Sat., 4/13 [The Featured Match, which was previewed, is in bold]
#7 E.C D. 1 vs. 6 #8 Wellsworth
#19 Tidmouth City 4 vs. 13 #10 Suddery
#11 Lakeside 1 vs. 5 #1 Dryaw
#5 Kirk Ronan 0 vs. 7 T14 Marron
T16 Ffarquhar 0 vs. 4 T14 Brendam Harbor
#4 Crovan’s Gate 3 vs. 5 #20 Arlesburgh Utd.
T16 Ulfstead 1 vs. 2 #9 Glennock
#18 Brendam Utd. 6 vs. 5 #13 Vicarstown
#6 Junction & Sheds 7 vs. 2 #12 Castle Rolf
#2 Peel Godred 7 vs. 8 #3 Knapford Town
[The updated table is under the “More Noobishness” Pages. Smexy link. ]
Review Highlights: * Knapford Town moves into 2nd, dropping Peel Godred to 3rd * Dryaw wins again, remains four points clear of #2 * New last place team! * A tie for 16th forces IoS FA to announce how they will handle possible end-of-season tie in the table
What a crazy weekend on the Isle. In addition to the highlights above, seven away teams won. Suddery blasted sad sacks Tidmouth City for 13 goals. And Brendam United climbed out of the Relegation Zone, leaving two teams tied on the Cutline. This last forced FA prez Abban Clague to release a long-awaited statement regarding possible ties in the table at season’s end:
Should two or more teams tie for 1st, they’ll have a Playoff at the national stadium in Suddery. The same will be true if there is a tie surrounding the Relegation Line. No other form of tiebreaker will be used. This includes Goal Differential, despite pressure from our cousins in the English FA to follow their model.
Why? For our new international audience: On the Isle, when a team is down in a match, it is considered poor form to stop trying to score, to shut the game down to keep the final margin small. That’s not fun.
So we start our new era of nationally organized soccer by honoring this tradition. Victory will be rewarded, but not the margins. And if our cousins across the Walney don’t like it, they can mizzle for all of me! *mike drop*
Why Mr. Clague thought a mike drop worked in writing is beyond Noob. Sodor is a strange place ofttimes.
Oh yeah, and that Feature Match between Peel Godred and Knapford Town? All 15 goals were scored in the first half. Over the second half, 11 shots found woodwork. Twice, shots hit the crossbar and a post before plinking away from net. It was odd beyond belief. By game’s end, everyone was creeped out and quiet. Noob’s just not ready to talk about it. I miss drinking in Dryaw with my friends.