Saturday 11th October 2008

SSEC Junior Division One League

Fulham Deaf FC v NPL Reserves FC


The Fulham Deaf 1st team manager has decided to submit match reports weekly instead of monthly; I  hope you enjoyed reading the September round up.

Following from the previous round up, the Fulham players knew it is imperative for the team to improve their finishing and consistency of performance match by match especially in the SSEC League in a bid to keep up with the pacesetters Cheam Village Warriors FC and Weston Green Sports FC. 

On a warm sunny day, basking in the sun, it felt like playing on a Summer Saturday at FFC Training ground! The pitch was perfect for a good game of football on that day. 

The introduction of some brand new Nike 90 Omni match balls (just like the ones in the Premiership) meant that the team took a while to get used to the new ball in terms of controlling, touching, dribbling, passing and shooting with it. 

As soon as the female referee blew the whistle to start the kick off, the Fulham captain Nick Beese, who had won the toss, played the ball back to Vorster, who in turn delightfully crossed the ball over the back four on the right side, and into the path of the pacy Morally. Shyloh raced up to the ball on the inside of the penalty area, and smashed the ball past the stranded opposition goalkeeper to record the fastest goal of Fulham’s history, beating the previous best time of 15 seconds. It was a mere 10 seconds for Fulham to score the first goal! Amazing for sure and naturally the team was so pleased for Morally, the goalscorer.

The manager ordered players to keep focusing and concentrate for the next 89 minutes. It was felt that for the next 15 minutes the team were affected by the new match ball as the slowly got to grips with how to deal with the ball. 

Fulham continued attacking in stylish fashion but the final pass was lacking during the first 25 minutes. Finally, Fulham got the second goal from Hogan after a neat passing move around the centre midfield area which gave us open space for Hogan to run on and score. 

Soon after, Hogan followed up with his second goal to lead 3-0 up. However, it was a big blow to lose reliable centre half Evans who jumped in the air to head the ball away but landed awkwardly, twisting his ankle in the process. As a result, he was unable to continue playing and was replaced by Baz who moved into left back with Harding switching from there to the central half position. 

A controversial conceded goal after a miscommunication between centre half Moore and goalkeeper Danson soon occurred afterwards. A long ball into the penalty box was expected to be gathered by Danson, but Moore headed it backward and looped over Danson’s head and ended up in the empty net! What a disappointing conceded goal. At half time, Fulham were leading 3-1. 

The manager was disappointed with the silly conceded goal and demanded a better performance in the second half with a good number of goals that would eventually satisfy him. 

From the start of the second half, it appeared that NPL reserves could not cope with our attacking football; their excellent left back had rescued them on several occasions with late clearances and tackles. Simmonds was introduced to replace the exhausted Pafe Palata and ten minutes later Bovino came on for the tired Morally.

NPL’s goakeeper was kept busy at all times throughout the game due to the mounting pressure applied by Fulham which resulted in another six goals, from Morally (x2), Hogan (x2), Simmonds and Bovino scored. Morally and Hogan ended the match with hat-tricks. 

However, Andrew Vorster deserved to be named for the man of the match for his consistent playing performance. This victory resulted in Fulham climbing up 2 places to a 3rd position in the league table.

Final score Fulham Deaf FC 9-1 NPL Reserves FC (HT 3-1)

FDFC Line-up :- Danson, Vorster, Harding, Moore, Evans (Baz 25 mins), Burns, Beese (captain), Hogan, Lampert, Morally (Bovino 75 mins), Pafe (Simmonds 55 mins) Sub not used : Sarraf.






Sunday 12th October 2008

British Deaf Football Cup 2nd Round

Nottingham Deaf FC v Fulham Deaf FC

Fulham travelled to Nottingham early on Sunday morning with a small squad of only 12 available players due to absentee and injured players which was disappointing for the manager.  

