David arrived late so Whites started with 6. Reds capitalised on the one man advantage and quickly slotted in 3 goals. Whites pulled one back when David arrived.
Whites had a hard time gelling as a team as the players were not familiar with each other. So it was through some individual skills, the occasional slack defending of the Reds and some decent passes into the Reds penalty area that Whites managed to put a couple of balls into the net. Some White players like myself were trying to get used to David's one touch passing that was so quick that we could not anticipate.
On the contrary Red was on fire as a co-ordinated outfit (all are regular East Coast players) and with Glenn in scoring form the end result was a high scoring match of 14-9 in favour of Reds. All the Reds players had a field day taking shots at Whites goal.
Nonetheless it was still an enjoyable game and a great workout.
PS - The lights were still not working well at one end of the field so we switched sides at half time. Think we should get a discount for playing in such crap conditions.
Before the start of the session, Gilbert and myself were joking about how most of us would be having a hangover from watching the WC Final earlier in the morning. Turned out the Finals seem to do otherwise for some.
A different Glenn F turned up last night, completely opposite to the one we were so used to - dancing in circle with the ball without any purpose, getting "pushed around" by the bigger defenders, disappearing as the game progressed / tired out midway into the game. The one last night was always on the move into open space, linking well with the supporting players, calling for passes to be made to him and sprinting away with the ball towards goal as soon as it reaches his feet. For once, its the opposite defenders that wished he "disappeared". Glenn was pretty unplayable last night and he was duly rewarded with bulk of our goals. Hope you can show this on a more consistent basis Glenn cos you definitely has what it takes (2 thumbs up)
Another performer for Reds I thought was Tim. He was solid all night at CB that Gilbert was nudged out of his usual defensive role and had to play upfront (which I am sure he will not be complaining much). Disciplined, precise tackling, good command of the right & left back & showed his range of passing from the back.
Debutant Matt also produced a few breathtaking "Tim Howard" saves to deny Reds from pulling further away and he was pretty good outfield too. Please join us more often Matt.
And Neil finally broke his goal drought .. you can see the relief on his face when the ball went into the net.
A good night of football .. especially when the game was almost not happening. Cheers all!