Trying to keep friends together, so hard to say how the balance will work out.
Whites: Damian, Foo Cheong, Tan Wee, Look Liew, Titus, Cheng Poh, Raminder, Rajseran Reds: Dave H, John S, Rajiv, Tristan, Uday, David M, Arthur, Ray C
Any comments? ....
Everyone, please bring both a white top and a red top in any event.
If anyone can't make it, please let me know early, as Fred is currently available.
Reds took an unlikely 3-0 lead, and it could have been 4-0, except that they had a goal disallowed for a soft foul in the build up.
Reds had started tight at the back, but they stopped picking up Whites runners in midfield, and once Whites got one goal, they got 3, to make it 3-3.
Reds regained the lead at 4-3, but by then, Whites had a measure of Reds. With too many attacking players and not enough defenders, Reds kept pushing forward, only to run into a re-organized Whites defence, while they were still not picking up the runners in midfield. Whites scored 4 more to win 7-4.
Most of their goals were scored by Raminder coming forward from midfield, including several long range efforts.
In the end, experience (including a bit of gamesmanship ) plus good finishing won the day for Whites.
Jiv's description of the "unlikely lead" is not how I wld'v described especially in the first 15mins of the game. Whites took a long time in settling and Reds especially in the midfield settled a lot faster.
In fact, had White's not changed their strategy midway in the game and recalled Tan Wee fm left wing to center mid to beef up Raj and Raminder against the likes of the 2 Davids, Tristan, Arthur and Ray, it would prolly have continued in a similar vein.
Whites tentative start was with Titus in striker position (where he remained until the last 5 mins when he went into goal) a very physical presence with lots of running which kept Red's defence on their toes. Titus went on to score 2 goals and a couple of assists for the other goals out of the 7 with his tenacity and willingness to take the pressure being the sole target up front.
In mid was of course Raminder and Tan Wee and Raj as attacking mid where the interplay between them at times mesmerised Red defence so much that they were really at sixes and sevens. Ram ended up as top scorer with 3 goals to his credit (although he asked to say he scored 7 at the end of the match and Raj another 2 goals, one of which was a brilliant set piece play with a corner played into perfection by Titus and a glancing header from an acute angle somehow found its way into the back of the net. That is why I always say that Raj has to be man marked and MANHANDLED!!
Credit must be given to the White Defence as they held up well against a determined Red offence with David and his ability to hold the ball and fend off challenges bringing it to the penalty area and feeding the lurking strikers all ready to shoot and pounce. Cheng Poh was the defensive general that day, organising the defence astutely and covering when gaps appeared or defenders were drawn out. Foo Cheong, his usual dependable self.
After going down 3 goals, Whites instinctively felt that we were being outrun and dispossessed in the midfield, and so Tan Wee moved in the center of the fray which managed to diffuse their main competitive advantage. H/w for me, what truly inspired the team was LL who when he came out from goal more than ably filled a left WingBack position playing both in defence and offence and always running and hassling anyone with the ball so much so that it disrupted Red's game significantly.
Suddenly, Whites were on level at 3-3 after letting in a couple of soft goals (2nd goal was my fault as my stretched out legged only managed to deflect a goal bound shot into the corner out of reach of a leaping LL). This time, Raminder began to make his presence felt and started banging in the balls from just outside the penalty area, one of which went sweetly into goal! Red defenders then didn't know whether to commit to block his shots or stand off for fear of being dribbled or allowing him to pass to a dangerously lurking Raj and Titus.
On Reds side, there was Jiv, Uday and John in defence which managed to hold the White attacks off but as Jiv said, as the game wore on, they were forced to attack more which in turn opened up gaps in the back for unmarked Raj and Ram to score. To be fair Whites did have their chances but a combination of good goalkeeping (Titus and LL) and bad luck saw their strikes come off unrewarded. Newcomers(?) Arthur or Ray were sharp on the run and performed well.
Though there were a couple of minor incidents with tempers flaring, alls well that ends well the important thing is that after the heat of the moment there was no lingering malice or ill will thereafter. It was also good to see opponents helping each other to their feet
Looking forward to another exciting game next Sun!!
Agree that Look Liew was the inspiration for the comeback. After I moved to the centre to pick up the red runners, he was basically playing both the left back and left wing by himself. He showed great energy winning lots of tackles and even joined in the attack providing options on the left.