Fulham Deaf marches into quarter finals
GB Deaf played in a double header against Holland last weekend and won 4 – 1 and 3 – 0 with Bim Ajadi, Nick Beese, Andrew Drury, Mark Gill, and Richard Parker representing GB. Ajadi was injured and Gill was placed on standby but nevertheless it was a proud moment for Fulham Deaf remarked Christof Niklaus the team manager. Beese was made captain for GB for the first time.
After Fulham Deaf's 2 – 0 win in the first round against NPL Reserves, NPL were out for revenge for their reserves in this Teck Intermediate Cup second round match. Beese and Parker were away on international duty for GB Deaf in Holland in the international friendly futsal tournament against Holland, Portugal and Belgium where GB Deaf clinched second position overall.
Fulham Deaf started brightly with some good runs up on the wings with the damage mainly caused by Andrew Vorster, Andrew Drury and Ewan McGreevy. After a promising start, Fulham Deaf was awarded a penalty in the sixteenth minute for shirt pulling inside the box. Kevin Harewood stepped up to blast the ball into the back of the net with such venom that the net lifted off at the back.
NPL number 9 was booked with twenty minutes gone for a bad foul on Vorster who needed no attention. A twenty-five yards free kick taken by Harewood sailed over the crossbar past the NPL five-men wall.
NPL came back into the match with the intention of securing the equaliser before half-time and they did come close on a couple of occasions. Paul Lambert made a couple of good saves while Clive Campbell and Ayad Sarraf kept it tight in the centre of defence.
After both sides changed ends, it was still NPL who had the slight upper hand and Lambert made an excellent low right handed save to push the ball past the post for a corner on the hour. Kariam Fayed, who came on for Richard Jeffers earlier, made a good run down the right hand side only for the ball to hit the right hand side outside of the net.
As if spurred by this, a series of corners was won by Fulham Deaf showed how the match had turned round to Fulham Deaf's favour with the ball kept deep inside NPL's half. On two counter attacks by NPL, the ball sailed over the crossbar and also hit the crossbar back into play, eventually scrambled away by Ayad Sarraf.
After another corner in the last fifteen minutes, Harewood collected the ball next to the penalty spot and drove the ball home with a low drive. Peter Drinnan came on for McGreevy with eight minutes to go. Fulham Deaf won another corner where half-time substitute John Docker scored from close range on his comeback from injury.
NPL scored a consolation goal with seconds to spare after some lack of concentration from Fulham Deaf who was ball watching with their eyes on the clock.
Final score Fulham Deaf FC 3 – 1 NPL (half time 1 – 0)
Fulham Deaf FC Line up:
Lambert, Vorster, Westbury (Docker 46), Gill, Sarraf, Campbell, Drury, Fox, Jeffers (Fayed 55), Harewood, McGreevy (Drinnan 82)
Fulham Deaf FC Manager