ESPZEN SS Black 's Match Report
With the win over YG2k the trophy was in sight and the coach needed to speak with the ESPZEN team to keep their focus and mission on the game was to dictate the game, keep the ball and look for opportunities to attack.
We understood the threats of Albirex with a attacking coach who has done a tremendous job with the Albirex U9 it was always going to be a difficult task.
With the heat at pitch side on Sunday a change in formation was necessary 2,2,1 was the choice keeping a solid back line and the opportunity to keep the ball from Albirex who were going to press and try to wear them out which would create opportunities for ESPZEN later in the game.
Krish and Nathan understood the role superbly switching play constantly and looked to supply the ball to Izak Williams, Yuki and Archie Hare who were deadly on the counter attack. As Albirex started to get tired, we started to push more bodies into the attack creating huge pressure on the back line of Albirex leading to good chances and goals which were the difference between the two teams.
It is a credit to see both player’s passion and desire to succeed and Albirex Pushed ESPZEN right to the death however the ESPZEN team had enough quality to pull through and thoroughly deserved the victory.