Charpin is one team selector with 4 votes. 3-way tie between Calvin, Elvin and Paul for the second team selector with 3 votes each, but Calvin gets in ahead of Elvin and Paul having played more games in the current 6 month period (37 games to 34 for Paul and 21 for Elvin.
Line ups to follow.
As posted by Calvin on the WhatsApp group chat at 2.46 pm:
Whooowhee....what a match! When I first saw the lineups my first reaction was OMG! Being a defender, when I saw Brendan, Elvin, Darren, Josh, Paul, Charp and KB, I knew that we were in for a really tough match. While it was sorta a foregone conclusion that Reds would win, it was more a matter of how Whites would go down...and go down fighting we did!! As I said to Calvin when discussing swaps before the match, just forget it and FIGHT TO THE END!!
We started 7-8 as Tinghan was slightly late and Whites were very defensive. Reds did not take advantage of their firepower early on and allowed Whites to settle. After Tinghan came on, we reverted to normal rules and this was when things got interesting.
Sure enough, Elvin (usual suspect) opened accounts by getting past Kong and shooting a low shot into the bottom right corner of the Whites goal which left Calvin (goalie) rooted to the spot. However, instead of allowing this to be the start of a torrent of goals against the Whites, we marshaled well in both Def and the Mid with Kong, Kien and myself holding the last line while Tinghan, Jon and Manish held the mid with Ziliang holding up as striker.
Whites equalised at 1-1 and things were starting to look good for us, I entertained the thought that perhaps this could be one of the games where the underdogs could possibly pull off an upset!! But then Disaster struck, both Manish and Ziliang (our top 2 ball players/holders) picked up injuries consecutively in quick succession which had both of them contesting to take the goalie position. In the end, Ziliang (our main striker) ended up in goal while Manish bravely continued playing up front though hardly mobile.
Reds then capitalized on this and scored one more through Joshua who made a strong rampaging run through the center, shrugged off Kong and slotted past Ziliang in goal. This was the turning point of the game, Whites could easily have at this stage collapsed and lost 10-1 since we had 2 players down and facing a very strong Red team but instead, Whites never lost heart. Galvanised by this turn of fortunes, they instead reacted by tightening up play in defence and mid with Tinghan and Jon chasing everyone in the middle, while at the back, we focused on not taking any chances by clearing all the balls to the front and lobbing long balls up instead of passing up from defence. Though this annoyed some of our front players as the long ball strategy was inevitably cut out quickly by Reds, we managed to prevent them from scoring silly (defensive error) goals.
Amazingly, Whites were able to hold on for about 30 mins of torrents and waves of Red attack with their players freed up. We had Paul coming forward and thrusting his "chest" into the fray and Kah Boon then doubled up on the left flank with Brendan and Darren and Charpin making his own runs down and attacking. I think I can say with the exception of their solitary defender Danny, every single Red player had a foray into the White penalty box........and still we held on...looking for the elusive equaliser with the game stuck at 2-1 to the Reds...
The equaliser came with much controversy as Kien somehow managed to get tangled up with Charpin who was goalie at Reds goal mouth and the clash ended up with the ball falling loose into Reds goal! 2-2!!!!!...........NOT......Charpin hotly contested that he was fouled and man-handled by Kien which was why he dropped the ball and the goal was disallowed. Back to 2-1.
By this time it was close to 6pm already and we agreed to play the last ball. By this time, Whites relentless defence was tiring after their superlative efforts and a mazy dribble by unmarked Darren saw Whites go up 3-1. We played for a bit after that but both sides were knackered by then and we ended the game.
Whites trooped off the pitch with their heads held high as this was one defeat which did not feel like a defeat
Kudos to the Khalsa guys Tinghan,KB and Ziliang who brought much credibility to the "more relaxed" reputation of the Khalsa games and showed that they could take on the best on the Sun games