DBFC 3 – 1 HK Krauts
23rd March 2019 at Po Kong Village Road Park Pitch #2 with 14:15pm kick-off
Squad: Ricky (GK), David (Captain), Alex, Syd, LT, Matt H, Crommy, Danny H, Josh, Enzo, Marco, Matt Z, Morse, Scotty and Kafi.
Scorers: Josh, Matt H and Kafi
With the League title already won this game was an opportunity to get everyone that wanted to play a decent run out. Also, the league had made arrangements to present the League trophy (cup) after this game, David’s last game before moving to Manila and David’s stag night to start after the team visit to the pier bar, resulted in decent numbers.
HK Krauts needed points from this game if they were to survive in the Legal League 1st division next season but from kick-off it was obvious that they didn’t have much to threaten DBFC.
DBFC had to start with Matt Z in goal as the early kick off meant a number of DBFC players were arriving late and Ricky was one of them. DBFC dominated the game and at times showed some decent passing football but equally there was some not so good football played. DBFC’s first goal was struck nicely into the far corner of the Krauts goal by young Josh Brown after Matt H took the ball to the By-line to look up and pull it back to the edge of the 18 yard box. Mid-way through the first half Marco struck a nice corner kick over to the far post for Matt H to rise (like a suet dumpling) and firmly head the ball into the Krauts net. Matt H’s goal came 5 minutes after he had missed a carbon copy situation. Marco sent a lovely corner kick over to the far post where Matt came in unmarked but he elected not to stoop and head the ball, rather to jump and side foot it over the bar.
Another great move was from some great interplay on the left side between LT, Matt H and Crommy for LT to play the ball forward to the feet of Danny H who had his back to goal 20 yards out and nonchalantly flicked the ball to the side in to the run of Marco to put him through one on one with the Krauts keeper. Marco rushed his shot as the Krauts keeper came out and saw his toe poked effort sail just past the far corner of the Krauts goal. Although DBFC had many other chances to score they just couldn’t convert and the score stayed at 2-0 at half time.
DBFC made four substitutions at half time and the second half followed the same pattern as the first with DBFC dominating and threatening constantly to score but just couldn’t find the final decisive pass. Only one goal scored by DBFC in this half. Syd put a pass down the right wing for Josh to chase and get to the ball before the Krauts defender to fire in a nice cross to the far post for Kafi to charge in onto and score from 2 yards out. There were a number of very decent chances to score and the one to be highlight was Marco’s cross to the far post that found Enzo unmarked. Like Matt H in the first half Enzo elected not to head but to stand off and try side foot into the Krauts net. All the time in the world and he sent the ball way over the bar.
HK Krauts did get a consolation goal when they played a long hopeful ball up towards the DBFC goal and David swung wildly to clear but missed the ball and lost his balance to fall in a heap and allow the Krauts striker to run through 1 on 1 and slot home.
After the match finished, the League trophy was finally delivered to the pitch (thanks to the efforts of the League’s fixture manager Manjeet) and the Legal League Chairman (Henry Vira) presented it to DBFC manager David Morson (Morse) and the celebrations began! A couple of beers on the team coach and plenty more at the Pier bar, along with Tequila fines.
MOM: Crommy and Matt H were class in midfield, Marco was always a threat up front with his pace and Alex was solid at CB. However, the vote went to Long Tim for his energetic performance that lasted all game and saw some silky skills and accurate passing.
DOD: David had a shout for his stopping after 15 minutes of the game to throw up in the centre circle (heavy Friday night) and also for his fresh air kick, which failed to clear the ball and resulted in Krauts scoring. However, the popular choice was Kafi for arriving 10 minutes after kick-off blaming the taxi driver for getting lost after leaving Diamond Hill MTR station. Kafi has played at Po Kong Village dozens of times so knows exactly how to get there but tells his stories with such belief. Kafi is a unique and popular character and the lads all love him. Bless his little cotton socks J