HKFC Dynamics 4 DBFC Vets 6
HKFC, 18th September, 2015
DB Vets travelled for a last and actually only friendly game before the league season begins to HKFC to play their top social team, Dynamics.
Dynamics have proved to be tough opposition over the years and a competitive game guaranteed. Dirk announced the starting line-up introducing newcomers Thierry, Steve and late arriving Adam to the squad followed by a few motivational words from the skipper for the night, Robin.
The game kicked-off with Dynamics making the early running, maintaining a lot of possession with DB giving away the ball cheaply, but the DB team were resolute and keeping a good shape and dealt with the early pressure. Gianluca was commanding in the DB goal and dealt comfortably with anything that breached the defence. With about 10 minutes of the game gone, DB launched a quick counter-attack, Tim played a defence-splitting pass that Dave Jessop took in his stride and coolly slotted away for the opening goal.
The goal gave some self-belief to the DB team and within minutes Jeff popped up in the penalty box to score goal number 2, courtesy of a floundering goalkeeping error. The DB Team was in the ascendancy now and Tim added the third goal. A look at the scoreboard showing the home team losing 3-0 with barely 20 minutes of the game played was hard to believe.
The stunned Dynamics made substitutions, late-arriving danger-man, Anto Grabo, entered the fray and within minutes had given the Dynamics hope with a shot from the edge of the box that nestled in the corner of the net with Gianluca finally beaten.
Dynamics pushed forward for a goal before half time and looked to have got the opportunity when a dubious penalty was awarded when former DB Vets player Fouad produced a creative dive over Steve’s foot that fooled the ref, who pointed to the spot. A clearly embarrassed Fouad himself stepped up to take the penalty and with guilt on his shoulders put a tame penalty well wide. This proved to be the turning point of the game as another counter-attack on the stroke of half-time saw a fourth DB goal to give DB Vets a 4-1 lead with Dave Jessop notching his second goal.
The second half began and much like the first half with Dynamics enjoying the majority of the possession, knowing that a second goal could swing the momentum back their way, but DB looked threatening on the break. A swift counter attack 5 minutes into the half saw Jeff volley home his second of the night and DB‘s fifth. This took the sting out of Dynamics tail and DB were suddenly looking at a record win against a Dynamics side when Dave Jessop scored his hatrick and DB’s sixth.
But never write off Dynamics … DB were pulling the strings with Adam and Thierry looking commanding in midfield but with around 20 minutes of the game left, tiredness with maybe a little bit of complacency set in.
Dynamics added some fresh legs and pushed men forward as well as closing the defense down putting more pressure on the DB defense and midfield. Confusion at the back and giving too much respect allowed Dynamics to claw back 3 goals in the space of 10 minutes and DB started to wobble a little. Was the tide turning …
The simple answer was no. DB became resolute, and finished out the game with no further score. The final result, a 6-4 win for DB Vets. A great result ahead of the league season opener. Celebratory drinks in the Sports Club bar were followed by 2 for 1 drinks in The Pier Bar ahead of a happy ferry ride back to DB.
MOM – A great team effort and you can’t fault anyone. To get a result at HKFC against Dynamics is no easy task. A special mention to Dave J for his hatrick, and it was a close call, but MOM goes to Thierry for putting in a solid, composed performance on his debut in the holding midfield role. Well done everyone.