DBFC keep the pressure on the top of the table teams with another good win in the Legal League.

When:             1st December (Monday night)

Against:          Team Shotgun

Time:               8:30 pm kick off

Where:           Po Kong Village Pitch 2

Result: DBFC 1 – 0 Team Shotgun

– Christian Romano — early in the second half

No bookings for DBFC

Team:

Gianluca

Alessio

Jamie W

David

Christian

Stu

Pascal

Jonny

Scotty

Oli – Captain

Matt

SUBS:

Sam — half time

Rafa —- half time

Jamie H —- 5 mins into second half

Morse/Gary – unused

Match Report:

“Winter isn’t coming…Winter is here!” With the 10 degree drop in temperature over the last few days DBFC’s men overcame the flu (Jonny), and a couple knocks (Stu, Matt) to field a strong side at Po Kong Village road. The strong winds and rain made for difficult conditions. Playing with the wind (against the manager’s better judgement) DBFC controlled the territory throughout the first half but struggled to truly dominate the game. An early long range free kick was fired wide by Matt before Stu volleyed a headed clearance, from a DBFC corner kick, narrowly wide. Stu was also denied an Aguero esque free-kick on the edge of the box, a poor decision by the referee that unfortunately was a running theme throughout the match of decisions against or not given for DBFC. As we settled and began taking more care to pass to feet, Stu released Matt through on goal only for him to uncharacteristically shoot just wide of the target. Ollie and Scotty had speculative half chances before good work by Captain Rendall resulted in an excellent measured cross to Matt’s head that somehow he put wide from a matter of yards (it was the flood lights he was heard to shout). As the half came to a close team Shotgun showed their threat in counter attacking by tearing away down our left flank to cross the ball in our box that required Gianluca and all our back four to produce a series of good blocks on shots from Team Shotgun’s fast advancing forwards. Half time – 0-0.

Rafa and Sam came on for Scotty and Jonny. DBFC immediately benefited from  the change in conditions (playing into the wind) that allowed more controlled football. Rafa put a ball from the right into the channel for Oli to collect and turn with a great shot, bound for the left corner of the goal, only to see the ball held up slightly by the wind and pushed wide excellently by Team shotgun’s keeper’s flying dive. From the resulting corner the ball bounced around the box before Christian pounced, slamming the ball home —- 1-0 to DBFC.

Jamie H came on for Pascal and kept it tidy in centre of mid-field, starting a number of attacks that produced one of several corners for DBFC in the second half and from these corners DBFC looked threatening with Stu coming close at the near post while others created a number of half chances. The defence, having listened to the manager’s instructions (for a change) held a high line allowing the midfield and forwards to press well and any long balls over the top by Team Shotgun were well gathered by a sweeping Gianluca. The only danger on our goal from Team Shotgun came mid-way through the second half when  a dubious referee decision to give a free-kick at about 22 yards out resulted in a shot that rocketed into the bar, our defence cleared the rebound. DBFC reasserted their dominance and remained on top to close out the second half, unfortunate not to get that second goal. Final score 1-0.

MOM – Christian scored and was effective running forward from left back, while Jamie H and all the subs did well when they came on in the second half. A very solid performance from everyone in horrible conditions. David put in a particularly solid performance. However, Stu gets the award for his passing and general control of the midfield. Great result everybody and a thank you to Morse for coming and providing cover despite having a swollen ankle and being placed in cotton wool for the VETs match this coming weekend.

Dick of the day – Stu brought out an outrageous Bini for the warm ups, the fans were surprised this wasn’t followed up with gloves and a snood, I’m sure this award is a small price to pay for having warm ears but still…