For our SIFL return 1st game, our senior team had an early 09:00 kick-off but luckily all players were on time and we had plenty of time for the warm-up. We had a nice mix of young and older players and Juliano in the goal. Right at the kick-off, we noticed that Jason was missing and he was supposed to start on the wing and we were a bit worried but in the end, he went to the toilet for a small emergency. Kevin B., fresh from the deck, took his place.
We started well with a lot of aggression and hunger however after 5 minutes we got another blow as Tyron got a knee placed in his upper leg and it was game over for him… Julia took his position. After 10 minutes we lost our play and started to make mistakes in build-up passes as well we gave several corners away but luckily Juliano stood firm in his box. After a slip up in our defense, we gave them a pass to score and they took the 1-0 lead. We tried to get back in the game but didn’t create much so we used the half time talk to put all right for the next 45 minutes to turn around the game.
It worked as we upped the tempo and we very dangerous from the flanks with the upcoming Masa and George. Jason back in the squad did well using his speed and strength and was fouled in the box. Patrick stood up and shot left to make the equalizer it was a boost for the team and we sensed we could take them on now. It was a superb goal from our side with a very good ball from defender Kevin in the feet of George on the left who fulls speed passed the ball into the upcoming Dan who nicked it in perfectly. 2-1 and we were hungry for more and it was Masa-san running on the right all the way and his cross in was tipped in by Hiro-san who was alert when the Anzacs didn’t defend well. We could and should have scored more and been lucky when they hit the crossbar with a header at the end. Unfortunately, we lost Dan in the end who tripped on the field with no player near him and damaged his ankle. We wish him well and a speedy recovery.
It was a good team performance in the second half that give us the 1-3 win for our SIFL return. Well done to all the substitutes who came in well and helped us clinch the victory. Well done to all the youth players especially George and Yu Xuan who played like a grown-up man. Training on Tuesday and the October break holiday ahead of us but we will continue to train over the holiday to be ready for the Marlins game on October 17 at 15:00.
Well done Lions!