October/November Lost Boyo Round-up

Australia

Alessandro Pel-Piero and Emile Heskey were the big-name arrivals to the 2012-13 A-League, but Australia’s top football league will also have some Lost Boyo involvement this season with Jeff Hopkins moving from his job as coach of Brisabne Roar’s women’s team to fill the assistant manager’s role at the club’s A-League side. The Roar were Grand Final winners in 2012, but have endured a tough start to the 2013 season, currently lying in ninth place with just two wins from the opening eight fixtures.

Staying Down Under, Danendong Thunder clinched the Victorian Premier League title with a 2-1 Grand Final win over Oakland Cannons in mid-October. Welshman Luke Sherbon got the game’s opener with a free-kick, just minutes after his side had been reduced to ten. It was a fitting finish to the season for both club and player; Danendong had clinched the regular season title by a massive eight points, while Sherbon was the league’s top-scorer and the media’s player of the year.

Finland

Richard Dorman‘s SJK ended their season in the Finnish second tier on a high with a 2-0 win over Oulu in October. The Welshman collected his seventh booking of the season for the Ykkönen runners-up.

Iceland

Rhys Weston did not feature for his side KR after August. The 2011 champions were unable to defend their title, ending up in fourth place and 14 points behind victors FH.

Israel

Robert Earnshaw has made a successful start to his time in Israel. Maccabi Tel Aviv, where ‘Earnie’ is on loan from Cardiff, played seven Ligat Ha’al games in October and November, winning four of them. Earnshaw played five times, including all four of the victories. His first goal came in the 2-1 win over Ashdod, netting the game-winner in the second-half. Earnshaw was featured heavily in the British media as a he gave a small insight into life in the Israeli city during the recent conflict with Palestine.

Northern Ireland

Matthew Tipton continues to be on the periphery at Linfield, making a single appearance in October and November in a 1-1 draw with Glenavon. Linfield are currently in sixth place, 14 points of leaders Cliftonville.

Scotland

For Celtic, the season has been a tale of two competitions. In the Champions League, it’s a been a strong couple of months for the Hoops. Neither of Celtic’s Lost Boyo-duo started October’s win in Moscow, although Joe Ledley did make it off the bench. Ledley made into the starting eleven for the last minute defeat in the Nou Camp, and was joined by Adam Matthews in the much-celebrated 2-1 over Barcelona in the return at Celtic Park. Both Welshmen also started the recent defeat in Lisbon, which means Celtic must better Benfica’s result in the final round of matches to make it into the knock-out stages.

Back home in Scotland, Celtic lead the way in the SPL, but haven’t convinced in a league that was expected to be a cakewalk. In the last two months, Celtic have lost home games to Kilmarnock and Inverness, but have also managed impressve away wins at St. Mirren, Aberdeen, and Hearts. Ledley made nine appearances in total, while Matthews made seven.

In the chasing pack are Inverness Caledonian Thistle where Welshman Owain Tudur Jones has been holding down a starting spot in recent months. Callie lost just once in October and November and recently secured back-to-back wins at Celtic Park and Pittodrie to briefly move level on points at the top of the SPL. Tudur Jones has been ever-present in November and got his first goal in Scotland in the 1-1 draw with Hearts earlier this month.

Kyle Letheren‘s run as Kilmarnock’s number one came to and end in October, although there were further appearances against Aberdeen and Kilmarnock. Both games ended in defeat.

Calum Antell has again gone out on loan to gain first team experience. Currently with East Fife in the Scottish Second Division, Antell has played seven games so far, losing the first five, but winning the two most recent matches. At East Stirlingshire, where Antell spent a successful loan spell last year, another young Welshman has recently made his first team debut. U19 international Jordan Holt, on loan from St. Mirren, made his debut in the 1-0 home loss to Berwick Rangers.

Thailand

Chainat FC completed their first season in the Thai Premier League with a win over FA Cup runners-up Army United. Welshman Michael Byrne got the game’s only goal. Chainat FC had a tough season, but three wins in four in October saw them finish six points above relegation in 14th place.

Mika Chunuonsee‘s Bangkok FC late season surge saw them comfortably avoid relegation by eight points in Thailand’s Division 1. Chunuonsee was named in the Bangkok’s team of the season, and his form has seen him already complete a move to promoted side Suphanburi for next season.

USA

Carl Robinson‘s first season in the dug-out ended a little prematurely. Vancouver Whitecaps, where Robinson is assitant manager, clung on to a play-off spot, despite a poor second half of the season that saw the club win just one game beyond August. The Whitecaps were knocked out in the Conference Semi-final qualifying match by LA Galaxy.

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