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O'Connell hatrick provides downshire headache
were missing some 1st team players this weekend, BMFC welcomed
new signing Mark Gates into the line-up for todays clash.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Gary Sarney stepped up to take and calmly tucked it away to make
the final score 7-1.
"thank you" from the team this week for the support
on the sideline!
The Manics Man of the Match went to Barry O'Connell.
Manics 7 Downshire Arms 1
for Bracknell Manics FC