Sunday 21st August 2016
Wayne Richards Park
In what was shaping up as an epic contest between two teams vying for 3rd spot on the ladder, the game did not disappoint. In the first few minutes of the match MNC had a goal opportunity shut down by the Jets defenders, in what could have been a dream start for the home team.
As the first half developed the match was pretty even until Zeb Watts received the ball, took on a few defenders and slipped the ball into the back of the net past a helpless Jets goalkeeper. The Jets then equalized shortly after with some nifty footwork from their forwards. As the game approached half-time and the crowd starting heading to the sheds for refreshments, MNC pressed and got rewarded with a corner that was beautifully taken by Flynn Parker with Angus Robertson tapping the ball into the goal.
Almost immediately the Jets equalised again. The score was locked at 2-2 for what seemed an eternity (about 1 minute), until another corner from Flynn Parker was converted with a volley from Ben Oakley. Half time score 3 -2 to MNC, and a chance to really get those refreshments.
The second half was very tense as the Jets were determined to snatch the 3 points for this game by launching several attacking raids. However, the MNC defence was solid and repelled most of these raids. A special mention needs to go to Isaac Parkinson who made a great save by putting his body on the line to deny the Jets a goal. MNC scored again when a penalty was awarded, and Brody Corbett stepped up to place the ball in the bottom right corner of the goal. Although MNC had a two goal margin the Jets had not given up as they continued to launch further attacks mostly via their target man Archie.
Angus Robertson scored MNC’s 5th goal after stealing the ball off one of the Jets defenders and having a powerful shot that went in the side of the goal. The Jets scored a consolation goal near the end of the match but it was too little too late for them, even though sections of the crowd could still sense a late surge from the Jets. This victory ensured that MNC finished 3rd on the table and will meet Hamilton in a semi-final match next weekend.
– Match Report by Angus Robertson & Charlie Naylor (a player’s perspective).
Another visiting Newcastle team, another one sent home with the ball between their legs. The game was always going to be competitive against the Jets and it proved that way with the sea-sawing score line right from the second minute of the game.
Our forwards, it seemed, we had ten of them. They were everywhere and attacking early. Our solid and sometimes loudly spoken keeper was on fire. He backs up his vocal ability with putting his body in front of all the fancy coloured brands of football boots and no doubt has the marks to show for it, just to keep the game score low.
The home crowd also enjoyed the early energetic display of our reserve keeper who was doubling as game commentator, when a miss fired shot sailed over the posts and so did he over the crowd rope attempting a dramatic save.
The final round game of the season was a beautiful home game. Many thanks for all that have coached, trained and supported this young team throughout the year. A job well done.
Finals time – is this the last weekend of the early rise, coffee and the long drive. I don’t think so. The boys are getting it together. Glimmers of the team spirit are building, the talk amongst them is getting louder. The coach is quietly confident.
– Match Report by Ash Corbett (a parent’s perspective).
Final score – FMNC 5 Emerging Jets 3
The final round of the NPL season saw MNC take on the Newcastle Jets. Newcastle defeated MNC earlier in the season, so this was set up to be a good game.
With the ground showing the effects of a season long hammering, both sides set out to knock the ball around and play football.
MNC had the better of possession in the first 10 minutes, moving the ball well and getting a number of shots away, then against the run of play, the Jets were awarded a penalty in the 14th minute. The dottie was fired over the crossbar not requiring a save from the keeper.
This kicked MNC up another gear and shortly after, a turn- over in possession saw MNC on the attack. A quality low cross came from the right and was placed well into the top right corner (1:0). The rest of the first half saw both teams attacking but no more goals came.
The second half started a little slowly for the 14’s as they strayed away from the game plan for the first five minutes. MNC then relaxed, became composed and started playing football again. This resulted in another goal in the 45th minute, again coming from the right hand side, which saw a well weighted angled ball cleverly dinked over the Jets keeper (2:0).
Two minutes later, a loss of possession saw Aaron in a 1 v 1 against the Jets keeper. His first shot was blocked but he followed up and slotted it away to make the score 3 nil. In the 53rd minute, a free kick was awarded just outside the 18 yard box. The free kick was struck low and hard forcing the Jets keeper to push the ball into the path of oncoming MNC players, and the ball was slotted away to make it 4 nil.
The fifth and final goal came from Keegan playing the ball to Vaughan who did a fantastic turn to put MNC into attack. With his pass through midfield and then onto Sam who had plenty to do, and finished nicely to make the score 5 nil.
MNC played a nice game today, dominating possession and playing positive football. They now take on Weston in the semi-final next week. Good luck boys.
Final score – FMNC 5 Emerging Jets 0
– Match Report by Corey Walton.
Final score – FMNC 3 Emerging Jets 4
Final score – FMNC 0 Emerging Jets 2