Sunday 10th July 2016
Round 16 saw FMNC travel to Hamilton for a heavyweight clash to start sorting out the top teams in the race to the finals. With the top 7 teams only separated by 6 points, the players know that every point earned from now on will decide whether they make it into the top 4 positions.
Being the middle week of the school holidays both teams had players missing and called on their respective U/14s to provide one interchange. Thanks to Vaughan Lickley for filling in, knowing that he had to play with his own team in the next game.
Hamilton controlled the ball the better of the two teams in the initial passages of play in the first half, but it was FMNC that struck early with a nice long ball played through to Luke Townsend who controlled the ball well before passing it on to Zeb Watts to finish off nicely and take FMNC to a 1-0 lead. The game then settled down into a tight tussle with scrambling defence on both sides. Mason Moore, playing in the backs, highlighted his ability to play in any position shutting down a solid attacking run by Hamilton.
With no further score in the first half, FMNC went to the break leading 1-0.
Hamilton started strongly in the second half getting an early chance but the FMNC players lifted their intensity and started to take control of the game. Owen Tomlinson played strongly down the right hand side and had chances, and Vaughan Lickley made an impact down the left side causing the Hamilton goalie to make a number of diving saves.
FMNC looked like extending their lead in the latter stages of the game when a well weighted pass by Flynn Parker found Angus Robertson who struck the ball solidly towards the top right hand corner of the goals, only to be denied by the extra-long reach of the Hamilton goalie. The ensuing corner saw Cian Murtagh nearly pull off the header of the season as he leapt above the pack but unfortunately pushed the ball just over the posts.
With FMNC up 1-0 and the supporters counting down the seconds, disaster struck when Hamilton seemed to create something out of nothing and scored against the run of play to even up the scores at 1-1. FMNC barely had time to take the kick off to restart play when full-time was called.
The second half really belonged to FMNC in all areas except the score and highlights once again the need to be fully focussed for 100% of the game and to be encouraging each other on the field.
Final score 1-1.
– Match Report by Marcus Robertson.
Sunday saw FMNC travel to Newcastle to take on Hamilton Olympic.
With four players unavailable this was always going to be a tough assignment. Hamilton are a top four team this year and their results to date have been very impressive.
FMNC started well and controlled most of the play, without causing Hamilton too much damage. About 15 minutes in FMNC were sucker punched with a Hamilton counter attack and a neat finish to go ahead 1-0.
The boys didn’t panic though and stuck to the game plan with James Lowe, Lachlan Clacher and Flynn Goodman finding the back of the net before half time.
The second half was all one way traffic from the first minute with the final score being 6-1. Second half goal scorers were Sam Amini, Chai Davies and Flynn Goodman.
A big thank you to the four U/14s who filled in for us – Andrew Walton, Sam Hazleton-Kelly, Max Lynch and Keegan Hughes in goals. Well done.
Final score 6 – 1 to FMNC.
– Match Report by John Goodman.