Ahmed Elsahib brace inspires Magpies to victory

Goals from Harry Perry, Tom Hudson, Devonte Totesaut & a brace for Ahmed Elsahib secured Brunos Magpies a comfortable 5-1 victory over league leaders Leo FC, ending their unbeaten record.

Magpies got off to an unbelievable start, Harry Perry picked up a loose ball in midfield and smashed his 20-yard shot into the top corner giving Emmanuel Contreras no chance. Less than ten minutes later Magpies doubled their lead, a defensive mistake from Rafael Rodriguez was capitalised by Ahmed Elsahib, the winger rounded Contreras and slotted his shot into an empty net.

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Fernando Diaz shines in Magpies’ win

Bruno’s Magpies moved up to fourth after beating 10-man Olympique 3-1 courtesy of goals from Arif Hattabi, Ahmed Elsahib & Jose Villegas.

The first half was an evenly contested battle, both teams were playing well but neither able to break the deadlock. Olympique looked the better side in the first half and had a great chance to take the lead but Nicholas Ramagge’s curling shot hit the crossbar.

Minutes later Magpies keeper Fernando Diaz produced a wonder save as he kept out Israel Castillo’s close range shot. Both teams went into the break at 0-0.

The second half started with Magpies on the attack and broke the deadlock on the hour mark, Max Bothen played the ball to Arif Hattabi who slotted his effort past Munoz and into the bottom corner. Two minutes later Magpies doubled their lead, Ahmed Elsahib capitalised on a poor back-pass from James Fortunato and lobbed the onrushing Rafael Munoz Ruiz.

Magpies keeper produced another magnificent save to keep out Justin Santos’ lobbed effort. The resulting corner was whipped in and headed in by Olympique winger Kai Soithongsuk. Less than five minutes after grabbing themselves a goal Olympique striker Justin Santos was given a red card for shoving Magpies keeper Fernando Diaz, an unnecessary action which let his teammates down. 

With less than ten minutes remaining Magpies caught Olympique on the counter, Ahmed Elsahib’s low cross was saved by Rafael Munoz Ruiz, the rebound fell to Jose Villegas who smashed his effort into an empty net. Olympique keeper Munoz Ruiz made another great save near the end keeping out Thomas Hudson’s shot.

Magpies were able to hold on and walked away with a vital three points. This win sees Magpies move fourth and play Mons Calpe next while Olympique drop to fifth and face Europa Pegasus. 


Harry Perry stunner seals Magpies win

Harry Perry’s spectacular first-half goal sealed a comfortable victory for Brunos Magpies against Europa Pegasus in the Second Division.

The first half started with Magpies on the attack and opened the scoring in the first five minutes, winger Ahmed Elsahib skipped past two players and played the ball to Harry Perry who smashed his shot past Luis Alberto Fernandez from twenty yards out. Magpies continued to dominate the game with Pegasus struggling to get out their own half.

Magpies had two great chances shortly after but Arif Hattabi & Ahmed Elsahib were unable to test the keeper. Max Bothen had a great chance to double Magpies lead but his shot was saved by Fernandez. Magpies made it 2-0 before half-time, Thomas Hudson flicked on Lewis Constable’s free-kick into the path of Max Bothen, the striker controlled well and slotted his shot past the keeper.

The second half started with Magpies continuing to dominate, Ahmed Elsahib went close shortly after the restart, his free-kick was well saved by Fernandez. Magpies continued to press and made it 3-0 just after the hour mark, a corner was whipped in and cleared as far as Ahmed Elsahib, the winger drilled his shot into the bottom corner giving Fernandez no chance. 

Magpies had some great chances near the end to extend their lead but were unable to find a way past Luis Alberto Fernandez. The referee blew the final whistle and Magpies ran out comfortable winners. This win sees Magpies remain fourth while Pegasus stay tenth. 


Late Arif Hattabi penalty saves Magpies against Boca Juniors

Summer signing Arif Hattabi netted a late penalty to earn Bruno’s Magpies a 1-1 draw against Boca Juniors after Liam Victor gave them the lead. 

The first half started with Boca on the attack and winning an early corner as Liam Victor’s cross was blocked by Michael Macias, the corner was whipped in and cleared by Magpies. As the game went on Magpies started taking control but unable to break down the Boca wall.

Boca keeper Philip Hermida produced a great double save midway through the half, keeping out Arif Hattabi’s long range shot and tipping over the rebound from Ahmed Elsahib. Despite all the defending Boca had a great chance minutes later, Matthew Grech was played through on goal but the midfielder smashed over the bar.

Magpies continued the pressure with duo Arif Hattabi & Tom Hudson going close but neither were able to find a way past an inspired Philip Hermida. Referee Andrew Parody blew for halftime with the score at      0-0. 

The second half started with Boca on the attack and broke the deadlock in the 50th minute, a free-kick from Antonio Alvarez was headed as far as Liam Victor whose long range shot flew past Fernandez Diaz and headed straight into the top corner. 

