BFC teams had mixed fortunes in the opening fixtures of this Spring’s Moscow Youth Confederations League.
In the 6-7 Age Division, BFC Scotland played out an entertaining 5-5 draw with FCB Escola. BFC raced into an early lead thanks to the clinical finishing of Moribayashi. BFC kept up the pressure, with some skilful runs from L.Khrulev and some resolute defending from Hili. However, FCB Escola fought their way back into the game, with some wayward BFC defending contributing to their comeback. A disorganised second half display turned a 4-1 lead into a 4-5 score line as the minutes ticked away. Luckily for BFC, Alirezaei was full of energy and confidence as he pounced upon a loose pass to calmly collect the ball and slot it past the keeper to make the final score 5-5. BFC Scotland will be happy with their first half performance, but disappointed not to have ended up with the victory.
On the adjacent pitch in the same Age Division, BFC Wales were in confident mood as they dominated their match against their opponents Selgros. Strong performances were seen all over the pitch, particularly from Rotenberg and Metelskiy who bagged himself a hattrick. M.Dunn controlled the game with his composure and intelligence, whilst Grachev drew plaudits from the spectators because of his dribbling strength and ball control. The final score was BFC Wales 10:3 Selgros, and an excellent opening win for the team!
Next up, in the 8-9 Age Division, BFC England faced a very composed and well drilled FCB Escola team. With quite a young team who were playing together for the first time, BFC England struggled and quickly found themselves behind. Strong, battling performances from Khaya Dlamini and V.Yagnyatinski kept BFC England competitive, whilst Saraev scored the goal of the match with a stunning free kick. In the second half, a much improved BFC Engand display saw them score a further two goals, and Coach Martin was proud of the players for keeping their heads up and battling until the end. Tolan and Loktyukhov particularly impressed. Although it was a tough defeat to start the tournament, BFC England are looking forward to their next two games, where they will continue to improve and gel as a team.
In the 10-11 Age Division, BFC N.Ireland also had a tough start against an older and technically strong FCSM side. Despite fielding a strong team of their own, BFC N.Ireland struggled to get going in the match. Superb defensive performances by Pankov and Coombs were not enough to keep their opponents at bay. Strong performances in the centre of the pitch from Guler and Kharitonov helped create a few chances for BFC N.Ireland but they were not taken. It was a disappointing loss for Team N. Ireland in their opening match but the players should keep their heads up and know that they will have many more opportunities for success in their upcoming matches.
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