2nd Round McKenzie Cup: BCS XI 3 - 2 Analog [19 May 2012]

After a week off from official competition due to last week's forfeit, BCS returned to the field on May 19th at Dilboy Stadium. The home team faced easily their stiffest competition of the year in Analog, who currently sit mid-table in the 2nd Division. After an intense back-and-forth match, BCS prevailed in extra time to advance to the quarterfinal of the McKenzie Cup.

The home team started strong, dominating possession and opening the scoring just ten minutes in. A neat combination up front saw Fran square to Joe at the top of the box, who found himself clean through on goal and finished confidently despite having missed the last several matches.

Analog didn't appear frustrated by the early setback, and slowly worked themselves back into the game. The visitors had their fair share of possession, but didn't create any clear-cut chances from open play. A throw-in deep in BCS territory, however, led to the home team's first goal conceded this season. The visitors' long-throw specialist launched a ball into the six, where it was flicked on then swept home to even the score at 1-1.

The visitors maintained their momentum and soon after took the lead. A BCS defender gave away a penalty after turning aside as the ball flew straight towards his semi outstretched arm - a soft call but likely the correct one. Analog made no mistake from the spot, and went into halftime up 2-1.

The second half was tense, with both sides creating several chances. Dave Doucette was strong in goal and confidently claimed numerous deep crosses. On the other end, the Analog defense creaked but didn't break until a costly defensive error with 15 minutes left. Analog's center-back seemed well-placed to win a long clearance, but he mistimed his jump and flicked a beautiful ball for Adam to race onto. His speed was too much for the defense, and he rounded the keeper to slot home the equalizer, sending the game to extra time.

In extra time, the home team's numerical advantage seemed to be paying off, as Analog visibly tired. The first period was scoreless, with Analog hitting the crossbar. Then, not long after the restart, BCS scored the winner. Ramo burst into the box and played a ball to the far-post, which leading scorer Fran met at full speed to blast his shot and himself into the back of the net. BCS maintained its discipline to close out the period scoreless and ensure the game ended with a 3-2 victory.

The XI will now face Division 1 side Cambridge Arsenal at 10am on July 14th at Dilboy Stadium. With the impressive home record thus far BCS XI looks to upset another team on their way to the Semifinal.

We leave you with this image of Ucal McKenzie, the namesake of the league cup. Found out more about him and the wonderful foundation started in his honor here: www.ucalbreakaway.com/inspired_by

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