Match Report
Shrewsbury International School, Riverside Varsity Boys Football vs  International Community School Bangkok
On: Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020
Venue: Away

In the newly adopted 1-2-1-3 formation, the boys looked much more comfortable in possession, making the pitch big and opening up numerous passing lanes. Ball speed was much quicker and we posed more of a threat down the sides utilising two natural wide men (Earth & Pind). Tan was a welcomed addition to the squad today adding composure and technical quality in the middle of the pitch. Schaab dominated like we know he is capable of doing and Pan Pan registered another excellent performance - always aggressive, defending on the front foot, he was so unlucky to hit the post with a thunderous drive from 20 yards after he had stepped in from CB. Earth looked sharper and often picked up the ball in central areas after dropping in as a false 9 leaving two wide men higher to occupy the ICS backline. Mid-way through the 2nd half Saxon's distribution was excellent after catching a high ball and throwing out an excellent through ball for Earth who after rounding the keeper had his shot miraculously blocked off the line by a recovering ICS defender. All square at 0-0 after the 2nd third. ICS looked threatening at times but the Shrewsbury defence put pressure on the ball in and around their box, blocking shots, winning headers and restricting them to long-range shots. Ultimately, their goal came from a lapse in concentration. Schaab's misplaced pass was latched onto by an ICS attacker who was joined quickly on the counter creating a 2v1 overload. One square-pass left us wide open before their attacker rounded Saxon to make it 1-0. Shrewsbury threw everything at ICS in the last 5 minutes. Euro had a glorious chance from 5 yards out but his flicked shot rebounded off the goalkeeper and Tan perhaps could have done better when the ball bounced down to him inside the box. Overall, a very pleasing performance. The intensity of Shrewsbury's play had increased significantly, our structure on and off the ball looked a lot more organised and it was great to see some real heart and desire in our willingness to make recovery runs and get forward in support of counter-attacks.