Groupstage: Amson Liu's brace helps Beyond F.C. Group Stage Team 1 extend their unbeaten streak to 3 matches

Vanrun's Insider: Beyond F.C. Groupstage

Date: May 7th, 2016
Venue:Brooklyn Bridge Park
Opponent: Frutti Di Mare

A late second half  resurgence lead to a flurry of goals from Amson Liu and Kurshed Asadov that handed Beyond F.C. their second victory in 3 games. The win meant that they move up to 4th in the league table.

BFC put on a rather uncharacteristic lackluster display for the best part of the first half. With neither team able to assert their command over the game, there were no note worthy chances created. BFC took the lead from a corner kick. Miguel Rojas' cross found Rudis Martinez unmarked who was on cue to head home the opening goal. Right on the stroke of half time, the opponents equalized. It was a howler by the stand in goalkeeper Vanrun Rangaraj who let an innocuous shot from the edge of the box slip past him. Despite the half ending with scores level, the only action the two keepers had in the entire in the entire half was to pick the ball up from the back of the net second half threatened to head in the same direction as the first.

And it did, until mid way through the half, before Khurshed Asadov picked up a throw-in in the heart of the midfield and through unchallenged. A sweet strike earned BFC a lead that was priceless. It came at a time when neither team wanted to take the game by the scruff of the neck.

Amson Liu, who didn't enjoy a lot of service in the game, made the most of his chance when it came his way shortly after, finishing low to the left of the keeper. This gave them a two goal cushion and some breathing space. BFC gave a few silly avoidable free kicks at the edge of their own box late on in the game. On one such occasion, Frutti Di Mare's goalkeeper  stepped up to take the free kicks at the edge of their own box late on in the game. When the ball failed to clear the 3 man wall, BFC were quick to hit them on the counter. Rudis Martinez's initial shot was blocked. The ricochet found Amson Liu in acres of space on the right flank. With the goal keeper rushing back in vain, he spotted an empty net and hit an opportunistic strike to double his tally and score BFC's fourth of the afternoon. When questions about his thoughts on the game, Amson Liu replied "We did really well attacking and pressuring the other team as well as on the counter which resulted in my two late goals. Our fitness was good and we gained the advantage in the final minutes after they got tired." 

In a game that saw BFC play in second gear throughout and yet put in 4 past a team who were joint top of the table going into the game, was a positive sign. There were glimpses of good movements and composed football played, but only in patches. A victory that ensured 3 vital points will hold them in good stead when they come up against Hanson United next.

The match report was written by Varun Rangaraj.

Van Rangaraj is a Manchester United enthusiast, an active member of Beyond F.C. and a burgeoning Football critic, who's passion for the sport is unparalleled.