A one-sided game with Reds winning 6-0. Reds had a very balanced team with runners and ball players while White were more defensive with very little attacking outlet. Whites did well to keep the score at 1-0 after 30 mins. Whites tried to attack more since the objective is to score but became tired after the early efforts to contain Reds and left a lot of space at the back. Credit to Jye and ChenHong who tried their best in defence and Xiong in mid but Reds too strong with Raminder, Fergus, Jake and Damian passing the ball around well.
My bet...I did not expect Damian to play like Roy Keane. I was hoping he is more Demba Demba... In retrospect, Reds needed another ball playing player who can run all day (either Damian, Raminder or Jake) and this would have made the team more balanced. Rajiv, maybe we need a brief description of the new players so that the selectors can have an idea of how good/fit the new player is?
A bit hard Jye when I've never seen the player play. All I have to go on are the reports. I often also provide some information on whether the player has played before, and if so when, and who his introducer is. To some extent, you have to do your own "due diligence" for new players. I did in fact provide the following information on WhatsApp soon after the poll closed, and before the line ups were decided:
* Damian was Jan's friend who played a few weeks ago. Babs in fact played in that game. I hope he was able to present you with a fair account of his abilities. * The new players were very good.
Damian was also on the WhatsApp group, so always open to a team selector to conduct a more thorough "interview" of the player on WhatsApp.
A scoreline seldom seen at TC on a Sat'day can mainly be put down to having a few unknown players. Jye selected the teams & to be fair we both didn't know the same players which he put onto my side. I tried swapping a few but couldn't agree on it so we ended up sticking with Jye's original line ups.
With regard to the new players, I couldn't remember Damian or playing with or against him hence before the game I asked you personally Rajiv and on the group chat also who he was and what kind of player he is. With so many coming and goings it's hard to remember someone from one game, although I recognised their faces when pitch side I still couldn't recall what type of player they were, that comes after playing a few times.
Aside from Damian, Fergus and Kian were also new entity's to me. Unfortunately Jye gambled on Fergus and Damian being Djemba Djemba's but both were a lot better. The game itself was tight for 30 minutes, after that Whites tired after their initial efforts to say in the game.
Few points, I knew I would spend most of the match in goal due to ankle so I couldn't play my normal game in midfield, that's why I wanted to keep players who could play midfield. And thanks Jye for the Beer, Asahi was a good choice!