Sunday 8th January 2012

A spirited fight-back by SAC after being 0-2 down at half-time to finish 2-2 against Jouy-en-Josas. An early goal from the visitors with a hooked shot through a crowded goalmouth, followed by a dipping free-kick from our own Dan Crowe, about which your corespondent will be having nightmares all week. Despite the scoreline, SAC continued to play well as a team and passed the ball about without creating too many chances. In the second half, and despite the opposition being able to rotate their players, SAC took the upper hand. A fine finish from Pascal concretised a run of through balls and five minutes from time Ian rolled back the years with a devastating shot from wide left of the area that lifted over the outstretched fingers of the Jouy keeper.

Fine performances all round and a warm welcome to Arnaud Escher, who we hope will be able to turn out for us as regularly as his hockey season allows. His midfield play held us together when we struggling at the start of the match. Seb Guillet played his best match so far for SAC and matched brother Paul's effort and commitment. Andy S and Laurent B had outstanding defensive performances, David V and Moheb K strung some fine passes together and the new slimline Jon Riches put himself about superbly going forwards.

As said, this fine performance was in spite of us only having 11 players and no opportunity to rotate the team as players tired.


Sunday 27th November

An ultimately disappointing 6-7 defeat to the British School of Paris yesterday, but a testament to our ability to fight back after being 4-1 down. Despite the rugby scoreline, it was a hard and well-fought game of football that SAC were unlucky to lose. Every goal-mouth scramble at our end seemed to result in a BSP goal, whilst at the other end we hit the post three times and had at least one decent penalty shout turned down by the referee. Contributions are being taken for his white stick fund. Pascal Gastebois scored four of our goals (for one of which I'm claiming an assist) and Jon Riches a couple. Well done lads.

It was also refreshing to see all the youngsters (hopefully tomorrow's adult team) playing on the junior pitches alongside. And disappointing that we couldn't snatch victory (or at least a draw) for them when they came to support us after their games


A good game today against the British School, who beat us 8-1 when they last played us at the end of January. We were just 11 players, with a large number of absentees, and included two new recruits. British School dominated the midfield and created a number of chances. We were logically two-nil down at half time, after a couple of long range drives. We decided to change tactics and hit balls over the opposition defence instead of trying to play through them. Within five minutes of the restart the change had paid off - an incredible, Istanbul 2005-like three goals from Pascal, all from runs on to delicate chips over the central defenders. The British School continued to dominate possession, despite some crunching tackles from Alex and Paul Willey. And they logically took back the lead, with another couple of goals as they stretched the SAC defence. Another through ball to Pascal on the left of their area, and a few crochets later, he stroked a lob which dropped under the bar at the far post. 4-4. We held them out for the remaining six minutes to claim a well-deserved draw.


A warm welcome to Brian Dwyer (another find at centre-back) and Adrien (great game at left back on his 'wrong' foot) who both played for SAC for the first time today, and Patrick Ullstrom who returned for his second match and bossed the right side of midfield. And a storming return to action from Padraig, before having to leave the pitch after injuring himself in performing a tackle. William linked play neatly on the left, especially in the second half, and was responsible for at least one of the through balls for Pascal. Diego held the ball up well playing up front and was unlucky not to score. Laurent held the right side of the defence together, before taking the gloves to close out the game. But the honours go to Pascal and his four second-half goals (which he may want to talk you through).


Sunday March 20th

SAFC 3-3 Marly

Our old friends Bill and co brought their Marly team to Meudon on Sunday. More precisely, they brought nine of their team; the rest of the squad were held up in traffic and didn’t make it. As SAFC were thirteen, your correspondent and Ian Hellawell (were) volunteered to don the blue shirts (a bit itchy) of Marly. Shorn at a stroke of decades of experience, the SAC side were all at sea for most of the match. However, two fortunate goals later, SAC were two up. The first, a close range (not to say off-side) strike from Tariq and a looping header from James Grant. Marly’s young, mobile midfield sprang into action and it was 2-2 at half time. The second half started well for SAC. A badly cleared corner fell to James who stuck away his second of the match. Marly dominated the rest of the proceedings, hitting the woodwork on several occasions but could only score a single, equalizing goal. And SAC could and should have had the winner. Your correspondent tried to pull out of a challenge on Diego Meillassoux in the penalty area but the latter went sprawling and the referee blew for a spot kick. Following a rigorous exchange of views between Diego and James, it was finally the latter who ran up to the ball and….nearly sent it into the swimming pool. So it ended 3-3; a fair result for a well-fought match played in good spirit.


Sunday 6th March

Congratulations to all the team yesterday after a hard-fought win against UBS (4-3). A good match played in excellent spirit by both sides. Thanks to Max for bring the UBS team and I hope we’ll have you back soon. Congratulations to James Grant for a deserved hat-trick. He is forever indebted to Ian Hellawell for the assist for his third (and match-winning) goal from an indirect free-kick. Notable performances all round but I’d like to welcome Ian Williamson into our fold after a storming match at the back. Great crossing and corners from Diego which led to at least a couple of the goals (it’s all a long way from my end of the pitch). And thanks to William for agreeing to play most of the match for the opposition after they lost a man. Despite my instructions, he played a blinder for them. Andy Schoepperle also deserves a mention after his first goal of the season. For the rest of us, congratulations are in order as we played as a coherent team, with a solid defence, industrious midfield and an efficient chances-to-goals ratio up front. And we started on time.