One of the most exciting sunday match most of us would agree. Reds came from the dead to almost snatched a draw. Waiting for Look Liew's extensive reports, others can chip in as well.
Yes, another robust workout amidst very heavy rain outside, reinforcing perhaps our affinity towards the Futsal game as an all weather offerring....
REDS started wary, facing a seemingly strong WHITES line-up...and also with 2 players arriving a few minutes late, drawing close comparison to 2 Lions being late for the team bus to a major National game.....1 Red even bringing along a fair supporter to cheer for him.
REDS started well with Poh Keng blasting pass Azmi from the rite wing , and a bewildered Whites' keeper's clutching air with the ferocity of the shot ...WHITES equalised quickly via sleek ball passing amongst the key 4 of A,A, E n D......the stalemate ended quickly as WHITES started to pile up the goals with continuous 1-2s n breakthroughs resulting in a lop-sided score-line of 6 -1 before an unfortunate knock on hard shooter PK, forced him down with a strained knee.
PK gamely switched to Whites to goalkeep as Dan B moved to REDS, and the whole game turned from then......
REDs had a major 'reboot' n came straight back with venom; and coupled with a few lazy mistakes by WHITEs's back line and poor finishing upfront, REDs took their chances well and scored almost at will to come back strongly. Balach poached 2 wonderful goals with cunning stealth as he tapped in loose balls from close range. Memorably, lanky Dan B impressed with an acrobatic bicycle kick on a cross that was barely 4 feet high and we marvel at what else he could n would do to score a goal......
Whilst WHITEs maintained their lead at 8-5, REDs again took command and pulled to 8-7 before "Times-Up" was called by the Pitch manager at 7 min past 6. WHITEs escaped with a narrow win and all praises to REDs for the spirited fightback.
The scoreline could have been very different had I not started in goal. I have to say I make a terrible goalie! The first couple of goals by whites were good but I let through a couple that would have been saved had you been our goalie.. This of course played on my mind as I let myself get disoriented a bit for a few minutes..
But I moved out and with Dan's dexterity we came back. It sure as hell felt better to score a couple.
Did I mention I had cycled 36km in the morning and played for two hours before the game with other friends as well? Guess it's better for me to concentrate on one game a day for now..
At the other end, Poh Keng was struggling with his injury as keeper or else a few goals could have been averted. I had a lingering muscle pull at the groin area from last week's game that I thought had gone and was trying to keep pace with Poh Keng and then later Dan at the left side. Wasn't able to commit to a few tackles for fear of aggravating the injury.