On a windy May Saturday afternoon, the Barbarians played the Vikings in a match where both sides badly needed points in order to get back on track. Only twelve players showed up, and the lineup was as follows:
- Goalkeeper: Kevin Plume
- Defence: Keith Bradbury, Dave Carini, David, Thomas Santoni, Jochanan Wallach
- Midfield: Alex D'Orangeville, Carlos Muniz, Isaac Pete, Pepe
- Strikers: Dary Stone
- Bench: Glenn
The game started quite slowly until Dary Stone, playing alone up front for the Barbars, raced up the other end to give the visitors the lead. Barbarians 1-0.
Half an hour into the game, Dary's ankle injury started to become unbearable, and the Barbarians prepared to sub him off the pitch. Before they had a chance, the Barbars got a free kick, and Dary delivered a magnificent ball into the box for Alex d'Orangeville. Alex's shot found the Viking keeper on its way, but Keith Bradbury smashed the deflection into the back of the net. Barbarians 2-0.
Halftime arrived and the Barbars were two goals up. The hard effort and disciplined organization of the visitors had kept the Vikings away from their goal. As the second half started, the Barbars ignored their manager's halftime words abou staying in the game and starting the second half locked in. The Vikings took advantage and snuck a goal in right after kickoff. Barbarians 2-1.
The Vikings are now back in the game, and the Barbars need to find their shape again. After several long minutes of intense Vikings pressure, the Barbars scored their third goal when Dary raced passed three defenders and beat the Nordic keeper once again. Barbarians 3-1.
With a two goal lead and just 20 minutes left to play, the Barbars thought they were home free until midfielder Pepe had to go out with a groin injury. With just one substitute on the bench, exhaustion began to set in, and the final moments were a were a real struggle. Every player did his best to stick to the match plan, but things undeniably began to get sloppy. The Vikings managed to score once more, but the Barbarians summoned one last burst of energy and held on for the victory.
A satisfying win and three points for the Beijing Barbarians. BRAVO to Dary and Keith for their goals, to Yochanan and Kevin for their stalwart defense, and to the whole team for its great fighting spirit!