This was a very disappointing day. With originally 16 confirmed for Sunday, the squad was whittled down to the bare eleven with a combination of no shows and injuries sustained the day before. So as ever well laid pre-match plans were disrupted. The starting line-up included Sanj in goals with Tom, Briggs, Thomie and Leandro in the back. Dave and Rick Man in the centre with Lionel and Nick L on the flanks. Cowley and Andy H up front.
Boca took an early lead in the game, when their striker was left unmarked from a free kick to header powerfully past a stranded Sanju. This kicked us into action and for the remainder of the half we played the better football, albeit not really testing their keeper.
The second half was much the same. Spartans taking the game to Boca, but not really making inroads. Their towering centre back was a dominant figure and was able to clear the long balls. Paul and Flabbo drafted onto the subs bench were introduced mid way through the second half. Briggs pushed up to try and make the numerical difference up front, but we were unable to break down a resolute Boca defense. FT: 0-1.
We had a great opportunity to beat Boca yesterday. We played some good football in parts, but were just unable to find the net. Many thanks for those who turned out in the horrible conditions. MOM: Dave. Showed the dedication I expect. He texted me in the morning saying he was unlikely to make the game due to his shin splints and having worked until 4am. When I told him we were short, he immediately confirmed and played very well considering.