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Chimpo Dragons FC: 0 BCS XI: 2

We went into this game remembering various match ups with CDFC last year and were expecting a battle, and that's exactly what we got, especially due to a referee who would not get control of the game. We also knew the game would be a test for us since we were missing a few players from the starting XI. Our newest center mid was worrying about his finals, and both our boys from Ghana were out for various reasons, along with both of our remaining Brits and Ye Wang.[international conspiracy?].

Despite all of these players missing we felt good about how things would go, though we started to worry a bit when our captain realized he left his ID at home and had to rush off to Back Bay so he could legally play. We made some adjustments and pressed forward.

Brad stepped up beautifully in the defensive center mid spot and really helped distribute the ball. He worked well with Adam in the center who also covered a lot of ground. We started off looking quite good and knocked the ball about and were playing some pretty fluid football. The wingers had been making some great runs forward and getting balls deep in the opposition half from our center mids and back line. Andy Vesper in particular made some great runs and crosses into the box. His fine play was rewarded when he moved into the attacking center mid position, while Adam took a rest to lick his wounds, and Brad sent the ball out wide to Tim who cut it back into the 18 and our Man Of The Match Andy Vesper got hold of it and ripped a shot into the goal.

From then on the game was a lot of back and forth with Chimpo trying to get back into it but never making it through our strong defense, and us continuing to push forward. They hardly created any chances and had few shots, compared to a lot of attacking pressure from our XI looking to get another.

The second goal came in the 2nd half, after Ian was brought down in the box during a corner kick. Darren, who had since arrived with his ID, stepped up to the spot to redeem himself from the horrendous miss in the 2nd minute of the season. He knew what we were all thinking, and he showed why he's got the armband and blasted it straight past the keeper.

The game ended with a fair amount of chippiness on both sides, from reckless tackles to foul-mouthed complaints; the latter of which actually saw one of their players sent off with a red card for dissent. It was a strong battle, but not as nervy as was expected and it turned out to be a bit more comfortable a victory than we would have guessed. Well done Eleven!


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