Several newer or less regular players, or players who are not regular on Sunday, so I will suggest line ups after noon tomorrow. I have added a team captain poll. I have everyone who has played at least 12 games in the current 6 month period and 40 games over the past 3 years.
Christian was ok with the suggested line ups, but Damian had concerns. Rainer requested white. To accommodate Damian's concerns, how about:
Whites: Andrew, Peminder, Damian, Paul T, Rainer, Dev, Christian, Jake Reds: Brendan, Calvin, Nazriee, Danny, Elvin, Adrian, CH, Jason
As discussed on the WhatsApp group chat, Jake is keen to play the back-pass rule, that is, the goalkeeper cannot handle if it is played back to him by a team mate, as they did at the game yesterday, (as agreed between himself and CH as team selectors).
Rainer has reminded me a couple of times on the WhatsApp group chat that he is NAATS (but not NAATSC) for today, so Jake can offer to take over as captain (if Rainer agrees) and agree with Elvin to apply the back-pass rule.
Everyone, please be early.
After the game, please post reports and comments on the game below.
Whites slotted in the first goal with a nice strike from jake just outside the box into the corner of the goal. This started some relentless attacking and counter attacking from Christian, Rainer, jake and myself. It was tough trying to break through the red defense but we managed to put in one more goal making it 2-0.
Reds got organized and responded with a flurry of goals after and put in 2 in quick succession making it 2-2.
Back and forth attacking and defending for a good 10 minutes and tragedy struck the whites when Damien and brendon clashed during one of reds attacks and Damien got injured due to a knock sustained to his thigh. He hobbled into goal but we soon realised that he could not continue as he could barely move and let in a soft goal. So whites had to play with a man down.
3-2 to reds and the whites had to defend with every man back past the half way line.
I think from this point reds put in one more goal to make it 4-2 and whites thought it was over. However we pushed on and leveled the game 4-4 through some fantastic running from Christian, Rainer and jake. Reds failed to capitalize on their man advantage and put more goals in.
One counter attack and whites scored again makin. It 5-4 and than Elvin with his crazy runs from half way and put in 2 goals from powerful shots from outside the box. 1 or 2 goals were not allowed because he had shot from beyond the penalty spot as we decided that because we were a man down it would have been fairer.
6-5 it was and a penalty was given to the whites for Danny handling the ball pretty close to the box but was nicely saved by nazrie.
After a mistake by reds while attacking, whites managed to level the game again at 6-6 and time was called shortly after.
Great game full of running and conviction from both sides. Kudos to the whites for their valiant effort even with a man down.