Sunday 19th June 2016
Wayne Richards Park
FMNC hosted Broadmeadow Magic at Wayne Richards Park in a rescheduled round 12 fixture, and the weather conditions that greeted the players and spectators were akin to those that postponed it in the first place.
Unfortunately, the weather was not the only thing that was poor. FMNC, although heavily depleted due to injury, started the first half with poor control, and an apparent lack of will to contest 50/50 balls, and even chase balls rolling in open play. This led to two first half goals for Broadmeadow and a 0-2 deficit at half time.
The second half started in similar fashion, and shortly into the half Magic were up 3-0. The insertion of Ben Oakley into the midfield shortly after seemed to change the game a little with FMNC winning the ball higher up the pitch, leading to a penalty which was calmly converted by Zeb Watts. Ben’s foray into the midfield netted him a goal a few minutes later, and FMNC looked like mounting an unlikely comeback.
However it was not to be, as Magic scored again deflating some already tired legs.
Final score 4-2 to Broadmeadow.
– Match Report by Brenton Moore
On a day more suited to ducks, a game of football took place at WRP between the two heavyweights of U14’s NPL, FMNC and Broadmeadow Magic. The top of the table clash started out slowly for FMNC as Magic had the upper hand as they dominated play keeping FMNC trapped in their own half and struggling to get out.
Magic were pretty relentless pushing forward, but remaining calm, FMNC weathered the storm and with some fantastic goalkeeping, kept them at bay. Around the fifteen minute mark, the game started to even out with ball retention and ball movement stretching the opposition. The game went back and forth until a free kick was given away by FMNC just outside the 18 yard box. Magic curled the free kick around the wall and netted with three minutes left until the break.
At half time the score was FMNC 0 – Magic 1.
The second half was a different story. FMNC came out firing and soon took control of the game. It was opposite to the first as FMNC started dominating play. In the wet weather, the Magic defenders were continually sliding into tackles and it was only a matter of time before they were penalised, and that’s exactly what happened. After a beautiful through ball from the midfield, Aubrey deSilva ran onto it with his trademark speed, found himself in the box and was taken down from behind. A penalty was awarded and subsequently put away to even the scores at 1-1.
With FMNC continuing to have the upper hand, chances kept on coming, penetrating the Magic midfield and defence. A shot from Sam Modderno hit the inside of the post and came out. After spreading the ball, FMNC scored their second of the day with a nicely placed shot from the right, across the front of the Magic keeper.
FMNC remained disciplined and played football instead of parking the bus. A real credit to them. At fulltime, the score FMNC 2 – Magic 1.
In what was an important, somewhat bruising encounter at times and played in difficult conditions, the FMNC 14’s can hold their heads high with a disciplined, determined performance that opened up a gap at the top of the leaderboard.
Final score 2-1 to FMNC.
– Match Report by Corey Walton