DBFC 4 – 5 Goodfellas
Aberdeen Sports Ground
11th March 2017 Kick-off 4:30pm.
Manager: Kieran (Pictured)
Squad: Yanou, Ben, Dan K, Danny Loup, Dan Lye, Morse, Dom, Martin Rainer, Matt H, Pascal, Thierry, Scott H, Jordan R and Jack Mangan.
Scorers: Dan Lye, Matt Z, Dan K and Matt H
Assists: Dan Lye x2, Matt Z and Matt H.
The previous night FWD (second in the league table and DBFC closest challengers) played USRC and lost. Therefore, DBFC went into this game knowing that a win would see them go 7 points clear at the top of the league table with only 7 games remaining and put them in a great position to ensure the taking of the title (FWD only having 6 games left to play).
With the manager and a few players missing (and some also arriving late) DBFC’s pre-match preparations were hindered a little. Despite this DBFC still were able to field a strong team, and were clearly confident as the game kicked off.
DBFC started the game in quite a lack lustre manner, and this put Goodfellas on the front foot. The game became a physical battle and there wasn’t much to give between both sides in the early battles. Goodfellas made the most of the early exchanges and went one up. This clearly spurred the DBFC boys on and gave them a wakeup call as to what was at stake.
3 goals followed from DBFC and they looked comfortable with a 3-1 lead. Despite DBFC playing the better football and being up two goals to the good, credit must go to Goodfellas as they kept plugging away and attacking with penetration through long balls. However, DBFC contained this threat and went in at half time 3-1 up and looking the better team. This tactic paid off with some
Again, a slow start by DBFC for the 2nd half and lack of concentration at the back saw Goodfellas get a 2nd goal to make it 3-2. DBFC responded yet again; a great cross from Lye was met with a bullet header from Matt Hoare, to make it 4-2 to DBFC. At this stage it looked like more goals were going to follow for DBFC and that they would see the game out comfortably. However, what was to come in the last 15 minutes of this game was something that fairy tales/ nightmares are made of. It was heard from the Goodfellas’ end of the stands that what was transpiring on the pitch was right up there with the famous night in Istanbul and also the heroics of Aguero on the premier league’s final day. Anyway… back to the shambolics that unfolded….
DBFC conceded and the game went to 4-3. Game on! The DBFC players looked around at each other in shock and the Goodfellas’ lads were clearly in buoyant mood. The Goodfellas’ boys had now binned off their long ball approach and were now looking to penetrate through runs from the centre of the field, to which they were having great success. Surely now, with the game at 4-3, DBFC would shut up shop for the day and take the points? This did not sink into the DBFC minds and there were two very different teams on the pitch; one clearly playing for 80 mins (Goodfellas) and the other (DBFC) finishing at 65/70 minutes. Instrumental to this change in DBFC composure was the withdrawal of Thierry and Morse (injury) from defence that unsettled things at the back. Anyway, whatever the reason, Goodfellas scored again and the momentum was clearly with them. The rest as they say is history. Football is a funny game; but this was no laughing matter as the DBFC boys left the pitch looking dejected and low.
A rally call from stand-in manager and our new Captain Marvel (no not you Tommy) at the side of the pitch meant that the boys stuck together and said they would put the game behind them and move on to the next one. Some great words from Mr. Donnelly “we win as a team; we lose as team” gave the boys something to go home with.
Anyway, with the game over and put behind us, there was another major concern “who had the drink vouchers”? Without vouchers and Pascal (left behind in the showers)….the boys moved on to their local (Pier Bar) and had a few swifties until Pascal arrived bearing the missing vouchers. A few tears were had at the Pier Bar, as the place just wasn’t the same without the big boss man Gaz sipping Asahi’s and performing one handed push-ups.
Despite being able to go 7 points clear, maybe this was a blessing in disguise and the kick up the ass that DBFC needed to remind them that the title is not theirs yet. There will be bigger and tougher tests to follow. With key players and the manager back for the upcoming fixtures, DBFC will be motivated to get back to winning ways and show everyone that they are the best football team.
7 games to go and 5 wins needed: On to the next one…..?
Reported by Dan Lye
Gazza note: Dan didn’t nominate MOM or DOD, so from reports I’ve given:
MOM: Dan Lye (1 goal, 2 assists and a match report).
DOD: Matt Z for missing a penalty.