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Advanced defending for the more accomplished defenders

At football training sometime last month with RMFTA, we did a simple segment, where a single attacker goes one-on-one against a single defender and tries to beat him to score.

I was pitted against my brother, a 120kg behemoth, who is a rock as a centreback, but as an attacker, not someone that’ll make me quake in my boots. So here I am, facing up to my bro, tilting my body to show him to my left so I can move in for the steal when he goes for the shot with his masterfoot.

Instead, he did the unexpected and cut the ball to his left, ghosting past me like I wasn’t there. If he took an extra touch or two after getting past me, I might have been able to recover and put in a tackle. But he took the right option for an early shot with his first touch after getting past me, smashing an unstoppable left footer into the net that would have made any striker proud.

Damn that was a rude wake up call!

Probably overconfidence on my part. And some impressive footwork on his part. (There! I said it! You happy now?) But I also realized there’s something fundamentally wrong with my defending in one-on-ones situations.

Came across a Nike Academy training video that really shed some light. Not just on individual defensive skills, but the collective defensive covering and movement as well. Have a look at the video and you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

Permission to republish this was kindly granted by 4short1long.blogspot.sg

Do go read some of their other articles, which follows the author in his attempts at getting himself match fit for his Sunday games.

3 tips all defenders should know

Was at training the other day and while we were doing attacker vs defender drills, the coach gave a tip. One that really struck a chord with me. He shared, after witnessing some really calamitous defending, that when defending against a 1-on-1, a defender has 3 priorities:

1. First priority: Slow the attacker down.
2. Second priority: Shepherd the attacker to the side of your choice.
3. Third priority: Dispossess him
Dong Peng
Defender #21 is doing a good job keeping #20 at bay, allowing his team mates to track back to support
Most of us make the mistake of trying to do point 3 first. Especially for Centrebacks, slowing down the attack and allowing your defence to regroup is priority. A mistimed tackle with inadequate backup will give fleet footed attackers the opportunity to get past you and a free shot on goal.
I like point 2. It differentiates an elite amateur footballer from the rest. Identify the attacker’s master foot, as well as your own. Then decide if you want to show him the outside channel, or the inside channel. Conventional teaching tells us to always show the attacker the outside. But experience tells me forcing the attacker to utilise his non master side can be just as effective.
Chip
Chip is seen here getting past his marker on the latter’s inside channel and onto his master foot
Eg. As a right footed LB marking a very right footed winger, instead of letting him charge down the byline to cross with his stronger foot, close down that option and make him cut inside you. With the ball on his weaker left, his options are limited due to his lack of mastery. It’s also easier for you to cut in between the attacker and the ball, using your body as a shield, then take the ball away from him using the outside of your master foot.
Some of these practices come instinctively to those gifted with natural footballing brains. But for the rest of us, remembering the sequence of the 3 priorities will help us become better defensive players.
NB: This content was generously contributed by famed football writer Boonadine Limdane. To read more of his articles, please go to 4short1long.blogspot.sg

AC United FC 1 : 4 Prestige Marine FC

ESPZEN SEASON 15 DIV 6
AC United FC 1  :  4 Prestige Marine FC
First Toa Payoh
JC pitch
3rd Jul 2011, Sunday 11am
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MAN OF THE MATCH
 
Ryan Lim
 Team In Attendance
~Goalkeepers~

Jason 

~Defenders~

Quek

Francis

Daniel
Joshua

 

~Midfielders~

Wilfred

Poon

Darren
Aven
Jaysen

 

~Forwards~

Roy

Ryan

 

- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -
~Goal Scorers~
Roy
~Assists~
Ryan
~Cautions~
 n/a
~Sent Off~
 n/a
- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -

The idea of playing the bottom placed team, with negative thirty plus goal difference and no wins no points, should be a stroll in the park aka shooting practice. So AC United were in for a rude awakening when they appeared at First Toa Payoh Secondary, where  two teams of Prestige Marine players were already warming up for the battle under the blazing hot sun. How bad could it be ? Well, only 9 AC United players started and it was going to be marathon long afternoon for all of them. SOS mobilization for help was quickly summoned by Capt Quek, to recover the situation.

