Our Ressies kicked off against Dee Why after their terrific start to the season last week, though the boys learned early on that this game would be an entirely different affair, owing to a gritty playing surface and physicality of the opposition.
Forest looked to play around the back and progress through the midfield wherever possible, but it was the balls over the top where we looked most dangerous. Debutant Danilo Tomic was eager to make an early impact with some tearing runs down the left wing. His skills on the ball were no match for the Dee Why defence, who could only scramble back to defend the cross or hope to block his shot after cutting in.
With the deadlock held at 0-0, both teams were in search of a goal. Midfielder Massimo Vescio soon silenced Dee Why’s hopes as he received the ball on the edge of the box, dropped the shoulder to pass his man and in a one-on-one, the kid who is still months away from his first legal beer at the clubhouse, calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-0.
The momentum was back in Forrey territory as centre back Jordan Willis almost made it two with a header destined for the top corner somehow picked out by the Dee Why keeper. Save of the day.
It was only a matter of time before Forest doubled their lead, with Tomic converting his earlier chances into an absolute ‘worldy’ after receiving the ball outside the box and lacing it with his left boot on the half volley, low and hard and well out of the keeper’s reach. Forest 2-0 HT.
Coach O’Shaughnessy told the boys they needed to play much more direct football in order to see out the match. With the game fought and won in the midfield, super-sub Luke Rogers changed the game, winning every shoulder-to-shoulder challenge and finding his man with each pass.
The midfield battle put Forest in some good attacking positions throughout the half, the clearest chance being a penalty conceded by a Dee Why defender already on a yellow, who was sent off for his second of the day. Tomic was the man for the job, looking for his brace. However, in a desperate attempt to outdo his earlier effort, Tomic shot towards the roof of the net, only to be denied by the crossbar and an unsuccessful attempt on the follow up.
It made little difference in the end, as the two-goal cushion was enough for the Ressies to claim the three points and another clean sheet for the defence. Forest 2-0 FT.
Man of the Match – Massimo Vescio
Next up it would be our First-Grade lads who would try to right their wrongs from last week’s draw vs Harbord.
From the get-go it was apparent that it would be a scrappy game, with some dubious challenges being made by the Dee Why team. It was back and forth until FKFC broke the deadlock through top-scorer Hayden Waters, who was put on a platter by Jamie King. Soon after, Dee Why managed to nab one back with a scrappy goal as a result of some poor playing out from the back by our boys. The first half continued much of the same way with neither side looking particularly threatening.
Following a hair-dryer half-time chat from our coaching staff, the FKFC boys came into the second half eager and determined to get back on top. It wasn’t long until we took the lead courtesy of a tidy finish from new signing and returning FKFC junior, Luke Zaloumis. With the 2-1 lead, our boys in green started to play the kind of football we’ve been used to this season with some quick counters and controlled possession. The constant pressing and pace of our forward line would then result in a FKFC penalty after a poor Dee Why tackle. Top-scorer Hayden Waters would go on to get his brace with a sharp finish from the penalty spot, 3-1.
With the game turning in our favour, the Dee Why team began to resort to aggressive tactics in an attempt to grab the game back. Yellow card after yellow card followed for Dee Why who struggled to hold back the lads in green. The pressure would again result in a goal for FKFC through debutant Pratik Napit, with an unlikely assist from defender and last year’s Player of the Season – Luke Sheepway. More challenges followed resulting in a Dee Why red card as well as another penalty for FKFC, with none other than centre-back and captain Alex Bain stepping up with permission from the gaffer to take it. A clean finish from the skipper would push the score to 5-1 in our favour. Just before the full-time whistle would blow, our number 10 Genki Kawamura decided to make it 6-1 to the boys in green to cap off a great performance.
Man of the Match – Hayden Waters
Next week, the squad faces off against league newcomers CC Strikers on Melwood 1 at 1pm and 3pm.