Continuing the same low scoring vein of the earlier match, we ended even stevens with 3 a piece.
Red opened account with Vince typically throwing his body and head into a cross which I punched at the same time, the ball took a weird deflection and with both of us out, spun cruelly onto the cross bar and bounced into the goal. Vince apologies if your head took the brunt of the collision...
Whites then recapitulated after that with the 3 new players combining well in midfield and attack causing problems for Red def. I think it was Valentin or was it Mohammed who equalised for us and then we went up 2-1 with quick counters.
Kenji had an excellent game as left back then as left wing and scored 1 of our 3 goals. Same with CH, XiongWei, Valentin and Mohammed who unfortunately suffered a groin injury halfway during the game and was forced to play goalie for much of the 2nd half.
With Reds having increasingly difficulty dealing with the mercurious newcomers, a stroke of fortune (or should I say misfortune for LL who tried to tackle the back netting and ended up injuring his ankle) for Whites ended up with recalling Dan B who was sitting outside after his earlier game into attack.
As if having Vince, Ray and Andrew in attack for Reds wasn't enough, Whites now had to double team on Dan B with Kong and myself and sometimes triple team with Xiong Wei to contain. That opened up the game quite a bit as now Andrew and later Titus was left open on the right wing to forage. In fact, that led to a great shot by Titus which could have levelled the scores when Whites were up 3-2 only to have it bounce off the post.
Couple of controversies during the game as usual such as contested penalty calls, lots of yelling and eventually Whites giving in to the more vocifereous Reds which Dan converted with aplomb or a bomb!! No way Mohammed could have saved that Rocket. On Whites side, there was a shot which clearly deflected off a Red players arm in the penalty box but that was waved off as "unintentional" by Red. (Can someone educate me on these penalty rules? If its unintentional, as in someone kicks the ball into an opposing player's arm in the penalty box, then its not a penalty?)
Anyways, that was not the end of the drama, towards the end with each side pressing for the winning goal, it started to get hotter and hotter, every touch Dan had of the ball, in an instant there were 2 or 3 defenders on him. Great interceptions and defending by Kong and Xiong Wei did a marvellous job when he went into central mid to prevent the feeds to attacking players.
However, things started to get a little hairy with a foul on Cheng Poh by CH and then later with a 'professional' foul by Vince on newcomer Sum Woo when he was through on goal which prompted retaliation but...fortunately, it was almost 6pm and we decided to end the game then.
Something I noticed and which also relates to the Sat game thread, is over-competitiveness marring our enjoyment of the game? It seems that players are getting increasingly agitated during the game and there has been an increase in shoutings and scoldings and quarrels during the game. While communication is necessary in a team game and sometimes a little "encouragement" to "wake up your idea" is beneficial, too much and it begins to affect the whole team. When there is a lot of shouting people become unsure and also a little rebellious. That said, its good to note that from what i have observed, all of us are mature enough to leave it all on the pitch and restore real relationships once we get outside (i like the chill and beer concept )
As Jiv has stated in previous threads and posts, competitiveness is essential to the Giffa spirit and it is what makes us coming back week after week for more.....but more importantly we must preserve the enjoyment aspect of it, if you take the fun out of the game then even if you win, its not worth it. Finally SAFETY is also paramount with the aging weekend warriors that we have. This was also brought up in the Sat thread, in a black and white world, there are unintentional fouls and intentional fouls, the latter being classified as dirty play and unacceptable. However based on what I have experienced there are hopefully no dirty players in our games ie. ones that intentionally go out to injure or maim. The cause of many disputes has been more in the vein of "reckless fouls". Those that are made usually when the players tire and try to go for it when the chances are very little and chances of connecting with the foot or knee of the opposing player very high. While it was not the intention to kick the leg, one should have exercised better judgement / restraint.
All that said, as someone said before, its all "in the game" and we should ensure that we stick with our Giffa values at the end of the day.....
Wow if there was a Pulitzer Prize for posting on GIFFA, i think Damien would take it hands on. He really does have a flare for writing.
First of all, i want to extend my apologies to Cheng Poh for an obviously late and bad tackle. However it wasnt an intentional foul and the contact was shin to shin ie i was not out to injure the player. i was just very tired and unable to control my physical faculties anymore. I should have exercised more restraint but instead lost my head.
Secondly, I totally agree with the postings relating to the Sat and Sun games regarding the excessive levels of "thrash talking" during the games. This can be highly irritating, disruptive and even agitating for the other less vocal players.