GIS (4) vs ISKL (2)
ISKL were the first visiting team of the primary football season a week ago. The opposition fielded a mixed aged team against a talented group of GIS under 11 boys. Play was tight and cagey in the first half but Christian broke the deadlock with a superbly curled corner, which bypassed a bemused keeper into the far side of the net. Ali received an array of long passes to trouble the defence and goalkeeper on a number of occasions and it would prove only to be a matter of time before he neatly turned on his heels, with his back to goal and slotted home from close range. ISKL put the pressure on and were rewarded with a goal before half time.
Debutants Shane and Ikey made valuable contributions as the line up was shuffled going into the second half. GIS upped their work rate and Christian scored an excellent free kick from long range to get his brace, to be followed by the same for Ali who directed a forceful header goalwards from a great corner. Another goal from ISKL would prove to be further consolation. 4-2 the final score. A performance worthy of victory but fluidity and slickness of play is required from the GIS group if they are to overcome stronger opposition as the season unfolds. Well done to all the boys who played and to all supporting parents.
GIS (2) vs ALICE SMITH (1)
Alice Smith were this week’s visitors to the Dragons Den and a fast paced, end to end contest would ensue. Alice Smith mixed their talented U11’s and U10’s to field two very able footballing teams. GIS saw Justin and Shayan make appearances in the U11 line up and both imposed themselves well. Justin on the right hand side linked up well with Ali, and Shayan was strong as support for sweeper Jack.
The absence of Jiang Rong meant a change as Hriday and Giorgio both stepped up. It was all a bit reminiscent of the ‘Crazy Gang’ old first division side Wimbledon from the late 80’s, as GIS pumped the ball hopefully to lone striker Ali, who jinxed cleverly around the last man to push the ball past the onrushing keeper. 1-0 to GIS, probably somewhat against the run of play. Alice Smith’s impressive number six marauded down the left flank and caused plenty of problems for the defence and was unlucky not to find a way through albeit for solid defending and a number of excellent saves from Harun Knight who would prove to keep GIS in the game.
Alice Smith found a way through from the penalty spot after a handball just before half time. It was nothing more than Alice Smith deserved after a good amount of pressure in and around the GIS goal mouth. The boys re-grouped and knew they would need to link up better and pass more thoughtfully supporting Ali, in the second half. Bryan dropped into defensive midfield and after what was becoming pinball in the Alice penalty box, Giorgio struck superbly high into the net. Both teams created chances and Alice showed they are certainly going to be a force to be reckoned with on the return at Jalan Bellamy. They will undoubtedly feel unlucky not to have snatched a point come full time. 2-1 to GIS.
Well done to all the boys who played.