Thursday, July 16, 2009

Spartans G3: Climbing Up and Holding On

A week after holding the league favourites to a draw, Frontliners Spartans came up against Innebandy Co, where once again, Coach decided to gamble.

It was like déjà vu. Spartans rush to the lead, dominate and get dominated, gift the opposition goals and somehow seem to come out of it all alive and well.

Kenny continued his top form by scoring a brace in the first half. Pei Li scored her first ever league goal by scoring Spartans third of the night.

Half time score: 3-0 to Frontliners.

Just like the second half against Ztec, Spartans lost their momentum after gaining the lead. Innebandy went on an all-out attack to come back from a three-goal deficit. Even before the second half started, both teams sounded like they were battling for the Loudest Cheer of the Year.

40 minutes can take a toll on players no matter how fit he/she is. Even with frequent substitutions, Spartans looked worn out and tired midway through. Any cracks and there was Innebandy, waiting to break. A mix up when Kuan Yang was substituted left Deswyn unmarked with all the time and space (again) in the world to score.

Although the Spartans still had a two goal lead, they were made to work hard to hold on to it. Innebandy came up, stronger in the second half while Frontliners played more defensive as most players were already dead tired.

Another crack in Frontliners wall was spotted by Deswyn later on when he appeared in front of Steven, got the ball and scored. Spartans were made to sweat for a couple minutes, hoping they didn't squander a lead once again.

In the end, Frontliners emerged victorious, tired, and out of breath. Kenny Ng was awarded the Man of the Match award (and a can of 100Plus) for his brace and energy channelled in the court.

3 games down, 2 to go. 2 wins, 1 draw. Can the Spartans continue their fine form or will history repeat itself when they take on Minden Unihawks next?

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