Monday, December 8, 2008

Weekend Roundup 12/6 - 12/7

Queen of the South - QoS travelled to St. Johnstone for this week's game hoping to turn around their recent run of bad form.

A historical aside. Queen of the South is located in Dumfries, the nearest significant town to Caerlaverock Castle, the former seat of the Maxwell family. The Maxwell family had a long standing feud with the Johnstone family, which erupted into a full scale war in the 1590's and 1600's. More information on the feud can be found here.

Queens had the better of the play through most of the game, but could not find the back of the net. St. Johnstone started taking control of the match late though, and a questionable call in Queens favor is the only thing that kept them from taking the lead. In the end the Doonhamers had to be satisfied with a scoreless draw. Less than they were hoping for, but a solid result in a place where they've had problems in the past. It stopped a run of 4 straight defeats and left QoS 5th in the table, 7 points off the lead as we near the midway point of the season.

Blackburn Rovers - Blackburn hosted the Reds this week, hoping to stop their free fall down the table. The first half ended scoreless, with neither team having really threatened. The best chance was a Roque Santa Cruz shot that was tipped into the crossbar. As the second half started Rovers controlled the play early, but got nothing for the effort. Liverpool took control for the last 30 minutes and made Blackburn regret missing their early opportunities. The Reds scored twice in ten minutes to put Blackburn under pressure. The Rovers scored in the 86th minute to give the home fans a glimmer of hope, but Liverpool snuffed that out with a 3rd goal before the final whistle. Its now 11 straight league games without a win, leaving Blackburn 19th, 3 points from safety.

CD Tenerife - CDT continued to try to improve on its road record from last season. This week they travelled to Murcia only to go down 2 goals by the 60th minute. At that point the offense had decided it had handicapped itself enough and came storming back with 2 goals in the next 15 minutes to tie the game. Neither side could find the elusive winning goal, and Tenerife had to be pretty satisfied with the point on the road after such a poor game early, even if it was against a bottom of the table team. The draw caused CDT to slip down to 10th in the table, 7 points behind the leaders as they enter the middle third of the season.

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