The preliminaries


Jim Taylor

The first match in this season’s Middlesex Senior Charity Cup was played on Tuesday, 25th October at the Orchard, when Bedfont entertained their next-door neighbours Deportivo Galicia.  Our roving team covered an entertaining action-packed match, which provided an interesting contrast in styles.  

The visitors, playing their attractive brand of passing football took the initiative early and scored in the 15th minute.   They went further ahead in the 38th minute.   Bedfont hit back and scored three minutes before the half time interval.   They equalised three minutes after the interval and pressured the Deportivo defence with their speedy attacks for much of the second half.   However, neither side managed to score a deciding goal and the tie went to a penalty shoot-out, which swung in the visitors’ favour, after they had started it badly.

The visitors made the first serious scoring attempt in the 7th minute.   Naim Mejdoubi picked up a loose ball and set up Anton Panacqines, whose shot was turned over the bar by Bedfont keeper, Sam Bersey for a corner.   Then Juan Devia charged down a clearance and put Sam under pressure in the race for the loose ball.

Naim Mejdoubi puts Deportivo 1-0 ahead

Naim Mejdoubi put Deportivo ahead in the 15th minute, when his shot concluded a tidy passing movement.

Juan Federico turns Cyril O'Cansey's (10) free kick over his crossbar

Juan Federico, in the Deportivo goal punched a looping header from Charlie Lawrence away to safety and then turned a Cyril O’Cansey free kick over his crossbar.   Then he saved a header from Kai Evans, following a free kick on the right of the area.

Juan then saved low down from Nathaniel Mensah’s header from a corner.

Alvaro Castano put Deportivo two goals ahead in the 38th minute with a low shot, which Sam Bersey got a hand to but couldn’t stop.

Nathaniel Mensah (9) heads Bedfont's first goal

Bedfont hit back in the 42nd minute, through Nathaniel Mensah, who headed home, after Juan Federico had palmed a cross out.

As the interval approached, Bedfont kept Juan busy, dealing with shots from Ethan Sennett and Kai Evans. 

Score at half time: Bedfont 1 Deportivo Galicia 2

Nathaniel Mensah (9) slips Bedfont's equaliser past the keeper

Nathaniel Mensah equalised for Bedfont in the 48th minute, when he fastened onto a through ball and slipped it past the advancing keeper.

Cyril O’Cansey burst clear through the middle but Juan saved low down.   He saved another low shot from Cyril and followed this by tipping a shot from Ethan Sennett over his crossbar.

Play moved to the other end and Sam Bersey made a diving save from Alvaro Castano.

Juan Federico made another good low save from substitute Luke Bersey’s free kick, from around 25 yards.  Juan was now in almost constant action with a series of saves.

Juan Federico saves during a melee...

Juan saved in the 77th minute in a goalmouth melee but Bedfont forced the ball into the net.   The score was disallowed for a foul on the keeper, who was hurt in the proceedings.   After a long stoppage he was replaced in goal by outfield player, Ismael Ricorico.

...and finishes on the ground injured with the ball in the net...
...injured keeper Juan Federico is assisted from the field

Ismael made some important saves as the final whistle approached.   He left his goal-line to thwart Sekani McCalmon, who had burst through the middle and then he punched away a dangerous long free kick from Jeff Twumasi

Stand in keeper Ismael Ricorico saves from Sikani McCalmon

Score at full time: Bedfont 2   FC Deportivo Galicia 2

Nathaniel Mensah took the first penalty kick for Bedfont and scored but Deportivo’s David Cabas sent his shot over the crossbar.

The second pair of marksmen, Sekani McCalmon (Bedfont) and Alvano Castano (Deportivo), were both successful.   (making the penalty score 2-1 to Bedfont).

The third pair, Luke Bersey (Bedfont) and Anton Panacqines (Deportivo), were also both successful with their shots.   (3-2 to Bedfont).

Ismael Ricorico saves Kildane Tesfu's penalty

Kildane Tesfu hit Bedfont’s 4th kick almost directly at the stand-in Deportivo goalkeeper, who saved it with ease. Then Adam Vigo scored for Deportivo to level the scores. (3-3).

Cyril O'Cansey's penalty rebounds from the bar

Cyril O’Cansey, Bedfont’s 5th penalty taker, hit the crossbar with his shot.  Then Sam Bersey touched Juan Devia’s shot but he could not prevent it winning the tie for Deportivo.

Juan Devia wins the tie for Deportivo

Result of penalty shoot-out:   Bedfont 3 Deportivo Galicia 4

Bedfont: Sam Bersey, Kieran Brown, Remarrio Francis, Jeff Twumasi, Charlie Lawrence (capt), Sam Blakeborough (Kildane Tesfu 46 mins), Cyril O’Cansey, Ethan Sennett, Nathaniel Mensah, Kai Evans (Sekani McCalmon 46) and Durciel Mampono (Luke Bersey 68).

Unused substitute: Andrew Joachim.

Deportivo Galicia: Juan Federico (Adam Vigo 80), Fran Naut, David Cabas, Victor Doleweerd, Ismael Ricorico, Yusef El Amani, Luismi Lopez (Samuel Andon 82), Anton Panacqines, Alvaro Castano, Juan Devia (capt) and Naim Mejdoubi.

Unused substitute: Ambrosio Martinez.

Referee: Grisha Zeigermaher   Assistant Referees: Mervyn Hughes and Paul Savva.

As always we thank Chris & Jim for giving up their time to cover this match in the opening round of this year's Senior Charity Cup. As has become the custom, Chris & Jim have reviewed Chris' work and identified their favourite shots from the game, which can be found throughout the report. Chris has also very kindly provided a full album of imagery from the match.

Chris & Jim's Picks

Full Album Courtesy of Chris Benn

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