Weather conditions were fairly good for football, and Mine Shaft 3
saw a crowd turnout of 49174. Roberto Sarlanga
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Elwin Zurel
and Benicio Brea
Diggers decided to use a 3-5-2 set up.
Starters: Galambos - Zamudio, Abu-Hamdan, Pattison - Rueter, Darcy, van Gerven, Trotter, Hoboken - Sbampato, Strauß.
A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Porkers.
They fielded: Valderrama - Symes, Williamson, Parshin - Hasper, Shaylor, Ogilvy, Curry, Hampson - Tiatto, Kerrigan.
It was an obvious ambition of Diggers to use their ability at attacking on the flanks.
Porkers were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks.
caused the crowd to go mental with his goal up the middle after 2 minutes. This gave Diggers the 1 - 0 lead.
Diggers caught their opponents out with a clever counterattack down the right wing 6 minutes into the match. G. Zamudio
was able to finish off the move - 2 - 0.
As L. Williamson
had, completely unprovoked, swept the legs out from under an opponent in front of a linesman, the referee gave the Porkers player a red card without batting an eyelid.
Diggers's G. Pattison
had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 14 minutes having been played. J. Megaw
was the replacement.
Cheers filled the stadium as H. Hoboken
broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 3 - 0 to Diggers.
With 20 minutes showing on the scoreboard clock, Porkers showed some good skill and were able to reduce the score to 3 - 1 when T. Curry
got past the home side's central defenders right in front of the goal.
The crowd roared its approval when M. Galambos
somehow managed to block a shot which seemed to be a certain goal by Porkers's A. Tiatto
24 minutes into the game.
3 - 1 was the score after the first half.
Porkers claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 54 percent.
58 minutes into the match, the speedy S. Kerrigan
easily outpaced A. Abu-Hamdan
, chipped the keeper and made the score 3 - 2.
It was obvious that Porkers had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle.
tied the game at 3 - 3 after 66 minutes, when he converted an incredible pass from the right.
Attacking on the wings was the choice for Porkers, and they were successfully passing the ball from the middle to the wings to attack.
With 71 minutes played, the visitors broke through on the right after some poor defending. A. Tiatto
put the ball away for 3 - 4.
Players in Porkers heard their coach's words ringing in their ears and steered their central attacks to the wings instead.
After 76 minutes, a mistake by the home side's left defence allowed P. Hasper
to get through. He outclassed the home side's keeper, adding another goal for the visitors. 3 - 5.
made one of his many fine passes from the wing into the middle 81 minutes into the match. A. Tiatto
bravely attempted to execute a diving header and the ball was met firmly with his forehead for Porkers. 3 - 6.
Porkers enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 58 percent of possession.
B. van Gerven
performed admirably for Diggers.
However, J. Megaw
made a disastrous appearance.
Porkers's best player was A. Tiatto
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 3 - 6.