Commoners: 1 BCS XI: 1 [Sept 11, 2010]

BCS XI returned to action for the second half of the 2010 season with an away game to the Commoners. BCS hoped to solidify its hold on the second promotion position, while Commoners had their eye on leap-frogging D.C. Alliance into fourth place. BCS also welcomed three trialists to the game - Alex, Andy, and Chika - hopeful of making the fall roster. As the game kicked off, the teams couldn't have asked for better conditions, with the weather and the turf both excellent.

Implementing a new 4-2-3-1 formation, BCS started strong, combining well all over the field to maintain possession and press forward. Some good work down the left side resulted in a free kick, with Darren playing it to the far post and Chika finishing confidently, a great contribution in his first game. After the goal, BCS continued to press, with the attack looking sharp and the defense, anchored by Steve and Nathan, holding strong when needed. The continued pressure seemed to pay off again when BCS again had the ball in the back of the net, only for the goal to be called off by the linesman. Steve had lofted in a free kick, which Andrew laid back for Darren to volley home from 8 yards out. The linesman, however, rather mysteriously awarded Commoners a goal kick.

The linesman was again the focus of discussion after Joe made a great run to earn a one-on-one with the keeper, but the flag went up - the linesman had apparently not seen the right-sided defender, who kept Joe onside by a clear five yards. So, despite several corners and shots from distance, BCS had to be content with a 1-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, BCS seemed to lose their organizational focus, with the central midfield struggling to maintain defensive shape, and the team lacking the composure on the ball that was pervasive in the first half. Commoners, on the other hand, came out with a renewed sense of purpose and belief. They substituted frequently, utilizing 20 players to maintain fresh legs as BCS tired. The home side had numerous half-chances, which finally paid off with an equalizer.

After the equalizer, BCS regained a bit of their first-half focus and energy. The game opened up during the last 15 minutes, with both sides pressing for a winner. BCS had the better opportunities, with several corners, scrambles in the box, and shots from range. In the end, however, it wasn't enough, with both sides settling for a hard-fought, well-spirited draw.

BCS returns to the pitch at Dilboy Stadium at 8PM on September 14th, while Commoners next face the table-topping Druids on September 18th.


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