Jurassic Jason guarded the posts, duly protected by Captain Quek and Braveheart Francis in the centre. The fullbacks were Jackhammer Joshua and Dynamite Daniel. The rest of Van NistleROY, Audi Aven, Renault Ryan and Porsche Poon formed the midfield and attack.

Naturally, PM stroked the ball around in midfield, making monkeys out of the AC players and it was tiring to chase shadows under the hottest condition of the day. Right Winger Prakash of PM was a constant menace as he stretched AC United with his smart running and crossing.

At the 10 min mark, Prakash had a clear run on the right flank before sending a sweet cross into the far post. His cross was well controlled by the running midfielder and well dispatched into the corner for PM’s first goal. 1-0 to PM

5 min later, Prakash had another clear run on the right flank before sending another sweet cross into the far post. His cross was well controlled by the running midfielder, and his turn on the run produced a penalty for PM. Wham ! 2-0 to PM.

30 min mark, still AC United pressed on and Ryan was inspirational in launching attacks after attacks with his dribbling. In one of the great plays of the season, Ryan started his dribble from the centre circle before getting past five PM players, and slotting an inch-perfect for Van NistleROY to hammer the ball past their goalie.

2-1 to PM.

SOS was finally heard and It was a sight of relief when Warrior Wilfred and Deadly Darren arrived, as the teams were finally even in numbers. However, some of the AC players had felt the effect of playing with 2 men lesser under the blazing afternoon sun, especially old folk Poon, who badly needed a rest.

HT 2-1 to PM. Capt Quek’s instructions at half time were to play our normal game and not to over commit in attack to chase for the equalizer, which every player agreed.

Things got worst in the second half, as PM changed half a dozen fresh players and were dominating play with their good passing and positioning. Instead, PM were having their shooting practice at AC United. Big credit must be given to Jurassic Jason, Braveheart Francis, Jackhammer Joshua and Dynamite Daniel. In particular, Braveheart Francis had to put his body in the way of many ferocious shots PM fired. In two of the occasions, Braveheart Francis deflection had almost put him in as an own goal scorer. Dynamite Daniel, was also coping very well to repel PM’s attack and his solid form must be of concern to the other absent AC United’s fullbacks.

As the legs go tired against the fresh PM, it was no wonder the third goal for PM finally came via a corner, headed in by their old centreback. The fourth goal came just before the final whistle, from a well taken shot by the PM midfielder.

Final Score: Prestige Marine 4 AC United 1

 

g…

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Resident Crap Executive
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AC United FC 4 : 1 Swat FC

ESPZEN SEASON 15 DIV 6
AC United FC 4  :  1 Swat FC
Springfield Secondary School pitch
17th Jul 2011, Sunday 1pm
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MAN OF THE MATCH
 
Avan
 Team In Attendance
~Goalkeepers~

Jason

 

~Defenders~

Boonk

Dianto

Azam

Alfie
Huiyang W.

 

~Midfielders~

Desmond

Joshua

Ryan

Tim

Chris
Caleb

 

~Forwards~

AvanRoy

Daniel

 

- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -
~Goal Scorers~
Avan (2)
Roy
Chris
~Assists~
Ryan
Chris
Roy
~Cautions~
 Roy
Chris
Desmond
~Sent Off~
 Joshua
- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -

By some weird twist of fixtures, after going through 10 league games, this will only be our 1stgame against fellow non-title contenders Swat. With both teams having an indifferent season, this game is an opportunity to pull away from the other with just a handful of games remaining in the season.

