DBFC Vets 8 – 1 FWD Seniors FC

KGV School Football Pitch on 31 October 2016 at 21:00 Kick-Off

Squad: Alessio, Baz, Pascal, Pat D, Oisin, Morse, Snelly, Riggers, Gazza, Rainer, Jeff, Crommy, KC, Oscar, Sam and guest player Louis.

Scorers: Jeff x2, Pat, Oisin, Riggers, Crommy, Oscar and Louis.


The opposition (FWD) insisted that they would play in white as the home team, so Gazza had to get the DBFC Lilac away shirts out of the cupboard. Call us what you like; the Lilac Lilies, the Lilac Lads, the Lazy Lilacs, etc., but there was no doubting we were looking handsome and it was this Mediterranean pastel colour that set the mood for our sometimes continental football during the evening.


There were 16 DBFC players for this game, after accepting Pascal’s request to include his overseas visitor (Louis) from Guadeloupe for a cameo appearance.  Baz laid out his starting formation of 4.4.2: Alessio (GK) Riggers and Morse (CB) Baz (RB) Gaz (LB) Pascal and Rainer (CM) Crommy (LM) Oscar (RM) Snelly and Jeff (F). He advised the subs of Pat, Oisin, KC, Sam and Louis to change after 20 minutes. DBFC were to concentrate on keeping possession, patience and structure. If the opposition sat deep it was important we didn’t force the play and squeeze the game into their 18 yard box. When we lose possession then quickly recover our shape with players taking responsibility for the position they are playing. There was no need for resting on the field when so many subs ready to come on; take your breather off the field of play. He’s a hard gaffer that Baz Brown!


DBFC started confidently with a passage of possession football, playing around the back four and into the midfield, out to the flanks and into the channels. When we lost possession we dropped back into shape and won back possession (the pre-match plan was working!).  DBFC were calm and controlled and soon the opening goal came from a great passage of passing football that culminated in Oscar playing it inside for Pascal, at about 22 yards out from the FWD goal, to lay off first touch into the path of Jeff to side-foot over the top of the FWD keeper (at the edge of his 6 yard box) and under the bar to put DBFC 1-0 up.


More pressing from DBFC saw Rainer releasing Oscar on the right to drive to the edge of the FWD box and power a low drive to the near post. The shot swerved and dipped to bounce right in front of the FWD keeper to squeeze under his arms. DBFC were now 2-0 up.


FWD still tried pushing forward with some players, who had good skills and trickery, getting through onto the DBFC goal a few times, but between Morse and Riggers and an alert Alessio anything through the middle was stuffed out and the left and right flanks were solid with Baz and Gaz in Gladiatorial mood.


The first sub made was Gaz for Pat and soon after DBFC third goal came with a through ball from midfield over the top of FWD defence to be collect by a Jeff Read run as the FWD keeper raced off his line. Jeff got a toe to the ball first that dinked it round the keeper and left Jeff with an open goal to score his second of the game. Oisin came on for Snelly and KC on for Oscar.


DBFC continued to press and had a number of decent chances to extend the score. It did come from the head of Oisin who rose at the back post like a breaching whale to meet a Crommy in-swinging corner. DBFC were now 4 – 0 up.


The guest player Louis was then brought on to replace Jeff and Sam came on for Rainer. Soon after these substitutions DBFC got their fifth goal from more good passing football. The DBFC back-line moved the ball across the pitch and into mid-field for Rainer to play in KC on the right flank. KC whipped in a cross that a diving Louis got his polished head on to. It was a great goal for DBFC to go into the break at 5-0 up.


The half-time talk was for the team to continue playing with the shape and structure demonstrated in the first half and not get carried away pressing forward looking for goals. Goals would come by keeping our discipline. More subs would be made after the first 10 minutes of re-start.


DBFC started the second half with their foot off the pedal and the first 5 minutes saw FWD pressing. Riggers gave away a harshly judged free-kick just outside the DBFC 18 yard box, which the FWD play-maker bent low around the DBFC wall to the far post where Riggers was standing. Riggers was late at seeing the ball and jerked like a girl for the ball to go under his feet. A soft goal for DBFC to concede but to the FWD player’s credit he did well to get his free-kick on target.


The next 10 minutes saw a ragged display of football from both sides and DBFC struggled to regain their discipline and composer of the first half. Substitutions were made; Snelly back on for Pascal, Oscar back on for Crommy. A DBFC goal was needed to settle the team down and it was Riggers who got it with a good strong header from a KC corner to make the score 6 -1. It was redemption for Riggers after letting in the FWD goal with a girly twirl.


Jeff came back on for Oisin and Gaz came back on for Baz. DBFC were up and running again and saw chance after chance go begging. FWD were playing with 4 forwards leaving their mid-field mainly empty. The game was now being  played at a frantic pace with every break-down in a DBFC counter attack being pumped up to the FWD forwards. The DBFC defence were kept busy and Alessio on his toes as FWD pressed for consolation goals.


DBFC were making substitutes every 5 minutes now and it was a rested Crommy who got the seventh goal for DBFC. A counter attack was set going from the left by Gazza playing a neat one two with Morse at the edge of the DBFC box before setting Oscar away on the left. Oscar cut inside and played through Snelly for a shot that came back off the keeper for Crommy to collect and fire a shot into the FWD net from 20 yards out.


The final goal of the evening was another header, this time it was Pat’s bonce that was the instrument of devastation for FWD. Jeff took a corner for Pat to rise like the inflating cost of a tin of Salmon in Tesco to power in a firm header and give DBFC a well-deserved 8 – 1 win.


Man of the Match (MOM1) was a difficult choice with good displays from all 16 players. Jeff with his 2 goals (and at least 3 great chances to make it a hat-trick) was in mind but the reporter goes for Rainer and his lime green boots for a great display in mid-field with quick feet, composure and some great through balls.


Moment of the Match (MOM2) has to be for Gazza’s rant at poor Pat when he thought he was being subbed for a second time after 10 minutes. Pat eventually calmed Gaz to explain he had to move to CB so Pat could take up the Left back position. Gaz needs to have his ears washed out to hear instructions from the side-line and enroll in a course for anger management. A nice cuddle with Pat after the match sorted all issues.


Report by Gazza.