Fulham Deaf's great escape to victory!
Black Country DFC visited Fulham DFC in the BDSC second round for a place in the quarter finals against St Johns. Manager Christof Niklaus handed over to his assistant Ayad Sarraf to take charge for the day due to illness.
In the first ten minutes, Fulham Deaf controlled the match with a couple of chances wasted. Black Country used high balls to make things difficult for Fulham Deaf in the glaring sun. Fulham Deaf managed until disaster struck around 25 minutes.
Black Country won a penalty when Ryan Pendley tried to block and tackle the Black Country forward only for the forward to dive high in the air. Despite the referee being at least 50 yards behind the ball, he pointed to the penalty spot to Fulham Deaf's protests.
Gal keeper, Richard Parker dived the opposite way of where the ball ended up in the net and so Black Country was 1 – 0 up.
Then Fulham Deaf conceded the corner against the sun and the ball was well taken high in the air round to the penalty area. Fulham Deaf's defenders failed to clear the ball which made it possible for Country's Chris Beech to head it into the corner of the net.
The irony of it was Chris Beech and Christof Niklaus were originally from Longwill nursery in Birmingham and now battling each other for a place in the quarter finals at Motspur Park. (although Christof was not here on the day, he texted the fans at Motspur Park continually for the latest score throughout the match!).
Just a few minutes to go until half time and it was all joy for the Midlands club and bleak black clouds for Fulham Deaf.
At half time, Ben Lambert came on at left midfield in place of Ewan McGreevy. Straightaway in the second half, Fulham Deaf piled the pressure onto Black Country with a lot of good chances created and were rewarded with a through ball from Bim Ajadi to the left flank. The ball was met by Lambert who curved the ball round inside the far post o pull a goal back.
Fulham Deaf continued to attack, giving Richard Parker a deserved break, now dominating the match. Nick Beese crossed the ball over to left area from midfield. Lambert got it and went past two defenders with twists, turns and burst through to score a similar goal in the sixty-fifth minute. It was now 'game on' at two all.
Fulham were now totally controlling the game but it was mainly thanks to Black Country goal keeper who kept them in the match with his terrific saves.
With about ten minutes to go, Rowan Dixon received the ball just outside the penalty area on far end right side from Drury. Dixon beat two Black Country defenders and curled the ball round all the way to the right post. It was a peach of a goal, beauty, cracker, however you wish to describe it.
It was a huge let off for Fulham Deaf and a devastating second half for Black Country. Fulham Deaf acknowledged the Black Country's spirit and sense of gamesmanship.
Final score Fulham Deaf FC 3 – 2 Black Country (half time 0 – 2)
Man of the match – Nick Beese
Black Country's Man of the match – Ben Lampert
Fulham DFC's Man of the match – Chris Beech
Fulham Deaf FC Line up:
Parker, Sarraf, Pendley, Docker, Vorster, McGreevy (Lambert 46), Beese, Ajadi, Drury, Jeffers, Dixon
Fulham Deaf FC Assistant Manager