Round 8 see the Whites at home and after last weeks mauling of Unley 5-2 the boys are on a high.

As a quick side note all grades have won in both rounds 6 & 7 which is a great effort by all at the club!

Today we host Mercedes at home
The tail of the tape reads that the whites are 3rd on the ladder and Mercedes 7th.

Mercedes have a poor away record however have only lost by 1 goal to both Rostrevor 2nd on the ladder and league leaders Blackwood!

From the outset be clear this is a danger game and any positive result will be gladly accepted.
Mercedes games have been relatively low scoring so today we must create take our chances!

It’s again a perfect day with not a cloud in the sky and the breeze is coming across the ground from Adelaide oval but should not effecting either end.

This is a critical game in the shape of the season as we enter the cup round bye next weekend, the whites are now 3 points off top spot.

Also Worth noting Blackwood 1st play Pembroke 4th and Rostrevor 2nd play Unley 5th this weekend.

Changes to the side in – Wes, Jan, Rob2
out – Matty Chan, Jorge
I have never like Mercedes as they always seem to be a mouthy, dirty and hang around like a bad hangover!

The whites go through there normal routine with runs and stretches and Mercedes stand in a circle and kick the ball to each other?

Let’s be honest Mercedes green strip is in contention as the worst in the league. Reminds me of the Balfours green frog cake!

A bit of controversy prior to kick off as Mercedes coach come across and says he has brought a Ref??? He explains he’s a state league Ref and he wasn’t sure we would have one?? Bres quickly puts him in his place and tells him we already have a ref!!!! What the hell is going on?

I already stated I don’t like them and that little effort confirms they are nobs!

Now we a dealt with their first attempt to influence the outcome I hope they Second guess their chances!!!!

That deserve a proper spray today from the match report!

Here we go! Number 5 looks like he has borrowed his little brothers shirt with n7 not far behind him.

N6 let’s call him Barrel will be tested for speed and Moses n2 at center back looks an interesting character

Any way we are underway!

Early whites push up and the ball is lost and ends up a free kick to them. The shot is wide.
Whites break and Abdul get on it and beats one and shoots! It hit the side post rebounds and it’s saved

Long ball from Big Dan and it’s of heads and Abdul with pace beats the defender and at full stretch on his left beats the keeper for number 1!!!!! Whites lead 1-0 after 10 mins

And a shocking tackle on Rob2 and its on! Theres a punch on and in goes Everyone and guys get flattened everywhere it is going off! The ref under pressure as players come from everywhere as its is a all in!!!

Bres is on the field to calm it down and the ref gives 2 reds, one each! Rob 2 very unlucky to be sent off!

Both teams down to 10 as things settle but I fear it’s not over!

In the midfield n3 for them shoots? WTF and it’s over the top from 45 meters
This game is going to offer a heap of chance as the gaps appear!

N2 get beaten and swing his legs (pig) and collect Dan but nothing from the ref! That guy is a wanker

Whites forward and Sol beats a couple but can’t get the shot away
To me they don’t have the skills we do but it’s early!

Sam pushes up and his pass is just long. Mercedes defend grimly as the whites apply the pressure they are playing very deep and looking for the quick break!

N2 again hacks down Dan and there’s his yellow which should have been his second!!!!! The guys a tool

30 mins gone and it’s a cracker
Abdul in and cross to Hamood and his header is solid but saved.

At the other end frog cake green are in but big Dan push it over the top! Corner and again big Dan save the day again.

Free kick Mercedes and it’s headed back in but tip over by big Dan
It’s a tight contest as Mercedes look for the equalizer

And that’s half time! What a first half it had everything…….

Bres addresses the boys and talks tactics with 10 men. He says they are winning the hard ball but we are waiting for possession. He explains we must stand up and win each of our positions.

Turn and go use skill in the forward line and clear defense every time.
This will be a big second half as we know they will come out breathing fire!

Second half starts and the whites go forward and Abdul and Sol get chances but are shut down the ball goes to Wes who lays off to Darren who shoots but saved.

In the middle and n 11 Attacks Sol and it’s a red card!!!! What a dick! And it’s all in again even the linesman has a go!
This team has big angry issues!

9 v 10!!!! Will there be more send offs????

Mercedes get a chance and in hit the side goal rebounds back but we clear, desperate stuff
Corner whites and Wes like Ronaldo sends it in and Rob1 is at the back of the pack and baaaannnnggg it’s in for number 2!!! We lead 2-0!

Free kick whites after another late tackle and Wes just long for Sol
Free kick Mercedes and it’s Cleared by the whites for a corner and it’s taken and placed to the back post and headed back across and another header in its 2-1

Things get very interesting as the whites have lost momentum we need another to be sure! Corner whites and it’s no good!

25 mins gone and edge of your seat stuff.
Free kick and Johnny chips it and it’s nearly in but goal kick

Mercedes press with 9 men as we are under pressure. We need one good ball and we can score

Dan runs it to Abdul over to Sol who is in on goal but it’s wide

Ball falls to Sol but a wild shot wide
Free kick to them and shot on goal saved by Dan

Corner to them and the head on it but saved by big Dan.

Whites break and Johnny first class pass to Sol and he beats the keeper for a beautiful goal 3-1 game over for the thugs!!!!

The game has opened up and Bres has decided to load defense and see this one out!

Up and down the ground but everyone’s buggered the game is done, it’s been a war!

Whites push forward one last time and it’s a corner! Bobby hits it short and it’s cleared but puts great pressure on the see it out
Saba to Bobby and the shot is saved and that full time!

The teams shake hands and Bres get them in the middle of the ground for what is a well deserved club song!!!

All played really well, a real team effort but some spectacular saves from Big Dan and Rob 1 who also scored!

Bres really enjoyed that one and that was an important victory!!!

I will leave the report saying the sniper tactics from Mercedes where a blight on their club and this season has seen some disgraceful coward acts more so than any other season from teams that lack ability.

I will shut up now! That’s it!

David Wilson