FCB Bunwer 0-3 Ruper King
FCB Bunwer today fell to their second straight league defeat after a poor performance against an average Ruper King. Despite conceding 2 penalties, MOTM and stand-in keeper Matt Yea prevented a cricket score and kept the Brits in with a shout until slack play and poor team defending allowed Ruper King to end the game comfortably. The brits were not without their chances, however their late and speculative long range efforts were the mark of a team short of ideas and confidence. The despondant dressing room will have time off to recover next weekend, with a real need for focus on concentration and being clinical infront of goal.
Match report by Michael Langan
“After a creditable away performance last week, FCB returned to La Elipa looking to settle old scores with Ruper King on the upper pitch. Again Rami, in a welcome change, had an abundance of attacking options at his disposal. FCB lined up: Yea, Ally, Ojo, Fletch and Reece (the first unchanged back four since October last year), Michael, Chaz, Nick, Josh, Madris and George.
FCB opened brightly, moving the ball comfortably around, although with no real cutting edge evident. However, after the nervy openings of last week, this was a welcome addition to their game. The danger, however, stemmed from a midfield which looked a little stretched. After twenty minutes, FCB fell behind after Matt Yea scythed down the onrushing Ruper King player, who dispatched the resultant penalty. Yea was in action soon after, making a spate of saves to keep FCB in a game which was threatening to get away from them. Similar to last week, Reece was again unlucky not to win a penalty for his side, the referee waving play on after he was seemingly brought down. Just before half time, Nick switched off at a corner and, after rushing out to the danger, Yea conceded another penalty which, thankfully, was blazed off the bar and over.
At half time, Steve Cespades replaced the excellent Chaz Boyle, who must have picked up a knock. This change signalled the death knell for FCB, as they lost both their talisman and their sense of purpose and direction. While the second half began brightly, the consternation at this loss was palpable throughout the side, and was a significant factor in the second goal which killed the game. After slack play in the opposition half, FCB were left man for man at the back, and Yea was beaten by a smart finish. FCB’s morning went from bad to worse when, after a poor clearance, a third goal was rifled past Yea as FCB threatened to implode. While FCB finished the game strongly, finally beginning to test the Ruper King goalkeeper, there was to be no consolation as they were soundly beaten. Three nil, in truth, was slightly flattering, but FCB can nonetheless have no complaints over the loss, and desperately need to start picking points up.
As an aside, all the best to Matt Yea on his return from injury, and to Josh on his first start for the club. Today, however, does not make up for the 24 goals conceded in a memorable three weeks for the former two months ago.”