A great start to preseason on Thursday as the BRFC Blacks took on the Reds in a club derby match that didn’t disappoint.
The match started off even with both teams having an equal share of the ball. The Reds had the first chance of the match as Hassan fired a shot wide in the opening 10 minutes.
The BRFC Blacks had the ball over the line moments after but the game was halted as the Reds’ goalkeeper, Danny, was fouled in the air, denying the opener.
The first goal came through a neat passage of play. A lofted cross from the left found the feet of Ricky wide right, who delivered a perfectly weighted pass to Price in the middle, who made space to slot one to the right of the Reds’ GK, opening the scoresheet for the Blacks. 1-0
The second goal of the game came through another fine assist from Ricky, who again from wide position was able to find a teammate, this time debutant, Ali, who drilled the ball past GK Danny, extending the BRFC Blacks’ lead. 2-0
Towards the end of the second half, the Reds worked hard to fight for possession and create their own opportunities. The Reds were almost rewarded when Gibson was released down the right with a nice back-heeled flick from Victor, allowing him to drive deep into the BRFC Blacks half. With time and space but no support from central positions, Gibbs attempted a speculative shot from the touch line, aiming for the keepers’ far post with a lofted shot that only just flew past the top left corner.
The Reds’ hard work was rewarded in the 42nd minute when Hatam, from the back, delivered a slick through ball to Karim on the left wing, who glided past the opposition before cutting into the box and slotting it past the near side of Nathan, beating him at his near post. A lovely piece of play and a precise finish which caught the BRFC Black team sleeping after appealing for a close offside decision. 2-1
The BRFC Blacks extended their lead again in the second half when debutant Ali beat two Red players on the right side, freeing space to deliver a low-fired, drilled cross which found the feet of Ricky in the box, who blasted the ball past the GK. 3-1
FULL TIME : BRFC Black 3 – 1 BRFC Red
BRFC Black Goal Scorers: Ricky, Ali , Pricey
MOTM : Ricky
BRFC Red Goal Scorers: Karim
MOTM : Chris