Summary of Ampcontrol Discovery Bay Soccer Sevens 2023
As previously reported Discovery Bay Football Club entered a team named Ampcontrol Discovery Bay, as agreed with the team’s main sponsor Ampcontrol Electrical Engineering Services, into the Masters section of the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens 2023, played over the holiday weekend 26, 27 and 28 May 2023.
The sponsorship of Ampcontrol, together with a number of secondary sponsors (CLA, Tanner De Witt, Marvelsoft, 606, The Chippy and CluchTV) enabled the team management (Gazza, Tim B and Mike C) to bring in a number of guest players (local professionals from the HKFA First Division and a visiting ex-DB resident and ex-DBFC player) and strengthen a squad of regular DBFC players. Despite our intended ex-professional goalkeeper being banned from the competition only 10 days before the start, the final 11 man squad was very strong; the rules requiring at least six players to be over 40 years old and the remaining five players over 35 years old:
1. Matija Maretic (DBFC)
2. Christian Annan (Southern and Western District)
3. Aender Naves (Southern and Western District)
4. Luciano Da Silva (Southern and Western District)
5. Tita Chou (DBFC)
6. David Jordan (DBFC)
7. Paul Crompton (DBFC)
8. Sammy Micke-Dongo (DBFC)
9. Darius Agbeko (DBFC)
10. Steve McGurgan (Wishaw FC)
11. Nik Light (DBFC)
The soccer sevens Masters competition is set up in two pools of five teams with four group matches being played by each on Friday and Saturday; each game being two seven minute halves. The top two teams of each group play in the semifinals of the Masters Cup on Sunday afternoon and the teams finishing 3rd and 4th play in the semifinals of the Masters Plate on Sunday morning. The teams finishing in 5th place in their respective groups are eliminated on Saturday. Ampcontrol Discovery Bay were drawn in Group A and qualified for the Masters Cup semifinal by finishing in second position behind Wallsend Boys Club on goal difference.
Ampcontrol Discovery Bay’s opening match in Group A was against Wallsend Boys Club, which as it turned out was a prelude to the Masters’ cup final. The match finished 0-0 and it was obvious to all that these two teams were very well organised and strong contenders. Ampcontrol DB went on to dominate all their remaining group games but in sevens football, no matter how strong the team, getting goals is difficult. In the second group match on the Friday, against Singapore Cricket Club Masters, some good football led to David Jordan bagging in the first half and a cool finish from Chris Annan in the second-half, latching on to Steve McGurgan’s cute through ball. A consolation goal was scored by SCC Masters from a long shot moving to fool stand-in keeper Matija to give a 2-1 final scoreline.
The 3rd pool game played on Saturday afternoon saw Ampcontrol DB win comfortably 2-0 against Singapore FC Masters with the dynamic duo of David Jordan and Chris Annan on target again.
The final pool game on Saturday afternoon was against arguably a weaker HKFC Chairman’s team but the expected win did not materialize despite complete dominance by Ampcontrol Discovery Bay against a defensive HKFC that showed dogged resistance.
That meant on Sunday afternoon Ampcontrol Discovery Bay would play highly fancied winners of Group B (HKFC Masters) in the semifinal of the Masters Cup and again Ampcontrol Discovery Bay were dominant but couldn’t find the goal until the last minute when Aender Naves scored a super volley into the top corner to give Ampcontrol Discovery Bay a deserved 1-0 win and the place in the Masters Cup final against the other semifinal winners, Wallsend Boys Club.
The Masters Cup final was an excellent show of football with two teams determined to lift the trophy. Ampcontrol DB started very strong and had the upper hand until their keeper, venturing forward to the halfway line, got caught in two minds and lost possession to gift Wallsend Boys Club an easy open goal. This was a deflated Ampcontrol DB after starting so strongly but they raised their game and equalized in the second-half with a spectacular goal from Chris Annan, connecting with a Tita Chou pinpoint long pass to half volley from the edge of the 18 yard box into the far corner. Ampcontrol DB had another attempt headed off the line when the Wallsend Boys Club keeper was caught outside his area, and in the final minute Wallsend Boys Club missed a penalty. The game went to 4×4, four minute golden goal and it was Wallsend Boys Club that triumphed. Obviously Ampcontrol DB were disappointed not to win but held their heads high in completing a spectacular performance to get runners-up medals.
Some excellent Photos were taken of the weekend’s action:
To see the photos taken by Jean-Luc Karlin, click here
To see photos taken by Nigel Baille Photography, click here
To see photos taken by Chloe Biggs PR at Ludos Concepts, click here