Match Report
Shrewsbury International School, Riverside Varsity Boys Football vs  Harrow International School Bangkok
On: Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020
Venue: Away

Two goals each for Earth and Pind secure convincing away win at Harrow.

Goals have been a precious commodity so far this season, with the majority of games being decided by a single margin. A more expansive and attacking style has recently been adopted and this strategy finally appeared to pay dividends against a hard-working and robust Harrow side.

The 1st third was a relatively cagey affair with Shrewsbury happy to take control of possession, albeit mostly in their defensive and middle third as Harrow were happy to sit deep, reducing space in behind their backline. The Harrow pitch was a rather large one and with wingers Game and Pind staying disciplined to give us an outlet in wide areas, it was no surprise that we took the lead following a nice switch of play out to the left-hand side, drawing Harrow across and creating space in between their back three.Pan-Pan delivered a pinpoint cross to Earth who had made a sharp and perfectly timed run in behind before an excellent first-time finish into the side-netting. Harrow responded quickly and after a blocked shot inside the box, with the Shrewsbury defence struggling to reorganise quickly enough, Harrow seized upon the 2nd ball before crossing to their unmarked striker to equalise just before half-time. The 2nd third brought about a slightly different system, with the Shrewsbury boys adopting a much higher start position out of possession and going man-for-man with their Harrow counterparts. This forced the Harrow keeper to go long and began to play into our hands somewhat. Harrow struggled to get out of their own half and we began to enjoy more and more of the ball further up the pitch. An improvement in pass detail and tempo enabled Euro, Sage and Pan-Pan to step-in from defence with regularity, breaking the first line of pressure and creating an overload in midfield. This continual pressure eventually told as the ball was worked into the Harrow box, before popping out to Earth who grabbed his 2nd with an excellent shot into the corner. The last 3rd was a very eventful affair, with both teams appearing to empty the tank. Saxon was called upon on two occasions; the first an absolute rocket towards the top corner from a direct free-kick and then also an awkward dipping low drive that was expertly tipped away from the bottom right corner. Tee (making his first appearance of the season), injected energy and endeavour and it was his pressure that brought Shrewsbury’s 3rd goal when he stole the ball from the Harrow centre-back to lay off to Pind who struck a thunderbolt into the roof of the net. With a couple of minutes left in the match, Pind secured his brace with another great strike to round off a fairly clinical performance. Aside from the increased potency in front of goal, perhaps most pleasing was the Shrewsbury boys willingness to do the unglamorous work: blocking shots, winning 1st and 2nd balls and making those lung-busting recovery runs to help a team mate out. Attempting to play attractive football is all well and good, however, it is these fundamentals that ultimately lay a platform for a positive result. No time to rest on our laurels as we prepare for Bangkok Patana next Monday.