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For meths, poor lad
I agree with meths that it's a bit big already to post banter in
And why did he move from striker to centre back? He was absolutely tormenting me
I pointed out to him at half time he should continue to play up front and carry on with the tormenting. Sorry mate.
I would like to say that it was tactical genius to play him at the back (it wasn't), but we made a mistake while subbing the defence during the first half. He went up-front again in the second half.
He was moved to centre back for a while due to the fact that none of the other subs wanted to play there!
and one of our centre halfs came off, and no one else off the pitch would come on. In hindsight we should have swapped him with someone else on the pitch to get him up front! Thankfully this only lasted for about 10 minutes before he reverted to his more accustomed position of terrorising opposition defences. I thought he played really well and has pace to burn, it was only his finishing which let him down. Can't fault the effort though. At all.
Proper re-cap to come...
Better standard than the last couple of games and the blues now have 4 good defenders. Probably why bamos cant score anymore. We reds missed big mouth rich for the first 20 mins and as a result our formation/positioning was poor. When biscuit and that guy mike were both playing centre mid together the blues were much stronger than us - is it any surprise that we scored 3 goals in the 8 mins they were both off? I don’t think so. Favourite quote of the day, when the ball had gone behind for a goal kick:
Rich: “give im a shout keeper!”
Keeps: “I did”
Rich: “listen to the keeper tunde”
Keeps: “he did!”
My MOM I think is gonna have to be striker dan, although el-biscuits ran him close. I personally had a terrible game (not fishing you twunts) and missed 2 sitters in the last 2 mins. Pathetic.
BTW "the blues" and "the reds" is no longer cutting it for me. we need names. i have only ever played for teams with barnet in the name, so i vote we're called "nice barnets" or something. you blues can be called what you like.
he looks like he cant be stopped. brute force.
Had everything you want from a game. Comebacks, last minute winner, periods of pressure for both teams.
I can't say I heard anything malicious from anyone although I'm not in the position to hear it. I must say as well that I shouted something inspired by Alan Pardew a bit too loudly when we were 5-3 up!
I personally didn't have a great game, I made too many mistakes although Dan was clinical, I'm quite happy I didn't have nightmares of him chipping me last night! What I've learned is to never goalkeep when I've got a hangover, oh and to bring a cap/visor as well as facing the low sun in the second half makes things a bit more tricky.
Still, we finally won!!! It's amazing as well that the Blues had never been in the lead until this game.
Hope we can do it again sometime soon.
and then he scored while i was lying down injured.
that in the second half he kept pulling up every 5 mins with cramp, be off the field for 5 mins then come back on.
at spurious claims for free kicks ...
who scored the goals? For the Blues Austrian Mike, Mr Biscuit and myself.
For the Reds?
dan_thw x 4, Brooner x 1
And neither of us yielding an inch.
His positioning was just brilliant
But I'm not sure who I should say it was for...
but if i wasnt as knackered as i was, i probably could have lunged to keep it out.
Our man of the match.
and considering the pre-match chat, I did find it quite funny when a ball bounced, you went to head it and it skipped over you.
one could call it fate after seeing both FA cup semis go the way of the blues...
We started off really well and very solid, and the good pitch allowed for us to play a bit on the floor. The reds took an early lead however when Dan's shot skimmed off of Ed's head and into the goal. After that we lost a bit of the impetus and had to withstand some pressure. However we didn't panicked and gradually got ourselves back into it - biscotto had a freekick parried and the keeper then made a great save from Hedges, and then later a cross from the right hit vamos and rolled into the net. TRSTN, silverfoxqpr and Ed (when he was on the wing) seemed to cause endless problems down that side.
Mikey put us 2-1 up with a great finish from about twenty yards, though considering the number of shots he had taken previously I guess the law of averages tells us one has to fly in once. We had a few more chances through Hedges and Tony to extend the lead but didn't, and were ultimately punished by the diminuitive _thw to give us a 2-2 half time score.
(I can't remember goals 3 and 4 for us)
Dan then made it 4-3 with a spectacular lob over an onrushing Malaysian, before a less spectacular lob made it 4-4. Brooner then tapped in to give the Reds a 5-4 lead and an impossible comeback seemed to have been achieved as the blues looked shell shocked.
