Barbarians 5s A Team 2008-07-31

Published on July 31, 2008

Cheers to Keith for this week's match report!

Having rained a bit earlier in the afternoon, it made conditions difficult and we played alright without ever really finding our stride.

In the first game we exerted most of the pressure, and whilst we did have some chances, we didn't carve out enough clear openings, nor did we get enough of the speculative shots on target. They got a break on one occasion just outside the area and we found ourselves chasing the game. A second came through openings that we left in pressing forward, and a third due to a slip at the death.

In the second game, we also went behind, but even though we were not really firing we still emerged with the win. Strength in depth was the key to that one, with the differences telling when they had to field their weaker players.

For the final game, it was a similar story to the first: Both teams were well matched, but our errors cost us, and we couldn't make enough openings or be clinical enough at the other end.

Anyway, three tough teams and close matches -- on another day and with a little more luck, things might have been different. Overall, the Barbarians put in a pretty solid performance, finishing sixth out of 32 teams in tournament.

Also, according to the ClubFootball site, the Beijing Olympics in August will delay the next season of matches from the normal August start time to September 1.

Week 3 Lineup: Andrew, Jemal, Keith, Marcus, Sean, Striker Dan, Will and Gordon (welcome, Gordon!)

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