State Cup Weekend Recap

Maké Pedroso the hero as the firsts' win Cup game
BFC first team moved on to the next round of the Flamhaft State Cup after they defeated FSC College Point 4-3 in penalties. Maké Pedroso was the man of the moment as he made two saves in the penalty shoot out that ensued a stalemate.  Despite controlling the tempo of the game, BFC couldn't break the deadlock in regular time and had to rely on their custodian to bring them home. Simon Czaplinski, who went first in the shootout, missed the only spot kick for Beyond before Deepak Mangwani, Nick Nebot, Veprim Gashi, and Sherief El-Helaifi all converted. 

Lack of penetration leads to BFC Reserves' undoing
BFC reserve team lost 3-2 to NY Polet in their State Cup fixture this past Sunday. The absence of midfield duo Gabe Odess and Obi Aquino was felt, particularly in the opening exchanges. With the players struggling to find any rhythm, they had their goalkeeper Jonathan Graneros to thank who kept them in the game with a couple of smart saves. However, they ran out of luck when, half way through the first half, the opponents took the lead from a free kick that was awarded for an innocuous challenge. Panos Pantazis missed a gilt edged opportunity to restore parity when he shot wide with only the keeper to beat. BFC didn't have to wait long as Bradley Ferrada equalized to end the half level. Beyond were on the back foot once again when they conceded a penalty. A mistake at the back led to another goal leaving them with an uphill task. Karl Verna managed to pull one back when he scored coming from the left side. But with only a minute remaining on the clock, it was too little too late for the reserves.

BFC Metro feel a sense of déjà vu
BFC Metro team suffered a heart breaking Cup exit on penalties, similar to last season, after conceding an equalizer on the last kick of the game. Adrian Alexandru, Navrun Jacob, and Rodney Lozier converted in the penalty shoot out with Alex Ochoa failing to convert the solitary penalty. But it was BFC's inability to see out games in 90 minutes, especially after taking the lead, that cost them progress to the next round. Adrian had earlier converted from the spot before Samuel Gozlan finished a sweeping move at the far post with a tap in. After the resumption, Gozlan was at it again, this time firing home a left footed shot to the roof of the net. Beyond led 3-2 at that point. Not having kept a single clean sheet this season, the writing was on the wall and sure enough they conceded with the last kick of the game before going on to lose in penalties.


Cup tie joy for BFC Womens
BFC Women's team season has been quite a revelation this season for the club and it was no different when they defeated Appletown 1-0 in their maiden Cup game. Despite being scrappy throughout the game, especially going forward, they managed to eek a goal that sought them progress to the next round. The game's solitary goal came via a Tricia Somma's corner kick. With the opponents unable to clear the lines, Gihane Quintana made a nuisance of herself forcing the ball over the line. The Own Goal epitomized the play of BFC Womens but that will not deter their confidence as they enjoy a weekend of no action before returning in the league in two weeks time. 

BFC Groupstage (CTown) comes a cropper
BFC Groupstage (CTown) were at the wrong end of a 6-2 drubbing in their third game of the season. They have had a mixed start to their season after winning one of their games comprehensively and losing another closely. Davide Giri and Aaron Gomes scored Beyond's consolation goals as MLS United gave them a lesson in quick movement and excellent use of the ball. BFC will need to win their next game to avoid the fear of missing out on the play offs despite four more game remaining.

Jan Supolik and Amr Elbegrmi's strike give BFC Groupstage their first victory
Jan Supolik and Amr Elbegrmi ensured that BFC Groupstage finally got their long awaited first win of the season when they beat Frutti Di Mare 2-0 in their latest fixture. Despite being a much organized and disciplined performance overall, the team conceded that there was lot of work that needed to be done to get to the levels of last season. But with the first win under their belt, Beyond hopes to kick on and get a good run of results in the remainder of the season.

BFC Footy (LIC) - 1 : Goalden Balls - 0
BFC Footy (LIC) defeated Goalden Balls 1-0 in their latest outing to make it 3 wins out of 4. A game that should have been put to bed long before half time didn't see the only goal being scored until midway through the second half. It came from a corner kick when Varun Rangaraj made a clever dummy at the near post drawing two defenders in the process and leaving Gihane Quintana with an easy tap in. Ronald G had the chance to put the game to rest shortly after, but blazed a penalty over the cross bad. That along with a host of chances were missed at regular intervals of the game. BFC have got be more decisive in the final third and ruthless in front of goal if they are to stand any chance of going the distance in the league.

Ryoma Morisaki burns down House of Red Cards!
BFC Footy (Pier 5) welcomed back their coach with a 2-1 win against the notorious House of Red Cards. With not a lot to choose between the two teams early on, BFC stepped up the momentum midway through the first half and following a well worked move, Ryoma Morisaki scored on an assist from newly signed striker Jak Watson. Morisakis' recent efforts on the training ground showed on the field when he scored again. He collected a pass, turned and hit a thunderbolt from 20 yards. The defense did the rest restricting the opponents to long range efforts though a late goal scored by the opponents' striker caused a nervy end to the game.