Time until the next game at Benalmadena Polideportivo

Match report by Geoff

REDS ….6 versus BLACKS ….1

Whilst the Reds were undoubtedly worthy winners of this 11 a side game, the score line was nevertheless slightly flattering for them as a result of some excellent finishing.

In the first quarter of the match, in particular, there was some splendid passing movements by both teams and the quarter surprisingly remained goalless, in no small part due to some excellent saves being made by Breck in the Blacks goal and Dave M in the Reds.

However, two quick goals at the beginning of the second session for the Reds by Alan and Keef gave them a comfortable lead at the break.

The third session began in much the same manner when Garry hit a low angled screamer into the left-hand corner of the Blacks net, giving Breck in goal no chance, although in fairness to the latter he was carrying an injury and only playing to even up the sides when on another day he may well have saved it.

3-0 to Reds.

The last session began with Dazzafor once putting the ball into the back of the Reds net rather than onto the top of a 103 bus heading down the road towards Arroyo.

4-0 to Reds.

Then Eddie, almost immediately for the Blacks, scored the goal of the match when turning on a sixpence and showing superb ball control drove the ball past a hapless Dave M in the Reds goal.

4-1 to Reds.

In the final moments of the match, Keef scored a cracker of a goal which was quickly followed by Garry getting his second following a poor clearance by a Blacks defender.

Final score 6-1 to the Reds.

For the Blacks Eddie was always a constant danger with his tricky ball skills with Keef and Kevo the pick of the Reds.

If anything, the match, despite there being plenty of good football, was spoilt by the constant bickering of refereeing decisions by certain players on both sides for alleged running, primarily off the ball and on occasions high balls. Several players were penalised for tackling one of which was a particular bad one.

Consideration needs to be given to the introduction of yellow and red cards for players who consistently run, especially off the ball or tackle opponents.

The referee’s decision be it right or wrong is final, like everyone he is human and makes mistakes.

Remember we play for fun and enjoyment with the majority of us well over sixty, and some nearer eighty, with nothing more important than the social element, as proved during Covid.