Three teams were in action on September the 10th, with matches taking place at British Football Club’s secondary training location in the Rosinka International Residential Complex. BFC’s opponents on this occasion were from old friends and rivals DFK Dusof.
BFC City took to the pitch and the match was evenly matched contest against Dusof 2004/5. City started out the stronger of the two teams. Matvey Khavkin put in a man of the match performance from the centre of midfield, leading by example with both his work rate and his skill. Misha Ivanov, making his debut for City, demonstrated his versatility by contributing all over the pitch. Nikita Grigoryev produced several moments of great skill and creativity while Luka Tranulis, playing his second match of the day, added a different dimension to the team with his speed and strength. For all their good work on the ball, City faced a Dusof goalkeeper in fine form. Goals were proving hard to come by. As the game wore on, Dusof established their rhythm and began to wear down a tired City team. Dusof ended up winning the match 3-0, in a score-line that did not necessarily reflect the pattern of the
game. Nevertheless, City can take a lot of positives from
today’s match, with further emphasis to be placed on
team-work and team shape in coming training sessions.
BFC Union had their first match of the season against a slightly older and more experienced Dusof side. The year’s difference in age between the teams was telling, as a very technically astute Dusof team raced into an early lead. Fortunately for Union, the team is full of players with hard-working, never-say-die attitudes. Badulescu, Dorobantu and E.Tillegard got stuck in for Union at the back, Zhdanov, Metelskiy and Grachev worked hard in the midfield, and Miles Dunn, Dlamini and Vinet applied good pressure from the front. It was great work from Grachev that allowed Dunn to break onto a loose ball and finish calmly to give Union their first goal of the game. A second soon followed, as Dunn once again found space on the right and struck the ball superbly into the bottom corner. While the first half was a very one-sided affair for Dusof, the second half finished a much more respectable 4-2. This was a much improved performance and result compared to the last time these two teams played earlier in the year, and so the players can be very happy with the progress they have made.
Next up saw a very competitive and well-matched game between BFC Rovers and Dusof 2006/7. Rovers were well matched technically and physically all over the pitch, and this proved to be a great test for the boys. Luckily, Rovers had the striking prowess of Misha Khanan to call upon, as he scored two superb free kicks to give Rovers a 2:1 lead. Rovers dug in as the game progressed, with Egor Moskaluk and Ilya Saraev producing dynamic and resilient performances at the back. Pressure from the opponents mounted, and despite their best efforts Rovers could not hold onto their lead and conceded two quick goals. With the team pushing hard for an equalizing goal, it was instead Dusof who grabbed their fourth of the game as the final whistle went.
In terms of results, a difficult day for British Football Club. But, in terms of the football played, lots of positives to be taken and, of course, it was fantastic to see so many players back on the pitch in their BFC kits having fun and representing their club!