Despite several injuries, GSAS still managed to field a good squad of 13 players (excluding retired Micha) and a proper match preparations put up hopes for a good start...it remained hopes. Latini started like a bulldozer and instead of just kicking out the ball as far as we can we tried it the "Tiki-Taka" way and utterly failed resulting in the fastest Cosmo goal I have seen so far after around 35 seconds, 1:0 Latini. Latini kept pressing and with GSAS still in shock it could have easily been 2:0 after 2min, but we remained to just be one goal down. After that, we managed to finally get back into the game and started to become the more dominant team with several chances. This also includes a situation where the Latini keeper tackled Julian in the box with clear contact, but as Julian decided not to fall/tumble, the ref didn't give the penalty. The match could have been so much easier with a penalty and red card for last man Latini but we wanted it the hard way, and the fact that out of our 13 player squad, Alex (center back) and Dinh (right winger) both couldn't play anymore due to muscle injuries didn't make it better (on top of stricken Mark and Hamza). After a cross and a miscommunication between Latini keeper and defender, Flo was there for the long overdue equalizer. We were back...just to do a horrible mistake in the back and handing the second gift of the evening to Latini. 2:1 halftime. I will keep the summary of the second halftime short because it literally makes me cry thinking about it....worst half I have seen in a very very very long time and 4 early Christmas presents for Latini leading to final score 6:1. Thanks for a fair match and speedy recovery to Sharples and co.
The Tally Towers Treatment Room has been seeing a lot of action recently. Nurse Jimmy has definitely had his Dry Hands full of late. With the squad battling long term injuries, Covid, travel and work commitments, Tactical Tally was utilising every inch of his far reaching scouting network to get a decent squad together for another Friday Night Lights (FNL) fixture. This week, the challenge was from The German Swiss All Stars, who, by all accounts, have been unlucky in previous matches not to earn the points that their efforts deserved. With key players out, 1TM knew we had to start well to get the confidence flowing and we did just that. In the first minute, the lively debutant striker, Gerbil, closed down a defender and immediately carved out a chance, but his effort went just wide. From the resulting goal kick, the ball was closed down again by Yuto San and Gerbil. Gerbil took the ball to the by line and his cut back was met with a very smart finish at the near post by Flat White. 1-0. From that point, 1TM had some good spells, but allowed GSAS to get back into the game through a combination of sloppy possession and good link up play from them. GSAS got the goal that they deserved after a lofted ball over our back line was met first time by their winger and prodded home. That woke 1TM up and we started to create more. Hezzy, another debutant striker, was beginning to cause problems and Yuto was seeing much more of the ball. Just before halftime a ball was played to his channel and from Yuto’s pressure, the ball was cleared into the middle of the pitch, leaving the goalkeeper stranded and Flat White with a comfortable finish. HT 2-1 A lot of the half time talk was around not making the same collective mistakes as we had done in the first half and to maintain a strong intensity level. From another great corner delivery, the ball was headed back towards goal and Gerbil was sandwiched between the goalkeeper and defender and the referee awarded a penalty. Nate confidently dispatched the spot kick. 3-1 The 4th came from amazing work by Hezzy, who turned a hit and hope goal kick into a great ball as he used his pace to go past the defender and cross for Flat White who secured his hat trick with a confident powerful finish. 1TM scored the fifth just before the water break. A move that began deep inside our half, ended with Gerbil running at pace towards the GSAS goal after being put through by Hezzy. The defender tumbled into Gerbil inside their area and Nate smashed his second penalty of the game into the top corner. 5-1 GSAS continued fight until the very end, but it was 1TM who added the final blow via Flat White. His low cross flew in via a deflection. 6-1. Well done to all of the players, managers and officials for contributing to a great night of football. Big thanks to Racky / Ruby / Lucky Charm for coming down to support and also to Yuto San for racing from work MOM - 1TM - Flat White MOM - GSAS - No. 11 Julien Sander DOD - Tard