DBFC 4 – 0 BOC

Venue: Happy Valley Pitch #2

Date: Saturday 27th November 2021

Kick-off: 16:30 hrs.

Squad: Ricky, David, Morse, Wai, Leo, James, Benji, Zanskar, Nick B, Krisna,  Kieran, Crommy and Ryan.

Scorers: Crommy, Kieran, Krisna and Zanskar

Once again DBFC struggled during the week to confirm a full squad for this game but a few late confirmations on Friday meant we had a strong squad of 15 players for this cup fixture in the round of 16 teams remaining. However, a couple of hours before kick-off two players had to drop out because of injury and work, giving DBFC a lean 13 players (but quality players).

As usual Morse went through his pre-match warm up routines before Gaffer Gaz instructed the game strategy, which highlighted that this 3rd division team would be up for a giant killing. Their record showed they have not conceded many goals this season, to indicate strength at the back and reports from those in the know warned that they had a number of fast young skillful lads in their squad. Gaffer warned they would defend deep and launch long balls for speedy breakaways so defence to take no chances and put the ball out until we had measure of the game.

The game started exactly as Gaffer Gaz expected, with BOC soaking up pressure and countering well, with their talented young front line. On the tighter pitch, we were struggling to turn our possession into chances. On a number of occasions, Ricky had to be called into action to pull of good saves to keep BOC out.

The remainder of the half continued in this fashion, with both sides having chances – especially Crommy from DBFC 😊

Second half was much better and DBFC took total control, with Ricky rarely called into action. David should have put DBFC ahead from a corner but luckily wasn’t made to dwell om his miss for too long with Zanskar skinning several players and getting a penalty. Zanskar was inf act fouled by three different players, in what might have been the most concrete penalty we have ever had.

The goals (and chances) soon started to flow. Crommy had another big chance, heading wide from a cross, before Kieran then cooly slotted in. Krisna scored a good one on one and then Zanskar scored and excellent fourth goal.

MOM: Ricky – made our life much easier with some key saves

DOD: Krisna – for celebrating his goal by cupping his hand to his ear, facing pitch 3… where nobody was playing.