It was an unusually early start for GAS on Saturday as they prepared to take on French opposition (mostly) again in the form of Red Star with most players arriving before the morning was out, unlike our opponents.
After such a comfortable victory last week the message was clear and more of the same was expected from the boys. GAS got off to a pretty good start and creating some good early chances, most notably a lovely flowing move ending with Julian curling a peach off the top of the bar. With the opposition rarely threatening the GAS back line the forwards continued to press forward and got the lead their early dominance deserved as danger man Julian drove forward down the left hand side and cooly lifted the ball over the keeper into the bottom right hand corner of the net. However, in applying the finish the left winger immediately pulled up and signaled to the bench that he was in trouble and all hope it’s nothing serious.
GAS came into this game on a 3 match winning streak having scored 14 goals in the last 3 games. Confidence was high and you could see that in the players’ mannerisms.
It soon became evident that something was wrong though. Les Gaulois were nowhere to be seen. Not even one player had turned up so contact with the Les Gaulois coach revealed the opposition thought kickoff time was 4pm, not 2:30pm as scheduled.
After a good win the previous weekend, spirits were high when the team travelled to Pattaya to take on FC Planet.
FC Planet would surely be looking to seek revenge for the Cup Final loss last season and GAS were looking to record their first away win at FC Planet and climb up the league standings.
After the encouraging draw in midweek against the African Warriors, where the boys were unlucky not to take home all 3 points, it was crucial that the team got back to winning ways against an opponent who secured the 3 points with a last minute winner at the beginning of last season.
With a new 3-5-2 system in play, the onus was on the wide players, Phillip and John to provide support to the attacking players and keep their discipline defensively. Much like the game last weekend GAS got off to the perfect start with an early goal that they play so far had deserved. After winning the ball back in defence it was played out with to John to whip the ball in to the back post where Thomas hit it first time in off the post, a good team goal.
After the disappointing results of the last few weeks in both the Casuals League and the SAT League it was important for the boys to get some sort of result in one of the more eagerly anticipated clashes of the season so far. The clear message from the pre-match team talk was to come out fast and make a quick and positive start.
Yet another successful event for GAS!
With the squad’s great show of form in the first two matches of the season team spirit is running even higher than usual, if that’s even possible. Well, to make matters better GAS was scheduled during the one week break this past weekend, the decision was taken that it would be the perfect occasion for some team bonding, and so it was.
After the comfortable opening weekend win against Bangkok United last time out the message was loud and clear from the coach going into this game – we want to make a statement to the league!
GAS began the game on the front foot and were camped out in the opposition half from the first minute but no breakthrough, until midway through the first half when a marauding run from left winger Julian’s pull back eventually made it over to the right winger John who had time to take a touch and slot it past the keeper for the first goal of the game. The second goal followed shortly after, again coming from a left wing pull back from Julian allowing Tommy Almond to prod the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.