“Well,” to quote Robin Williams, “It’s hot,
damn hot.” He was in Vietnam, not too far away, but it couldn’t
possibly have been hotter than a Chiangmai Sunday at the end of April. AT
Ronaldinho? No, it’s marksman Adam Head on his way to goal yet again.
And yet the brave, much maligned lazy oafs that we call
the Farangutans, still took it upon themselves to turnout in the heat, their
trademark all-white strip dazzling in the bright light.
No-one therefore blamed the opposition goalkeeper for
wearing sunglasses, altho’ James’s speed of light feints down the right
flank would have only compounded his misery.
The match kicked off to the cheers of a lone spectator.
The rest of the crowd had wisely elected to stay inside with the air-con on
full crank, bringing to mind Noel Coward’s poem about mad dogs and
But the Farangs are not just comprised of Englishmen,
that’s not even half of it. And it was the American Randy that dominated
the early stages of Sunday’s game. His running and comfortable
ball-playing belied his recent lack of match practice, and helped shore up a
midfield “shawn” of the regular talented central duo.
Thus it was that that after an open first quarter, the
Farangs took a deserved lead.
Adam received the ball wide on the left, skipped round a
couple of challenges, and snuck in a low side-footer at the near post.
One-nil, and what a beauty!
Our opponents, Jamjuli (whatever that means), responded
soon after with an individual goal of some class. Their quick-footed
centre-forward received the ball some distance from goal, but strong running
and an excellent driven finish brought the scores back to level for
half-time. It was enough to leave our poor centre-half gasping for water.
The second half looked for a time as if it would produce
a close match, but as time progressed and the heat exerted it’s toll, it
was the Farangutans who held the most discipline and desire to win.
Not to mention ball-playing skills. Excellent work down
the right flank from Tim, James and Lee produced a wonderful through ball
for Masao down the right channel. Beating the advancing goalie to the ball,
Masao lobbed the ball perfectly over the keeper’s head to meet the run of
his co-striker into the penalty box. Adam duly slid in to notch his and the
Farangutan’s second of the game, and from that point there was no turning
More chances came and went, and it was no surprise when
FFC went two goals clear. James unlocked the Jamjuli regard down the right
wing before unleashing a pinpoint ball across the six-yard area. Leandro,
offensively minded despite the heat, was on hand to lash the ball home, and
earn his first goal of the season.
Another first arrived ten minutes later for striker
Masao. Picking the ball up in a crowded penalty area, he slammed in a finely
struck shot to give the Farangutans a deserved of 4-1.
And there it was, our first “comfortable” win of the
season. Just give us a whole week to recover.
Congrats to men of the match Randy, Adam and Albert. And
congrats to the whole team for turning out in the oven-like conditions.
And last but not least, thanks once again to our kind sponsors the U.N.
Irish Pub and the Chiangmai Mail, and Ambre Solaire.