2nd game in recent time for me which proved to be a tale of 2 halves.
Reds went on the offensive right from the word "GO". Marcus opened the scoring with a shot from the right that found the bottom left of the goal. Within 3 mins, an equalizer - a throw out from keeper, one touch by Ray and scored by Delon. That was as much of a contest that whites mustered in the first half. Reds went rampant and kept on scoring to make the score 6-1. Unfamiliarity of team members' position and play led to Whites losing the possession of the ball at dangerous places, or uncovered gaps left Whites to be punished by Reds.
At the same time, Whites missed open goal opportunities, hitting the posts, etc, which felt like one of those nights that nothing will go in despite how hard a team tried. A deflected goal by Whites put them on a path of recovery. Whites pressed hard and took chances with frequent foray to attack and scoring goals. Reds replied with another 3 but in general got nervy and too defensive that they didn't even exploit the center midfield gaps that were there most of the time. With the fightback, the score was 9-9. Last goal was called just before the time was up. A good No 9-esque play by dylon, which he did all night, setup Jacko who stabbed the last goal to make it 10-9, completing the comeback.
I attributed the Reds breakaway to the familiarity of the pitch/game and understanding of team mates play. While man for man it looks equal on paper, the advantage of knowing how to play at the pitch, knowing the opponents strengths and weakness and familiarity with team mates play contributed to a significant advantage to any team.
Credit to Whites to continue clawing in or we would have seen a cricket scoreline for the night.
p.s. there were talks on the street of a draw, white lost though - but hey they were talks
Controversial night when it came to keeping the score. Reds counted 10 goals scored while whites struggling to make 9. I think both Capts closed the controversy by calling it 9-9. Obviously whites got the better end of that bargain w much lobbying.