Victory over the favourites!
The senior team played their second game of the season on Monday 9th October against a much improved Olympique side. If there was a time to show we were title contenders this would be just that occasion as we faced what local pundits have dubbed favourites for promotions. Our new Sporting director Philip Hermida however, was confident that the local pundits were wrong and we are the team to beat.
Olympique has always been one of our biggest rivals and with both clubs under new directorship this game was sure to be an exciting encounter. Wishing to portray the excitement live from the stands our social media team were on top form as they managed to stream the game live on social media. As fans from across the globe tuned in to see the game it proved to be a great success and one we hope to carry on doing throughout the season.
Kick off was at 18:15, a difficult time for fans to attend but in true supporter spirit our local fans came down to the Victoria Stadium in what has to be one of our biggest turnouts in a long time. This did not go unnoticed by our Sporting director who provided them all with a free drink as a token of appreciation for being such loyal and great supporters.
Boca started the game off in their sexy gold kit while the visitors donned their new green away strip. It was a nervy start as it looked like the pressure got to everyone and both sides were just playing direct football with long balls over the top in the hope their strikers could create some magic in the early stages. Raul, one of Boca’s coaches, seeing that the direct approach was clearly not working had a word with the team from the sideline at the 15 minute mark and told the players to calm down and play the Boca way.
This saw Boca playing better football as they managed to keep hold of the ball allowing Boca’s talisman, Liam Clarke, to dictate the game. Unfortunately, even though Liam was controlling and bossing the midfield the chances on goal were few and far between with only 2 of note. Both these chances came from the impressive Alvaro who was being marked by former Boca player Neil Robba. Alvaro’s skill and pace was causing Neil, who defended well, problem after problem to deal with but his trickery could not get the opener for Boca.
The first goal of the game went to Olympique in the 28th minute just as it looked like Boca had control of the game but Olympique’s star signing Robert Montovio had other ideas and as he’s shown time and time again in his career, he was clinical in the box. A long ball up field fell to Montovio who was free in the box and of course he made no error in finding the back of the net. The crowd were silenced and Olympique held back the rest of the half to protect their lead.
Manager Juanjo must have had an inspiring team talk during the half time break and ready to take no prisoners in the second half our highly rated young manager brought in power house Estiven to replace Israel Castillo.
Straight from the whistle Boca looked a different team with short quick passing and quickly creating chances.
5 minutes into the second half Boca scored that much deserved goal to equalise and put the game back on level footing. Top goal scorer Valdivia managed to wiggle his way down the left side of the box and in what looked like an impossibly tight angle he showed his class as he slid the ball passed the keeper legs into the net making it 1-1.
Boca carried on applying the pressure looking for the winner as some top saves from the former Gibraltar number 1 Jordan Perez kept Olympique in the game. Most of the second half was played in Olympique’s half with Boca not content on settling for a draw but Olympique organised themselves well at the back and with their defence and keeper coping well with the pressure.
Also looking for the winner Olympique continued to look threatening as they tried to catch Boca on the counter, playing long balls to Montovio. The Boca defence were prepared for this as a tactical change by Juanjo at half time meant the defence played a higher line allowing centre backs Miguel De la Tabla and Jesus Glynn to deal with Montovio with ease.
Frustrations at the score became evident later in the half as careless fouls by our players lead to yellow cards. None more frustrated it seemed than Liam Clarke who, already on one yellow, was substituted for Aziz as it looked like Liam was on course for a second yellow. Aziz looked slow to get into the game and quickly picked up a yellow. Now with 4 players having been cautioned Boca had to become a bit more careful in their tackling or risk going down to 10 men which would have surely given Olympique the game.
The full time whistle was fast approaching and from the stands it looked as though the game would end in a draw as the Boca players were on edge and missing chances.
In the dying minutes of the game the Boca defence played a long ball up field in the hope something would come of it. Valdivia who was still fighting for every ball caused the impressive Jordan Perez and Olympique’s centre back to make a vital mistake! The confusion between the keeper and the defenders caused Jordan to scuff his clearance as the ball went over his head and fell to Valdivia who was waiting. With the ball at his feet and the goal empty the whole crowd waited anxiously in silence, there was no way he was going to miss. GOOOOOALLLLL!!!!!! The fans went crazy! It was the last minute of the game and Valdivia, the hat trick hero of the last game scored his 5th goal of the campaign so far. Something that could prove vital at the end of the season.
FT 2-1 Boca win again which take them to top of the league level on points with Cannons who are our next opponents on Monday 16th November.