Post by Rajiv on Oct 30, 2011 8:22:22 GMT 8
..., we have 14, so we'll go ahead 7-a-side. Anyway, I couldn't get anyone else. ....
Whites: Arijit, Foo Cheong, Ade, Fred, Uday, Tan Wee, Boris
Reds: Lynz, Jye, Jason T, Imran, Rajiv, Raahol, Steve F
Everyone, please bring both a white top and a red top in any event.
If it rains, give yourself additional time for travel, as traffic around Bukit Timah, bad enough on a Saturday afternoon, will be worse if it rains.
Every schedule thread includes:
Those playing, please be early, to warm up and meet the other players.
Everyone should aim to be at the venue 10 to 15 minutes before the game. Introduce yourself to those you're not familiar with.
The names appear in the line ups, so it's a matter of connecting the name with the actual person, rather than learning names from scratch.
Unfortunately, Raahol finished a class at 4 pm, and the bus he was on was held up in traffic, so he arrived about 5 minutes after we started the game. Playing his first Saturday game (he had played once before, in the 6-a-side last Sunday), it took him a while to settle down and find his position.
Whites took a 4-0 lead in about 15 minutes, 2 of the goals resulting from Reds giving away possession in their own half. Jye suggested a player swap. It was a bit early to swap so we continued with the same line ups.
Reds were coming more into the game, and had several shots on goal, which Foo Cheong did well to save. The ball striking Ade's outstretched arm resulted in a free kick outside the "D". At the time, I was wondering why it wasn't a penalty but I guess it was disputed that the handball was inside the "D". I was in goal at the time, so I was under the impression that the dispute was whether it was ball to hand or hand to ball.
A reminder - if the arm is outstretched, it is not "ball to hand". I think that is the rule applied in football generally.
Reds finally got 2 well-taken goals (including a spectacular one from Lynz's trademark scissor kicks) to pull it back to 2-4.
The ball struck Ade's outstretched arm again, this time clearly in the "D", so Reds had a penalty this time. Ade went in goal, and saved from Lynz's effort.
Whites then scored three times to lead 7-2, including another from Reds' giving away possession deep in their own half, and another off a lucky deflection.
At that stage, Reds were looking somewhat ragged, and were lucky not to concede a couple more. If the score had gone to 8-2, I would have suggested a player swap.
Unfortunately, Lynz injured his toe, and left the game. Reds wouldn't have had a chance at 2-7 down and a player short (even if Whites were restricted to scoring within the "D"), so Boris switched over to Reds and Whites were restricted to scoring within the "D". Boris automatically gets 0.5 vote in the player of the game poll.
In the few minutes that everyone was unsure which side Boris was on, Steve scored from just outside the "D", which was disallowed.
Whites did make it 8-2 (but no point making a further switch at that stage, with Reds having the extra man) before Reds grabbed two to pulled it back to 4-8.
Whites got another to make it 9-4 before Imran also injured his toe and had to leave the game. 6-a-side now, and back to the normal rules.
It was fairly end to end by this stage. Whites were defending well, and looking dangerous on the counter.
Whites got one more (a rare goal from Ade, playing as striker for a change) before Reds grabbed the last goal, to make the final score 10-5 to Whites.
I guess the score moving from 2-7 to 10-5 wasn't too bad. Whites were clearly the weaker side. The advantage of being on the weaker side is you get more of a work-out. I got more of a work-out from this week (7-a-side, ending up as 6-a-side) than last Sunday (6-a-side, ending up 5-a-side).
With so many regulars not playing, it was different from the usual Saturday game, which made it interesting. We've had such "different" games before, several as recently as July 2011, where things didn't work out as well.
What newer players (or even regulars from other games) coming into the Saturday game are not really prepared is how quickly they are closed down when they have the ball. It's something you get used to if you play regularly on Saturday. Both Raahol and Steve (who usually plays on weeknights) got into the game more when it was 6 v 7, and then 6 v 6.
For the rest of Reds, I hope it didn't bother you too much being on the weaker side.
For me, there was some frustration in conceding 3 or 4 soft goals, and not taking a couple more of our chances, which might even have seen an upset win for Reds. On the other hand, Reds were lucky not to concede a couple more when looking ragged at 2-7 down, and again towards the end, when Whites were counter-attacking well. Also, Jason T and I had to make crucial saves during our respective spells in goal.
Another way of looking at the score:
* First leg - Whites 7 Reds 2
* Second leg - Whites 3 Reds 3
Makes it look better, I think.
I just hope that the injuries to Lynz and Imran don't keep them out for any length of time.
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