It's been a while since I feel so happy writing a match report so please bear with me if I'm sounding overly elated because I am.
The team selection was pretty straightforward this time round with sean making only 1 change to derian's proposal.
Game started a little late as well cos we were waiting for Alex to arrive. From first look, the teams looked pretty evenly matched on paper with reds looking a little more balanced of the two.
Whites started the ball rolling and went on the early offensive but didn't find much loose change from the reds defence of Kien and Augustine. Reds threatened white's goal with some nice interplay between Daniel and Andy Maradona. Against the run of play however, Rainer pounced on some very laxed defending from Kien and easily put the ball past nice in the 1 v 1.
Daniel and Andy Maradona started some nice moves down the left and finally reaped the rewards of their industry with a nicely taken goal from Andy. The game then went on a see saw with Rainer getting more goals on whites end and Daniel finishing off a nice cross with a trademark crisp volley with his side foot.
Rainer was being a real nuisance against the reds defence with his pace and intelligent runs, grabbing all of white's first 3 goals. Not to be outdone, derian started the first of his goals after a nice turn and shot off his left boot that left Marcus rooted.
At 4-2, reds looked to be in a comfortable lead. But as the saying goes, what goes up must come down. Just like on a see saw...unless if you have Marcus or sean sitting on the opposite end! I've digressed...so back to the game. Whites staged a miraculous 2nd wind fightback with sean orchestrating all the moves from the left of midfield. This all coincided with Kelvin getting injured very early in the game and had to play in goal for most of the game. It seems that their tactic to put sean to mark derian and Gow to mark Daniel was working, coming from a 2 goal deficit to make make it 4-4 and it was inevitable when Delon(this week no bball), turned it up a notch and started firing in the goals and grabbing the far corner tap ins. Whites took the lead again for the 2nd time in the game to make it 5-4. The score stayed that way for the longest time with some potshots from reds and one especially good turn and shot from Andy that missed the mark by inches. ThAt was when the real game started.
Reds started the fightback,making it 5-5. Kelvin put in a good shift in goal with 2 nice saves, one memorably from sean when his shot seemed to be headed for the top right corner. At that point reds seemed to be on the ascendency, but whites put a needle into the dream bubble of reds by taking the lead yet again, courtesy of the basketball player. Sean called for last 2 goals and it was really just hit and hope with two teams tiring.
A hopeful ball from Andy M to derian left him with a tight angle against Gow in goal. From out of nowhere, Gow was left clutching for thin air after he went to ground and from the only angle available, derian slotted home with his weaker foot to tie the score again. Reds could smell blood and from the last corner, Augustine took a quick one to derian who yet again took another nice touch, with his second touch sending the ball into the bottom right corner for his 4th goal. This brought the exciting game to an end with reds winning the see saw battle 7-6. What a comeback!
Derian provided match ball and man of the match display.
For the first goal Reds conceded, as Daniel and I were discussing, it was because I stepped up to try and prevent Andy from taking a quick side-in, and he ended up finding Rainer who wasn't closed down as quickly by Augustine and the goal was scored. More like a play that didn't end up working rather than a lax effort.
For Derian's magical 2nd-to-last goal, it was a result of a timely interception by Daniel, who found me, who then passed it forward to Derian. The rest, along with the Cryuff turn and tight-angle finish, is history.
For the oft-unsung players, I thought Augustine's refusal to give up at the very last play deserves special mention. So easily the high ball could have been left to go out of play but he plucked it out of the air, controlled it, sidestepped a little before laying it on for Derian to win it all.