NPL Round 20 vs Adamstown

August 10th, 2016

Saturday 6th August 2016
Adamstown Oval

Under 13’s

FMNC travelled to Adamstown for the 3rd last game of the season, and Gus Bear’s last game with the team before heading off to Abu Dhabi with his family. Gus has been an integral part of the team and his skills and sportsmanship will be missed by the team.

The pre match music being pumped through the PA system raised a few eyebrows and had many FMNC parents vowing never to complain about Rick Naylor’s taste in music again. On the field the boys let their football skills do the talking, with both Zeb Watts and Charlie Naylor having chances early on, but it was Luke Townsend capitalising on a great ball by Cian Murtagh that put FMNC up 1-0.

The rest of the half was full of half chances to FMNC but no goals, and some strong defensive play by Brody Corbett keeping Adamstown scoreless at the end of the first half.

As the half time whistle blew, the music started up again and we were forced to listen to Daz Tomlinson singing and dancing along to the aging sounds of Tom Jones. Relief from the music and Daz’s singing finally came with the start of the second half.

FMNC were on the attack straight away in the second half and it wasn’t long before some good lead up play by Flynn Parker led to Luke Townsend’s second goal. Adamstown were rewarded with a goal mid-way through the second half taking the score to 2-1. Owen Tomlinson showed far more composure than his dad (who was still humming away to Tom Jones) to cleverly lob a ball over the goal keeper who had come out too far.

After forgetting his boots for the game, and having to find a sports store just before the game, Mason Moore redeemed himself with some clever play to put Luke Townsend into position to bag a hat-trick for the day and take FMNC to a convincing 4-1 win. It was a good finish to Gus Bear’s season and the players and parents gave him a guard of honour as he come off the field.

A big thank you to Gus’s mum, Ali Bear, for managing the team during the year. We all wish the Bear family the best on their Abu Dhabi adventure.

Final score – FMNC 4 Adamstown 1

– Match Report by Marcus Robertson.

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Under 14s

What a difference a week makes. With an average performance last week, the 14’s certainly turned things around when they faced Adamstown at Adamstown.

The weather was bleak but the football wasn’t.

It didn’t take long for MNC to stamp their mark on the game when what was probably the best team goal of the season came in the 6th minute. Impressive ball movement from one side of the field to the other and a quality pass was finished nicely to make the score 1:0.

Seven minutes later MNC capitalised on an error from the Adamstown defence and the ball was beautifully chipped over the Rosebud keeper who was caught out of position to make it a 2:0 lead.  MNC continued to play attractive football throughout the first half.

After the break, the 14’s continued on from where they left off. In the 41st minute a free kick was awarded to MNC which was struck well forcing a fumble from the keeper. The rebound was tucked away calmly to make the score 3 nil.

The Predators could smell blood. Minutes later, a through ball eluded three defenders and the shot again was fumbled which was then placed well from just outside the six yard box to make it 4:0.

The final goal of the game came in the 55th minute when MNC stole possession from midfield, a nice through ball was finished with a well-placed shot to the bottom left corner from outside the 18 yard box leaving the keeper no chance.

This was a disciplined performance from this team. They maintained ball possession, defended well, finished well and also a fantastic save was made from our keeper.

Congratulations boys on becoming Premiers with two rounds to go.

Final score – FMNC 5 Adamstown 0

– Match Report by Corey Walton.

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Under 15s
Final score – FMNC 1 Adamstown 2

Under 17s
Final score – FMNC 0 Adamstown 4

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