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Report by Glenn Hughes

Match report: RCFC Veterans 3 v 1 Richmond Vipers

Sunday 19th November 2006

An overcast, cool afternoon greeted the RCFC Veterans squad as they took the pitch at the Montrose Heights Stadium for their last fixture of the Fall 2006 season. The wet, muddy field conditions and the Richmond Vipers were the challenges needing to be overcome.


Dave Richards - first game for quite a while


Marty Stiegmann - scored by halftime


Ivan Azzuro - goalden hand


Henry Witz - a rare sprint

Making his debut in goal for RCFC was Dave Richards, transferring in from England, and coming off a 3 year hiatus from the game.

The match began with 13 players available (2 more to arrive by half) and RCFC Blue controlling the midfield and the pace of play. Using their patented short passing game, RCFC spent most of the half on the Vipers side of the pitch. At the 44 minute mark, Marty Steigmann opened the scoring with a shot put past the Vipers keeper. The half ended with our boys up 1-0.

After inspirational halftime speeches, RCFC took the pitch and quickly got a second score. The second goal, scored by Ivan Alzuro, will go down in RCFC Veterans history as his famous HAND OF "oh my god" GOAL!!!!! In media interviews after the match, Ivan denied the "hand" reference, and credited the goal to superior positioning on the pitch and the fact he had put his jersey on backwards. Television replays of the goal were inconclusive.

A third RCFC score came at the 70 minute mark, when Henry Witz, sprinting from his midfield position, beat the keeper with a shot to the corner of the net.

A clean sheet was lost when, at the 85 minute mark, a long Viper shot barely eluded Dave Richard's outstretched hands. The match ended in a 3-1 RCFC Veterans victory.

Game Kudos to all RCFC players present.
For their best display of passing all season.
For their aggressive defense of goal.
For actually finding their way to the Montrose Heights pitch!!!!

THE SEASON ENDED AS IT BEGAN, WITH A VICTORY, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, EXCITEMENT OVER THEIR IMPROVEMENT & THE PROSPECTS FOR THE UPCOMING SPRING 2007 SEASON.

That's all for now, and.....we'll see you on the pitch!!!