Boca had a great chance to make it 2-0 minutes later, a poor clearance from Diaz fell to Felix Formica-Corsi, with the whole goal to aim at, the striker shot straight into the hands of Diaz. The Boca players and fans couldn’t believe it.

As the game went on Boca grew in confidence and Magpies struggling to cope under pressure. The game evened out with Magpies having the majority of the shots on goal but Hermida was able to keep them out. With less than 15 minutes left Philip Hermida pulled off an unbelievable save to keep out a shot from Tom Hudson. 

In injury time Magpies were awarded a penalty as Hattabi was brought down in the box. Referee Andrew Parody pointed straight to the spot, a decision which infuriated the Boca players and management. Arif Hattabi stepped up and smashed his penalty past Hermida.

With second remaining Boca went down to 10 men as midfielder Nathan Sene was given a straight red for an alleged headbutt on Magpies wing-back Harry Perry. The game restarted and referee Andrew Parody blew for halftime.

This result sees Magpies remain fifth while Boca move into sixth. 


Match Report: FCB Magpies 4-0 FC Hound Dogs

Bruno’s Magpies continued their winning streak as they comfortably overcame a resilient Hound Dogs side courtesy of goals from Tom Hudson, Harry Perry, Ahmed Elsahib & Lewis Constable. 

The first half started with Magpies on the attack, Jose Villegas Perles played Arif Hattabi through the goal but the midfielder smashed his effort wide.  Ten minutes later Juan Antonio Carcano was called into action keeping out a close range shot from Devonte Totesaut. 

Shortly after Bruno’s Magpies went down to 10 men, playmaker Jose Villegas Perles was given a straight red for a challenge on Christian Gonzalez. Magpies continued to dominate possession but couldn’t find a way past the well-organised Hound Dogs defence. Just before half-time Magpies broke the deadlock, Arif Hattabi whipped in a cross which the Hound Dogs defence failed to clear, the ball fell to Tom Hudson at the back post who headed the ball in. 

The second half started with Magpies in control but still failing to create anything good in the final third with both Lewis Constable & Max Bothen failing to put away their chances. Ten minutes later Magpies made it 2-0, winger Ahmed Elsahib skipped past a defender and his cutback was thumped in by Harry Perry. 

Three minutes later Hound Dogs went down to 10 men, midfielder Jarvis Bautista was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence. Juan Antonio Carcano was called into action minutes later making a terrific double save. Five minutes later Hound Dogs went down to 10 men, Shaun Gonzalez was fouled by Arif Hattabi, Shaun showed his frustration at the challenge by pushing and shoving Arif, his reaction ended up getting himself sent off. 

With 15 minutes remaining Magpies made it 3-0, winger Ahmed Elsahib with a great finish after some great play from the midfield. Magpies made it 4-0 minutes after, Ahmed Elsahib whipped in a corner which found unmarked Lewis Constable who headed past Carcano. Hound Dogs had a great chance near the end, Jason Costa played Ivan Robles Puertas through on ball but the striker smashed wide. The game restarted and referee Herbert Warwick blew for full-time. 



Europa Point beat Magpies in seven-goal thriller

A brace for Tom Hudson was not enough for Brunos Magpies as they lost 4-3 to Europa Point in the Second Division this evening.

Sebastien Obei-Obengo’s hat-trick, as well as a goal from Jonathan Tadafe, was enough for Europa Point to secure all three points at the Victoria Stadium this evening. Max Bothen got Bruno’s other goal, and his team impressed in their first game of the season.

In front of a healthy handful of fans, Magpies took the lead, with Hudson’s header creeping past the line. No goal-line technology was needed for this, as the linesman correctly called for a goal, and Bruno’s got the goal their early play deserved.

Big expectations were held about Europa before the season started, but they started sluggishly, and needed Magpies’ goal to kick them into gear. Their equaliser was impressive, as Tadafe ran down the byline before smashing a shot into the top corner from an almost improbable angle.  Going into half time, the score was perhaps deserved, with both teams playing nice football at times.

Two goals in a matter of minutes turned the game completely on its head though. Obei-Obengo, who had threatened throughout, suddenly grabbed two goals for Europa, and it seemed that his side would go on and comfortably secure a victory. Magpies had other ideas though, and got a goal back four minutes later through Bothen, who finished after a good turn in the box.

This goal was the signal for Magpies to go and attack in search of an equaliser, which inevitably left gaps in their defence.  Obei-Obengo, on his debut for the club, sealed his hat-trick within 20 second half minutes as he finished off a pass from Alioune Gonzalez to seemingly put the game beyond Magpies doubt.

Brunos are not a team to be finished off easily if today was anything to go by, and they reduced the deficit to one when Hudson got his second of the game with a great finish.  Europa saw the game out though, and claimed all three points in their first game of the season.