Category Archives: Friendly Game

City take Ming Chuan University to school

by Michael Christie

Venue: Ming Chuan University Campus, Tao Yuan

Time:  Sat Sept 5th, 4.30pm

Conditions: Dry and hot

Here was a game with lots of chances at both ends and generally good performances from both teams. On a dry, uneven pitch, Ming Chuan University arguably started better with their triangular passing causing problems down both flanks early on. It was from this kind of attack that they opened the scoring. Not letting it get to them, Taipei City pressed forward and forced a corner. When the ball emerged from the penalty area Spencer Pangborn was in the right place. A low, hard, straight shot drilled into the corner and it was 1-1. Midway through the first half, Taipei City enjoyed a good spell of passing football. However, mistakes crept in near the end and Ming Chuan finished the half much stronger. They also managed to get another goal, so it was 2-1 to them at half-time.

The half-time team talk from Dan summed it up. He asked us to relax more in possession and play the way we’re facing. Then, if we could cut out the silly mistakes we’d play good football.

Ming Chuan put us under pressure for sustained periods in the second half, but were restricted to corners most of the time. Taipei City also turned on the style, though out and played some excellent passing football. Both City’s second and third goals, finished by Dan Calvert, came after flowing moves. Now playing more freely, City again pushed ahead. Ebrima Njie got the fourth goal when, at the end of another passing move by City, he chipped a looping shot over the Ming Chuan keeper’s head.

At 4-2, there was possibly a little too much comfort and joy because Ming Chuan came back and made it 4-3 – not at all comfortable. However Alex Ramirez had the last word when he managed to anticipate the bounce of a high ball in front of goal better than his marker and slotted home when free. Final score 5-3 to City.

General conclusion? Ming Chuan won’t have liked losing that game. They will probably try much harder to win the rematch against these two high;y rated and closely matched sides. Ming Chuan forced some great saves from Moga especially in the second half when they found themselves losing. City were stretched sometimes in defence but always looked strong.

The midfield came together at times in the game and were effective when they did. Up front City experimented with several pairs and all acquitted themselves well.

This was a good day for City, with positives far outnumbering the negatives. City worked hard and played some good football. There’s room for improvement and the season is shaping up to be a good one.


Taipei City to play British Deaf Olympic Team

Written by Oliver

Just ahead of Taipei’s first international sporting event, the Deaf Olympics; one of the Taipei’s premier football clubs will face off against the reigning gold medallists in the games, Great Britain.  Although, the countries in the British Isles have been eluded by any kind of silverware since 1966 in World or European tournaments; in the Deaf Olympics they are champions.  Great Britain’s Blind Olympic team has won in the games a total of six times and is the current champion.

Great Britain will start their campaign in the Deaf Olympics on Sept. 4th against Japan at the Yingfeng fields.  However, before this opening match they will face a tough practice match against Taipei City FC.  Taipei City FC were last years winners of the Taipei Businessman’s League which plays regularly during the months from October to May on the Bailing Bridge field in Shilin.  The team has a completely international team with players from Gambia, United States, Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Jamaica, Ireland, England and many other countries.  The team has played both foreign and locally based teams and has proven it’s ability which has earned it the opportunity to play against the Deaf Olympians.

Ross Conlon, captain of Taipei City says his team has been looking forward to the match and expects, “a very tough challenge from the 6 time champs.  It will definately be a very interesting match and a good challenge”  Confident that his team is well perepared for the match, his game plan is not to deviate too much from the succesful style of play that has brought them victories against local opponents. ” I don’t think we will change too much, we just have to keep it tight for the first thirty and see how it goes.”   This is not the first time that Taipei City FC has played a high level opponent as they play regular games against the Taiwanese National team.

The game will be played at the Taipei American School field in Tienmu with kick-off at 4:30pm on Saturday August 29th.

More information and a schedule of Deaf Olympic football games can be found here.

Photography Copyright UK Deaf Sports

City too strong for the Mighty Shane Japan

Location: Taipei American School

Date: Friday 26th June 8pm

Starting Line-up: Dale Neal, Tim Murphy, Lar Kenny, Kyle Painter, Steven Reymond, Eddie Painter, Ebrima Njie, Badou Njie, Alex Ramirez, Dan Calvert, Gustavo Lopez

Subs: Dawda Fatty for Eddie Painter.

How best to describe the man with the double barreled name Neil O’Maonaigh-Lennon? Enthusiastic, passionate, mad . . . call it what you will but one thing you can’t deny is the mark he made on this island of ours in the year or so he spent here. The Shane FC man’s swan song was 30 marathons in 30 days round the circumference of the island. In his spare time when he wasn’t running, leading the Mighty Shane or keeping the bars of Taipei in business, Taipei City FC were lucky enough to have him between the sticks for their championship winning season. Ah yes, its characters like him that they’ve struggled to replace.

Neil and Chris getting ready.

So it was no surprise to anyone  involved in Taiwan football that in the space of a year in Japan, Neil had managed to put together a group of English teachers from the greater Tokyo area to compete in the Tokyo Metropolis League and carry on the work he had done for the Shane franchise in Taipei.

The match itself proved to be a very tough test for the Shane boys who were happy to see a small set of five-a-side goals wheeled out before kick-off. The game started at a steady pace with City controlling it in every area of the field. Some lovely interchanges between the defence and midfield made for a nice game to watch, with City sticking to the game plan of short passing and ball retention in every area of the field.

The first real chance came from a nice exchange between Lar Kenny and Steven Reymond on the right wing, with a header from Dan Calvert going very close from the resulting cross. The continued pressure finally paid off when an excellent slide rule pass from Badou Njie was coolly put away by Calvert leaving Chris Anderson in the Shane goals with no chance. Shortly after Calvert went close again but this time Anderson was up to the job.

The Taipei City centre midfield pair of Ebrima and Badou Njie were firmly in control now and starting to toy with the Shane boys a little. An excellent one two down the left wing between Alex Ramirez and new boy Eddie Painter was crossed in beautifully to the oncoming Steven Reymond who narrowly missed with his header.

At the beginning of the second half Shane threw everything into getting an equalizer and ten minutes in City’s new keeper Dale Neal was adjudicated to have picked up a back pass that set up a short free and a great opportunity for the boys from Japan to get back on level terms. However a nice shot through the wall from Sam Aynsley was cleverly saved by Neal to keep his team ahead.

Taipei City continued to control the tempo of the game with every Shane attack being successfully snuffed out by their two debuting centre halves Lar Kenny and the young Kyle Painter under the guidance and leadership of the unfaltering sweeper Tim Murphy. Their ball retention and hard work allowed the team to set up attack after attack and wear the Shane boys down.

The play started to open up a little and a fast break set up Calvert again who this time shot over the bar. Calvert continued to link up well City’s array of potent attacking midfielders. This constant pressure finally paid off with Badou getting on the end of a fine worked passing move to make it 2-0. The Shane boys were looking a little jaded by now, obviously the shell shock of a night in the Brass Monkey with Neil followed by the King of Pop’s death was starting to take its toll. The pressure continued with a lovely lay off from Calvert to Dawda whose shot went close to making it three. A similar effort from Ramirez also went close with the Anderson saving smartly to his right this time.

The game ended 2-0 with the City boys happy to get back playing together after a few months off over the summer. The Shane boys were delighted to get a run out against the former BML champions; however the main focus of their trip would be their game the following morning with Taipei Shane in the inaugural Shane Cup.