DF: Matchday 2 Results

After the opening set of Dice Football fixtures produced four draws, 10 teams headed into their second games eager to secure their first victory of the season.

Defour Defour Detwo FC v AFC Naranjito
Eyresome Park

Four goals in a chaotic 10 minutes saw the clash of the top seeds end in the points being shared. Defour Defour Detwo took a two-goal lead inside two minutes and then saw it disappear completely only a matter of minutes later in a game that didn’t disappoint after receiving excited billing ahead of the opening weekend.

The visiting team tried to use the same bullying tactics that had worked a treat on the opening matchday against Maverick FC but in their fellow top seeds, AFC Naranjito found a team of players quite happy to ride tough challenges. The home team will feel somewhat annoyed that they weren’t awarded a penalty. Naranjito were quite full on all over the pitch and Edward Oates’ challenge on Liam O’Hara split many opinions of whether or not it should have been punished with a spot-kick.

Naranjito were much more attacking than their opening day draw. Where they had previously tried to shut the game down and frustrate Maverick FC, they played expansive and quick attacking football every time they got possession. Their front four caused Defour Defour Detwo problems with their movement; though that did leave huge gaps at the back. DDD sucker punched the away team to take a two goal lead, having soaked up a lot of pressure to start the second half.

Matthew Robinson headed in the opening goal from a corner before Marcos volleyed in a couple of minutes later. It was no more than Defour Defour Detwo deserved having matched their guests up to that point. Though the manor with which Naranjito got things back to level was nothing short of spectacular. Nathan Smallwood got the comeback going with a driven shot from 25 yards. Augusto Prieto’s cross was cleared to the edge of the box for Smallwood to charge onto.

Tobias Beamish then levelled the match with the goal of the game. All four forward players were involved in a string of sharp, short passes that pulled the home defence apart. Miguel Angel Ortiz and Jamie Skinner worked the play into the area from the left flank, before Beamish exchanged passes with Prieto to round his marker and slide the ball past Jermaine Parmar.

Both sides pushed for a winning goal but couldn’t create a chance of any real substance.

HT: 0-0
FT: 2-2

DDD Matthew Robinson 56′, Marcos 58′
NAR Nathan Smallwood 63′, Tobias Beamish 66′

The Hurricanes v FC Bosteros
Champion Spirit

Superior finishing won in the clash at Champion Spirit as FC Bosteros made it two wins out of two with a 3-1 victory over The Hurricanes.

The first half wasn’t littered with great chances even though both teams were positive in their play. Their systems clearly set them up to go after goals, which they did. And though there were three goals scored in the opening 45 minutes there wasn’t much else to shout about – which is an odd thing to say. Every sniff of goal was either wasted or scored, as FCB went in at the break with a 2-1 lead.

Frederick Crisp opened the scoring with a slotted finish before “Big” Dion van der Beek equalised with what we expect will become a trademark towering header. However The Hurricanes were only level for 13 minutes before Diego Rojas danced into the area, left two defenders for dead and poked the ball into the bottom corner.

The second half was busier for both goalkeepers and two strong Aaron Bradford saves to start the half helped to keep The Hurricanes at bay as they tried to draw level for a second time. FC Bosteros – to their credit – refused to retreat into their shell and kept looking for a third goal. As the half progressed, The Hurricanes struggled to break through and FCB looked more and more like the next team to score.

FCB retained their defensive shape when required and after Paul Cavanagh nicked the ball in midfield, Kevin Meier raced away to score his second goal of the season and confirm the result two minutes from time.

HT: 1-2
FT: 1-3

HUR Dion van der Beek 25′
BOS Frederick Crisp 16′, Diego Rojas 38′, Kevin Meier 88′

Willian’s Wish Wellingtons v The Starfish
Big Weird Park

In their opening 2-2 draw with Selby United, Willian’s Wish Wellingtons were praised for their defensive shape and a near perfect away performance. In their first home of the season, they went the other way and tried to take the game to bottom seeds The Starfish. Unfortunately they ended up as 4-2 losers. The Starfish picked up another valuable three points in their quest to stay away from the relegation places.

The game made decent watching – especially in the first half – and any fans stuck in the nearby traffic before the game are likely to have missed the opening three goals. The visiting team were positive from the off and within 13 minutes, they were two goals to the good.

Joost De Veen scored the opener, having been slipped in past the defence by Alfie Palmer and the Scotsman then went on to add the second a few minutes later. He received the ball on the edge of the area and when no-one immediately reacted to close him down, Palmer picked his spot.

Carlos Iglesias did get WWW back into the game just four minutes later, thumping in James Algar’s knock-down but The Starfish were two in front within 10 minutes. Rayan Stafford scored for the second game with a scuffed half-volley that just stayed out of Ryan MacDonald’s reach as it bounced past him.

The first half scoring didn’t finish there and Ricardo Lukana still had time to make things awkward for the away team at half-time, rifling a shot on the turn to change the half-time team talks of both managers.

