Whites: David T, Mark Li, Wilson, Kelvin H, Song Chuan, Lester 2, Sean L Reds: Sivaraj, Olivier, Yaseen, Murray, Wayne, Srini, Daniel T1
This was blatanly a challenge match. I didn't notice the line ups and David's proposal and all. All I saw was that I'm on red so I came. I have made it clear to Rajiv that when it comes to challenge matches, I'm out simply because Fiofafi has a large pool of players and each time it's different players so it's hard to gel against a team who knows each others playing style and have been playing together for years. Today my team mates agree on that point. Anyone else from reds please feel free to comment and make your opinion known. Moving over to the game, whites took the lead first and reds equalized and whites were always leading. Their understanding and bonding were evident and they came up winners by 4 or 5 goals. Reds were all over the place and sometimes everyone tend to drift away from their positions.. No one is to be blamed from reds as all played fairly and Shrini was vocal and presence was felt upstairs. Some fluke goals went in and the last 10 or 15 mins were played with 6 a side as a player from reds got injured so David sat out.. As far as challenge match is concerned, any opponent who wants an opponent, tell beforehand. I can also bring my team to challenge.. But not against Fiofafi but another opponent whose looking for a match. Was a frustrating evening facing the same situation over..! Non the less, reds played to their capability and whites played fair.. However there is no fairness in the line ups..
hmm I somehow disagree with Yaseen.. For whites, only 4 of us continuously play together, so its not really a challenge team. in fact, i was just getting friend's friends to fill in the thursday slots and just nice it was 7, it could have been 8 if someone from reds had pulled out. onto the game, it was quite balanced except for a few mistakes by both sides, which reds kinda made more which resulted in whites winning by 4 or 5 goals. even i scored with a header at the back post and nicked a ball off the last man to score. These are mistakes and nothing to do with a team. I think whites were showing more hunger than reds with the fact that whites were moving a lot more to want the ball in scoring positions, and to attack. Reds i feel dabbled on the ball a little longer which does allow whites to always reorganize to our defensive duties and that i feel made the major difference. whites don't tend to dribble/hold the ball much except me and always run even if they wont receive the ball whereas reds players hold the ball a little longer which allows 2 whites players to quickly close the reds player down, and thats where the reds attacks breaks down. in the end the reds were resorting to long balls which would be lost as the pitch was wet which made the ball skid off the surface and harder to control. summary..quicker passing, running around like a monkey, not trying too much fancy footwork, should probably win any team the game..of course some defensive mistakes by any opponents help a lot.
Alright David fair enough but I'm also posting on behalf of my other teammates whom felt it's unfair.. And looking back at the post for yesterday's game, you requested 6 players to be on the same team.. I'm not sure if that equates what you say about 4 of you guys only playing with each other over a period of time.. Whatever it is, other guys in reds felt about it strongly and I'm merely posting what others and me feel.. I will be glad if others posted why they felt also instead of me doing the dirty job.. Cheers David