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📁 CAFL, Mako Sharks, Tiger Sharks 🕔30.May 2014

Fresh from the heroic exploits of the Clansmen in Madrid the previous Saturday, it was back to CAFL duty for players in the Makos and the Tigers as they met at a chilly Victoria Park in Glasgow. There were few signs of tired legs from those involved in Scotland’s victory over Spain, with a high tempo match full of fast attacking play ensuing straight from ball up.

Both line-ups looked strong pre-match, but it was the Makos who quickly asserted their dominance. Some fine attacking play blew away the shell-shocked Tigers defence, with three goals flying in before the game had really got underway. The key to Makos superiority was the tireless work in the midfield area, where they simply overpowered the Tigers and allowed their forwards the freedom of Victoria Park to run rings round their opponents. Tigers looked increasingly beleaguered as they tried to come up with an answer to the Makos onslaught. None was forthcoming, however, and the Tigers players looked very relieved to hear the whistle signalling the end of the first quarter.

First Quarter: Makos- 3.5.23, Tigers- 0.0.0

One sensed that the damage had been done in this game, and while Tigers rallied in the second quarter, the Makos held off their challenge comfortably. A fantastic goal-line block prevented Tigers from registering their first goal of the afternoon, before two breakaway goals from the Makos were cruel justice on the much improved Tigers. They finally got themselves on the score sheet with an effort just before half-time; scant reward for their resurgence, but evidence of the strength of this Makos side.

Second Quarter: Makos- 5.5.35, Tigers- 1.2.8

Any lingering hopes of a Tigers comeback were crushed by a ruthless Makos side early in the third quarter. Four goals and a flurry of behinds pushed them into cruise control. Straight from ball up they peppered the Tigers goal with precise shooting, pegging their opponents almost into the goal square for the entire quarter. There were a few tired legs beginning to emerge in the Tigers ranks as the quarter wore on, but the mental trauma of the goal blitz they were being subjected to was more than enough to halt any attacking progress that they attempted to make.

Third Quarter: Makos- 9.11.65, Tigers- 1.3.9

The game began to peter out in the later stages, with both sides more interested in racking up points than outplaying their opponents. The midfield was largely bypassed as space opened up and the game became stretched. Despite registering two goals, the Tigers still fell further behind due to Makos excellent kicking, their four-goal return demonstrating the kind of strength which has made them so tough to play against this season.

Final Score: Makos- 13.14.92, Tigers- 3.4.22

Best Player: Makos #10

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