The returning Azam captains the team, playing in central defence in front of the 24x retired Jason. Making things even more challenging for Azam, Boonk named himself as the other starting centreback, sending shudders down 15 AC spines. Backpain Dianto returned to his favoured rightback position while Alfie played at leftback. The dream centre-midfield duo of Chris and Desmond (in the absence of Boonk and Wilfred of course) was supported by Ryan on the right and Huiyang W on the left. Roy and Avan led the forward line.

The game kicked off in a fast and furious fashion, as AC looked to banish the nightmares of the last 2 games. The referee though, looked to be in an angry mood and seemed ready to bite someone. So it was fitting that the 1st piece of action was halted by AR(Angry Referee). Roy’s brilliantly timed run to latch onto Chris’ pass was deemed offside but the AC forward, believing his ‘blazing pace’ has left the entire opposition standing, went on to blast an unstoppable shot into the net.

AR wasn’t amused and gave Roy a yellow card, as well as a verbal warning the volume of an aircraft taking off.

Chris was next in the book when his tackle on the Swat winger was deemed too ‘Ang Moh’ by AR. He too was warned that all hell will break loose if he tackled anyone again. Hmmm…

Undeterred by the odd happenings, the AC machinery went on their attacking wave. The Swat defence were terrorized by the pace of the AC forwards and before they knew it, they were a goal behind.

Ryan’s pace took him away from his marker down the right. Spotting Avan’s run, Ryan curled an inch perfect ball to the nippy forward’s feet, who nonchalantly lifted the ball over the advancing keeper to put AC in front.

Swat almost hit back with the next attack when a long shot was pushed away from goal by the diving Jason, only to see another Swat striker sweep in the rebound. AC though were saved by AR’s offside call.

But AC could do nothing when a long Swat crossfield ball found their right winger, who volleyed the ball home, despite Jason’s valiant attempt at keeping it out.

From here on, it was all AC. Desmond and Roy, coupled with Huiyang and Ryan, were dazzling their opposite numbers with some fancy footwork and crisp passing. A good move gave Desmond some time on the ball at the edge of the box but instead of shooting, the Big-Headed One chose to feint before passing it to the better positioned Avan. The ball though, was somehow cleared by a covering defender.

Chris was a behemoth in midfield. Every long ball was knocked back into Swat territory and one such ball was quickly latched onto by the in-form Roy, who sped towards goal, rounded the lead-footed keeper to blast the ball into an empty net to give AC back the lead.

Before Swat had time to recover, AC added a 3rd. Roy’s movement upfront freed him from his 7 markers and he laid the ball squarely into the path of the sneaky Avan. The latter took the ball past the entire defence before smashing it home from the tightest of angles to increase the lead to 3-1.

In the meantime, the AC defence was taking a break at the nearby coffeeshop, having their lunch while waiting for their services to be requested.

The introduction of Daniel and Joshua did nothing to ease the pressure on Swat. Their energy levels and enthusiasm added to their opponents’ woes as AC continued to pummel the Swat goal.

As the half drew to a close, AC were awarded their 29thcorner kick. Up stepped Chris, who had no intention of getting left out of the scorers’ list. His swerving rightfooter curled wickedly in midair and floated in over the despairing dive of the Swat keeper and into the net to end the half 4-1 to AC.

The halftime talk centred around the quality of the coffee the defence was enjoying at the coffeeshop for much of the 1sthalf.

Things didn’t look any better for the embattled Swat at the restart, with the pacy Tim and the elusive Caleb added to the starting 11 for the 2nd half.

Things started a little tentatively for AC though as Swat tried to take the game to AC. A handful of long range attempts, as well as some brilliant goalkeeping by Jason kept the scoreline intact. One particular flying save by the AC veteran pushed a venomous attempt by the Swat striker, that seemed destined for goal, round the far post, much to the amazement of his watching fans back at the Seng Kang Old Folks Home.

