DBFC Vets 4 – 1 KCC Monarchs

24th April 2023 at Kings Park Pitch no. 2 with 21:00 ko.

Squad: Travis, Kwai, Nin, Tita, Nik, San, Steven, Ka Wing, Crommy, Pierre-Olivier, Sammy, Mahenya, Justin, Sam R and Pius.

Scorers: Crommy, San, Sammy and Mahenya.

For the third time this season DBFC Vets made the Monday night trip to Kings Park to play KCC, but this time it was for a Legends Cup fixture rather than a league game. DBFC had a quality squad with 4 subs, which was far from expected just 48 hours before the game when Gaffer Gaz was frantically calling for players to confirm; his persistence obviously paid off by getting Steven, Mahenya and Sam R back from the injury and absence list. However, it was Travis once again that saved the day by stepping up at late notice to cover for Bradders who, for the umpteenth time in his career, was out with an injury that he picked up playing keeper on Saturday while helping a younger league team; this time his sick-note was for a blood blister on his big toe, photos available on request.

As requested by Gaffer Gaz, the DBFC squad arrived earlier than usual at Kings Park to do a team photo, wearing the newly made shirts for this year’s HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens Tournament, to meet the printing deadline for the 2023 Soccer Sevens Tournament brochure. Many of the DBFC Squad players will be selected to join the “Ampcontrol Soccer Sevens” team to play in this very prestigious football tournament from 26 – 28 May 2023 at HKFC.

This Soccer Sevens photo shoot then saw a quick shirt swap by all players to the DBFC normal playing kit for the usual team photo to accompany the match report. This military style organization meant plenty of time for pre-match directions and administration and certainly helped reduce Gazza’s usual pre-match stress levels. So the starting line-up was named to give an attacking side, on the very narrow pitch 2 at KP, with a strong front three of Crommy, Sammy and Pierre- Olivier with Steve Lang to join them in attack from centre midfield. San and Ka Wing as holding midfield, Captain Tita and Nin at CB and Kwai and Nik at RB and LB, respectively.

Gazza’s strategy worked from the kick-off with DBFC on the up and pressing for the first goal. After a few early snatched chances in the opening 20 minutes, full back Nik was released to the KCC byline and crossed with a low pull-back that ricocheted around the KCC six-yard box before a composed back-heel by Pierre found Crommy coming in at the near post to lift the ball over the diving KCC keeper into the roof of the net. DBFC Vets a well-deserved 1-0 lead.

This first goal settled DBFC and their passing, through San and Ka Wing in the midfield, was fast and accurate and pulled the KCC side around the pitch. Quickly, DBFC swept from 1-0 to 3-0 as first, San started and finished a move from the half-way line, linking with Steve Lang and Crommy before the latter was released on goal only to see his low left-foot shot bounce up from the keeper’s parry in front of his goal for San to rise above the defender and head home. Then, with almost the next attack, DBFC switched the ball from right to left and Crommy played the ball into Pierre, who spun round his defender and tried lifting a pass to Sammy coming in from the right wing but Pierre’s pass was falling short until Steve ran in to out jump the KCC centre-back and flick a header into Sammy, who ran on to finish with composure.

This good passage of football left DBFC looking in full control as the fixture approached half-time and they looked to ease into the break by stroking the ball around. However, some overplaying gave KCC a few sniffs and when Ka Wing mishit a pass, the KCC striker slipped past Tita and Travis was left with little option but to take the striker down. The penalty was struck confidently and the deficit for KCC was reduced to 3-1 going into the break.

The second half saw a number of fresh legs. None fresher than Mahenya who repeatedly got in behind the KCC back line with a great deal of speed for masters’ football. A few chances went begging, but then a delightfully lofted pass from Kwai at right back was taken forward and Mahenya slotted home. Justin also came on for his debut and obviously put in a strong enough performance, along fellow subs Pius and Sam the Seagull in midfield, for KCC’s manager to mention in the league’s WhatsApp group that DBFC had a number of very strong ‘new signings’ that they brought on from the subs bench.

DBFC saw the game out more comfortably than in recent fixtures against KCC, who are renowned for always finishing games strongly, with Nin and Tita looking particularly solid in dealing with any breaks. This win takes DBFC into the semi-finals of the Legends Cup, scheduled for June, but immediate focus must turn to a resumption of league action on Wednesday 3 May 2023 for a must win game against Happy Valley Spartans to maintain a DBFC grasp on the league title with only 4 games left to play.

COME ON DBFC!!!

Report by Nik and Gaz