DB45s 4-4 HKFC Gazelles

HKFC Sports Road on 16 November 2018, KO 8.30p.m.

Squad (12): Stef/ Dirk, Sean P, Steve, Juggs/ Scotty, O’B, Snell, Paul K, Rudi, Kieran C/ Fouad

Scorers: Fouad (2), Rudi, Snell

After a number of last minute withdrawals, we only managed to get a team together thanks to Scotty and Paul stepping in late-afternoon. We went on to have an enjoyable and competitive game against a generally much younger side-going 3-1 up before half time, only to lose steam a bit in the 2nd half. Fouad continued his rich vein of form with two first-half goals to put us ahead before Gazelles clawed one back. Stef kept us in the game with a terrific triple save before Rudi waltzed round the keeper for number 3. In the second half, Gazelles got back into the game for 3-2 before Snell lobbed the keeper from distance to put us in what we thought would be an unassailable position. By this stage, Fouad was feeling the effects of his 80 minute warm-up for Dynamics and we started to lose a bit of possession in our own half. Gazelles scored a couple of decent goals – first from a right-wing angled cross that was headed in at the far post by their striker, and then from a well-struck shot from distance that went straight through Stef. We hung on for the last 10, with Stef reacting well to tip over the bar a volley from 8 yards. All in all a good shift by all.