Novyimir - Saturni, Makara 28, 2077, m249
It began with a pre-match tribute. A tribute to THE lives lost during the Chubarov outbreak.
Words of remorse. Words of healing.
In times of tragedy and turmoil, we are reminded that the only true game in life is survival. Especially on Mars with an abundance of inhospitable conditions.
During those weeks when citizens were quarantined, when families were separated, when lives were in peril, they turned to Aero Football as temporary reprieve from the daily grind of survival.
The Dynamo gave them that and more. With each week of victory, they countered the fear and despair, until the outbreak was over and the Dynamo could finally return home.
Today, top of mind was no longer the outbreak, but playoff hopes, something that seems out of reach just weeks before.
The moment of silence before the kick-off seemed to carry over into the match as both teams were silent in both halves, with barely a handful of opportunities. That didn’t, however, seem to matter to the Novyimir crowd who were happy to have their team back on home turf.
With the match going into overtime, favour went to the Dynamos. All season, Dongji have struggled with overtime having lost 5 matches to penalty kicks.
The Dynamo’s Dilijen Axa opened up round 1 with a penalty shot goal which would be matched by Dongji’s Sarah Chang in Round 2. A number of misses followed before Serhij Olehovych Stadnyk scored in Round 5 to give the Dynamo a 2-1 win in PKOT.
Dongji’s dropped to 5 and 15 for the season.
For the Dynamos, they move to 10 and 10 for the season and keep their playoff chances alive.
Hope for the final playoff spot..