Post by Jeff Salleh on Sept 9, 2014 10:51:32 GMT 8
The line up for the teams looked balanced but my experience playing at Giffa is that it doesn't matter whose name is in the team but who showed up and wanted to play and hungry enough to have go. Yesterday's game was won by the Reds with the final score 11-3.
Both team set up with the now famous 2-3-1 formation, with reds not having a fixed target man. It was a cautious start and after about 10 mins, Reds opened the scoring from a corner with a header. Reds then continued to add another goal. Reds dropped a gear and perhaps suddenly lost their positional discipline and whites came storming back to equalize at 2-2 and then led at 3-2. Stares were thrown to Ben for the first two goals as he was doing a pose for a magazine cover for the first goal and not using his hands for the second (He did make amends by hitting a couple of goals back at the other end).
At 3-2 down, Reds moved Alex (who got his hat-trick) up top and did a bit of reshuffling. It worked like a charm and restored normal programming. Reds were hitting the goals and were unfortunate to miss a few as well. Whites had their chances but wasteful finishing and quick Reds defense recovery denied the Whites further goals for the night. Whites weren't in the game anymore at certain stage with Jacko (my man of the match) running the midfielders to the ground with his tireless running and close ball control.
Credit to the Reds for holding the positional discipline and keeping it simple (MOST OF THE TIME) and trying their best. Finally got my win @ this pitch and apologies for the outburst as it put a blemish on the game last night.
I think everyone in Reds had a great game, except maybe Ben in the first 15mins after conceding the 2 soft goals. However, he soon redeemed himself with runs up & down the right and ended the night with a goal himself.
Jeff was ,as usual, towering and strong in the middle for the Reds. Together with Tim and Jensen, the trio kept the spaces really tight for the Whites to come down the middle, forcing them wide and putting in crosses and long balls which were easily dealt with.
Alex and Glen shared (i think it was 7 goals?) between them. Alex showing his striker's instincts, taking every slightest goal scoring chances and making them count. Glen made a couple of good runs with the ball into the opposition box and clinical with his finishes.
Generally, I feel if everyone takes control and be confident in their assigned positions, push up the attacking and trackback the defending as one unit, keep the defensive line and center midfield tight, the game is yours to lose. Reds showed that yesterday. Afterall, soccer is not a one man's ballgame.
There were a few long shot goals but Kelvin(Whites) rocket from way outside the right corner of the box gets my vote. But still, best goal goes to Jeff for his well guided header goal from a corner.
No Jacko in the scoresheet but I am more than happy providing the assists.