With quite a handful of players pulling out, the game almost did not materialize. Thankfully we had a 50% Fred and Tim (who initially pulled out) able to confirm their attendance to permit the game to proceed at 7v7.
A warm Sunday afternoon at the Turf City Pitch greeted us as both Whites and Reds were generally on time except for Fred who I guess was still a bit tipsy after a wild Sat night. Whites started with 6 when regulation time kicked off. Unfortunately, Reds were not able to capitalize with the additional man as Whites were keeping themselves tight at the back and midfield (I think they played without a striker in Fred's absence). 5 minutes into the game and White's captain sober turned up and leveled the playing field at 7 a piece.
A well marshaled back line by Wing Kong and strong starts by Rainer and Joshua saw reds taking the opening goal with a nicely worked goal by Joshua (assisted by Rainer). With the first goal, the floodgates started to open as Joshua ran tirelessly in attack and midfield to score another 2 goals to seal his hattrick. Whites were a bit slow to re-organize and their main threat came down their left flank with Cedric making his mesmerizing overlapping runs and Elvin commanding the midfield. After much hardwork and pushing from their vocal defender Kien, whites finally got onto the score sheet to make the score 3-1 at halftime.
Evidently, whites were the fitter team despite a 50% Fred and they were pressing the Reds defence multiple times with midfield maestro Elvin dictating the pace and distribution from the midfield. However, reds played on the break and good interception from Rainer saw Joshua scoring his 4th goal with Harry Kane-like finishing. (The only difference is Joshua is a good 1.5 decades older than Harry Kane)
The second half was all whites as they pressed the reds with lots of possession in midfield. Reds held the waves of whites' attack with some really disciplined defending from the trio of Kong/Yaseen and Augustine. Reds were running out of steam and the waves of attack was soon rewarded. Firstly, Cedric firing from a tight angle on the left flank to halve red's lead, and not soon after, Elvin was permitted time in front of the box and drilled a low powerful drive through the reds defence into the bottom corner. There were many more well placed chances by Cedric who seemed on inspired form but his shots would have found the bottom corner if not for Nazriee's heroics in goal.
A game of 2 halves which ended 4-3 to reds and I'm quite sure if we had gone on for another 5 minutes or so, whites would have gotten their equalizer in no time. Man of the match for me was Joshua for reds and Cedric for whites.
Match ball was either Kien's or Cedric's. (They both own similar ones) Thanks for the afternoon kickabout and sweat guys.
Addendum: I am undecided on which is less desirable: the disappointment of a last minute cancellation or the team carrying an injured player right from the start. I think the GIFFA games do not count for school credit, so players should know the limits of their own bodies, and take time for rest before signing up to play. In other words, if you're immobile and can't run 5 to 10 steps, don't play. You playing injured might hurt other teammates feelings, but worse of all, you could end up hurting your own self even more.
Concur with Rainer unless it's a valid last minute emergency / reason. Nonetheless kien, it's ok lah .... I have never been 100% since my 2 year absence.... Does that mean I can never play in the same team as you ever? For what it's worth, Derian calls me the 20minute man. So that's my disclaimer to all team selectors. Hahahahha
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