The game started with 6 a side as leo and lester were late for the respective teams.. Leo came first and reds were only allowed to score from the d area, So its fair Brendan : ) Reds forgot that they were supposed to score from d and had few crackers from distance but they were not counted. Lester came in about 20 mins late and once he was in it was back to 7 a side and scoring from any range. There was bit upfront for whites as Babs and Lester paired up. Reds did well to defend also but goals were coming in fast. Before the game i was also thinking that whites look stronger but honestly i wanna sweat so line ups dont really matter.. Moreover there are new people whom i have not met before.. Its about keeping shape and doing your part as a team that makes the difference. There were few hard challenges and late ones and tempers flared abit but overall it was contained. Our italian mafia also got angry at some point : ) Good sweat overall and good to play against hard and new players..
Although the score was 11-5, in reality the game was really tighter than the scoreline suggests. I was there at 8.55pm (directed Alan to the pitch when I saw him) but had to stay away for about 15 minutes due to an emergency call from work. When I got into the game, the scoreline was 3-1 and the Whites were trying very hard to close the gaps. From what I heard, it was due to a few good long shots by the Reds in the early part of the game. The Whites reassembled a little as I and Babs interchanged from playing as strikers. I made a bad tackle on Yaseen and also collided with Angelo (who choked me with his towel after the game!) as the Whites tried to dominate midfield. Unfortunately while pressing strongly up, we were exposed at the back due to very quick flanking play by Alan, John and Leo. A series of quick goals were scored which increased in the advantage Reds had. David M was stellar as usual at the back, wearing his favourite AC Milan jersey and defending solidly to keep the Whites from scoring. A couple of good blocks by the quickly improving Keng Loon also aided the Reds. I accidentally knocked Leo with my studs on his ankles late in the game and I hope he's okay; though I was honestly surprised when he said we were not supposed to be wearing studs for he game. I had a similar knock from Stan a couple of weeks back and so I know how painful it could be - sorry. I believe the Wednesday games are getting better and better, with the players knowing each's playing style more and Rajiv making good calls on the line-up. Look forward to the game next week.
...Unfortunately while pressing strongly up, we were exposed at the back due to very quick flanking play by Alan, John and Leo...
yup...i experienced it first-hand and it's not as if i'm brilliant to begin with...me and defending ain't the best of friends but would be good if we had more guys tracking back to help protect our 'keeper that night
As for the tone of the match, as Brendan mentioned, there are no stakes here. We are all here to enjoy the game so let's keep it enjoyable
Billy, players come into our games with varying expectations. Although I repeatedly emphasise the need to play in the right spirit, what you often end up with is a blend made up of the different players - a bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Don't take any of it too seriously.
Give me a call Billy if you would like to discuss your concerns further.
Clement, Alan is the only player I don't know. I assumed he is an average player, but sounds like he's a good player, so it may have shifted the balance in favour of Reds. In the end, the result doesn't really matter. Like the competitive edge, and the games themselves, ultimately, it's just for fun.