Miss of the Season Competition as City Dominate

Steve Brown

It as difficult for the casual observer to see that this was a City fixture as the team emerged from the changing room in the Red strip and with many United players in the ranks. City lined up with Janssen, Rathner, Attwood, Scafrace, Stock, Singh, Shaw, Harrison, Coard, Valencia, Caridi with Hassan having the bench to himself.

 Game got off to a flying start with Caridi through on goal and scoring within the first couple of minutes. This was then followed by Singh having a crack at goal from the left hand edge of the box only to see it just go wide.

Bayside had their first attack which came from a City free kick after Rathner had been closed down. Inexplicably the free kick went straight to a Bayside midfielder who delivered a pinpoint cross just over Attwood’s head but thankfully the striker’s first touch let him down and the chance was lost.

At the other end, normal service was resumed when Caridi went through the defence on his own and scored a second for the night and almost straight from the kick off he latched onto a loose ball for yet another hat-trick.

The attacking play continued and a Harrison corner was flicked on by Rathner and shot from Valencia was just narrowly wide. Then Valencia did get in on the scoring acty when he had his own one on one with the keeper and made no mistake in making it 4-0.

It wasn’t all one way traffic and as the half drew to a close Bayside began to exert more forward momentum and it took a nice passage of play by Shaw, Rathner and Singh to break it up with some neat triangles out of defence.

Another Harrison corner was cut back to Hassan whose fierce shot was blocked and then Stafrace decided to nominate for the Oscars going down on the edge of the box under a “tough” challenge which didn’t gain much sympathy from anyone.

The last action of the half saw good defense with Stock, Attwood and Rathner all making good clearances and finally Janssen forced into a diving stop to keep the score 4-0 at the break.

The start of the second half saw first Rathner wanting to keep the ball by dribbling up and down the touchline and then Caridi running round in circles in the middle of the park confusing everyone (including himself presumably). Then a ball out to Stock on the right who then found Hassan whose cross hit a defender on the arm on the edge of the box. Harrison tried to pick out Coard with the free kick but the ball landed back at his feet and the keeper held his shot at the second attempt

Caridi sprung the offside trap again entered into the box and skipped round the keeper only for him to pounce on ball before Caridi could push it into the net. Then Valencia was through on goal and slid his shot just past the wrong side of the post.

Janssen decided to go walkabout near the corner flag and was caught mopping up but fortunately Bayside were unable to capitalize on the empty goal with the shot being pushed wide. Then Stafrace intercepted a cross and his attempted clearance just flashed past the post for a corner.

Valencia won the ball in his own half skipped over a tackle and then bore down on the goal.  He got perfectly positioned then tried to finish it off with the outside of his boot but the ball ended beside corner flag instead of in the goal.

Another through ball by Shaw sent Valencia clear again and this time he opted for the early shot and blasted wide and then Valencia turned provider with his cross falling just behind the unmarked Harrison.

Bayside then punished City for their profligacy in front of goal when their striker got the better of Attwood on a bouncing ball, turned into box and calmly dinked it over Janssen into the net for 4-1.

Still the City strikers continued to pour forward and Singh set Caridi off but the keeper pushed the ball out for a corner. Harrison played it in and it was cleared to Jannsen who was lurking just outside the box, he connected well but his effort still went over the bar.

After all of the simple chances that had been missed there came an impossible dribble along the bye line by Valencia and he lifted it into the net from an incredibly tight angle to make it 5-1.

Then Caridi added another in controversial fashion when played through by Shaw and no flag was raised and he made no mistake in making it 6-1.

Attwood decided to have a go on the attack and cut right through the centre of the park and as he was lining up his shot, Harrison nipped the ball off him and shot wide.

The last act of the game could have seen a second hat-trick when Caridi rounded his man in the box however he chose to shoot wide instead of laying off to the unmarked Valencia in front of goal.

Final score in a hugely entertaining game to watch was 6-1.


MMM Muppet Moment –  So many golden chances were missed but the best (or worse) miss came from Valencia with his effort with the outside of his boot
MMM Memorable Moment –  Graham Attwood going ballistic claiming rightly for off-side when Rick had gone AWOL
BMW BoP Paul Caridi – yet another hat-trick but it could easily have been double figures.


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