Tim has opted out, so Raminder is captain of Team 2. Dilesh has requested white. No other comments, so between Damian and Tan Wee, the older player can be captain of Team 1. Line ups and colours as follows:
Reds: Dom, Tan Wee, Wing Kong, Damian (c), Rupai, Karthi, Nordin, David N Whites: Gerard, Tim T, Dilesh, Sivaraj, Look Liew, Yong Hwee, Raminder (c), Elvin
Everyone, please be early.
A lot of older players today, plus warm weather, so everyone take it a bit easy.
With a couple of new players and some old timers returning, both teams got off to a rather tentative start on a sultry hot afternoon....
Reds gelled together quickly starting with Kong in the center of defence flanked by Rupiah on the left and David on the right while Karthi played in Center mid with Tan Wee on the left flank and Nordin on the right while Dom played striker. Nordin was fasting so he was not his usual energetic self but played on the wing instead. Reds also drew first blood and seemed to control the flow of the play with Karthi being the main playmaker for Reds who sometimes managed to take on what seemed like the entire White defence.
Reds then surged to a commanding 5-1 lead and Whites though having quite a few chances did not manage to finish off in the final third. However, during the last 15 mins of the match, Reds suddenly tired and this was painfully evident when all of a sudden Whites started staging what looked like one of those imminent comebacks with Dilesh firing in 2 or 3 goals and Gerard 1 goal, to make it 5-4.
All of a sudden, Whites were desperate not to concede the crucial equaliser which looked very much like it was coming and Whites sensed blood. Selvaraj, Tim, Raminder, Dilesh and Gerard were all camped in and around the Reds D, each having the time and space to prise open the White's desperate defence who were flinging their bodies in the way to block the shots.
King "Kong"was the master in defence cutting out many goal bound shots and dribbles, he even scored an amazing goal from outside the D with a well drilled precision shot into the top right corner! While Karthi was my MOTM who carried much of the Reds forward movement when everyone seemed too tired to support. Dom was a presence and a target man for Reds and he scored a couple as well.
Eventually, a goal by the Reds on the hour made it 6-4 and took all the pressure off a really flagging Red team and time was called immediately after.
Good workout in sweltering weather, welcome to the new players Yong Hwee and Rupiah and welcome back to the old timers Look and Elvin (both recovering from surgeries).
Post by Rupai new player on Jul 22, 2013 10:51:59 GMT 8
Hey Damian thanks for the report. It was really fun playing with you. All of you are amazing players, I was not ready for such intensity and hunger to win in a friendly match, yet there it was, so I better prepare myself for future games.
Kaarthi was amazing, the ball stuck to his feet as if it was glued, and our performance dipped once he tired a bit. Kong is a fantastic leader in the back, performing by example and keeping everyone charged up, i was more afraid of him then the opponents in the later parts.
Dilesh and Gerard were really troubling at the end as fatigue caught up and I was having difficulties keeping up and tracking them.
I have not played for an hour straight for a long time, hope I will be able to adjust soon.
Overall, great game, awesome people, I am very happy to have found the group and looking forward to playing more in future and score a screamer or two may be