Keeping Sean and his 4 friends (who are all relatively very new) together, I suggest:
Kelvin has declined to be captain, John hasn't been playing regularly, and Tan Wee hasn't played at Khalsa before, so it leaves us with one of Steven, Kah Boon, Joel or Jeremiah as captain for Team 1. Of the 4, Steven has played the most number of games in total (20), so he can be captain.
Was rather disappointing to be playing a 6-a-side instead of a 7 but the game still went on pretty much without any further hitches.
Whites started well with more intensity, passing and organizing well. While the Reds were still adapting to the formation, Whites drew the first blood and scored 2 well-taken goals. But Reds were not about to lie down and soon equalized. It was a bit of a see-saw after that, both teams scoring to bring the scores up to 4-4.
From here, the Reds started to exploit the gaps in the defence, running on to through balls and scoring at will. Whites still had some fight in them and some lethal finishing brought them back in with a shout at 9-6.
We called last 3 goals from that point and 2 more goals from White brought them to the brink of a draw. But it was no avail as the Reds romped on to score the final goal, bringing the score to 10-8 to the Reds.
While it might seem like there's not much difference between a 6 on 6 versus a 7 on 7 - I think it makes a very big difference.
The 6 on 6 setting is less forgiving to mistakes. You have to make a choice to either play 3 at the back and 2 up front, or 2 at back and 3 upfront - either way, positionally, players need to be very disciplined and yes fit enough to be fluid to interchange and cover players when they move out of position. A lot of interchanging takes place - especially when one moves out, another has to cover. Fitness therefore plays a part too. Familiarity as well.
In this aspect, I think Reds had a bit of an edge - we had fitter players, and better familiarity.
Take nothing away from Whites who kept on pushing and trying. Half of Reds' goals were scored on the counter.