Long Ball on a Short Field in WOLVES MR4 Play.
By: Tony zito, TEAM MANAGER
Never a good combo for 11 v 11 play. It felt like we were playing on a youth-sized field
This was a battle against a very athletic but often reckless squad. Our opponents didn’t give us much space and our flow of play was definitely disrupted. I give props to our team for not backing down and for tracking the ball well on their continuous ‘long ball and chase’ tactic. Yes, this game was tighter than it should have been. We are a more talented, technically sound team, the White Eagles hung around because of their speed, up front, and the defending of their back line. Our strikers Qemail Vuniqi, Carlo Zito, Dylan Tessier, and Bright Fair never really had a clean path nor look at their net.
White Eagles strikers, meet our back line, which was cobbled together due to no center backs present at kick-off….Sammy Bland-Lasso, Dylan (whose kicks and throw-ins were amazing!), Chris McMahon, and Alonso Gartner you all did a splendid job of nullifying their early pressure. And when a ball did get through, our keeper, Michael Maguire was there to gobble up any loose balls.
We owned the mid-field…Diego Gartner, Fahad Boty, and Nacho Chiazzo- Cardarello. did a wonderful job. When we started to spread the field, our wingers, Matteo Zito, Omar Taher, the two Kevin’s, (Ridgway and Pereira) moved the ball effectively and serviced some well-placed balls in their 18.
Kudos to Kevin Pereira for being our offensive catalyst. On his first strike, he drove to the net, beating their keeper to the ball and scoring an ‘excuse me’ tap in and then AGAIN, with determination and urgency, taking the ball to the net and scoring from another absurd angle. And more importantly, he celebrated with ‘class’.
Something our opponents should take note of.
WOLVES 2 : EAGLES 2