DBFC 5-5 HKFC Gazelles

Friday 3 March 2023 at HKFC, K.O. 7p.m.

Team: Newley/ Kieran C, Neil M, Baz, Mike C/ Hymsey, Adam, Kieran C/ Fela, Fouad, Brendan. Initial subs: Steve, Emerson.

Scorers: Kieran M x 3, Emerson x 2.

After a number of late withdrawals, we managed to secure 2 late signings (Emerson and Brendan) and arrive with a squad of 13 knowing that we would lose Fela and Fouad at HT and have no subs for the 2nd half. We started with a very unfamiliar set up with Neil and Baz as CBs and a central midfield of Hymsey, Adam and Kieran M. We looked very passive in the first part of the game and struggled against a very mobile Gazelles attacking midfield force, who were getting a lot of space in front of our defence.

We went 3-0 down in 30 minutes and yet, without any fluency, we managed to create some very good chances against an in-form Gazelles GK. Emerson came on at LM after 20 minutes and managed to pull one back before HT with a right foot curler from just outside the area. At HT we re-organised with Hymsey coming back on after a short break, and Steve coming on at CB. In the 2nd half we looked like a different outfit and with Kieran M now up front and in the mood for goals, we started getting on the front foot. Gazelles still looked a threat whenever they got a run at our defence (and scored once when they did so) but this was now end to end stuff. Gazelles defence crumbled under Kieran’s pressure and he helped himself to a couple of goals with Emerson scoring his second. We got back to 4-4 but Gazelles looked like they scored the winner with a chip on the volley over Newley’s head from just inside the area.

However Kieran’s night was not finished and he scored an equalizer with 5 minutes left on the clock. A really excellent effort from everyone.