The outward journey was very smooth and the traffic was surprisingly kind to us. The team arrived at Highfields Playing Field (University of Nottingham Sports), University Boulevard, Nottingham in good time. The pitch looked excellent and quite soft. 

Manager Sarraf announced the team in the changing room and gave a brief team talk before the team changed into their away strip of red/black shirts along with white shorts and red socks. Fulham knew how desperate Nottingham were to win this cup match as they came so close to beating Fulham last season, after being 2-0 up with 30 minutes remaining. Theire hearts were broken eventually as Fulham stormed back to clinch the match 3-2.  

Fulham were aware that Nottingham were up for it and at the beginning of the match, the team played a good passing game around the pitch that frustrated the Nottingham players, resulting in hard, aggressive tackles. The referee did not seem to take any action at all, which angered the Fulham players, however Sarraf ordered his players to concentrate and continue playing decent football.

Before Fulham score first goal, they had numerous chances to score from Beese, Hogan, Morally, Lampert and Simmonds before Fulham finally got the goal sheet by Morally after he received a delicious yet simple cross from Lampert after he went past two Nottingham defenders and crossed into the penalty area for Morally to tap in. 

This was followed up by a second goal, coming from Simmonds. Once again Lampert was the provider but it was down to an excellent exchange of passes from both Fulham defenders and midfielders before Hogan hit a superb long ball over to the left side where Lampert to received the ball. Once again, he teased the Nottingham right back and went past him, firing in a low ball across the penalty area where Simmonds approached from right midfield and tapped it into the back of the net. 

However, Fulham were punished for their failure to convert so many chances to score as Nottingham equalised. Fulham lost possession of the ball on the right hand side, which led to Nottingham attacking that exposed flank. This resulted in a cross which eluded several Fulham players in the box and enabled an unmarked Nottingham player to stab it into the back of the net.

At Half time, it was Nottingham Deaf 1 Fulham Deaf 2. Manager Ayad Sarraf warned the players that Nottingham have nothing to lose and can always get back in the game, being only behind by a single goal. Despite this, he told his team that he was convince that once the third goal came, Fulham would finish the job off. 

As soon as the second half kicked off, we quickly capitalised on Nottingham’s poor ball possession and quickly broke through with Willis flying solo up front and chasing a loose ball. He had a great opportunity to score, but was hauled down by Nottingham’s big centre half, which resulted a penalty award by the referee. 

Lampert easily converted from the spot, which finally got him the first goal of the season! It gave him a big boost in confidence and to no-one’s surprise, Lampert scored soon after. The Nottingham goalkeeper kicked a long ball and Sarraf was there to deal with the high ball, sidefooting it to Beese’s feet. Beese then turned and played in Lampert on the overlap. In spite of  being free to run in, Lampert decided to smash a shot in from outside the box and was rewarded fro it by a screamer from 25 plus yards that flew all the way in and past the goalkeeper. It was a splendid goal, which followed Lampert’s old tradition in scoring! 

Hence Fulham roared into a 4-1 lead. This made things difficult for Nottingham to get back in the game. It was one way traffic in the second half for Fulham, who missed a lot of chances until the 5th goal was scored by Morally after he burst through the back four and scored with a simple low shot.

Non-stop goalmachine Jacob Willis got the 6th goal after he read a back pass being played from Nottingham defence to their goalkeeper. Willis raced to intercept the ball between the defender and goalkeeper and he headed the ball over the stranded goalkeeper. The ball rolled into the empty net to ensure that Fulham Deaf advanced into the quarter final of British Deaf Cup, where they face a potential showdown with St Johns Arsenal if they overcome Thames Valley in a fortnight or so.

Hogan was selected for the Man of the Match award by the referee.

Final score Nottingham Deaf 1-6 Fulham Deaf FC (HT 1-2)

FDFC Line-up :- O’Mahony, Burns, Moore, Sarraf, Tang, Lampert, Beese (captain), Hogan, Simmonds (Bovino 70 mins), Morally, Willis