League Game 1: FIFC 3 – Birkbeck Orient 2

Fish Island start their campaign with a win! The hosts lined up in 451 formation playing against the wind. Birkbeck used this to their advantage by playing long balls from the off. FIFC played a high line and were largely untroubled. Going forward the scales showed good ball retention and managed to create a few chances of note. Despite looking second best Birkbeck took the lead. A corner clearance found its way to their wingback who hit fantastic strike from 20 yards out.

0-1 at half time. Playing with the wind FIFC contained Birkbeck better in the second half. The equaliser came from a corner. Harry’s cross to the far post was met by Jozef who headed home across goal. 1-1! It didn’t take long for Birkbeck to restore their lead however. Their striker slid onto a cross from the right side of the pitch. There was a handball in the ball to the build up play but the referee dismissed the FIFC claims. 1-2. The home team showed a lot of character and determination to strike again and level the game for the second time. Halcyon made some room for himself in the penalty box and rolled ball past the keeper at the near post. Not great connection but he did enough beat the goalie. 2-2. The winner came in the last 15 minutes. A cross came in from the right hand side to an onrushing Didier. Not cleanest connection again but the keeper stood no chance. 2-3! Fish Island had a late scare when Alex was called into action to make a fantastic save from a free kick. The celebration at the full time whistle reflected FIFC’s satisfaction with the victory.

Positives:
Fitness showed in the second half
Substitutions were used well and made a positive impact on the match
Fullbacks attacked well and provided good width
Created a number of decent chances
Most people turned up on time and the warm up was good

Negatives:
Conceded twice despite being the better side on the day
Sometimes defaulted to playing long balls which didn’t work well for us

Line up:
GK Alex

RB Sonny
CB Pierre
CB Jozef
LB Mark

RM Jack
CM Andrew
CM Harry
CM Halcyon
LM Craig

ST Jacob

Subs:
Nathan for Jacob
David for Sonny
Didier for Jack
Aman for Mark
Pepo for Craig

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