DBFC 0 – 1 FWD

Venue: Kings Park, Jordon, Pitch No. 3,   Kick-Off: 9:00 pm

Squad: Travis, David, Kieran D, Morse, Reto, Jordon, Syd, Charlie, Rob Scott, Scott H, Tom, Ben, Matt O, Stefano, Pascal and Sam.

After the original Saturday fixture was called off due to flooding, the re-arrangement for the cup final was never going to suit everyone and with FWD being typically awkward with the rearranged fixture, manager Gaz jumped at the opportunity to get the Cup final over and done with. This was the general consensus through-out the team; to finish a season that seems to have dragged on. Tuesday night at Kings Park at the late KO time of 9:00 pm wasn’t ideal but probably the best we could do for availability. We were always going to miss Matt Z, Robbie and Steve but there again, without them we still had a really strong squad. We did expect that some player tiredness would be evident in the DBFC squad for this fixture, with guys’ just arriving back from a long weekend tour in Singapore —– but excuses aside we were up for this game and strongly felt we had the cup coming our way.

Everyone got to the ground early and had a decent warm up with some good banter flying around. Gazza announced the starting line-up, explaining that he wanted to start defensively seeing that FWD had put 11 goals past DBFC in our two previous games. So Travis in goal, Syd RB, Jordon LB, David and Kieran CB, Stefano Holding MF, Pascal and Charlie CM, Tom RM, Matt O LM and Rob Scott CF. Gaz made Kieran Captain for this game with instruction to keep the communication going throughout the team.

The game started at high tempo for both teams and not one player getting time with the ball. The small pitch 3 at Kings Park offered little room to work with. DBFC trying hard to play the ball to feet found it difficult against a committed FWD team. Rob Scott was finding himself isolated a lot of the time and Tom and Matt were trying to support as much as possible. So only a few half chances for DBFC but equally FWD were getting no joy as the DBFC defence worked hard and remained compact to offer nothing to the FWD forwards. The game was intense and fast throughout the first half but no quarter was given by either side and 0-0 at half time was a true reflection of the game.

Half time Gazza changed formation to be more offensive — putting Matt at CF and Tom at no. 10, Rob Scott to the right and Jordon to the left. Stefano came off so left 2 in MF (Pascal and Charlie) and Morse on at Left back.

The second half started very well and Jordon was making an instant impact down the left. Our attack was more fluid and threatening. Some great moves just didn’t connect up in front of goal. FWD found themselves sitting deeper in this second half while defending DBFC attacks and after 10 minutes FWD resorted to using the long ball tactic to their two front men. The ball was dropping over the top of the DBFC CBs and Travis seemed uncomfortable with the ball being left to run through, yet we got away with a couple of dodgy moments. The DBFC defence did not contain FWD in this half as well as they had done in the first half and the midfield was a bit more open allowing the FWD midfield players to run through on a couple of occasions. However, the positive to this was that our attacking play was looking good and that it would yield a goal for us —- and it was likely that one goal would decide this cup final. Everyone was expecting that if a goal came it would be something special and hoping it was in the FWD goal. Unfortunately the goal that did come was in to the DBFC goal and it was unspectacular, from a disappointing mix. A long ball over the top that bounced before the 18 yard box looked to be Travis all the way but as David ran back trying to shield the ball; Travis hesitated and appeared to change his mind. This episode seemed to be in slow motion as the ball bounced through the box and 3 players (David, Travis and FWD forward) arrived at the ball at the same time. It was the FWD centre forward that managed to get a toe in and deflect the ball past Travis into the DBFC net with only 15 minutes of time left to play. Everyone was gob-smacked and deflated to concede in such a way. Nevertheless, in true DBFC style all players rolled up their sleeves and set about to get a goal back. DBFC pressed and pressed and even with change of personnel and positions time was running out and the goal just didn’t come. To be fair FWD defended extremely well and were 100% committed.

A bunch of us made it back to the Pier bar to come to terms with our loss and soon recognised that making the final was a great achievement; we gave it our best shot. There was nothing between the teams except a little luck for FWD.

MOM: All of the team for the tremendous effort each and every player put into this game.

DOD: Travis for his nightmare moment and conceding such a bad goal.

 

Report by Gazza