club, AC Izotz Zubia, were always going to be a difficult task, but Coast actually stuck at it well, and caused the home side a few problems. Despite going two nil down, a late Renshaw away goal will give them much to play for back in the inferno of San Marco.

SL-XI
Kirston Eagles 1–2 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
San Marco Storm 0–1 Sarrburgh Town
New St Johns 1–0 Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 1–3 Willox Street Pirates

A 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Willox Street Pirates probably wasn't the ideal preparation for their crunch Champions' Cup match, but it was what Coast got. Just when it looked as if the league phase of the season was going to be theirs, up popped to the Pirates to show just how strong they can be. Marc-André Onasi was at his devastating best, switching from left to right, and causing endless confusion in the Coast defence. In terms of making the play-offs it's not the end of the world, but it most certainly wasn't the result Hellensen was hoping for. Kelsy had the chance to close the gap a little, but they would need to go through New Dundee Star in order to do it. The Stars, who had won their previous match 7-0, faced a very different threat in this game, and despite defending stoutly, Aurora Quiñones scored the goal which resigned them to defeat. Sarrburgh's hopes of reaching the play-offs were also given a massive boost as they hammered out a 1-0 win over San Marco Storm. The Boys were second best for much of the game, but a stunning distance strike from Samid Khren was all it took to separate the two sides.

Champions' Cup - Round of 16
Blue Coast 1981 5-1 AC Izotz Zubia (AUD)

What a time to play what is probably your best ever ninety minutes of football. Leading going into this match, it is entirely possible that the Audioslavians didn't know what was coming in the Christopheran heat. Chad Duquez might not be much to look at (in fact he is actually quite painful to look at), but he can certainly deliver a ball. The Qubecois had a hand in two of the three first half goals for Coast, as his crosses and set-pieces seemed to be the key to unlocking the defence. Rebecca Stenger was the star of the show however, and as the Nepharim looked utterly commanding in the park, it's hard to believe she's never played at a higher level.

SL-XI
Newport Sirens 0–3 Blue Coast 1981
Willox Street Pirates 7–1 New St Johns
Christopheran Porty 1–2 San Marco Storm
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 New Dundee Star
Kelsy Merchants 4–2 Kirston Eagles

The Pirates looked a whole different class this week, and heaped yet more misery on the poor Saints, who are having another pretty torrid season. The former Globe Cup semi-finalists were unstoppable at points, as they caught the Saints defence napping seven times too often, with Rain Corrello particularly effective in the wide areas coming forward. There was a hattrick for Daineri, Boötia, as well as goals for Falkenrath (2), Winterkorn, and Onasi, as the home side did their best to keep the pressure on Coast. Kelsy Merchants were also amongst the goals, although conceding two at home to the Eagles would not have been part of the game plan. There are most certainly problems in the defensive department for the Traders, but while they are still scoring goals, they should be able to pick up points in this division. And it seems very much like a three horse race now, with Blue Coast showing their superiority in putting three past the Sirens for no reply. The fact that they can so comprehensively defeat a side like that, away from home, underlines the competitiveness issues that have dogged the Super-League.

SL-XI
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 Newport Sirens
Kirston Eagles 0–1 Sarrburgh Town
New Dundee Star 4–0 Christopheran Porty
San Marco Storm 0–1 Willox Street Pirates
New St Johns 0–2 Blue Coast 1981

And three quite likely became two this week, as a 0-0 draw for the Merchants saw them let go of the coattails of the top two. While they are by no means out of the race, the form of the Pirates and Coast means that picking up the league trophy looks unlikely at this stage. It was actually a very close match as Kelsy took on Newport Sirens, with both sides having chances to take all three points. It is, however, these matches that Kelsy will need to learn to win if they are going to move up to the next level. New Dundee Star had another strong win over CP, as once again, they looked lethal in attack. Four goals, two either side of half time, were enough to inflict a heavy defeat on a group of players who have the air of a team who have given up. Coast were another side in cruise control as they headed to the narrow New St Johns peninsula. After an early Caro Bensborg goal put them ahead, it seemed to signal the end of the game. Lasse Peddersen brought the lid down just before half time, with a strike from the edge of the box.

Champions' Cup - Quarterfinal
Blue Coast 1981 3–1 Spartangrad (EUR)

Blue Coast managed to make their previous Champions' Cup results look much less like a fluke this week, as they defeated Spartangrad 3-1. The home form of Jan Markus Hellensen's side has been quite phenomenal in UICA competition, and they were well worth the three points at a packed Ocean Shores Arena.

SL-XI
Newport Sirens 0–2 New St Johns
Blue Coast 1981 3–0 San Marco Storm
Willox Street Pirates 1–2 New Dundee Star
Christopheran Porty 3–3 Kirston Eagles
Sarrburgh Town 1–1 Kelsy Merchants

Coast went top of the table, making it an incredible seven days for the club. In the second San Marco derby, the Seasiders barely even got out of breath. It was another highly one-sided fixture as the league phase of the season begins to wind down. For Coast however, there was still plenty to play for, and their 3-0 win here will have gone a long way towards securing a guaranteed Champions' Cup spot. Ross Renshaw scored yet another double, and John Hare banged in a header late on from a corner. The Willox Street Pirates came a cropper at home to New Dundee Star, in a result which leaves them looking for Coast to slip up. Soren Winterkorn glanced in a headed equaliser after Stella Watson had put the Stars ahead, however a late goal from Ed Santos will really help New Dundee in their quest for a decent play-off seeding. Finally, Kelsy Merchants were unable to capitalise on the Pirates misfortune, as they seem to have well and truly lost the plot. A dismal performance away to Sarrburgh Town meant that a draw was probably a generous result. Kelsy demonstrated the same lack of bite, which cost them so dearly in the Globe Cup, as they seem now content to bide their time and wait for the play-offs.

League Cup of Port Christopher
Sarrburgh Town 1-1 Kelsy Merchants (1-2 AET)
Newport Sirens 1-4 Blue Coast 1981
Christopheran Porty 0-1 Willox Street Pirates
San Marco Storm 0-2 New Dundee Star

Champions' Cup - Quarterfinal
(EUR) Spartangrad 2-1 Blue Coast 1981

In a very nervy end to the match, Coast's fans can't have had much chance to sit down, as their side progressed by the narrowest of margins. Their reward for some stout defending is a semi-final match with Handon United, in what looks set to be the biggest game the island has ever seen.

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Sarrburgh Town 0–1 Newport Sirens
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 Christopheran Porty
Kirston Eagles 0–3 Willox Street Pirates
New Dundee Star 0–4 Blue Coast 1981
San Marco Storm 2–2 New St Johns

With two matches to go, it looked like the Blue Coast juggernaut was showing no signs of slowing down. The league leader had the best possible preparations for their Champions' Cup semi-final as they put four past the normally quite resilient New Dundee Star away from home. Ross Renshaw continued his development into a very promising striker with two well-taken goals. There were also strikes from Rebecca Stenger and Lucio as the Seasiders look to be finishing the season on a high. The Willox Street Pirates are currently right behind them, but there might be very little the can do unless Hellensen's side slip up. Melissa Cleves pulled off a couple of good saves as she produced yet another clean sheet. At the other end there were goals from Tom Nazario-Silva, Sasha Falkenrath, and Seyda Artîn as Kirston Eagles stood very little change. Kelsy Merchants' draw with CP also signalled the end of their second place ambition, in what was a very disappointing result. The side have some decent players, but they are terribly in need of a summer overhaul if they are to get anywhere near the top of the league.

Champions' Cup - Semi-final
Blue Coast 1981 2–2 Handon United (SCT)

Without a doubt, the biggest match ever to be played on the island, the Ocean Shores Stadium was sold out within minutes of the tickets going on sale. On a sweltering San Marco evening, Coast must have thought they had done enough to pick up all three points with goals from Lucio and Renshaw, However, a late Dostalok equaliser means they will now need to score at Harbour Hill if they want to reach the final.

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Newport Sirens 1–0 San Marco Storm
New St Johns 0–0 New Dundee Star
Blue Coast 1981 6–0 Kirston Eagles
Willox Street Pirates 4–0 Kelsy Merchants
Christopheran Porty 2–0 Sarrburgh Town

The outcome was never in any doubt, as Blue Coast absolutely destroyed an exhausted looking Kirston Eagles in San Marco to lift the League Trophy. Six goals, four of which coming in a twenty minute spell in the second half, ensured that the Champions' Cup semi-finalist crossed the finish line in style. While they only won the title by a single point, there is a sense that the tide is now changing, as Coast begin to chip away at the Pirates dominance. Even putting the amazing Champions' Cup run to one side, Jan Markus Hellensen seems to have them well organised, and looks able to get 100% out of everyone in the team. Despite smashing the third place side 4-0, there wasn't really anything the Pirates could do in the final fixture to catch Blue Coast. It was a very assured performance, another clean sheet, and four very well taken goals. The Pirates only lost one game all season scoring 36 and only conceding 7 in 18 matches, but incredibly, it still wasn't enough. With San Marco Storm losing to Newport Sirens, a 0-0 draw was enough for New Dundee Star to claim fourth spot, not that it in any way altered their fate. The two clubs will still need to face-off again in the first round of the play-offs in a fortnight's time.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Blue Coast 1981 18 14 2 2 49 8 +41 44 League Champions
2 Willox Street Pirates 18 13 4 1 36 7 +29 43 Play-offs
3 Kelsy Merchants 18 8 6 4 23 17 +6 30 Play-offs
4 New Dundee Star 18 7 6 5 21 13 +8 27 Play-offs
5 San Marco Storm 18 8 3 7 19 19 0 27 Play-offs
6 New St Johns 18 6 4 8 17 27 −10 22 Play-offs
7 Newport Sirens 18 6 4 8 17 27 −10 22 Play-offs
8 Sarrburgh Town 18 5 1 12 13 22 −9 16 Play-offs

9 Christopheran Porty 18 3 4 11 13 33 −20 13
10 Kirston Eagles 18 1 4 13 11 46 −35 7
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League Cup of Port Christopher
Kelsy Merchants 2-2 Blue Coast 1981 (3-2 AET)
Willox Street Pirates 3-1 New Dundee Star

Champions' Cup - Semi-final
(SCT) Handon United a 0-0 Blue Coast 1981

In the end, it was heartbreak for Blue Coast, who were unable to find the back of the net with that crucial goal which would have sent them through to the final. You might have thought the San Marco side would have been happy just to have got this far, but in the minutes after the final whistle, the pain was etched on their faces. Few of these players would have expected to be playing at this level, had you asked them even just a few years back. Either way, this run will have at least put the club on the map, giving them a chance to recruit and improve further over the summer.

Play-Offs -- Quarterfinal
All matches played at a neutral venue.

Blue Coast 1981 5–1 Sarrburgh Town
Willox Street Pirates 7–1 Newport Sirens
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 New St Johns (0–0 AET) (4–3 pen.)
New Dundee Star 1–0 San Marco Storm

It was a bit of a demolition job, as Coast raced through to the semi-final of the play-offs with an impressive 5-1 win over Sarrburgh. Poor Sarrburgh Town seem to suffer the same fait every year, and after battling tooth and nail to get to the last eight, they end up getting turned over by one of the top two in the first round. Goals from Renshaw, Peddersen, Stenger (2), and Hare took the League Trophy winners safely through. There was also a real statement from the Willox Street Pirates, who well and truly battered the living daylights out of Newport Sirens in their match. Cenian, Marc-André Onasi, scored a very impressive hattrick as the side guaranteed themselves Globe Cup football at the very least this season. The closest match by far was the encounter between Kelsy Merchants and New St Johns. The match went all they way to penalties with neither side able to break the deadlock. In the end though, it was Kelsy who held their nerve to make the semi-final. On paper New Dundee Star verses San Marco Storm was the toughest one to call, with both teams finishing closely in the table. The match indeed proved to be tight, with only a Nik Konstidios strike separating the two sides.

Play-Offs -- Semi-final
All matches played at a neutral venue.
Blue Coast 1981 1–1 New Dundee Star (3–1 AET)
Willox Street Pirates 2–2 Kelsy Merchants (2–2 AET) (3–2 pen.)

There was a familiar outcome to both semi-finals, but the big two were really made to work hard to book their place in the final. There were certainly points in the proceedings where it looked like the Pirates' and Coast's strangle hold on the play-offs was about to be broken. However both sides found a little extra when they needed it, and having players of quality on the bench really helps in these situations. For Blue Coast it was a late flourish with goals from Lucio and Osgood, which won the day in injury time. For the Pirates, they needed penalties to edge past a Kelsy side who played some very good football.


League Cup of Port Christopher Final @ Ocean Shores Stadium
Willox Street Pirates 3-1 Kelsy Merchants

Defending champions Kelsy made it back to the final, to face the Pirates for the second time in seven days. Unfortunately they weren't able to bring the same steeliness to this match as they did in the play-offs, and goals from Falkenrath, Onasi, and Winterkorn helped the Pirates pick up the second League Cup of Port Christopher.

Play-Offs -- Third Place Match @ The Willox Street Stadium
Kelsy Merchants 2-3 New Dundee Star

Not where either side would have wanted to be, but the third place play-off was still important in the sense that it decided where the winner and loser would enter the Globe Cup. Kelsy would have gone in as slight favourites, but as we were to see, it's not always that easy. Goals from Stella Watson and Ephraim Kirillov got the Stars off to a flying start, only for an Aurora Quiñones double to peg them back. Dundee captain, Sigrun Kannis was the hero however, the midfielder scoring with ten minutes to go help her club to a respectable third place finish.

Super-League XI Grand Final @ The James Williams Arena
Blue Coast 1981 4–0 Willox Street Pirates

The James Williams Arena was packed to the rafters as the teams trooped out for the play-offs final. Coast had already secured Champions Cup football, but they could upgrade to the champions' path, so long as they could get past the Pirates. For Willox Street, they had had a very frustrating twelve months of ups and downs, and winning this match would have gone a long way towards heeling some of the wounds they had suffered along the way. This match was incredibly tight, until after 25 minutes, when Renshaw's first goal went in. Thereafter it was case of trying to hold on for the Pirates, who seemed to lose the plot. A goal from Stenger, and another from Duquez just before half time wrapped the game up for Coast. As the fourth Lucio goal went in, the Pirates were simply left with their heads in their hands, as they will somehow need to assess how such a scoreline could have occurred.

Champions Cup: Blue Coast 1981, Willox Street Pirates
Globe Cup: New Dundee Star, Kelsy Merchants, San Marco Storm (as highest League finishers, of the sides losing in the PO-QF



Awards

Player of the Year:

1st: Ross Renshaw (Blue Coast 1981) - Schottia
2nd: Chad Duquez (Blue Coast 1981) - Quebec
3rd: Marc-André Onasi (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
4th: Johnny Markus (Kelsy Merchants) - Mercedini
5th: Rebecca Stenger (Blue Coast 1981) - Nephara
6th: Aurora Quiñones (Kelsy Merchants)
7th: Soren Winterkorn (Willox Street Pirates) - Cosumar

Golden Boot:

1st: 19 Ross Renshaw (Blue Coast 1981) - Schottia
2nd: 18 Sasha Falkenrath (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
3rd: 16 Soren Winterkorn (Willox Street Pirates) - Cosumar

Young player of the year:

1st: Ross Renshaw (Blue Coast 1981) - Schottia
2nd: Marc-André Onasi (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
3rd: Johnny Markus (Kelsy Merchants) - Mercedini
4th: Sasha Falkenrath (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
5th: Anna Meyrean (New St Johns) - Schottia
6th: Lawrence Morton (San Marco Storm)
7th: Tsuritsa Zinograni (Sarrburgh Town) - Unified Sunrise Islands

Manager of the year:

1st: Jan Markus Hellensen (Blue Coast 1981) - Semarland
2nd: Dane Stewart (New Dundee Star)
3rd: Alvin Burnsides (Willox Street Pirates) - Cosumar
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In a small territory of just over one million people, trying to sustain a league of twelve teams was often a bit of a stretch, and it lead to some ridiculous mismatches. The Super-League season is very short, and takes place during the winter months, when the temperatures are a little more bearable..





