NPL Round 15 vs Weston Bears

July 6th, 2016

Sunday 3rd July 2016
Taree Zone Field

Under 13’s

With Taree Zone Field looking great, a full complement of players for the first time in many weeks, and a surprise visit by Rob Bear, anticipation was high for a great game. Unfortunately, Weston started the game with a much higher intensity and desire to win than FMNC, and within minutes were creating scoring chances – which fortunately for FMNC either hit the goal posts or sailed over the posts. Luke Hemler’s speed and strength in the backs kept Weston at bay while Cian Murtagh and Owen Tomlinson started controlling the ball and getting FMNC back into the game. It was well into the first half before FMNC had their best scoring chance, as Zeb Watts carved his way through the Weston defence, but could not put it away. As the half-time whistle blew FMNC were very lucky to be walking off the field with the score at nil all.

The second half started much the same way as the first, with Weston’s intensity and physical game finally paying dividends for them with a run down the right hand side by their speedy number 5 and a great finish to put Weston up 1-0.

Weston’s physical game intimidated FMNC but things started to turn around when Flynn Parker used a combination of agility, great footwork, and good use of his upper body to show his team mates how not be out-muscled on the ball. Flynn’s determination and Charlie Naylor’s endless energy and huge work rate in the mid-field lifted FMNC and provided them with a greater share of the ball, but unfortunately they couldn’t capitalise on the opportunities. Whilst FMNC dominated sections of the game, it was Weston’s intensity and desire to win for the whole game that saw them take the honours in a very well deserved 1-0 win.

Final score 1-0 to Weston.

– Match Report by Marcus Robertson.

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Under 14s

FMNC welcomed Weston to Taree Zone Field on Sunday with both teams hoping for a result, with FMNC sitting on top and Weston hoping to cement themselves in the top 4.

It was always going to be a tough encounter with both teams playing a physical and quick style of game and this is exactly how the game started.

The ball moved from end to end in the first half with both teams creating chances. With desperation and enthusiasm from all parts of the field the deadlock was broken in the 17th minute when some beautiful build up play, which started from the back through midfield, and a quality cross was finished at the back post to put FMNC 1-0 ahead.

This didn’t kill Weston’s enthusiasm as they continued to play some nice football, but FMNC lifted a notch and were creating chances up front, with one shot hitting the post and a possible penalty denied.

With 5 minutes to go in the half an overlapping run from Brendan Mason saw him brought down and consequently left him injured and unable to continue. FMNC was already injury struck so this gave an opportunity for 13 year old Ben Oakley to step into the left back position.

The second half began in a flurry with FMNC on the attack missing an opportunity in the first minute. This trend continued as chances were created with some nifty ball movement. When Weston attacked the defence of FMNC they dealt with this comfortably.

Ten minutes from time another 13 year old, Zeb Watts, stepped in up front and did a fantastic job helping out the injury hit 14’s.

There were a few tense moments on the bench but when the final whistle blew the coaching staff were pleased with the performance of the team. Thanks to Ben and Zeb for stepping up and doing a great job.

Final score 1-0 to FMNC.

– Match Report by Corey Walton.

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Under 15s

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Under 17s

Round 15 saw the 17’s in a tough match against Weston. During the first half FMNC looked in control of the game, creating a great goal scoring opportunity in about the 20th minute which was denied only by a last ditch effort from the Weston defender to clear off the line.

The second half started 0-0 and once again FMNC created a fantastic opportunity to score but were still unable to find the back of the net. Things were made a lot more difficult with 30 minutes remaining in the half when FMNC were reduced to 10 men after a red card.

Despite one man down they pushed on and looked more likely to take the 3 points on offer than Weston. A commendable effort by the boys to stay in the contest.

Final score 0-0.

– Match Report by Andrew Lickley.

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