Philip S SMSed me at 8.40 pm to say he was held up at work. ....
Fortunately, Melvin L, the first reserve, lives nearby and was able to make it before 9 pm, so the line ups were:
White: Andy N, Eam, Appu P, Dave H, Rajiv Black: Bobby, Reza, Steffen, Srini, Melvin L
Steffen pulled a muscle after 20 minutes, so I stepped out for a while (about 10 minutes), and got one of The Cage staff (Hanafi) to take his place.
Whites started with a good shape, keeping the defence tight, and went 4-0, 6-1, 8-2 and 9-3 ahead after 20 minutes. Blacks tried to push forward to get back into the game, but repeatedly left themselves exposed at the back.
When Steffen pulled a muscle, I stepped out with him, and the game continued 4-a-side for about 10 minutes, with the score reset to 0-0. I'm not sure what the score was during this time, but I understand it was even.
When I returned with Hanafi, the game changed. Whites were drained, while Blacks had a fresh pair of skilful legs. Blacks went 1-0 up and although Whites pulled back to lead 5-1, Whites were exhausted, and lost the shape of their defence, with often only one defender facing 3 attackers. Blacks came back to lead 9-5 and win the second leg 11-6.
On aggregate (not counting the 10 minutes of 4-a-side), Whites just edged it, 15-14.
Kamikaze football, from beginning to end, first by Blacks, then by Whites. Exhausting but fun (even if a bit frustrating), if you don't take team organization, formation and scorelines too seriously.
.... Blacks had a lot of firepower up front with Srini and Eam initially combining well, as well as the others bursting through midfield. They opened up a four goal lead but after that they seemed to lose a bit of shape with Eam and Srnini sometimes getting in eachothers' way.