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Willox Street Pirates
Stadium: Willox Street stadium, 19,500
Average attendance: 16,278
Manager: Alvin Burnsides (COS)
Colours: Sky blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Pirates
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GK. Melissa Cleves 35, Brenecia (c)
RB. Rian Corrello 24, Port Christopher
LB. Liam Goncalves 24, Port Christopher
CB. Tomas Nazario-Silva 25, Port Christopher
CB. Seon-Yann Slater 25, Drawkland
CM. Rosie Tyler 24, Equestrian States
CM. Seyda Artîn 20, Schottia
AMR. Marc-André Onasi 22, Ceni
AML. Boötia 29, Dainer
CF. Sasha Falkenrath 20, Ceni
CF. Soren Winterkorn 29, Cosumar

-subs-
GK. Cooper Granely 22, Port Christopher
CB. Codie Del Sera 25, Port Christopher
DMC. Milomir Savelievich 31, Polkopia
AML. Banda Meluo 26, Schiavonia

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After a disappointing season last time round, the Pirates will be hoping for much better this year. With the mismatch between some of the teams in the Super-League, the Pirates more or less live for the UICA competitions, that, and their rivalry with Blue Coast. The Pirates waved goodbye to team captain Meave Bronte in the transfer window, but with Equestrian, Rosie Tyler joining up, her departure shouldn't be too keenly felt. The strike force of Cenian international Sasha Falkenrath, and the prolific Soren Winterkorn will stroll through most domestic matches in the carpet slippers. What's more, with Marc-André Onasi and Boötia cutting in on the wings, the Pirates should really pack a punch upfront. New signing, Tyler, will hopefully add some quality to the central area, playing alongside Seyda Artîn. Big, bad, and with a face that only a mother could love, the young Schottian follows in a long line of Willox Street hatchet women. Defence has traditionally been where the Pirates are strongest however, and they still have one solid back line. Rian Corrello, Liam Gonclaves and Tomas Nazario-Silva have all got multiple caps to their name with Port Christopher, while Drawkish centre-back, Seon-Yann Slater, is also an accomplished competitor. Completing the line up, Melissa Cleves might be 35, but the Pirates' Brenecian captain still lets nothing past her.

Prediction: Champions.


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Blue Coast 1981
Stadium: Ocean Shores Stadium , 18,000
Average attendance: 7,856
Manager: Jan Markus Hellensen (SEM)
Colours: Gold and blue
Location: San Marco
Nick name: The Seasiders
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GK. Pearl Endicott 25, Northern Sunrise Islands
RB. Claire Osgood 33, Abanhfleft (c)
LB. Alisander Seip 26, Nephara
CB. Akachi Okwu 25, Semarland
CB. Jorg Solberg 29, Semarland
CM. Rebecca Stenger 28, Nephara
CM. Lasse Pedersen 32, Semarland
RM. Caroline Bensborg 23, Port Christopher
L/CM. Chad Duquez 26, Quebec
CF. Lucio Sylvestre 31, Braziliana
CF. Zachary Daniel 22, Ethane

-subs-
LB. Rémi Niel 23, Gadirya
AML/C. Aredhel Neil 32, Port Christopher
CF. Jakob Nelsen 29, Semarland

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It's hard to say exactly how this season will go for Blue Coast. They'll make the play-offs at a canter of course, but they've seen some key players head to the exit door in recent years, and they are heading into a bit of a transitional period. Ross Renshaw was the latest high profile departure, with the Schottian heading for the V-League at the start of the season. Ethane's Zachary Daniel looks like a decent replacement though, in what should be a like for like swap. Daniel will start alongside Brazilianan veteran Lucio, who has scored goals for fun in his time in Port Christopher. On the flanks, Caro Bensborg is a rapid winger who is all pace with a smattering of precision, while fat Chad Duquez is all precision and no pace. The big, greasy, drunken stoner might not be much to look at, but the sorcery he can perform with that left boot of his is something to behold. Rebecca Stenger and Lasse Pedersen did well together as a central midfield coupling, and at this level, they should have more than enough. Akachi Okwu will be important once again at centre-back, this time he will be joined by countryman, Jorg Solberg, as part of a growing Semar contingent. Nepharim left-back, Alisander Seip, might be the best complete player in this current side, and club captain, Claire Osgood, has plenty of experience on the right. Keeper, Pearl Endicott, is a Sunriser who stayed behind, and has a habit of pulling off extraordinary saves at the right time.


Prediction: 2nd.


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Kelsy Merchants
Stadium: Kaesle Park, 6,500
Average attendance: 5,760
Manager: Johnas Bendt
Colours: Orange and blue
Location: Kelsy
Nick name: The Traders
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GK. Joel Mendoza 32, San Jose Gauaybal
RB. Sasha Christener 35, Nephara
CB. Simon Del Robbe 25, Port Christopher
CB. CB Pat Purnell 30, Schottia
LB. Mathias Mtiliga 30, Semarland
CM. Ellie Vogel 28, Mertagne (c)
CM. Johnny Markus 22, Mercedini
CM. John Murchison 22, Schottia
ACM. Akiko 29, Schottia
CF. Aurora Quiñones 26, Port Christopher
CF. Jacques 29, Port Christopher

-subs-

RWB. Dan Philips 29, Port Christopher
LWB. Steve Wallace 34, Port Christopher
RM. Ale Rousen 30, Port Christopher
CF. David Sol 26, Port Christopher

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It could go either way for Kelsy this season; either a good play-offs run might finally deliver the title which has until now eluded them, or a poor start to the league phase, could easily see them struggle. They have good players dotted around their side, but with their habit of failing with big money transfer bids, they don't have the quality of the top two. The strike force of Jacques and Aurora Quiñones definitely has goals in it, and with Akiko backing them up, you can't imagine finding the net will be a problem for the Traders. John Murchison and Johnny Markus might sound confusingly similar, but the two 22-year-olds are different people, honest. Alongside captain, Ellie Vogel, they form a pretty tight unit in that midfield three. Pat Prunell joins up from Port James Athletic in Schottia, and he will slot in alongside the decent yet accident-prone Simon Del Robbe. Former Nephara international, Sasha Christener, might be 35, but her experience renders her indispensable at the moment. The slightly more dispensable Mathias Mtiliga starts on the left. Gauyabalese keeper, Joel Mendoza, once again will take his place between the sticks.

Prediction: 4th.

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San Marco Storm (Formerly Tralend)
Stadium: Mark Del Cemny Stadium, 2,500
Average attendance: 2,269
Manager: Catherine Sedgewick (NPH)
Colours: Blue and green
Location: Tralend, San Marco
Nick name: The Storm
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GK. Knut Kanu-Larsberg 25, Semarland
RB. Lawrence Morton 20, Port Christopher
LB. Marko Hillar 33, Vormsi (Schottia)
CB. Steven Gray 24, Schottia
CB. Owen Belter 35, Schottia
CM. Kira Nirie 25, Central Sunrise Islands (c)
CM. Lucy Del Aragona 21, Schottia
CM. Kai-Kai Mokumdarian 18, Cosumar
CF. Indira Saxson 24, Chromatika
CF. Nancy Peterson 27, Osarius
CF. Lycomedes Montanari 22, Apox

-subs-
GK. Grant Vos 31, Port Christopher
RB. Mark Corbie 29, Port Christopher

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How did Storm get good all of a sudden? Looking at their starting line up, it's, well... pretty good. After spending a lot in their first season, the club's owners had held the purse strings pretty tight thereafter. This summer they must have seen enough, however, to allow Catherine Sedgewick a little more freedom. With caps for Apox, Lycomedes Montanari would be a coup for any side in the league, and he was once billed as the next big thing in Apoxian football. Indira Saxson is another player who should step up to the plate, and the Chromatik is an improvement on the players she is replacing. Finally, how on Earth Sedgwick convinced a player of Kai-Kai Mokumdarian's potential to move to this stinking mosquito infest rock we will never know, but the Cosumarite teenager is a joy to watch, driving forward from the midfield. Montanari and Saxon will start in attack, a talented Osarian striker alongside Nancy Paterson who has previously player for the Pirates. Mokumdarian will have Kira Nirie and Lucy Del Arango for company in the midfield. Nirie is team captain and a real player of quality, while Schottian, Del Arango, is the one who does the tidying up. Storm actually have an all Schottic born centre-of defence, but due to the confusion surround the process for declaring Schottic or Christopheran eligibility, let's just stay clear of that for now. Keeper, Knut Kanu-Larsberg, has represented Semarland at youth level.

Prediction: 3rd.


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Sarrburgh Town
Stadium: John Cooper Park, 7,000
Average attendance: 3,569
Manager: Harry Farnmoun
Colours: Red and white checks
Location: Sarrburgh
Nick name: The Boys
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GK. Scott Torrence 30, Port Christopher
RB. Aaron Boyle 19, Schottia
LB. Aliye Akbaş 31, Port Christopher
CB. Kiko Darret 28, Port Christopher
CB. Suzanna Nittel 27, Port Christopher
RM. Samid Khren 25, Port Christopher
LM. Joyce Del Rougemont 17, Port Christopher
CM. David Bloesch 24, Port Christopher
CM. Mia Huntly-Cooper 32, Port Christopher (c)
CF. Faith Bhukhwana 30, Quebec
CF. Tsuritsa Zinograni 21, Unified Sunrise Islands

-subs-
CF. Becky Munroe 32, Port Christopher

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It's not going to be an easy season, but when is it ever for Sarrburgh Town? They just don't have the budget to really compete with the top teams, and barring the kind of investment we have seen at some of the other clubs, it is unlikely that they ever will. Tsuritsa Zinograni is the danger man for them upfront, and in fact, he is just a danger full-stop, with his penchant for heavy tackles. The Sunriser will start alongside Faith Bhukhwana, the Quebecois journeywoman, who has spent time at Kelsy and Willox Street as well as Project +90. Samid Khren is the pick of the bunch in the midfield, and the right-winger has the pace and skill to actually cause defenders a fair amount of bother when he is at full tilt. Kiko Darret is the key player at the back, and this young woman did pretty well last season. Star player, however, is Christopheran keeper, Scott Torrance. The 30-year-old has U21 caps for Schottia, and with the dissolution of the national team, will have to make a decision on what he does next.

Prediction: 7th.

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New Dundee Star
Stadium: Town Stadium, 11,000
Average attendance: 8,831
Manager: Dane Stewart
Colours: Green and white
Location: New Dundee
Nick name: The Stars
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GK. Jordi Porra 25, Felix
RB. Elliot Thompson 32, Port Christopher
LB. Christopher Hess 24, Schottia
CB. Emiliana Rizzuto 26, Osarius
CB. Enrique Villabolos 33, Batto Vitolo
RM. Ed Santos 32, Port Christopher
LM. Ephraim Kirillov 30, Polkopia
CM. Sigrun Kannis 30, Nephara (c)
CM. Magnus Kellur 21, Port Christopher
ACM. Stella Watson 23, Port Christopher
CF Nik Konstidios 33, Schottia

-subs-

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It's going to take a big push from the Stars if they want to secure a decent UICA spot this season, given the way sides, such as Storm, have improved over the summer. New Dundee are one of the last true football clubs on the island, fan owned, mostly local support, and while the can hold their head up high, they have paid the price with their lack of finance. Nik Konstidios is the big burly lone striker, who has caps for Schottia, albeit none too recent. Stella Watson provides the support in the attacking midfield, and the Christopheran international is definitely developing into a talented player. just behind her, Magnus Kellur and Sigrun Kannis are a pair of strong uncompromising midfielders, neither of whom are afraid to have a crack at goal. Ed Santos and Ephraim Kirillov might be getting on a bit in the wide areas, but both are fast wingers, who can do a fair bit of damage at Super-League level. Enrique Villabolos has won a few caps for Batto Vitolo at centre-back, although that nation have gone a little quiet as of late; while Emiliana Rizzuto is a good foil to her slow and cumbersome partner. Schottic left back, Christopher Hess, has trained under Project +90, and on the opposite side, Elliot Thompson also has Port Christopher caps to his name. Felixian keeper, Jordi Porra, has proven himself to be safe enough at the back in his four years at the club.

Prediction: 5th

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New St Johns
Stadium: High School Ground, 9,000
Average attendance: 2,793
Manager: John Defretua
Colours: Black and white stripes
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Saints
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GK. Fiona Fife 31, Port Christopher
RB. Anderiz 31, Port Christopher
LB. Darian Creek 31, Port Christopher
CB. Karri Loikkanen 32, Polkopia
CB. Caprius Pria 30, San Llera
RM. Terry Heeny 32, Port Christopher
LM. Tom Popescu-Black 33, Port Christopher
CM. Douglas Flack 21, Port Christopher
CM. Sam Tomlin 31, Schottia
SS. Conner Orton 33, Port Christopher
CF. Bear Smith 30, Bonesea (C)


-subs-

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The Saints' days of challenging up at top of the table are now long gone. There were times when it actually looked like they might be in with a hair's breadth of stealing one of the Champions' Cup spots, but now, the are probably just glad there is no relegation from the Super-League. Bear Smith is the main goal threat the team possesses, and the combative Boney forms a little and large strike force with the far speedier Conner Orton. Sam Tomlin won caps for Schottia U21s while at Port Sebastian, and while he isn't a world-beater, he at least has some quality about him. The Saints rely heavily upon Aderiz at the back, both defensively and going forward - in fact, they rely on him far too much. Keeper, Fiona Fife replaces veteran captain Douglas Gordon, and she is really going to have to raise her game to prevent another torrid season for the club.

Prediction: 8th

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Newport Sirens
Stadium: The James Williams Arena, 24,000
Average attendance: 7,531
Manager: James Del Vertio
Colours: Black and white
Location: Newport
Nick name: The Sirens.
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GK. David Benning 33, Shalum
RB. Tamara Rosenbauer 30, Nephara (C)
LB. Jasmine Bartley26, Schottia
CB. Louise Kaltsas 34, Brenecia
CB. Hamish Ellan 21, Port Christopher
RM. Deek Rotter 28, Schottia
LM. Acacia García 28, Port Christopher
CM. Greg Del Aragona 19, Schottia
CM. Sisu Cassidy 24, Qasden
CF Alex Marray 25, Port Christopher
CF. Lupa Na'Bengna 30, Cosumar

-subs-
GK. Desmond Duncan 27, Schottia
CF. Olivia Serra 27, Port Christopher
CF. Liam Douglas 32, Port Christopher


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The Sirens are a pretty bedraggled looking side, who have most certainly seen much better days. It seems to be a bit of a pattern in Port Christopher that wealthy investors pour a fair bit of cash into these teams to get them started, then when they realise how much it is going to coast, they pull back and let the thing crumble. The board brought Christopheran legend, James Del Vertio in as manager last season, but with next to nothing in the way of funds, he is helpless to reinvigorate the team. There will be a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Cosumarite striker, Lupa Na'Bengna, as she will be expected to score the goals needed to catapult them up the table. In Deek Rotter and Acacia García they actually have a pair of decent wingers, and Sisu Cassidy has captained Qasden at U21 level, so the midfield is where the Sirens are strongest. Tamara Rosenbauer is a Nepharim Project +90 trainee, and even is she isn't the best defender in the region, she at least knows what she's doing. In goals, they do have a top class keeper, however, and Shalumite international, David Benning, will be called upon more than ever, one would imagine.

Prediction: 6th.

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Christopheran Porty
Stadium: Argets Stadium, 3,500
Average attendance: 1,657
Manager: Dennis Bruce
Colours: Sky blue
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Porty, CP
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GK Chris Gonzaö 37, Schottia (c)
RB. Sophia Jackson 23, Port Christopher
LB. Davy Sexton 32, Port Christopher
CB. Donald Mann 23, Schottia
CB. Lewis Skillen 36, Port Christopher
RM. Mitch Coroner 31, Port Christopher
LM. Dylan Gallagher 18, Port Christopher
DM. Simon Del Pratolini 22, Port Christopher
CM. Marian Bristowz 21, Port Christopher
CF. Vince Smith 27, Port Christopher
CF. Chris Abaroa 28, Port Christopher

-subs-
CM. Seeäna 34, Port Christopher
RM. Mitch Coroner 31, Port Christopher

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Two years ago the unthinkable happened, and CP made it all the way to the play-off final. Fast-forward a year, and they were right back where they started, propping up the bottom end of the table, with their best punching bag impression. It seems lightning doesn't strike twice, so we can probably write the team off, more or less. It's going to be a toss up between them and the Saints for that eighth play-off spot. The strike force of Chris Abaroa and Vince Smith is going to be crucial if they are to make the top eight, both have a track record of scoring goals at this level, and it's a better front two than most of the teams around them. Porty are very weak in the midfield, and that could cause them problems if they pick up any injuries. Schottia U21 cap, Donald Mann will be the most important player for them at the back, and the former Port Sebastian centre-half probably has the best footballing pedigree in the team.

Prediction: 9th.

