DBFC 2 – 2 Godfathers

19 November 2018 at KGV Pitch with 21:00 KO.

Squad: Toni (GK), Sean C, Matija, Riggers, Morse, Will, Pascal (Captain), Stefano, Miller, Crommy, Rudi, Fela and Snelly.

Scorers: Crommy and Stefano

MOM. Sean Connolly, Matija Maretic and Paul Crompton were the captain’s choice for stand out players. This week he goes for Sean for a consistent solid hard working performance for the full 80 minutes.

This was an enjoyable game with 2 strong teams ready for action. Godfathers had many subs but DBFC only had Dan Snell (injured) and Fela on the side-line. Godfathers fielded a good team with a lot of familiar DB faces: Ollie Rendall upfront, Zin and Anders (the Dragons’ coaches) and Gianluca (gk) but DBFC’s team was very strong also.

The game was generally even in the first half but DBFC did have a bit more ball possession and were mostly playing higher in the Godfathers half of the field. However, this playing a high line can prove dangerous for a team on the KGV big pitch and DBFC had to be aware that every time they lost possession Godfathers quickly launched the ball forward in search of Ollie running into the spaces to collect the ball and he was always a threat. This was to be the case and despite DBFC creating a string of half chances and generally in control, it was Godfathers that opened the scoring after the referee awarded Ollie a penalty from a very soft challenge and Anders tucked it coolly away. DBFC pushed to get the equaliser and missed the target a few times. DBFC’s best chance of the first half came after Fela replaced Will just before half time (the referee spotted Will did not have shin pads) when he blocked Gianluca’s kick out to see the ball shoot upwards and come down on his head two metres from the Godfathers’ goal line. Inexplicitly Fela didn’t score as his soft header had no pace and the ball stopped just next to the goal post. There were claims of penalty from DBFC as Gianluca clearly grabbed Fela from the back as he tried to recover from his howler and this was probably the reason Fela couldn’t get power behind his header. The referee wasn’t interested in giving this clear penalty and red card to the Godfathers’ keeper for preventing Fela from scoring by a foul.

The second half saw Snelly replace Miller and DBFC immediately took control, playing some good passing football. The pressure soon paid reward with a deserved goal from a great low shot by Crommy, which came about after several passes in the DBFC half opened the game and allowed Stefano to find Pascal on the right, who in turn finds Crommy, gliding through the middle of the pitch, with a through ball to be on goal and finish it as Paul Crompton knows how to do. DBFC continued to dominate and missed several one on one chances with Gianluca (credit to the Godfathers’ keeper) or even what looked like a couple of open goals. Unfortunately, right after a clear chance was missed by DBFC (Rudi having a one on one with Gianluca) The Godfathers’ keeper kicked the ball long up field for Ollie’s head to see the ball land invitingly at the feet of a Godfathers’ player in space with time to look up and sent a perfectly weighted looping shot from distance over Toni and into the DBFC net. It was a great goal but a cruel blow for DBFC and shows that route one tactic can outdo the methodical build up with passing football.

DBFC didn’t stop and pushed again to get the equalising goal. It finally came when Crommy took a free kick from just outside the Godfathers’ box to see it deflected onto the crossbar by the Godfathers’ and the rebound was headed close range by Stefano, who had followed in the free kick. Godfathers’ increased their tempo looking for a winner and were dangerous at times, but still DBFC pressed and had a few more chances to nick a win. However, all in all a final score of 2-2 was probably a fair result for a great game played in a good spirit that seemed to be enjoyed by all players of both sides.