Season 4 - Week 3 Summary.
WOW! What a week, i think we had it all this week down in sunny Cardiff. Goals, Injury’s, Pen’s, Hat-tricks, 5%'s Milestones and a total of 54 Goals scored on the pitch! AMAZING and its only week 3!!
The 1st Match we saw a real goal fest. The Inform Auberlean take on the Weight Kings of last season FatArselona aka The White team in what promised to be exciting contest on and off the pitch and it did not disappoint. The match began with both sides cagey before The Purples began to dictate the game forcing the Whites to chase the ball. It wasn’t long until the Home side Auberlean took the lead through Joe after a neat pass from Skipper Dejay from the right side. The Purples began to move through the gears but the Whites showing resilience as they they forced 2 saves from Purples keeper Adrian early on. However It wasn’t long before Purples threw on some reinforcements and despite pulling off an impressive 3 saves in succession the Whites GK Leighton was beaten shortly after by Aled. The Whites however never let their heads drop and kept forcing the Purples back but it was a very good counter attack from the Purples which saw a great 3 feet pass move with Lee Caddis unleashing a beautiful strike only for the White’s GK Leighton to pull off another class save. It was apparent that the Purples were growing in confidence and it wasn’t long before the lively Aled after some more neat football managed to dink a cheeky placed shot over the Whites keeper to make it 4-0 at the half. The second half started as the first ended with the quick tempo, but it was the Purples who drew first blood by bagging a couple of quickfire goals through Darryn & Dejay. Had it not been for 3 more excellent saves from Leighton who appeared to be a brick wall despite what the score suggests in the White goals. The Whites chose to press more and ended up scoring midway through the 2nd half after some nice play involving 11 a side starlet Mike Hirst who constantly made a nuisance of himself. The Purples appeared to take their foot off the gas and adopted a counter attack approach by keeping the ball, passing to feet and it wasn’t too long before their skipper Dejay bagged a top corner worldie beating MOM contender Leighton once more. With the Purples growing in confidence once again Aled managed to score a cheeky dummy slash back heel in what could have, if not, been goal of the game but goal of the night. The score stood at 9-1 Auberlean. Time was running out for the Whites but they did not stop working hard with the Purples GK tested on 2 more occasions and had it not been for 2 decent saves and the post saving the Purples the Whites could have found themselves right back in it. Sadly with time ticking, the Purples managed to extend their lead again finishing the game with every outfield player getting on the scoresheet in one game. That is some stat! Not sure we have witnessed that before. Final Pitch score Auberlean 15-1 FatArselona.
Overall Match Score: Auberlean 27-11 Fat Arselona
Auberlean MOTW - Lee Caddis
Auberlean MOM - James
FatArselona MOTW - Mike H
FatArselona MOM - Harry
Special Mentions - Well Done Lee Caddis of Auberlean and Mike Hirst of FatArselona who both hit their 5% Weightloss this week, well done chaps, amazing work!
The second match involved BalotelliTubbies v Borussia Dortmunch. The Yellow’s visited the Tubbies without Captain Will plus 2 others this evening but certainly showed they can manage without their talisman in particular. The Green machines welcomed back Paul R and MvF most experienced CB in their other Paul who have been seriously missed recently. The game started off very even with both sides playing some fantastic neat football. Both sides had 3 shots apiece in the first 5 mins which you would assume their would be as many goals as the first match. How wrong we are! The Yellows scored against the run of play with a tidy well worked goal from the rejuvenated Dan A. However the Yellows didn’t rest on their laurels and we witnessed another strike from Dan to make it 2-0 to the visiting side. The Greens with a couple of absentee’s and with a couple of experienced faces returning to their line up saw a nice team goal from the 11’s new call up Kyran who scored a very nice strike from long range which appears to be his trademark this season. With the match becoming a very intriguing, unpredictable, end to end contest the Greens ‘go to guy’ and last seasons top scorer Mo picked up the ball and managed to turn the ‘Munch’ defender and curled a lovely left foot chip to the top bin of the Yellow’s Goal. There was nothing Ben Gleeson could do. What a finish! With the game ending at 2-2 at the half it was game on for the 2nd half. With the rest done and the competitiveness building it wasn’t long after the half before Yellow’s striker Pete fell and suffered a nasty bang, however he decided that he was ok and chose to carry on. The Greens pushed and pushed and thought they found an opening but a fantastic double save from Yellow’s keeper Ben Gleeson. As a result it was the Yellows turn to build some more confidence and decided to push for a another and managed to bag 2 more with the best of both strikes coming from now hat-trick hero Dan A with a sweet strike after some good work from Scott combining with the Yellow’s back line.
Sadly while chasing the ball Pete of the Yellows pulled up and shortly after had to be substituted no-thanks to his previous injury. Undeterred the yellows brought on a topless Gareth Jenkins to replace their striker and opted to chance the 2 goal penalty in favor for more goals. The change didn’t appear to disrupt the match as Manchester bound Scott Stanton managed to slot his first of 2 in the match making it 5-2 and the Yellows now having that one goal cushion after taking the 2 goal penalty. Later on the Greens appeared to tire therefore the Yellows capitalized buy notching in 2 more goals to take the on field score 8-2 at the final whistle.