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Kirston Eagles
Stadium: Roston Dytes, 2,000
Average attendance: 928
Manager: Steve White
Colours: Blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Eagles.
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GK. Fred Wood 46, Port Christopher
RB. Dane Stein 29, Port Christopher
LB. Rab Harris 38, Port Christopher
CB. Grant Campbell 36, Port Christopher
CB. Dave Del Quill 23, Port Christopher
CM. Alan Forrester 24, Port Christopher
CM. Chris Diales 27, Port Christopher
CM. Amy Shemp 33, Schottia
ACM. Camillo Bolelli 21, Port Christopher
CF. Kate Carr 19, Port Christopher
CF. Jaden Ross 39, Maretta (c)

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There are very few things you can be sure of in life, but one is the fact that the Kirston Eagles will finish bottom of the Super-League. With only seven professionals on their books, asking them to go up against the likes of the Pirates and Coast is a bit of a joke. Jaden Ross is the only player you could say is of international quality, and it gets worse when you discover the Marettan is already 39. It's a similar story with Fred Wood in goals, who is a decent shot stopper, but the guy is pushing fifty. Anything other than tenth would be like winning the league for them, and even a point from one of the top teams would make their season.

Prediction: 10th.
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UICA - Globe Cup and Champions' Cup Qualifying Rounds.

San Marco Storm got us up and running in the Globe Cup, with an 8-0 hammering of Anthorian side, Hawick Royale. It was a sell-out at the 2,500 seater, Mark Del Cemny Stadium, as this new look Storm side got their campaign off to a thumping start, with four goals from new signing, Lycomedes Montanari. With the second leg more or less a forgone conclusion, Storm eased to a 3-1 win in Anthor. They took their rampant form into the second round match with Willamette Town FC, as away goals from Saxon and Mokumdarian took the pressure off for the home leg, where they scored another three for no reply. Storm's brave run ended at the Play-off Round however, as they crashed out on away goals to Gelderlish side, Vaduz Portcullis. While there would have been much disappointment, the initial performances bode well for the rest of the season.

Hoping to make it back to the group stages for a second year, Kelsy Merchants got their own campaign off to a winning start at home to Mükiazhou Athletic. A 2-1 win is never an easy one to take to the away leg, but an early goal from Jacques saw the Traders progress 3-1 on aggregate. Any dreams they had of going on a bit of a run this year were cut drastically short however, as they were unceremoniously dumped from the competition by Ufa Verkhovyansk. Kelsy would have expected to win the tie, so their 2-0 defeat at home will have been a bitter blow.

Entering the fray a fortnight later, New Dundee Star kicked off with an impressive 3-0 win over Tinikuru Viljandimaa. It was a strong performance with goals from Watson, and Santos (2) setting them up strongly for the away leg, where they held out for a 2-2 draw. The second round saw them take on Farf side, Gorfalle Town, on a swelteringly humid night in New Dundee. A 2-1 win at home meant the game hung in the balance as they flew out to Farfadillis for the return match, however, a battling 2-2 draw saw them progress to within a one round of qualification. Some things are perhaps not meant to be though, and the Stars looked all at sea as they lost both legs 2-1 against Fortunas.

Oh no, here we go again... You could almost feel the entire island groan as Willox Street Pirates slumped out in the first round of Champions' Cup qualifying once again. Despite kicking off with a 2-1 win at X SC, the Pirates were undone back in the City, with the 95Xers running out 3-2 winners on aggregate. So it was to the Globe Cup that the team had to turn, as their defeat saw them dumped right into the qualifying rounds. North Hampton City were first up, and after Falkenrath and Onasi gave them a 2-1 win in Yesopalitha, the Pirates put three past their opponents back in Port Christopher for a straightforward win. With the Qualifying Round still to negotiate, there was plenty of room for slipping up, and Madruguinha Buneco Clube were potential banana skin if ever there was one. That said, a 3-0 win on the road, ensured that the Pirates were safely through to the group stage of the competition.

Blue Coast 1981's UICA campaign can only be described as an utter disaster. Losing to Oysterhaven Reds in Bonesea is no massive shame, but 4-1? That's a real hammering for a team that reached the semi-finals last time round. The real kick in the teeth came a round later though, as Sheriff Tiraspol subsequently defeated them in Globe Cup qualifiers to leave Coast with no UICA football for the first time in four seasons.

SL-XII
Christopheran Porty 0–2 Newport Sirens
Willox Street Pirates 3–0 Sarrburgh Town
Blue Coast 1981 4–1 Kelsy Merchants
New St Johns 2–0 Kirston Eagles
San Marco Storm 2–0 New Dundee Star

There was nothing out of the ordinary to report as the Super-League got up and running this weekend. The Pirates strolled through the visit of Sarburgh Town, with a Boötia freekick the pick of the bunch. Alvin Burnsides' side added a second and third through Soren Winterkorn and Rosie Tyler, with only some heroic goal keeping from Scott Torrance preventing Town from taking a real hiding. Blue Coast arguably had an even better result as they took on a highly rated Kelsy side. There was a debut goal from Zachary Daniel, as the Ethanian striker signalled his arrival, while Chad Duquez (2) and Lucio completed the rout. And finally, San Marco Storm's comprehensive 2-0 win over New Dundee Star perhaps shows that the tectonic plates within the Super-League as shifting. Storm may well be a force this season, as goals from Nirie and Saxson would suggest.

SL-XII
Newport Sirens 0–0 New Dundee Star
Kirston Eagles 0–6 San Marco Storm
Kelsy Merchants 1–0 New St Johns
Sarrburgh Town 1–4 Blue Coast 1981
Christopheran Porty 0–1 Willox Street Pirates

Week two, and Kirston Eagles received their first thumping of the season (no doubt first of many). Lycomedes Montanari will have to get used to this kind of thing in the Super-League, playing in front of 850 barely interested fans, with all the atmosphere of a small town library. Storm were utterly dominant though, with Montanari and Nancy Paterson both recording doubles as the club put six past the part-timers. Kelsy Merchants got over their opening day humiliation with a 1-0 win over the Saints. Johnny Markus' second half strike was enough to give the traders victory on that occasion. And Coast made it eight goals in two matches, as they utterly took the Sarrburgh defence apart at John Cooper Park, with Lasse Pedersen putting in a big performance.

SL-XII
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Newport Sirens
Blue Coast 1981 5–1 Christopheran Porty
New St Johns 1–3 Sarrburgh Town
San Marco Storm 3–1 Kelsy Merchants
New Dundee Star 2–0 Kirston Eagles

Coast are utterly unchecked at the moment, and seem keen to make up for their UICA exit. Rebecca Stenger actually looked world-class, as the Nepharim journeywoman put in a commanding midfield display that left Christopheran Porty without an answer. There is probably a very good chance goal difference could come into this, so the Pirates will need to keep an eye on their accuracy issues. Despite a comfortable win over Newport Sirens, the side missed several gilt-edge chances to extend their lead in the second half. In the end they had to be content with a Marc-André Onasi goal, coming on the stroke of half time. And New Dundee Star got a first win of the season under their belts as they took on Kirston Eagles. It most certainly wasn't their best ever display, but thanks to a bit of wizardry from Stella Watson, the team did more than enough.

SL-XII
Newport Sirens 4–0 Kirston Eagles
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 New Dundee Star
Sarrburgh Town 1–1 San Marco Storm
Christopheran Porty 0–0 New St Johns
Willox Street Pirates 1–4 Blue Coast 1981

We expected the meeting of Port Christopher's big two to be heated, we expected drama... but we kind of expected it to be a little closer. Blue Coast delivered a pivotal blow to Super-League favourites, the Pirates, with a shock 4-1 win at the Willox Street Stadium. The Pirates were poor from the outset, inviting Coast onto them all too often. Zachary Daniel scored one either side of half time, and there were also goals from Caro Bensborg and Jakob Nelsen in a result that puts Coast firmly in the driving seat. Meanwhile, Newport Sirens looked all too comfortable as they put four past the Eagles for no reply. Sisu Cassidy was person of the match, while Lupa Na'Bengna tucked away a second half hattrick. This was also the week where the San Marco Storm juggernaut finally stopped, with a 1-1 draw at Sarrburgh. Kai-Kai Mokumdarian converted at the end of a mazy run to give storm the lead, only for Samid Khren to equalise for Sarrburgh ten minutes from time.

SL-XII
Blue Coast 1981 3–1 Newport Sirens
New St Johns 0–5 Willox Street Pirates
San Marco Storm 2–2 Christopheran Porty
New Dundee Star 3–5 Sarrburgh Town
Kirston Eagles 1–2 Kelsy Merchants

The Pirates bounced back from their humbling defeat last week, with a hefty win over a New St Johns side, who look seriously out of ideas. The title favourites set up camp outside the Saints' box for most of the match, with Fiona Fife forced to pull off an number of saves to keep her side in it early on. After Soren Winterkorn opened the scoring for the Pirates, the floodgates burst, and the Saints conceded three more in quick succession as the Pirates opened up an insurmountable lead. Marc-André Onasi completed the demolition job with a thirty-yard strike seven minutes from the end. Kelsy Merchants got a bit of a scare as they travelled to Kirston to take on the Eagles. After taking the lead early on through Aurora Quiñone, they were perhaps guilty of complacency as they allowed Kirston back into the game with a goal from 39-year-old Jaden Ross. Only a last gasp strike from Akiko spared the Traders blushes, rescuing the three points. There was also another easy win for Blue Coast, who now seem to be in pole position, as they brushed past Newport thanks to goals from Lucio (2) and Stenger.

SL-XII
Newport Sirens 1–0 Kelsy Merchants
Sarrburgh Town 2–0 Kirston Eagles
Christopheran Porty 2–0 New Dundee Star
Willox Street Pirates 1–3 San Marco Storm
Blue Coast 1981 3–0 New St Johns

Six wins from six, and going by some of the other results, Blue Coast might have the league trophy sewn up in record time. With the Pirates dropping points once again, the reigning Super-League champs clinically dispatched of New St Johns at the Ocean Shores stadium. The enigma that is Chad Duquez was at his very best, as the Quebecois scored one and set up another in a destructive performance. Alisander Seip is another player who has been showering himself in glory this season, and the Nepharim played well again in this one, setting up his side's third. San Marco Storm became the second side to beat the Pirates at home this season with a 3-1 win. Alvin Burnsides' team don't lose many games at home, so two in two will immediately put the manager under pressure. Storm's forward line of three has been causing teams a lot of problems this season, and the Pirates didn't enjoy having the game taken to them on their own lawn. Possibly the biggest shock of the weekend, however, was CP's 2-0 win over New Dundee Star. The Stars have not been having a good season, but and this defeat leaves them struggling near the foot of the table.

SL-XII
New St Johns 1–1 Newport Sirens
San Marco Storm 1–2 Blue Coast 1981
New Dundee Star 0–3 Willox Street Pirates
Kirston Eagles 1–1 Christopheran Porty
Kelsy Merchants 2–0 Sarrburgh Town

The first San Marco Derby of the season presented a chance for Coast to further extend their lead at the top of the table. Having crashed out of the Champions' Cup seems to have conversely helped Jan Markus Hellensen's side, as they look fresh and rested, compared to the Pirates, who one might argue, are looking tired. The San Marco Derby doesn't have the history behind it to get passions running high, but it was a hotly contested fixture nonetheless. Storm actually took the lead, as Indira Saxson got a toe to the end of Kira Nirie cross for one-nil. Blue Coast got stronger as the match went on however, and after hauling themselves back level, Zachary Daniel converted a stoppage time winner to preserve their perfect record. There was a sadly one-sided feel to the Pirates visit to New Dundee, as the former champions looked well off the pace at home. The Stars are toiling in terms of recourses right now, and up against the likes of Boötia and Onasi, their defence looked sluggish, as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat. And finally, Kelsy kept themselves in the hunt with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Sarrburgh Town.

SL-XII
Newport Sirens 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Christopheran Porty 2–3 Kelsy Merchants
Willox Street Pirates 5–0 Kirston Eagles
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 New Dundee Star
New St Johns 2–2 San Marco Storm

Another week, another match where Fred Wood spent more time picking the ball of the Kirston net than he did making saves. This week it was the Pirates turn to give their goal difference a shot in the arm, as they kept a clean sheet, scoring five in the process. Rosie Tyler and Seyda Artîn were imperious in the midfield, allowing the wing-backs to attack in waves. Rian Correll scored her first of the season, and also had a hand in Marc-André Onasi's goal. A hattrick from Sasha Falkenrath completed a straightforward day at the office for the Pirates. By contrast, it was end to end stuff at the Argets Stadium, as Kelsy left it late to defeat CP 3-2. Akiko was the star of the show for the traders, as she directed a pin-point freekick past the keeper to give her side all three points. There was disappointment for Storm however, as they conceded a late goal at the High School Ground costing them two points at New St Johns.

SL-XII
San Marco Storm 0–0 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 0–1 New St Johns
Kirston Eagles 0–8 Blue Coast 1981
Kelsy Merchants 1–0 Willox Street Pirates
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 Christopheran Porty

As we reached the half way stage, Kirston were subject to the moment they were dreading, and rightly so, as they took on form side, Blue Coast 1981. Zachary Daniel scored four, as the San Marco side hammered eight past the league minnows. It was contest between a professional club at the top of their game, and another who would struggle to hold their own in Schottia's Regional Divisions. Rebecca Stenger played well once again, as did Daniel and Bensborg in attack. The result means Coast are nine points clear at the top of the league with a perfect record so far. The battle raging behind them got even closer though, with the Pirates dropping points once again. This time it was Kelsy who did the damage with Ellie Vogel firing home from the edge of the area following a lay off from Jacques. Storm missed a chance to go second, as they could only manage a draw with a Sirens side who are also building some momentum at the moment. Despite glaring chances for both sides in the second half, the match ended goalless.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Blue Coast 1981 9 9 0 0 34 6 +28 27
2 Willox Street Pirates 9 6 0 3 20 8 +12 18
3 San Marco Storm 9 4 4 1 20 9 +11 16
4 Kelsy Merchants 9 5 1 3 11 11 0 16
5 Newport Sirens 9 4 3 2 10 5 +5 15
6 Sarrburgh Town 9 3 1 5 12 16 −4 10
7 Christopheran Porty 9 2 3 4 9 14 −5 9
8 New St Johns 9 2 3 4 7 15 −8 9
9 New Dundee Star 9 1 2 6 5 14 −9 5
10 Kirston Eagles 9 0 1 8 2 32 −30 1



League Cup of Port Christopher -- Prelim
The four clubs finishing bottom of the previous Super-League season are entered into the preliminary round.

Newport Sirens 3-0 Kirston Eagles
Sarrburgh Town 1-2 Christopheran Porty

UICA - Globe Cup Group Stages.

The Pirates were drawn into a tricky Group E, alongside Bastion, Somer City and Surrounds, and Bengtsmark IF. Alvin Burnsides would have been under do illusions as to how difficult this one was going to be, and his side were going to need to produce some big results if they were to going to make it out alive. In the end the Pirates' home form was enough to get them through, with the conditions on Port Christopher undoubtedly helping them to three wins from three. On the road there were mixed fortunes, but a draw with Bengtsmark IF in Buyan, and an impressive win over Bastion in Eura helped them top the group. This was a stark contrast from the club's league form, which has been shaky to say the least. The Pirates now have a real chance to go on a run in UICA competition for the first time in a few years.

  Group E                        Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts   WSP  SCS  Bgt  Bas
1 Willox Street Pirates PCR 6 4 1 1 11 6 +5 13 — 2–0 1–0 1–0
2 Somer City and Surrounds ETM 6 4 0 2 9 7 +2 12 3–2 — 1–0 2–0

3 Bengtsmark IF BYN 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 10 2–2 2–0 — 2–1
4 Bastion EUR 6 0 0 6 4 15 −11 0 1–3 1–3 1–4 —
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SL-XII
Newport Sirens 1–0 Christopheran Porty
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 Willox Street Pirates
Kelsy Merchants 0–3 Blue Coast 1981
Kirston Eagles 1–5 New St Johns
New Dundee Star 1–3 San Marco Storm

This was probably the week that Kelsy's hopes of lifting the League Trophy died, as they were convincingly beaten at home to Blue Coast. The Traders struggled to assert themselves against a side who were far better organised in every department. As Chad Duquez curled home Coast's third from the edge of the box with eight minutes to go, there was no way back for Kelsy. There were no real problems for New St Johns, despite conceding a goal at Kirston Eagles. Bear Smith scored a second half double, with Conner Orton, Sam Tomlin and Aderiz also getting on the score sheet in this straightforward win. And Lycomedes Montanari netted a double, as San Marco Strom keep themselves right on the Pirates tails in third with a very strong win over New Dundee Star.

