Whites Suffer First Defeat to Greeks

Nov 25 2012 Published by under Whites

The Whites long unbeaten run in league play ended Sunday November 18th on Randall’s Island against the Greeks.  The Whites came out slow in the opening moments, perhaps a hangover from some time off due to the Hurricane Sandy aftermath.  The Greeks controlled possession early and looked dangerous down the flanks.  Some unorganized defending by CPR allowed a Greek winger to slip a striker in behind the back four.  Ben was left one on one and a calm finish put the Greeks up 1-0.  The Whites woke up to a certain degree, getting forward at times and finding some space to possess and create.  Just as the game was leveling out, another unlucky mistake for CPR saw a clearance knocked down and a driven shot was brilliantly saved by Ben.  Unfortunately the rebound fell right to a Greek player and CPR found themselves down 2-0.

The second half was an entirely different story following some tactical changes by CPR during the break.  The whites showed great determination and heart winning 50-50 balls and tackling hard.  CPR looked to be the better side for the majority of the second half with most of the match being played in the Greeks half of the pitch.  CPR created a multitude of half chances, but the ball seemed to never quite bounce the right way in the penalty area.  The Greek defenders managed to block a lot of CPR shot attempts.  The Whites best opportunity came off a blocked shot that fell for Conor on the half volley.  Conor put a cracking hit on the bouncing ball, but the Greek keeper made an important save to parry the shot away.  As CPR pushed forward searching for that ever allusive first goal the Greeks found some counter attack opportunities.  Ben came up big multiple times to keep the game in reach.  Despite a great second half effort the Whites could not get on the score sheet.  Final score 2-0.

Squad:  Ben (GK), Mike Ne (D), Nick (D), Mike Ni (D), Matt (D), Lasse (M), Riso (M), Conor (M), Westy (M), Xavi (M), Kwesi (F)

Subs:  Robbo, Eli, Devin


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