KLI kicked off their annual tour at the NIST International school in Bangkok against a Bangkok select from the Thailand league.
KLI unbeaten on their Bangkok travels and against a team that they defeated last year, Went to Bangkok with a strong squad, 10 players compared to the 8 from the last trip.
KLI sporting their new tour trip, Blue tops, personalized with names and numbers this year.
In roasting hot conditions KLI took to the pitch.
Mikey V in goal due to a calf strain
Pete RB, CB, Keogh & Blues, Todd LB
Davey (Cpt) on the left, Steve ( a ringer from the Bangkok boys) on the RW, Kane and Finnie in the centre of the park,
The big Dutchie Wim and Abers taking the familiar roles up top.
The game was split into 3 x 35 mins “halves”
BKK 1-0 KLI
BKK 1 – 1 KLI – Abers – Kane Assist, Diaz picking up the ball in the centre and rolling the ball thru the defence to Abers who got to the ball before the keeper and dinked it into the net.
BKK 2 – 1 KLI
BKK 2 – 2 KLI Own Goal, A Davey corner from the left, eluded everyone and the BKK defender headed into his own net at the back post.
BKK 2 – 3 KLI – Abers, Noon’s Assist, KLI breaking down the left hand side with Todd who played the ball across the edge of the area to Noon’s, Who touched the ball to his right to Abers who from 16 yards, first time blasted the ball into the top corner.
BKK 3 – 3 KLI
BKK 4 – 3 KLI
BKK 4 – 4 KLI – Abers (Hat trick) A long ball from Mikey V in goal swept the length of the pitch to Wim who challenging with a defender the ball dropped over everyone into the BKK box, Abers reading the play, on the half volley on an angle blasting past the keeper.
BKK 5 – 4 KLI
BKK 5 -5 KLI – Abers – Ball played into the box to Kane who shoved In the back by the defender, The penalty was given, Abers side footing home to grab his 4th of the game!
BKK 6 – 5
BKK 7- 5
BKK 7 – 6 – Blues, Goal of the game, blues chasing down a ball on the edge of the area and with the 6ft 7inc keeper running out, from 20 yards on the angle, Chipped the keeper into the top locker.
BKK 8 – 6
BKK 9 – 6
Final score BKK 9 – 6 KLI
Abers x 4
Blues x 1
OG x 1
The game was back and forth and not one for the officials.. 3 goals blatantly offside yet given against KLI..
This also wasn’t a game for defending as the goals were smashed in from both sides… KLI boys feeling the strain in the final 3rd with hangovers, Fitness and injuries taking their toll…
Mikey V pulling off some fantastic saves injuring his thumb after catching a ball awkwardly and having to leave the pitch, KLI short of numbers had to have a BKK reserve keeper to take his place and the final 3 goals would have been saved if Mikey had still been in the net.
A game of missed chances really for KLI, Abers rounding the keeper and then his horror touch gave the defender on the line the ball… Davey was in a personal battle with the BKK Keeper and couldn’t find the net with any of his 438 shots
So the KLI unbeaten tour run ends, yet another great tour thou, one that was enjoyed by all involved.
KLI would like to thank all the boys from Bangkok for helping organise this game, and for laying on drinks and food at the Sportsman bar after the game.
Pictures will be uploaded soon and Videos of the Annual Free kick BKK contest in the warm up will be added to the KLI Youtube channel.