Double figure goals conceded (the most in the league), no clean sheet in five games, one point from fifteen. Things are not looking great for All Black and a big reason for that is their leaky defence. Despite consistently scoring goals, their hard work in attack is often undone by their defence that cannot stop conceding.
By the end of MD4 last season, Citizens had just 1 point and had conceded six goals. Currently, they have the joint-best defence in the league – conceding just three goals in four games – and have garnered seven points. They have also led in all their games so far and closed out two of the four with wins. It is clear that they have learned from their mistakes last season.
The manner in which Royals attacked against All Black showed just how devastating they can be going forward. The quadruple of Edgar, Chizzy, Sly and Dozie toyed with the All Black defence constantly. It was no surprise that they scored three goals. In truth, it could easily have been six, as they carved that defence open. Royals have a lethal trio on their hands.
After starting the season with an impressive four-goal haul at MD1, Guns have struggled to find the net. With just 1 goal in their last three games and none in their last two, their struggles in front of goal have become clear. Despite boasting a solid attack with names like Ariyo, Gilbert, Ninety-Six, Zlatanheir and former Fourmidable Quddus Lawal, they have sometimes been guilty of profligacy in front of goal. The problem has not been chance creation, it has been finishing.
Many wrote off Alimosho FC after their uninspiring opening day defeat to Saints. Since then, they have confounded their critics by racking up a win and two draws in impressive fashion. In truth, those draws could easily have been wins as they mesmerised and entertained. It is now clear that the Bet9jaSociaLiga new boys are no pushovers. They are solid and difficult to beat.