Final score was 3-2 in favour of the Reds. I believe that quite a David versus Goliath feat in the context of yesterday's lineups!!! But make no mistake, it wasnt a triumph for the beautiful game, very much so it was slaves to the grind that meted out a scrappy result for the Reds... heh
Personally i made my first attempt to kick a ball in 4 months after tearing my right knee MCL... during the pre game warm up i immediately realised and alluded to my teammates that it was a BIG mistake!!! my knee wasnt ready at all, felt wobbly and hurt with every kick of the ball!?!?! As it turned out i was a huge liability to the Reds for most parts of the match, especially when i was playing GK.
As expected, the Whites started the game with much attacking intent and flair. With the telepathic combi of Xiongwei and Richard bombing down the left flank and the industrious Dom and Arjit down the right, Brendan bossing the middle of the park and Jake making intelligent runs into the Red's penalty area, it was pretty much backs to the wall stuff for the Whites who simply had to absorb wave after wave of torrential Whites pressure. The only source of danger from the Reds was the towering figure of Nick isolated upfront but ever willing to run and make the occasional pot shot at goal.
The Whites became even more incisive when Babs came out from GK duty and took up his favoured right wing position. As expected a goal soon resulted when a nicely weighted through ball from Dom found Babs alone with the GK only to beat. He blasted a venomous shot across the GK's body into the far post for the WHites to take a one goal lead within minutes of playing outfield!!! At this point, the Reds looked dejected and Whites were on the ascendency. Soon after the lead was doubled. Once again, Babs was running Timmy raggard on the left side of defence and his determination resulted in a low cross cut back to Richard who was alone just outside the penalty area and the latter unleashed a trademark rocket to the roof of the Reds net. Score was 2-0 to the Whites and looking very bleak for the Reds.
Reds Captain Lynz dropped back further to stem the Whites attack and the ineffective CH in goal was brought out to left back. The change in tactics appeared to improve the Reds' solidarity in defence but the Whites pressure was still relentless. A major turning point in the game was when Brendan and Dom marauding at the Reds goal practically carved up the entire reds defence but then decided to play footy ping pong for a bit with the GK stranded and Reds goal at their mercy!?!?! What could have been a 3-0 lead turned out to be a huge let off for the Reds and somehow galvanised them into action!!!
Man of the Match, Tim T, latched onto a pass straight from Bernie the right back. He caught the Whites defenders sleeping, cut into the penalty area with a shimmy from the right and finished low into the net with a neat left foot finish. Score was 2-1 and the game was turned!!! The momentum was now with the Reds. Whatever the Reds player lacked in finesse, skill and youth, they made up for with grit, effort and determination. The skillful and slick white attackers were always a potential source of danger but Uday, Desmond and Timmy threw bodies and souls to block out whatever was throw at them!
With Nick tiring fast and making several tired tackles on Brendan, Captain Lynz did a last throw of the dice tactical switch which turned out to be a stroke of genius... He dropped himself into the centreback position and the barrel chested man mountain Desmond was pushed upfront to muscle out the straining backline of Arjit, Kenny and Xiongwei. Soon after a long ball punted from the reds defence was chased down by both kenny and desmond. The crafty desmond tried to snake in between the defender and onrushing GK. The trickery worked as a defensive mix up between defender and GK resulted in the loose ball falling onto the feet on Desmond who calmly rolled the ball into the unguarded Whites goal for the all important equalizer!!! amazingly the score was levelled at 2-2!!! (Desmond has promised to upload a link for a reenactment of the goal where he will pay good money for Suarez to play himself and Gary Pallister and Peter Schmeicel to play the whites defense for our viewing pleasure)
The Whites were beginning to drop their chins and shoulders at this point. Reds rolled back the years as Bernie sprinted up and down the right flank like a spring chicken, Des twisted and turned like John travolta on the dancefloor in Pulp Fiction. Through a devious short corner quickly taken by timmy on the right; and whilst Nick and Des were drawing all the physical attention from White defenders; MOM Tim T ghosted in to collect the ball within the penalty area had time to adjust onto his favoured left foot and tucked a low shot across goal to the far post for a miraculous fightback goal for the Reds who led for the first time in the game!!! 3-2!!!
It was a once again a classic Saturday encounter... hard fought... emotional roller coaster ride and a massive workout for all participants!!! enjoy yourselves gentlemen!!! I look forward to seeing yall in probably 1-2 months time... i realised that i have definitely rushed my return and definitely need more rehab work before i can safely run and kick a ball again.
Great to see you back CH. Just realised many of us take our health for granted so stay safe guys. Missing Jye
Rumours that I asked the groundsman for CCTV footage of my goal and for Uday to do a voiceover to upload to Sportscenter are just vicious lies...
I will however give you all a description of my goal. You remember that fantastic goal scored by Zlatan from fifty yards out with an overhead kick against England? The goal that had every commentator in raptures? The goal that has been repeatedly downloaded and watched on YouTube? Well, mine was nothing like that.
Hi Jiv... to be fair, this was Babs Whites win if we follow the scores based on 60mins ... 2-1 to Whites. 3-2 to Reds after the 15 mins extra time. Again, i must give all Reds players full credit for digging in against a youthful attacking Whites team.. Tim T and Nick were sensational in keeping the team going, Des, Timmy and Bern held the defence well..Uday (although he turns like robocop) flexed his pecs at the right moments; and great to have CH back (even though it looks like its for 1 game) who defended well despite his injury. Finally, Des.. who will be dreaming of his goal for the rest of the year .... However, hats of to Whites .. they played in great spirit, knowing that some of the players were carrying injuries and refrained from any full challenges; Babs, in particular, played a gentleman's game .. well done to both sets of players.
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.
I guess time is called when there is a general consensus to end the game, not strictly when the hour is up.
Unless Babs objected to playing the 15 minutes of extra time, the score recorded is that when the game ends, even if the game runs past the hour. Increasingly, I am less concerned about last goal being called, as more often than not, no further goals are scored, and the game comes to an end because the person from the office has come out several times to call time, or one or more of the players have to leave.
Hi Jiv. No objections from me, Lynz and the Reds won fair and square. Big congrats to Reds, a real stout defensive effort, each man playing there part in the turn around.
Couldn't fault my Whites, on another day we would have won comfortably by 4 or 5 goals, but just lacked the killer touch that the fine build up play deserved.
Great to see CH back and sorry to hear about the adverse reaction he has had to the game, rest well mate & come back stronger. Glad we were all sensible and cautious with CH, last thing we want is a fellow regular player and friend out injured again. I must say although his touch was naturally a bit rusty to begin with he has lost none of his tackling ability! He was as accurate as an African tribesman's spear!
And to Des who was intimidating on both ends of the pitch and deserved his poachers goal as he was a handful up there. It was like Donkey Kong chasing down the ball against Mario & Luigi, with Donkey Kong the clear winner!
Thanks Lynz for the Beer, fantastically cold, next week is on me!