Match Report – 16.2 – Game Date: 02/06/2018
BMFC 16.2: 0
Blaxland FC: 1
BMFC Goal Scorers:
Player of the Match: Robbie Churchill
Match Report: We headed up to Summerhayes for the top of the table clash with the Blaxland Redbacks. We had our full complement of players. There was a real sense of anticipation and the contest didn’t disappoint.
It was a tense match with play moving from end-to-end and our boys putting together some good passing moves. Our chances were few and far between but we gave it our best shot.
Blaxland used their speed, physicality and skill to put themselves in threatening attacking positions, on many occasions, only to be foiled by some outstanding defence from Will C, Will F, Luke, Jacob, Lachlan “Son of Salty” Jones, Zach K and “Scooooooooobes”. They were superbly backed up by Robbie in goals. More on that later in the report! The midfield and strikers were also involved in fighting hard for possession, especially Aidan, and switched from defence to attack at every opportunity. Billy, Gus and Heath often threatened, whilst Chris, Lachlan “Son of the Clever Coach” Bowe and Sean involved themselves in the play across the park.
Some interesting decisions, and some that didn’t go our way, had “the Father of the Cassowary” on edge and in need of time in the “calm down space” and a reminder that questioning the referee is never okay, on or off the field! As a referee one ought to know better! A humble apology at the end of the game was the order of the day!
I think it is fair to say that Blaxland had the better of the play, especially in the first half, but the Blue Mountains boys held firm and repelled every attacking raid until the last two minutes of the match when the only goal was scored. After showing tremendous determination to stay in the contest the boys didn’t really deserve to lose. A draw would have been a well earned result but it wasn’t meant to be!
Man of the Match (across both teams, and the whole of the world actually!) goes to Robbie who was superb in goals. He made numerous spectacular saves to keep us in the contest. I lost count at 6 or 7 wonderful athletic reflex saves! At that was just in the first half!! It was an outstanding keeping performance and one that deserves every superlative I can throw around! It is a long time since I’ve seen such a dominant keeping effort in any level of Nepean football!
Every Blueys player in the team left nothing on the park. Their petrol tanks were on empty when the final whistle blew. Having been humble in victory in recent weeks, it was our time to be gracious in defeat. It was a fine contest and one that will stand us in good stead as the competition continues.