OLS (Finland) Visit Calverton - Again
9 April 2007 - International Friendly
COLTS UPSET THE FINNS !!
Calverton MW U15 4 (Hopper 2, Clark, Freeman) Oulu Luistin Seura 0
An thoroughly entertaining Easter football treat as the Colts took on an Under 16 touring team from Finland. After defeating Manchester Schoolboys at the start of their tour, OLS arrived at the Lane in confident mood and how it showed. The large crowd witnessed some fine attacking play by the visitors coupled with great technical ability as they passed the ball around at will. Boasting at least four 16 year olds in their ranks, the visitors from across the North Sea showed some silky skills on the ball, but lacked a killer touch in front of goal. Calvo, unbeaten in the NYL since October, matched skill with their own style of doggedness and hard tackling and were determined not to be outdone.
The opener was a fair time in coming, but on 22 minutes, slightly against the run of play, Freeman nodded home after fine wing play from Moss on the right. The half-time score of 1-0 was just about right.
The attractive football on display did not abate in the second period, if anything it became a little more tense as OLS fought hard for the equaliser. It was the home team, however, that added to their lead with 2 goals from ace marksman Jack Hopper and a fourth from leading scorer Ollie Clarke 2 minutes from time. OLS’s top scorer was left at home due to illness, his presence may well have made a difference to a team whose build up play was brilliant but lacked a little in the last third.
Everyone in the squad got a lot of playing time, but the many substitutions did not halt the relentless way in which the Colts went about their business. A resounding victory against a class side that was far superior to anything that the Colts will ever meet in the NYL. This win will certainly put them in good stead for the remaining few games of the season as they attempt to lift the first Division crown.
Match Report Ian Williams
Photographs David Lee
Trevor Powell asked me to send you information on our club and the team touring the UK at Easter.
Unfortunately, the club's website www.ols.fi is only in Finnish and it will not provide you with any useful information besides the fact that the club takes part in national competition in four different sports: football (the biggest sport in the club), bandy, floor ball and bowling. We are working on producing information for the website in English as well, but it's not going to get there before our UK tour.
As for our U17s, we play in the national Division 1 for U17s, and are among the top 15 U17 teams in the nation. We play a full schedule late-April through early-October (22 matches), including a number of opponents in the southern parts of Finland. The league system for U17s in Finland is set so that after the first half of the season (spring fixtures), the top team in each three Division 1 groups gets promoted to the National Championship league for the autumn half of the season. Therefore, playing in the National Championship league in the spring has no other importance to who will win the medals at the end of the season, except for the fact that three teams from the National Championship league are relegated after the spring season, the rest will play for the title with the teams promoted from D1. Our team is a strong favourite to get promoted from our group this spring, and in case we meet that goal, we are good enough to compete for the top ranks of the National U17 Championship league in autumn.
As we play a highly competitive domestic season, we rarely play any foreign opponents you might recognise, but in 2005 we did play Stockholm AIK, then the defending Swedish U15 champions and champions again later that year, and beat them comfortably 1-0. The style of play for our squad is in keeping with the club's tactical development agenda, which requires the youth teams train to play quick, attacking football with sharp passing and good tempo. Of the current line up, a number of our players have earned regional selections, one of our 1990-born players has attended a youth national team training camp a few times but did not make the final squad, and two of our 1992-born players are in the current prospective U15 squad to be formed in August.
Our UK tour includes five fixtures: vs Manchester (school)boys, Stockport (school)boys, Priory Celtic, Calverton MW and Soaring Hurricanes (from Boston, USA). We start our season in National Division I, group C on Sunday, April 22nd and the Easter tour in the UK is the most important part of our pre-season.
I hope this message provides you with enough information for the programme. Let me know if I left out anything you wanted to know.
Looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks' time.
Mika Elovaara , Head coach, OLS U17”
OLS (Oulun Luistin Seura FC) is one of the oldest clubs in Finland (est 1880), the biggest club in Northern Finland, and among the biggest in the whole country. Our club is known for producing players to the top level of football; Mika Nurmela (HJK Helsinki, formerly SC Heerenveen and FC Kaiserslautern), Antti Niemi (Fulham), Markus Heikkinen (Luton) and Juho Mäkelä (Hearts, on loan at FC Thun, Switzerland) of the current Finland full international squad are former OLS players. There are also younger Finland internationals, Jarkko Hurme (Udinese, Italy) and Toni Kolehmainen (formerly Blackburn Academy, now AZ Alkmaar, Holland), whom OLS has been proud to bring through its youth ranks. All of our youth teams compete and succeed on the national level on a regular basis, and Oulu as a region is known to produce talented players consistently. Currently, the OLS first team plays in Finnish Division II (Third highest level). The club and the ball on the logo represent the diversity of sports OLS participates in: football, which is the biggest sport in the club, bandy, floor ball and bowling.
We start our season in National Division I, group C on Sunday, April 22nd and the Easter tour in the UK is the most important part of our pre-season. Our current U17 squad includes a number of players who have earned regional team selections for U15, U16 and U17, and a few who have been in the final pool for Finland U15 and U16 internationals.