Knapsack Park has been closed for games Sunday, 16 June
BMFC 16.1: 3
Colo Soccer FC: 1
BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan (3)
Player of the Match: Ethan
Match Report: A beautiful mid morning game at one of the best places to play football – great surface, big pitch and plenty of open space around
We had a few chances in the opening period – Jake hit a long range shot that hit the post and a great cross from Ash fell to Harry who passed to Ethan to score – unfortunately Ethan was adjudged off side. We were caught on the counter when Max challenged in the air for a ball and Alex Win came across to clean up – an unfortunate bounce of the ball into Alex’s arm and a penalty was awarded and duly dispatched
In the second half the boys upped the tempo and the urgency but for a long time could not find a way through. A well struck curler from the edge of the box went just over from Harry
With only 15 to go, Sam was brought on in right midfield and Martin to right back. Sam made a few surging runs down the right as well as coming very close to scoring – his sliding shot as the keeper came out was struck almost too well and went over. Just after we finally found the net – Jake’s long corner to the far post volleyed in by Ethan. This visibly lifted the boys and the chase was on to find a winner. That said, Colo continued to be a threat going forward so we couldn’t be too gung-ho
With time running out the ball was kicked out by Colo – Sean Burns showing off his goalkeeping skills, diving full length out of his chair to get the ball quickly to Sam. Sam’s long throw in to the edge of the box found Ethan, who got it out of his feet and struck sweetly into the net. Sean claimed an assist
With only a few minutes left we won another corner and quick thinking by Martin, rushing forward from right back to get it off Jake. Martin’s cross was ok but fell behind players, including Ethan, who amazingly delivered an overhead kick from the edge of the box that flew past the keeper
Players, Coach’s and Parents player of the match this week to Ethan. A hat trick in the last fifteen minutes – sensational effort, especially after being targeted and knocked about without protection from the referee all game. Great attitude, resilience and determination
Photo – Ethan’s first – a volley at the far post off Jake’s corner
BMFC 16.1: 3
Penrith RSL SC: 0
BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan, Martin, Jake
Player of the Match: Max
Match Report: Nepean Cup Last 16
We played Penrith RSL for the 3rd time in a month in a night game in the Cup. A few positional changes to try a few things out but the structure was maintained
The boys played some excellent football in the first half creating many chances. Martin and Max combined in the midfield and Max put Ethan away – chasing the ball and just getting a toe to it ahead of the oncoming keeper for 1-0. The lead was doubled when Ethan headed a Millsy free kick on and Martin got there first, his shot ricocheted in off a defender – Martin’s goal though!
We continued to play good passing football in the second half. A Martin corner was well headed by Ethan – the goalkeeper didn’t hold the header and Jake was on hand to poke home the third and last goal of the night
Our best performance yet versus a very good opponent
Parents player of the match to Max – out of his usual left back and into the heart of midfield, Max was tireless and a big influencer on the result
BMFC 16.1: 1
Penrith RSL SC: 0
BMFC Goal Scorers: Harry
Player of the Match: Alex Crambrook
Match Report: A cold afternoon kick off against a tough opponent. Goalkeeper Eli was out sick and with the two regular keepers from the 15.2’s and 16.2’s unavailable, Matt from the 16.2’s kindly offered to help out
We started positively and created a couple of good early chances – Aidy put Ethan away to bore down on goal but the keeper saved well 1on1. Ash got to the bye line and put a great cross in that travelled untouched across the six yard box
We defended well, limiting RSL to a few long range shots which Matt held well. Sam and Max both made a couple of forward attacking runs from right and left back respectively – Sam firing a super cross come shot across the face of the goal. Mid way through through the first half, Millsy sent a long free kick into the box and it fell to Harry who swivelled and volleyed in a high ball over the keeper showing great technical skills in doing so. Harry scoring against his former team mates
The second was a real arm wrestle – RSL’s midfield started to win the battle and pushed us back. There were no clear cut chances as our defensive line of Millsy, Alex Win, Max and Sam as well as central defensive players Jake, Aidy and Martin worked hard to protect Matt. Matt continued to hold any long range efforts and then clear early to set Ethan away, ably supported by Damo and Alex Crambrook who both had excellent games today
