FC hit ten against AKS in festival of fan owned football
- FCUM 10 – 0 AKS Zły
- Hat-tricks from Regan Linney and Ewan Bange
- Ennis, Duckworth, Galloway and Smith with the rest of the goals
- FC top of Group B in the Fenix Trophy, with Brera FC away in Milan up next.
On an afternoon where the game of football took a backseat, a ruthless and rampant FC United ran out 10-0 winners against Polish visitors AKS Zły in the Fenix Trophy.
It is a win that sees FC remain top of group B on 6 points, but with a goal difference of +15, and they go into their next game in this competition away at Brera FC in Milan at the start of April with their eyes firmly fixed on the prize.
Hat-tricks from both Regan Linney and Ewan Bange, as well as goals from Joe Duckworth, Charlie Ennis, Josh Galloway and Jonathan Smith saw FC win comfortably, and the Reds’ Chris Taylor even attempted an overhead kick. It didn’t go in, but then again, he is a defender…
It may not seem like it from the scoreline, but the AKS goalkeeper Diego Sesar provided one of the most memorable moments of the afternoon at the midpoint of the first half, as he denied FC three times from point blank range. The Reds were lining up to take a potshot, but he wouldn’t be beaten that time. AKS subbed this keeper off at half time, and he went to join the party between the two sets of fans in the Main Stand.
FC then gave some extra game time to those on the bench, making five subs at the break, and sending Waddecar, Griffiths, Bange, Smith and Humphries into the fray.
The Reds would remain on top through the second period, but it was nice to see that the squad has some real quality in its depth off the bench.
After the game, while both sides and their fans met under the SMRE, and the drinks were flowing – I spoke to FC Manager Neil Reynolds:
“Today was about two teams coming together in a superb competition, showing what fan owned football is all about. It is always nice to win and score goals but the occasion was a lot more spectacular than the scoreline suggests.
“We had to be ruthless. It’s always tough when we concede at home, and what I don’t want us to do is get in the habit of conceding sloppy goals which we have this season. We have to eradicate it and I’d have been really disappointed on my side if we’d have conceded today. We enjoyed the goals today but we’re going to welcome AKS into our bar and go and have a good time with them.
“Today was a big step in the celebration of the Fenix Trophy. We have a win, it’s two in two now and we look forward to Milan, we want to go to Brera for 3 wins out of 3 and eventually get to Rimini and win the trophy.
“This team can win it. We’re up against great players, great managers, great fans, but this team can do what they want. I’m still convinced this season that our playoff dream isn’t over so we look forward to Nantwich next week now.”
FC are next in action away at Nantwich on Saturday 12th March, and are next in Fenix Trophy action away to Brera FC on Wednesday, April 6th.