DBFC 4 v Ruby Murrays 0.

Scorers: Jordon Brown 3 and Dave Moore.

League Match No. 2: 10th September 2016 at Kowloon Tsai Park Pitch 2, 18:00 kick-off.

So the second chapter of what is hopefully DBFC’s season winning story was played out at Kowloon Tsai’s brillo pad of a pitch. With a bit of back and forth between Gazza, the Ruby Murray manager and the league officials, a kick-off time of 6pm was agreed upon. The majority of the squad turned up in good time, however, the warm up was overshadowed by the noticeable absence of DBFC’s own flying wing back, the Sussex Cafu, Ben Roberts. The tension was almost palpable, but thankfully Mr Roberts got himself to the ground with 10 minutes to spare. Gazza was fishing for some information on the Ruby’s team, with JB’s astute analysis of “they’re old as f#c&” really giving insight into the opposition. 

Once again stunned silence and disbelief greeted the news of Tom as skipper, although after an inspirational performance in week one, he couldn’t figure out why. I’d like to take this time to correct David – who obviously isn’t familiar with the particulars of captaincy duty – I did in fact win last weeks and this week’s coin toss, deciding not to change sides and giving the opposition the kick off. 

Gazza’s team talk focused on keeping the play simple on a difficult pitch and not giving away anything stupid at the back. He announced the starting line-up as: Yanou (GK), Ben (RB), Stef (CB), David (CB), Morse (LB), Yoon (RM), Dom (CM), Pascal (CM), Jordon (LM), Tom (10)(C) and Dan (CF). Subs: Scotty H, Sam, Andy and Dave M. 

The game started at a frantic pace, with both teams struggling to get the ball down on a poor, narrow surface. It became evident early on that the danger was to come from the wide areas, but we struggled to exploit it early on. However, DB managed to put some pressure on and earn themselves a couple of corners, one of which “2 dollar head” David Rollinson proceeded to put his header miles over the bar from little more than 6 yards, sadly a familiar sight so far this season. 

With Scotty “Open Goal” Holmes and Gazza getting frustrated with DB’s lack of penetration, our play became very impatient, which brought on a change with big Andy, who Gazza hoped would bring more of a presence up front, replacing Dan. Yoon was also replaced by the all too eager Sam Riley, who managed to sprint on the pitch with his shirt name “Sammyboy” on his front. More to come on that later. 

The impact from Andy was almost immediate, pulling the Ruby’s CBs out of position to allow Sammyboy to lay the ball on to Tom, who played a ball through to DB’s prolific Left Winger, Jordon Brown, to finish coolly past the Ruby’s keeper. 1-0 DBFC – A nice team goal from a familiar combination…Zoeller who? Half time soon came, with the team talk focused on staying patient (on and off the pitch), playing across the back and finishing our chances. The only change saw Dave M replace Jordan at LM.

The second half saw a much improved DB performance from all, with chances coming thick and fast and this continued even after the introduction of Scotty H at RM for Sam. Unfortunately, DB’s attackers were doing their best impression of Matt Orr on a night out in LKF…tonnes of effort with no conversions. Jordon, Tom, Dom and Andy were all guilty of wasteful finishing. However, it was Scotty’s miss that takes the carrot. A great ball across the box from Dave M left Scotty with a regulation finish from about 10 yards out. However, DB’s right winger managed to sky the ball onto the basketball courts located about 100 metres behind the Ruby’s goal. Despite DB’s wastefulness Rubys rarely threatened with Stef and David dealing with everything that was thrown at them. DB got their reward soon after when Dom’s wayward shot took a lucky deflection off the backside of the Ruby’s CB, to land at Dave Moore’s feet and he coolly rounded the keeper to finish and make it 2-0 DB. Dan replaced Andy up top, with Tom making way for Jordon, who took over the DBFC captaincy. 

The changes soon paid dividends, with Dan finding some good space just outside the box, playing across to Jordon “clinical” Brown, who slotted coolly into the bottom corner again. 3-0 DB and fully deserved. Yoon came back on at LM, Dom came off and Dave M slotted into the centre midfield. DB let their collective feet off the gas, with Rubys enjoying their best period of the match. Gazza soon responded by tasking skipper Halder with adding some extra steel in midfield and sending him back on the pitch to replace a knackered Pascal. Gazza’s changes proved to be the key to another goal, with Dave M playing the ball beautifully to Tom in midfield, who threaded a ball into Jordon for him to finish once again past the Ruby’s keeper. DB was now 4-0 up, with Jordon scoring a second hat-trick in two games. No surprises if Matt Zoeller’s self-imposed exile comes to a premature end if his top scorer title is threatened by a Coach Dickie reject. Watch this space. 

There was still time for one more change, with Gazza bringing a tiring Morse off for the ubiquitous Sammyboy, who proceeded to bollocks up putting his shirt on for the second time in the game. Inexcusable! The game finished 4-0, a well-deserved if at sometimes frustrating evening for DBFC, with a particularly good showing in the Pier Bar afterwards.

MOM – A few contenders this week, with guest player Andy almost managing to score wearing David’s flat soled Sondico’s (as close to a miracle as you’re likely to see on a football field), not to mention the fact that they were a size too small! Stef marshalled the defence well, and Dom putting in another excellent performance in the centre of the park. However, after losing out to the award last week after scoring a hat-trick – bad enough to stomach on its own even without losing to Ben Roberts – JB gets the nod this week. Another hat-trick and a great performance from a man rejuvenated after being freed from the Ewart shackles. 

DOD – Some serious contenders this week. Scotty Holmes for his shocking miss from 6 yards and then turning up to the pier bar in a pink t shirt, spray on jeans and flip flops (Heinous clobb). JB has to get a mention for lending $500 from both the DBFC Manager and Skipper at the Pier Bar after the game. I’d suggest losing your AMEX on Khao San Road isn’t a first step towards financial security. However, if being subbed on twice in a game isn’t bad enough, sprinting on both times with a shirt back-to-front is unforgivable. All of this compounded by the fact that he’s got “Sammyboy” on the back of his shirt —-appalling! So it’s hats off for Sam Riley.

Reporter: Tom H