We had two good chances to score – Ethan cutting in the box and hitting it well with his left foot – keeper beaten but the ball hit the post. Secondly, a long throw into the box from Jake was flicked on by Ethan and Damo snuck in ahead of the defender to head home – Ethan adjudged to have committed a foul when challenging for the ball
Coach’s player of the match to Alex Crambrook who defended stoutly in the first half – heading balls he’d much rather not! In the second half Alex was a real threat down the left and helped out in the midfield scrap
A great team performance and we look forward to playing RSL again this Thursday at home in the Nepean Cup
BMFC O35.1B: 4
Select club: North Sydney United
BMFC Goal Scorers: Ibra, Brad (2), Zap
Player of the Match: Brad
Match Report: State Cup v Nth Sydney
A big game at Summerhayes is usually against Springwood but instead it was North Sydney in the Cup
A cagey start by both teams – neither wanting to over commit. We fell behind, then levelled as Mark Sem scythed to the bye line to pull back for Ibra. We were behind again by half time as Paul challenged for a cross into the box only to put into his own net
In the first 20 of the second half we levelled and the took the lead courtesy of two Brad strikes – the second a pile driver from outside the box
North Sydney levelled again inside the last ten and to golden goal we went
After a few minutes we won a corner and Zap rose headed, shouldered, it didn’t matter, it went in and we were through to the 1/4’s
Next up Baulkham Hills at Summerhayes again on the 16th at noon
BMFC O35.1W: 4
Richmond Ex-Servicemens SC: 0
BMFC Goal Scorers: Skinner (2), Rusty, Felts
Player of the Match: Twelve of the bravest men you’ll ever meet
Match Report: After the complete mess the governing bodies made of staging the Europa League final in Baku it was hoped they had learnt their lesson. Alas, however, with the scheduling of the heroes in Whites next game only hours after a beer festival, it is clear that they have not.
Due to injuries and visa problems the chartered flight to the backwaters of NSW was lightly occupied. 12 brave souls stepped out onto the tarmac at the RAAF base, greeting by a throng of fans who up until now had only seen their heroes on the tv.
The line up revealed one very noticeable change to the most in form team in the competition, with player/coach Dre deciding that he was a bit cold and so wanted to wear the gloves and Bruce Grobbelaar pants to keep warm, confidence was high.
After an early pitch inspection Andy decided it wasn’t up to standard so set off to Knapsack to warm up, he made it back just in time for kickoff, which was lucky as he was one of only 3 “fit” players available.
The game seemed to start at a frantic pace and it appeared the opposition had 30 players on the field and playing with 5 balls, but that could have just been me.
As to be expected from a team full of dynamic, creative individuals, the chances soon began to flow for the Whites. Everyone was keen to get a sighter on goal, but as seems to be the case when teams play the Whites, Henry the Octopus had turned out for them in goals.
Just when it seemed it was going to be one of those days, the ball fell to Skinner in the box and with a quick spin and shot it was 1-0 to the Whites. The Sixpence he turned on is still laying on the ground. Going from the sublime to horrible he then proceeded to miss possibly the easiest chance he will ever get, what a waste of money indeed.
The only real threat to the Whites goal in the first half was cleaned up by the combination of Dre and Ads using what seemed to be a ancient mating dance from Uruguay, leaving Dre with two new dimples on his forehead. He has always been a tea man over coffee.
Halftime had the massage tables full and the physios working overtime to try and get 11 players back out for the second half. The next 45mins was going to need a Herculean effort. The Spartans had their 300, Blue Mountains had this lot.
Spurred on by their vocal fans, the home team started the strongest in the second half. The defensive line of Dirty, G, Macca and Andy were holding strong and Dre was only really troubled once with a fine low save.
Whites fans nerves were settled not long after when Ghost and Skinner combined better than Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore at the potters wheel to create something beautiful.
2-0 to the Whites
Rod was trying everything to get on the scoresheet, always in good positions, wearing the toe out of his boots. Anth and Rusty spent the entire half as if they were competing for the WWE Tag Team Championship, doing everything to make sure the full 11 players stayed on the pitch.
