Whites: Keith, Kelvin Ho, Chern Yang, Sean, Marcus T, Derian, Imran Reds: Gow, Jeff, Melvin, Kelvin Au, Joel, Tim C, Kien
Derian came in for Eam. As Derian had just done his lasik, selectors left the teams unchanged.
Whites started positively, took the lead with an early goal from Sean.
This was followed by a spirited come back, Reds scoring a quick fire double, goals from Kelvin Au (i think) and Joel.
The next 10 minutes or so was a tight affair with both sides cancelling out each other.
Whites settled into the game, maintained their 2-3-1 formation, started scoring and didn't look back from there on.
Game ended 7-2.
Whites defense was well marshalled by Keith and his partner Chern Yang (who played in goal from the 30th min due to a strain on his hamstring)/ later, Kelvin Ho.
Kelvin Ho scored a screamer of a "ton-jo" after well intercepting a pass to Tim. His delight was hard to conceal.
Derian had a good, no, great MOM performance (so he claims, and on this occasion, true) scoring 3 or 4 goals.
His interplay with Imran was telepathic on the night as the 2 combined well, with devastating effect.
Imran, contender for MOM, assisted 4 or 5 of the Reds goals, pressured well up front and made himself available in good positions.
Marcus made himself useful upfront and held up play well, and was rewarded with one goal.
The game was not all one sided as the Whites had their chances.
Kelvin Au unfortunately spurned a couple of chances, which might have brought the Whites back into the game. Melvin, as always, was energetic in midfield, and was unlucky not to score with one of his trademark drives from midfield.
Joel allowed his competitive side to get the better of him as he slided in on a challenge. He later apologized to the Whites in good spirit at the end of the game.
On hindsight, Derian's direct swap for Eam tipped the line-ups to the White's favour.
I thought the game was way closer than what the scoreline reflected. On a night where two teams were trading punches, the team that managed to endure the distance eventually ran away with the game. The game was at 2-2 for a pretty damn long time until Chien ming aka Kelvin Ho gave whites a 3-2 lead. And it took some really slick display of interchange of passes between Imran and me that really opened the game up. I thought some of the one twos between me n Imran was pretty exquisite. It was as if we've been playing together for years. If reds had been a little more clinical up front, I think the whole complexion of the game might just have changed. You know how goals can boost the scoring team and deflate the conceding team and I think this was the case in point for the game. When the score was still nicely balanced at 4-2, a few glorious chances fell to reds, but they just failed to convert those chances. I remember one which kelvin au only had the keeper to beat after an cute defence splitting pass from Melvin which went behind the whites defence. However it was not to be, and was eventually, a night to forget for reds. For the record, I think the interval training that I had for my army remedial training gave me a much needed stamina boost, nothing to do with the lasik. Now my calves hurt aching and my shoulders as well. Time for a good week rest. See you guys again next week.
Yeah..taking defeats are never easy, at whichever level of football you play at. Must suck being England or Spain (champions of past 3 international tournaments?!).
And that's why I applaud the actions of Joel who apologised after the game. It takes a real man to apologise, especially so after a defeat. Good on him.
I second what Derian said about how a converted chance or two can mean the difference between an inflated or a deflated morale. It's hard to come back once the team goes down by more than 2 goals after missing couple of chances on their end too. Having said that, I'm not pining the blame on either of my team mates. I personally had a horrid game too. Must be the from the late nights of watching the World Cup.