L.O.B. vs Crus Missiles – Keep Playin’

Keep Playin'
The latest third-person account of my weekly attempt to play eight-a-side football – we wear grey… Keep playin’

The Greys kicked off 2016 with a bang against league leaders Crus Missiles. Midfield maestro Manu hit a stylish no-look Ronaldinho chip into the box and fearless striker Ahmed pounced on it, tucking the ball past the sprawling keeper to put the Greys one nil up against the Pinks. Only Manu will know if it was a shot or a pass, but it looked like something straight off the Barcelona training ground.

The bubble burst, however, when the Greys failed to deal with a relatively non-threatening Crus Missiles attack. The resulting free-kick struck the wall, rebounded off another Greys defender and fell to an unmarked forward in pink, who smashed it in to level the score.

As usual the Greys kept fighting; Alex hit the crossbar from way out and Thomas, Adam and Manu all fizzed shots just past the upright. But again, our heroes failed to react when keeper Yusuf parried a Crus Missiles shot, watching on their heels as a Pinks forward grabbed the opportunity to go 2-1 up.

Midway through the second half both teams looked like they’d been to James Wilson’s New Year’s Eve bash. The pace dropped right down, opportunities dried up and the game was pretty much reduced to a blow-for-blow bout along the halfway line.

Suddenly, the Pinks hit the crossbar with an acrobatic overhead kick, which seemed to spur the Greys into action. But it was too little too late and a series of dogged last ditch attacks failed to break the deadlock…

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