The game was put to bed when Rusty Beckham stepped up from what will surely be 40yards by the end of the season to curl in an absolute screamer.
3-0 to the Whites
G, feeling a bit charitable, decided he was being left behind in the fines and found a way to pick up a booking from nowhere, then tried to hide it, hoping everyone was too busy watching some animal cruelty.
With 10mins to go Felts had finally come down from the high of Spurs “Putting the pressure on” (DVD available soon) to brilliantly head home at the far post from an absolute peach of a cross from Ads. The quality of the cross led to Ads to immediately sub himself off as he knew it wasn’t going to get any better than that.
And so the game finished 4-0 to the Whites in what Gary Neville described as “a season defining 3 points.” As players come back to full fitness, or stop being soft, this is a team that no one will want to play in the semis.
BMFC O35.1W: 2
St Marys SC: 1
BMFC Goal Scorers: Skinner, Felts
Player of the Match: The Referee
Match Report: It was the early Sunday kickoff for the Whites this week, football really is being ruined by all this tv money and the way they can dictate kickoff times. The team bus was met by the usual horde of kids looking for autographs and photos from their heroes.
There was early drama when the kitman realised that he had left Anth’s boots back at the training ground and the rush was on to find some size 4’s for the big man to fit into. A ripple of concerned murmurs began to make its way through the steadily growing crowd as news spread that local boy Crussell was set to miss the game due to failing a late fitness test with a sore heartlige. There would be no substitutes.
Kickoff occurred in almost pitch black darkness as the sun was still hours away from showing itself. Blue Mountains started strong and forced St Mary’s onto the back foot with the midfield trio of Ads, G and Rod running the show nicely.
It wasn’t long before the chances started to flow with Felts going close and Skinner doing his best audition for a job in the Coles butchery. The crowd started singing “what a waste of money”, they were growing restless, but it wouldn’t last long.
The breakthrough came after some good link up play between G and Felts allowed G to get to the byline and dink a lovely ball to the back post leaving Skinner the simple task of side-footing a volley in from an almost impossible angle, 1 nil to the Whites.
That seemed to wake St Mary’s up and the Whites rearguard of Dirty, Macca, JB and Andy found themselves with plenty to do. The constant waves of pressure were beaten back brilliantly and anything that did get past was handled with ease by Steve Buffon.
Some bloke had a shot, 1 all.
As the first half drew to a close Anth decided that the fines kitty was looking a bit low and decided to provide a hefty deposit by forgetting how to throw the ball in properly, love your work.
The halftime team talk was a rousing one from Dre, interrupted occasionally by one of us having to direct a lady spectator to the toilet entry. Dre’s message was simple, he had 99 problems but a sub wasn’t one.
The second half was an end to end battle with each team having chances to take the lead. One side in particular was definitely running away with the “fouls conceded” and “arguing with the official” score line.
The game was turned on it’s head with 15 minutes to go when a defence splitting through ball from G allowed Skinner to go through on goal only to by scythed down by the desperate goal keeper. Stonewall penalty and great concern for the well being of the striker. Madness followed as the opposition and referee spent the next 10 minutes debating the current financial climate in the South East Asian region. Peace was found and Felts was allowed to smash the ball home to give the Whites a deserved 2-1 lead.
A frantic final 10 minutes followed with a backs against the wall super human effort from the Blue Mountains boys keeping St Marys to only a couple of half chances. All accomplished with only 10 men on the field as Anth succumb to the humiliation of his foul throw and went off. The final whistle was blown and the crowd was sent into raptures as they knew their team was well on their way to Wembley, I mean Jamison.
