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Bank of Ireland Cup Final: Bean FC 0-1 AC Alittlesiluettofmilan

AC came out on top in the battle for the Bank of Ireland Cup.web2



AC Alittlesilluettoofmilan took on Bean FC in the Superleague final on Wednesday evening. The game was played in front of an enthusiastic crowd with Bean FC fans travelling in their droves to cheer on their team.


As the teams made their way down the tunnel it the atmosphere began to heat up with chants of “When the Bean going marching in.”


Perhaps showing signs of nervousness in front of their adoring fans it was the Beans that succumbed to the first goal after only thirty seconds. AC Alittlesilluettoofmilan tore into them straight from the kick off and before the crowd even had time to blink talisman striker Robbie had the ball in the back of the net with a sublime finish from the edge of the area.


Bean FC shell shocked after the early goal, appeared to be rudderless as they tried to navigate against the on coming tide of AC’s total football approach to the game. Defenders became strikers and strikers became defenders in a fluid motion of tactical genius.


In attempt to find a foot hold in the game Bean FC adapted a physical direct style of football. One spectator was over heard saying that it was like watching an eleven man UFC match with both sides not shying away from a challenge and the referee allowing the game to flow.


Bean FC’s fans respond to the aggressive nature of their teams play, becoming more and more hostile towards the opposing players with shouts of: “You fat bas***t, you fat bas***t” directed at the AC goal keeper, who it must be said was in the Neville Southall school of goal keepers.


Midway through the half Bean FC became to come to grips with their opposition and began a few raids forward with their left winger number 11 looking particularly dangerous when given the ball in space.


AC began to wilt under the spring heat and the Bean physicality was taking its toll on the AC players. Increasingly Bean became more and more involved in the game, as the hectic start made way for a more even ebb and flow.


Bean had a few half chances but the real moment of excitement came in the 37th minute when AC contrived to almost put the ball into their own goal, it took cat like reflects from the big man in goals to deny Bean the equalizer.


As the half time whistle blew the Bean fans began chanting “Its like watching Brazil”, maybe an ironic twist on their teams style of play or perhaps its was just because they wear yellow, we shall never now.


AC Alittlesilluettoofmilan were rejuvenated after their half time chat and came out with fire in their bellies and a bit of Dutch courage and should of made it two nil in the third minute, Robbie was through on goal but delaying his shot he allowed the Bean to scramble back and clear the danger.


Bean FC perhaps buoyed by a bit of their own Dutch courage refused to buckle under the pressure and came roaring back at AC with no.10 shooting just wide of the post. Beans danger man on the left wing should have equalized a few minutes later but he was not able to convert after a decent knock down.


As in the first half AC where unable to maintain their early pressure and Bean began to dominate the game.  By the sixth minute it became obvious that AC where hanging on for dear life as the Bean pressure grew and grew.


Chance after chance rained in from the men in yellow, however much like a computer science student they just couldn’t score.


Bean’s danger men huffed and puffed but AC where clinging on, in the dying minutes of the game a resolute AC defense managed to clear of the line twice before the referee finally decided to call it a  day.


In the end AC Alittlesilluettoofmilan clung on with resilient bravery and determination to win the Superleague title with for many of these “UCD” students will be the highlight of their footballing careers.