|Posted: 01 December 2016 at 8:25pm | IP Logged
Old I’s 6 Old Aloysians 1 (a) League
Liam, Matty O, Culligan, Jordi Calba (aka Callum Barton),
Porter, Sean McD, Eoin O’G,
Subs: Steve English
Off the back of a difficult run we had a trip to fellow
league strugglers Aloysians needing a win to start moving
up the table and get a bit of confidence flowing through
the team again. The team remained relatively unchanged from
the previous week apart from two enforced changes, JP came
in for Michael between the sticks, and Porter was pushed
into the midfield replacing Alex allowing Liam to come back
into the starting line-up at RB.
We started brightly with some good interchanges down the
wings with Jordi Calba and Liam pushing high up providing
the width allowing us to pack the midfield, and with the
Aloysians Marlon Harewood providing no real trouble to the
Ig’s back line we were in command. After a couple of half
chances went begging we broke down the play in the midfield
and after Porter came away with the ball he slid a nice
ball between the full back and centre back for Jake to
latch onto. Jake, on good form in the last couple weeks
burned the CB and rifled home into the back of the net with
a great first time finish. 1-0. It could easily have been 2
shortly after from a corner had Ren learned to finish from
6 yards out! Coining a phrase from Harry Redknapp “My Nan
could have finished that” Ren.
However, we pushed on but as has become our way at Old I’s
we decided to give a sloppy goal away with Ren “having the
turning circle of the titanic after getting hit by the
iceberg” (un-named source) causing him to lose his man in
midfield, allowing their CM to drive at the backline. A
neat ball through and their winger latched onto it in the
box and finished into the bottom corner. 1-1.
This worked well as a wake-up call for us, and we started
to play the ball through the midfield a bit more and
started to look for Jakey who had the beating of the
Aloysian backline all day long.
After a good run from Jake down the channel he managed to
square the ball across the box to Porter who had
anticipated it well, an easy tap in and we were quickly
back in front. 2-1.
Minutes later and the ball came to Porter just inside the
right hand side of the box, a quick look up and a cool
finish into the far corner, bang 3-1 Old I’s and the
Aloysian heads were dropping.
At the break we spoke about killing them off early and
utilising Jake’s pace on the break as they had a guy that
made Dave O’Grady’s look young at the back, and also
pushing the full backs on further to give more width.
The fourth goal came not long after the break, with Jake
out-pacing the Dave O’G look-a-like and finishing with a
low drive past the keepers legs. At this point Aloysian
heads were gone, and across the park players just looked
completely uninterested, and I actually heard someone say
they wouldn’t tackle the oppo (no it wasn’t Eoin O’G). That
is apart from their left winger who just wanted to start a
fight with everyone in sight…..mainly Tommy Martin for
Steve English came on for Eoin O’G to give us some fresh
legs in the middle. Our fifth came from a ball over the top
to Jake who was off-side but left the ball to the on-
rushing Liam O’Grady! Yes, he actually ventured past the
half way line! Liam went through one on one, and with
plenty of time to think about it, he thought “nah I don’t
fancy getting muppet today” and squared it across
hopefully. Luckily for him Jordi Calba was flying up the
other wing for a tap in. 2 in 2 weeks for the marauding
full back. 5-1.
The final goal came from a ridiculously optimistic floating
shot from Tommy Martin about 30 yards out. With the ball
floating towards the keeper, who had enough time to watch
Tommy Martin attempt to sink a pint, he managed to fluff
his lines and fumble it into the net. 6-1 and all over.
All in all, we dominated the game and came away with a
well-deserved 3 points. Jakey got man for running the
Aloysian defences ragged and bagging a brace, although it
must be said that both Porter and Jordi Calba put in great
performances and ran him close in the vote. The vote for
muppet was pretty much unanimous, with it going to our
illustrious captain Ren for “tracking his man like a TomTom
without batteries” (T.Martin 2016).
Onto next week where we aim to get a bit of a run going
before Christmas against Southgate Olympic. Beat them, and
we go above them.