A very tight and closely contested game, Rai having forgot his shoes only showed up after 10 mins, luckily his side had defended resiliently, and although whites were passing the ball around they were getting nowhere. After Captain Marvellous arrived it heralded a spell of very tight football, for 35 mins at the end of which Reds were 3-0 up, thanks to incisive attacks down the wings from Jamie Jason and Shawn. Jeff was proving to be a rock and unbeatable in defence - cutting out every White attack. Whites then pulled one back as a cut back found Desmond on the edge of the box who fired in unerringly. Whites thought they were back in with a chance when Murray fired one in minutes later. But reds then capitalised on Whites pushing too far up the field and pulled ahead 5-2. At which point James was fired up and as Jeff and Rai pressed forward, the Red defence was left unguarded and he latched first onto a loose pass back and then onto a long clearance and narrowed the gap. Whites were to level 5-5 before Reds were shocked into pressing forward with more urgency, Song had a mazy run beating a couple of players in midfield before slotting neatly into the corner, then Jamie not to be outdone followed this up with his own run beating 2 defenders and blasting it home. 7-5 Whites came firing back and James hammered in from close range and Murray capitalised on some slack defending to tap in again pulling it back to 7-7. After 10 mins of overtime Kelvin called for the last goal, at which point Whites broke down the wing and scored a well taken (but soft) goal to run out winners going ahead for the first time in the game.
A good run out overall, Whites seemed to have trouble finding players in the final quarter and reds seemed to lack cover when Jeff and Rai pressed forward. At the end of the game Reds were left shell-shocked wondering how they had managed to throw it away. Some suspected foul play by the notorious Dan Tan, as a number of the Red team were seen shaking hands with a dodgy looking character hidden away in the shadows after the game.
yeah .. pity about the ending as I thought we played great passing football for 90% of the game but we didn't make the most of the clear chances created and extremely "switched off" in defending except for Jeff. We basically "walked off the pitch" after the 10pm mark!!
Credit to the Whites for digging deep and finishing strong. James didnt stop running (as he always does every game) till the final whistle and he was clearly the difference on the night
Still a good game nonetheless by all the players .. great way to start the week!
The general rule is we stop play when time's up, so the result could be win, lose or draw. However, when the score is close, we often continue to a "last goal". "Last goal" often has the effect of converting a draw to a win. Where this is the effect of a last goal, I will record it as a draw in the team selector table.
"Last goal" is for the fun of those playing. The current rules actually provides:
Apologies for a couple of bad tackles lately...no malice intended. My night vision is getting older and the lights seem to be getting dimmer. Seeing the ball very late and you guys are too quick for me.
I have been to the optician to get a pair of prescription sports glasses...so I'll be back when I can see... hopefully....