Flat performance from Bunwer lads against stubbern Mahou

31/03/2012 – La Elipa

FCB Bunwer 1-1 Cervezas MahouImage

Rami Majid was left fuming after his side failed to take all three points against the 9 men of ageing side Cervezas Mahou today. The brits had several chances to win the game in the second half, however, they ultimately couldn’t find the net as Mahou ran the clock down.

Match Report by Tom Pope

With a deceptively large squad available to him, Bunwer manager was faced with the difficult selection of stringing together a side largely composed of defenders. The brits started with Hutch in goals, a back line of Ally, Will (y style), Omar (smuggled back from Germany) and Reece, with a midfield four of Nestor, Ish, Steve Cespedes and Nick Boyle. The front line was led by the dubiously late-arriving George and the even later Bini.

Despite a thorough warm up, the brits were sluggish from the off, slack passes, second to the ball and incorrect decision-making. Their poor start was quickly punished when, after 3-men attempted to header the same ball, the Cervezas Mahou number 22 had time to steady himself unchallenged and send a looping 35 yard volley over Hutch. The response from the brits was not great, and it took another 20 minutes for them to get into the game. With increasing pressure on the Cervezas Mahou backline, the brits were beginning to win free kicks around the area, and after a wonderful cross from Steve Cespedes, George Gomm had the simple task of nodding home at the back post to draw the teams level. The goal spurred FCB on and they continued to push before half time. They were unable to add to their tally, although they came close a couple of times including a Bini free kick which struck the Mahou cross-bar.

Rami tried to add some creativity to the second half performance, replacing Nestor with the impeccably handsome Karim, however, Cervezas Mahou continued playing a frustrating game of closing the brits down at every opportunity. The brits dominated the second half in terms of chances and possession. Substitute Karim fired in several excellent shots from distance, whilst the clearest opening fell to George who was unable to connect with a cross from the left inside the Mahou box. Further changes were made, with Steve Cespedes, then Big Willy Style going off to be replaced by Arnar and Kiki.

With time ticking down, Cervezas Mahou were reduced first to 10 and then 9 men, with it looking a certainty that FCB Bunwer’s youth and extra numbers would surely be able to see off their opposition, however, chance after chance was missed. Arnar unable to control when in space in the box, George forcing a good save from the keeper after Arnar’s clever flick on and Bini heading straight at the keeper from a corner. Cervezas Mahou stuck to their game plan of frustration, wasting time and winding the brits up and, to their credit, they won the mental battle on the field. They could have snatched all three points late on too, but for a wonderful block from FCB captain Hutch.

And so it became clear that a goal was not going to come, and Karim compounded the matter by showing his ugly side to the referee and earn himself an unnessecary red card. With no game next week, the Bunwer lads will be practising their shooting.

MOTM Reece Carling

FCB Regional Humbled by League Leaders

25/3/2012 – La Elipa

FCB Regional 1-6 CD Nuevas Palomeras

The Brits had a disappointing Sunday at home to Nuevas Palomeras as they struggled to find any traction in the game. They remain in 13th place, 1 point ahead of C.F Fenix.

Match report to follow

FCB Bunwer Go Close Against Champions

24/3/2012 – The Canodromo

Union Seleccion 2-1 FCB Bunwer

It was the same old story of so near and yet so far once again for the Bunwer lads as 90 minutes of hard work and fine play proved futile. With the points having been returned to 0 after the league split, the Brits were out to prove themselves against a team who finished joint top in the first phase of the season, however, Rami Majid will still need to find the extra spark to keep FCB in the hunt for the championship.

SILKY’S FINAL THOUGHT: OPENING DAY TORMENT FOR FCB BUNWER BRITS AS TITLE PLAYOFF GETS UNDERWAY AT THE CHAMPS.
“This was a tale of what might have been, had Silky’s arm stayed vertical, if the ref had awarded FCB a penalty for a trip on Bini they might well have snatched a point or even beaten the champs in their own back yard.  Stirring performance from Rami’s lads who clearly rattled Union Seleccion and banished the memories of the humiliating defeat suffered 2 months ago in the reverse fixture.  If this kind of form can be maintained…….the rest of the league better watch out!!!!”

Match report to follow.

Liga Bunwer “Division de Honor” Fixtures Announced

The Liga Bunwer has released the fixture list for the remainder of the season, with FCB being handed a tough start away from home against a Union Seleccion side fresh from winning the 1st half of the Bunwer season. The points have been set to zero now though, and manager Rami Majid will ensure no respect is wasted on the opposition as the brits aim to show what end of the table they should be fighting at.

Celts win in close fought tri-team tournament

17/3/2012 – Villa de Vallecas

FC Corcoran 1-2 England and Rest of World

Celts 0-1 FC Corcoran

England and Rest of World 0-2 Celts

On a warm Saturday afternoon in Madrid, FC Britanico welcomed their ex-pat counterparts frImageom Paris, FC Corcoran, for a three-way tournament in the Vallecano sun. It was to be a tight affair, with all three teams coming through 2 hours of football with a victory and a defeat, however, FCB’s own Celts won through after a second half goal vs the English in the final match secured a goal difference victory.

There were some fine individual performances on all three teams, as well as some great physical endurance to last the full 120 minutes in the heat. FCB would like to congratulate the Celts for their win, but more importantly, thank everyone who organised the event and came along to get involved. Particular mention to our special guests FC Corcoran, to Phil Mugford for 3 hours of non-stop refereeing and to Stuart Gibb for his tireless efforts in making such a great day happen.

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Match report from (an unsurprisingly Scottish) Mick Langan. For “Scotland” real “Celts”.

“A vintage Scotland team arrived in Vallecas, determined to retain a trophy they had won at a canter three months ago. Retaining the majority of their 2011 side, the Scots looked to hammer home their obvious superiority at the club. After a snoozefest between the English side and visiting team, FC Corcoran, ended 2-1 to England (Reece Carling with a notable free kick), the visiting support finally got their wishes as Scotland took to the field. Alas however, the game did not go to plan,. and they fell behind to a shick against the run of play goal. The Scots then laid siege to the Corcoran goal, with playmaker Michael Langan thundering the bar with a sizzling thirty yard free kick. After some underhand tactics from biased referee Phil, the Scots were downed and facing an embarrassing surrender of their not so hard fought title. However, they were well aware that a two goal margin against an appalling English side would still save face. Sadly, the Scots remained well under par and looked a shadow of the footballing side for which they are well renowned. After confusion and calamity reigned in the English box, Scotland found themselves a goal up and right back in the hunt. An appallingly inept defensive English performance was threatening to steal the trophy from the favourites. However, with minutes remaining, Mark popped up to emphatically place the trophy into the waiting Scottish arms. As the full time whistle was blown, it was a mixture of relief and disappointment from the Scots. While a trophy is always nice and spared some blushes, beating the England team is kind of like beating an armless man in an arm wrestling contest, and two goals really is the bare minimum. And this truly was as poor an English side in living memory (since November). That said, you can only beat what is in front of you. Onwards and upwards.

 
Top goalscorer: Mark
MOTM Scotland: Nick Boyle
MOTM England: Hutch
Best Goalkeeper and MOTM other team: half decent goalie badly at fault for a goal”