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Late Winner

Thu 13 November 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

It was an exciting game last night at The Cage – if I’m not mistaken, it’s the first time that the team trailing throughout the game won with the last goal of the game.

We lined up as follows:

  • Whites: Gilbert, Bobby, Philipp, Andy P, Yuchi
  • Reds: Dirk, Ian, Shankar, me, Sam

Whites took a 2-0 lead and extended it to 4-1 in the first quarter.  Three of Whites four goals came off my errors.

Reds were having more of the game, going close on several occasions.  Reds kept plugging away, and pulled back to within one goal of Whites.

However, each time Reds pulled to within one goal of Whites, Whites scored to restore their two goal advantage, taking the score up to 8-6.

Three late goals took Reds to a 9-8 win, the winner coming shortly before time ran out.

As Reds pressed in the second half hour, they left gaps in defence which Philipp and Yuchi did not exploit to the fullest.  Gilbert’s long range shooting was also not as effective as it had been the night before.

However, overall, Reds had more possession, territory and shots on goal, and just about deserved the win.

Yesterday’s game was very competitive – a mark of our increasing performance levels.  As both sides strove for a win, the tackling got harder.  A couple of tackles by Gilbert got a reaction.  The first, a sliding tackle on Dirk,  saw Gilbert win the ball cleanly, but his momentum took him through the opposing player.  The second was a tangle with Ian as the latter put away the winner.  Gilbert explained that he slipped.

There were a few hard tackles by other players in the last quarter which didn’t attract as much attention.

The competitive element makes for a more exciting game. However, as the main aims should be fitness and sustainability, tackles that risk injury to an opponent are best avoided, even if the tackles are well within the rules of the game. After all, there are no prizes to be won, other than improving and maintaining fitness in an enjoyable way.

We also had the now regular after-session beer provided by Philipp and Dirk.

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  1. shank77
    Thu 13 November 2008 at 11:57 am

    My two cents worth about the game yesterday. It was by far the most evenly matched game that I have participated since joining FIOFAFI. I think we are getting to the level where how we score goals being as important as the number of goals we score.

    Yesterday was no exception with both teams developing distinct playing styles based on the composition of the team that I found to be rather interesting.

    The white team played from defense with short passing before picking out advanced players in open positions. These open players like Phillip and Yuchi then tired to make the best use of the ball. This method of play also helped Gilbert clear his lines and take a few crackers at goal. This created a lot of edge in the whites play as they were capable of various forms of getting the ball to the back of the net. Bobby had kept the whites in the game with goal keeping performance that would have made Scandinavian handball goalkeepers envious.

    The red team however had a very different approach. We played the ball directly through the middle with brilliant off the ball running by the out-field players. Sam and Rajiv were solid in making room for themselves and then pushing the ball to our resident “Iceman” Ian who made the passes count either tucking the ball neatly away or forcing the opposition to make saves at point blank range. (This is where Bobby was indispensable). The reds were thus able to enjoy more possession but we were guilty of doing a bit too much by running out of space.

    Overall, the pace of the game was swift with a lot of contact inevitable as everyone was running hard at each other and finding it difficult to stop in time. I guess it was frustrating for both parties, the person running with the ball as he quickly ran out of space to avoid/ride the tackle and. For the person tackling, a fully committed tackle ran the risk of taking the attackers legs out with the ball or presenting a chance to the opposition to have a shot at goal. I guess, this is the classic, chicken or the egg came first situation that makes our sessions worth talking about.

  2. rajiv
    Thu 13 November 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks Shankar. I’ll credit the match report to you 🙂 .

    It was certainly the most exciting game I’ve played in, and we had to work hard for every goal we scored.

    I’m certainly running more than even a few weeks ago, especially considering that I played on successive days. The benefits of regular FIOFAFI 🙂 .

  3. Santi
    Thu 13 November 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Jiv, looks like you are also running away with the MOTM award……

  4. rajiv
    Thu 13 November 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I did a lot of running.

  5. Manuel Mark L
    Thu 13 November 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Wow. Jiv! Congrats! Thats the key.. Wished i was half fit as you are now.

  6. rajiv
    Thu 13 November 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Funnily enough, the fact that significantly more of my errors led to goals for Whites than any other Reds player (4 in total, I believe), and I didn’t score a single goal (although I went very close on several occasions), doesn’t seem to be a factor.

  7. Ian
    Fri 14 November 2008 at 10:29 am

    Jiv, there’s an easy explanation for that. You see, if you didn’t let in all those goals, how could the Reds have made their extraordinary comeback? So it’s not funny at all that you are voted MOTM – you played a huge part in the game (apart from the tireless running of course.

  8. rajiv
    Fri 14 November 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the vote of confidence Ian.

  9. Sat 15 November 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Funnily enough, … my errors led to goals for Whites than any other Reds player (4 in total, I believe), and I didn’t score a single goal …

    What’s wrong with that? Sounds just like my usual Monday Night at The Pitch.

  10. rajiv
    Thu 20 November 2008 at 9:27 am

    In the end Ian pipped me to it, just reward for his goals, including the late winner.

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