Not many of us are looking forward to reading this blog at all but it has to be written to let our fans in Singapore and other parts of Asia know how we’re doing. We were a depleted side and succumbed to a defeat which not only ended our UEFA Cup dreams, but also dashed one of our three hopes of silverware this season. We tried playing mind games all of last week with them by tweeting them videos of famous Cup upsets in the past, but that did not seem to faze them and they made light work of this tie. Despite our strong and positive showing in the first half with Seb getting on the scoresheet, the Man City of Gib, (i.e the team with no history buying endless success) ran riot in the 2nd half to record a 9-1 win and dismiss any dreams that the Boca faithful may have had of causing an upset. I’ll make this as short and un-sweet as possible so as not to prolong the agony of the crushing defeat.
The day started with the Boca crowd in high spirits, hungover souls were slowly congregating at Champions and basking in the glory of City being 2-0 down. Slowly though, those joys became pains and those wankers won 4-2. Unperturbed by that, the expectant Boca faithful made their way to a packed Victoria Stadium for the game. The line-up selected by the gaffer was Pippo, Sam, Bear, Crofo, Bosh, Paul, Sean, Rick, Sene, Mo, and Seb. Borge was making his case to win the John O’Shea award by playing in another new position this season. A rather empty bench included Kow, Bill, and an injured Sols. After the game had kicked off, we started off very positively and had the first effort on goal which flew harmlessly wide. All that did though was wake our opponents up and they soon grabbed the initiative by winning the game’s first corner. This led to an almighty scramble in the area and with Phil making 3 magnificent saves from point-blank range, but the ball deflected out to the penalty area where one of their strikers smashed it into the net. 8 minutes in and Boca were behind. That didn’t deter Boca from fighting their cause though, we were winning a fair few free-kicks from the over-zealous College challenges and floating them into the box and trying to give their CBs a bit of a scare. In the midst of the free-kicks, College had a penalty shout turned down after a coming together between Sam and their striker (I shall call him Rodrigo). Rodrigo wasn’t happy with the decision but we all knew the referee made the…erm….right decision………….
Phil was called into action once again as College’s dominance on the ball led to another chance for them, he made a great save to keep the score at 1. Good link up play between Sam and Paul led to another foul being committed against College, and the free kick going to Boca by the near touch-line. The ball was crossed into the box and beat everyone but Seb, who controlled fantastically and shot past their on-rushing keeper! 1-1!!!!! We got our goal, the fans – who were outnumbered by the Collegiates – were in delirium, they believed that the Rock Cup dream was possible. After the goal, for a good 5 minutes, Boca looked the better team ever so slightly. Karlos worked his way round some tough tackles on the left and played a ball in-field to Rick, he had a shot but was closed down and it came to nothing. College again grabbed the game by the scruff and began to pass the ball around with ease, they peppered the box with crosses but in Bear, we had our very own Nemanja Vidic, his positioning was second to none and he was intercepting and clearing anything and everything that College tried to create in the first half.
Their attacks were coming thick and fast but Phil, the defence stood firm, and their poor finishing was letting Boca off the hook. The talking point of the half was when Paul was tracking back and inadvertently tripped their player (we’ll call him Alvaro). Alvaro went to ground and had already won the free-kick but decided to lash out at Paul while he was on the ground. There was massive air of this to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Rsc-7TZ9T8 but the ref bottled it and gave both Alvaro (deservedly) and Paul (not sure why) a yellow card. The resulting free kick was delivered into the box and Phil misjudged the flight of the ball, and their striker easily nodded home to take the lead once again. After the goal, Rick was getting himself about and making his presence felt on the opposition and the game slowly slowly drifted to the 45 minute mark. Boca would have been happy with their performance but were trailing 2-1.
The teams reappeared for the 2nd half, and within 10 seconds, Boca found themselves 3-1 down. The attack went down their right, the cross came into the area and the ball was smashed into the net, yet again Phil got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out. Not the start we wanted at all. That looked like the game had been clinched and the tie was over, and as soon as Boca had somewhat recovered from the early goal in the half, College quickly scored their 4th and 5th goals with some good attacking play. Boca made a sub with Kow coming on to replace Karlos, but that didn’t stem the tide at all. College scored a 6th and we looked dead on our feet. Despite conceding the amount of goals we did, Phil was having an absolute stormer of a game, he kept the scoreline down to what it was, it could have easily been 15+ if it wasn’t for his amazing saves. ‘Best keeper in Div 2! #Fact’ was a tweet sent out by our Twitter representative. Boca fans were still holding hope of a 7-6 Boca scoreline, much to the amusement of the Collegiates, but it wasn’t to be. College then pierced our defence 3 more times and made it 9-1 to which the Boca fans responded with a ‘We lose every week, we lose every week, you’re nothing special, we lose every week’. It was all in good humour as we all know we don’t lose every week but we wanted to find something to laugh about in the stands. The full time whistle went and Boca would feel that the 9-1 scoreline flattered College but they were through, and the post-mortem of the cup defeat would begin immediately for Berllaque and his men.
Man of the Match sponsored by ‘a pat on the back from Vish’ was given to Phil as his saves, like mentioned above, kept the scoreline down. He made some world-class saves but they had enough quality about them still score 9 and put all the talk of an upset to bed. Well done to our opponents and we hope to play you in Premier soon and avenge the 9-1 defeat.
A special mention has to go to one of their players, he may have scored a hat-trick, or one or none, I don’t really know as I was fed up of watching them scoring, but he has managed to make a video of him doing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXqgCxpEVo8 When its all said and done, nobody in the Boca ranks has managed to do something so cringeworthy as this, well done….or not!