Dying moments…

Alright lads! I wasn’t able to post the match recap from yesterday as promised since I was sooo tired after the game. Plus, I had to sleep early since the game today was played in the morning. But I’m gonna do a double post today, yesterday and today’s game. Let’s start.

The game started earlier than the given schedule. As in 45 minutes too early. So I arrived 10 minutes “late”. Ms. Silva, the team’s manager, saw me arrive at the pitch, approached me right away and said, “Coach, the guys are 2 goals down”. I told her that it’s ok, it’s only the first half, and the lads could pull it back in the second half. I kinda moved away from her a bit since she wasย flailing her arms around.ย She gets excited whenever we have the ball, or exasparated when we lose the ball. But hey, I can’t blame her for that. I actually admire her passion, I just don’t wanna get hit.

The referree blew the whistle to signify the end of first half. I was racking my brain on how to pull it back. How to break our silence and have the boys keep the goals flowing. What I did was a very big risk, I changed tactics. I knew, if we wanted to be successful, we had to play aggressive. So I instructed my back three, to start moving up. I told Sam, the primary striker, to play as a false 9 again. I instructed Rubika to poach for goals. Same order I gave to Kim. I told Ryan, and Ralph,to take as many long shots as they could, since we could poach for goals anyway.

The whistle signified the start of the second half. The lads slowly walked up to the pitch. From the sidelines, I took the spot, together with the rest of the team, and started analyzing the game. How the players moved, my team and the opponents. I kinda pride myself as to be overly critical, and tend to analyze every single movement of the players, giving me a full scope and an idea in my head what they’re gonna do next.

I had an excellent vantage post at the sideline, the best seats in the house. As I watch the game unfold, I started my own battle in my head. Call it a chess game of sorts. I started barking orders to my team, not because I wasn’t confident, but because inside the pitch, you wont be able to see the whole game. There will always be something that will obstruct your view, be it a teammate or an opponent.

And the moment I’ve been for has arrived. Our first goal. It was nothing short of magnificent, how it happened. It was a lovely through ball by Kim inside the box. Sam was already there but he was crowded by defenders.So he flicked the ball over to Rubika, who slotted it to the top left of the box. It was the goalkeeper’s weak spot. At this point the floodgate has opened.

Second goal came by a free kick, just outside the box. Goal went in the same side. At the top left corner. Everyone was happy! I even took a little celebratory leap, a Neymar-esque leap. There is a feeling of elation at this point within the team, pulling back 2 goals in quick succession after a very hard first half, against the last year’s champs! It was like champagne was raining from the sky, that kind of feeling.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a game on our hands! We were clearing all the the balls left and right. Playing a magnificent defensive play. And you guys were thinking we were parking the bus? Hell no! We had 2 at the back at this point. We were all out attack, gunning for the win.

Then, something ominous happened. An unintentional foul. Ball in hand to the opposing team. And it was in the penalty spot! Jemar, the goalkeeper and the kick taker from the opponent were sizing up each other. It was like a Battle of Waterloo at that point. You could cut the tension in the air like a knife, like how you would cut butter with a warm butter knife. Then the referee whistled. Kick taker took it to the top left, Jemar went for it on the same direction, only he dove in the bottom left.

The opponents pulled a score for them, 3-2. Deadlock was broken. I told myself, we still had time. I wasn’t watching my watch at this point, just fueled by emotion as well. But then alas. The referee blew the whistle to end the game. We conceded a goal, at the dying moments of a game.

The guys hung their head low, I tried to cheer em up. Told them it was ok. I’m still proud of them, especially after that result. Others would wither at a task that big. These lads, I can’t think of a phrase to properly describe it, so I’m gonna borrow it from the late, great Jimi Hendrix, as it perfectly describes the scenario. Here it goes, these lads “stood up next to a mountain, and chopped it down with the edge of their hands”.

Absolutely perfect. Nicely done Mr. Hendrix, nicely done.

 

Alright that’s it for today lads!! Pictures will be edited in as soon as I get them! And once again, this is Footy, and you guys stay cheeky! Cheers!!

The First Win!

Alright lads! I told Foodie that I would sleep but I still can’t sleep, so here I am, writing a new blog.

So earlier today, I was out with the lads, (the highschool team I’m coaching) on their first football game. I was on the sidelines yelling orders while warming up the back-up goalkeeper Lexus. The game was intense. It was back and forth at first, and then something magical happened. Rubika, scored his first goal of the match! ย It was a beautiful curling shot to the top left corner of the goal. Then the half continued for about 5 more minutes, then the ref blew the whistle.

