2019 Treesian Memorial Cup

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2019 Treesian Memorial Cup

Postby Craitman » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:22 pm

Following its inaugural edition in 2017, the Treesian Memorial Cup will mark its return at the end of the month. Craitland, Arboria and Elwynn will again face-off for the trophy prior to the start of the 2019 World Cup qualifiers, with the fixtures mirroring those of the last staging:

19th December: Elwynn vs. Arboria
2nd January: Arboria vs. Craitland
16th January: Craitland vs. Elwynn
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Re: 2019 Treesian Memorial Cup

Postby Craitman » Fri Dec 28, 2018 1:38 pm

*Played 19th December*

Elwynn 0-0 Arboria

The first match of the second incarnation of the Treesian Memorial Cup ended goalless, as Elwynn rued missed chances in the last international of 2018. The respective fixture in 2017's competition ended with a comfortable away win for the Elwynnese, but in qualifying campaigns since, Arboria have improved and narrowly missed-out on a place at last year's Copa Apollonia. Their rise was clear in this match, as they began strongest but struggled to find that final push past the Elwynnese back line. Elwynn came back into the match in the second half and had a number of clear-cut opportunities to go ahead, but weak efforts from Yngvi Miskjalendzki that were saved and a glaring miss over the bar from inside the box from the head of Razdjani Emiri were not decisive enough.

Arboria host Craitland next, looking to avenge the thrilling 6-3 defeat of 2017's game.
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Re: 2019 Treesian Memorial Cup

Postby Craitman » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:38 pm

*Played 2nd January*

Arboria 0-2 Craitland
64' - J.M. Juliaĵsen
70' - J.M. Juliaĵsen (pen.)


A familiar Craitish line-up eased its way past Arboria, who were unable to find the net this time around after scoring three against the same opposition in 2017, to begin the year with a win. A resolute and improved Arborian side showed in the first half that their goalless tie with Elwynn a fortnight ago was no fluke, despite faltering offensively, as they kept the hungry Craits at bay for over an hour's play. Jan-Morteņ Juliaĵsen broke the deadlock, however, following a rapid attack which saw débutant Asil Karganov deliver a peach from the right for the striker to direct inside the bottom corner with his head unchallenged. The goal had an immediate impact on the run of play, and Juliaĵsen both earned and scored a second minutes later. After being played through, a trip at the edge of the box saw the referee point to the spot, and the forward's second found the same part of the net as his first, with a calculated sidefoot gliding beyond the 'keeper's reach.

With a comfortable lead established, no further risks were taken, and Craitland welcome Elwynn on the 16th in a match the visitors need to win to stop the Craits getting their hands on the Treesian Memorial Cup for a second time.
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Re: 2019 Treesian Memorial Cup

Postby Craitman » Sat Jan 19, 2019 1:03 am

*Played 16th January*

Craitland 3-0 Elwynn
12' - Alexis P.
23' - L. Jonmikeltsen
65' - W. Zóma


Two first-half goals put Craitland on their way to a comfortable victory at home, as they secured the second Treesian Memorial Cup title. Previous results this year had meant anything less than an Elwynnese win would hand the Craits back-to-back triumphs, following 2017's, and that challenge got steeper within a quarter-hour as the pacy Alexis Pellegrino scored his third international goal. A ball round the corner from live-wire Lydveldt Jonmikeltsen put the winger through to slide home after a one-on-one. Jonmikeltsen doubled the side's lead just over ten minutes later, this time combining with the other Pellegrino brother, Juan, whose cross from the left picked the striker out for a header across goal with Öldrikkari flapping as it pitched inside the net. A solid Craitish defence was unfazed by Elwynn's often-effective attack throughout most of the match, with Ross Zen able to clear danger before it threatened Jamie Vallensen in goal. Substitute Will Zóma tucked home a decisive third midway through the second half, peeling off his man to sidefoot a squared pass into the bottom corner, as the result grew further away from any doubt. The third goal signalled a notable feat upon the match's, and the tournament's, conclusion, with Arboria ultimately placing second on goal difference after only a 2-0 loss to Craitland two weeks ago. The negative for both Arboria and Elwynn, however, being that neither team managed to find the net in this edition; a factor they will both need to address if the upcoming qualifiers are to be deemed successes. Craitland and Elwynn play one another competitively on March 13th.
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