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 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.
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.
This Sunday saw Germans All Stars kick off their first league game against Bangkok United.
The first game saw a big squad come together at our home turf at Bangkok Patana school. The coaching team had decided to invite all available players to create good atmosphere.
Our tactics for the game saw us continue with our high midfield pressing from the wingers which has worked very well in pre-season so far.
After roughly 5 minutes played a quick taking throw from Damian saw Tommy with possession inside the box who then laid the ball off to Dominik for the first goal of the season!!!
Saturday 22nd April 2017 will live long in the memory of the GAS faithful. Here is why…
It was cup final day. The Casuals League had pulled out all the stops with getting a fine venue in Siam’s National Stadium, a perfect arena for without doubt the biggest game of the season for both teams. Pre game brunch was had at the Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok next to MBK where the hosts kindly laid on fresh fruit and pasta, drinks and assisted with taking pre-game photographs.