L.O.B. vs Electric Rams – Keep Playin’

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

It’s come to this. The penultimate game of the season. The Greys need to win to be in with a chance of snatching second place from tonight’s opponents, Electric Rams. If they do win they could even win the league. As long as they win again next week and first-placed Copa ’90 lose. But win tonight and a draw next week is all it would take to finish second and secure promotion to Division 1.

Playing in red, Electric Rams make the first move. Instantly, the Greys are on the back foot. A red shirt is brought down outside the box on the right and the free-kick is floated in towards the back post. An Electric Rams forward jumps highest and smashes a firm header past Greys keeper Yusuf, into the top left corner. 1-0 Rams.

The Reds are still dictating play when their keeper kicks a dodgy pass out to no-one on the edge of his own box. Greys winger Karim reacts first and beats the charging keeper to the ball. He squeezes it wide to Alex, who controls it well and makes the simple finish to level things. 1-1.

The Greys are back in it. Karim wins a free-kick deep inside the Reds’ half. He takes it himself and strikes it well. The ball bursts through the wall but the Reds’ keeper gets down well to his right and keeps it out. What a save.

This time Greys forward Martin hits a thundering shot towards the top right corner of Electric Rams’ goal. But just as he turns to celebrate the keeper dives across his goal, sticks out a hand and flicks the ball over the bar. Incredible. It’s an even better save than the one before and that’s how the half ends. 1-1.

Channeling injured Ronaldo’s theatrical Euro 2016 orchestration from the touchline, out-of-action player manager Thomas shuffles things around at half-time and the Greys start the second period stronger. Back in the team, defender Big Pat is a constant threat in the box. He hits the bar from a free kick. Heads a corner narrowly over. But then, finally, it’s Martin who makes the breakthrough, flicking on a surprise long throw from stand-in midfielder Danny to put the Greys 2-1 up.

Suddenly the Greys are all over the place. Centre-back Julien plays a neat ball through to Martin, who carries it forward and whacks a powerful low shot under the Reds’ keeper from outside the box. 3-1 Greys.

The Greys are still in charge when another Danny long throw clears everyone at the front post and falls nicely for Alex at the back one. He doesn’t waste any time and half volleys the loose ball in to put the Greys 4-1 up.

Keeping the momentum going, Martin runs onto another neat Julien clearance. It looks like the chance has gone when he holds onto the ball instead of playing it wide to Alex and seems to run out of space. But somehow he manages to nutmeg the last Electric Rams defender and get the ball out to Karim on the left. Making no mistake, Karim pulls the trigger and smashes the ball into the far right corner to wrap things up. 5-1 Greys. Bring on Tuesday.

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