This week’s Game of the Week saw Green River CC and Near Miss FC compete in our men’s outdoor 8v8 league. The game promised to be an exciting one to watch, as both teams looked determined to take away three points.
Green River CC started off on full throttle, commanding possession, passing the ball around and making good runs down the flanks during the opening minutes. Their first chance came early when a Green River CC player worked the ball well in the corner, cut into the box and took a shot which was easily saved by the goalkeeper. Soon after, the squad was awarded a free kick right outside of the box. The kick taker opted to lay it off to his teammate who ripped a powerful shot that went wide of goal. Their third scoring opportunity came as Muhhammud took his shot off an excellent trough ball, which was parried by the keeper. Muhhammud was in the thick of the action once again when he received another through ball moments later, took a few touches, cut it inside and struck the ball well only to have the goalkeeper come up big once again. Near Miss FC remained on the back foot as Green River CC continued to press. Green River CC had another chance go begging after they put a string of neat passes together at the top of the box only to shoot it wide. Green River CC’s moment finally came with a third remaining in the first half when a shot took a massive deflection and rolled into the net. Near Miss FC’s most promising chance came from a corner kick soon after. The ball was placed in the middle of the box, which was cleared, but only as far as an oncoming Near Miss FC player who launched a shot that the Green River keeper saved pretty handily. Green River’s final chance of the half came from a moment of mastery by Cameron who turned a clearance into a beautiful long pass over the top to Muhhammud whose shot hit the post.
The second half resumed with very much the same rhythm as the first with Green River CC taking control to produce an early goal via another deflection. They added another when a ball was played in the box and the advancing goalkeeper failed to get to it before the striker easily slotted into the corner. Green River CC upped their goal count to four before Near Miss FC produced one of their own. Some intricate passing in the box set up a Near Miss who took a powerful shot that sailed beyond the outstretched arm of the Green River goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Near Miss continued to press and create chances by working the ball around well, but were unable to convert any more opportunities. Green River CC would take the match 4-1.