My observations on the first half was, the opponents were bigger (they were playing against a college team), and more physical. So what I did is, I made adjustments to the positions of the players, and had Sam play as a false 9 because he was getting wrecked in the box. I wanted the kid to drop back and make passes since the opponents usually crowd to him when he is inside the box.

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The Team. Standing left to right; Rubika, Arielle, Sam, Kim, Marc, Sean, Ralph, Jemar, Ryan. Sitting, left to right; Rieben, Lexus, Gerald, Kyle, Kenichi, Owen.

 

Second half resumed, and I was closely watching the ball, I then yelled an order to the defender, Arielle, to move forward a little bit and man-mark their striker. Which he did so with good effect. I took Owen out and let Rieben take his slot in the right back position, took Ryan out and put in Marc, since the opponent was playing long balls. The decision paid off since the opponent stopped playing long balls, which was their forte.

They started making errors on the short passing which my team capitalized. Sam managed to intercept the ball, which he then pinged over to the right wing. Kim, who was on the wing, dribbled the ball which drew an extra defender to him then dropped the ball to Rubika.

At that point, everything was in slow motion. Rubika feigned right, and the first defender went off balance. He then did a step over to confuse the second defender then megged him. He then positioned himself, took a shot at the goalkeeper and beat him in the far post! That was his second goal, and the second goal of the game!!

Everything returned to normal after that sequence. With the clock dwindling down, I called for another substitution, and put in Kyle,Ryan and Gerald since Iย need fresh legs for tomorrow’s game. Jemar, the goal keeper played exceptional in this game. Stopping a lot of chances the opposing team made.

Tomorrow, we will be playing against Arfien, another college team. We will keep the ball rolling and the wins coming in with tactical playing, good decision making, and most important of all, playing football and keeping it fun!

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Two of my attackers. Sam (left) and Kim (right) and yours truly in the middle.

And that’s it for today lads! Once again, this is Footy, and you guysย stay cheeky. Cheers!

Eat, Pray, Love… And Eat Some More.๐Ÿ˜Š

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As tradition, some friends and I attend the early morning mass at the Pink Sisters every last Sunday of the month. For this month’s trip and as always, the plan was for Tata and Jasz to pick me up from home at around 6am.

Due to the heavy rains overnight, I was on a dead-to-the-world kinda sleep ๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค and would’ve probably snored my butt off until 9am if Footy didn’t give me a wake up call.๐Ÿ˜˜

So, after preparing, I inhaled (gobbled up in milliseconds๐Ÿ˜‚) a KK glazed donut but skipped coffee since T&J were already on the way. I wanted to prepare something to bring along since my tummy was still rebelling at the thought of just a donut ๐Ÿฉ for bfast, unfortunately there was no time. Good thing there’s a friendly neighborhood Burger King. [4 Cheese Whopper Jr. & Hash Browns!!!๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿง€๐Ÿง€๐Ÿง€๐Ÿง€๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ˜].

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Breakfast!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

We weren’t able to park at our usual spot since there was quite a few more people there this morning, probably since tomorrow’s a holiday [yippee!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜].

After the mass we trooped to the small Gift shop and panic bought [panic buying?] Sampaloc, some medallions and knick-knacks. ย 

 

After Pink Sisters, we then trooped to the Good Sheperd Seminary for the ever yummy ube halaya (purple yam jam) & macapunoย (sweetened young coconut) candies.๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ Jasz wasn’t able to eat her burger so we left and ย let her do her version of the Mcdo ‘Tuloy Pa Rin’ ad ๐Ÿ˜‚, and went to get our ube and other goodies.

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My takeaways from Good Sheperd: Tawilis in Corn Oil, Halo-halo sweets (Macapuno Balls) and blocks of Ube Halaya.

Our last stop before heading home was S&R for lunch (CHOWDER!!!๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ˜) and some groceries (cheese, wine, cheese, wine rice krispy treats and other stuff ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›

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Lunchtime! Salad, Beef Roll, Chowder and Ice-Cold Soda. ๐Ÿ™‚

We were back in Manila by around 2pm. It’s been a great Sunday, all in all.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Cheeky Nandos!!!

Alright lads!!!

I’m a lil bit sorry for the delay of a couple blog posts about the second week of the EPL. I have been coaching a senior high football team these past few weeks and it has been taking a lot of my time. But don’t you worry, I will be updating the blog in a few days with the second part of the Second Week Madness of the EPL, and maybe start with the third week as well after the games conclude on the weekends.

Woan will also start posting her recipes and whatnots on her side of the blog maybe tomorrow. She has been swamped at work for a few weeks now as well.

So stay tuned for updates about our whereabouts and keep safe and dry from all this wet weather.. Cheers!!!

 

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I would be needing new boots soon, theyre kinda getting abused a lot lately..LOL!!