SL-XII
New Dundee Star 2–0 Newport Sirens
San Marco Storm 3–1 Kirston Eagles
New St Johns 0–2 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 3–1 Sarrburgh Town
Willox Street Pirates 3–0 Christopheran Porty

New Dundee Star, desperately seeking points, welcomed Newport Sirens to the Town Stadium this weekend. This had all the makings for a close match on paper, but it was perhaps the case that the Stars' need was greater, as they put the bit between their teeth and ground this one out. Ephraim Kirillov converted from a tight angle for the opener, before the Polkopian capped an excellent performance by setting up Magnus Kellur for the goal that put the game to bed. The Pirates had a far easier time of it this week, as they scored three-going-on-twenty against Christopheran Porty. The visitors defended robustly from the start and succeeded in keeping the score line tight at 1-0 for most of the game. It was inevitable that the home side would hit the back of the net again though, and goals from Sasha Falkenrath and Soren Winterkorn made the score line look much better for the Globe Cup side. And finally, Blue Coast came from a goal down, to run out 3-1 winners at home to Sarrburgh, in what was a very competitive match.

Globe Cup - Round of 32
(NGD) Royal Queenstown 2–3 Willox Street Pirates

Willox Street fought their way to three points against a very strong looking Royal Queenstown side, in New Gelderland. The result gives the Pirates a great chance of making the last sixteen of the tournament for the third time, when they welcome the TL-West side back to Port Christopher. It was Rushmori winger, Marc-André Onasi, who did the damage for Alvin Burnsides' team, scoring a second half double to over turn goals from Irlian Ceka and Justin Morroghany.

SL-XII
Newport Sirens 2–0 Willox Street Pirates
Christopheran Porty 0–2 Blue Coast 1981
Sarrburgh Town 1–0 New St Johns
Kelsy Merchants 0–2 San Marco Storm
Kirston Eagles 0–4 New Dundee Star

The Pirates domestic form continued to suffer this week, as they lost 2-0 to Newport Sirens. The decision to rest Onasi and Winterkorn perhaps proved fatal, as the pre-season favourites lacked any real punch in attack. Sisu Cassidy opened the scoring from the penalty spot, after Alex Murray was upended by Tom Nazario-Silva, while Lupa Na'Bengna added a seconded in the closing stages. Another win for Storm over the Kelsy Merchants means that we are probably down now to a two horse race for second. The San Marco side started slowly, but once they got themselves into gear, there was only really one team in it. And finally, Sarrburgh Town won through in a very tight match with New St Johns. In a tense and edgy affair, a goal from Tsuritsa Zinograni was enough to edge the tie.

Globe Cup - Round of 32
Willox Street Pirates 1-0 Royal Queenstown (NGD)

The Pirates excellent home form in the Globe Cup continued, as a single goal from Sasha Falkenrath completed the job the team started in New Gelderland.

SL-XII
Kirston Eagles 0–1 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 1–0 Kelsy Merchants
San Marco Storm 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
New St Johns 0–1 Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 2–5 Willox Street Pirates

We have waited a long time for the League Trophy race to be given the shot in the arm that it needed. Coast had been cruising up until now, so this defeat to the Pirates will force them to re-evaluate slightly. In a match that saw seven goals, we were treated to what will stand as a good advent for football on the island. Boötia was the star of the show, with two second half goals coming at a pivotal time for the Pirates. There was also a fascinating midfield battle: Stenger/Pedersen Vs. Tyler/Seyda Artîn, which on the face of it, the latter pair seemed to edge. Although Coast did push hard to get back into the game, it was a solid win for the Pirates. Despite their win, San Marco Storm stay second though, and a single Saxson goal against Sarrburgh was enough to keep their fantastic season going. New Dundee Star also continued to haul themselves out of trouble with a win over a Kelsy side who are struggling to string results together. Stella Watson whipped a ball in for Nik Konstidios to head home from close range.

Globe Cup - Round of 16
(HIN) Hinode Supernova 3–3 Willox Street Pirates

In an end-to-end match, where we saw both the best and the worst of the Pirates, Port Christopher's last remaining UICA competitors were held to a 3-3 draw by Hinode Supernova. While it wasn't the win they were looking for, the result means that a tight score line in the return leg should at least be enough.

SL-XII
Newport Sirens 2–2 Blue Coast 1981
Willox Street Pirates 7–0 New St Johns
Christopheran Porty 0–6 San Marco Storm
Sarrburgh Town 0–3 New Dundee Star
Kelsy Merchants 3–0 Kirston Eagles

The League Trophy (and the guaranteed Champions' Cup spot that goes with it) might not be quite as settled as we thought. Blue Coast, who looked unstoppable a couple of weeks ago, dropped points yet again, this time at the Sirens. The league leaders found themselves behind twice in this match, first to an Alex Murray header, then secondly to a distance effort from Greg Del Aragona, which clipped in off the underside of the bar. Coast were in serious danger of loosing this one, right up until Lucio's 84th minute header whizzed past David Benning to earn them a 2-2 draw. While Coast were dropping points, the Pirates were making up for lost time with a 7-0 win over New St Johns. Sasha Falkenrath scored at hattrick in what was a person of the match performance from the Cenian youngster. The Pirates looked slick and polished in every area of the park, and are perhaps coming onto form at the right time. Storm also put in a commanding performance at CP, to record a big win of their own. Elder Del Aragona sibling, Lucy, got the ball rolling for the second place side, with each of the front three adding to the tally as the team won 6-0 on the road.

Globe Cup - Round of 16
Willox Street Pirates a 2-2 Hinode Supernova (HIN)

It was more of the same really, as the Pirates welcomed Hinode Supernova a sell out Willox Street Stadium, with both sides going hell for leather. The Christopherans were in serious danger of throwing this one away, before a Rosie Tyler equaliser saw them through to the quarterfinal.

SL-XII
Kelsy Merchants 0–1 Newport Sirens
Kirston Eagles 0–5 Sarrburgh Town
New Dundee Star 1–0 Christopheran Porty
San Marco Storm 1–1 Willox Street Pirates
New St Johns 0–1 Blue Coast 1981

Blue Coast could celebrate, as their 1-0 win at New St Johns saw them presented with the League Trophy for the first phase of the season. Having a shot at the Champions' Cup will obviously take some pressure off from now till the end of the season, after what has been a near flawless campaign. Zachary Daniel it was who did the damage, as his 14th minute strike was enough to separate the teams in an otherwise tight match. The game that had us all on the edge of our seats, however, was the contest between the Pirates and San Marco Storm. Alvin Burnsides' team appear to constantly have one eye on the Globe Cup at the moment, as their league form continues to be a little sporadic. Again they chose to rest players, and again they paid the price in points, with Storm holding out for a draw. It's not very often that Sarrburgh score five goals in a match, but then again, they were playing Kirston Eagles. Faith Bhukhwana scored a hattrick in what was an embarrassingly one-sided match.

SL-XII
Newport Sirens 2–1 New St Johns
Blue Coast 1981 5–0 San Marco Storm
Willox Street Pirates 2–2 New Dundee Star
Christopheran Porty 0–1 Kirston Eagles
Sarrburgh Town 0–0 Kelsy Merchants

I don't think anyone was expecting Blue Coast to win the final San Marco Derby of the season 5-0. We had been very impressed by what we'd seen from Storm so far this season, but they were really taught a lesson in this match. The sale of Schottia due, Conjure and Renshaw doesn't seem to have affected Coast domestically, and this powerful display is evidence of that. Chad Duquez played some scintillating football, while the strike force of Lucio and Daniel were lethal when they needed to be. The Pirates didn't exactly have the best preparation for their Globe Cup quarter final, as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to New Dundee Star. You could see how much this result meant to the Stars, who celebrated at the end as if they had won it. Ed Santos' cross for Sigrun Kannis gave the green and whites a stoppage time equaliser. And Newport Sirens look in a position to challenge the top sides for a good play-off seeding, as their 2-1 win over New St Johns sent them right back into the mix.

Globe Cup - Quarterfinal
Willox Street Pirates 4–0 Ibini FC (VAL)

There's a couple of very busy weeks coming up for the Pirates, and they got off to a dream start with a 4-0 win over Ibini FC. Even at eight in the evening, the temperature was still in the high twenties in the City of Port Christopher, as the humidity became unbearable. The heat must have affected the side from Valanora, as they conceded four second half goals, in a result, which will leave them with a mountain to climb. Rian Corrello put in a person of the match performance at right-back.

League Cup of Port Christopher
Willox Street Pirates 4-0 Christopheran Porty
Newport Sirens 2-3 New Dundee Star
Blue Coast 1981 5-1 New St Johns
Kelsy Merchants 3-4 San Marco Storm

There were no upsets in the League Cup first round proper. The Pirates were safely through with a 4-0 hammering of Porty. Coast sailed through with similar ease, as they defeated the Saints 5-1. The other two ties were less straightforward, but the favourites still progressed, with Storm and the Stars edging past Kelsy and Newport respectively.

Globe Cup - Quarterfinal
(VAL) Ibini FC 0-0 Willox Street Pirates

With four goals already in the bag, it was just a case of keeping things tight for the Pirates as they paid Ibini a visit. Some stout defending, from Seon-Yann Slater in particular, ensured they held onto the clean sheet they needed.

SL-XII
Sarrburgh Town 0–2 Newport Sirens
Kelsy Merchants 4–0 Christopheran Porty
Kirston Eagles 1–12 Willox Street Pirates
New Dundee Star 1–1 Blue Coast 1981
San Marco Storm 0–2 New St Johns

Kirston Eagles have now conceded 65 goals in 17 games, with their 12-1 hiding at the hands of the Pirates taking their permanent collapse to new depths. Sasha Falkenrath scored four, and Soren Winterkorn three, as attack after attack seemed to yield goals for the former champions. Fresh from the Globe Cup fight, these sides were leagues and leagues apart in every single department. Eleven players with big match experiences verses a bunch near part-timers perhaps makes a bit of a mockery of the whole system. Blue Coast stumbled to a 1-1 draw away to New Dundee, not that it matters much, as the League winners elect are possibly winding down through the gears now. Meanwhile, Newport Sirens moved up to third with a 2-0 win over Sarrburgh Town. It's turning into a really good season for James Del Vertio's players, who looked in very good shape as they leapfrogged San Marco Storm.

SL-XII
Newport Sirens 1–2 San Marco Storm
New St Johns 0–1 New Dundee Star
Blue Coast 1981 5–0 Kirston Eagles
Willox Street Pirates 0–1 Kelsy Merchants
Christopheran Porty 0–2 Sarrburgh Town

Twelve points clear, Blue Coast 1981 absolutely dominated the league phase of the season - a 5-0 win over Kirston Eagles taking them to 58 goals scored for the season. After the devastation of being punted out of UICA football at the first hurdle, Jan Markus Hellensen's side have barely put a foot wrong. There is still going to be work to do if they are going to win the Play-offs, but on this sort of form, you really wouldn't bet against them. Willox Street Pirates finished second on goal difference, after a Jacques goal consigned them to defeat at home to Kelsy Merchants, who finish a respectable fifth. San Marco Storm did just enough to finish third, with a late goal from Indira Saxson against the Sirens, allowing them to leapfrog their opponents, guaranteeing them Globe Cup football next year, whatever happens. A little further down the table, New Nundee Stars are safely into the play-offs in 6th, with Nik Konstidios' goal giving them three points away to New St Johns, who only just sneak into 8th on a measly 15 points. Sarrburgh Town finish 7th, and had a good 2-0 win at CP in the last game of the season, but the result had no impact on the final standings.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Blue Coast 1981 18 15 2 1 58 15 +43 47 League Champions
2 Willox Street Pirates 18 11 2 5 51 17 +34 35 Play-offs
3 San Marco Storm 18 10 5 3 38 20 +18 35 Play-offs
4 Newport Sirens 18 10 4 4 22 12 +10 34 Play-offs
5 Kelsy Merchants 18 9 2 7 21 18 +3 29 Play-offs
6 New Dundee Star 18 7 4 7 21 20 +1 25 Play-offs
7 Sarrburgh Town 18 6 2 10 21 26 −5 20 Play-offs
8 New St Johns 18 4 3 11 15 31 −16 15 Play-offs

9 Christopheran Porty 18 3 3 12 10 34 −24 12
10 Kirston Eagles 18 1 1 16 6 70 −64 4
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League Cup of Port Christopher
Willox Street Pirates 2-0 New Dundee Star
Blue Coast 1981 1-3 San Marco Storm

The defending champions are safely through, as the Pirates made light work of a tired looking New Dundee. Marc-André Onasi scored one either side of half time, as the Cenian looked a cut above the rest. In the other match San Marco Storm avenged their derby humiliation, by dumping Blue Coast out of the semi-final. How on Earth could anyone have called this, after Hellensen's side won 5-0 the last time they met? Either way, we now have a Pirates vs. Storm final to look forward to in a couple of weeks.

Globe Cup - Semi-final
(AUD) Cazadores Cathair 2–0 Willox Street Pirates

This was a really big match for the Pirates, as the looked to go a step further than they'd managed in the past, and set up a chance at a UICA title. Cazadores Cathair stood in their way, however, and the Audioslavians showed just how dangerous they can be in a 2-0 win. The Pirates were unable to get the away goal that might have given them a sporting chance back on Port Christopher in a week's time.

Play-Offs -- Quarterfinal
Blue Coast 1981 2–0 New St Johns
Willox Street Pirates 2–0 Sarrburgh Town
San Marco Storm 2–0 New Dundee Star
Newport Sirens 3–4 Kelsy Merchants

The Play-off quarters are always a tense round of fixtures, with the teams knowing that defeat could see some of them frozen out of UICA football. Blue Coast knew that whatever happened they were in the Champions' Cup, although the Champions' path would have been their favoured route. New St Johns shouldn't have presented too many problems on paper, and of course it didn't, as a Zachary Daniel double sent the League Champions through to the semi-final. It was exactly the same story up at Willox Street, as the Pirates cruised past Sarrburgh Town. The Boys put up a gallant defence in the first half, but goals from Boötia and Sasha Falkenrath helped the Pirates ease through to the next round. San Marco Storm have had a fantastic season, but it could still have been for naught, should they have failed to take anything from their match with New Dundee Star. Despite the Stars starting the game brightly, Storm quickly grabbed the upper hand, and yet another 2-0 victory in this round was enough for Cathrine Sedgwick's team. Finally Newport versed Kelsy looked on paper to be the closest match, and that indeed proved to be the case as the sides played out a seven goal game. The result was a little unfair on Newport, who have had a good season, and really deserved better than this. Kelsy won't be complaining however, as they now have a shot at Blue Coast in the semis.

Globe Cup - Semi-final
Willox Street Pirates 2-1 Cazadores Cathair (AUD)

Despite another win on Port Christopher, the Pirates lost a semi-final yet again. A second half goal from Cazadores Cathair was all it took to tip the balance, and leave the Pirates scrambling for two late goals, which never materialised.

Play-Offs -- Semi-final
Blue Coast 1981 1–1 Kelsy Merchants (1–1 AET) (4–3 pen.)
Willox Street Pirates 3–0 San Marco Storm

Blue Coast were pushed all they way by a Kelsy Merchants side who just wouldn't roll over in the first of the semi-finals. After Coast got their noses in front early on, thanks to a Chad Duquez strike, it looked as if it might be a straightforward one, Kelsy had other ideas however, and after pulling level through Aurora Quiñones, they took the match all the way to penalties. In an intense end to this game Jan Markus Hellensen's players were the ones who held their nerves, as they booked a spot in the final. The Pirates had slightly less trouble, and in a sense it was a bit of a shame, as we had hoped for much better from San Marco Storm. The Pirates have improved as the season has gone on, and the 3-0 win didn't even flatter them, coming as their reward for a very strong performance.

League Cup of Port Christopher Final @ Ocean Shores Stadium
Willox Street Pirates 2-3 San Marco Storm

In a repeat of the Play-offs semi final Storm took on the Pirates in the League Cup final at the Ocean Shores Stadium. While the Pirates were far superior in the first half, they failed to wrap the game up, and that proved costly in the end. A goal from Nancy Paterson, with ten minutes left on the clock, handed San Marco Storm their first ever trophy.

Play-Offs -- Third Place Match @ Ocean Shores Stadium
San Marco Storm 2–0 Kelsy Merchants

The third-place match matters in terms of more than just pride, as the winner goes into the first Globe Cup spot. San Marco Storm would have fancied themselves as favourites following a strong season, and for Kelsy Merchants, this was an opportunity to make amends for some poor league form. Storm were more than up to the task though, and set about this in a clinical and professional manner. Kira Nirie set Lycomedes Montanari through on goal for the opener, which the Apoxian finished with aplomb; and teenager, Kai-Kai Mokumdarian, settled the matter with a screamer of a strike from some thirty-five yards out.

