Victory on opening night!
Our Boca senior team played the first game of the season on Thursday 28th against a resilient Leo FC. This was the chance for Juanjo and his boys to show that all the hard work put in over the summer preparing for the league was about to pay off and it did not disappoint!!
Showing off their new kit gold and blue kits the men walked out with the Boca under 9 team as mascots. A sight not seen much in the second division but a show that the club is growing and is committed to its youth.
20:30 came, Boca won the coin toss and chose to kick off. Both teams started strong as they looked to control the game however, nerves were evident in the first 10 minutes with misplaced passes and controls. Boca soon settled and in the 17th minute, new signing Alberto Valdivia who was predicted to bag plenty of goals showed us exactly why that prediction was made. Capitalising on a defensive error by Leo, Valdivia was quick to attack and slot the ball away calmly from inside the 12 yard box.
That goal looked to be exactly what was needed to settle the nerves and Boca started to control the game and play the ball around. Leo were still looking strong on the attack and Emmanuel Sanchez, Boca’s goalkeeper signed from last years second division winners Gib Phoenix was called into action when a strong shot from Pitu forced an unorthodox but effective save from the keeper.
Next to get on the score sheet was wonder kid and fan favourite Alexis Leblanc! 34 minutes in, another defensive error by Leo meant Leblanc was able to run in on goal and take full advantage by slotting the ball into the bottom right corner.
Jamie Currer was substituted on for Jose Pino in the second half. Currer was quick to make and impact in the game and started causing problems for Leo down the left wing from the moment he entered the field.
Next swap by Juanjo was Estiven who replaced Andrew Lopez.
16 minutes into the second half it was Currer who attempted to get his name on the scoresheet. A great effort from the left flew past the keeper, rattled off the underside of the cross bar and looked to have gone in. The linesman and referee decided the ball had not crossed the line and play resumed with Currer unlucky not to have got the goal.
Boca continued to control the game passing and tiring the Leo players out who kept their shape and were looking to get a goal back.
A host of chances came for Boca in the next few minutes but it just seemed that the ball did not want to go into the back of the net! Valdivia headed the ball over an open goal in the 71st minute. This did not stop the Boca boys as they looked to kill off the game and score that 3rd goal.
The chance came in the 74th minute as the referee handed a penalty to Boca for a Leo handball. Valdivia calmly stepped up and slotted it away sending the keeper in the opposite direction. His second goal of the game and now 3-0 the game looked to be settled!
6 minutes later and the last sub for Boca was made with Liam Clarke replacing Alvaro Caravante. An eagerly awaited Boca debut for Liam Clarke and he did not disappoint the fans as he looked strong in the attack and caused the Leo midfield problems after problems.
Leo were now tiring and it seemed the game was over but Boca weren’t content with a 3-0 lead. Refusing to sit back and coast the boys carried on hammering Leo with attack after attack.
A cross in the from the right fell to Jamie Currer in the 83rd minute who was in the perfect position but again it was not to be his night. An unfortunate miss.
Only 1 minute later Liam Clarke with an excellent run played a great through ball to Valdivia who received the ball on the right hand side of the area and made no mistake this time and bag his first hat trick with Boca.
Full time 4-0 Boca!
The boys were unlucky not have won by more with some chances not capitalised on but Juanjo will be happy with his team’s performance on opening night showing that this Boca will one of the best sides in the second division and a strong contender for promotion.
Next up – Olympique! A match not to be missed. Check out the date and time on our fixtures page.