Discovery Bay FC 4 – 2 Rula Bula FC
Po Kong Village Road Park Pitch 2 on 12th November 2016, Kick-off 5:30pm.
Squad: Alessio (GK), Martin Rainer and Syd Ho (CB) Ben (RB), Morse (LB), Dom and Matt H (CM), Dan K (RM), Jordon (LM), Tom (10 + Capt.) and Matt Z. Subs: Dan L, Pascal and Matt L.
Scorers: Matt Z x2, Tom and Jordon.

Most of the DBFC team arrived with plenty of time for a decent warm-up, except for the dynamic duo from Happy Valley (Tom and Ben) who got stuck in traffic and arrived with only 10 minutes to go to kick-off. There was a good vibe in the group as DBFC looked to continue their winning ways. Gazza introduced our new signing Martin Rainer, although most knew him from HKFC and YYL days, and asked that all players switch on to give 100% effort in this game and respect the referee’s decisions (no matter how wrong). DBFC are the team to beat in the league and other teams are putting out their best side against us and so was the case with RBFC.
The game started scrappily with both sides battling for possession in midfield. DBFC were guilty of rushing the forward play in the early stages, looking for an early goal but settled down with better passing after about 15 minutes. RBFC were always looking for catching DBFC on the break and were putting balls over the top for their quick forwards whenever they got the opportunity. Martin was doing a good job at CB, although his long absence from competitive football (due to injury) was showing. His fellow CB (Syd) was sharp and quick to cover. Alessio had to be quick off his line to block well a number of times in the first half.
It was Matt Z that got DBFC off the mark with a shot from the edge of the RBFC box. Tom took a corner that was not cleared and ended up bouncing around on heads in the RBFC box. Ben, in the opposition box again, challenged and won one of these headers that dropped favourably for Matt Z to coolly place in the corner of the RBFC net. DBFC 1-0 up. Dan L came on for Matt H and Pascal came on for Dan K.
The second goal was for DBFC and came 10 minutes later, when Tom put the ball through to Jordon to run on to and turn inside to dribble past a couple of RBFC players before being brought down. It looked like it was in the box and a penalty but the referee was having none of it having seen from 25 yards back that it was 12 inches outside the box. This didn’t upset our Jordon who insisted to Matt Z that he was taking it, and then curled his low left foot shot around the RBFC wall and just inside the left post; precision football for a great goal and DBFC 2-0 up.
Still, DBFC were not fully in control of the game with RBFC continually pressing and looking for the fast breaks. The DBFC back four were working particularly hard with DBFC midfield putting in a shift to keep the shape compact. Alessio gave DBFC  breathing space after a number of good blocks and one fine save. It was DBFC that got a third goal when the ubiquitous Captain Tom got possession in midfield and jinked a couple of times to make space before sliding a lovely defence-splitting pass through the RBFC back line for Matt Z to run onto. Matt held off a defender as he ran onto goal before nicely slotting his shot passed the outcoming RBFC keeper. DBFC 3-0 at half time.
At half time talk Gaz highlighted that although we were 3 – 0 up (thanks to some great keeping by Alessio) RBFC were dangerous and thus we needed to keep working hard for each other, covering and tackling. DBFC were to keep it tight and maintaina good shape, especially in midfield. Pascal came off with a thigh injury and Dan K went back on, Dom came off for Matt H and Morse came off for Matt L.
RBFC came out for the second half fired up and put a sluggish DBFC on the back foot. Alessio was called on again to pull off a couple of good blocks. However, after only 5 minutes DBFC conceded in unfortunate circumstances. A RBFC corner was met at the front post by Martin Rainer with a RBFC player challenging. The ball glanced off Martin’s head onto the near post and across the goal to sneak over the line at the far post. An own goal on his debut was not fair for an otherwise great performance from Martin.
DBFC then struggled to get a good disciplined game going, not keeping good shape and not executing good passing to control the tempo of the game. Instead it started going end to end; DBFC looking to score more and over committing forward, then loose passing allowing RBFC to counter. Syd and Martin were kept busy, Syd’s pace tested a few times (he won thankfully) and some great stops by Alessio. Gaz was getting excited on the side-line as he shouted for the lads to raise the tempo and work hard. This was when Captain Tom turned to tell Gaz to calm down, obviously worried the old man was going to have a heart attack and worried at the thought of having to give the grumpy old git the kiss of life. Whatever the reason, it seemed to do the trick because two minutes later Captain Tom scored. Some nice passing between the DBFC midfield and forwards resulted in a fortunate deflection off a RBFC defender that fell to Tom at the edge of the RBFC box to rifle in a low shot to the corner of the RBFC goal. DBFC 4-1 up.
This lead didn’t seem to put RBFC down and they continued to press for another goal. Tom came off and Dom went back on to make it 3 in the middle of the park to defend the score line. Ben came off and Morse went back on with 10 minutes to go. Chances to score were missed by both DBFC and RBFC but it was RBFC, with only 2 minutes left to play, that capitalized on a goal mouth scrabble that DBFC failed to clear. The final score DBFC 4 – 2 RBFC.
MOM: Syd had a great game alongside Martin, with Syd’s pace being really vital at times to foil the RBFC counter attacks, not to miss a mention of Syd’s twinkle toes with some nice dribbling from his own half. However, the reporter gives this week’s shout to Alessio who was great in goal and saved a number of one on ones from RBFC forwards. It is never easy to come into a team as a back-up keeper and this was the first league game Alessio has played in this season.
DOD: unfortunately this has to land at our Ben’s feet again, mainly because of his show of petulance in the last ten minutes.  Gaz was shouting instructions and encouragement for a tiring Ben (understandably tired after 70 minutes of hard graft in the back line) that he took as being personal criticism and went off on one flashing his big fat lips. As usual a cuddle from the gaffer afterwards put the smile back on our Ben’s face.
Reported by Gazza