Due to an all-day shower, 65277 paying spectators got to see a match on a pitch-turned-bog at The Enlightened Bowl
. Tache Bordei
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Jonathan Bennema
and Pablo Tarragó
A 2-5-3 alignment was the formation of choice for Illuminati.
They fielded: Nitti - Baldzhiyski, de Zeeuw - Sanromà, Mitchell, Tharp, Chambers, Olmedo - Chênot, Punpak, Virta.
Storm had chosen a strategic 5-3-2 formation.
Lineup: Nørskov - Odendorf, Trauwitz, Shapkov, Domide, Kaltenböck - Bryant, Guinn, Henson - Moreno, Gavrieli.
Counter-attacking seemed to be the preferred strategy of Storm.
, who often relies on his speed, had a rotten day on the drenched grass.
A well placed corner kick from P. Virta
was followed by P. de Zeeuw
's hard but accurate header. The well executed routine resulted in a goal for Illuminati, the score now 1 - 0.
could have put Illuminati up one more, but he fired into the side netting after breaking free on the left after 21 minutes.
27 minutes into the game, Storm seemed to suffer a certain amount of confusion and they fell to a passable
level of organisation.
After 31 minutes, the away team failed to deal with a good exchange of passes on the right, and P. Virta
gave the Illuminati supporters even more to cheer about when he increased the lead to 2 - 0.
Content with how the game was proceeding, the Illuminati coach let H. Harrison
replace P. Virta
after 32 minutes.
As the captain was no longer on the pitch, P. de Zeeuw
took over the role of being the Illuminati captain.
The Illuminati coach was visibly pleased with the score so far, but still ordered a few tactical changes 32 minutes into the game.
After 32 minutes, the Illuminati players received new instructions from their manager on how to keep in control of the game.
With 37 minutes played, P. de Zeeuw
could have brought this one home for Illuminati as he charged up on the left, but his hooked ball went just a bit too high.
38 minutes into the game, S. Shapkov
finished off a Storm left wing counterattack, making the score 2 - 1.
Halftime score was 2 - 1.
Illuminati enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 75 percent of possession.
The Storm players spent the break getting a rerun of the team's tactical organisation and regained a solid
organisation when the game started again.
could have increased the lead after 65 minutes, but his shot hit the post after a nice combination in the middle of the park.
increased the lead for Illuminati to 3 - 1, getting a head onto a hooked ball from the right. The ball looked to have taken a deflection on the way in, but he's claiming it!
Illuminati put in a good effort on the right, but A. Baldzhiyski
saw his volley fly wide of the mark 82 minutes into the game.
Illuminati's M. Punpak
increased the lead to 4 - 1, after he saw his shot go between the legs of the advancing goalkeeper following some good play down the right wing after 85 minutes.
Illuminati had most of the ball, with 75 percent of possession.
Illuminati's best player was D. Mitchell
On the other hand, D. Nitti
's play was disheartening.
performed admirably for Storm.
on the other hand, had a terrible day.
The match ends 4 - 1.