F17 Gold 's Match Report
Second match of the day pitted us against FootballPlus, who were playing their first game of the day. We had our work cut out for us, but the boys decided that we’d stick together and throw everything into this match. Unfortunately, our opponents were just as inspired. And we certainly didn’t do ourselves any favours by going a goal down in the opening minutes.
Commendably, the boys refused to cave in and rallied to get back into the tie. Reza made good saves in goal to keep us in the tie, and this spurred the rest of team on. After a good passage of attacking play, Samar combined smartly with Arnav, the latter producing a neat finish to level the tie. With this newfound belief came a refreshing urgency in our football, and Aadil applied the finishing touch to some decisive play from Taj.
Not to be outdone, our opponents countered and transitioned with speed and skill as they levelled the score just before the midway mark.
During the water-break (it was a scorching hot day), the boys re-grouped and voted to go for a big finish. Certainly no lack of desire here. Always great to see teams with this much heart.
Reza pulled off some more good saves as (once again) the team responded with good attacking football. As time ran out, Sashvin worked an opening for Taj to finish with aplomb and nudge us back into the lead.
Unfortunately, though, our opponents fashioned a late, late equaliser and the match ended 3-apiece. To be honest, this was another engaging football match; loads of ideas, determination and heart. Good to watch football in its purest form on a Sunny Sunday…if you’re a football fan.