Agilent - 23-Jan. The Saturns cruised thru the rise of the Seasiders with a 5-3 winning but not without controvercial. Just when the Chelsea Harzardous headlines dominating major newspaper in the UK, Jerome of Saturns making headlines in the local social games, by refusing to be substituted!
Saturn started with 10 man versus 11, with SK and CL doning the Blue instead of Orange, and switching Haniff into partnering TK at defence. The versatile Haniff did well in guarding the defence of Saturns for the first 15 minutes.
First goal scored by the roaring midfield engine Andrew with a sweet shooting, after a cross by Lau and deflected from Seasider's defence. Assist has to be awarded to Lau without much choice...
Second goal came soon with Saturn's top scorer Wong being fouled in the D after a solo efforts beating several Seasiders players. Lau steal the spotkick responsibility, 2-0 the score board's LED flashing after 40 minutes of play. The penalty was retaken once due to Saturn's player early action prior to spot kick. Seasiders were only limited with long range efforts and have limited tries from close range. Saturn's defence did well, despite constant bombardment cross from Seasider's right wing.
second half began with Saturn leading the game by 2 goals to nil. and Saturn resting several players for fresh legs.
in the 48th minutes, a cross from KW sent the ball to far post and Jerome appeared unmarked, headed the ball to clearance instead of goal bound. It must be the slippery field that cause the slight steering missing from Jerome. He would claim 9 out of 10 times the goal as such would be converted, but just not today.
Seasider scored a goal back in the 50th minute via some smart move from midfield counter attack and Saturn's keeper could only see the ball flewed into the net. Saturn appeared to be sluggish by unable to close down opponent quickly.
Seasider leveled the score to 2-2 soon in 70th minute with via lowly-driven corner kick and tapped in by the striker. Saturn was expecting to win the aerial challenge but the Seasider put up a smart low corner drive that surprised the Saturn.
Saturn's attacking line lead by Jerome tried to restore the lead and pounding in attacks. Jerome in particular, guilty of missing header chances with crosses sent in by KW and Davis. Either the grass was too slippery, or smoke gets into Jerome's eyes.
Gaining confident, the Seasiders launched attacks that the Saturn defence had worked hard to tackle. All 4 defence players of KB, KC, Allan and TK were called into action in body-blocking, hacking, tackling actions.
Controvercial started at 75th minutes when the manager decided to make tactical changes, requesting Jerome to be subbed and the striker refused to be substituted and rejected the request! Saturns players are stressed and confused when techtical changes were not in order and team morales in mess. Thanks to the understandings of other Saturn players that able to be substituted, Saturn's Wong was restored to the frontline leading the attacks.
Saturn restored the lead to 3-2 thanks to Wong's tap in (assurance tap in) after a goal mouth scramble on the Blues' keeper with Jerome. Jerome assisted a goal in the process.
The Blues scoring did not stop and snatched in another goal after exposing some midfield gaps and got chance to shoot outside the D. the score was leveled at 3-3.
Several more tactical changes made by Saturn brought to fruitful result thereafter. Seng Bak partnership with Andrew of Saturns restoring some midfield control and setting up Wong roaming to trouble the Seasiders' defence. Wong crossed from left side nicely meet with Davis with a left foot volley. the ball rolled towards bottow right corner of the goal and Seasider's keeper could only wish to have a longer hand to hack the ball away. 4-3 the turning point where Saturn took the lead once more.
Saturn restored the lead to 5-3 when Wong again involved in the setup. Wong's attempted overhead kick failed to make full contact to the ball, diverted the ball to Andrew. Andrew releashed a pass to KW that stoodby like a vulture and shoot the ball over the bodies of Seasiders and converted the 5th goal for Saturns.
The final whistle was blown, Saturn won 5-3, and Jerome's refusal for substitution dominated the headline, just like the Chelsea Harzard story hurting the club. Switch to ESPNLive Channel 888 for the replay of the controvesial incident.
MOM : Davis, for the turning point 4th goal and a left footer volley and the goal of the match.