DBFC 2 : 2 Young Guns

Happy Valley Pitch No. 4 — 11th June 2016 kick-off 16:30

DBFC – Matt R (keeper), David (CB), Stefano (CB), Morse (LB), Dirk (RB) Michel (RM), Sam and Thierry (CM), Scotty H (LM), with Reto and Ben up top and Gazza on the bench.

A truly difficult week for getting players together, for this “dead rubber” game that had no bearing on the league table but, nevertheless, DBFC wanted to win as a nice cap-off to the season. In the end we got 13 players confirmed to make a solid looking team, except that we had no recognised  goal keeper, so we’d see who volunteered.

Five minutes before scheduled kick-off we only had 9 players but then Ben, Sam and Reto arrived and changed just as the referee was about to blow the whistle. Gazza was relieved he didn’t have to start and could save his energy for a big impact later. Gazza would be the only substitute in this match because the 13th player did not show and did not call or message to explain (“let down” and “lack of respect” are two terms that spring to mind).

The game started well with DBFC controlling most of the possession and when called upon, Keeper Matt was darting around his goal box like a piranha in a Wanchai public swimming pool. DBFC were creating plenty of chances and from a trademark long throw by the DBFC Morseman the ball was met by David at the edge of the 6 yard box, opposite the front post to flick a header that hit the back post.  Also, both Sam and Michel got one on one with the Young Guns’ keeper but were unable to score.

DBFC were unable to capitalise on their early dominance and this allowed Young Guns (YG) to slowly get back into the game. Gazza came on after 20 minutes for Michel, to be a bit more defensive and help Dirk against the YG coming down their left side. Still DBFC were creating chances with some good spells of passing and Scotty H threatening down the left wing.

Unfortunately, Young Guns made us pay for our missed chances with two sucker punches. The first one came with 10 minutes of the first half remaining, when some neat interplay passing between Gazza and Sam went out to Dirk on the left, while the DBFC defence moved forward in support. However, Dirk somehow managed to kick the ground instead of the ball when trying to make a simple pass inside to Sam. The ball broke to the YG’s left winger who switched the play inside and then to their right wing to put their striker one on one with Matt, who despite the agility of a cat, could not keep it out. The second came 5 minutes later when a YG long ball from defence broke kindly on the edge of the DBFC box to the YG’s midfielder who hit a rocket into the top left corner. So DBFC were two goals down at half-time.

The half-time team talk focussed on the positives, in that we had created by far the most chances. Gazza changed the formation putting Ben at LM and Scotty up front with Michel (taking off Reto).

The second half started much better with Scotty causing all sorts of problems for YGs with his runs and energy and Michel was causing amazement with his ball control and trickery. DBFC were soon back at 2-1. Another long throw by our Morseman, expertly directed at the head of our marauding Frenchman (Thierry), who rose like a gateau in the oven to flick a header over the YGs keeper and into the bottom right corner of the net. More DBFC chances came with Michel missing a one on one (and the entire goal) when the ball broke to him from a corner, three yards out.

Unfortunately the good times cannot last and against the run of play Young Gun’s got a penalty, out of nothing – or so we thought. The YGs player skied his corner kick over everyone and out for a throw in on the opposite side of the pitch, so DBFC were confused as to why the referee was pointing for a goal kick. He wasn’t… in fact it was for a penalty because of an alleged karate kick by Scotty Holmes on a YGs player after the ball had gone out on the other side of the pitch, earning him a yellow card. Luckily, keeper Matt knows the fine art of psychological warfare when it comes to penalties – the eye of the tiger. The YGs player was clearly overcome with fear and cacking himself when he hit a snail’s pace penalty wide of the post.

Scotty Holmes was an angry man. Fuelled by his hate for the world, he was motoring round the pitch like a man possessed, and got onto the end of a nice weighted through ball by Stefano to slot the ball past the keeper: 2-2 and DBFC were searching for the winner. Ben went off with an ankle injury and back on came Reto to go up front. Things were all going DBFC way and a third goal looked likely. Well, that is until keeper Matt got himself sent off.

A horror challenge by a YGs player in the midfield escaped the attention of the gnome referee and the ball broke to be kicked forward by YG, towards the DBFC defence.  It took a deflection, between Stef and David, for the YG midfielder to run through on and end up one on one with Matt. Matt was like Usain Bolt off his line and out of the 18 yard box but the YG player was there first to flick the ball around Matt, who then stepped to check out the YG player. A free kick was awarded to YG and Matt was sent off being the last man to stop a goal scoring chance – but a decent red card considering there was only 10 minutes left. In goal goes Gaz to watch the free kick fly over the bar.

DBFC were able to see out the match with little issue and so comes to an end, a long long season.

A good crowd made it down to the Pier Bar for beers and post-match analysis, some ribbing and good banter.

MOM: Stefano was very solid at CB but after some thought we decided that it goes to Thierry for controlling the midfield, always threatening going forward and scoring a goal. It should be noted that when Gazza went into CM he made it easier for the French Maestro to focus on his silky skills.

DOD: Scott Holmes and his penalty edges out Michel and his fashion sense. Scott got a yellow card and argued relentlessly his innocence to the referee when he gave the penalty away, only to admit after ‘the YG player pull my shirt so I gave him a bit of the Scott Holmes Judo treatment and kicked him on the shin’ —- By the way, Scott, there is no kicking in the sport of Judo – check your facts!

Reported by David and edit by Gazza