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Posted: 05 April 2017 at 10:27pm | IP Logged Quote dog

Old I’s 1st XI 3-0 Old Pauline

Scorers: Tom Martin, Conor O’G, Alex Youngman

Man: Ena

Muppet: Liam

We made the trek to Surrey for our 2nd game in three weeks
against Pauline on the back of a well deserved week off.
Clearly Ren and Rory put the wrong date in their calendars
because they had made ‘other plans’. Shocking commitment
from the captain. This cleared the way for Jakey to put on
the armband for the second time this season (“Captain,
leader, legend” - Jake)

We also welcomed Ena for his 1st team debut. There was no
easing into life in the 1s though, as Tommy forced  him
strip off after getting changed for taking his beloved
number 4.

Starting XI

                           Joe O’G

Dan Porter   Ena                 Matty O     Sean McD

                         Liam O’G

      Alex              Tommy             Eoin O’G

               Conor  O’G     Jake

Subs; Cal O’G, Jack, Nolan

As captain Jake led us in the classic cone to cone warm-
up, there was a good energy around the team, and the
prospect of playing on a decent pitch helped too, a far
cry from Loyola.

Despite a strong 4-2 win in the reverse fixture, we
started the game knowing it would be far from comfortable,
given their physicality, and the fact that they needed a
win to save their season. We showed glimpses of some good
stuff, with a lot of our play going through Eoin and Jake,
but neither team really took hold of the game early on,
and other than a couple of half chances for Jake from long
balls, not much threatened the defence of either team. The
best chance came from a corner midway through the first
half, after a scramble in the box led to a good chance for
Liam, which went high and wide.

Pauline had a great chance to score with a free-kick right
on the edge, but it was a weak effort. With the inactivity
of the game to this point, Joe saw it as being possibly
the only opportunity play up to the cameras, diving
dramatically to turn it around the post. Probably wasn’t
worth the subsequent jokes from the oppo, our team, and
even the ref. A one on one late on was the only other real
chance of the first half for Pauline, which was straight
at Joe’s legs.  

We went in at half time still at 0-0, but the second half
was looking up as Jake told us the oppo were planning to
adapt to a system that we weren’t playing. Dave brought on
Nolan and Cal O’g for the two full-backs which would give
us something a bit different going forward. This also
meant we had 5 O’Gradys (and Jake) on the pitch. One
family team.

The ref definitely wasn’t doing us any favours, missing an
oppo player forget what sport he was playing, trying to
catch the ball on the halfway line. Cal clearly back
heeled the ball off their right-back out for a corner
after a marauding run from left back: also missed by ref.

Following a scrappy and uneventful start to the half, we
brought on Jack for Eoin, with the game still goalless.
About 20 minutes from the end we were given a free-kick
right on the edge of the box. We had yet to score a goal
from a free-kick all season but this seemed to be the
perfect position for Conor,  who side-footed it across the
keeper into the bottom left. Great Finish. 1-0.

As the bombardment came, the space began to open up for us
on the break, and we made it count as Tommy scored yet
another screamer from 30 yards, sending it dipping over
the keeper who was rushing back. Safe to say he’s still
talking about it. 2-0.

This was soon followed by a fantastic counter-attacking
move, which led to Conor laying the ball into Alex from
the right, who cleverly finished through the defenders
legs into the near post, an echo of his goal 2 weeks
before. 3-0, game over.

After another win and clean sheet under Jake’s captaincy,
we’ll no doubt be hearing about it for the rest of the
season, as Ren returns to his usual post. But since he’s
buggering off to Asia for the start of next season, he
can’t make a case about commitment. On the bright side,
Dave had to get another jug in and says two are on offer
for a clean sheet against Beals next week.

The customary man and muppet votes ensued, a near enough
clean sweep for Ena  who was Man for a classy debut
performance at centre half, pocketing their striker for
the entire game. Matty O got a couple for being there too
(Carried). Muppet went to Liam for his miss in the first
half, Nolan got a few (standard), this time for his
‘grooming habits’, as did Joe for crap kicking, and ‘dead
tunes’, despite the clean sheet. Harsh.

Great win for us, making the journey worthwhile and a rare
clean sheet is a great way to prepare for Beals next week.
The only negative is that after hearing about Tom’s
fantasies about Beauty and the Beast, we’ll never be able
to look at it the same way again.

Joe O’G
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