Super-League XI Grand Final @ The James Williams Arena
Blue Coast 1981 0–1 Willox Street Pirates

So here we are again, the Play-off final, and there won't be any real surprise in the sides facing off. While there are signs that it might be slowly changing, Blue Coast and the Pirates have dominated the footballing scene in Port Christopher for much of the last decade. Coast came in as runaway League Trophy winners, the Pirates as Globe Cup semi-finalists -- this one promised to be big.

Both sides seemed a little nervous in the opening exchanges, but minds were quickly focused, as Sasha Falkenrath flashed a shot just wide for the Pirates, much to the frustration of his manager. The Pirates then threatened again, with Marc André Onasi cutting in field before unleashing a thunderous drive, which fizzed just half a metre over the bar. Coast were in danger of being overwhelmed, but they thought they have broken the deadlock just before half time as Lucio Sylvestre put the ball in the back of the net. The Brazilianian was disappointed to find, however, that his header was chalked off for offside. It was the Pirates who found the winning goal though, and on the face of it, you'd say it was probably deserved. A nice exchange between Rosie Tyler and Boötia saw the former play in Soren Winterkorn, to ensure the Pirates were crowned Super-League XII Champions.

Champions Cup: Willox Street Pirates, Blue Coast 1981
Globe Cup: San Marco Storm, Kelsy Merchants, Newport Sirens (as highest League finishers, of the sides losing in the PO-QF



Awards

Player of the Year:

1st: Marc-André Onasi (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
2nd: Lycomedes Montanar (San Marco Storm) - Apox
3rd: Rebecca Stenger (Blue Coast 1981) - Nephara
4th: Chad Duquez (Blue Coast 1981) - Quebec
5th: Rosy Tyler (Willox Street Pirates) - Equestrian States
6th: Zachary Daniel (Blue Coast 1981) - Ethane
7th: Johnny Markus (Kelsy Merchants) - Mercedini

Golden Boot:

1st: 24 Sasha Falkenrath (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
2nd: 21 Zachary Daniel (Blue Coast 1981) - Ethane
3rd: 15 Marc-André Onasi (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni

Young player of the year:

1st: Sasha Falkenrath (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
2nd: Kai-Kai Mokumdarian (San Marco Storm) - Cosumar
3rd: Lucy Del Aragona (San Marco Storm) - Schottia
4th: Greg Del Aragona (Newport Sirens) - Schottia
5th: 7th: Tsuritsa Zinograni (Sarrburgh Town) - Unified Sunrise Islands
6th: Douglas Flack (New St Johns)
7th: Lawrence Morton (San Marco Storm)

Manager of the year:

1st: Catherine Sedgewick (San Marco Storm) - Nephara
2nd: Jan Markus Hellensen (Blue Coast 1981) - Semarland
3rd: Alvin Burnsides (Willox Street Pirates) - Cosumar
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In a small territory of just over one million people, trying to sustain a league of twelve teams was often a bit of a stretch, and it lead to some ridiculous mismatches. The Super-League season is very short, and takes place during the winter months, when the temperatures are a little more bearable..





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Willox Street Pirates
Stadium: Willox Street stadium, 19,500
Average attendance: 16,278
Manager: Alvin Burnsides (COS)
Colours: Sky blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Pirates
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GK. Cooper Granely 23, Port Christopher
RB. Fiona Marquess 22, Brenecia
LB. Liam Goncalves 25, Port Christopher (c)
CB. Tomas Nazario-Silva 26, Port Christopher
CB. Seon-Yann Slater 26, Drawkland
CM. Rosie Tyler 25, Equestrian States
CM. Seyda Artîn 21, Schottia
AMR. Reay Cnocstanger 17, Schottia
AML. Boötia 30, Dainer
CF. Sasha Falkenrath 21, Ceni
CF. Soren Winterkorn 30, Cosumar

-subs-
CB. Codie Del Sera 26, Port Christopher
CM. Hugo Toring 18, Port Christopher
AML. Banda Meluo 27, Schiavonia
CF. Lauren Beridze 19, Port Christopher

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The Pirates crept up and snatched the Super-League Trophy from under Blue Coast's noses last season, and they'll probably be favourites to claim the title once again. They've not been without their challenges over the summer, with key players such as Rian Corrello and Marc-André Onasi heading to the exit door, as well as the retirement of club captain, Melissa Cleves. All the same, they should still have the personnel to get the job done, with a wage budget that dwarfs everyone else in the league. Fiona Marquess is the clubs only summer signing in what was a somewhat muted transfer window, and while the Proudcastle right-back was relegated from the A-League, Alvin Burnsides clearly saw enough promise in her. What's the point in having top academy facilities if you don't make use of them, and the Pirates have turned to youth development to fill the other two positions, with Cooper Granely, and Reay Cnocstanger making the step up. Grentely has been understudy to Cleves for the last three years, and at 23 should be ready for this. Born in Schottia, Cnocstanger has been with the club since the age of twelve, and while highly rated at youth level, she is thus far untested in the senior squad.

The front two of Sasha Falkenrath and Soren Winterkorn will be vitally important to the Pirates as they adjust to this new era, and the prolific pairing could probably score goals in any league in the world. Daineri number-ten, Boötia will be another important player, bringing some flair and experience to a very young midfield. Seyda Artîn and Rosie Tyler looked good in the centre of midfield last season; the former a has been tipped for a Schottia cap in the near future, and the latter is already a full Equestrian international. Marquess will join a defence consisting of former Christopheran internationals, Tom Nazario Silva and Liam Goncalves, as well as Drawkland cap, Seon-Yann Slater. The Pirates have typically relied on what is a very strong defence; however the back four have been known to be a little heavy handed at times.

Prediction: Champions.


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Blue Coast 1981
Stadium: Ocean Shores Stadium , 18,000
Average attendance: 7,856
Manager: Bronwyn Sadler (NPH)
Colours: Gold and blue
Location: San Marco
Nick name: The Seasiders
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GK. Pearl Endicott 24, Northern Sunrise Islands
RB. Bellarmie Errion 31, Chromatika
LB. Alisander Seip 27, Nephara
CB. Chadwick Beath 22, Nephara (BRE)
CB. George Wangolo 33, Banija (c)
CM. Rebecca Stenger 29, Nephara
CM. Kris Carpentier 18, Eastfield Lodge
RM. Caroline Bensborg 24, Port Christopher
L/CM. Chad Duquez 27, Quebec
CF. William Bishop-Weon 20, Quebec
CF. Zachary Daniel 23, Ethane

-subs-
LB. Rémi Niel 24, Gadirya

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A lot has happened over the summer, with Blue Coast being a club who have keenly felt the sting of the Semarlandic exodus. Manager Jan Markus Hellensen will be a particular miss, and the man behind the most successful era in their history is arguably irreplaceable. The club have lost no fewer than six player this summer, including record goals scorer Lucio, and Semarland cap Lasse Pedersen. You've got to feel for new boss, Bronwyn Sadler, as the former Serpentine gaffer's first job is somehow cobbling together a playing squad. The defence has been patched up with Centre for Excellence star, Chadwick Beath, who will partner former Banija skipper George Wangolo at centre-back. They are joined by Chromatik veteran Bellarmie Errion who slots in at right back. This season will be a big test for 18-year-old Eastfielder, Kris Carpentier, and the box-to-box central midfielder will really need to hit the ground running. The unheard-of Quebecios 20-year-old, William Bishop-Weon, will start up front, and while the lad has some talent, will lack of top level experience cost him.

Bishop-Weon will join Zachary Daniel in attack, a player who was very consistent in front of goal last season. Once more they will look to Chad Duqez for inspiration - he might be an overweight, chain-smoking alcoholic, but his left foot is one of deadliest objects in the game. Rebecca Stenger has done brilliantly well rebuilding her career after injury, and is now putting in some performances that justify her early promise. Right winger, Caroline Bensborg, is you standard "more pace than brains" wide-player, but in most Super-League matches, a bit of pace should be enough. The defence might be looking a little patchwork, but in Alisander Seip they have an outstanding left-back and probably their best outfield player. Keeper, Pearl Endicott, has flirted with the Sunrisian line-up in her time, and should be solid pair of hands.

Prediction: 3rd.


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Kelsy Merchants
Stadium: Kaesle Park, 6,500
Average attendance: 5,760
Manager: Johnas Bendt
Colours: Orange and blue
Location: Kelsy
Nick name: The Traders
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GK. Colin Stopla 21, Port Christopher
RB. Dan Philips 30, Port Christopher
CB. Simon Del Robbe 26, Port Christopher
CB. Pat Purnell 31, Schottia
LB. Leon Yi 22, Quebec
CM. Ellie Vogel 29, Mertagne (c)
CM. Johnny Markus 23, Mercedini
CM. John Murchison 23, Schottia
ACM. Akiko 30, Schottia
CF. Aurora Quiñones 27, Port Christopher
CF. Jacques 30, Port Christopher

-subs-

RM. Ale Rousen 31, Port Christopher

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It's a largely unchanged Traders side that takes to the field this season, hoping to finally mount a sustained attack on the op of the table. Kelsy are a club who have always gotten a lot wrong as well as a lot right, and despite a solid playing pool, they've never really been able to push the top two as much as they would have liked in a five year period where they were their closest rivals. Twenty-two year old left-back, Leon Yi, joins from the non UICA accredited Q-League; while right-back, Dan Philips, and keeper, Colin Stopla, are both promoted from the reserves.

Like most sides in the Super-League, Kelsy's emphasis has always been on attack, spearheaded by the very decent duo of Aurora Quiñones and Jacques. Both have been capped for Port Christopher, and bring some experience to the forward area. Schottic DBC cap, Akiko, sits in the hole just behind them, and while the creative attacker offers nothing at all defensively, she is a real goal threat going forward. The Traders play with a very resilient midfield three of John Murchison, Johnny Markus, and captain Ellie Vogel. None of them are world-beaters but they hold their own at Super-League level. Joining the new recruits in defence is the okay - if not a little shaky - centre-back pairing of Simon Del Robbe and Pat Purnell. All in all, it's not a bad side, but there are some some gaps there for the big sides to exploit given the chance.

Prediction: 4th.

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San Marco Storm (Formerly Tralend)
Stadium: Mark Del Cemny Stadium, 2,500
Average attendance: 2,269
Manager: Catherine Sedgewick (NPH)
Colours: Blue and green
Location: Tralend, San Marco
Nick name: The Storm
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GK. Pierluigi Cevenni 31, The Askari Union
RB. Lawrence Morton 21, Port Christopher
LB. Hazel Fetlocke 21, Brenecia
CB. Lukas Finnan 35, Nephara
CB. Ahn Seung-Joon 19, Quebec
CM. Kira Nirie-Smith 26, Central Sunrise Islands (c)
CM. Lucy Del Aragona 22, Schottia
CM. Kai-Kai Mokumdarian 19, Cosumar
CF. Indira Saxson 25, Chromatika
CF. Nancy Peterson 28, Osarius
CF. Lycomedes Montanari 23, Apox

-subs-
GK. Grant Vos 32, Port Christopher
RB. Mark Corbie 30, Port Christopher
CM. Stan Critchlow 23, Quebec
CF. Cailleen Waisplin 18, Schottia

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Storm are the cat amongst the pigeons this season, as they aim to be the first team out with the top two to win the Super-League in eleven years. The club's owners haven't been shy in investing in the side over the past 24 months, and there's no doubt Catherine Sedgewick has pulled off some astute signings. Her main priority this season seems to have been in strengthening at the back, with no fewer than four players making their way to the Mark Del Cemny Stadium. Former Champions' Cup finalist Lukas Finnan, is a name that jumps off the sheet, and the veteran Nepharim centre-back will bring some top level experience to the heart of this defence. He is joined by big Quebecois teenager, Ahn Seung-Joon, who is a young player tipped for the top. The attack minded Brenecian, Hazel Fetlocke, comes in at left back, in the hope that she can provide some much needed width to this often narrow line up. Askari international keeper, Pierluigi Cevenni, completes this new look defence.

The switch to an orthodox 4-3-3 was a big success for Storm last season, and many would call it an inspired move by Sedgewick. The signing of strikers Lycomedes Montanari, and Indira Saxson made it possible, featuring alongside former Pirates star Nancy Paterson in a system that proved very difficult to play against. Apoxian, Montanari, scored 15 goals last season, and will likely be important once again. In the midfield three, Strom have some real versatility, with players who can drive, pass, and hold up play. Skipper, Kira Nirie-Smith, has been with the club since the age of fifteen, and the Central Sunrise born midfielder is a cool, composed, and technically gifted passer, who looks like a player reborn since switching to the middle of the park. Schottian, Lucy Del Aragona, is the one who does the less glamorous stuff, the fetching and carrying, and the heel snapping. The real jewel in the team's crown, however, is Cosumarite Kai-Kai Mokumdarian the teenager was runner-up in the young player of the year award last season, and at times, looked unstoppable surging forward. The only member of the defence existing from last season is 21-year-old Lawrence Morton, who has definitely proven himself good enough at this level. The only question hanging over the defence is how quickly can they gel together?

Prediction: 2nd.


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Sarrburgh Town
Stadium: John Cooper Park, 7,000
Average attendance: 3,569
Manager: Harry Farnmoun
Colours: Red and white checks
Location: Sarrburgh
Nick name: The Boys
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GK. Scott Torrence 31, Port Christopher
RB. Aaron Boyle 20, Schottia
LB. Aliye Akbaş 32, Port Christopher
CB. Kiko Darret 29, Port Christopher
CB. Suzanna Nittel 28, Port Christopher
RM. Samid Khren 26, Port Christopher
LM. Cherryl Depew 31, Chromatika
CM. David Bloesch 25, Port Christopher
CM. Mia Huntly-Cooper 33, Port Christopher (c)
CF. Faith Bhukhwana 31, Quebec
CF. Tsuritsa Zinograni 22, Unified Sunrise Islands

-subs-
CF. Becky Munroe 33, Port Christopher

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Former Myana winger, Cherryl Depew, is the Boys' only summer signing as they look to prepare for what is likely to be another slog of a season. It's not a flawless looking line-up by any means, but given the side's budgetary constraints, it should be enough for them to achieve their main goal, which is a crack at the play offs. While Sarrburgh Town are one of the Island's strongest clubs historically, all of their success came before the Super-League era, and the team have just been left behind by their big spending neighbours. All that to one side, they are a proud team, and nothing would mean more to their loyal fans than a shot at UICA football.

Tsuritsa Zinograni - or the Sunrisian CMB as she's been lovingly dubbed by the Boys fans - will bring her fiery tempo and appetite for goals to the Sarrburgh attack. Playing alongside Quebecois journeywoman, Faith Bhukhwana, they have a decent if not volatile strike force. Again, Samid Khren will be the driving force in the midfield, playing on the right wing, opposite Cherryl Depew. Team captain Mia Huntly-Cooper has proven herself to be a very accomplished player at this level, but at 33, is perhaps a year past her best. Sarrburgh have always been a defensive minded side, and in players like Kiko Darret and Aliye Akbaş they have the right kind of personnel for the job. However, it is former Port Christopher goalie, Scott Torrance, who is their star player at the back. Arguably the best in the league, the Schottia U-21 cap has saved their necks on many occasions.

Prediction: 7th.

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New Dundee Star
Stadium: Town Stadium, 11,000
Average attendance: 8,831
Manager: Dane Stewart
Colours: Green and white
Location: New Dundee
Nick name: The Stars
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GK. Jordi Porra 26, Felix
RB. Elliot Thompson 33, Port Christopher
LB. Christopher Hess 25, Schottia
CB. Emiliana Rizzuto 27, Osarius
CB. Alice Leroy 29, Chromatika
RM. Ed Santos 33, Port Christopher
LM. Ephraim Kirillov 31, Polkopia
CM. Sigrun Kannis 31, Nephara (c)
CM. Magnus Kellur 23, Port Christopher
ACM. Stella Watson 24, Port Christopher
CF Nik Konstidios 34, Schottia

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New Dundee Start are still the only side other than Coast and the Pirates to have won the Super-League title, although they look light years away from that right now. A true, sustainable football club, The Stars have the second biggest support in the league, but lack the wealthy backers that many of their rivals possess. The biggest thing they've got going for them is the fact that they have a pretty settled side. Furthermore, Alice Leroy looks like she should be a sound addition at centre-back, joining from the Chromatik second tier. The aim will be to get a good play-off seeding, breaking into the top four if possible. While the likes of Newport and Kelsy are certainly there for the taking, fifth or sixth looks more reasonable.

