Vikings were looking forward to the top clash against TGA but struggling for numbers, the coach duo had to pull in a few late signups to make up the full squad. TGA looked to also have reinforced their team in several positions so it looked like we were in for a tough game. The game started quite equally in the first 10 minutes with good pressure in both ends of the pitch but defense standing strong in both ends. TGA admittedly with the majority of the big chances, but luckily for us, TGA decided to try to pass the ball over the line instead of shooting from close distance. Vikings also had 1-2 chances in the first 5-10 minutes but it took a corner and a set piece for Domino to serve the ball on a silver platter at the back stick where John rose to the occassion and headed the ball in the net to make the score line 1-0 Vikings. TGA responded by putting their Spanish attacker Pablo on the pitch so we had to make a few changes in defense to be prepared. Little did it help as the last 20 minutes of the first half it had TGA written over most of it where we started making many mistakes in midfield and TGA looked increasingly dangerous on the counter attacks. Luckily for us we held down the fort and the break saw us in the lead 1-0. Second half we found our composure again and started passing the ball around in the first 10-15 minutes and while TGA were pushing forward with many attacks, Elbo and Just had the defense under complete control to keep TGA at bay. But 15 minutes into second half TGA took advantage of a midfield/defense blunder were we completely opened up down the middle and TGA managed to equal the score after a bit of messy shooting. Rene - our keeper had a busy 15 minutes following the equalizer with many shots on target from TGA, but determined to go for the victory, vikings keep pushing ahead on counter attacks which led to a few good chances but our finishes were not strong enough to make it across the line. Domino then decided to take matters into his own hands with roughly 10 minutes to go and dribbled from the midfield via the right hand side, cutting to the left in front of the box - shooting to the right with his left foot. TGA's keeper missed the ball with his hand block so the ball made it into the net and the scoreline was back in Vikings favour. Up 2-1 with 10 minutes to go, Vikings decided to park the bus by putting Rene on as defensive midfield and Raven took a break for Kalle to further defend our lead. TGA kept coming but we stood our ground perfectly to finish off with a victory and 3 points in the bag. Truth be told TGA were more dangerous throughout the game but Vikings proved to be more clinical in our finishing giving us the victory. A great game against great components conducted by a great ref. Good luck to TGA for the rest of the season.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.