The Whites faced a very young and skillful Clarkstown team on Sunday. We came out strong quickly and before Clarkstown could settle we got the opening goal. A free-kick from the left side of the field found its way to an unmarked Riso who fired low and hard to make the score 1-0. We saw a lot of possession the first 20 minutes of the game but were not able to create another dangerous chance. Clarkstown found their rhythm and started to put pressure on our back 4 but our outstanding defending and organization frustrated Clarkstown forwards and did not give them any dangerous chances in the first half. At the break Coach Yuval message was to stay compact, patient and play on the break. Clarkstown came out strong keeping us on our own half for long periods of time but once again the whole teams defending performance frustrated Clarkstown. The wind also did not help as every time we tried to play a long ball it was very difficult for our keeper and backs to find our forwards. Kwesi did an excellent job at giving us an outlet and release the pressure and give the defense some relief. As Clarkstown pushed more players forward, Kwesi found himself on goal but a last second touch from a defender saw the shoot go wide. As the game wore on we were able to hold the ball more and sucked the momentum out of the Eagles. One scare saw the ball hit our post but Ben was quick to gather the rebound. That would be the closest they came to scoring and we came away with a hard fought and well deserved win. A great defensive performance from which to build on for the upcoming games.
Team: Ben, Robbo, Mike, Paul, Pat, Conor, Eli, Josh, Riso, Lasse, Kwesi. Subs: Justin, Dan C, Ruben, Edgar