Again, the Stars will go with the classic little and large combination of Nik Konstidios and Stella Watson. Watson is arguably one of the most exciting players in the league currently, and you'd imagine if the club are going to spring anything special this season it will come from her. In the midfield, flying wingers Ephraim Kirillov and Ed Santos, are also important players for the Stars, and can do a lot of damage in the wide areas with their pace. Sigrun Kannis and Magnus Kellur provide a sturdy midfield base, with Kannis' experience at this level particularly valuable to the side. Kellur, on the other hand, won a few caps with the Port Christopher national team before it lost its WCC accreditation. In defence, Leroy will start alongside Osarian centre-half, Emiliana Rizzuto, in what should be sound partnership. Schottic born left-back, Christopher Hess is Project +90 trained and Elliot Thompson, at right-back, is another player with Port Christopher caps to his name. Felix born, Jordi Porra, will start in goals.

Prediction: 6th

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New St Johns
Stadium: High School Ground, 9,000
Average attendance: 2,793
Manager: John Defretua
Colours: Black and white stripes
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Saints
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GK. Fiona Fife 32, Port Christopher
RB. Anderiz 32, Port Christopher
LB. Darian Creek 32, Port Christopher
CB. Karri Loikkanen 33, Polkopia
CB. Caprius Pria 31, San Llera
RM. Terry Heeny 33, Port Christopher
LM. Emin Yasarli 32, Chromatika
CM. Douglas Flack 22, Port Christopher
CM. Sam Tomlin 32, Schottia
SS. Conner Orton 34, Port Christopher
CF. Bear Smith 31, Bonesea (C)

-subs-

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New St Johns are located right in the centre of what is the City of Port Christopher's old town, and play the grounds of the old secondary school. Despite being one of the smaller teams in the league, they've seen a small measure of success in the Super-League era, particularly near the start, where they made the top-four on more than one occasion. For the last five years, however, it has more or less been a straight shootout between the Saints and CP for who is going to have the dishonour of joining Kirston Eagles in missing out of a play-offs berth. 8th is the target for John Defretua's players, 7th is possible, 6th would be a miracle.

The main goal threat for the Saints is Boney, Bear Smith. He might be about as subtle as a fencing maul, but the target man striker can cause any defence problems with his height and weight. Playing just off him, the likes of Conner Orton, Sam Tomlin, and Terry Heeny have plenty of experience, but sadly little else these days. Big Douglas Flack is a player of some potential in the centre of midfield, and what the 22-year-old lacks in quality, he makes up for in work-rate and athleticism. Central defensive duo of Caprius Pria and Karri Loikkanen are pretty well drilled and they won't let very much past them, wile veteran right-back, Anderiz, is probably the clubs best player, with 45 Port Christopher caps to his name.


Prediction: 8th

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Newport Sirens
Stadium: The James Williams Arena, 24,000
Average attendance: 7,531
Manager: James Del Vertio
Colours: Black and white
Location: Newport
Nick name: The Sirens.
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GK. David Benning 34, Shalum
RB. Tamara Rosenbauer 31, Nephara (C)
LB. Angele Scerri 19, Port Christopher
CB. Nedezhda Sebnem 31, Chromatika
CB. Hamish Ellan 23, Port Christopher
RM. Deek Rotter 29, Schottia
LM. Acacia García 29, Port Christopher
CM. Greg Del Aragona 20, Schottia
CM. Sisu Cassidy 25, Qasden
CF Alex Marray 26, Port Christopher
CF. Lupa Na'Bengna 31, Cosumar

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GK. Desmond Duncan 28, Schottia
CF. Olivia Serra 28, Port Christopher
CF. Liam Douglas 33, Port Christopher


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The Sirens could be set for a good season this time round, after finishing fourth in the league last season. In terms of wage budget they are up there with some of the top sides, and while they have struggled to attract top talent over the years, their finances have allowed them to hold onto the players they have. Chromatik defender, Nedezhda Sebnem, comes into the side after her transfer from Pùr, and promising left-back, Angele Scerri, is promoted from the clubs youth academy. Much of the Newport hopes will rest on the shoulders of Greg Del Aragona however, after the 20-year-old had a strong breakthrough season last time round. He and elder sister, Lucy, had already declared for Schottia even before Port Christopher went belly up, and don't be surprised to see him in white and green before long.

Lupa Na'Bengna is normally the one who tucks the goals away upfront for the Sirens. The powerful Cosumarite forward has been paired with Alex Marray in recent seasons, a hard-working yet un-prolific striker, who really divides the crowd. Del Aragona and former Qasden U-21 skipper, Sisu Cassidy, provide a very strong central midfield by any side's measure; with Acacia García and Deek Rotter not too shabby on the wings either. All in all, it's a good quartet, with pace and real ability, and the Sirens won't be found lacking in this department. Defensively, they are less accomplished however, and the side have been heavily reliant on aging Shalumite keeper, David Benning in recent seasons. For that reason, there will be high hopes that Sebnem and Scerri can make a bit of a difference. The club's Nepharim skipper, Tamara Rosenbauer, is one of those right backs who unstoppable going forward, but unfortunately a little lacklustre at the back.

Prediction: 5th.

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Christopheran Porty
Stadium: Argets Stadium, 3,500
Average attendance: 1,657
Manager: Dennis Bruce
Colours: Sky blue
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: Porty, CP
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GK Chris Gonzaö 38, Schottia (c)
RB. Sophia Jackson 24, Port Christopher
LB. Davy Sexton 33, Port Christopher
CB. Donald Mann 24, Schottia
CB. Lewis Skillen 37, Port Christopher
RM. Mitch Coroner 32, Port Christopher
LM. Dylan Gallagher 19, Port Christopher
DM. Simon Del Pratolini 23, Port Christopher
CM. Marian Bristowz 22, Port Christopher
CF. Vince Smith 29, Port Christopher
CF. Chris Abaroa 29, Port Christopher

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CM. Seeäna 35, Port Christopher
RM. Mitch Coroner 32, Port Christopher

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This definitely isn't the worst squad we have seen from CP, and that's just as well, because the worst was truly awful. The club set up by former Port Sebastian supporting ex-pats have generally propped up the table over the last ten or fifteen years; except of course for their memorable run to the play-off final two seasons ago. It's been another quiet transfer window, but the club should be okay, it's not going to be easy by any stretch, but making the play-offs is a real possibility if they can put some results together.

With Vince Smith, and former Pirates man Chris Abaroa up front, Porty won't be disgraced this season. With the exception of Mitch Coroner they have a young midfield with left-winger, Dylan Gallagher, probably the most promising of a pretty average bunch. Pace and willing shouldn't be lacking in the forward areas for CP. Former Port Sebastian (Schottia) defender, Donald Mann has been an important player at the back, since he made his loan move permanent a couple of season's back. Former Schottia international, Chris Gonzaö, is their keeper and captain, and despite his advanced years, is still a good player at this level.

Prediction: 9th.

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Kirston Eagles
Stadium: Roston Dytes, 2,000
Average attendance: 928
Manager: Steve White
Colours: Blue and white
Location: City of Port Christopher
Nick name: The Eagles.
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GK. Fred Wood 47, Port Christopher
RB. Dane Stein 30, Port Christopher
LB. Rab Harris 39, Port Christopher
CB. Grant Campbell 37, Port Christopher
CB. Dave Del Quill 24, Port Christopher
CM. Alan Forrester 25, Port Christopher
CM. Chris Diales 28, Port Christopher
CM. Priska Krimhilde 30, Chromatika
ACM. Camillo Bolelli 22, Port Christopher
CF. Kate Carr 20, Port Christopher
CF. Jaden Ross 40, Maretta (c)

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Kirston Eagles have become a bit of a joke now, as the team are long past their sell by date. They were only ever there to make up the numbers in the ten-team format, and never really made a go of it the way the organisers might have hoped. The side more or less have eleven professionals these days, but when it comes to the bench, things get a little iffy. Priska Krimhilde is the clubs biggest signing in a number of years, and the 30-year-old will hopefully add a little quality to an ailing team.

Skipper Jaden Ross is double the age of 20-year-old strike partner, Kate Carr, but the player-coach is still one of the few players of international pedigree in the side. Camillo Bolelli played some nice football at points last season, hence the rumours connecting the attacking midfielder with a move away from Roston Dytes. In a side bereft of much real quality, PE teacher Fred Wood is still one of their best players in goals, but at 47, it's a lot to ask of the former Port Christopher call-up to carry this team.

Prediction: 10th.
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UICA - Globe Cup and Champions' Cup Qualifying Rounds.

The Newport Sirens were the first of the Super-League's clubs to take to the field this season in the Globe Cup qualifiers. A narrow over FC St Jakob in Siovanija and Teusland gave them a vital cushion to take back to Port Christopher for the return leg. In a hot and humid summer evening; a late goal from Sisu Cassidy spared the Sirens' blushes as they earned a 2-2 draw that sent them through. The second round was a little more straightforward, as a goal from Lupa Na'Bengna gave them a 1-0 win away to Köninglik Veelheim in the first leg. The Sirens finished the job back in Port Christopher as a Man of The Match performance from Greg Del Aragona helped them to a 3-0 victory. In the third prelim, a 2-0 win at home to Omerican side Ever Grande gave Newport the perfect start. They didn't have it all their own way in the return leg, but an away goal from Alex Marray helped them to a had fought draw. Port Christopher's sides have traditionally had mixed fortunes when facing their Schottic counterparts in UICA competition. On this occasion, Lammerton proved one step too far for the Sirens, as a 4-0 aggregate defeat ensured they were unceremoniously dumped from the competition.

It's never really fallen into place for Kelsy Merchants in UICA competition, and starting out early in the prelims against Mareibatan side, Harmonica Tundra, the signs weren't good. The Traders perhaps even surprised themselves though, as a 3-0 win in Easportiva got them off the perfect start in a 4-1 aggregate win. In the next round we saw far more of Kelsy's vulnerabilities, however, as a poor performance in Damukuni left them with a mountain to climb. With the scores at 1-1 after the first leg, there was everything to play for as the Traders travelled to face Desert Province FC. A 3-1 defeat in Esportiva meant it was an early exit for Johnas Bendt's players.

Blue Coast 1981 barely even had a full playing squad in place as they travelled to Avon to face Strat City. As you can imagine, going up against a battled hardened TL-East side, it was a bit of a bloodbath. A 1-0 defeat in the return leg in San Marco - a place where Coast are normally very strong - ensured a humiliating early exit form the Champions' Cup for a club who reached the semis only three years ago. Between their Champions' Cup exit and their first outing in the Globe Cup, Coast were able to secure the signatures of George Wangolo and Chadwick Beath, and the centre-back pairing instilled a much-needed defensive boost. Coast were vastly improved as they took on Zoloroni City in the home leg, with a Zachary Daniel double easing them to a 2-0 win. Coast were starting to look more like a team again as they took on Blacklake Blues, with Bronwyn Sadler seeming to be finally making her mark. Latest signing, William Bishop-Weon, scored one and had a hand in another as the Quebecois recorded an impressive debut it his side's 3-0 home win. Desperate for the revenue that would come with Globe Cup qualification, Coast faced a make or break tie against KQ Nepáïire Tingitana. A Zachary Daniel header, and a cannon ball strike from Alisander Seip gave them a comfortable lead to defend going into the San Marco leg. Back in Port Christopher Coast took control of the tie, and Chad Duquez was star of the show in a 4-1 win.

After a strong run in the Globe Cup last season, the Willox Street Pirates would have been keen to bring about their return to UICA's premier competition. First the had to negotiate the very real threat of Mashu Hellowenia, and after the first leg in Kita-Hinode ended in a 1-1 draw, it looked as if Alvin Burnsides' players had their work cut out. The tie eventually went to extra time, and after a frantic half-hour, Sasha Falkenrath struck late in the match to send the Pirates through to the final round of qualifying. Daineri side, Ptolomaios, lay in wait for the Pirates, and despite going behind early on, they managed to scrape out a 2-1 win thanks to second half goals from Boötia and Soren Winterkorn. In the away leg, a first half strike from Sasha Falkenrath was enough to separate the sides, and guarantee the Christopherans Champions' Cup football for the third time.

SL-XIII
San Marco Storm 3–4 Willox Street Pirates
Christopheran Porty 2–1 Kirston Eagles
Sarrburgh Town 2–0 New St Johns
New Dundee Star 3–0 Kelsy Merchants
Blue Coast 1981 1–1 Newport Sirens

Probably the most eagerly awaited match of the season came at us straight off the bat, as the Willox Street Pirates travelled to Mark Del Cemny Stadium to take on much fancied San Marco Storm. The tiny stadium was packed to rafters, as the stars on display really deserved more than the 2,500 capacity could offer. In an explosive first half it was the visitors who opened up a commanding lead, as Cenian international, Sasha Falkenrath, bagged an early brace. Storm looked frustratingly off the pace, but gave themselves a lifeline as teenager, Kai-Kai Mokumdarian, hammered home a powerful drive. The Cosumarite looked a class act, and turned provider just after the restart, as his forward ball allowed Lycomedes Montanari to level the scores. The Pirates always looked slightly more dangerous going forward however, and a nice lay-off from Reay Cnocstanger allowed Fiona Marquess through to tee-up Soren Winterkorn for the side's third. Storm pushed hard for an equaliser, but Banda Meluo's 79th minute volley meant there was no way back for the home side. Away from all this drama, Blue Coast looked lacklustre as they stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home to the Newport Sirens. The Sirens probably deserved the three points, after Greg Del Aragona gave the visitors the lead. Coast held on however, and Zachary Daniel was able to salvage a point with a late equaliser. Elsewhere, New Dundee Star looked very impressive, Alice Leroy scoring a debut header in a fantastic 3-0 win over Kelsy Merchants. It's difficult to say much after one game, but based on this, it looks like the Stars could be strong.

SL-XIII
Willox Street Pirates 2–0 Newport Sirens
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 Blue Coast 1981
New St Johns 0–1 New Dundee Star
Kirston Eagles 0–2 Sarrburgh Town
San Marco Storm 5–1 Christopheran Porty

Despite having their noses blooded in the opening round of fixture, San Marco Storm showed exactly what they were capable of in a thumping 5-1 win over Christopheran Porty. Kai-Kai Mokumdarian was once again too hot to handle, as he took his tally for the season to three goals, with one either side of half time. Chromatik striker, Indira Saxson, also tucked away a double, including an excellent strike from a Lucy Del Aragona through ball. The Pirates also made it two in two, as a comfortable performance saw them ease past Newport at the Willox Street Stadium. Seyda Artîn and Rosie Tyler really got the game by the scruff of the neck, and the visitors were chasing the match from there. Reay Cnocstanger skipped several changes before squaring to Soren Winterkorn for a tap-in, then Daneri attacker, Boötia, found the back of the net with a freekick to put the three points to bed. Meanwhile, Coast were still looking for a league win, as they passed up a series of chances in their 0-0 draw against Kelsey Merchants. Twenty-year-old striker, William Bishop-Weon, squandered the best chance of the match, after he turned Rebecca Stenger's pass straight into the hands of a grateful Colin Stopla.

SL-XIII
Christopheran Porty 1–3 Willox Street Pirates
Sarrburgh Town 0–2 San Marco Storm
New Dundee Star 1–0 Kirston Eagles
Blue Coast 1981 0–1 New St Johns
Newport Sirens 2–1 Kelsy Merchants

The Pirates look in cruise control right now, with a late goal at Porty the only blot on this week's copybook. With Falkenrath and Winterkorn in attack there is very little the other Super-League side can do in the face of a strike-force of that standard. Both players were on target this week, following a couple of well-worked assists from Fiona Marquess and Hugo Toring. Eighteen-year-old, Toring, then added a third five minutes from time, in what was a very good showing from the youngster, standing in for Rosie Tyler. Dylan Gallagher had originally pulled one back for the home side with a speculative effort, but it would have been something of an injustice if they had taken anything from the game. Blue Coast were all over the place in the early evening kick off, as they lost 1-0 at home to the Saints. Coast are still chasing a domestic win under Bronwyn Sadler, and looked like a side painfully lacking in confidence. Chad Duquez was as good as a man down, while New St Johns worked their soaks off and sealed all three points with a Bear Smith goal early in the second half. Lastly, Newport Sirens continued to look impressive with a 2-1 win at home to Kelsy Merchants. The Traders are really struggling this season, and the Sirens took full advantage, as goals from Greg Del Aragona and Lupa Na'Bengna got them over the line.

