Saturday 25th May 2019
Kernow FA 5 Barawa FA 0
Venue: Bodmin Town FC
Attendance: 215 (head count)
Admission: £5 & £3 concessions
Weather: Mild evening, turning cloudy with sporadic light drizzle
Parking: Car park adjacent to ground
To start with allow me to provide some basic background about this game.
This was the first International game Kernow FA had been involved in. The Cornwall Select had previously only played 2 warm up games both against local opposition, they defeated Foxhole Stars and St Dennis respectively.
Barawa is a coastal town in South West Somalia. The Barawa FA has been organised by a dispersion of Somali football lovers residing in the UK. Their primary objectives are to promote Barawanese culture around the globe and reboot an interest in community football in Somalia. By promoting this sporting pathway it is hoped that the movement will assist in tackling poverty, boosting education and aiding the efforts to improve local living standards in the region. The people love football and the Barawa side have a respected reputation for playing an entertaining standard of the game.
CONIFA stands for Confederation of Independent Football Associations. They are the federation representing football associations outside the FIFA umbrella (which is a good start). They are non profit (unlike FIFA) and assist nations and regions with minority peoples from a wide range of isolated places and territories. Bearing in mind how Westminster treats the South West I would agree Cornwall have a claim to join in the fun.
This fixture has been tremendously well organised by Kernow FA with a multi profile coverage which even included live streaming of the action. I believe You Tube footage is readily available. For this reason I'm not doing a blow by blow report of the game but I shall endeavour to provide a cross section of photographs which hopefully give a hint of what an entertaining evenings football we all enjoyed. Barawa lost 5-0 but it was a joy to see them participating in such fine style after an extremely fatiguing coach trip down to Bodmin. I think everyone appreciated their efforts and they gained many friends who shall doubtless watch out for their progress and results in the future.
A quick paragraph on the Cornwall lads performance. Must say I was mightily impressed. Everyone played their part in providing some sparkling football. The future for Kernow FA looks bright indeed on this showing. People tend to remember the exciting bits about any game and the Kernow strike force certainly gave us plenty to look back upon. James Lorenz of Liskeard Athletic looks a genuine star of the future and he again emphasised why so many people rate him as a top class striker at this level.
James was matched by the St Austell hitman Mark Goldsworthy who gave the Barawa defenders a tough time throughout, a superb performance. Last but not least I must mention the high impact cameo role from Liam Eddy (St Austell). Liam tore up the later stages of the game with a truly dynamite recital of action-man exploits which eventually peaked with a wonder goal which was expertly flighted from near enough the corner flag, epic.
I didn't know what to expect from this fixture when I handed over my cash to the lady in the entrance hut but goodness me I wasn't disappointed, well done Kernow FA, thank you Barawa FA and lets have some more of it soon.
Feel free to glance through some of the additional snaps I took (below):