Welcome to Celtic E-Sports Monday Night Review. This week, we had Dundalk (Graham Leydon) against Shamrock Rovers (Jake Roberts) and Wolves (Rohan Ricketts) versus Crusaders (Nathan Dodds).
The first game of the night saw Dundalk (Graham Leydon) play Shamrock Rovers (Jake Roberts).
Roberts was looking to continue his rich vein of form in the tournament against Leydon, a proven player in the league.
Shamrock Rovers piled on the pressure from the start and eventually broke the deadlock in the twelfth minute with a composed finish into the bottom left-hand corner. Rovers continued to attack and they were rewarded with a second goal in the 36th minute. Straight from the kick-off, the Hoops stole possession and quickly countered to claim a dominant 3-0 lead.
Dundalk began to piece some nice phases of play together and scored in the 43rd minute to give themselves some hope. However, Shamrock Rovers channeled their anger through their attack and yet again stole possession from kick-off and hit the back of the net to end the half 4-1.
Rovers showed no mercy and scored in the 51st minute to assert their dominance on the game. A lapse in concentration saw their opponents score from a swift counter-attack and this looked to have ignited hope for Dundalk. After the Lilywhites’ purple patch however, Rovers earned a corner kick and displayed their clinical traits by scoring to make it 6-2.
Soon after, they netted a seventh goal to send a warning signal from Jake Roberts to other players. The final whistle was perhaps a sign of relief for Dundalk, who simply couldn’t do anything when Shamrock Rovers came knocking.
The second game pitted Ireland (Jake Roberts) against Sweden (Graham Leydon) – a repeat of the Euros group game from last summer.
In a first half lacking quality, chances were few and far between. Both defences were on top and this game was looking more and more like it was going to go to a stalemate. However, after half-time things opened up for Ireland and Shane Long benefited from a superb short pass from Jeff Hendrick in the penalty area to give Ireland a 1-0 lead.
Ireland were dominating proceedings until Sweden hit the back of the net to make it 1-1 in the 53rd minute. However, Sweden became too comfortable on the ball and when Aiden McGeady came storming into the box, the Swedish defence crumbled, with the Scotland-born winger making it 2-1 in the 74th minute. A much tighter affair this time around, but Roberts (Ireland) emerged victorious once again.
The final game in the fixture saw Manchester United (Jake Roberts) take on Atletico Madrid (Graham Leydon).
Two giants of Europe came head-to-head in this game and it was bound to be an exciting affair. Manchester United scored through Anthony Martial after a series of link-ups in the midfield to make it 1-0 early on. David De Gea single-handedly kept Manchester United in the game before Zlatan Ibrahimovic benefited from a neat pass from Antonio Valencia into the six-yard box to make it 2-0 in the 21st minute.
The Martial-Ibrahimovic attacking duo was proving potent for United, with Zlatan scoring from a tight angle in the 49th minute to make it a comfortable 3-0 lead. Yet again, Martial struck a beautifully weighted pass to Zlatan’s feet in the six-yard box to make it 4-0 in the 55th minute.
A bad night for Atletico’s defence became even worse after the ex-Sweden international scored in the 79th and 82nd minute respectively, splitting the defence open on both occasions. Martial then finished from close range to round off a resounding 7-0 lead for Jake Roberts, who, in his second fixture, has scored a whopping 17 goals and showed his class by claiming the three points and a 3-0 fixture win. Graham had a tough night but will benefit from playing someone of Jake’s quality.
In the final fixture of the night we had Wolves (Rohan Ricketts) against Crusaders (Nathan Dodds).
The first game was a very tight affair indeed. Both players were conservative in both attack and defence. In the 22nd minute Crusaders benefited from Wolves’ struggles and bagged themselves a goal to make it 1-0. After half-time the fluidity of both attacks was lost. Momentum couldn’t be gained by either side and in the end it finished 1-0 to Crusaders.
The second game featured Brazil (Rohan Ricketts) versus France (Nathan Dodds).
In the eleventh minute Brazil were awarded a penalty and Neymar slotted it away to make it 1-0. France’s Ousmane Dembele then managed to make it 1-1 in the 51st minute. Les Bleus grew into the game even more when Alexandre Lacazette scored to make it 2-1 after he made the most of a tight angle in the 58th minute. Brazil never looked like getting one over France in this game due to the French dominance in midfield and Paul Pogba wrapped up a French win with a header in the 83rd minute to make the final score 3-1.
In the final game of this fixture Manchester United (Nathan Dodds) faced Bayern Munich (Rohan Ricketts), and even though Dodds had already won, he still had lots to prove and Ricketts surely wanted some sweet revenge.
Manchester United were guilty of missing some sitters early on but managed the conditions better and finally converted one of their many chances through Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make it 1-0 just before the break.
United stamped their authority on the game and scored a very well worked goal through Zlatan to make it 2-0.
Crusaders won this fixture 3-0 and will look to carry this form into next week. Ricketts can hold his head high, knowing many of these games were very tight, right up to the last minute.
After these fixtures, Roberts (Shamrock Rovers) sits top of the table by three points while Ricketts (Wolves) and Leydon (Crusaders) both sit in second place, on three points.
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