SL-XIII
Willox Street Pirates 2–0 Kelsy Merchants
New St Johns 0–1 Newport Sirens
Kirston Eagles 0–3 Blue Coast 1981
San Marco Storm 3–0 New Dundee Star
Christopheran Porty 3–4 Sarrburgh Town

The misery for Kelsy continued, as they became the latest side to get the Pirates treatment. The champions imposed themselves quickly, and never let go as they worked hard to crowd the Traders out the game. The visitors found themselves under siege for most of the match, with even the Willox Street full-backs camped around the penalty area. Brenecian defender, Fiona Marquess was woman of the match, and at points found herself the furthest player forward, such was the Kelsy capitulation. San Marco Storm must have braced themselves for stiff test as they welcomed visitors, New Dundee Star. The club's millionaire owner, Mark Del Cemny, was watching in the crowd and he will have been impressed by what he saw, as Storm looked very much in control. Schottic youngster, Cailleen Waisplin, scored her first goal from the club in a rare start, turning in an accurate long-ball from Kira Nirie-Smith. In the second half, goals from Apoxian cap, Lycomedes Montanari and Indira Saxson completed a resounding victory. It might have been against Kirston Eagles, but Coast will have been relieved by the win all the same. Their fans, stood around what is more or less a training pitch, were treated to a professional display from their players. Chad Duquez converted two first half penalties, with a header from George Wangolo completing the 3-0 win.

SL-XIII
Sarrburgh Town 1–2 Willox Street Pirates
New Dundee Star 3–3 Christopheran Porty
Blue Coast 1981 0–2 San Marco Storm
Newport Sirens 2–0 Kirston Eagles
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 New St Johns

There havn't been many times in the past where Coast have not been considered favourites to win the San Marco Derby on home soil. These predictions proved to be correct though, as a Blue Coast side, which resembles a poor parody of its former glory, was taken apart by a ruthless Storm. The home side were flagging from the start, and after Chad Duquez was taken off in the first half, you knew things were unlikely to end well. The normally proficient, Rebecca Stenger looked a forlorn and increasingly frustrated figure in the midfield, as she was passed off the park by the combination of Del Aragona, Nirie-Smith, and Mokumdarian. Hazel Fetlocke also provided some important width going down the left flank, and the Berencian seems like she has the attacking qualities to outweigh her defensive shortcomings. An exciting match up in New Dundee saw the Stars draw 3-3 with Porty in an end-to-end encounter. The Stars got off to a strong early start with goals from Ed Santos and the impressive Stella Watson. CP came on the offensive in the second half though, and once again young Dylan Gallagher caused the damage, scoring one and setting up another. Finally, the Pirates continued their unbeaten run, even if they were made to work particularly hard by a determined Sarrburgh Town. A Sasha Falkenrath goal, in stoppage time, preserved their 100% record.

SL-XIII
Willox Street Pirates 6–3 New St Johns
Kirston Eagles 1–5 Kelsy Merchants
San Marco Storm 2–0 Newport Sirens
Christopheran Porty 0–2 Blue Coast 1981
Sarrburgh Town 3–0 New Dundee Star

One team that seems to be causing a few surprises this season is Sarrburgh Town, who have defied the odds by inserting themselves in the battle for the top play-off spots early on. We expected to see them toiling away at the other end of the table, but their 3-0 win over New Dundee Star perhaps hints at the fact this run of form in no blip. Mia Huntly-Cooper has turned back the clock with some of her performances this season, and the 33-year-old got herself on the scoresheet once again in this match. Tsuritsa Zinograni bagged a second half double as she ensured her side ran out deserved winners. Coast needed some sort of a response after their defeat in the San Marco Derby, and they got a slight reprieve with a 2-0 win at Christopheran Porty. It wasn't their finest hour, but goals from Zachary Daniel and Kris Carpentier were enough to see off a CP side who were sorely lacking defensively. Meanwhile, for Willox Street Pirates, there was a bit of a mixed bag. It's not very often they concede three goals in any game, let alone to New St Johns, so that one will go down as a peculiarity. On the flip side, six goals and a Soren Winterkorn hattrick will have helped deflect any criticism the team might have received.

SL-XIII
New Dundee Star 1–7 Willox Street Pirates
Blue Coast 1981 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Newport Sirens 1–0 Christopheran Porty
Kelsy Merchants 0–0 San Marco Storm
New St Johns 1–2 Kirston Eagles

Thirteen goals in two games saw the Pirates well on their way as we approach the half way stage. New Dundee Star were left trying to pick up the pieces after strong performances from Reay Cnocstanger, Sasha Falkenrath, and Boötia saw them concede seven. There was also second half double from teenage striker, Lauren Beridze, as one of the youngest teams the Pirates have fielded in years seems to be coming of age. Meanwhile, Blue Coast appear content merely to have steadied the ship, as a 1-0 win over on form Sarrburgh will come as a welcome relief. A William Bishop-Weon goal at the start of the second half was enough to give Bronwyn Sadler's side all three points. And there was also a rare win for lowly old Kirston Eagles, who left it late to defeat New St Johns at the High School Ground. Kate Carr hammered home a Priska Krimhilde pass with five minutes left to embarrass the Saints.

SL-XIII
Willox Street Pirates 5–0 Kirston Eagles
San Marco Storm 1–2 New St Johns
Christopheran Porty 0–2 Kelsy Merchants
Sarrburgh Town 2–1 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 0–5 Blue Coast 1981

San Marco Storm seem to now be experiencing some difficulties, as perhaps their Globe Cup involvements are taking a toll. For a club not used to this sort of fixture list, it is maybe unsurprising that it is causing problems. Despite Lukas Finnan heading in a Kira Nirie-Smith corner with only ten minutes on the clock, the Saints never gave up, and just about deserved the three points in the end. Bear Smith and Sam Tomlin scored the goals, which will go a long way towards easing last week's disappointment. Their city neighbours, by contrast, finally posted a real statement of intent with a 5-0 win away to New Dundee Star. Blue Coast, at long last, got out of the blocks domestically, and four late goals in this game will have produced a scoreline the fans are more used to seeing. As good as they were going forward, their defensive counterparts were equal to it, with Beath, Wangolo, Seip, and Errion all putting strong performances. Not to be outdone, the Pirates produced a similar result, as they played host to Kirston.

SL-XIII
Blue Coast 1981 4–6 Willox Street Pirates
Newport Sirens 1–0 New Dundee Star
Kelsy Merchants 1–1 Sarrburgh Town
New St Johns 2–1 Christopheran Porty
Kirston Eagles 0–3 San Marco Storm

This was a good, old-fashioned, all guns blazing, Coast verses Pirates encounter, where the ten goals we were treated to, really brought the season alive. While San Marco Storm have also risen in prominence over the past twelve months, the match between the traditional "big-two" is still the fixture that seems to reach out into the world outside this small footballing bubble. The home side looked as if they were about to be subjected to the Willox Street steam train treatment in the first half, as the visitors opened up a three goal lead, thanks to goals from Reay Cnocstanger, and Sasha Falkenrath (2). Coast fought their way back into it however, and in his best performance of the season so far, it was Chad Duquez who really pushed them forward. With the scores evenly poised at 4-4 as we reached the closing stages, a couple in incisive breakaway allowed the Pirates to edge out this ten-goal thriller. San Marco Storm stay second as we reach the half way stage, but they are already miles off the Pirates' pace. A 3-0 win over Kirston Eagles was about as comfortable an evening as one can expect in Super-League football, and the only issue is the fact that it should have been more. And Newport Sirens moved up to equal third, as their 1-0 win at home to New Dundee Star left their rivals scrambling down at the bottom of the table for points.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Willox Street Pirates 9 9 0 0 37 13 +24 27
2 San Marco Storm 9 6 1 2 21 7 +14 19
3 Sarrburgh Town 9 5 1 3 15 10 +5 16
4 Newport Sirens 9 5 1 3 9 8 +1 16
5 Blue Coast 1981 9 4 2 3 16 10 +6 14
6 Kelsy Merchants 9 2 4 3 9 9 0 10
7 New St Johns 9 3 1 5 9 14 −5 10
8 New Dundee Star 9 3 1 5 9 22 −13 10
9 Christopheran Porty 9 1 1 7 11 23 −12 4
10 Kirston Eagles 9 1 0 8 4 24 −20 3


UICA - Champions' Cup Group Stages

Despite their performances in the Globe Cup over the last decade, the Champions' Cup has often proven a bridge too far for the Pirates. With that in mind, third place, and guaranteed UICA football is probably a good result for the City club. As successful as they have been, Alvin Burnsides' team are still one in transition, and winning matches on the world stage is very different from picking up points in the Super-League. While they came up against problems facing heavy-weights such as Raynor City and Lonngeylin Coast, wins against Cendnia beach (and one Ross Renshaw) will have been particularly satisfying for the fans. On top of that, a draw with the V-League champions, Lonngeylin Coast, will have gone some way towards proving they can get big results at this level.

  Group A                        Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Lonngeylin Coast VIL 6 3 3 0 13 9 +4 12
2 Raynor City United VAL 6 3 1 2 11 9 +2 10

3 Willox Street Pirates PCR 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2 7
4 Cednia Beach AFC TUR 6 1 1 4 9 13 −4 4


UICA - Globe Cup Group Stages

San Marco Storm probably went into their Globe Cup campaign with little in the way of any expectation. As it was, their phenomenal home form meant they will have probably surprised even themselves in topping the group. Lycomedes Montanari scored eight goals in the group stage, three of them coming in Storm's incredible 6-1 win over Cassandra City. Catherine Sedgwick's players recorded some good results, but the win over the Cosumarite club will go down as the most impressive. Kai-Kai Mokumdarian was another player who really made his presence felt, with the teenager putting in some commanding performances.

  Group E                        Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts
1 San Marco Storm PCR 6 4 0 2 20 9 +11 12
2 Fadrön Flight TAE 6 4 0 2 10 10 0 12

3 Cassandra City COS 6 2 1 3 5 10 −5 7
4 FC Fairleigh-Warburton ETM 6 1 1 4 2 8 −6 4


Coast might be finding the going tough domestically this season, but they have shown no signs of such stress in the Globe Cup, as they marched safely through to the next round. Away from the pressure at home, Bronwyn Sadler really found their form, most notable in a 4-0 away to Ibini FC. Chad Duques and Zachary Daniel both scored twice in a fantastic result in Valanora. In addition to this, home and away wins over Tout-Puissant Hasiera meant the fans finally had something to cheer about this season.

  Group F                        Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts  
1 Olympic Nassau Bay NGD 6 3 3 0 16 6 +10 12
2 Blue Coast 1981 PCR 6 3 3 0 15 5 +10 12

3 Ibini FC VAL 6 1 2 3 6 13 −7 5 2–2
4 Tout-Puissant Hasiera AUD 6 1 0 5 4 17 −13


League Cup of Port Christopher -- Prelim
The four clubs finishing bottom of the previous Super-League season are entered into the preliminary round.

Sarrburgh Town 2–1 Kirston Eagles
New St Johns 1–0 Christopheran Porty
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SL-XIII
Willox Street Pirates 0–0 San Marco Storm
Kirston Eagles 0–1 Christopheran Porty
New St Johns 1–0 Sarrburgh Town
Kelsy Merchants 1–2 New Dundee Star
Newport Sirens 0–1 Blue Coast 1981

Willox Street Pirates had the opportunity to all but kill off the league phase of the season, as they prepared for the visit of San Marco Storm. Catherine Sedgewick's players produced some exemplary defending, however, to cause the champions to drop points for the first time this season. Veteran defender Lukas Finnan was particularly effective at the back, and the former Handon United and Brinemouth player never gave the Pirates an inch. Blue Coast, who are playing much better of late, took the chance to close the gap on second with a 1-0 win way to Newport. It was a pivotal win for Bronwyn Sadler, and thanks to a Caro Bensborg goal just after the restart, the club are looking much more likely to secure a decent play-off seeding. Kelsy Merchants' abysmal season continued however, as they lost 2-1 at home to struggling New Dundee. The Stars put in a strong second half performance, and a late goal from skipper, Sigrun Kannis, ensured they moved back up the table.

SL-XIII
Newport Sirens 0–1 Willox Street Pirates
Blue Coast 1981 0–0 Kelsy Merchants
New Dundee Star 3–0 New St Johns
Sarrburgh Town 0–1 Kirston Eagles
Christopheran Porty 2–1 San Marco Storm

New Dundee Star suddenly find themselves on a bit of a roll, as their 3-0 win at home to New St Johns went to prove. A first half double from Nik Konstidios calmed any nerves they may have been suffering from, and completely took the fight out of the visitors. Former Polkopia star, Ephraim Kirillov, hit a powerful drive late in the second half to complete the job for Dane Stewart's players. A sizable crowd gathered at the James Williams Arena for the Pirates visit, and Newport put in the kind of performance that merited such interest. Unfortunately for the home side a late Rosy Tyler goal denied them a valuable point, as Pirates ground out the win. Reay Cnocstanger showed some lovely footwork to side-step Angele Scerri before cutting the ball back for the Equestrian star to guide home from the edge of the area. There was also a bad result for San Marco Storm, as their form seemed to run out on their visit to Christopheran Porty. Despite going ahead through a Nancy Peterson strike, Storm let the errors creep in, and were hit twice on the counter attack, to slip further behind the Pirates in the title race.

Globe Cup - Round of 32
Willox Street Pirates 0–0 AS Bezieres (VLD)
(FFD) Mâ Âlâmëómë 2–1 San Marco Storm
Blue Coast 1981 3–3 Falourr (EUR)

It wasn't the best of rounds for the island's teams in the Globe Cup knockouts, but in fairness, there were some tough matches. The Pirates will perhaps be most disappointed, as they failed to find the net in a 0-0 draw at home to AS Bezieres. San Marco Storm put up a good show in Farfadillis, as they took on giants, Mâ Âlâmëómë. This was perhaps one step too far however, for the club who have come so far in such a short period of time, as the home side eventually ran out 2-1 winners. And finally, Coast treated us to an end-to-end contest as they played host to Euran side, Falourr. Unfortunately though, the three away goals they conceded are going to make it tough when the travel back to Rushmore for the away leg.

SL-XIII
Willox Street Pirates 5–1 Christopheran Porty
San Marco Storm 3–2 Sarrburgh Town
Kirston Eagles 0–2 New Dundee Star
New St Johns 0–1 Blue Coast 1981
Kelsy Merchants 1–1 Newport Sirens

The Pirates were back, firing on all cylinders in a crunching 5-1 win at home to Christopheran Porty. The Champs have really been in a league of their own this season, vindicating the decision to sell players such as Marc-André Onasi and Rian Corrello. Danieri attacker, Boötia, was superb throughout the match, directly setting up two of his side's goals in a complete performance. The result will have been the perfect preparation for the Willox Street forward-line, who face a stiff test in the Globe Cup midweek, with a last sixteen spot at stake. San Marco Storm needed to get some points on the board this week, and while it wasn't the convincing win they were perhaps looking for, the 3-2 victory at home to Sarrburgh is one they will take nonetheless. Gaffer, Catherine Sedgwick, will have been especially relieved considering Faith Bhukhwana's 76th minute equaliser put that outcome in doubt. Storm never gave up though, and Indira Saxson was able to connect with a Hazel Fetlocke cross moments from time to give them all three points. Blue Coast also seem to be slowly hauling themselves back up the table, and at the very least, they appear to have their defence sorted out. It was one of those defenders, Chadwick Beath, whose deflected strike crept in for the only goal of the game as the four times champions defeated New St Johns.

Globe Cup - Round of 32
(VLD) AS Bezieres 0–4 Willox Street Pirates
San Marco Storm 2–2 Mâ Âlâmëómë (FFD)
(EUR) Falourr a 1–1 Blue Coast 1981

It was a set of good results for Port Christopher's sides midweek, but unfortunately, mixed outcomes, as we waved goodbye to Storm and Coast. Willox Street Pirates will carry the island's flag into the next round, however, after a commanding 4-0 win at AS Bezieres. Sasha Falkenrath was on top form, as the Ceni cap displayed outstanding positioning to convert a second half double that sucked the wind from the home side's sails. Elsewhere, San Marco Strom earned a very respectable 2-2 draw with Mâ Âlâmëómë, but their defeat in the first leg meant goals from Saxson and Mokumdarian counted for little in the end. And finally, a brave display from Coast wasn't enough, as they went out on away goals to Falourr in Eura.

