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A brilliantly sunny day had enticed a crowd of 49105 to Fortress Holker Street. Mário Maldonado was the appointed referee with assistance provided by and . Bluebirds decided to use a 3-5-2 set up. Starters: Nayyar - Parkin, Zena, Forest - Houlihan, Kaiser, Renshaw, Nusum, Burford - Butler, Reed.

A 4-4-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Spanish. The following players had been chosen: Weinstein - Farrall, Eames, Bocking, Wright - Skinner, Malik, Scantlebury, Foxworth - Carpenter, Pass.

Underestimation of the opposition made Bluebirds players perform way below their normal capacity. Bluebirds took a creative approach on the field. Francis Houlihan's speed is always a threat when he gets a little room to move, and 12 minutes into the match was no different as he broke free of his man to send a delightful through ball to Damien Butler who knocked it in for Bluebirds. 1 - 0! An accurate cross from Bryce Burford of Bluebirds was met with a wonderful glancing header from Damien Butler, hitting the inside base of the post before nestling into the back of the net for 2 - 0. A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Bluebirds's Francis Houlihan increasing the lead to 3 - 0. After this, you could see that the players of Bluebirds were more interested in killing time than scoring more goals. Bluebirds solidified their lead at the 32 minute mark, as Alex Reed dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 4 - 0. Bluebirds managed to extend their lead to 5 - 0 when Darius Kaiser cut in neatly from the left side and struck a fine shot past the away team's goalkeeper. The crowd gasped as Alex Reed of Bluebirds was flattened by an opponent after 40 minutes and had to be carried off. Mark Oakes came in off the bench. The Bluebirds captaincy was handed to Mark Oakes. A corner kick created great disorder in the penalty area with a goal nearly scored by Gil Renshaw. At last, Bluebirds's Jamie Parkin was able to backheel the ball in. 6 - 0. Bryce Burford of Bluebirds seemed to be floating in the air as he elegantly headed in to make the score 7 - 0 after a corner kick that was nicely executed by Darius Kaiser. 43 minutes into the match, the visitors' central line of defence had to look on as Johnny Forest broke through, making the score 8 - 0 for Bluebirds. Harrison Wright of Spanish was booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle. Cheers filled the stadium as Gil Renshaw broke through the visitors' central defence to put away the ball to increase the lead to 9 - 0 to Bluebirds. 9 - 0 was the halftime score. Possession in this half belonged to Bluebirds, who controlled the ball 85 percent of the time.

Bluebirds's Bryce Burford was dominating his wing and kept sending fine balls into the opposition's box - Francis Houlihan managed to volley one of them into the net to make it 10 - 0 after 57 minutes. Things were going to get worse for the visitors. Francis Houlihan squirmed through their central defence after 59 minutes, increasing the lead to 11 - 0. That was his third goal of the match - a hat trick for Francis Houlihan. Harrison Wright got left behind when Bluebirds's Francis Houlihan left scorch marks in the turf 63 minutes, finishing off with a blisteringly swift strike. 12-0! Bluebirds solidified their lead at the 65 minute mark, as Damien Butler dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 13 - 0. At that, Damien Butler was noted down for a hat trick! Things were going to get worse for the visitors. Darius Kaiser squirmed through their central defence after 68 minutes, increasing the lead to 14 - 0. A magnificent combination in the middle resulted in Bluebirds's Darius Kaiser increasing the lead to 15 - 0. By then Darius Kaiser had scored three goals - a hat trick! After 74 minutes, Damien Butler put Bluebirds ahead 16 - 0 when he rose to head in a cross from the right wing. With 75 minutes gone, Spanish's Harrison Wright had to leave the pitch after talking back to the referee and receiving his second booking. Philip Nayyar left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 84 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. Shahidul Jaffery was the replacement. Content with how the game was proceeding, the Bluebirds coach let Harvey Cross replace Johnny Forest after 85 minutes. Possession in the forty-five minutes was dominated by Bluebirds, with 86 percent of the ball.

The most dominating Bluebirds player was without a doubt Shahidul Jaffery. On the other hand, Darius Kaiser's play was disheartening. Spanish's best player was Norman Farrall. Wes Carpenter was a disappointment, however. The match ends 16 - 0.

Rating details

Midfield passable (very low) disastrous (very high) 21 4 6/20 1/20
Right defence inadequate (very high) wretched (very high) 20 8 5/20 2/20
Central defence inadequate (very high) wretched (very high) 20 8 5/20 2/20
Left defence passable (very low) wretched (very low) 21 5 6/20 2/20
Right attack passable (very high) disastrous (very high) 24 4 6/20 1/20
Central attack inadequate (low) disastrous (high) 18 3 5/20 1/20
Left attack solid (very high) disastrous (high) 28 3 7/20 1/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence passable (very high) wretched (very high) 24 8 6/20 2/20
Attack inadequate (high) poor (very low) 19 9 5/20 3/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Play creatively Normal
Tactic skill - (no tactic) - (no tactic)
 

Highlights

1 - 0  Damien Butler 12'
2 - 0  Damien Butler 25'
3 - 0  Francis Houlihan 31'
4 - 0  Alex Reed 32'
5 - 0  Darius Kaiser 34'
6 - 0  Jamie Parkin 42'
7 - 0  Bryce Burford 43'
8 - 0  Johnny Forest 43'
9 - 0  Gil Renshaw 44'
10 - 0  Francis Houlihan 57'
11 - 0  Francis Houlihan 59'
12 - 0  Francis Houlihan 63'
13 - 0  Damien Butler 65'
14 - 0  Darius Kaiser 68'
15 - 0  Darius Kaiser 73'
16 - 0  Damien Butler 74'
1 booking accumulated Harrison Wright 43'
Suspended for next match Harrison Wright 75'
Got injured Alex Reed 40'
Substitution Out Alex Reed
In Mark Oakes
40'
Substitution Out  Philip Nayyar
In  Shahidul Jaffery
84'
Substitution Out  Johnny Forest
In  Harvey Cross
85'

Possession

85%
15%
86%
14%

Chance distribution

Home Away
16 0

1 Left attack 0
8 Central attack 0
1 Right attack 0
0 Other 0
6 Special events 0
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Rating details

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Indirect set pieces

Defence passable (very high) wretched (very high) 24 8 6/20 2/20
Attack inadequate (high) poor (very low) 19 9 5/20 3/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Play creatively Normal
Tactic skill - (no tactic) - (no tactic)

Average ratings

Total player experience inadequate (high) wretched (high) 19 7 5/20 2/20
Average midfield passable (very low) disastrous (very high) 21 4 6/20 1/20
Average defence inadequate (very high) wretched (high) 20 7 5/20 2/20
Average attack passable (high) disastrous (high) 23 3 6/20 1/20
Total average passable (very low) wretched (very low) 21 5 6/20 2/20

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