We knew that after 2 years of non-league game, a 2 months summer break and with a 3pm kick off against FC Nippon was no gift! FC Nippon started with good control in the midfield and after an alignment mistake scored first, and again took the lead few minutes after we equalized. But as we struggled to create good team movements we managed to reverse the game using a deadly long ball strategy perfectly managed by our upfront squad. 3-2 at half time The second half could have been easier for us if we had managed to keep the 2 goals lead we had at 4-2 and 5-3 but Nippon never gave up while we conceded a cheap penalty. 5-4 with 15 minutes to play. From this moment onward, it was a succession of Nippon waves till the end and we were happy to hear Rob’s final whistle! Thanks to Nippon for the great game and congrats to the ref as this was not an easy one to supervise!
Both team showed their fighting spirit till the very end which resulted in 9 great goals. OG leveraged their 2 tall and strong forwards and used many long feeds while Nippon mainly used side passes and quick and compact attacks. Thank you for the great game! Well done both.