This Sunday 17th, after 2 wins in a row, back to the pitch against our direct opponent for the 7th place.
A long journey to the New Territories later, we were down at Tin Shui Sports Centre to play against Ho Kwok Pui Zhen. After the usual warm up and motivational speech, it was time to start.
The first minutes were quite chaotic, with a very weak defense. Despite taking out their best players, we couldn't stop their attacks and get ourselves in trouble. Thanks to an amazing Jake, we didn't give away too many goals but unfortunately didn't score either. After 20 minutes, the score was only 6-4 for our opponents and the last 10 minutes didn't see a better handball played, reaching the half time with 3 goals difference, 8-5.
It's important to note here that the 5 goals of our first half were only scored by the same player, which clearly show the problem that we're facing in attack.
Back on the pitch for the second half, we tried to motivate ourselves, knowing that 3 goals difference is nothing difficult. And after 9 minutes, we scored 4 goals to lead 9-8, sign that the half time message was passed. Until the 18th minutes, the score was really tight and each goals replying to one another. Arrived to the 23rd minutes, the game was tied, 15-15. Then Ho Kwok Pui Zhen scored a goal and for the next 5 minutes, no team could score. With an end of game completely crazy and quite stressful, we finally tied the game at the 28th minutes. With a last save from Jake and quick action, we scored the winning goal in the last seconds, leaving our opponents quite stunned and disappointed.
Globally, we played one of our worst game. Weak defense, attack even worse, without finding any solutions, we were really lucky to get away with a win. It's obvious that we need to keep working on attacks and make it more smooth.
Highlights of the game, Jake, who realized a few amazing stops, especially with his face. Eric, best scorer with 9 goals, Paul, who woke up to score our last 2 goals and all the team, that even if didn't play well, show a nice fighting spirit.
With a 3rd win in a row, we start to breathe better and feel safer, and we'll play next week the last game of the first part of the season, with hopefully, another win.