NPL Round 11 vs Edgeworth Eagles

June 16th, 2016

Saturday 11th June 2016
Jack McLaughlin Oval

Under 13’s

FMNC and Edgeworth set off at a cracking pace with both teams moving the ball around well in a very fast, physical contest.  FMNC had the better of play for large parts of the first half with Luke Townsend, Mason Moore and super-sub Brendon Mason creating a number of early chances.  A shot by Mason Moore was deflected by an Edgeworth defender into the goal which gave FMNC a well-earned 1-0 lead.  The backs did a great job of shutting down a number of Edgeworth’s speedy forwards with Brody having a great game in defence.   Whilst FMNC had 4 or 5 solid chances to score in the first half, and probably a bit unlucky not to convert, Edgeworth did well to keep the half time score to 1-0.

This game was the classic “game of two halves”, in fact it was almost like halves from two different games.  Edgeworth, with plenty of reserves on the bench, came out fired-up, and probably the hungrier of the two teams – and it wasn’t long before they evened up the score at 1-1.

With an injury list to rival the Manly Sea Eagles, it was always going to be a big ask for FMNC to finish the game as strongly as they started.  Jared Humphreys played his best game of the season, in both defence and attack, using his strength and speed to keep FMNC in the game. Brody Corbett also had a solid game in an unfamiliar position in central defence.  But the highlight of the match was Isaac Parkinson’s goal keeping.   Not only did Isaac make 4 or 5 diving saves in the second half, he also saved a well struck dot shot, and clashed heavily with an Edgeworth player in the final minutes to stop what looked like a certain goal.  Isaac finished the game limping and with stud marks up his leg, but he protected those precious goals and kept the score at 1-1.  The team should hold their heads high and look forward to getting back to full strength.

Final score 1-1 draw.

– Match Report by Marcus Robertson.


Under 14s

Round 13 saw FMNC 14s take on Edgeworth Eagles at a cold and windy Jack McLaughlan Oval. The boys were keen to get back on the football field following the previous rounds washout.

Following their focus on communication during training sessions, coach Darrell Pascoe was keen to see the boys ‘talk it up’ on the pitch and ‘talk it up’ they did. Despite improved communication between the boys, the opening third of the game could only be described as scrappy with poor execution and passing letting them down. A fumble by the goal keeper allowed Edgeworth to take a 1 nil lead. This seemed to have a somewhat calming effect on the team, with them getting back to basics.  The last 20 minutes of the first half saw the 14s better execute their game plan which in turn allowed them to dominate possession and set up opportunities.

Half time gave the coaching staff the opportunity to calm the boys down, reinforce the game plan and encourage them to continue to set up their opportunities.

The start of the second half saw the 14s playing as they had done towards the end of the first half. Better execution of passes led to them again dominating the play and creating opportunities. Persistence paid off with FMNC 14s finding the back of the net to equalize the score at 1-1. The equalizer certainly spurred the boys on and they continued to progress the ball towards the goal mouth. Continued pressure on the Edgeworth goal keeper and back line led to an own goal allowing FMNC 14s to take the lead with the score at 2-1. Despite continued pressure from FMNC 14s the score line remained unchanged at full time.

Final score 2-1 to FMNC.

– Match Report by Sonia Hughes.




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