**Note - We usually play on long weekends - this break is due to U20 World Cup games being in Auckland this weekend.
Metro FC traveled north to Stanmore Bay to face a team 3 points above them in 5th on the table, Hibiscus Coast.
The torrential downpours, at times like a sub continent monsoon, continued for the majoirty of the afternoon but to the credit of HBCAFC, their pitch was in immaculate condition, especially when it is taken into consideration that earlier in the day the Uruguay U20 World Cup team had trained on the pitch, and then the NRFL Reserve fixture took place.
Metro FC had a severely weakened side for this important fixture, with at least a point required to ensure the team stay with the top half of the table. The side missing Craig Squires, Amir Khosravi, Justin Horan, Cole Devenport, Adam Foye and inspiration leader David Featonby. However the game was notable for the debut of new signing, Canadian Rizal "Big Time" Ganief.
The match kicked off with Metro FC looking shaky with the constant pressure applied to their right side of the field, especially by league top goalscorer Trent Mayes, and their new signing, another top goalscorer Tommy Miller formerly of Takapuna AFC. The team with so many changes from previous weeks took time to get accustomed to not only the opposition but the play of their team mates. Metro fought well with some crucial saves by sensational keeper, Jono Mannes, keeping the team in the game. The opposition managed to slice through the Metro defence ten minutes before half time with a goal to Dan Cyra. In fairness the pressure piled on to the red and blacks by HBCAFC, they deserved their 1-0 lead at the break.
In the second half Metro came out like a different team, taking the game to the opposition, and working more as a unit. "Big Time", outstanding all game showed his quality to score a wonderful team goal, and finish with exquisite precision to equalise 1-1! Though that lead was short lived with Trent Mayes slotting home a neat finish minutes later to restore the green machines lead, 2-1. Though, as this has been evident all season, this Metro team has a never say die attitude (as well as never being beaten away this season!) and again the team pressed and controlled possession with great build up play and interlinking between Ganief and Berlim, led to a cross from the right and a neat finish from Leo Berlim, in his 3rd spell at Metro FC.
As the game approached near darkness the HBCAFC team had a player yellow carded for a needless foul on Ganief, then after a verbal spiel to the referee was sent off. The last ten minutes were all Metro and there were chances to win the game, though on the stroke of full time (and what looked like midnight!) Mayes was away on the right but for a fantastic tackle by Rodney Brunton, on his first start for the team. A quality result for the side and it is exciting to think of how the team will play in the second round with real depth within the squad and the addition of Ganief.
Metro FC (4-4-1-1) Mannes; Brunton, Hemmingsen-Jensen (C), Norris, Curry-Irons; Ibrahim, Roberts, Mulrooney, Rafaldinho; Berlim; Ganief.
Subs: Chandra, Hill, Pareta, Vanneste, Stradioto-Cardoza.
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Metro FC would like to introduce the Mens NRFL Division First Team for 2015
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