United 'Bamboozeled' again

Posted by Ben Peters on Feb 03 2004 at 04:00PM PST
Big Bamboo Voodoo 3 Shanghai United 2 The Voodoo ended their recent losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Shanghai Utd. They have taken six points from their two encounters with the team directly above them in the SIFL, a fact that I’m sure ‘certain’ members of United will be reminded of time and again! What are the odds for another meeting in one of the two cups? In a much welcomed change from the previous game the sun had decided to shine and the pitch was in the best condition of the whole season. The Voodoo were lining up in a 5-3-2 formation with Giles having the unenviable task of man marking Uniteds quick footed Moroccan. The Voodoo managed to keep the ball down and put together some decent moves in the first half especially in the first thirty minutes when the influential Hal Stockley was on the field. The first goal came from the Voodoo when after winning a free kick in a dangerous position their ‘set piece specialist’ Mark Kilpatrick curled the ball over and around the wall to strike the crossbar. There was a moment of confusion as to whether the ball had crossed the line before Justin Pau seized on the rebound only to see his effort hit the post, fortunately for the Voodoo Leslie Yap reacted the quickest and headed the ball home from a couple of yards. The Voodoo then conceded two goals before half time with both goals coming from defensive confusion. Neither goal left keeper Chris Kincaid with any chance. At half time there were words of encouragement but no changes to the line up. It was the opening period of the second half when the Voodoo took control of the game and it wasn’t long before they were rewarded for their efforts with two goals from new boy Jamie. The first came when Giles Hayward seemingly handled the ball before dispatching his clearance into space for Jamie to run onto. Jamie grabbed the chance and put the Voodoo back on level terms. The next goal was an excellent individual effort with Jamie running across two challenges before striking the ball from around 20 yards, the ball looped over the keeper, stuck the underside of the bar and nestled in the back of the net to give the voodoo what proved to be the winning goal. There was still some defending left to do before the Voodoo were able to take all three points however they held out well. The one exception was when Utd hit the bar and the rebound fell kindly to their player and when it seemed harder to miss he put the ball over the bar much to the relief of the Voodoo. The one sad note of the match was an injury to Gijs who we all wish a speedy recovery. In addition thanks to Andy for volunteering to drive him to hospital.


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