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Pattaya City Res. – Vikings 1-3

Pattaya City Res. – Vikings 1-3

Man of the Match
Yellow Card
Red Card

Filip 2, Martin V

Martin V 2, Filip

On Saturday, Vikings set out on a trip to pillage the picturesque fishing village of Pattaya (and to play a game of football against Pattaya City Reserves). For the second week in a row, Vikings played a Pattaya team who beat them last time they locked horns, and just like last week, Vikings got their revenge.
Vikings made the trip without a few regular players in the starting line-up, among them were star keeper Juuso and solid central defender Stein Kråkholm. Fortunately, the new acquaintances Emil and Daniel could fill their positions in a way that made most of the away supporters forget about the regular players’ absence. Despite previous week’s success with a 4-5-1 formation, Coach Mofok decided to switch back to 4-4-2. The idea was to get more attacking power, and with many offensive players in the squad, it seemed like a wise decision. However, Scans were lacking one thing throughout the first half – commitment.

Whether it was the big sandwiches most players had before the game, thoughts about what the Pattaya night would bring after the game, or something completely different, it’s impossible to say, but Vikings looked terribly uninspired. Consequently, PCR immediately put Scans under pressure. The opponents displayed nice passing skills and played some clever through balls that caused problems for the Vikings defense. New central defender Daniel was put to the test in his debut, and showed that he was up for the task with some perfectly timed tackles and crucial clearances. PCR had a lot of possession but didn’t manage to create any clear chances. Whatever shots on goal they had, Emil had no problems saving them. The rest of the first half went on in the same way, still Vikings managed to take the lead 10 minutes before the half-time whistle. Martin V took a corner from the right, Chris screened the keeper, the ball went over everybody and the PCR defense left Filip alone by the far post for an easy tap-in, 1-0!

During the half-time break, Coach Mofok tried to wake his players up by switching to a 4-5-1 formation, with Arvling as a defensive central midfielder. For the first 10 minutes of the second half, it seemed like the formation change was exactly what Vikings needed. For the first time this afternoon, Scans had most of the possession and actually started to find each other’s feet with clever passes. It wouldn’t take long before the improved attitude paid off. Filip dribbled down the left wing and found Martin V’s head in the penalty area with a beautiful 30-meter cross, 2-0! Filip was really on a roll now, 15 minutes into the second half, he scored his second goal for the day. This time the roles were reversed, as Martin V assisted Filip, who then dribbled past his defender and blasted it in the far corner. Vikings were now 3-0 up and started to relax – which made them lose momentum. Despite Coach Mofok’s attempt to set a good example – when he lost the ball and actually chased after the opponent who took it from him – Vikings got sloppy and sure enough, they conceded an unnecessary goal. PCR tried their best to defeat Emil again during the last 15 minutes of the games. However, Vikings got themselves together, didn’t concede a second goal and could travel back to Bangkok with 3 points. 

Man of the match: Filip

Match report: Bladet