Several newer players and players who haven't played together before much or at all, so I will suggest line ups after 4.30 pm tomorrow. I have included the team captain poll. I have limited it to those who have played at least 10 games in the current quarter and at least 40 games since January 2011.
Whites started well with the Reds a man short and scored quite early on. Reds took a while to settle but managed to get an equalizer from a good team move and shortly after Reds got to full strength. Perhaps it was the late addition that disorganized the Reds because we quickly fell behind conceding a couple of goals (5-1). But Reds didnt' give up and kept trying to get back into the game by nipping a goal from here and there (5-2). But Whites really took the game by the throat and put a couple more well-taken goals as the Reds pushed up to try to get back in the game (7-2). Disheartened but not defeated, Reds managed to score a few to keep in the game (7-4) and although a comeback might have looked likely, Whites exploited the gaps as the Reds pushed forward yet again (9-5). Had a final goal to the Reds (9-6) to call it time as the next booking started to invade our pitch
The goal count might be a bit off, but I think it was 9-6 to the Whites. Nic and Imran standout performers for the Whites, George and Stan for the Reds!
$2 credit to Joel for a first report. $1 credit to each of Imran and Daniel as team captains.
I was there to pay for the block bookings, and to meet several of the newer players I had not met before.
Zak messaged the WhatsApp group chat before the game started to say he was running late, and arrived about 5 minutes after the game started. Whites had the edge before Zak arrived, but they had to rely on a defensive lapse by Reds to take the lead. Reds equalised well through a well taken goal by Arthur from a corner. When Zak arrived, I expected it to be more even, but as I have pointed out before, the initial effect of a late-comer joining the game is usually disruptive to his team, so it wasn't all that surprising when Keith ran from midfield straight through the Reds defence to put Whites 2-1 up.
Reds started to push forward more, but the loss of possession just inside the Whites half with players committed forward saw Whites hit quickly to take a 3-1 lead. Another defensive lapse by Reds go 4-1 up. I was running late by this stage, so I had to leave.
If Whites went 5-1 up, then Reds did well not to lose heart and pull it back to 9-6.
It looks like the time taken to settle down and shaky defence in the first half hour cost Reds the game. As has been pointed out many times before, defence is key in our games.