BFC Rovers performed very well against two of the strongest teams in their Russian Youth League in their latest February fixtures Saturday. In their first match, against league leaders Yunitra, Rovers were strong and resolute and matched their opponents toe-to-toe across the pitch. Their work with coach Martin on the training pitch had paid off, as they protected the ball well from their opponents and created some chances of their own through some slick passing between Guler, Saraev and Yagnyatinski. Unfortunately, some careless defensive errors were capitalized on quickly, and despite their best efforts Rovers could bring the score back within reach. In the second game, Rovers entered in a confident mood, and a fantastic first half display from front to back saw N.Kolodziejska score her first goal for BFC with a header into the top corner! Rovers continued to control the game, with Nevredinov holding the ball up well and bringing his team mates into play. In the second half, Rovers’ opponents changed their line-up, bringing their strongest players into the game to rescue the match. Rovers continued to create chances, but could not hold out for the victory as they ended up on the wrong side of a 4-1 scoreline. However, Coach Martin was very pleased with the performances, and Rovers are already looking forward to the next round of fixtures.
Over in Krylatskoye, 3 BFC teams competed in some friendly matches. First up, BFC Albion and BFC County fought out a very entertaining 7-5 score-line. For Albion, Maia Hili impressed with her defensive strength, her turns and acceleration into space. Korischenko and Kononchuk displayed excellent close control and passing skills, and F.Kolodziejski scored a hat-trick for his team! For County, the ever-solid Kashirin, and skillful Metelskiy caused lots of trouble for the Albion defence. Y.Petrov found good spaces all over the pitch, and A.Rumyantsev made a string of fine saves in the County goal. It was a superb show of football all round, and both teams left happy.
In the second match, a tired BFC Albion took on a fresh BFC Union side. BFC Union were in fine form from the first whistle, with some superb 1 and 2-touch passing between M.Dunn, R.Dunn and Dlamini creating chance after chance for the Union side. Tolan made a succession of unbelievable saves in the Albion goal, whilst Loktyukhov and Osutin worked hard to relive the pressure on the Albion defence. Rotenburg, making his debut for BFC Union, was full of energy and enthusiasm on the pitch, making block after block and getting his team’s attacks moving with some sensible and composed passes. The goals continued to flow for Union, as Grachev even grabbed a couple of goals with his left foot! Union ran out comfortable winners in this match, but all 4 BFC teams can be proud of the progress they are making, with many more friendly matches and tournaments to come in the near future!