Sunday 22nd May 2016
Wayne Richards Park
Equal top of the ladder contenders FMNC played host to Valentine FC on Sunday for their first encounter of the season with FMNC coming away with a 4-0 victory.
With Angus Bear, Flynn Parker and Owen Tomlinson out for the round it was a shaky first half that didn’t contain a lot of structured play from either side. Jared Humphreys filling in as captain made a couple of strong attempts down the right flank however the team was unable to capitalise. Unfortunately FMNC midfielder Cian Murtagh was taken off the field after clutching at an apparent hamstring injury while running the ball down the left side.
The second half saw a more determined effort from FMNC. The boys were soon rewarded after some frenetic play around the box. Striker Zeb Watts made a forceful attempt at goal which the keeper fumbled allowing centre back Ben Oakley to pick up his second goal of the season. This lifted the boys’ spirits and minutes later the ball was in the back of the Valentine FC goal again after Zeb Watts capitalised on a well weighted cross from right wing Angus Robertson. FMNC’s third goal came after a Valentine FC penalty led to Zeb Watts scoring from the resulting ‘dot shot’. The fourth goal of the game saw Angus Robertson involved again – making a solo run and scoring ‘top bins’ (in the top corner so I’m told).
Thanks go to Vaughen Lickley for filling in at short notice.
Final score 4-0 to FMNC.
– Match Report by Paul Townsend
The second home game in a row saw the FMNC 14s go head to head against Valentine at Wayne Richards Park. Again the boys were faced with weather conditions better suited to the beach than running around a football field. The boys had trained hard during the week under the guidance of technical director Larry Budgen as coach Darrell Pascoe was away with work commitments. The boys had been encouraged to not take Valentine lightly despite them sitting at the bottom of the table.
The first half saw the boys maintain good position on the field with some good lead up play. Two goals found the back of the net affording the 14s a 2-0 lead at the half time break. Unfortunately, the half time break did not seem to advantage the 14s in this game.
After the game, coach Darrell Pascoe indicated that the boys lost their composure and struggled to find the feet of their team mates. He indicated that despite adding another goal to the tally through a dot shot, the 14s would need to improve significantly before next week’s match against the Emerging Jets.
Final score 3-0 to FMNC.
– Match Report by Sonia Hughes
Sunday saw Valentine come to play at WRP. With Valentine being the promoted club this year none of the grades knew what to expect.
In the 15s game Valentine started strong and were very physical. It took about 20 minutes for FMNC to get a bit of a flow going with Chai Davies neatly chipping the goalkeeper.
FMNC 1-0 Valentine
Thats the it stayed until half time with the first half being a pretty scrappy affair.
The second half was much better for FMNC with the home team taking full control. With four goals in the second half, 1 goal each to Flynn Goodman, Zane Haywood, Lachlan Clacher and Ryan Waite, the game was out of Valentines reach.
Full time FMNC 5-0 Valentine
– Match Report by John Goodman