The second half was more of the same, with the Blues on top and the Jimmy Tarbuck ensemble dangerous on the break. However, an early corner was met at the near post by David with a beautifully glided header to pull the Blues ahead. And there we stayed, and had enough good chances to put the game well beyond reasonable doubt, but somehow that finishing touch was elusive on the Eric Hamber carpet. And if it hadn’t been for a goal-line clearance by Jessie in the dying moments, those spurned attempts would have been even more costly.
On such a team night, it seems wrong to single out people. But Jason, a new signing, played the whole 90 minutes, marshalling the back line superbly and was a clear man of the match and took home the silver trophy kindly donated by the opposition. Other notable performances came from Jeffrey, Fernando and Farook; the latter not just for his play, but for bringing along five younger Blues to help out some slightly older legs on the team.
Our thanks also to the referee, who kept things going nicely, but perhaps we should not let him borrow Steve Speed’s (Liverpool manager) watch next time. Seven minutes of added-on time would have had Fergie in a catatonic rage in the Premier League. Perhaps our manager just needs an Armani overcoat next time.
The next game is against Man Utd on May 31, followed by a return fixture against Liverpool on July 5. Both games at Point Grey secondary school (a much nicer pitch). And we’re happy to report that all vehicles were present and correct on leaving the ground.
Let's hope the senior team can match our performance on Wednesday.
More photos here.