Overall Match Score: Ballotelli Tubbies 8-15 Borussia Dortmunch
BallotelliTubbies MOTW - Mike T
BallotelliTubbies MOM - The GK
Borussia Dortmunch - MOTW - Pete
Borussia Dortmunch - MOM - Ben G
The 3rd match was described by many as easiest one to predict of tonights fixtures, but as always in MvF nothing is ever certain and there was almost another shock on our hands. It featured FC Largentina v Red Chubbanauts. Sadly the Reds didn’t have enough players to field therefore had to borrow and chose inform goalscoring striker James Courtman. The match started off quite nervy with both sides pushing for the opener. Both keepers found themselves tested for either sides but it wasn’t to long before the loanee Courtman bagged his first slotting past the stranded Blacks Keeper Maksimovic. With the Blacks known for their quick passing it wasn’t long before the home side pushed ahead with a couple of goals from Jenks and Kieran. As stated a few fans thought this game was expected to be a one sided affair but never was that the case on the pitch. So with some good work from the right mid a nice through ball from Lewys put Courtman through to level the game. Haftime 2-2. It’s Game On!
The Blacks kicked off the half looking for the early goal and no sooner did Kieran Matthews stake his claim for scoring the quickest goal in MvF history after scoring a tidy finish in just 11/12 seconds after the restart according to the referee. The game began much as it did in the first half with several chances for both sides and it was Black Skipper Adam A who bagged the visiting sides 4th after some good work from Jenks on the left. The game was certainly hotting up with the Reds heavily reliant on their loanee striker much of the time, As the match progressed it was the Reds who proved to be more difficult to break down after they decided to field 1 up top with the ‘men behind the ball’ approach hoping to starve the Blacks of the ball closing down any sort of attack. It was obvious that it was route one when the Red backline got the ball looking to find Courtman each time and it wasn’t too long before the Ginger man bagged his hat-trick slotting through the Backs GK’s legs. This tactic appeared to cause the Blacks a lot of problems. Was there another upset on the cards?
Soon after the Blacks drew on their experience and managed to restore the lead through skipper Adam and sub Kieran again with some good passing involving Neil in the middle of the park going in to the last few mins of the game. With more movement from Kieran M & Jenks the Blacks managed to bag another late on ending the game 13-7 winners including the 2 goal penalty for the Reds having to borrow.
Overall Match Score: Red Chubbernauts 7-13 FC Largentina
Blacks MOM - Gareth Jenkins
Blacks MOTW - Matthew Maksimovic
Reds MOM - Anthony Jones
Reds MOTW - N/A
Special Mention: Eithan Cording who managed to secure his 5% for this 2nd successive season, Well Done bother.
Finally we finish with Unathletico Bilblue v Citrus Elba. This is one of the oldest fixtures in the Cardiff MvF so you would think both sides knew each other well. Not tonight. There was just 3 players on the pitch combined from both sides that was present from season 1 from a possible 20. So this was a tough one to call. The game began with a few half chances so after a good 5/6min the game remained a stalemate. Citrus came tonight looking depleted with no subs stating they have 3/4 players missing from their ranks and 1 leaving. But despite this came to win and gave more than a good account of themselves. Around the 8/9min mark with some good running the inform Courtman for the Blues he continued his scoring form to put the Blues ahead. The Blue side could have doubled their lead but for the post preventing Adam O’s shot on 2 occasions. With some more good passing the Blues did double their lead thanks to new player Rhys Sellers with a nice mid range strike. Just before the half Citrus had a couple good chances through Tom & the ever reliable Billy but 2 good saves from the homes side keeper kept Citrus at bay. The game went in 2 to the good for the Blues.
The second half kicked off with Citrus wanting to take the game to the leaders forcing Blues keeper 2 saves both from Citrus talisman Dave Quinn. The game stared to become an end to end affair with Citrus player Gareth clawing one back for the former Cup champions soon after the half. The Blues didn’t waste no time in restoring a 2 goal lead through Adam Owen who took his shot tally for tonight’s match to 4, which is unusually quiet for him. With both teams tiring the game slowed a little with no goals for 4 mins but in the last 4mins despite there being a couple chances each one from Billy but sadly outstreched meant the Blues keeper was able to collect. Soon after the Blues bagged 2 more through Sellers and a Courtman pen pretty much putting the game to bed. Citrus battled on and Dave Quinn managed to chase a loose ball down the left only for the Blue’s keeper to stand his ground picking up the rolling ball. Time was almost up on the pitch but always time for a Dave Quinn special, it however ended up nothing more than a consolation strike form the Citrus legend Quinny, who does love a strikers goal. You can never leave him unmarked! So that left the score on pitch ending at 7-2 to The Blues.
Overall Match Score: Unathletico Bilblue 11-9 Citrus Elba
Blues MOM - Adam O
Blues MOTW - James
Citrus MOM - Mark W
Citrus MOTW - Billy J
Special mention goes to Billy, who also smashed his 5% tonight, a massive achievement buddy. Well Done.
So a great night of football was accompanied with another great night on the scales. 4 more players hit the 5% milestone in just 3 weeks and continue to show why the Cardiff league is in such high demand.
This week we welcome an old Man v Fat player from season 1, he’s decided to return back to the MvF family and look forward to helping Chris reach his goals & targets.
As a footnote Cardiff MvF are pleased to announce that we have 3 Teams going up to partake in the National Man v Fat festival in Manchester. Be great to meet so many more people involved with this fantastic program.
So till next time chaps, have an amazing week.