BCS XI came into today's game with the Commoners knowing that, after consecutive wins over the table-topping Druids and third-placed DC Alliance, a win would mathematically secure promotion to Division 3 of the BSSL. Despite missing several key contributors, the team used this motivation to defeat the Commoners on a cold and windy day at Conway, cruising to a 3-0 victory.
The home team came out of the blocks strong, with the first chance falling to Matt just five minutes in, but the Commoners' keeper made a brave stop. BCS created several more half-chances, with the wingers putting in some good crosses and earning a couple corners. Some nifty possession finally paid off, with Darren releasing Chika with a lengthy through-ball. Chika still had plenty of work to do, but an excellent finish to the far post made it 1-0.
Throughout the first half, the BCS defense held strong, anchored by Brad and Steve in the center, with Ian, Tim, and James all holding strong out wide. The only shots Commoners were able to create came from distance, with Dave making several solid stops.
As BCS had thrown away a 1-0 lead the last time these teams met, the home team knew a single-goal lead wasn't safe. Stu came close to extending the lead, but his blast from close range following an indirect free kick in the box was blocked well. Before Commoners could really clear their lines, however, Armand and Andrew kept the ball alive on the top of the box, enabling Darren to control with his chest before holding off a defender and blasting past the keeper from 10 yards out. Up 2-0, the game seemed safe, but Chika's second goal near the end of the first half put the result beyond doubt.
Although BCS continued to create chances in the second half, the score remained 3-0. Stu especially made several strong runs into the box, but the Commoners' central defender was stellar, making numerous goal-saving tackles. More importantly, the BCS defense continued to hold strong, keeping yet another clean sheet.
Congratulations to the team for the excellent result, and especially for securing promotion to Division 3! It's been a fantastic season thus far, which we will continue on October 23rd against Top Star Tickets in Quincy.