SL-XIII
Kelsy Merchants 1–4 Willox Street Pirates
Newport Sirens 1–0 New St Johns
Blue Coast 1981 2–0 Kirston Eagles
New Dundee Star 1–3 San Marco Storm
Sarrburgh Town 2–1 Christopheran Porty

The Pirates recorded a third big win on the bounce, as they made Kelsy Merchants look distinctly amateur. The Traders are one of the biggest sides in the league in terms of resources, but they never really got out of first gear against a side who seem unstoppable at the moment. The raw pace of Cnocstanger, Marquess, and Falkenrath in attack meant the home side were under pressure from the start, and as the match went on, superior fitness levels began to show. Substitute, Hugo Toring, scored a real goal of the season contender in the closing stages, as his team finished 4-1 winners. As bad as things get for Kelsy, at least they can console themselves with the fact that they are not Kirston Eagles, as the side slumped to yet another defeat. The Eagles didn't even have a shot on goal as they went down 2-0 to a near second-string Coast side at the Ocean Shores Stadium. Newport Sirens might not have commanded the same number of column inched this season, but James Del Vertio's players are still very much in the hunt for second. They ground out yet another composed and hard fought 1-0 win over the Saints, with Sisu Cassidy and Greg Del Aragona working their socks off in the midfield.

Globe Cup - Round of 16
Willox Street Pirates 0–1 Somer City and Surrounds (ETM)

There was some weight of expectation on the Pirates' shoulders going into this one, and that was perhaps obvious in the nervy manner with which the approached the match. Their Electrumite opponents were most certainly no slouches, and their experience playing in a far more competitive league gave them a distinct edge, as the Pirates lost at fortress Willox Street.

SL-XIII
Willox Street Pirates 3–2 Sarrburgh Town
Christopheran Porty 0–1 New Dundee Star
San Marco Storm 1–1 Blue Coast 1981
Kirston Eagles 0–3 Newport Sirens
New St Johns 0–0 Kelsy Merchants

The San Marco Derby had a real competitive flavour to it, with a lot at stake for both sides. Second place is still very much up for grabs, and it was a far more competitive Coast side that turned up this time round. A bullet effort from Kris Carpentier left Pierluigi Cevenni no chance as the visitors opened the scoring on 29 minutes. In a evenly contested match, Storm got themselves back into the game though, with Lycomedes Montanari finding the net ten minutes from time for the equaliser. The result meant that Newport Sirens were the big winners this week in the race for second spot. James Del Vertio's player weren't tested much in their 3-0 win away to Kirston Eagles. Lupa Na'Bengna scored a hattrick in what was a great performance from the Cosumarite. And finally, the Pirates continued their lap of honour, as they proceed to smash everything out the ballpark domestically. Soren Winterkorn was man of the match in their 3-2 win at home to Sarrburgh.

Globe Cup - Round of 16
(ETM) Somer City and Surrounds 2–1 Willox Street Pirates

And here ended the island's last hope at UICA glory, as the Pirates were narrowly beaten by Somer City and Surrounds in Electrum. Lauren Beridze pulled level for last season's semi-finalists, but the Rushmori club were too strong, going through 3-1 on aggregate.

SL-XIII
New St Johns 1–2 Willox Street Pirates
Kelsy Merchants 3–1 Kirston Eagles
Newport Sirens 1–1 San Marco Storm
Blue Coast 1981 0–1 Christopheran Porty
New Dundee Star 1–2 Sarrburgh Town

None of the sides chasing second managed to grab the initiative this weekend, as first Blue Coast, then Newport and Storm chocked under the mounting pressure. Coast must have thought they had a relatively straightforward match as they faced off against Christopheran Porty. However, a goal from Chris Abaroa, shortly before half time, ensured the fans went home frustrated. Newport Sirens welcomed Storm to the James Williams Stadium, knowing that a win would have given them some real momentum in the closing stages. They unfortunately found themselves 1-0 down early on though, after Kai-Kai Mokumdarian converted at the end of a mazy run. Storm are much improved at the back this season, but they were unable to prevent the equaliser, as Greg Del Aragona curled one home from the edge of the area, just after the hour mark. Elsewhere, the Pirates continued to look unstoppable, as for a second week running they did just enough to edge out determined opposition, this time in the form of New St Johns. Rosy Tyler was player of the match, in what turned out to be a rather bruising encounter.

SL-XIII
Willox Street Pirates 1–1 New Dundee Star
Sarrburgh Town 2–0 Blue Coast 1981
Christopheran Porty 1–5 Newport Sirens
San Marco Storm 4–3 Kelsy Merchants
Kirston Eagles 0–4 New St Johns

San Marco Storm moved a massive step closer to claiming second place this weekend, as they came through a turbulent encounter with Kelsy Merchants, where the lead changed hands several times. After an Akiko double just after the hour mark, Kelsy were looking good for a valuable point. Storm managed to summon up one last final push however, with Kira Nirie-Smith picking out Cailleen Waisplin for the winner. The young Schottian's timely goal now means that Storm are four points ahead of the Sirens with only two games left to play. Newport will undoubtedly keep fighting until the very end though, and their 5-1 win over Christopheran Porty shows that they are a cut above most of the teams in the league. James Del Vertio was worked wonders since taking over at the club with a limited budget, however, the discovery of young midfielder, Greg Del Aragona, has been a bit of a boon. Whatever happens now, the Sirens can be pleased with their performances this season, and there has been a marked improvement. One of the few things making the Pirates' life more difficult is the amount of derbies and general grudge matches they have created over the years. One of them in the fixture with New Dundee Star, and Alvin Burnsides' team can always expect impassioned opposition whenever they lock horns. The champions are already winding down, but all the same this draw will not have been part of the game plan. Sasha Falkenrath struck a late equaliser to spare their blushes.

League Cup of Port Christopher
New St Johns 2–3 Blue Coast 1981
San Marco Storm 0–0 Kelsy Merchants (0–0 AET) (2–3 pen.)
Willox Street Pirates 1–2 Newport Sirens
New Dundee Star 0–2 Sarrburgh Town

The League Cup quarterfinal saw a strange collapse, with undefeated Pirates, and reigning champions, Storm, both going out. Sarrburgh also continued their strong run this season with a 2-0 win over New Dundee Star. Blue Coast were the only top side to progress, and now have an excellent chance to lift the cup, after a late Zachary Daniel goal gave them a 3-2 win over the Saints.

SL-XIII
Kirston Eagles 0–6 Willox Street Pirates
New St Johns 1–0 San Marco Storm
Kelsy Merchants 1–1 Christopheran Porty
Newport Sirens 3–0 Sarrburgh Town
Blue Coast 1981 2–1 New Dundee Star

It seems impossible for Kirston Eagles to finish a season on a high, as a Pirates side packed with teenagers hammered the minnows 6-0 at Roston Dytes. Lauren Beridze scored four as the Eagles looked two metres off the pace the entire evening, with Priska Krimhilde the only dark blue to shower themselves in any glory whatsoever. For the Pirates, it now just a case of full preparation mode for the play-offs, while Kirston face another rock bottom finish. San Marco Storm had a chance to put second place to bed this week, but they sadly wilted at the High School Ground, up against a Saints side who have had some good results so far this season. It will now go down to the final round of fixtures, after a bullet header from Bear Smith with ten minutes to play confined San Marco Storm to their fourth defeat of the season. Newport Sirens moved to within a point of their rivals with an astute 3-0 victory over Sarrburght Town. The wheels now seem to be coming off this Sarrburgh side, just when it looked as if they might secure that all important third spot (which automatically ensures UICA football whatever the play-offs outcome). A double from Schottic winger, Deek Rotter, left the Boys with a mountain to climb in this one.

SL-XIII
Willox Street Pirates 1–0 Blue Coast 1981
New Dundee Star 3–1 Newport Sirens
Sarrburgh Town 2–0 Kelsy Merchants
Christopheran Porty 0–2 New St Johns
San Marco Storm 5–0 Kirston Eagles

There was still plenty to play for as the sides jostled for the final play-off positions, and matches in Port Christopher don't get much bigger than Pirates verses Blue Coast. To illustrate how tight it was, Coast could still finish third with a win, but would need to be careful they weren't taken apart, as a big goal difference swing could see them leapfrogged by Sarrburgh. As it was, neither situation materialised, with a single Boötia strike confining Coast to a narrow defeat, and making sure that the Pirates completed the season undefeated. San Marco Storm needed to hold their nerve as they took on Kirston Eagles at home. The result was never in much doubt though, as early goals from Nancy Peterson and Indira Saxson, settled any nerves. Storm added three more in the second half to take Kirston's goals conceded tally to fifty in eighteen matches. The biggest winners this season are perhaps Sarrburgh though, who defeated Kelsy 2-0 to finish a highly respectable fifth. For the Traders, however, this season has been a disaster, and a clearout is most certainly needed.

.                         Pld    W   D   L    GF   GA   GD   Pts 
1 Willox Street Pirates 18 16 2 0 60 19 +41 50 League Winners
2 San Marco Storm 18 10 4 4 39 18 +21 34 Play-offs
3 Newport Sirens 18 9 3 6 24 16 +8 30 Play-offs
4 Blue Coast 1981 18 8 4 6 23 16 +7 28 Play-offs
5 Sarrburgh Town 18 9 1 8 27 23 +4 28 Play-offs
6 New Dundee Star 18 8 2 8 24 32 −8 26 Play-offs
7 New St Johns 18 7 2 9 18 21 −3 23 Play-offs
8 Kelsy Merchants 18 3 8 7 19 24 −5 17 Play-offs

9 Christopheran Porty 18 4 2 12 19 40 −21 14
10 Kirston Eagles 18 2 0 16 6 50 −44 6
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League Cup of Port Christopher
Newport Sirens 2–1 Sarrburgh Town
Kelsy Merchants 1–3 Blue Coast 1981

Wins for Newport and Coast set up what has all the makings of a good cup final, after they progressed at the expense of Sarrburgh and Kelsy respectively. For Kelsy it was a last chance to salvage what has been a terrible season, but Blue Coast were really up for this one, with Chad Duquez (2) and Rebecca Stenger finding the target in a 3-1 win. Newport Sirens had a harder time of it, but as Sarrburgh legs began to tire, Lupa Na'Bengna found a late winner.

Play-Offs -- Quarterfinal
Willox Street Pirates 4–0 Kelsy Merchants
San Marco Storm 3–1 New St Johns
Newport Sirens 0–1 New Dundee Star
Blue Coast 1981 4–0 Sarrburgh Town

Most of the big hitters were safely through to the semi-final without breaking into too much sweat. The Pirates had a very straightforward match against a Kelsy side who must have a massive rebuilding job to do in the summer. The Traders were passed off the park as Rosy Tyler and Seyda Artîn looked absolute class in the middle of the pitch. At the sharp end, Sasha Falkenrath kept his prolific goal scoring form going, with a well-taken double. It was a very similar story as San Marco Storm quickly opened up a three goal lead over New St Johns. The game was done and dusted after only half an hour, and had Catherine Sedgwick's player not taken their foot off the pedal, it would likely have been more. A late goal from Bear Smith did nothing alter the outcome. Blue Coast 1981 might have had their ups and down this season, but their was no doubting their will get a result in this one, as they slammed four past Sarrburgh. It will be a disappointing end to a promising season for Sarrburgh, who were well and truly beaten. Twenty-year-old striker, William Bishop-Weon, looked to have finally found some form at the right time, as he scored a great individual goal to cap his best performance in a Coast jersey. New Dundee Star sprung the only real surprise of the weekend, as a single Nik Konstidios goal put a dent in what had been a very strong run from Newport.

Play-Offs -- Semi-final
Willox Street Pirates 0–2 Blue Coast 1981
San Marco Storm 2–0 New Dundee Star

Blue Coast were well up for this one, recording a result that will send shockwaves across the island. The San Marco club got revenge for the way the Pirates picked their pockets last year with a stunning 2-0 win at the James Williams Arena. All the smart money would have been on Alvin Burnsides' players winning this one, but as it turned out, a Coast side still very much in transition, defied all the odds. Everything looked on script in the opening stages, as the Pirates pushed hard, producing good chances for Boötia and Soren Winterkorn. Having survived the early scare, Coast took the lead with Chad Duquez hitting a low free kick past Cooper Granely from 25 metres out. With the Pirates pushing hard for an equaliser it seemed inevitable that they would find a way back; however it was Coast who sealed a sensational win as Rebecca Stenger's crisp lay-off for Zachary Daniel made it two. San Marco Storm must have been salivating as the news broke that the Pirates were 2-0 down. Two goals to the good themselves, the prospect of a San Marco Derby final will have been the spur they needed to get them over the line under intense New Dundee pressure. The Stars actually gave a good account of themselves in the semi-final, but it was apparent that they lacked the real quality that Storm possess. Kira Nirie-Smith and Nancy Peterson scored the goals that carried their team to their first play-offs final.

League Cup of Port Christopher Final @ The Willox Street Stadium
Newport Sirens 1–1 Blue Coast 1981 (2–1 AET)

Given Blue Coast's start to the season, it's hard to believe thy have made it to both domestic finals. Bronwyn Sadler has clearly done a very good job in turning the team around, and their strong finish to the season will give the fans something to cling onto as they continue to rebuild. In a full-blooded match at the Willox Street Stadium, it was Newport Sirens who prevailed however, a Alex Marray goal in extra time winning the club their first ever piece of silverware.

Play-Offs -- Third Place Match @ Ocean Shores Stadium
Willox Street Pirates 3–2 New Dundee Star

The Pirates earned the consolation of third place, but it will have meant little to a side still reeling from the disappointment of their semi-final exit. New Dundee Star put on a good show in the face of their vastly superior opposition, and proved once again that they are a very good side once it comes to the big matches. There was a fascinating battle between Seyda Artîn and Sigrun Kannis in the midfield with neither woman keen to give a millimetre. In the end though, it was Artîn, like her teammates, who persevered, as an 80th minute goal from Tomas Nazario-Silva settled the matter.

Super-League XIII Grand Final @ The Willox Street Stadium
San Marco Storm 0–0 Blue Coast 1981 (0–0 AET) (4–2 pen.)

Probably not the final we expected at the start of the season, but San Marco Derbies have provided a fair amount of spice so far this season, and there was no reason to suggest this would be any different with the stakes so high. The winner had the chance to claim the coveted first Champions' Cup spot, and with it, a slightly more straightforward route to UICA's premier competition. For the loser, it would mean Globe Cup football, since the Pirates comprehensively swept the League Trophy.

Things got off to a tentative start, as it seemed apparent both sides wanted to keep their powder dry. There was plenty of reason for nerves, given the fact that Storm had come so far in such a short period of time, and Coast had had a season of ups and downs. William Bishop-Weon was the first player to really make an impact on the match, as he outpaced Lukas Finnan before unfortunately hitting his shot straight into the side netting. Storm had their chances too, and were probably the better side in the second half, with Lycomedes Montanari and Indira Saxson both passing up decent chances in front of goal. The match inevitably went to extra time, where the stalemate continued. Penalties ensued, and after an uncharacteristic miss from Chad Duquez, Hazel Fetlocke tucked away the winner to see Storm lift their first Super-League title - only the fourth club in thirteen years to do so.

Cup Winners' Cup - GRAND FINAL
San Marco Storm 1–4 Port Sebastian (SCT)

Storm were sadly brought crashing back down to earth as they took a real beating in the Cup Winners' Cup final at the hands of Port Sebastian. The Christopheran club had been on a real journey to get there, picking up some fantastic results along the way. In the final, however, the pressure seemed to get to them, and despite Indira Saxson equalising at one point, Porty found a second gear as they won the game 4-1.

Champions Cup: San Marco Storm, Willox Street Pirates
Globe Cup: Blue Coast 1981, New Dundee Star, Newport Sirens (as highest League finishers, of the sides losing in the PO-QF)



Awards

Player of the Year:

1st: Kai-Kai Mokumdarian (San Marco Storm) - Cosumar
2nd: Rosy Tyler (Willox Street Pirates) - Equestrian States
3rd: Sasha Falkenrath (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
4th: Kira Nirie-Smith (San Marco Storm)
5th: Fiona Marquess (Willox Street Pirates) - Brenecia
6th: Seyda Artîn (Willox Street Pirates) - Schottia
7th: Alisander Seip (Blue Coast 1981) - Nephara

Golden Boot:

1st: 22 Sasha Falkenrath (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
2nd: 19 Indira Saxson (San Marco Storm) - Chromatika
3rd: 16 Soren Winterkorn (Willox Street Pirates) - Cosumar

Young player of the year:

1st: Kai-Kai Mokumdarian (San Marco Storm) - Cosumar
2nd: Sasha Falkenrath (Willox Street Pirates) - Ceni
3rd: Seyda Artîn (Willox Street Pirates) - Schottia
4th: Greg Del Aragona (Newport Sirens) - Schottia
5th: Hazel Fetlocke (San Marco Storm) - Brenecia
6th: Kris Carpentier (Eastfield Lodge)
7th: Lawrence Morton (San Marco Storm)

Manager of the year:

1st: Catherine Sedgewick (San Marco Storm) - Nephara
2nd: Alvin Burnsides (Willox Street Pirates) - Cosumar
3rd: James Del Vertio - (Newport Sirens)
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