But things went back to normal soon after, with the AC frontmen pinning Swat in their own half. In the midst of the AC onslaught, a counter attack won a freekick for Swat. The resulting freekick was well met in the AC box by a Swat striker’s head. Joshua, astounded by the leap, lifted his hands in appreciation of the wonderful piece of athletism, only for the ball to hit his arm. AR had no choice but to send the star-struck AC player off and award Swat a penalty kick.

The Swat penalty taker though, was perplexed. The entire goalmouth was more or less blocked by Jason’s massive frame and he had nowhere to aim at. In the end, he smashed his kick against the crossbar and Jason gleefully collected the rebounded ball.

There was more drama at the other end when Ryan outpaced the entire Swat defence (again??) and with only the keeper to beat, headed the ball over the advancing keeper. The Swat keeper, unaware he was no longer in the penalty box, instinctively raised an arm to stop the ball, only for AR to steam forward and give him his marching orders. The resulting freekick though failed to add to AC’s lead.

Desmond still had time to collect a Yellow Card from AR when his Big Head got in the way of a goal kick and AR booked him for obstructing the keeper’s view.

Roy and Avan had a few more pot shots at Swat’s goal before AR ended the game 4-1 in AC’s favour.

Although this was a good result for AC, the team must not rest on their laurels, especially with the return leg in a week’s time and Swat will be more than motivated to avenge this result. All in all, a good turnout on a day when many stars returned to the AC team just as other stars are on international duty.

Go AC!

Boonadine Limdane
Resident Crap Executive
SUCKERNET PUBLICATIONS

 

 

AC United FC 0 : 4 JCU FC

ESPZEN SEASON 15 DIV 6
AC United FC 0  :  4 JCU FC
Meridien JC pitch
31st Jul 2011, Sunday 1pm
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MAN OF THE MATCH
 
Rod
 Team In Attendance
~Goalkeepers~

Huiyang 

~Defenders~

Boonk

Joshua

Weisong

Jon
Rod

 

~Midfielders~

Wilfred
Francis
Caleb

Wong Ci

Weijian
Darren

Chris

 

~Forwards~

AvanRoy

Daniel

 

- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -
~Goal Scorers~
Umar

Umar

~Assists~
Weijian

Weijian

~Cautions~
 Weijian
Rod
Francis
~Sent Off~
 n/a
- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -

Akan Datang…

Boonadine Limdane
Resident Crap Executive
SUCKERNET PUBLICATIONS

 
 

 

C United FC 2 : 1 Innercircle FC- The Impossible is Possible!

ESPZEN SEASON 16 DIV 7
AC United FC 2  :  1 InnerCircle FC
Pasir Ris Secondary School pitch
11th Dec 2011, Sunday 11am
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MAN OF THE MATCH
 
Wei Song
 Team In Attendance
~Goalkeepers~

Philip 

~Defenders~

Ben
Wei Song
Joshua
Boonk

 

~Midfielders~

Weijian
William Toh
Ren Jie
Wong Ci

 

~Forwards~

Willy
Rod
Caleb
 

- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -
~Goal Scorers~
Rod

Wong Ci

~Assists~
Weijian
William Toh
~Cautions~
 William Toh
Ben
~Sent Off~
 n/a
- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -

With the previous 1-4 defeat by the same opposition still fresh in the players’ minds, a tentative AC United team turned up at Pasir Ris Secondary School hoping to turn the tide of their recent bad run. The torrential downpour seemed to make things even more difficult for the boys in blue with a handful of players stuck in gridlock along the congested highways.

Not for the first time this season, e Griffins started with 9 men. Philip in goal, Weisong and Ben in Central Defence, Boonk on the right and Joshua on the left. In form William was partnered in midfield by the ever hardworking Weijian, and they were flanked by Renjie and striker turned temporary winger Willy.

Thanks to the cold weather, the pace of the game started slow and things were still level when Rod and Caleb joined in.

