Barker Boys 's Match Report
The rain showers earlier helped cool the afternoon sun and the Boys were ready for their first game of the new season.
The coach's plan was more to focus on the players getting to know each other's style. Results did not matter at this point as it was more important the players develop teamwork amongst themselves.
Both teams started off brightly. The opponents had a couple of players who were fairly good at dribbling, but the Barker Boys defence managed to hold them off and kept them away from the goal.
Early in the first half, a foul was conceded, and from the resulting in-direct free kick, the opponents managed to score the opening goal of the match. It looked like it was going to be a fairly tough game.
However, within a few minutes, the game started to turn around. A cross from the right deflected off an opponent's defender and rolled into the goal. At that point, the flood gates opened. The Barker Boys focussed their attacks down the wings and the goals began to flow. Credit to the opponents, they never gave up and continued to fight back. However, the midfielders and defenders held firm and wherever the opportunity arose, moved up and started to pass the ball around. Half time score was 9-1 in favour of the Boys.
The second half was a more controlled affair as the opponents changed tactics and packed their defence. Nevertheless, there were still numerous chances to add to the scoreline, but the ball just refused to go in. The post and crossbars were hit a couple of times, passes rolled across the face of the goal but it didn't go in.
Towards the end of the game, the opponents broke forward and from their only shot on goal managed to score the only goal in the second half.
Overall an intriguing and certainly a game of two halves.
Everybody played their part... Valentin and Issac were both reliable in goal, the defenders Valens, Joseph, and Wei Jian made important interceptions and took their time to pass and move the ball forward, the midfielders Marc, Felix, Aiman (on the left mainly), Mikhail, and Ryan Lim ran their socks off to choke the midfield whilst providing supply lines to the forwards, Damien to do their jobs.
Credit to the coach as well for rotating the players as/when they tired or to try them out in different positions.
The Man-of-the-Match for this game is difficult as all the boys deserve the award but there can only be one and the coach award the Man-of-the-Match to Damien for his contribution towards the forward line.
It's a good start, but surely there will be sterner tests to come.