|Posted: 07 December 2016 at 8:47pm | IP Logged
Ignatian 4 Southgate Olympic 2 (a)
Scorers: Ren 3, Sean McD 1
Dan Porter, Liam O’G, Eoin Culligan, Callum Barton,
Steven English, Sean McDermott, Eoin O’G,
Sub: Dylon Bradford
After a great win at Old Aloysians, we started the game
with a very positive mindset. The team was similar to the
week before with a few minor changes. Macaulay Culkin
(Matty O) was away this week as he was required to attend a
wedding. This then caused Liam O’G to shuffle over to
centre back alongside Cullicramps. Dan Porter was slotted
into the right back position and Jordi Calba secured his
position at left back. Tommy was still playing just in
front of the defence with Steven, Sean and Eoin O’G across
the midfield just in front of him. Ren played the number 10
role just behind our striker Jake.
We started the match very positively playing some good
football across the pitch. We kept the ball well and
managed to create a few chances. Jake was then put through
on goal and was able to skip round the keeper who then took
Jake down. A penalty was given! A confident Renaldo Gracias
stepped up to take the penalty, he placed the ball down,
took a few deep breaths, what happened next can only be
described as the worst penalty I have ever seen. He must
have felt sorry for the keeper, as a penalty like that can
only be considered a pass back. He tried to give the keeper
the eyes, but forgot to keep them open.
Shortly after Ren’s horrific miss, the oppo whipped in a
cross that was cleared to the edge of the box. Their player
gave a little shimmy that took Tom and Sean out of the game
and then struck the ball down the centre of the goal. 1-0.
The midfield were able to use Jakes pace to slip some balls
through on goal. The first few attempts were not that
successful, which was followed by their centre back saying
to Jake “you haven’t got past me all game!” Jake then
proceeded to wiz past the centre back and pull the ball
back for Ren who had an easy finish. 1-1.
Everyone was up for the game again, running all over the
pitch allowing the oppo to have no time on the ball. We
created a few more chances, but were unable to put them
away. The oppo also created a few chances, one of which hit
the post. Don’t worry, JP had it covered. They then caught
us on the break and managed to gain a corner. A great
corner was whipped across the six yard box causing an easy
tap in for one of their players. 2-1. The team should have
done much better to get the ball out!
This did not seem to faze us as we carried on playing
football and were all over the oppo. We continued to apply
pressure which led to Sean getting fouled just outside the
18 yard box (roughly 25 yards out) on the right side of the
pitch. This was the perfect moment to get us back into the
game, just before half time. Eoin O’G stepped up to take
free kick and put his older brother Liam in his place after
he asked to take it himself. Eoin O’G hit a sweet strike
across the goal, which rattled off the crossbar back to
Jake on the edge of the box who had a shot; the keeper
fumbled the ball allowing Ren to tap it in. 2-2. A perfect
finish before half time.
We started the second half strongly, which was a nice
change considering a few previous performances. Jake was
able to use his pace to run down the left side of the pitch
and cut it back to Ren who had a cool and composed finish
into the bottom right corner. 3-1.
The oppo were still up for it, trying to play football and
pressurising us on the ball. A throw-in was then given to
us around the half way line on the left side of the pitch.
Jordi Calba stepped up to take the throw-in and he
proceeded to throw the ball straight off the pitch.
The fourth goal came shortly after when a cross was whipped
in by Eoin O’G and cleared out to Steven on the edge of the
box delaying his lay off to Sean who smacked the ball top
left corner. The keeper had no chance, great goal! 4-2.
Soon after this, Jake was put through on the left side of
the pitch, it was between him and the keeper. They both
slid into each other and it’s safe to say that the keeper
won. Unfortunately, the keeper must have landed or studded
Jakes foot as he was and is still unable to walk. His foot
begun to swell throughout the day looking more and more
like a potato. We are all hoping for quick recovery as Jake
has been a key player in the last few games and was having
a great game before this incident. Jake needed to come off,
which saw the return of Dylon Bradford.
The oppo were attacking as much as they could, but our
defence managed to keep them out. We then get another
throw-in on the left side of the pitch. Callum Barton steps
up again. He is able to redeem himself. He proceeds to
fetch the football and is then tackled by the fence, what a
doughnut. Tommy Martin was hobbling round for the last 20
minutes or so due to his bad ankles and still managed to do
more running than Ren.
Eoin O’G made a darting run through the middle of the
pitch, who was picked out by Ren. He ran through on goal
attempting to have a quick shot that just missed the bottom
left corner. Bad ball from Ren!
The oppo must have had about twenty throw-in’s in the last
10 minutes of the game. We managed to keep them out until
the pressure was relieved by their captain who attempted to
cross the ball, but ended up kicking it straight off for a
goal kick. We had one final attack where Steven English and
Eoin O’G were running at the defence. All Steven had to do
was slot the ball in front of Eoin and behind the defence.
Instead, he smashes the ball against the back of Eoins
foot. Full time!
All in all, we dominated the game and came away with a
well-deserved three points. Everyone put in a great
performance, but man went to Liam O’G for filling in at
centre back and having a great game. Cullicramps also had a
great game, along with Callum Barton and Dan Porter at the
back as well as JP. It is safe to say that we were not
missing anyone from the defence (just kidding Matty O)
Muppet went to Ren for the worst penalty ever, a unanimous
decision. Not only did Ren get muppet, he was also required
to buy a jug for scoring a hat-trick.
Onto next week where we have a tough game at home against
Economicals. It’ll be good to see everyone at training,
other than Cullicramps who doesn’t need to attend as he
goes to the gym three times a week!