As we pressed on, a hopefully ball fron tony (or keogh? can't remember) fell awkwardly in the box and decieved the 'keeper, bringing the scores level and setting up a frantic finish. Pressure came at either end, but on the occassion that the reds failed to clear a corner, I popped up to hit it home. It was very nervy afterwards as red upon red laid siege to our goal, but after that storm was weathered the blues could finally celebrate getting one over on their rivals.
I liked the pitch and it made for some good football at times from both sides.
re: petty claiming...it's all well and good to appeal, as long as we don't start falling out about it. We're all adults, etc. I'm sure it won't happen anyway.
the sun is bright.
Mikey B has reverted to aryan, dictatorial stereotype which is kinda funny.
We were alot more together and solid as a team than before, especially at the back. Twas v. pleasing.
who scored the one that bounced several times before going in, completely decieving the Reds keeper and defence?
i seem to remember it going to the other team tho.
that bouncing ball haunted me the whole way home. while lying in bed i realised i shouldve spun and david platted it into the onion bag
your defence was better (taller) than ours.
I took a lot of pleasure from Nick telling me I was difficult to play against. It's good to rely on the small things when you've had a pretty poor game.
Good game, although sloppy goals to concede. Tunde's challenge at the end was sensational. Well done blues.
I thought I had a 7/10 game.
why does everyone call biscuits Jim? is that his name?
We're a good partnership.
It's in the top 15 things I've seen in my life
Well that's what he told me to call him anyway.
Sorry, just registering my disgust at the result. Anyway, odds of another one of these? I'm eligible to play again next week.
it was disgusting. Red mist and all that.
It would have split him in half.
from tomorrow. Today is all about reliving those glorious moments.
in such a way that it doesn't sound like Tunde raped me. He's a big lad though.
Comedy gamein the end, should have seen it coming when it was 1-1 from two own goals. The whole rolling subs debacle made it difficult to tell which was the better team, Blues definitely had the better first half, second half was all over the place.
Man of the match vote: Biscuit
(ps - mix up the teams next time?)
but yeah, good game, I really enjoyed it. I think the teams were very well balanced indeed, and the rolling substitutions worked pretty well for the most part. The only thing I'd say is that we need a bit more offside honesty. Blues strikers were playing SO far forward, in the first half particularly.
My favourite quote comes from Tom, after destroying Bamos on the edge of the area, and I paraphrase: "I didn't foul him, we both just went for the same ball, and he got the ball and I didn't." YEP, THAT'S A FOUL :D
Fun. I look forward to the next one.
But still not great. I know everyone likes to be on pitch, and that some folks are better than others (hence why when our team were behind I subbed myself to get Meths back on), but at the same time it does always seem to be Verbal, Bamos and myself sitting over there on the sidelines to keep people rotating.
I HOPE THOSE OF YOU THAT HAD 70+ MINUTES OF PITCH TIME CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT.
On a more positive note, I liked playing on the left for the last 15 minutes or so. Never done that before and I very much know the limitations of my game, so know that defending isn't my forte. But I am pretty aware of where people are and scared to do much with the ball, so always looking for a quick easy ball. Something which, I felt personally, the Reds started doing much better second half and led to most of our sustained pressure.
So for future reference, I suck at the back. And I suck a bit less on a wing.
when you where fannying about being injured?
You did give us a lot of direction and some much needed 'trackabackability'. However you are also a repeat offender of the 'never goes off for a 5 minute breather' so need to work on that more social aspect of your game...
as i WAS DOWN INHJURED YOU FUCKING CHEATS
I'll go off when we have subs. We've never had subs before.
and then someone MADE me go back on. so...
bamos is always off cos he needs a rest every 5 mins.
worked absolutely fine (apart from one or two position mix-ups). Verbal tried to come off twice during the second half but no one want to come on, so he just carried on playing.
so I'm happy that our defence coped with you well, even if we let Dan score four.
i dont think i saw one legitimate throw the whole game.
but noone will do it
there was a point during the second half where the heat was actually making me a bit dizzy, hence my frantic attempts to get replaced and have a bit of fluid.
made me laugh heartily. "It was a 50/50 ball!", said Tom. "I just didn't get my 50% of it..."
effort to make it 5-5 IS MINE!
foul throws in Premiership games but no one seems to really care.
