One of my player was tardy so we started 6 on 7. I apologise profusely. It began cautiously with action mainly contained in the middle of the park : closed-quartered dribbling and quick short passes. This continued for roughly 15 minutes.
We opted for a 1-3-1-1 (not sure got such thing) formation. Me at the back, Tim the stopper with Victor/Paul on the left and Ben/Paul on the right. Shawn was deployed as the No.9 with Sean sitting just behind him. I felt this played to our advantage as our players were playing in their natural positions. We kept a low defence line to keep the back compact and deny Reds the luxury of space. Reds mainly advanced through the middle and rarely use their flanks. I asked Tim & Ben to shadow the danger men (Jacko & Marko) and it worked well to starve them of service and penetration (it wasn't pretty but it was effective). Most of the time Reds were searching for ideas trying to play in a very crowded box or quickly get dispossess for Whites to launch swift counter attacks.
Tim is my MOM as he was fearless and effective in his tackles and blocks, read the game well and made my life real easy at the back. Paul still hasn't found his scoring boots (look for it under your bed lah, right inside) but his presence at the Red goal was felt. Victor was always willing to run and covered well, maybe just not used to the pitch and intensity of our game, all in all a fantastic debut. He also scored a good one off the top right corner of the upright. Shawn was always hungry for goals and Sean fed him well, also keeping a few for himself too. Shawn scored a few goals at crazy angles but was guilty of missing quite a few sitters. Ben had much space on the flank and did well in attack. More focus on defence and releasing early balls will go a long way in improving his overall game. I parked myself at my usual spot in front of the keeper and tried my best to not let him break a sweat. I was constantly talking to myself very loudly hoping to keep spirits and confidence high, as well as to remind everyone to keep our shape.
The outcome of games can be influenced in many ways. If a team is playing together, playing with their brains and enjoying the game, it makes football The Beautiful Game we all want to play, week in/week out. Final score 1 to 8 to Whites. Enjoy the rest of the week!
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2015 0:08:11 GMT 8 by Gilbert L