Post by Rajiv on Jul 17, 2011 12:02:59 GMT 8
While Reds had only 6 players, Whites were restricted to scoring beyond the penalty spot.
Whites twice took the lead, but Reds levelled each time, to keep the score at 2-2. However, Whites were dominating the possession and the chances, and Whites would have overwhelmed Reds as the game wore on.
Matfani was at least as good as Sean M (although he played more down the middle and the left, while Sean M plays on the right).
From then on Reds dominated the possession and went ahead 3-2. Reds should have pulled further ahead but some desperate defending by Whites kept them at bay. Whites remained dangerous on the counter, and levelled at 3-3, before pulling ahead 4-3. At that stage, Reds stilled looked the stronger, but three more goals from Whites killed off Reds:
* A quick interchange between CH and another (can't remember who) down the left saw CH come into the D on the left side. His shot might have been going wide but it deflected off me into goal. My fault really, as I should have come out of goal faster to intercept the pass or block the shot.
* Jye, just outside the D, swivelled and lobbed the ball into the top left hand corner. Quite a remarkable goal.
* CH again got down the left and his looped cross found Rainer at the far post with an an open goal to head into.
After we went to 7-a-side, much of the game was played in Whites half, with Reds having 4, even 5 players consistently in the opposing half. However, Whites defended well around their D, with Rajseran, Jye and Kum Kong intercepting passes and blocking shots, and hitting Reds on the counter, with quick balls out of defence to CH on the left, Fred on the right or Rainer down the middle. Raminder dropped into defence when necessary, and came forward to link up with the attack when Whites countered.
With so much of the game being played in Whites' half, Reds ended up being crowded out when on the attack, losing possession on several occasions, and leaving themselves vulnerable to the counter-attack.
In the end, Reds ran out of ideas. Final score, Whites 7 Reds 3.
Psychologically, it might be easy for Reds to blame fatigue from playing with only 6 for the first 20 minutes or so. However, the score was 2-2 with 6, and Reds actually took the lead and dominated territorially with 7. If fatigue was a factor, Reds should have been playing a lot deeper.
I think Whites adjusted their shape well, and kept it well. Reds failed to do either. In the end, what should have been a very good game ended on a somewhat flat note, as Whites won comfortably.
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