Game started with Reds down by 1 player, but with Sufian in their team, it almost felt like 7v7. Reds scored the first goal after a good team move. From there on, it was a scrappy affair, Whites just couldn't get into the rhythm and didnt create many clear cut chances throughout the match. Fortunately, Jamie had a good game ( his usual non-stop running) and was rewarded with 2 well taken goals. In the end, Reds took the game 7-4.
Sufian (what's new) and Reis were the standout players for the reds. Jamie and Neil for the Whites.
Something to mention: Boon played striker for the first time, though I must say he didn't quite get the support needed.
Another setup tonight with some fairly new faces. But it was really different from last Monday - the mad screaming Chinaman did not turn up, it was quiet. The spotlights turned to Sufian who practically bossed the game for the Reds. He was the Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez rolled into one and the only way to play him is to handcuff him to the posts. But enough about my bondage fantasies..
Whites found it difficult to penetrate the solid Red defence and was time and again brushed off when someone tries to make a move. Fortunately there were glimpses of brilliance by Tim, Jamie and Keith that resulted in goals. But their hard work was too easily given back by poor mistakes by the Whites. On the other end, Jon held the back well while Jeff and Sufian directed play by using the quick Reis, the strong Melvin and the improving Ben. Red were so fierce in their attacks Tim had to take 5 to rest a pulled hamstring. We suspect position 7 The Indian Handstand was a bit challenging and advised him to try it only after the game.
Overall, I felt Reds were coasting in 3 gear and could have won by a big margin. Whites fought hard and with their sheer determination kept them in the game. A night of magic sprays, ball dancing and quiet lungs. 6 - 4 to Reds
I was determined to earn the $2 but heck I am third in the line with report well represented by the whites. A game that wasn't played at a frantic pace but was pretty absorbing. Perhaps because of the humidity and a hot afternoon sun earlier in the day heating up the ground. Reds was disciplined in their position making it easy for either sufian and myself to pick lose balls and start a counter. Reis was the outstanding player on the left wing-back position for the reds and basically attacked and covered defensively very well, resulting in his hat-trick.
Melvin and Ben combined pretty well with one significant lapse which resulted in Jamie's goal but over 60 mins or so, they played very well on the right and kept boon to make shots from out of the box. Glenn didn't try to do so much and kept it simple and pulled off one of his better games, keeping and probing the defense and was unlucky with a couple of shots but made damn sure the last goal went in.
With the end of the October 2013 to March 2014 season, ....
Gilbert L could have finished top and won the $50 credit had his selection won last night (Monday) at East Coast. However, they lost 4-6 to Jeff Salleh's selection, which saw Jeff climb to fourth, and Gilbert slip to tenth. ....