Sunday 1st November 2009

BDF (British Deaf Football) Cup 2nd

Fulham Deaf FC 5 – 1 Derby Deaf FC

a great night out at Oktoberfest party in Fulham Road, as soon as the Gaffer entered the Rookery changing room,
he was concerned that most players would be begging for paracetemol to stave
off their hangovers, but thankfully no-one asked!

again FDFC welcomed former legend and current Derby DFC manager Richard Jeffers
(who had scored 37 goals in 40th FDFC appearances in one and half
season before moving back up North to be with his wife to be and kids) and his
squad back into Motspur Park once again to compete for another cup match after
having only been in Motspur Park two weeks earlier!

club captain Jonathan Evans had to break the bad news to The Gaffer and ‘Ironside’ that he had no chance to play due to strained ankle ligaments. Both
bosses had a quick discussion before the team line up was announced and made
five changes from previous day against Ashtead, replacing Evans, Vorster,
Sellers, Swift and Pafe with Gill, Waller, Gregory, Ailey and Moore and
switching formation to 3 – 5 – 2. Hogan
and Waller were also instructed to play at left and right wing backs
respectively. The usual cries of ‘keep the ball’ also came from the Gaffer,

Manager Phillip Gardner officiated the match, which started shortly after 2pm.
FDFC initially controlled the first 15 minutes by spraying the ball around the
pitch and switching play, but any chances were foiled by the excellent Rams
goalkeeper Chris Taylor. Jeffers continued to show his usual determination by
chasing down every ball, which was to have ramifications midway into the first
half, when he chased down a long through ball and slid in, studs showing,
through the FDFC keeper Robert, causing both players to collapse in a heap,
with the ball having been marginally won by Roberts in the process. After
lengthly gyrations and treatment, Roberts bravely decided to continue, along
with a limping Jeffers. However, it could be clearly seen that he was
struggling to kick goalkicks or clearances.

missed several chances from the likes of Hogan, Ailey, Lampert, Gregory and
Moore before they finally opened their account when a Hogan cross was met well
by a strong Waller shot. However, the ball was going wide until a fortunate
deflection from McDougall put the ball into the left-hand corner to give the
new boy his first goal for the club. This rubbed salt into the gaffers wound as
McDougall’s strike came in only his second full game for FDFC, and he himself
had never scored in 171 appearances for the club!

2nd goal should have happened when the excellent Ailey received a
great pass from Waller on the right side of the pitch and accelerated forwards,
exchanging good passes with Moore and Hogan in a classic ‘give and go’ move,
and narrowly failing to convert Hogan’s fierce cross across the goal, having
done all the hard work already! The Gaffer pronounced himself impressed by
Ailey’s vision and direct running in that moment.

continued to apply a lot of pressure on Derby by keeping the ball and playing
it around the pitch, but Derby did catch FDFC out a couple of times, leading to
chances from their dangerous corners, with the impressive Sean Priestley
heading over, followed by a Beech header that cannoned off the underside of the
bar and bounced out. FDFC’s poor defending in these situations had Sarraf
turning beetroot for a few minutes until Ironside and Evans managed to get the
beta-blockers out to calm him down!

the beta-blockers didn’t work too well as an angry Sarraf tore into FDFC at
half time, instructing Beedie to give out instructions after he had finished.
The only change made was the injured Roberts coming off for Vorster, who took
his place in goal.

Derby still fresh
and feeling the benefit of having had no game the day before, FDFC had to
perform to keep control of the game. Soon enough, FDFC won a corner. From the
resulting delivery, Derby
failed to sufficiently clear their lines when Lampert picked up the loose ball
and rounded two players in the box before being tripped. Referee Gardner had no hesitation
in pointing to the spot. Lampert coolly converted to give FDFC a two-nil lead
after being made to retake his earlier, successful effort.

few minutes later, Ailey raced away from the defenders on the right flank and
delivered an excellent cross over the penalty area where Hogan was there ready
to head but unfortunately his man-marker Ian Penman got there first and headed
his attempted clearance over the stranded Taylor and into the back of the net
for his second own goal in two matches against FDFC. It’s quite certain that he
doesn’t like playing at Motspur

substitution soon followed, Swift replacing Gill with Lampert moving into right
centre back, and Swift moving to central
midfield alongside Gregory and anchor man Burns. A fourth goal soon came on the
breakaway after a Derby corner, with a quick thinking Gregory releasing Moore,
who then passed to an approaching Lampert in the middle of the park and picked
up the return ball behind the defence and ran through to finish off the move,
his attempted lob doing enough to beat the Rams’ keeper, who got a hand to his
effort. Moore’s twenty yard strike was his first of
the season, a shock to most seasoned FDFC watchers who are used to waiting
until Easter for such an event to occur!

then came on for dead leg victim Harding, with Burns moving into left centre
half along with McDougall and Lampert. The 5th goal came up shortly
later with Gregory feeding a long low pass into Derby’s exposed left side
defence for the onrushing Ailey, who flicked the ball back towards the penalty
area and unleashed a trademark rocket shot into the back of the net for his 9th
goal in 8 competitive matches.

It was not over yet as Derby managed to pull a
goal back with former FDFC legend Jeffers bursting through the centre hales and
drilled a shot past Vorster in the FDFC goal- his wish of having his name in
the FDFC website has been granted! The Gaffer congratulated him on scoring
against his old club!

No one argued with Ailey’s awesome Man of the
Match display, with his great team-work and passing ability just holding off
several other performers in the FDFC side on the other day. It was great to see
him pass and move instead of dribbling too much- this left the Gaffer and
Ironside very happy indeed!

Now FDFC are looking forward to a
mouth-watering clash against top team AFC Cubo next week, who are already 8
points clear at the top of the Intermediate Division Two! No doubt- it is going to be a cracking game
next Saturday.

Final score Fulham Deaf FC 5 – 1 Derby
Deaf (HT 1 – 0)

FDFC Line-up :- Roberts (Vorster 46 mins),
Harding (Panmun Jacob-Lot 75), McDougall, Gill (Swift 70), Hogan, Lampert,
Burns, Gregory, Waller, Moore
and Ailey.

Photography by Kirsty Evans