Rivelino City make a statement in their first league fixture of 2007 storming out of the gates with a 5-1 victory over Hyde Park Thursday. Rivelino arrived with but one substitute player to play 90 minutes under the heat of the London sun. The team settled in nicely after a bit of a shaky start. Sporting the long sleeve Brazilian yellow football jerseys they played a tactical game where the team made good decisions under pressure and finished the chances that were earned through hard work and determination. Rivelino would prove to be too much for a side from Hyde Park that showed their frustration on the pitch.
The two Canadians made an impact right away working along the left wing. Baker notched his first couple goals of the campaign while Kyle headed home a corner kick in the second half to give the away side a little more breathing room.
Baker had a little trouble walking after the game, as his one year hiatus from football may have had an effect! The left ankle, right knee, right and left hips, and inner thigh took the brunt of the abuse. Baker is hoping that six days of rest will suffice and all injuries will have healed in time for the home opener next Saturday.
Rivelino attendance was estimated at 2... Canadians Ashley and Shawntel made the journey just in time for kick off and were quoted as saying 'we wouldn't have missed it for the world'!!!
The Herne Hill Press - Sunday September 16, 2007