Having played 2 7 a-side games this week, I can now appreciate the difference between 7 and 8 a-side games.
The tempo of the game is much slower as players have more time and space on the ball. The key roles are 1 center midfielder who can run all day and a forward who can hold the ball and wait for the calavry to arrive.
The White team has Jon and Nordin playing these roles and ran out 5:2 victors.
I have to say that 7-a-side occasionally is kinda fun but fitness level requires a different kind....was so winded yesterday! With 8-a-side, one can just play in his or her position without too much overlapping as every part of the pitch is packed, but with just 2 men off the pitch, what a difference....instead of a left/right back, we now have to play as wingbacks! More fun though!!
Anyways as Jye said, Whites were fortunate to have Raminder and Jon dictating our midfield, all it needed was 2 of them, with the space given, they were able to launch all kinds of attacks not to mention our lone striker Nordin who held up his own pretty well, long enough for Ram, Jon, Andrew etc to come up to support.
On Reds side, it was quite intimidating for a White defender (given that there were only 2 at any one time), with Elvin, spearheading the attack and duly complying with 2 of his trademark shots with defenders in front of him.....can't afford to give him that time and space....
Initially, Tim was a menace with his superior athletic ability blatent but as he dropped back deeper, Tan Wee and CH took over and did well to feature in a lot of Reds attacks.
Jye was the man in Whites defence who played a really good game, reading the attacks and snuffing them out even before they became dangerous....it was nice to see Foo Cheong, Andrew and Danny featuring in attack positions as well....
Good workout and despite playing 7 men, we finished at 6.15pm.....not bad!
& aside is very demanding indeed. Find myself having to cover centre and run to the right all the time to defend and open up play. Overall, I thought the key difference was that we got our tactics wrong. We were often overrun in midfield as Whites had more runners and we should have focused more on one-to-one marking given the additional space and individual dribbling ability of the opposition. Not sure if we would have won but we would have more effectively neutralised the Whites attack and probably have a closer scoreline.