The Barbs A team kicked off ClubFootball Summer 5-a-side Cup by winning its division last night. The first of our three matches started off poorly, as we were seemingly flustered by the unfamiliar conditions at Xiaowuji: a much larger 5s pitch, poor lighting, a wet surface after the evening rain, and referee who was content to penalize us after every flop and faked cry of pain from the opponent. We scored first, but they kept the pressure on and ended up winning 2-1.
The next two games were must-wins, and that's exactly what we did. We took care of business against the group's weakest team with an 8-0 blowout in the second match. The best was saved for the third match of the night, as we slowed down the pace, controlled the ball for long stretches, and covered well on defense. The reward came with a goal about halfway in, and we held on for the remainder and the 1-0 victory. At the end, we were one of three teams with two wins and one loss and won the group on goal difference.
According to the CF schedule, our matches next week should be on Thursday at 8pm. Cheers to Andrew, who played in goal the last two matches and kept both opponents scoreless while remaining very active in our attack. Thanks also to Sean for organizing the team when Dave was late to show up. And a hearty Barbarian welcome to new player Will! Our latest recruit is from the United States and enjoys playing defense and midfield, wearing flat shoes on a slippery pitch, and taking long walks on the beach.
Week 1 Lineup: Andrew, Dave, Jemal, Luc, Marcus, Sean, Will