A close tight game which Whites edged out 3-2! Despite Martijn's pre-match concerns about the White team being weaker and the teams not balanced, and Imran asking whether we wanted to swap players before a ball had even been kicked due to Martijn's concerns I saw no issue & felt that it was a good match up, so we stuck with it.
Whites started better as both teams tried to get used to playing with a stupid ball that was bouncing around all over the place! We took a deserved 2-0 lead & were playing with great shape, discipline and command. Reds got back into it with a good goal from David M I think, 2-1. After that the most sloppiest of own goals, saw Martijn pass back to Casey in goal who was not watching play and off his line as the ball barely trickled over the line, very frustrating and harsh on the Whites who at this point deserved their lead, 2-2!
At this point we got a classic Stan delayed dive, he got nothing as even Brendan shouted to him it was a dive and to get up and play.
Reds at 2-2 now looked the stronger team and had a few chances, Imran in particular was causing problems with his passing, skill on the ball, and drifting into the channels. Angelo was also having a strong game on his comeback. Whites were still creating chances at the other hand but more on the counter attack as opposed to dominating possession, it was finely balance heading into the last 10-15 minutes!
Then a wonderful cross from John found Fred at the back-post who had escaped his marker Stan to nod in (although Stan blamed Bobby before looking around and realising that Bobby wasn't playing that day so picked someone else to blame, Kenji I think). 3-2.
Whites were solid at the back for pretty much the whole match & shut the game out. Aside from the own goal only conceding 1, a great effort from all.
Martijn was pleasantly surprised as I told him to have faith in future & Brendan disappeared quickly avoiding any post match press conferences as he struggles to find a way to engineer a victory over me! 4 defeats on the trot now I believe eh Brendan?! It's starting to look a bit like Fergie vs Keegan where Keegan lost the plot!!
I'll take the $2 as reward for a flawless tactical victory