Yilong has played before, on 9 July 2013, introduced through Benny. And he is registered and approved.
Yilong is not a common name, so I thought it might be the same player, even though Stan and Kelvin didn't provide me with his mobile number. So I contacted the Yilong I know directly, and he confirmed he is the friend of Stan and Kelvin playing tonight.
REDS: Zakaria, Sean Luo, Derian, Delon, Soon Leong, Yaseen, Wilson WHITES: Stan D Man, Wayne, Martin, YiLong, Kelvin Au, Andrew B, Gow
Although the match started 6 (whites) v 7 (reds), Whites were up 1 or 2 goals. That set the tone for the rest of the game. Playing together at their 11-a-side Saturday games, Wayne, Martin and Yilong combined well with lots of one-twos and off the ball running. At a certain point, the score was 4-2, Yassen pulling 2 goals back. From there, the whites pulled away to take a 11-4 lead, with all the players contributing to the score. The whites dropped 2 gears and allowed the reds to score a couple of consolation goals (Derian and Zak). I stopped keeping score at 11-4 and i think the game ended 18-6. This was aided by some bad goalkeeping by me, apologies to my team for that (I was keeper for not too long but recall conceding at least 6 goals).
To say the match was imbalanced is an understatement. There were some positives though, I appreciated the whites display of good team work, industrious off the ball running, nippy footwork and clinical finishing. I decided to write the report for the $2 to lessen the pain.
Thanks kelvin for your honest opinion. Despite being injured you still played well. Yesterday's line up was totally lop sided. It was no contest at all honestly. Whites were way too strong for reds to even give a fight as a team. At some point due to the huge deficit, morale was also low from reds. 1 thing about football is respect. You respect your team mates and also your opponent. I know a player is skilful and all. However, if you showboat, do fancy tricks and flicks when there are simpler option and also when your team is leading by 8,9 goals, then that is very very disrespectful. You just want to humiliate your opponents further. No need to do all this especially when you know its already a big gap in the scoreline. This are the kind of actions that can rile people and invite real nasty challenges. Then is spoils the already tense situation of the game there. I dont know who would agree and not agree with me but that is my perspective. Cheers.
When the group of friends include good new players, it is even harder for the other team. If you are familiar with the group of friends, you can try to organize your team to counter their strengths. If you don't know their strengths and weaknesses, there is a greater chance they will tear your team apart.
For last night, we could actually have had 8 v 7, as William Y was on waitlist, but I guess no one was to know how one sided it would end up. Also, I think last night's game might not have been so bad if Reds had taken up a very defensive formation, but perhaps they didn't have the players for that.
If a group of friends want to stick together no matter what and don't want to switch to make the game more even, and the game is very one sided, I suggest one of the other players from their team switch over to make 6 v 8 at least until the team with 8 take the lead. The team with 8 may feel embarrassed to play with 2 extra players, but even under 11-a-side rules, a game is only abandoned if a team is reduced to 6 players, so you could have 11 v 7. 6 v 8 is much fairer by comparison, and would only arise in our games because one group of players is not mature enough (or perhaps not familiar enough with our games)to split themselves up between the two teams. The "adults" in "Generic Indoor Football for Adults" is not meaningless.
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