Final Score White 4 (Gerrard 1, Paul 2, Shaiful 1) Red 3 (Vini, Alvin & Babs)
The first goals was score by Gerrard after Damian in goal miss punch the ball and the ball hit Gerrard head and into the net. . From there the score stays for quite a while until Paul score when he rose high to beat 2 defenders and headed the ball into the net. Rainer assist was incredible he creates a lot of changes for the white and with his unselfish attitude I always enjoy playing with him. Next Paul become the provider when he square the ball on the left side and I was there to tap in and we score the third goals. Paul really play well either in the right midfield or in goals. In fact he scores the winning goals after Rainer pick him up on the left side and coolly he tap the ball into the net. Playing either in midfield or keeper, Paul really did his job well. He score and he saves many continuous shot from the red. Vini score the goals for red to make the score 2-1 and Alvin as always will always make thing difficult for any defenders and he did score after many tries and cracking shot from Babs from outside the d-box and all we can do is to watch the ball landed on the left side of the post. The red team spirit was awesome with Babs positive altitude, he always encourage the red teams not to give up and doing his job well in midfield shadowing Darren everywhere and linking well with Cedric which always creating problem for white back 3. Kien will always cover me and we really have that chemistry playing together covering me when I did the overlap, But the man of the moment will be white captain Paul, he really deserve the arm band. For me he is most consistent player in Giffas.
I agree MOTM was Paul, best moment of the match was Rainer's cross for Paul's header was a great cross. Reds never gave up and we kept coming back, but overall white had better shape and positional discipline. When Reds were on top, whites had all their players back in their slots to block quite a number of shots. Reds experiment with 2 at the back did not work, and it was a good thing we went back to the usual 3-3-1 formation. I switched off for a split second for two goals conceded. Was good movement by Paul and Shaiful but it also showed my weaknesses in defence. Overall, a great workout though. Jiv - ball credit, please. Thanks.
game was played in good spirit and v enjoyable. my moment of the match was when whites scored the winner. with reds having just levelled the game, the pressure was on whites to not let the game slip out of their hand. the momentum was with reds after Babs stunning goal. But when Paul tucked it away for 4:3, Babs back was finally broken and i saw him kneeling down with tears in his eyes. white's mission was complete
Ha ha Kien don't give him any more ideas, Jiv loves a new rule!
It's been a few months since I last played the Sunday game & it was good to see some of the old regulars there as well as a few new talented lads. Lovely spirit and vibe to the Sunday game summed up when I asked for change for $5 note for drinks machine and 3 seperate players gave me money.....how nice!
The game itself was frustrating for Reds who found various White goalkeepers in inspired form whereas their attack was ruthlessly clinical when presented with chances! Paul leaps like a salmon and the first 3 goals for White were all from set-pieces. Reds fought hard to come back from 2-0 to 2-1 and 3-1 to 3-3 but never led and were undone by a great run from Rainer who unselfishly squared for either Gerrard or Paul to tap in. Reds struggled with 4 in midfield as some players couldn't hold disciplined positions and Darren was running/dictating the game in centre mid for first 10-15 mins. Once we switched to a traditional 3 man mid I stayed close to Darren to neutralise the supply coming into him from the back, he's a very classy player I must say!
Lot's of good performances from both sides but my MOM was Shaiful, solid in defence, in the tackle and composed bringing the ball out and distributing to the midfield & front men, rarely lost possession or misplaced a pass, contributed with attacking play and even grabbed a well finished goal after escaping Ced's marking from a set piece.