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Posted: 19 October 2016 at 8:38pm | IP Logged Quote dog

Park View 3-2 Old Ignatian’s
MOM: Eoin ‘1,023 birds’ Culligan
Muppet: Sean Nolan (shock!)

Since beating Norseman in the cup a few weeks ago, we have
endured a somewhat indifferent run in the league and were
keen to amend this away to Park View. However, like any
game in this league, we knew it would be no easy task,
especially with the opposition sitting top of the league
with five wins from five.

The day didn’t start too well for Jake and Tommy. Despite
his new, sexy automobile taking centre stage in the car
park, it didn’t stop Jakey having to buy two tickets after
getting his primary school maths all wrong! Meanwhile,
Tommy played hide and seek behind his hands trying to avoid
a pupil he teaches at school whom he accidentally spat on
the previous week while disciplining him!

Just before heading out from the changing room on to the
pitch to warm up and wondering where our manager and his
sons were, Callum caught the most bizarre sight out of his
right eye…a sheepish Sean Nolan brushing his teeth. Despite
blaming his namesake for a lack of notice upon collection
from his house, it was unanimously agreed that Nolan had
already won Muppet for being the idiot that we all know and
hate.

It was immediately apparent that this would be no ordinary
game. The 4G pitch was perfect for our style of play with
Ren claiming it was made for him. Somehow, I think Tommy
will disagree. Furthermore, lovely dugouts awaited those
unfortunate enough not to get the nod from the gaffa
(should he ever turn up!) while the stands slowly filled to
near full capacity. Atmosphere rocking!

A game of skills school during the warm up between a few of
the lads bared witness to the fact that Sean McDermott is
actually half Brazilian and was indeed raised in a favela a
stone’s throw from Copacabana beach.

Approximately three and a half hours after the scheduled
meet time (set by DAVE), the O Grady clan decided to turn
up but something wasn’t quite right. Where was Con ‘1 Pint’
O Grady?! Rumours quickly spread around the squad and it
was later assumed that he did indeed have a single drink
before bed the night before and the rest was history…
We lined up with Michael Cunningham in goal with Joe
O’Grady dropping down to the 2’s in order to rediscover his
confidence. It already seems to have worked with Joe
picking up Man of the Match so well done to him. Michael
also made a couple of very good saves, especially in the
second half.

The back four yet again was Noland, Matty O, Cullycoys and
Sean Mc.
We started with five in midfield in the hope of dominating
more of the game and keeping possession. Jake wide right,
Ren, Tommy and Liam in the middle and Jordi Calba wide
left. Although it was vital Callum and Jake got up in
support of Bren who had the arduous task of running the
line by himself. Essentially a 4 3 3 formation when we had
the ball.

We began the game a lot better than the previous week,
pressing as a team and controlling more of the ball with
three in the middle of midfield. Our best openings seemed
to arrive with Jake using his pace to get in behind their
left back following a few good balls from our centre backs
and midfielders. Calbo also had an attempted lob well saved
by their keeper although he should have done better while
Bren couldn’t quite get his shot away properly after being
slid in.

Having said this, we still went in 1 0 down at the break.
The oppo are not top of the league by chance and were a
quick, strong outfit who posed a real threat at times.
Matty O did well to win a header from a cross in to our box
but we failed to react quickly enough to the second ball
and Michael was given no chance with a well struck volley
from just outside the box.

In to the second half and yet again we conceded an
avoidable goal. From our corner, Park View cleared their
lines and were through on our goal via a single long ball.
Perhaps fitness was an issue with players not tracking
their runners or reacting sharply enough to the turnover in
possession.

We managed to get a goal back through Jake shooting well
across goal after being put through. Their keeper did claw
the ball in to his own net but Jakey insists it was going
in the far corner and so we’ll give him the benefit of the
doubt.

Goal number three for Park View was sloppy from us again. A
simple corner played in to the back post where we left a
free header under our crossbar. Being the first goal we
have conceded from corners this season, we can put this
once down to individual responsibility and say that our
zonal system is working okay.

Needing a goal, Dave switched us to three at the back with
wing backs while Callum and Jake joined Bren up front. Eoin
O Grady and Jack came on for Nolan and Sean Mc but not
before Nolan cemented his muppet votes by committing his
second foul throw in as many weeks. More ‘Tragic’ than
‘Magic’ if you ask me! This formation did provide more
freedom and movement and could be another option in the
future. Both youngsters played well after coming on but we
couldn’t quite find the killer ball in the final third.

However, we did manage to grab a second goal with the final
play of the game. Jake shot across goal again but the
keeper saved well with his legs this time, only for the
ball to balloon up in the air. Callum ‘rose like a salmon’
(in the words of Matty O) and was able to nod the ball home
sandwiched between two defenders.

Overall, it was agreed that we didn’t deserve the win but
that the performance was a vast improvement on last week.
Then again, there is still room for improvement, especially
in our fitness and decision making. Hopefully a weekend off
will do us good.

Man of the Match went to our own silver fox Eoin Culligan.
Phil Schofield picking up the award for successive weekends
after another solid display at the back.

Muppet of course went to Nolan. Tom was the only player
preventing a clean sweep for Nolan. Instead, he went for
Dave for changing formation but keeping the decision to
himself.

After showering in segmented cubicles, much to Tommy’s
annoyance, Mini O’ Grady settled down with his hot
chocolate ready for retirement and we all enjoyed pie and
beans. A good taster for the few of us going up to see
Callum O’ Grady in Leeds this weekend. We go again!!!

Callum Barton
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