A rather weird Sun game reduced to 7-a-side.....Thanks to Simon for sacrificing his place so that we could play 7 vs 7...though on hindset it may perhaps have been good to have a 7 v 8 match.
Pre-match, when I arrived at Turf City, there was a lot of talk about the teams being way uneven. I spoke with CH and Andrew and also to the Red team and we agreed that if it became evident that the match was lopsided we would swop some players. However, the need for that did not even arise and Leo was 5 mins late and so we "loaned" our central mid Manish to the White side and started 7 vs 6 with the goal only to be scored within the box for the Red goal. After Leo arrived, Whites "reneged" on their agreement for the temporary transfer of Manish (just jk here and wanted to keep him on their side so Reds agreed to take on Leo instead. Game On!
Reds had their first goal disallowed due to the fact that Red had called a ball that had ricocheted off the goal post on to the ceiling out which Whites contested and then play just continued leading to the first goal at Whites end. H/w Reds constant running into space with the space accorded by a 7 a side caused all kinds of problems for Whites. Aaron with his darting runs, Leo playing wing back running up from def and debutant Chris Wan having a good game with good ball control and confidence created many goals. Elvin duly obliged with a couple of nice goals, the first a very narrow angled shot taken with a few defenders blocking his path while Paul now famous for his surges down the right wing, did it again and ended up with a shot ala Jagielka for Everton vs Pool into the top left roof of the net. Reds rampaged to a 6-0 lead.
Whites tried their best to regroup h/w the hot afternoon coupled with having to run more for a 7 a side game made it very challenging but kudos to some players who kept on trying and Andrew seeing an opportunity darted in from a defensive error and scored! 6-1! By this time, both sides had players just walking or strolling as everyone was tired out. Some ball watching led to the White 2nd goal to make it 6-2! Manish was left alone and managed to dribble 3 players before conceding the ball to Shaiful (goalie) who had his whole body sprawled across any shooting lanes!
Reds scored 2 more goals to close the game 8-2 and everyone was glad to leave the pitch. To be fair, I think the Reds did have the stronger team and more strikers and also the one unknown turned out to be a relatively skillful player as well.