Sunday 19th September 2004
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O'Connell hatrick provides downshire headache

Bracknell Manics were missing some 1st team players this weekend, BMFC welcomed new signing Mark Gates into the line-up for todays clash.

James Robinson


Simon Blay

Mark Gates

Tony Hemley

James Blackman

Graham McDonald

Gary Sarney

Elliott Fairs

Gareth Jones

Mark Robertson

Barry O'Connell

Bench: Phillips, Judge, Hayward, Patsalides

Downshire Arms went off to a great start, with some of the rustier players taking time to get settled into their roles on the pitch. Robinson did well to keep the Manics level, and on the 16th minute Barry O'Connell opened his account with the club with a well-placed shot thanks to a Gareth Jones assist.

Then Manics made it two 12 minutes later with a James Blackman free kick, beautifully struck into the net from outside the box.

Just before the break, Manics conceded when a poor clearance fell to a Downshire player inside the box, neatly tucked away past Robinson.

In the second half, Manics took their chances, and their determination showed to take them 3-1. James Blackman returned a poor clearance back into the box, fumbled by the Arms keeper for Robertson to tuck away.

Simon Blay could continue no more after a collision with his own keeper. A split ear and a bit dazed, Stephen Pierce was at hand to mop up the blood and clean up as usual, Luke Phillips was called into action. and would have a part to play in the Manics 4th goal...

After 25 minutes in the second half, a long ball from Phillips was brought down by O'Connell, for Robertson to tuck away.

6 minutes later, O'Connell scored his second after losing his marker and linking up to an Elliott Fairs cross in the box to make it 5-1.

With 15 minutes remaining, Manics made their second sub, straight swap - Robertson for Hayward.

Minutes later, and O'Connell earnt his hatrick when super sub John Hayward played the ball neatly which O'Connell surely wouldn't miss.

Brian Judge would be the next swap for Tony Hemley, and Manics pushed for further goals, soon enough the seventh came when O'Connell was pulled down in the box, referee Haslewood spot on to award the penalty.

Gary Sarney stepped up to take and calmly tucked it away to make the final score 7-1.

A big "thank you" from the team this week for the support on the sideline!

The Manics Man of the Match went to Barry O'Connell.

 Final Result: Bracknell Manics 7 Downshire Arms 1

 Man of the Match
   "Go on you Manics!"
Barry O'Connell  

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