There used to be a lad I played against at Uni, and we had some right ding-dongs. Elbows everywhere. I fucking loved it. This reminds me slightly of that. Only with less elbow at the moment.
I just wish I was slightly fitter now, like I was then, so I could put more into it.
I'd like to think we're adult enough not to need one.
Plus, if we do use a ref, who would be one? hire one? or another diser? Anyway, if he makes one or two Rob Styles' decisions it could get a bit disrespecful.
Spare a thought kids.
you'd need someone who's quite fit, and quite well respected, who didn't want to play.
i'd rather have a diser, and one who's quite draconian about the respect agenda, init
then we'd start needing linesmen as well so we can play the offside rule properly and it would all get silly. Plus who would be willing to run about for 90 mins but not want to actaully play?
there's nothing more satisfying than lumping a ball 50 yards away
but problem is, anyone who likes football enough to properly know the rules will probably be playing.
I don't really think we need one though, we didn't have THAT many disputes yesterday and anyway stuff tends to even itself out over the course of the game.
At every game in fact (though the second match we only had 2, which was why it got very tedious being stuck over there for 25 minutes at a time). But it worked pretty well yesterday on the whole. It just feels like it's often the same people that make way, that's all I'm saying...
I thought Stealthy's final challenge in the match was the highlight personally. Nothing in it for him, other than pain and a sheer bloody mindedness to stop that guy in the Arsenal shirt from having his moment.
I think just the presence of a ref in the game would start making things more serious and some players may start engageing in a bit more gamesmanship, stuff like that and things could start getting less light hearted and friendly.
But no one would go at centre back
would be to get subs to run the lines to judge offsides, and to make the calls when there is a dispute. having someone sorting out offside is basically the important thing, because its impossible to do whilst playing. beyond that, self refereeing isn't too bad, especially if someone else can make the call. i mean, if people had the fitness, we could have people who were subbed actually refereeing too; being neutral isn't as important as just having someone with some authority to make the decisions
I must admit I do enjoy it, having a proper battle with a proper CF (non of those quick fecks like dan, who will just outpace me!). I don't mind waking up with a few bruises if I'm happy I did my best.
Til the next time, my man.
would start diving
apart from the very first one. At least, not for the reds anyway.
The subs, especially later on in the game, want to have a breather and some water, not running the line looking for suspect offsides.
I have to say, I wasn't so sure about the pitch personally. The ball ran really fast and it made it hard to judge how hard to hit it.
But then, I don't like anything that makes me run around a bit faster.
But it was a good, tough game, with the match, the teams and individuals all having a thoroughly entertaining curate's egg of a game.
Personally, I thought I was a bit patchy. I was found out far too often at centre-back, and was far happier out on the right (although I was fortunate that this co-incided with our most dominant period).
Here's to the next match - at ATP?
I can't fathom the physics of it, but I have a lump BEHIND my ear.
that as I was dropping I thought "This is going to hurt him".
It was advance retribution for skinning me in the second half.
As always a big thanks to the people who organised this, in this case aboynamedgoo. An unenviable task but I fully appreciate the effort and thought the pitch was very good and made for a decent game of football.
Last two games have been really good and fairly well matched with each team dominating for different periods of the game.
Thought the Blues started strongly and we could have a couple in the first 15 minutes if it wasn't for some wasteful finishing and some excellent last ditch blocks by the Reds. I had a dream the previous night that I would score from a freekick and I thought I had it but the keeper made a good save.
The rest is a bit hazy but I remember some excellent sliding tackles from Stealthy, some very good defensive headers on both sides, some good runs by Hedges and what appeared to be a game of who could score the longest range volley. Also I think Olegrich attempted a seal dribble multiple header thing near the end.
Meths it was me that scored when you were down but I do remember you being off the pitch at the time. I thought you were a very tidy midfielder and showed good vision and a range of passes.
My fitness is getting worse and I was guilty in not tracking back a number of times near the end so apologies to our defence. Personally I thought I had a pretty average to poor game and couldn't really get hold of the ball as much as I wanted to.
