Our Reserves kicked off this weekend against an undermanned FC Zim, taking a solid lead into the half time break. By the time the second half kicked off, FC Zim was back to full strength, but that didnt phase the reserves, pushing on to a convincing 6-0 win, with 2 goals to Nic Tammes and Erko Isanovic, a debut goal to Sean Macak and 1 goal to our captain Dani Karl.
The reserves weren't the only ones to hit the scoreboard last weekend, with our Seniors getting the job done with a convincing 8-0 victory over Himalayan Tigers. A hat trick to Nitish Sharma, as well as two goals a piece to Hritish Kakati and Wut Bamrungphakdee, and one to Matt Melliza secured an important 3 points.
A huge congratulations to both squads for achieving the 6 points this weekend, and keeping 2 clean sheets in the process.
Football is a funny game. You sometimes have those days where nothing seems to go your way. Today was one of those days for Clube.
Clube entered the contest full of confidence after some positive form in lead-up matches. We hit the back of the net after 5 minutes through debutant Hritish Kakati pouncing on a loose ball only for the goal to be chalked-off for offside after a conference between the referee and his linesmen.
Not to be deterred, Clube - whilst not playing our best football continued to dominate possession, territory and chance-creation throughout the first half, restricting our opponents to tactics of sitting deep and awaiting limited counter-attacks. A concentration lapse late in the first half saw a Reservoir player lurking un-marked in the box from a corner loop a ball just over the head of stand-in keeper Nathan Simpson as we went to the break 1-0 down.
A disappointing second-half performance followed as Clube succumb to our opponents' negative tactics and failed to play our own game. An uncustomary loss of possession in the midfield saw our opponents gain a rare sight at goal with the shot finding the net from outside the box. A fiery altercation between Nathan and a Reservoir player resulted in both players seeing red as our opponents racked up yellows all across the park.
A flurry of chances from Clube towards the end of the match resulted in getting one goal back from Hritish but it came to late to find the equaliser.
Onwards to next week.
The Clube Reserves returned from lockdown in style to notch up a 4-2 victory over Brotherhood.
On a heavy Ross Straw pitch, Clube found an early rhythm and saw plenty of the ball in advanced areas. The return of Erko (Ernie) Isanovic up front worked wonders as some nice interplay in the final third saw Safi get on the end of a perfectly placed pass to find the net. We didn't have to wait too long for our second as some pressure applied on Brotherhood defenders saw Elvis acquire possession in a dangerous spot and seeing the keeper off his line finished exquisitely from distance.
Clube's back 3 system held up well against Brotherhood's attack, a disciplined line finding our opponents offside at key moments.
The second half continued in a similar way to the first with Clube dominating territory and creating chances. Another set of intricate passes in the final third saw Safi sweep the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box for his second. A red card for a Brotherhood player saw Clube take a numerical advantage on the pitch but with it came some unfortunate complacency.
Two quick goals from Brotherhood late in the second half made us nervous until Nic got on the end of a through-ball to tuck the ball home to seal the result.