Several players who don't usually play, or are not regular, on Wednesdays, so I'll suggest line ups after 4 pm tomorrow. I've added a team captain poll. I've included everyone who has played at least 12 games in the current 6 month period and 25 games over the past 3 years, and have not specifically opted out as team captain.
Wednesday games are becoming very high scoring nowadays. Just last week, we recorded almost 20 goals scored in an hour and this week, we had about 17 goals if I didn't recall wrongly. Not sure if it's because of the smaller pitch, quality strike force or the less than ideal defence. Whichever was the reason, the game again provided goals, goals and more goals.
After some discussion with rajiv on the lineups and concurrence from ray, we finally decided on the final lineups.on paper, it seemed like whites were a tad stronger in terms if familiarity of the players. Perhaps familiarity breeds complacency. Or perhaps reds were buoyed by the fact that they had arguably 2 of the best players in their team.
Reds started off the stronger side and enjoyed most of the early possession. The possession turned into goal and took an early lead. Whites, still fresh and full of energy, got back into the game with a well taken equaliser from Wilson after a good nod on by Wilson. They went ahead with a rocket of a shot from Stuart, who was playing his rare Wednesday game.Wilson gain scored with a toe poke in mid air to give whites a healthy 3-1.
The joy was shortlived however, as reds went on a comeback trail to overturn the deficit to make it 4-3. Shell shocked and frustrated, whites started to lose their shape in midfield and defence as they tried to claw back the game. The game stood at 4-3 for a long time.
But like the saying goes, when it rains, it pours. The floodgates opened and all hell broke loose when reds went on a slaughter. Whites had no response and were like lost sheeps. One by one, the goals flowed in and whites were opened up from all over, sliced open like hot knife thru butter. Before they could evenue stop to luck their wound, they already found themselves down 8-4.
Some respite and hope was provided when they mustered another goal to close the gap to 8-5. All that hope diminished as after Stuart, who was in goal, made a bad pass to daniel who said thank you and slotted into an empty net.
The pattern of the game carried on for another 10 min until reds decided to end whites misery and scored the last goals to make the final score 11-6 to reds.