I owe a pint to silverfox and Sean (Vamos?) so remind me at the next game.
Small DiS football fact - I was centre mid for the Reds last time and they won. I was centre mid for the Blues this time and they won. Coincidence?
you cheating, cheating bastard.
and your nutmeg didnt count cos you didnt call it. i enjoyed our massive block challenge with noone ending up with the ball
1) You were on the sideline and went down from a phantom challenge as I didn't even touch you.
2) I don't call nutmegs
3) I enjoyed that too
2) then they dont count
3) can we be on the same team next time cos i cant beat you in the air
1) tidy finish by me though
2) yeah I'm not bothered about all that nutmeg stuff anyway
3) then you're in trouble as I'm terrible in the air. In the first half I couldn't decide between chesting a ball or heading it so instead I just trapped it on my bottom lip
Good midfield battle though
and i thought, good someones going for it...hang on...theres noone called jim on our team *SMASH* into the back of me
as you've probably already gathered I get "very" competitive in these types of situations, and as thus a bit OTT. I seem to remember at one point quite literally screaming something like "WHERE THE FUCK IS THE MIDFIELD?!" which must have seemed a bit silly and dumb in the context of a friendly game. Apologies.
Verbal's match summary is pretty spot on, except for this bit
'Dan then made it 4-3 with a spectacular lob over an onrushing Malaysian, before a less spectacular lob made it 4-4.'
It wasn't a lob, it was a well placed far corner shot (excuses, excuses). Olegrich is a great hoofer, the reds needed someone to smash it down the other end to stop us getting completely knackered.
Girliest injury of the day: After toe poking a feeble goal kick I had a blood encrusted sock, possibly from a broken nail!
We were all too far up the pitch to hear you
Were easily the parts where we passed it around and kept the Blues chasing us. Whenever we hoofed it upfield, it just came straight back at us.
At least that's how it seemed to me anyhow...
I am a cultured passer.
I'm quite glad nobody has mentioned :
1) That one on one I missed trying to do one of those jabbed outside of the boot Henry-esque finishes with my left foot, when 9 times out of 10 I would have scored by just kicking it at the goal with my right. This is what confidence does to you.
2) The free kick where I tried to be clever, and ended up pea rolling it into the wall. To be fair it worked when Mike scored that dubious free kick due to me jumping over the ball and the keeper Scott Carsoning it into the bottom corner, but again I should have just hammered it.
Though I take offence to "a slightly less spectacular lob". That was classic Le Tissier. My best goal was the second one though to make it 2-2. Great build up play from Brooner and Meths I think, then two touches and bang, perfect looping volley over the goalkeeper. That one could have been on goal of the month. Brooner's goal was a great move too.
It should really have been a draw, two, maybe three of the blues goals were shockers. But then it doesn't matter so much, I think everyone had fun.
And the best thing is, I don't even ache that bad today!
I wasn't Man of the Match, I just scored some goals and we lost. I think Sean Verbal AGAIN was Man of the Match. If he hadn't been playing centre back (or if David Hedges hadn't near the end of the first half) we would have been about 3 up at the break.
Bring on the next one, but MAKE IT ON A DAY I CAN DO!
Though as an afterthought, I'd like to point out I'm now leading the scoring charts with 8 goals, despite playing a game less than Bamos, who I believe is on 6, so maybe I can afford to miss the next game!
There was some really good football amongst the bobbly scrapiness, with the Blues completely dominating the Reds for much of the first half and the Reds putting together some slick passing moves in the second. Blues definitely deserved to win though.
Personally, I had a bit of nightmare. It was my first ever proper match up front and I felt a bit lost at times.
Take heed though, in the three DiS vs DiS matched I've played I've been on the winning side every time. Is there anyone else who boasts such a record?
P.S. When I got home I discovered that loads of those little black pellets from the astroturf found their way into my pants. It looked like a mouse had shat in them.
Still a 100% record though.
got past a few defenders in CF and RM but then let myself down with my second touch/finish. Should have really scored at least 2 more (im claiming my cross) apologies again to rich for shooting my mouth off at him...but that was a foul.
you were a constant pain in the backside for the reds defence down the right I thought.
