A mixed BFC Rovers played in a friendly match against FK Molodezhka at our home base in Krylatskaya 12 in their first friendly match of the season!
After team talks and tactics had been discussed, Rovers started the match very positively, with both Fernandes and I.Yagnyatinskiy coming close to scoring after a well worked team attack. BFC gained the lead with Konovalov scoring a great individual goal. BFC took a further advantage and scored a second with a well worked team goal, Salaun slotting home the second.
A very good defensive display in the first half showed to be difficult for Molodezhka to score. However, with a few minutes left before half time, they showed resilience and scored 2 quick goals to end the first half 2-2. The two late goals to equalise surprised Rovers, whilst giving the opponents momentum. Molodezhza capitalised on this momentum by utilising their squad and made fresh changes before scoring more goals in succession. A slight younger BFC team were stunned and Molodezhza gained the advantage with the full momentum 11-4.
In the Russian Youth League, BFC Union had a busy day of action with three matches on a wet Saturday afternoon. In the first match, against Spartakovets, BFC Union played some of their best football of the season so far. Some great 1-2 passing between Grachev and Dlamini opened up the opposition time after time, whilst Kolodziejski was on hand with some great strikes on goal. Debutant Polyakov adjusted quickly to the pace of the game, whilst Union goalkeeper N.Yagniatinskiy showed great agility when making saves and great composure and distribution with the ball at his feet. Union won the match comfortably 4-1. Bravo to the team!
In the second match, Union relaxed and allowed Yunitra 2009 to take the lead early in the game. After going 1-0 down, Union took control of the game but missed their chances to get back into it. Eventually, they broke the deadlock, and followed with two more goals to take a 3-1 lead as the second half finished. Yunitra fought back to reduce the deficit, but Union held on for a 3-2 victory. Although football was not glamorous, Coach Martin was happy with how the team kept going, creating scoring opportunities and did not panic when they were trying to regain control of the match.
The third game of Union’s day was the toughest, against a physical and imposing Dmitrov team. It was a competitive match with both teams creating chances, goal line clearances and crunching last gasp tackles. Metelskiy provided Union’s creativity during the match, with his trickery and mazy runs. Loktyukhov and Dlamini competed for the longest goal of the day award, both players scoring from their own half! The game was close until the final stages when Union, who were 3-2 down and chasing the equalizing goal, allowed Dmitrov to capitalize on the extra space and put the game to bed with three quick successive goals. The team left the field disappointed after a hard fought 3-6 loss, but can be very proud of their efforts throughout the day, and 2 excellent wins to see them climb higher in the league table!
Overall a very good day of football – hard fought victories, resilient performances, and despite the two losses there were many positives to take from the to see all the BFC player efforts!