Season Two Episode Three: Trying Different Styles
After the two wins against Las Lomas and Club Sando, the board were happy again. Platter wanted to continue the good form away against Saint Ann’s Rangers
, but Maracas failed to play the samba football they played in the previous matches, and lost 3-1. After 65 minutes, it was still 1-1, and Real were still in the game, but then, in the space of ten minutes, St Ann’s scored two goals, and sent the away team home empty-handed.
In the next away match, against Santa Rosa
, Maracas took the lead after only 18 minutes, but after that, they completely collapsed. Santa Rosa scored four goals. Well, five, if you count own goals as well, and the match ended in the second defeat in a row for Platter’s team. But unlike the match against St Ann’s, Maracas did create quite some chances, so it wasn’t all negative for the manager.
Before the match against Goal City
, in the second round of the cup, the 23-year-old Real manager made his team train on their finishing, as lots of chances had been wasted in the past games. This training worked, well, amazingly. In the cup match against Goal City, there were indeed a lot of goals. Eight to be precise. Six of which were scored by Maracas, with four goals coming from striker Damian Pino. Real Maracas were through to the 3rd round of the cup, with ease.
In the first home match of this match update, Maracas played against Petrorin Palo Seco
, a team with probably the ugliest crest
in the history of football. Palo Seco had to pay for their ugly crest, Platter thought, and he demanded a win from his boys. They delivered, as the team won for the second time in a row. The more attacking style of play was paying off, but the team were still second-to-last in the table.
Next up was a real test for Real Maracas. A home game against Caledonia AIA
, numbers five in Trinidad and Tobago’s highest professional league. Platter had already accepted defeat before the game, but hoped his team could pull off an upset. But after beating Goal City by six goals to two, Caledonia gave Maracas a taste of their own medicine, by beating the home team by, you guessed it, 6-2. The team were absolutely devastated, but Platter told them not to dwell on the defeat, and move on from it. You don’t win football games by dwelling on defeats.
Following this heavy defeat, Maracas faced numbers six Malabar
in a tough away game. The team looked to have put the 6-2 defeat behind them, as the away team opened the score after only 28 seconds. But after this early goal, Maracas failed to extend their lead, and instead they lost the game 3-1. Another disappointing defeat, and Platter decided to change up the tactics once again. He now set the team out to play more patiently, and then break with pace. He also allowed the team to be more expressive, allowing players to dribble more often.
The first match with the, yet again, tweaked tactic was a home match against title challengers Roxborough Lakers
. The home team gave the Lakers a tough game, and managed to stop the free-scoring team from netting a goal. The final score was a 0-0 draw, and Platter was happy at how organized and structured his team had played. Now they only needed to score some goals, and there would be a winning team on the pitch.
Saint Francois National
were the next opposition Maracas faced. Platter’s opponents were in second, but on a bad run. After thirty minutes, Real were ahead 2-0, following a brace from in-form striker Damian Pino. But in the space of three minutes, Saint Francois scored two goals, and the balance was restored again. The match looked to finish in a 2-2 draw, but in the 93rd minute, Damian Pino completed his hat-trick by scoring a beautiful long shot. The scoreboard indicated 3-2 to Maracas at full time.
Looking to extend their unbeaten streak to three games, Platter and his men faced Bethel United
in an away game. The first half in the game ended without any goals, nor any big opportunities for both teams. In the second half, Maracas showed more initiative, and this led to the opening goal in the 67th minute, by right-back Clevon Peters. In the 91st minute, Johan Russell extended the away team’s lead. The final score: 2-0 to Real Maracas.
Rounding up this match update, the match Maracas-Guaya United
. The away team were in second before this match, so it’d be a hard job for Real to keep their unbeaten streak going. In minute 13, Guaya got a penalty, and Ryan Stewart slotted it home. But just like in the match against Saint Francois, Damian Pino scored a goal in the dying seconds of the game to extend his team’s unbeaten streak to four games, the longest streak in Platter’s career at Maracas.