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Having played the top 2 teams in the League in the last 3 weeks it was with some trepidation that the 5's turned up to play the 3rd placed team.
Changes in personnel saw Lee Farrance rested as his nemesis was reffing the game and with Christmas coming up Lee wasn't keen on another fine.
He came along to support which was much appreciated.
In the changing room before the game the talk was of club legend Kieran O'Connell's return from exile and PJ's futile attempts to get him to play. To avoid Pete's incessant pleas Kieran wandered off to watch the 3's.
With Lee not playing Mick Ward was brought back in and he immediately accepted responsibility for 8 of the goals conceded in his last game for us. He even admitted to Pete J and John F's OG's.
Dom McKinnon turned up and we found out why his close control is so good. He smothers his feet in Industrial glue before the game, only this weekend he forgot to take it out of the tin and was therefore sidelined with one of the most bizarre injuries recorded.
The team lined up in an unusual 4-4-2 formation (we seemed to usually play 1-3-6)with Tom Kelly Snr and the mysterious Tim Witter the central midfield partnership. Had Ant brought Walking Football back to Loyola.
His plan worked because as the game kicked off the UCL players were having to go the long way round the two giants in the middle and often ran out of pitch.
James "Limp wrist" Landi made some early saves despite his damaged hand and we were matching them in a good passing game.
We took the lead. A magnificent in swinging corner from Pete Johnson was arrowed towards the head of Mick Ward, who subsequently ducked and the ball span off the head of the defender for a deserved 1-0 lead.
However we don't know what to do when we're in the lead because it's never happened before. So while Mick a& Pete sat down to discuss who should be credited with the goal UCL struck back with a nice move and finish.
No blame could be attached despite Mick breaking off his discussion with Pete to claim it was his fault.
UCL started to get a foothold in the game and their movement troubled us.
Tom "Zinzan Brookes" Kelly Jnr was diving into tackles and having another excellent game at left back.
Tom Kelly Snr was cruising through the game spraying passes around and one volleyed pass to Tomi was the pass of the season.
UCL scored 2 quick goals from us stretching ourselves at the back.1-3

But we quickly recovered before half time and Ant showed great foot work to drill in a second goal for us. He looks like a shoe in for next years Strictly Come Dancing.2-3

Half time came and we were rightly proud of ourselves. Lee was still watching so we must have been doing ok. I asked him if fancied getting changed but he told me afterwards in the Bar that it takes him too long to get strapped up. Mick - that's where the infamous d.ldo went then.
No changes for the second half with big Dom O'Donoghue champing at the bit to get on.

Second half started in much the same way with attack and counter attack and again we were holding our own.
UCL were then awarded a controversial penalty. Tom Kelly Jr was penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown.
He actually tackled the forward with his head and then picked the ball up ran the length of the pitch for a fantastic solo try.
Sadly that was disallowed and the subsequent penalty was dispatched. 2-4.

Then UCL took more control and a wonder goal from their centre forward Romario (an overhead kick from the edge of the penalty area) made it 2-5.

We were then awarded a penalty of our own.
Tomi, who'd worked superbly all game was given the responsibility of taking it.
I'm afraid to say the ball is still travelling and is expected to land on a comet some time in the next fortnight.
He doesn't deserve such wretched luck in front of goal but still had the mickey taken out of him.
I even saw Ant do the good managerial thing and put his arm round Tomi's shoulders and check his boots were on the right feet.

UCL then went and scored again against a tiring 5's side.2-6

That however wasn't the end of the scoring and with 10 minutes left an 85 yard miskicked clearance form the mysterious Tim Witter found it's way into the UCL net.3-6.

A few more claims for penalties went unheard/unanswered by the ref and the game finally came to an end.

After the nets came down we returned to the changing room defeated but not too downhearted.
We all sat down to decide how many of the goals were Mick's fault and for the first time in his career we all agreed none of them were.

Tim Winter (Witter at the weekends)        &nb sp;    

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