Sunday 3rd April
Wayne Richards Park
The end of daylight saving delivered another beautiful day to Port Macquarie, albeit a little earlier for some than others. ( eh coach )
A big thank you to the parents who turned up early to get the field ready for the days play and to our “security mums” who kept the crowd under control.
FMNC hosted the Lambton Jaffas and after a close trial game against each other a few weeks earlier, another close game was expected. It started off that way until an unlucky own goal off a beautifully placed corner by Angus Robertson put FMNC up 1-O early. This gave our lads the confidence they needed and they went on to dominate the half with goals in quick succession to Luke Townsend twice, Flynn Parker and Gus Bear for FMNC to lead 5-0 at half time.
The second half proved to be much more even with play swaying from one end to the other. However, our defence held solid again and with our midfield delivering excellent balls to our attack, two more goals were scored by Zeb Watts and Gus Bear, as well as hitting the posts a few times.
Final result a skilful and physical 7-0 victory to FMNC.
– Match Report by Steve Oakley
This was our first game at Wayne Richards Park this season. The boys were faced with hot and sunny conditions and a very vocal Jaffas crowd, but they were keen to continue their winning form from the previous week’s encounter with Edgeworth.
The first half opened with both teams fighting to gain ground and supremacy over each other, with much of the action taking place within in the middle third of the field.
FMNC were able to progress the ball down the flanks and into the final third on occasions but were finding it difficult to convert their opportunities. With first half time running out and luck evading them, the boys continued to follow the game plan set out by the coach.
Not long before the end of the first half, they managed to find the back of the net – and this goal was quickly followed up by two more leaving FMNC up 3 – 0 at half time.
The break gave the boys a breather and a chance to review their game plan with coach, Daryl Pascoe and FMNC Technical Director, Larry Budgen. Clearly the break was exactly what the boys needed as they came out to the second half a different side.
They were able to maintain their structure and progressed the ball up the field on numerous occasions. Strength from the back line through the midfield enabled the forwards to move the ball into the final third with FMNC piling on a further 5 goals in the second half.
Final score – FMNC defeated Lambton Jaffas 8 – 0.
– Match Report by Sonia Hughes
The boys seemed a bit flat on Sunday possibly with a case of what time is it, and did kick off start an hour ago??!! Daylight savings changeover can do funny things.
Lambton went ahead in the 9th minute receiving a free kick just outside the 18 yard box. The kick hit the crossbar which was followed up by a Lambton player putting it into the net to go ahead 0-1 in Lambton’s favour.
It didn’t take long for the FMNC boys to strike back with the equaliser. In the 16th minute Logan Palmer pushed on and in a very good attacking position was taken down by the Lambton defence to earn a free kick. Dylan Webber’s driving free kick was hit low and hard into the bottom left corner of the goal. FMNC 1 -1 Lambton.
The score remained that way through to the half time break.
Despite having numerous opportunities it wasn’t to be for the boys as they conceded a heartbreaking goal to go behind 1 -2 in the 78th minute of the match.
A special mention to Ty Marchant and to James Garrett who defended with great commitment and intensity. Also thanks to Ryan Waite who backed up from his Under 15s game and was one of the standouts on the pitch.
– Match Report by Andrew Lickley