Saturday, February 12, 2011

ANSARA Taiping 3 - 3 Ex-Manchester FC

Jose, scored a brace

Ayie scored the first goal from a freekick

After two weeks break, we are back having friendly matches to prepare for the new season. This time we are facing Ex-Manchester FC at the Universiti Malaya football field. I still could not get the full squad to come for this match and we started the match with only 4 first eleven players with all our back four features completely new and different players including the keeper. Thus it is not surprising when we let in two successive goals within the few minutes of the first half. Ayie continued with his fine form from the previous match by scoring from a free kick as the opponent's keeper completely misjudged the ball. However, the opponent strike back with a goal that is quite similar in movement to the second one.

I made few substitutions for the second half by bringing in Sidi to replace Din as the defensive midfielder and introduced Shukri as the new left winger. Shukri made an impact immediately when he managed to get a cross across the goal for Jose to tap in. Then Sidi dribbled past few players and made a fierce shot towards the keeper which he managed to block but Jose was at the right place to knock the ball in for the equaliser. After that the match loses its tempo and we were quite lucky the opponent didn't have the best of finishing touch. 

I realise that our team are still not a finished article and that's why I have scheduled two more friendly matches in the coming weekends. Hopefully BAT squad will be at their full strength when the proper league season starts in April.

Squad stat: Firdaus (GK), Alang (LB), Kudin (CD), Shaz (CD), Kalai (RB), Ayie (AM), Din (DM), Jose (RW), Epul (LW), Zainal (AM), Fazli (S) Subs: Sidi (DM), Shukri (LW)

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