2nd Oct 2007 BCII vs
BCII 1-3 Boca Shenley
Captain Ben's Man of the Match:
It may be cheesy, but the whole team gets it on this occasion:
Richy A, Neil, Phil, Matty, Steve, Tom, Richy Moss and Graham. I think this is
born out by how hard the voting was, and how the individual scores turned out -
check the website for details!
Captain Ben's Match Summary: "What can I say?
New season, new team, new astroturf (nice and slippy) and Boca as our first
opponents - some challenge!
Right from the start it was clear that everyone was up for
this match - no quarter was given, and BCII frustrated Boca from the start.
Great defending from Neil, and good tracking back from Phil and Matty made us
tight at the back, though we suffered a little as Steve was left alone up front
frequently, enjoying the physical challenges!
I can't remember the first goal so I wont comment on it!
However, until that point we were doing a great job of keeping Boca at bay, with
the odd charge up front - often lead by Neil!!! Matty took a break, and on came
Constant defending and pressure form Bunky's saw Phil take a
great goal from the edge of the area - was it Ronaldo style skill or just luck
the way he trapped the ball - who cares - he finished it off and opening his
account for the 07 / 08 season.
Sloppy defending by Ben left Pat free on his own - he doesn’t
need a second chance, and neatly slotted past Richy A into the top corner - a
shot he had no chance of stopping. Second substitution of the night saw Ben
leave the pitch just before half time to be replaced by Richy Moss, taking a
position in the defensive line up.
After a shaky two minutes things settled down, and we
continued to frustrate Boca. Midway through the second half saw Boca win a
dubious free kick. The only thing we were guilty of on the night was not holding
onto the ball until we were set - something Boca capitalised on. A quickly taken
free kick saw Pat strike a goal. A deflection left Richy A with no chance of
getting to it, and the score was 3 - 1 to Boca.
A battling second half with Graham seeing action as well as
Neil susbituting and Matty returning to the pitch saw the game out at 3-1 - it
could so easily have been 3 - 2, but Chris "the cat" Passmore made two great
saves, and one flukey one which saw the ball bounce off the underside of the
A harder physical, and more demanding start to the season I
doubt you could have. The score could easily have been 2 -2 or 3 -2 to Boca, but
at 3 -1 down we did not disgrace ourselves. Rarely has a Bunky's team been more
up for a game, and played with such enthusiam and passion. The tough challenges,
flying elbows, and niggly nature of the match just made for more effort! Keeping
this passion, and building on the teamwork will make BC II a team to be reckoned
with this year - bring it on!
*one big caveat - I can barely remember large parts of the
game, despite shouting myself horse at everyone - if somethings glaringly wrong,
feel free to correct me!"
Voting Players Man of the Match: Phil
Below follows that anonymous one-liners!