BMFC 16.1: 8
Glenmore Park FC: 0
BMFC Goal Scorers: Ethan (3), Millsy, Martin, Harry, Damo, Alex Win
Player of the Match: Harry
Match Report: A defensive structure that we have implemented over the last few weeks has so far paid dividends
In attack, in the first half, we created numerous opportunities but just couldn’t find the net. Harry was very creative in the attacking modified role and had a hand in a lot of the good work. The only only goal came off an Ash corner, drilled in, which Millsy, up from the back got to and fired in. Glenmore Park troubled us at times through the middle but the defensive midfield team of Max, Jake and Martin worked well together to limit the opposition to long range shots
Half time focus was to vary the attack – shorten up the passes and play through and not always over the opposition. This insight was provided by our goalkeeper Eli – again demonstrating his great read of the game
In the second half we were put under pressure for the first 10 or so minutes but held firm. Martin then struck a glorious 20 yarder as the ball was cleared from an attack and this goal proved the one to open the floodgates. The last 20 minutes we created a lot of chances and this time the goals came courtesy of Ethan (3), Damo, Alex Win and his first goal in the league for his new club and team to Harry
Eli made a super save at 7-0 from which we went down the other end and scored – the defensive effort today laid the platform for what was ultimately a convincing win
Both Alex Win and Harry were excellent in the attacking midfield role today. Harry gets the nod for player of the week from his team mates and coach – well played Harry
BMFC O35.1B: 4
Select club: 1
BMFC Goal Scorers: Chicken (3), Zap
Player of the Match: Played superb on the wing – Chicken
Match Report: State Cup v Greystanes
Ah the romance of the Cup! We set off bright and early for our home game, at Auburn, against Greystanes. Far too early as it turned out with the game before us running late and then going to Golden Goal to decide the contest (Paul, you owe half the team $5 each as the yellow team won)
Cobra negotiated the extra admin involved with a State Cup game well. It was the first time the player cards had been utilised and oh dear, some of the player photos more resemble a police line up than fighting fit footballers – see below
Pre-match warm up saw The Dentist nut meg Prince Archie at least 3 times – ‘come on, come on ‘ave it’ was Archie’s cry as he steamed in to make the tackle followed by ‘cor blimey guvnor’ as The Dentist did him like a kipper once again
We noticed Greystanes had a much larger, well chiseled version of our own Thor and all hoped we didn’t have to mark him
Finally game time arrived and with the players all hanging around the centre circle the referee and two linesmen in shiny new bright red shirts strided out from the club house, past all the players and across to the far side line. About turn, shoulder width apart, then strided back across to the centre spot. Very official officials
The game itself we largely controlled. Greystanes were reduced to long range efforts in the first half, Double Fist untroubled. Captain Marvel split the defence with a ball through to Chicken who plucked the ball away from the on coming keeper and into the net. Before half time Mark Sem beat one of Greystanes ‘SC’s’ and passed onto Chicken running through on goal – poultry in motion – two nil
In the second half, Chicken rose high to a cross to peck home his hat trick. Zap joined in, nodding in a fourth from a super Brad cross. Greystanes pulled one back but we’d done more than enough and through to the next round and hopefully a lucrative home fixture for the club to swell its canteen coffers
BMFC O35.1W: 5
Springwood United FC: 2
BMFC Goal Scorers: Felts(3), Ghost, Ads
Player of the Match: The weather
Match Report: 9am kick off and plenty of absences through injury, fatigue, misadventure, holiday and honeymoon saw just 12 of us on the sheet – Hughsey a welcome addition from Fridays giving us the all important 1 sub.
Felts got the nod to play striker, with the risk of being demoted to left back if he didnt break his duck before Skinner returns.
We knocked the ball around well from the start, Felts working a nice 1-2 with Andy and rising to the occassion to finally break his duck – left back avoided for another week.
Felts soon on his second and then playing Ghost through to also break his respective duck. Up 3-0 heading into halftime, with the backline holding firm and Steve making a couple of nice saves to maintain our lead.
A good first half only marred by a potential sniper (yet to be confirmed) taking out Dre’s hammy…although it was clearly weakened following a truly awful 1st time cultured lob attempt earlier.
Down to 11, with the recruitment of Hughsey on loan now a managerial masterstroke.
Springwood got on the scoresheet first in the second half, but Rod put Ads through not long after and Andy combined again with Felts for his hat-trick. Steve also had a blinder, stopping a handful of point blank attempts.
A few other things we learned:
*Ads to never take a free kick again
*Beer soothes Cranky
*Dirty is still clearly fearful of earning a fine for foul throws
*Akin to the multi-academy award winning film – Mighty Ducks – this rag-tag bunch of misfits are working their way up the ladder, now somehow sitting 4th.