The break arrived at a good time for The Starfish and they were able to set themselves up differently in the second half. They were still attacking in parts but mostly played to hit the Wish Wellingtons on the break as they poured forward looking for an equaliser. Hunter Wilson denied them on a couple of occasions as WWW started to build up pressure, only for the man of the match to settle the game.

Alfie Palmer rolled in his second goal 18 minutes from time, sprinting forward onto Machado’s pass; a goal that ultimately did for the home team’s comeback.

HT: 2-3
FT: 2-4

WWW Carlos Iglesias 17′, Ricardo Lukana 43′
STR Joost De Veen 7′, Alfie Palmer 13′ 72′, Rayan Stafford 27′

Selby United v Is Everyone Else Pretending They Understand The Rules X
Stadio delle Sphere

Is Everyone Else Pretending They Understand The Rules XI clearly had a plan for their opening two games of the season. Matched up against two second seeds Daniel Storey made sure his side restricted space, didn’t make silly mistakes and threatened on the break. On the opening day that saw them earned a deserved – but rather dull – 0-0 draw. On matchday two, things went even better as they picked off Selby United and left the Stadio delle Sphere with a 3-0 win.

Continuing their own theme from their opening game, Selby United threw everything forward and left massive gaps at the back. Up against a well-drilled IIEEPTUTR XI, that saw them head in a half-time 2-0 down thanks to goals from David North and then Kasper Helm. North headed from a whipped free-kick before Helm scored a goal on the break to double the lead.

Not to be put off by the deficit there was more of the same from Selby in the second half as they tried to claw their way back into the match. Is Everyone Else etc. etc. did have a couple of hairy moments as Kendon Ramkissoon first of all rattled the bar and then forced an acrobatic save from Finn Rees, before Juan Manuel Carmona wrapped up the points.

HT: 0-2
FT: 0-3

IEE David North 27′, Kasper Helm 35′, Juan Manuel Carmona 74′

Old Christchurch Rovers v Teenage Muntant Ninja Skrtels
Kings Park

Those in attendance at Kings Park were treated to a cagey clash between Old Christchurch Rovers and Teenage Muntant Ninja Skrtels as the home team set out to frustrate their third seed opponents and ideally nick all of the points late in the game.

That worked for the first 49 minutes of the match as Rovers shut down the first half with the only notable chance coming through their own Dennis Brandt, who skewed the ball high and wide when presented with a reasonable opportunity. The German had been picked out by Aymen Labrode in the area but after stopping the ball at his feet, his shot was poor.

And it was the Frenchman that put the home team into the lead just two minutes into the second half. He curled a beautiful free-kick over the wall and beyond the out-stretched of Philipp Tilson to the delight of the home fans and manager James Swyer, who allowed himself to celebrate with a clench of his fist before immediately reminding his players of their defensive duties.

Unfortunately the Rovers players weren’t as switched on as their manager and TMNS were level within three minutes. An over-hit corner found Zdenek Jahoda at the back of the box and after chesting the ball into the air, the Czech forward spooned a frankly outrageous volley into the top corner. Two fabulous goals and the scores were level.

Old Christchurch Rovers may reflect on the final 40 minutes of the game and worry that they should have done things differently. Instead of regrouping and looking to push for a second goal, they fell further and further back into their own half and welcomed more and more pressure from Teenage Muntant Ninja Skrtels, who eventually bagged the winner after going close just before.

Albie Perrin turned the ball at the back post after a cross had evaded everyone else as it flew through the six yard box. Rovers’ only shot of note in the final 13 minutes was a long-range effort that bobbled just wide of the post with the goalkeeper following it the whole way.

HT: 0-0
FT: 1-2

OLD Aymen Labrode 47′
TNMS Zdenek Jahoda 50′, Albie Perrin 77′

Bits and Bytes FC v Maverick FC
The Motherboard

Bits and Bytes threw up a weird dynamic in their clash with Maverick FC as the home team and second seeds sat back in their game and basically challenged the away team to break them down. Rather than taking control of the match as many expected the favourites to do, Danny Page’s team remained deep in their half.

And it meant that they went in 0-1 down at half time. Maverick FC – at first – seemed to be unsure of Bits and Bytes’ motives but went with it. Their first meaningful attack ended in a goal with Charlie Jacob sweeping the ball home after Philipp Hofwegend had squared it across the penalty area. If he goes looking for the positives, Page can be pleased with the fact that the Mavs created so few chances throughout the game as a result of BAB sitting so deep.

In the second half, Bits and Bytes were a little more attacking in their play as they went in search of an equaliser. They tested Sami Mouton twice before Terrence Spears netted his second goal in as many games, once again scoring with a well-placed effort. Spears was gifted space what with the Maverick having to keep tabs on his four other fellow forwards and he curled the ball in from just outside the area.

The goal didn’t really spark the game into life and though both sides did fashion efforts in the final minutes, both goalkeepers made comfortable saves to see the clash end in a draw.

HT: 0-1
FT: 1-1

BAB Terrence Spears 65′
MAV Charlie Jacob 21′

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