Final score was 2-1 to the Whites. But it was a finely balanced and thoroughly enjoyable game! A real battle royale!!!
The overall possession of the ball was probably 60:40 in favour of the Reds. They settled into the game quicker and played some really pretty football. Building from a strong defensive base comprising of ROckstar, Stan D Man, Kevin and Chen "Bhai Lover" Hong, the Reds dominated the midfield with skilful interplay between Raminder, Kelvin and Damian. Jan was full of running and endeavour and tormented the WHites backline with his skilful dancing around the ball.
The Whites basically had no choice but to absorb wave after wave of the Red tide and try to counter attack through fast breaks down the flanks. It was a highly commendable performance from the disciplined defensive unit of Desmond, Tim T and Gerard. We maintained our shape in defence and Nick, Babs and Darren were extremely lively and industrious constantly coming back to help out defensively. Kien who was the lone striker upfront looked a little overwhelmed by the tight marking from the Red defenders.
The game was scoreless for around 30 min before a brilliant solo effort from Darren on a fast break found the bottom left corner of the Reds goal from quite a distance out. COmpletely wrong footing the GK! The Reds responded by turning up a gear. about 10 min later Jan hustled Tim T on the right side of the WHites penalty area, fed a low sweet cross into the path of Damian who finished clinically into the bottom right corner of the goal.
Just when the game looked like it was going to end in a stalemate... the irrepressible Darren broke away on the left flank sent a low hard cross into the Reds penalty area and the ball somehow trickled under the GK into an empty net!
A draw would like been a fair result... but football is a funny game and the Whites ran out 2-1 winners in a result which somewhat flatters them.