The final score for the game was 7-2 to the Whites. However this is one of those games where the scoreline does not quite represent the balance of play for the majority of the game.
The Reds started out the stronger of the two sides. Neat inter-passing and good movement off the ball from their midfield and frontline meant that the Whites were on the backfoot early in the game. The Whites defence in particular was badly stretched and that resulted in the Reds taking a well deserved 2-0 lead with great long range strikes from Jon and Brendan.
The balance of play started to shift when the Whites moved Lynz out from his GK position to link up in midfield and pushed Jake into a striking role. The entire White's play became a lot more cohesive and potent. Good finishes from Karthi and Jake drew the Whites level and they started to build a head of steam going forward. Desmond was a rock in defense but amazingly timed his runs upfield and pitched in with 2 well taken strikes. Nick was highly instrumental in midfield, battling hard, winning balls and peppering the Red's goal with long range shots pinning them back. Jake in his new found role as the lone striker role was a revelation! He finished with much coolness and aplomp and grabbed (2-4???) goals in a space of 30 min. Suarez and colleagues in Liverpool would do well to pick up a few tips on finishing from him.
It was a good workout all round. And quite interesting how a couple of tactical changes in a team can bring about a dramatic turnaround in the balance of play.
interesting game to watch indeed! in any other match the 'man of the match' award would prob go to Desmond. however, it really made all the difference for whites when Lynz started his tireless work in midfield. so i would vote for him this time. a model of a captain.
on a sidenote - good to see the oldest players shining...there is hope that everybody born in the 70's or later still has nt peaked yet!
Nuts, I was so looking forward to my MOTM champagne Having said that, am in total agreement with the assessment of Lynz's contribution. By coming out, he basically cut off the supply line to Fred and we all know how dangerous Fred is with the ball at his feet. Special mention also to CH who was his usual tireless self and his repeated running back and forth to support both attack and defence.
On a separate note, good to see you Rainer. Looking forward to your comeback game soon.