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Sun 8th December 2013 - League
Bullets FC 4 V 4 Panthers
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Bullets FC 4 v 4 Four Oaks Panthers

A slight mis-fire at the Bullets

This was always going to be a tough game away to last year’s champions, but it would give us some insight into our credentials for this seasons campaign – our first in the premier league.

The game started with a bang – we were having the better of the midfield battle and Nathan was in fine form – running their defenders ragged.  Around 5 mins in, Nathan scored the opener, and just 5 mins later he doubled our lead and his goal tally with a well created and well taken effort high into the roof of the net. 2-0.

Bullets then settled, started to play the ball around a lot better, began to win the midfield battle and create opportunities for themselves.  Around 20 minutes in saw a dangerous through ball collected by Joe who inadvertently handled it – penalty.  Fortunately it was poorly taken resulting in an easy save for Aidan.

That was a warning sign. Bullets tails were up and we had gone off the boil a bit. We conceded foul after foul for the silly mistake of challenging with our hands up.  The ref was happy to award free kicks against us for that – yet we continued to do it … and were punished.  The first Bullets free kick was struck hard and sailed in under the crossbar. Then just 5 mins later, a silly challenge on the edge of the area was again punished by a free-kick, Aidan called for a wall but whilst the boys were organising themselves the Bullet player was allowed to shoot straight away – seeing the ball nestle in the far corner.

Lesson learned – always stand on the ball at free-kicks !

So our 2 goal advantage had been wiped out and we were looking forward to re-grouping at HT on parity, but Bullets had other ideas. Their right winger was getting plenty of joy in this game, none more so than when he advanced into our half and put a wicked cross into danger area in the box … just too far out for Aidan to come for, but behind the defenders …. and yes, the determination of the Bullets striker saw him get there first and score.  3  2 bullets.  A rousing half time team talk saw the lads emerge full of grit and passion – taking the game to Bullets again.  There were few chances to report until we won a free kick some 20 yards out and Will curled a sweet left footed effort over the keeper into the net    3  3  …. game on.

We pressed the self-destruct button to a degree in the second half when failing to deal with simple balls saw us concede possession and hand the advantage back to our opponents. With around 5 minutes left the Bullets right winger won the ball and played in their swift striker for a one on one with Aidan who had no chance as it was calmly clipped under him. 4  3

We didn’t deserve to lose this match – and justice was done when with just a few minutes to go Mitchell headed home our equaliser to seal our just rewards.   4  4  final score.

Both players and management learned a few lessons today – but we also learned we can compete with the best.

Man of the match: Nathan           Parents man of the match: Regan

 

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