As the usual match report writing maestro & special child was away in Rome (avoiding popping the question to his missus by actively eating as much cheese, gelato, pizza and pasta as he could) I will step up and explain the outcome of the Casuals Vs Vikings game. 4 last minute drop outs due injuries, pre-arranged date nights, last minute arranged night out on the piss and no shows due to babysitting responsibilities made the Gaffers start to the night difficult. 3 lads carrying injuries this looked like it was going to be a tough one against a very good Vikings side. The Casuals had their game plan and it worked almost perfectly with the Vikings struggling to penetrate anytime they looked to play forward. Creating chances with Dynosaur narrowly missing the far post after the keeper came rushing out. First sub was made after 15mins with the gaffer pulling up after a very out of character bombarding run down the left hand side to win a corner. (Ultimate sign of respect from the opposition who recognized Fraze as a skillful player by backing off him, scared to jump in and tackle incase his rapid pace took it past them.) Gaffer Off, Ollie Canning on. Casuals were in control, big tackles going in from both sides, which the referee handled very well. It’s great seeing a referee not pulling out yellow cards in the first half and letting the 1st tackle/fouls go as the unofficial rule. (Even the meaty slide tackles that everyone loves to see) 5mins to go until HT. Miller who is a ship captain and colleague of some of the Vikings took a heavy touch to allow the Vikings attacker run through on goal from the side line. In a very poor attempt to bring his man down Miller slid and clipped the Vikings boot laces a good 30 yards out. Ref consulted linesman, who said it was a red card for a cynical last man tackle, even though the man never went down. Tough one to take considering Greg scored an OG from the resulting freekick. HT. Ten men Casuals 0-Vikings 1 Normally this is where Casuals implode, but not on this night. Setting up 4-4-1, defending like 6-2-1 and attacking constantly like 3-3-3 the Casuals equalized after good pressure with sub Canning running the ball into the net. 5 mins later 2-1 with Lee ‘Dad’ Scurr bundling the ball into the Vikings net. Casuals continued to threat with Stultzy supporting Dynosaur well making the Vikings nervous all night. Vikings hit the bar after Janesy got his finger tips too it. Then hit the post in the final minute. On another day the scoreline could have been 4-4. Well deserved victory for Casuals who controlled the game start to finish. MOM goes to Janesy for some good saves and a solid performance. The remaining 9 players on the park each came in a close second. We will give Vikings MOM to Leslie for his crazy Vikings passionate scream once he was substituted.
Friday night and Viking looking to turn the tables after a poor run on Friday nights in 2017, and even with 6/7 changes in the squad the starting line-up looked good enough to secure the win. First half was an even affair without too many clear chances either way. Coach Domino had asked the centre midfield to take charge, but for some reason we stayed quiet and un-engaged throughout. Viking still managed to take the lead by the end of the half thanks a Casuals own goal following a Red Card + Freekick incident when Jesper was taken down. 2nd half and Vikings struggled to find their feet even one man up (understatement of the season) - all credit to causals who kept fighting well and managed to take two goals that both were assisted by the Vikings. In the other end, Vikings had a couple of close attempt - but without being able to fight back. In short a very disappointing evening for the Vikings, and we are not going to take the excuse of massive changes to the squad or injury to Topscorer Tommie (speedy recovery mate). Congrats to Casuals - well deserved on the night. Viking need to re-group and show different attitude when facing Swiss on Friday (oh no). Rafa