Weekend Results – Manchester 62 FC

Friday’s romantic league encounter between Manchester 62 FC Senior side and College FC saw a thrilling game of action with packed opportunities from both teams.  The Game started with Man 62 leading the way and welcoming the return of Dion Hammond into the side after two months out injured.  The game started at a high pace with Man 62 creating piercing runs in the wings as players Scott Balentine and Jeremy Lopez found space to run into.  Man 62 took control of the game with Dion and Anthony having time to spread the ball around and send balls into Scott and Jeremy to create havoc into the College defence.  The presence of Forward Paul Podesta kept the two centre back on their toes at all times as his threat towards goal was evident.  Several close chances were created and the team was unfortunate not to score.  From a resulting corner College cleared a goal of the line which was headed in by Naoufal Andaloussi.  But the teams persistence was rewarded a little later when Naoufal found space down the left to cross into the feet of the mighty Podesta to make it 1-0.

The second half saw a different tale with College pushing forward and Man 62 holding and playing on the break.  Colleges new signing found it very hard to break the Man 62 defence.  Whilst Kevin and Jack challenged every high ball and stopped all attacks in the centre of the park RB Shea and LB Justin stopped any runs on the wings.  The team had a solid unit and the threat of the College professional players always looked controlled.  A run from College down the left and a resulting shot hit the post but keeper Kevin De lo Santos had it covered.  60 min into the game David Duarte replaced Dion Hammon who had a tough game in the middle of the park.  And 5 mins later Jeremy lopez was replaced by Jamie Bosio.  A second goal came with 15 minutes remaining when Naoufal found  Jamie bosio.  Jamie sprinted through the two centre back as a pin point pass was delivered by Naoufal and with a one v one with the keeper Jamie Bosio managed to score the 2nd goal of the night.  The Man 62 fans chanted with delight as the team had secured a second goal which would give them some comfort for the remainder of the game.  Man 62 made a final change as Colleges CB was put as a forward in order to pressure the 62 defence.  A cross from college was missed by our defence and was met by one of College’s CB but resulted in  the ball hitting the post.  Paul Podesta was subbed as Man62 wanted to secure the three points and defender Ashley Perez was sent into the Game.  With 5 mins plus the 4 remaining of extra time it seemed obvious that 62 had the game under control.  This takes Man 62 four point of the leaders and three points of second spot with 6 games remaining


Goal Keeper : Kevin De Los Santos

Defence: (Shea Breakspear, Jack Sergeant(cap), Kevin Martinez, Justin Rovegno)

Midfield : (Anthony Bardon, Dion Hammond, Naufal Andaloussi(2 Assists), Scott Ballentine, Jeremy Lopez)

Forward : (Paul Podesta,(1 Goal)

Subs : Mathew Reoch, Giles Lopez, Jamie Bosio(1 Goal), David Duarte, Ashley Perez

Under 7

Manchester 62 FC Under 9 Red came out victorious over College Europa Green. From the outset the Reds dominated the game on all fronts and the team pressure was too much for the opposition who found themselves playing in their own half for most of the entire first period. The half came to and end with Man62 comfortably in the lead by 4-0. The second half started pretty much like the first finished with Man62 forcing the opposing team into their half. It was only time before the Reds extended the lead, which they did, taking the overall tally to 7. The opposition could only beat the Manchester keeper once, this was from a free kick which was too high for our young keeper to reach. Final score was Man 62 Red 7 – College Europa Green 1.  Scorers for Man 62 were Carl De Torres (2) Jamie Cortes (2 ) Jack Sherriff (2) and Oliver Jameson (1).  Overall really solid performance defensively and offensively and very good passing of the ball by the entire team.

Manchester 62 FC Under 7 Black lost 4-0, against St Joseph Crown Pharmacy,  our girls had no subs, some players are still ill and recovering from the flu.  The first half saw the team trailing by 2 – 0, in which one of their goals was from penalty ,in the first half the girls had 3 chances, but they were very unlucky.  In the second half they were tired, and only had one clear chance,  but again very unlucky,  St Joseph managed to score another two, overall one of the best performance by these young girls,  their coaches said that very proud to see that they are getting the knowledge of the game.

Manchester 62 FC Senior Ladies lost 2-1 against league rivals Lions FC,  the Reds where in front for most of the match, and playing the better football.  Both Lions goals came in the last few minutes of the match, one of them from a foul that was committed to one of the Reds Defender and the Referee did not see it and the second from a mistake of the Man62 Goalkeeper.