Promising Signs For FCB as Select XI Beat FC Limon
25/2/2012 – Valdebernardo
FCB XI 3-1 FC Limon
With the ever swelling training sessions of quality players coming along to Britanicos, last Saturday saw the successful inauguration of the FCB XI exhibition team with gaffer Stuart Gibb giving the opportunity for some much needed game time to new faces and the chance to show their potential over 90 minutes. All at the club were delighted to see a victory for the lads, but more importantly, the commitment and talent on display. Plans are afoot for a repeat very soon, please contact us to get involved in this magnificent club.
Match Report from Michael Langan.
“In a busy week for the club, FCB were engaged in four fixtures, with a collection of lads coming together hoping to impress and push on towards either Bunwer or Regional sides. Aware that there would be some nervy faces in the dressing room, Stuart Gibb sought the services of Bunwer veteran and committee member Richard Kilroy Silk to knock some heads together. Additionally, Matt Yea featured in his second game of Saturday, making the trip once more to Valdebarnardo for duty. The opposition were FC Limon(cello), also keen to make an impression in front of footballing royalty like Stuart Gibb. In a seeming act of mimicry of their regional and bunwer colleagues, the FCB friendly 11 contrived to fall behind to an early goal, and poor Silky and Matt Yea must have feared they were to be transported back to the dark days of three or so weeks ago. However, FCB retained their composure, with the back line impressing particularly in releasing the pacey wide men onto the FC Limon backline. As FCB began to dominate the game, their pressure told with Nico thundering home an equalising header from a delightful corner. From here, there was only likely to be one winner, with FCB seizing the initiative, and seriously limiting the possession and creativity of their opponents. Richard Kilroy Silk, freed somewhat from defensive responsibilities, marauded up the park on more than one occasion and came tantalisingly close to giving FCB a lead with a finely struck shot. However, debuting Luke finally broke the stalemate, finishing coolly to give FCB a deserved lead. From here, FCB may rue not adding to their total, although some daylight was created after fine FCB build up play forced a defensive error and resulted in an FC Limon own goal.
The occasion proved a useful and worthwhile exercise, and afforded a sighting at some of the untapped potential currently at the club. Hopefully, buoyed by their display, some of these lads can kick on and look to contribute more in the competitive sides. Indeed, goalscorer Luke Hilley seamlessly made the transition to regional the following day, and acquitted himself very well. This should give confidence and motivation to all who participated to persevere with training, and hope to make a difference as the club reaches the business end of the season. A special mention to Stuart Gibb, who worked tirelessly to arrange the fixture, recruiting a squad and ultimately referee the game. Praise is also merited for Silky and Matt Yea for offering some valuable experience in what was their second FCB game of the weekend.”