BB Soccer Tigers v. Giants
4 - 7
The Giants were humbled by the BB Soccer Lions on the opening weekend of the season but got their revenge today with a comprehensive victory over the BB Tigers. The early kick off, and long journey beyond Croydon to the BB’s home ground in Whyteleafe, didn’t hinder the Giants, who played their best game of the season and impressed caretaker manager Tim Wright with a mix of pressing and intricate passing that the Tigers were unable to cope with.
The boys took command straight from kick off and on the BB’s sloping ground took advantage of playing downhill in the first half to surge forward and pressurise the Tigers goal. Tim had the boys practicing passing in the warm up and this seemed to galvanise their play. The Giants were rampant in the first quarter attacking in waves with Tom, Josh and Noah passing the ball around the Tigers midfield. Tom got the Giants moving with the opening goal, his first of the season, and this was quickly followed up by a brace from Noah, either side of a goal for the Tigers. 3-1 to the Giants. Josh was peppering the goal with shots but had been frustrated by a mix of stout defending and narrow misses. Undeterred he chose a different approach and ran through the Tigers defence to slot the ball home to give the Giants a 4-1 lead at the break.
The second quarter started in similar fashion and Josh extended the Giants lead with an early strike for 5-1. The boys were marauding forward looking for more and the Tigers took advantage to pull back to 5-2. The BB Tigers were a talented team and the Giants were indebted to Seb at the back who had an outstanding game, intercepting the advancing Tigers and switching play to put the Giants back on the attack. When offered the opportunity he pushed forward into the opposition half and was rewarded with a goal to put the Giants 6-2 up. With the Giants four goals ahead the Tigers gained an extra player and their increasingly frustrated manager thought they had pulled a goal back only for Jake, in goal, to pull off the save of the season tipping the ball around the post.
Four goals to the good at half-time but the game wasn’t won yet. The Giants knew that they had to play up hill in the second half and that their opponents had the talent to score goals. The Tigers also had the advantage of an extra player.
Julius, Louie and Zai came on for the second period but the flow of the game remained the same; Julius repelling attacks and Louie and Zai working alongside Jake further upfield. The Tigers pulled a goal back but the Giants continued to control the game and after some slick passing on the edge of the box Louie struck the Giants seventh to restore the four goal lead. Shortly afterwards Jake almost extended the lead further when his long shot was tipped onto the crossbar.
The Giants played out the final quarter with a player less but held their own and were unlucky to concede a late goal. This was the Giants first game in league 5 and on the evidence of today they are ready to take on anybody at this level. The boys played for each other today, had more hunger than their opponents and were ruthless going forward. This was a fine reward for the travelling fans on the longest trip so far this season and the future is burning bright for the boys.
The Team: Jake, Josh, Julius, Louie, Noah, Seb, Tom, Zai
Goalscorers: Tom, Noah (2), Josh (2), Seb, Louie
Man of the match: Seb
Reporter: Hu Dano