Our first game at Kallang turns out to be quite a disappointment.
Reviews after the game:
1) Poor pitch, weird sizing, too long and narrow ( easy for the defenders as strikers don't have much space to run) 2) No drinks 3) No toilets 4) No parking ( Have to park opposite at the the Leisure Park open space carpark) 5) Location not easy to find ( since it's our first game) 6) Too many metal poles by the side, which might make it dangerous 7) No proper resting area for our after game chat 8) Though it was a covered pitch, the pitch was soaking wet
Back to the game -
Reds: Rai, Keith, Jacko (c), Francis Lau, Francis Ng, Mathieu, Jason 6 Whites: Daniel T (c), Jeremiah, Sean Luo, Marcus, Derian, Zak, Andy Ng
Whites opted for a weird 2-2-2 formation while Reds stick to their winning 2-3-1.
Getting used to the new pitch, both sides started cautiously. Whites drew first blood when a kick-in from Sean got the slightest of touch from Derian and ended up at the back of the net.
That woke the Reds up and Reds went on the put some nice team moves together and scored 4 unanswered goals. Jacko, Mathieu, Francis getting their goals. Whites rallied abit and reduced the deficit through Daniel to bring the score to 4-2.
Jacko and Jeremiah got one goal each to put the game at 5-3, before the Reds pull away to win the game at 9-6.
Marcus, Andy and Jason all getting in the mix of goals.
Whites captain Daniel had a quiet game as he was thinking of going home to shit all the time, while Derian was in no mood for the game after seeing the pitch.
I would put it down to poor Whites team defending which costs them the game, largely due to their weird formation and players not tracking back.
On the Reds side, both Jacko and Francis Lau had a good game with the 3 debutants Francis Ng, Matheiu and Jason having decent game. Rai, as usual, was a rock in the defence.
All in all, a good game on a less than ideal pitch.
Sean's new ball was used in the game, Pretty good buy I must say.
P.S.: Pls bring back the Wednesday Khalsa game. We don't mind paying a little more to play there, all the regulars will agree with me.
..., we played to the sidelines. Corner kicks were almost impossible to take.
Can't have been any worse than at East Coast right? By the way, would it have been better to play off the side netting, so the game is more similar to that at East Coast?
If you ask me, on a personal preferences, I'll prefer playing to the line. Lesser risk of injuries and player will be more careful with ball control. Anyhow, as Keith mentioned in the earlier post, there are metal pillars along the sides so can be quite dangerous to play off the net.
Oh ya, and the roof. Not a flat level barrier, no nettings. It is constructed like a rounded shelter above our heads with curved metal beams. Spotlights were hanging and we can iterally whack it off with the ball.
I think taking kick ins and corners at this pitch are worse than east coast, cuz pitch is narrower by quite a bit. The pitch dimensions quite senseless. Only can run straight.
I think the proficiency level of players playing on this new pitch needs to be pretty good .. one less than decent touch and either the ball goes out play or get given to the opposition. Similar to playing 5 aside at ECP (taking away the other players further up/down the pitch outside the immediate action zone) but now you have 14 players in the same narrow pitch instead of 10 which further restrict your margin for error.
The only upside is it's "sheltered" .. but i am already cringing on the thought of walking thro the muddy pathway leading to the pitch from the main entrance ... . Hopefully they will upgrade the surrounding area over time.
The pitch at SBSA @ Kallang is actually very similar in size to the big pitch at East Coast, where we also played 7-a-side. Both are the size of tennis courts. The real difference is that because we were playing off the side fencing/padding at East Coast, it gave the feeling of being wider.
We can consider playing off the side netting at SBSA @ Kallang too.
There are two paths from the container office to the pitch. One is towards the open softball playing areas, and is muddy. The other is along the perimeter fence. That is not muddy.