Two BFC teams were in action this weekend as the Russian Youth League mini-season reached the closing stages!
First up, BFC City had their final two matches of the competition. With a couple of players making their season debuts, City had a strong line-up. Their first match, against a strong Vympel side, was an evenly balanced affair with both sides creating chances. Jobin and Konovalov linked up well in the attacking half, whilst Akhatov’s movement was a constant threat to the opposition. The difference between the teams was City’s lack of decisiveness in front of goal, and they were mad to pay as Vympel ran away with a 3-0 victory despite a solid performance from BFC.
Straight into match 2, and City kept their heads up. They continued to display confidence in their ball movement, but after confidence-boosting words from Coach Andy they were also determined to make more of their scoring opportunities. Kharitonov scored a hat-trick, as Konovalov added two goals of his own. Kim hit the crossbar with a thunderbolt, and Khavkin rediscovered his goalscoring form with a well-placed strike of his own. In goal for BFC, Shininyan and Pisarev both had solid performances as City ran out 9-2 winners, to finish their Russian Youth League season on a high note!
Next up were BFC Union, who were playing in a Quarter-Final match against old foes Impulse (with whom they drew 3-3 in their previous match). Some traffic problems and late arrivals led to a delay to the start of the match and, with no time for a warm-up, it was not surprising that Union started slowly and quickly went 1-0 down. However, the boys quickly got into their stride, with Grachev leading the team by example with a typically aggressive, energetic and skillful performance. Dunn and Metelskiy passed the ball well from the back, as Union pushed forward in search of an equalizer. The post was hit twice, and Loktyukhov just shot wide from a free kick in a dangerous position. Chance after chance went by as the BFC parents screamed and shouted in agony from the sidelines.
Union kept up the pressure, and were finally rewarded thanks to a fantastic finish from Grachev. Grachev then became the assister, as he raced onto a loose ball and unselfishly played it through to Dlamini for the tap in. Union added a third, before Impulse struck back to make it 3-2 as the seconds ticked away. F.Kolodziejski kept his nerve in the Union goal as the boys saw out the match to advance to the Semi-Finals with a score of 3-2!
WELL DONE BFC CITY AND BFC UNION, AND THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT FROM ALL PARENTS!!