Whites: Murray (ts), Rai, Bryan F, Hail, Kelvin Lee, Kenji, Kelvin Han Reds: Chen Hong (ts), Glenn T, Jeff S, Justin R, Leo, Dave K, Hafidz
Game started with 5 Whites vs 7 Reds ... Whites scored the first goal off some good inter passing move down the flank. The White's plan was to dominate midfield, maintain possession of the ball and attack down the flanks to avoid going directly into Jeff who was anchoring the Reds defence with his usual gusto. The first half of the game was played mainly in the Red's half and Whites scored our goals in quick succession as per plan and opened a big lead.
Kudos to Reds who didnt give up despite falling behind. After a quick reshuffling of positions and game plan, they mounted a strong fightback by harassing the Whites higher up the pitch which seems to work as Whites started to lose our shape and discipline .. giving the ball away easily and getting outnumbered at the back .. allowing the Reds to pull back quite a few goals and they were also unlucky to hit the goalpost several times. As the game drag on and players started to tired out, Whites managed to held on to the lead with Murray, Kenji and Bryan denying the Reds on many occasions with their tireless defending ... to finally close the game 13-8 (accordingly to Chen Hong)
Goal of the game definitely belongs to Justin .. side footing the ball beautifully past HIS own goalkeeper in an attempt to clear the ball (so he says ). Everyone stopped to applause and gave him a lap of honour!! Justin was so pleased with his goal that he decided to give himself a rewarding session of BED-minton with his shuttle-COCK at Geylang Lor 11 tomorrow!
It was a good workout going past the 60 mins and most importantly played in great spirit!
Hahaha.... This thread is getting wrong on sooooo many levels.
Yup... goal of the night definitely belonged to me. I have to say the frustration of not scoring goals have led to temporary insanity. Ball at my feet, facing goal... Naturally, my instinct was to take the shot!! It was well executed, I have to say!! Hard and low into the bottom right corner. The keeper didn't stand a chance... The fact that I was supposed to defend that goal and not strike it is a small, insignificant set-back... No one pays attention to minor details...
With Reds starting with 7 vs 5 we were abit laxed & took it too easy. We gave Whites too much space especially Rai & Kelvin & before we know it it was 0-3.
Reds then struggled to play catch up & Justin's lack of heroics as goalie didnt help as each time Reds put in 1-2 goals Whites would add up their goals as well. At one stage the difference was about 5 goals.
This went on like 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 2-5, 3-6. 3-8. 4-9. 5-10 etc as Reds just could not put in a sustained period of pressure. Reds suffered from a shortage of a goal poacher even though Dave & Hafidz did well as they put in a few goals between the 2 of them. Leo had a few shots that hit the posts too.
Personally I must own up as I suffered from not being physical enough to challenge some of Whites' body checks & pushes by some of their players. I have been softened by the laid back East Coast style of play .... Owise perhaps we could have tackled harder & put their strikeforce in the backfoot ...