The first friendly after the training camp produced a strong performance and just rewards for all the effort that was put in in Turkey.
Known for wanting to pass the football, Tullinge were forced into playing long balls for the majority of the first half by an organised and aggressive Järla defence. This meant Järla were able to enjoy a lot of the ball and control large parts of the first half.
In addition, Järla identified a weakness down the left flank and exploited this beautifully to stretch the Tullinge backline. This resulted in Nik scoring the opening goal with a well placed shot from the edge of the area, after good pressure on the left full back allowed us to win the ball high up the pitch.
The 2nd goal followed soon after with flowing football down the left and Sebbe racing onto a pass to slot past the keeper from just inside the penalty area. The rest of the half was controlled by Järla with little in the way of chances, but with a comfort not yet displayed this preseason.
The 2nd half saw Ale (Nik), Shahriy (Erik) and Jocke (Sebbe) come on and a more resilient Tullinge who had undoubtedly heard some harsh words at half time.
This resulted in Tullinge starting to get a grip on the game and playing more of the football that is usually associated with them. At times Järla looked a little ragged in defence and more organisation and patience was required. Thankfully Tullinge did not create a great deal, with a shot from the right of the penalty area which was saved by Jesper and a shot off the post their only real sights of goal.
Järla were a constant threat on the counter during this period of the game and as the Tullinge pressure began to subside, it was Järla who finished the stronger and could have added to the 2 goal lead.
Overall, a solid performance from our boys with lots of positives on show. These positives will need to be shown throughout matches in future, not just in patches, to ensure we have full control and do not risk letting the opposition back into the game.
Erik (Shahriy 45)
Björck (Erik 70)
Chris (Christian 75)
Mange (Jocke 45)
Nik (Ale 45)
Sebbe (Nik 75)
Oliver (Bruce 70)
Viktor (Franco 70)
Nico (Sebbe 75)