|Posted: 01 May 2017 at 7:45pm | IP Logged
London Lawyers vs Old Igs
Scorers: Conor OG x3, Jake x3, Tommy x2, Ren.
A gorgeous Saturday afternoon saw us take the trip down to
face bottom of the league and already relegated London
Lawyers, who we beat 7-0 earlier in the season at Loyola.
A thoroughly dominant performance with the only negative
being our lack of sharpness and ruthlessness in the final
third at times. We lined up:
Sean Nolan Lia m OG Matt Sean; McDermot t
Alex Tommy Eoin OG
Jake Conor OG
Subs: Jack Barton and Callum Barton, who was making his
return after a couple of months out with an ankle
Our prowess on the ball on a lovely 3G surface was evident
from the outset as we looked to take an early lead to set
us on our way to victory. The centre backs were
comfortable, both full backs patrolled their respective
wings very well (even Nolan) and the midfield were linking
up well with the forwards on occasions. One such occasion
saw a ball threaded through to Jake who found himself with
just the keeper to beat. With the ball bouncing, he
attempted the lob which unfortunately found itself landing
on the wrong side of the right hand post.
More good work saw Sean McDermott break the defensive line
and try to beat the onrushing keeper. His first effort was
denied but the ball landed back with Sean and this time he
tried an audacious right footed lob that ended up high and
wide of the goal. The last notable chance of the first
half was gifted to Jake in the form of a perfectly
weighted through ball from Conor. A good first touch saw
Jake take the ball around the keeper but a very under hit
strike was intercepted before it could reach the target.
Before the break Dave found time to bring on Callum for
Tommy (who was perhaps still feeling the effects of the
marathon the previous week – congratulations by the way!).
Callum took over the left wing-back role with Sean
McDermott slotting in to central midfield and Jack also
came on for Eoin as a direct replacement. Despite our
considerable amount of possession, we were sloppy in the
final third and so no breakthrough occurred and we went
into the break at 0-0.
The team talk almost resulted in an O Grady Royal Rumble!
Dave was telling us we were too slow in attack whereas
Conor was determined to look at the positives and insisted
we remained patient. The debate continued until Liam
butted in very confidently with some pointers on how we
should cover ourselves at the back when attacking our own
corners. However, he obviously wasn’t paying attention as
this was completely irrelevant and resulted in him picking
up muppet, much to the amusement of Jakey. A couple of
substitutions took place during the break in order to give
everyone a decent run out for our final game and this
continued through the game.
During the second period, we stepped our attacking up a
notch as we knew we had to be more clinical and this
resulted in goals, goals and a couple more goals.
Not long into the half, Eoin OG sent Jake down the right
touch line and he whipped in a cross that deflected off
their defender into the air. Conor was quickest to react
to nod it home before the keeper could get there. 1-0.
Again Eoin OG picked up the ball and this time looked
early to release Conor over the top. The keeper came out
for a comfortable clearance but missed the ball leaving
Con with a tap in with his right. 2-0.
So many attacks were constructed in the half and so many
goals were scored I can’t remember the build up to them
all but our third came shortly after as a cross was
delivered into the box which left Tommy with the simple
task of heading in his first and our third of the day. 3-
Their very tired second half performance was highlighted
by Jake’s first goal. A defensive calamity took place as
the keeper and defender seemed to tackle each other
causing the ball to roll kindly for Jake who was grateful
for the chance to extend our lead. 4-0.
The onslaught continued as the ball dropped to Jake on the
right side of the area, he drilled a shot across goal
which a defender cleared off the line. However, the
clearance only got as far as Conor who was waiting
hungrily to smash home with his left. The perfect hat
trick for him. 5-0.
Pressure mounted once more with some good work from Conor
and Jack down the left. Jack found space and slipped in
Jake to use his pace. The keeper again came out about 30
yards which left Jake with the job of simply rolling the
ball beyond him into the empty net. 6-0.
Jake also completed his hat trick when the ball
fortuitously landed at his feet in the box. He didn’t need
a second invitation to lash the ball in to the right hand
side of the goal. 7-0.
Ren managed to get his name on the scoresheet when he
picked up the ball mid-way into their half. Such was the
determination to get more goals this season than Tommy
(money was on the line!) that he ignored his team’s
support and unleashed a curling effort from 25 yards that
ended up in the net. It must be said that the keeper was
standing almost outside his right hand post which made
Ren’s task a lot easier. Nonetheless, a smart finish. 8-
Yet another attack meant Conor picked up the ball out
left. He went past a couple of players into the box and
delivered a cross to Tommy who completed the days scoring
with his left foot much to Ren’s disappointment. 9-0.
Jack, looking for his first goal for the 1’s, had a couple
of opportunities to score. One of which was pulled back by
his older brother, having received a good ball over the
top from Sean McDermott but he failed to convert the
volley. Conor then broke free to run at the defence and
had Jack supporting. He slipped him in and this time Jack
converted, only for it to be ruled offside. ABSOLUTELY
Although nine were scored during the second half alone, it
should’ve been a whole lot more had we had our finishing
boots on. The two worst misses of the game fell to Conor
and Ren. For Conor’s, great work from Jake and Jack
released Jack down the left wing. He reached the by line
and dug out a perfect cross plum onto Conor’s head two
yards out only for him to somehow put it wide.
Additionally, a ball was fizzed along the six yard area
and came to Ren. You would’ve thought any touch would do
but no, Ren decided to give it a little tickle and it
somehow managed to go beyond the far post for a goal kick.
He is a Gooner to be fair! And no game is complete without
Joe OG threatening to save Dave his clean sheet jug by
fannying around in his box with the ball at his feet on
more than one occasion, despite the closing strikers. He
gets bored he says…..
All in all, not the best opposition and not our finest
performance but we could only beat what was in front of us
and that we did, emphatically. Man was between Conor and
Liam for the hat trick and a clean sheet at the back.
Muppet also went to Liam OG for his mare at half time but
Ren ended up doing the pint (in his usual half hour) due
to Liam driving and an ‘accidental’ miscount of votes in
the clubhouse that wasn’t pre planned by one end of the
table at all!!! *cough cough*
It hasn’t been our finest season this year and we know we
have underachieved, largely due to individual errors and
decision making but it must also be said that a series of
injuries didn’t help at all. We now look forward to the
end of season dinner and dance next Saturday and then to
next season where we will have to do without three of our
first team mainstays. Eoin OG is off to university for
three years but will hopefully be back in-between term
time and Callum and Jake are both going on their travels
but we should be ok as I’ve heard Matty O fancies his
chances up top!
See you next season.