The defensive quartet were holding up their opposite numbers well, limiting their forays to just long hopeful punts from distance. Philip was doing his best to puncture the opposition’s confidence by plucking all the aerial balls out of the air with consummate ease. With no inroads from the air, the only viable option for InnerCircle was to play on the ground and wait for a miracle to happen. And happen it did.

Joshua’s tenacious shackling of the right winger forced him to smack a hopeful low cross into the box. No thanks to slippery surface, the ball skidded past the 2 centrebacks and a sneaky striker crept in behind the entire backline to slip the ball past Philip into goal!

Being no strangers to falling behind to an early goal, the Griffins were unperturbed. From then on, the game was perpetually played in the oppositions half. William and Weijian were winning the lion’s share of the balls in midfield, both in the air and on the ground. Balls were sprayed all over the park by the Griffin’s midfield, looking for a way to slide Rod and Willy into goal scoring positions.

1 particularly long run of possession led to Willy receiving the ball with his back to goal and his marker, tired of paying match fees just to watch balls passed around him, decided to kick Willy in his balls. Wong Ci then came on for the clearly wincing Willy.

Rod’s hold up play was wrecking havoc in the opposition’s defence, winning numerous freekicks which Joshua and William almost scored from.

William in particular, was having another of his great games, tormenting the entire InnerCircle backline with his direct running and otherworldly footwork. This of course invited some otherworldly challenges. One long haired opposition player took offence at William’s amazing pace and attempted to chase him down after the Griffin player got past him. The entire field’s players watched in half amusement, half horror as he hurled some foreign war cry whilst chasing William, even after the former has released the ball.

The referee sent the player off for attempted murder and behaviour unbecoming of an adult. William was also shown a yellow card for running too fast.

At the same time, Ben was also shown the yellow card for coming to William’s rescue too late.

The game though proceeded as usual. AC United knocking on InnerCircle’s doors, looking for an opening. Philip was seen having coffee across the road and watching the game from the comfort of his sheltered seat.

Halftime came way too soon. The Griffins huddled, more from the cold than anything else, as they plotted the downfall of their opponents.

AC United kicked off the 2nd half and it was all them from now on. The impregnable Griffin defence, marshalled brilliantly by Weisong and Ben, meant that the team was able to focus on cracking the InnerCircle nut. The breakthrough though, came from a defensive mistake by arguably their best player. A poor goalkick by their keeper was easily picked up by midfield maestro Weijian, who’s first touch got the ball to the immaculately positioned Rod. The veteran striker needed no invitation to dink the ball, inch perfect, over the stranded and disconsolate custodian to give the Griffins a much deserved equalizer!

1-1   and game on!

A subsequent outswinging corner by William was surprisingly met by the head of the unmarked Joshua, who’s bullet header just grazed the far post. Another let off for InnerCircle.

Weisong was next to try his luck as his thunderous piledriver from outside the box just curled away from the post and into safety.

Weijian, a constant thorn in the opponent’s defensive flesh, slipped past 4 defenders enroute to the opponent’s goal. His right footed curler that seemed destined to nestle just inside of the far post was somehow palmed away by the in-form InnerCircle keeper.

Renjie and William decided to switch positions, with the former playing in the middle and William moving to the right. That move sparked the next goal! The griffin defence broke down another InnerCircle offensive attempt and Boonk laid the ball to the unmarked William at the edge of the field. Watching Wong Ci’s run, his low crossfield ball skimmed across the wet surface, eluding both the keeper’s desperate dive and the covering defender’s slide to land right into Wong Ci’s path. Without breaking stride, the prolific marksman sidefoted the ball home with his first touch to give the Griffins the lead for the first time in the match.

Weisong, Ben and Philip were called on to make a few more interceptions but the day was clearly AC United’s. The final whistle finally came and with it, AC United’s first win of the season! Well done boys!

The victory was made the more emphatic by the fact that there was only 1 substitute for the Griffins to change personnel. Every player played their heart out but Weisong and Ben are definitely the standout players today with their defensive grit and positional sense, a necessity on a wet and unpredictable pitch that is today.

