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RED LIONS WIN THE 2016 OTPL!
27/11/2016: Lions edge Carnegies in scintillating grudge match
The Lions suffered no title-winning hangover as they were just about victorious in a fierce battle between two of the best teams in the OTPL.
Read the match report by clicking the link above.
27/11/2016: Bad weather washes out BML
Unfortunately, due to bad weather and a waterlogged pitch all BML fixtures were postponed last weekend. Fear not though, as the Lions are back in BML action this Sunday, at 3pm. They play Shin Kong, in what promises to be an entertaining encounter.
Come to Bailing Bridge to see how the action unfolds!
A cold and wet Bailing Bridge on Sunday. It's not always like this... we promise!
20/11/2016: Lions thump Magpies on the way to the OTPL crown
On Sunday afternoon, at Fujen University, the Lions gained sweet revenge over the Taipei Magpies and sealed their second consecutive OTPL title in style.
Read the match report by clicking the link above.
20/11/2016: Lions stroll to ten goal win over the Titans
After a disappointing defeat last time out, the Lions enjoyed a comfortable win over a nine man Titans team on Sunday morning.
Read about the game by the clicking the link above.
Dominik Steiger and Sean Monks battle against the nine-man Titans on Sunday morning
13/11/2016: Weekly Update
After last week's disappointment, the Lions took a week off to lick their wounds. But five more games were completed in an intriguing weekend of OTPL action.
In the day's early kick off at Fujen University, Daan FC were the early bird to catch the worm as they clung on to their slim title chances with a tight win over the Animals, who had started the day in third place. Hoping to capitalize on any slip ups, B52 Carnegies registered a thumping 11-0 win over a beleaguered Badgers team. In the process, they jumped up into third place and with a game in hand over the top two, they can't be ruled out of the title race just yet.
In perhaps the biggest shock of the day, ninth placed JFC surprised the Celts, who had themselves shocked the league-leaders last weekend. Such inconsistency has been a feature of their season as mid-table respectability looms. In the other game of the day, a B53 side, enjoying a successful season, further consolidated seventh position with a convincing 8-1 demolition of the Warriors.
Next weekend will see a further three games completed. Daan look to prolong their title ambitions and stave off pressure from the B52s with a win against the in-form B53s and the B52s take on the Warriors. In a real crunch match, the Lions will take on the Magpies, looking for revenge for defeat in reverse fixture and to finally seal the league title.
Whilst in the BML, hostilities resume as the Lions look to bounce back against the winless Taipei Titans.
Click here for the OTPL league table, results and upcoming fixtures.
Click here for upcoming Lions games.
06/11/2016: Lions get stage fright
The Red Lions missed a golden opportunity to seal consecutive OTPL titles, as they fell to a disappointing defeat to a resilient Celts team at Fujen University Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Read all about it by clicking the link above.
30/10/2016: Lions fall to surprise defeat in pulsating BML clash
The Red Lions fell to a surprising defeat against a much-improved Capital Splendor outfit at Bailing Bridge on Sunday.
Click the link to read about a dramatic game under the lights.
30/10/2016: Lions clip Eagles and get one hand on the trophy
In a bruising battle, the Red Lions moved to within touching distance of retaining the OTPL title.
Read the match report by clicking on the link above.
23/10/2016: Lions start with a win in BML curtain-raiser
Under the floodlights at Bailing Bridge, the Lions and JFC kicked off their new BML season on Sunday evening.
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23/10/2016: Lions blitz Badgers in goal fest
One down, five games to go. League leaders edge closer to the OTPL title in an entertaining goal bonanza against the bottom side. Both defences struggled, as a flood of goals made for an entertaining spectacle at Fujen University on Sunday afternoon.
Click the link above for the match report.
16/10/2016 Update: Lions rest again as the league rages on
Unfortunately, the keenly anticipated match up between the B52 Carnegies (3rd) and the Red Lions (1st) was postponed once again. However, the league continued to hurtle towards its conclusion as three games were completed.
The Magpies continued their impressive progress this season after edging JFC 2-1 at Fuhe, whilst in a tasty clash between the league's bottom teams, the Warriors edged clear of the Badgers with a rare 3-0 win at Fujen University Stadium. Also at Fujen, the Animals climbed into 3rd place with a tight 1-0 victory against a much-improved Eagles side, checking their recent progress.
The Lions should be back in OTPL action next weekend against the Badgers, as top meets bottom. Further to that we also welcome the start of a new BML season, as the Lions take on JFC at Bailin Bridge. Two games in one day. Bring it on!
Games played weekend of 16/10/2016
Taipei Magpies 2 - 1 JFC
On Tap Badgers 0 - 3 Taipei Warriors
Taipei Eagles FC 0 - 1 Taipei Animals FC
09/10/2016 Update: League table so far
The Red Lions had a week off this week with just two OTPL games played. The Mighty Shane narrowly overcame the Taipei Warriors in a tight basement battle, whilst the B52s edged their rivals in an entertaining 'Clasico' between former team mates. The result sees the 52s leapfrog the Celts into 3rd place, setting up a potential mouth-watering clash with the Red Lions next Sunday.
We're hoping to be back in action next week. This is how the table looks as the season enters its final phase.
N.B. Not updated with recent results.
OTPL Standings 08/10/2016
Games played weekend of 09/10/2016
Taipei Warriors FC 1 - 2 The Mighty Shane
B52 Carnegies 6 - 2 B53 Carnegies
02/10/2016: Lions comeback tames Taipei Animals
On a hot and dry Sunday afternoon, the Red Lions took another massive step towards a second consecutive OTPL title. In temperatures approaching 40C both teams took to the field to engage in an absorbing and highly competitive encounter.
Having swept aside all but one opposition side this season, the Lions went into the game with confidence yet knew that the fifth placed Animals would provide a stern test. And so it proved! Click on the link above to read the match report.
Congratulations RED LIONS FC, champions of the On Tap Premier League 2015.
"Thanks to Mr. Tromp(President of the league) and the rest of the league committee for organizing a high quality and fun tournament; thanks to North Engineering and Der Lowe for sponsoring our team; thanks to the coach Costa for planning a great strategy and keep everybody happy and motivated until the end of the season; and specially thanks to my teammates for your amazing football skills that make this championship possible and also for your commitment, your support, the beers, the jokes and all the fun that make Red Lions the best team in and out of the field, congratulations to everybody, this trophy is yours…WHO IS SPARTACUS?"
words of Mao after receiving the OTPL 2015 Champions trophy at On Tap (League's Sponsor)
RED LIONS AWARDS
Golden Boot : Thomas
Golden Balls (assists) : Yan and Enoc
Mr. Spartacus : Mao
MIP : Morten G
Best New Player: Pablo
Best Goal: Elias (30 ms shot vs Daan)
The Wall: Cri Peluso
Golden Glove: surprisingly went to Mirko Messner after his amazing performance without gloves against Shane.
Lady Spartacus: ...Hercules
Cap's MVP: Vale (Michael Christy and Enoc were in the nominees)
Ostrich: Lio for Kaohsiung blunder and Mao for his new album 'straighten me' in the Galahh tournament
Sir Spartacus (best chant) : Tony (Paul almost got this medal)