A crowd of 12000 spectators sat down to watch a very good match. All 281 Blazer fans showed up, as they were seen wearing the team’s green, and orange, or waving Blazer flags. The audience proved to play a huge role, as some players like Patrick Boggs said that “The crowds made me feel good.”
The game started like this. Blazers were trying as hard as they could to attack on the wings. The manager and the coach allowed the following players to go on the field – Barth – Le Bret, Stevic, Gomes Sa, Jackson – Majors, McCarter, Jacobsson, Robert – Mcgee, Boggs. The Blazers used a 4-4-2 combination.
The guests took the lead 11 minutes into the match, after a right-side attack resulted in Herman Jacobsson scoring the 0 – 1 goal. The home crowd cheered when, after 13 minutes, Erik Mcgee’s charge up the middle resulted in the keeper making one of his best saves of the day. The away team’s Héctor Robert took advantage of a mistake on the home side’s right after 20 minutes which increased Blazers’s lead to 0 – 2. The game had been on for 34 minutes when Jérémie Le Bret broke through on the right, upping the score for Blazers to 0 – 3, much to the home crowd’s dismay. After this, you could see that the players of Blazers were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals. 37 minutes in, ROOIBOS appeared unsure on how to play and their organization was only passable. 40 minutes into the match, Héctor Robert came through the middle and almost added to his team’s lead, but the shot went wide. It was 0 – 3 at the break. Blazers held the ball, with a clear 69 percent of possession.
ROOIBOS’s coach had an extra briefing during the break, and after that his players had solid organisation. The Blazers players could smell victory in the air. Reg Majors wasn’t in a hurry to leave the field as he was substituted for José Verdugo after 46 minutes. Content with how the game was proceeding, the Blazers coach let Cédric Martin replace Jérémie Le Bret after 50 minutes. ROOIBOS’s Vicente Camerena lived up to his reputation for finding unexpected ways to get the ball in the net when he sent a nifty little pass over to Kent Phelps who finished for 1 – 3 with 64 minutes of the match played. Blazers’s Erik Mcgee wanted to play on, but 70 minutes into the game the decision was made to substitute him for Keum-Chul Lim. 70 minutes into the game, ROOIBOS seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a poor level of organization. 76 minutes into the match, the visitors put themselves ahead 1 – 4 as Keum-Chul Lim finished off an attack from the left with a spectacular scissors kick. With 84 minutes played, Blazers put themselves up 1 – 5 after an attack from the right, caused by a defensive blunder. The scorer was Keum-Chul Lim. Some fine manoeuvring on the left led to a Blazers goal after 88 minutes, making it 1 – 6. José Verdugo was noted down as the scorer. After 89 minutes, a mistake by the home side’s left defence allowed Gastão Gomes Sá to get through. He outclassed the home side’s keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 1 – 7. Blazers enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 83 percent of possession.
The most dominating ROOIBOS player was without a doubt Troy Mackay. Brett Richard was a disappointment, however. Most important Blazers player was Patrick Boggs. Luka Stević on the other hand, had a terrible day. The match ends 1 – 7.
0 – 1 Herman Jacobsson 11′
0 – 2 Héctor Robert 20′
0 – 3 Jérémie Le Bret 34′
1 – 3 Kent Phelps 64′
1 – 4 Keum-Chul Lim 76′
1 – 5 Keum-Chul Lim 84′
1 – 6 José Verdugo 88′
1 – 7 Gastão Gomes Sá 89′
31% 69% (1st Half)
17% 83% (2nd Half)