Boonadine Limdane
Resident Crap Executive
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AC United FC 0 : 3 Futbolistas FC- 10 pts for effort

ESPZEN SEASON 16 DIV 7
AC United FC 0  :  3 Futbolistas FC
Jurong West Secondary School pitch
18th Dec 2011, Sunday 3pm
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MAN OF THE MATCH
 
Chris
 Team In Attendance
~Goalkeepers~

Philip 

~Defenders~

Sing
Joshua
Weisong
Alfie

 

~Midfielders~

Desmond

Chris
Weijian
Boonk

 

~Forwards~

Caleb
Jason Sim
 

- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -
~Goal Scorers~
n/a
~Assists~
n/a
~Cautions~
n/a
~Sent Off~
 n/a
- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -

Akan Datang…

Boonadine Limdane
Resident Crap Executive
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AC United FC 1 : 1 Subbuteo FC

ESPZEN SEASON 16 DIV 7
AC United FC 1  :  1 Subbuteo FC
Bedok North Secondary School pitch
25th Sep 2011, Sunday 1pm
AC United Football Club is proudly sponsored by
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MAN OF THE MATCH
 
Cesc Fabregas
 Team In Attendance
~Goalkeepers~

Philip

 

~Defenders~

Ben
Boonk
Marcus
Alfie
Boonk
Joshua
AJ
Breggy

 

~Midfielders~

Rizman
Ryan
William
YS
Shawal
Sam Png
Martin

 

~Forwards~

Renjie
Rod
Conner
 

- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -
~Goal Scorers~
Rod
~Assists~
William
~Cautions~
 Ryan
~Sent Off~
 n/a
- – – – – – – – – – – – - – – -

Akan Datang…

Boonadine Limdane
Resident Crap Executive
SUCKERNET PUBLICATIONS

 
 

 

2012-Week 41 Round-up: Good week for Mundial & United

Week 41 Round Up: 1-7 Oct’12

AC Mundial 4 : 1 SMU Alumni Fusion  (League)
 AC United 1 : 1 Santiago  (League)

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AC Mundial 4 : 1 SMU Alumni Fusion
AC Mundial completed a double over SMU Alumni with a 4-1 victory. (Half time 3-0). After back to back defeats, AC Mundial found their much needed rhythm in this game and dispatched SMU. Lets not get carried away and work on our game. Tougher opponents up next? nothing goes wrong should be league leaders Brickwork boys
– YS  

AC United 1 : 1 Santiago
A game that we should have won comfortably, but some slack defending and water logged pitch made it difficult for the boys in blue to get their passing game going.

A good turn out nonetheless and looking forward to the return leg.
– Boonadine Limdane


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2012-Week 42 Round-up: More needs to be done

Week 42 Round Up: 8-14 Oct’12

AC Mundial 2 : 3 Brickworks Boys  (League)
 AC United 1 : 3 Gogooryo  (League)

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AC Mundial 2 : 3 Brickworks Boys
A hard fought game that ended in a narrow loss to league leaders Brickworks Boys 3-2. But a vastly improved performance from the boys in yellow, especially in the 2nd half where we edged them out 1-0.

A determined performance from the defence, led by MOTM AJ, against a very speedy and experienced BWB frontline, kept the score respectable, while upfront, Wayne, Didi and Rizal were creating havoc!

Goals from Loy and Wayne kept BWB on their toes all the way til the final whistle. Great game guys!
– Boonadine Limdane  

AC United 1 : 3 Gogooryo
A bad day at the office. Defenders left their defending positioning at home, midfielders left their passing boots at home, strikers left their shooting boots at home!

I guess after a string of amazing performances, we were due a bad one. This has got to be it. Though its not due to lack of effort, with the game practically played in the opponent’s half.

– Boonadine Limdane


Boonadine Limdane
Resident Crap Executive
SUCKERNET PUBLICATIONS