Sunday was a beautiful day for some soccer with another early morning start, this time at 10am at Randall’s Island versus Missile FC. The Reds squad showed up in numbers with plenty of subs for the match. The game started with Hendrik up top, Omar and Johnny on the wings, Brent, James, and Paul in the center mid, Blake and eee-no at fullback and Hatcher and Alex at center back with Shane as the starting keeps; an unchanged line up from the week prior.
The reds dominated possession early and for most of the game. The first chance came on a corner kick when Matt Hatcher went up strong and got his head on a ball that ended up in the lower corner but saved off the line by a defender and cleared out by Missile FC. Moments later it would be another Reds corner that would lead to them conceding the opening goal. The Missile defense cleared and with one long ball the speedy Missile striker got in behind the Reds defense, raced away and slipped the ball past the Reds keeper after some nifty footwork. It was a blow that the Reds couldn’t figure out how to recover from.
The chances kept developing for CPR but the shots were saved or off target. Omar showed good feet to cut inside but placed his shot straight into the keeper’s arms. Several good headed chances fell to Hendrick and Alex and Cesar hit a low shot from distance that proved easy to deal with for the Missile Goalie. The Reds Continued to control possession but the ball was lost in the offensive 3rd and it was overall a frustrating game for the reds.
The second half started with a lineup change to try and work more offensive chances however the Reds plain and simple couldn’t get on the board. Missile FC was able to capitalize on another counter attack in which their striker was brought down on the edge of the box (potentially in the box) and the Referee called a free kick. A huge deflection off the wall gave Missile the 2-0 lead on what was a poorly kicked ball.
The unsportsmanlike game delays and boys crying wolf on the Missile squad led to added frustration and a bit of chippyness from both squads and made the defeat that much worse. Yellow cards began to mount up. The luck didn’t fall towards CPR on Sunday and the mood was squished post-game despite a solid turn up at the bar. No $400 bar tab this week, no win, just a loss and some motivation for next week’s 4pm show down with FC Gwardia.
Special mention to Chris, Jack, Eddie, Cesar and Alberto who all made their debuts for the Reds.