The pitch was slightly damp, one set of lights was not turned on and the padding around the fence were falling apart. None of this dampened the spirit of the game. No one wanted to stop, even after 90 minutes
It was stalemate for at least 20 minutes after the start, both sides having difficulty in breaking down the solid defences put up at either end. Whites were struggling a bit without striker up front and Reds were very wasteful and unlucky to time and again finding the posts. Then Ben had an inspiration and Reds came alive, with fantastic passing, dribbling an shooting. Glenn and Song tortured Whites with great movement and Dave did well in distributing the ball from the middle . Clarence and Ben from either side provided waves of crosses which tested the goalie, which was equal to the task, else it would have been more goals. Whites held the ball well but was often stuck in the middle or at the wings waiting for some creativity. But too often, they had to deal with Jeff and myself, who saw the dangers and was just one step ahead. I thought Andrew and Rai had a great controlling game and Ryan and Eric were full of running. Where was Tim? Did he play? (sorry, couldn't resist )
There were plenty of goals, but I think Reds had more than Whites. Sorry Boon.
I purposely requested to be in red when rai suggested the line-up and boon wasn't in my team.. ha ha.
The goals were difficult to come at the start and at the end. Officially according to Rai's watch it was 1h 37mins , so we played 7 mins "injury time" without any half time break
Whites had a spiderman of a keeper that kept out a lot of the goals and some really wasteful finishing (me included). Totally agree with Bert that whites had a lot of control in the middle with Rai and Andrew but most of the time managed to be snuffed by Bert, Song and myself with a bit more experience thwarting the attacks. A few goal creeped in might be due to the slippery ball for the whites goals.
Had a good workout which hopefully last me for two weeks of soccer. See you guys in two weeks.
I have been mentioned for all the wrong reasons....sigh...the next time I will wear a red underwear with my white strip.
time to have a kit kat
Don't take it to hard Boon. I think we did ok and would have been closer if we had taken some of our chances in front of goal. It was always going to be hard against 2 of our best defenders. Despite having a handle in the middle of the park, we were pretty much clueless up front and at the back. Andrew B and myself did not have much options to relay the ball to and when we did, the ball was given away cheaply back to the Reds. If not for Eric and Jerold (who was simply awesome in goal), the scoreline would have been much bigger!!
I thought Ben had a good game, making those well time runs into space down the right (still need to work on the finishing thou). For players with "no so good touches/control/pace", they would be more effective running into empty spaces in around them instead of asking for the ball to be play to them and then trying to outrun or out dribble the opponents down the flanks. I think this was what happened a lot to the White last night - Players "hugging" the sidelines and end up giving the ball away too often.
Finally able to associate the word "consistency" with Glenn F who had another "efficient & effective" game. Keep it up Glenn!!
Plenty of goals, action and full 97 mins of workout ... nothing much else to complain!