TCC Season Review - Broad City
City roads are meant to be Broad right? And perhaps more than most, there have to be enough points on the road to slow down the speed. However, what happens if this is not the case?
A season that promised so much began in yo-yo fashion; a 1-0 victory over Valiant, was followed by a quick reversal on the road, a 4-2 loss away to Imperial, and then a 2-0 win over Dannaz, and a rudderless 2-1 reversal at Iganmu. The inability to string an unbeaten run became a concern, but just when it looked like things were going south, a 2-0 win over Atlantic Business was followed swiftly by a 2-2 draw with Sporting Lagos.
However, that was as good as it got. They fell 3-0 to Beyond Limits and then hammered Gbagada 4-1 on the road, before another 3-0 reversal to Dino. It meant they had gone the first half of the season without securing any points against non-Lagos teams, scoring twice and conceding a whopping 10. That in itself was a concern, and while the points tally of 13 points was a good return at that stage, they had to first Crack the border code.
They did crack the code straight out of the gates in the second round of matches, winning 2-1 at Dino in Ijebu-Ode. The team went into the Christmas break in good stead, completing the double over Gbagada courtesy of a nervy 1-0 win. Perhaps they would have wished there was no break, as the year turned, so did their fortunes, falling 0-2 to Beyond Limits, and then 0-1 to Sporting Lagos.
However, the benefit of stopping on a broad road in a big city is that help always comes, and when it does, it comes in football, it is in the form of goals, especially as the season tapers towards its end. Inspiration would come on Matchweek 14, with back-to-back 2-0 wins at Atlantic Business and Iganmu Tiger, swiftly followed by a 2-2 draw at Dannaz. However, the clarity with roads is, no matter how broad they are, the lanes are always symmetrical, and Broad City’s results were, fittingly ending the season as they have started, with a win and a loss in their last two games, a 3-0 shellacking at home against Imperial was not a good send forth for their fans, but a 2-0 win at Valiant did more than atone.
In the Cup, Broad City were a shell of themselves. The road, becoming only narrower after each game. A 2-1 reversal to Iganmu meant they had to win against Imperial, but a 0-3 defeat left them with nothing but a win or bust final two games. They chose bust, falling to the Cedars of Dannaz 2-1 before a rudderless 1-1 draw with Iganmu meant they finished with the least points tally of the Cup teams.