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Super - Hoff
01.04.2012

Valkyrs Men's B 0 - 0 Manx Telecom Vikings Men's B (*Vikings won 3-4 on flicks*)

A hugely frustrating game which saw Vikings dominate play from the first whistle ended in a draw which meant penalty flicks would decide the semi-finalists of the men’s plate competition.

In normal time Vikings could not find a way through the resolute Valkyrs defence.  Chance after chance and multiple short corners were squandered and as the game stretched in the second half Valkyrs had several break away chances which could have easily resulted in them taking the tie.

0-0 at the end of full time took the two sides to flicks. Richie Gelder’s flick was well saved by the Valkyrs keeper, who had a fantastic game all afternoon. Christian Davies, Bryan Coombs, Ieuan Williams, and Mike McCarrick all scored in impressive fashion. Chris "the hoff" Hetherington stayed calm under pressure and pulled off a couple of excellent saves including the final Valkyrs flick which meant Vikings secured the narrowest of nail biting victories 4-3.  Ramsey B or Castletown B await in the semi final on Saturday 14th April.

Vikings B progress in plate competition
21.03.2012

Saracen's Men's A 2 - 3 Manax Telecom Viking's Men's B

A thrilling cup game saw Vikings come from behind twice to secure a narrow 3-2 victory over Saracens propelling the league leaders into the next round versus Valkyrs B who are more than likely to pinch the league title off Vikings this weekend against Bachaas Colts.

A high tempo game saw Vikings dominate possession and apply relentless pressure but a resolute defence led by Keith Watterson stood firm. Saracens took a surprising lead half way through the first half after a Vikings mistake at the back, this was after goal keeper Chris Hetherington had already saved a penalty flick from Steve Cottier. Richie Gelder restored parity before the break with a well take short corner of which Vikings had plenty in the first half.

Further pressure from Vikings was not enough to yield another goal until Saracens took the lead again through a bizarre deft touch close to the goal line from a long corner which dribbled into the Vikings goals. Vikings pushed and pushed and it looked as if the Saracens defence would hold out but in the last quarter of the game the pressure told and another successful short corner routine from Richie Gelder saw Vikings back level.

Saracens turned defence into attack in an attempt to finish the game in normal time but exposed at the back Christian Davies fired a clearance emphatically into the roof of the net to take the lead for the first time in the match. Vikings held on to secure the hard fought victory and go on to the semi-final stages of the plate

Draw dashes league hopes
12.03.2012

Saracens Men's A  1 - 1 Manx Telecom Vikings Men's B

A 1-1 draw was a disappointing end to the league season for the title chasing Vikings who were on a 7 game winning streak.

Steve Cottiers men gave the league leaders plenty to think about in the first half and took a one nil lead just before half time. Both sides had chances but it was not a day for goals.

Vikings pushed on in search of an equalising goal to keep their league hopes alive but some how the Saracens defenders managed to clear their lines time and time again in no small part thanks to Keith "the rock" Watterson.

A scrappy equaliser did finally come but by this stage it was all to late. Vikings pushed in vein to find a winner leaving them exposed to the counter attack at the back but time ran out and only a lost at the hands of Bacchas Colts will prevent Valkyrs B from winning the league in their final league game on 25th March.
 

Vikings B march on despite the conditions
19.02.2012

           

Vikings B 6 - 0 Castletown B (18th Feb 2012)

Castletown B and a freak snow storm were unable to stop the Vikings B juggernaut notch up another impressive win to maintain their place at the top of the league.

A cagey first half saw Vikings have much of the possession but could not find a way through the stout Castletown defence. Half way through the first half Vikings started to put some passes together and took the lead through Christian Davies. Castletown had chances but could not find the Vikings net which was expertly guarded by Dave Elliot and Ian Duggua. Once a two goal lead was established there was no looking back.

The second half was played in the worst conditions with the game being halted briefly for the umpires to confer as to the weather conditions. The snow, sleet, hail and gale worse winds were not enough to put Vikings of their stride and the second half produced another 4 goals to give Vikings an impressive win and maintains their place at the top of the league.