I kicked you at the end of the day. And got away with it.
it's no surprise we won
it was very entertaining to watch, well done lads. plus it was a nice day out to lay around in the sun.
i contributed shocking full back play, unfit central midfield play (my 'bursting' runs from midfield left me too tired to track back, oops) and imperious goalkeeping. think i need to work on my fitness.
also, is it just me or was the bounce really weird on that pitch? i thought it was quite a nice surface except for that; some of the goals were a little silly, and i think that possibly contributed, there was quite a lot of spring in the surface and it seemed to spin off at some odd angles.
i thought it was a private joke about rowan atkinson
and the ball rolled too fast on it. also i found about ten big old screws lying about on the pitch during the course of the match. well good.
the Tin Man had a good game but didn't really put his heart into it? I dunno.
i can read.
never get to play football anymore :(
I'd be rubbish though. Imagine a really unfit, crap version of John Terry, who takes about 5 full minutes to turn and is REALLY, REALLY quiet and doesn't comunicate at all. Yeah, that's me. On the plus side I'll throw myvelf at anything and will possibly make some spectacular looking tackles/goal line clearances :)
Screws were the least of our concerns
i'm a bruiser with decent passing and some pace, every now and then. usually centre midfield, centre half or right back. no messing with the tackles.
it would be nice to show bamos that i can beat him in different sporting disciplines too.
...being an E2 dweller, can you really go around talking about stabby areas?
...my shoes are ruined. That's all I got.
I saw the last ten minutes. They were the best bits.
Namely, Sean doing a centreback's hacked finish and Tunde's "honour challenge". Kanji, indeed. Black Lightning McKaye strikes only once, but with deadly force.
I hurt double.
And I'm supposed to be cycling at lunch today. A lol.
I also remember falling over after a tackle and feeling you land on top of me whilst giggling in my ear. For some strange reason I felt really safe and could have easily just fallen asleep there.
this is DiS Football, there are rules.
and bamos was basically just punching and slapping you. Brotherly love.
you could tour the country in a minibus taking on DiS teams made up of the manchester / leeds / newcastle / scottish DiSers etc. it would be pure magic.
i'd really like to play in one of these games but it's just too far away.
I'd love to be the bloke who makes THAT decision...
and he mentioned that a lot of people will probably be festivalising next month, at ATP or elsewhere.
What dates would be acceptable for peeps on here then?
but bear in mind the 2 bank holidays in may when most people will be away
but i'd demand a place in the Glasgow / Scotland side
that's good for me.
in other news my legs are still sore, and i was only on the pitch for about 50 minutes
I should be back by then (y)
I might be back by then as well. Excitement for all!
ATP Breeders 15-17 May
Festivals/holidays etc are going to get more frequent now, but the good weather means more people are interested, so I think we should accept that people will be missing games occasionally.
May be an idea to have a summer break whilst DiS cricket takes over.
I know it had some giant wind turbine thing but I don't remember seeing any lights
Wouldn't it be really funny?
it would have dan_thw and that guy mike in it tho
that'd be awesome actually. Even just in a park with a tennis ball.
I'll start a new thread in a sec about the May match
but hey that's just something we have to accept. 5 or 7 a side is always a possibility too. Also, I'm determined to fit in whatever football I can before I return to the Motherland in July!
DiS cricket sounds lovely.
floodlights mean an evening match during the week could be on the cards
or 'demand' as in 'I DEMAND TO BE IN THIS TEAM BECAUSE I ASKED THE ORIGINAL LOT TO GO ON TOUR :'('
We did Thursdays last year.
everyone needs a goalie
failing that...i'm left footed. lefties are rare and always pretty useful.
is it bring yr own gear? Corkies or windballs?
But as we've now got about 28 people interested in these games surely we could keep it a regular thing and we'll all just have to accept that there'll be the odd one we'll have to miss?
Also, as it's getting lighter now in the evenings, we could have a fortnightly kick about in a central London park maybe (or rounders / soft ball if you wanted to get the girls involved) on a school night?
Corkies. Well, whatever those cheap balls from Lillywhites are actually made from. I have my doubts.
(no girls allowed)
Remember when I should've been doing research for my job interview but instead I just bowled howlers all night.
Got the job too