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1st XI 2 Queen Marys 3
Scorers: Jordan Gray and Alex Youngman
Man of match: Alex. Muppet: Joe O'G

The team met up at Fairlop ready to bounce back from last
week’s nightmare start to the season. We lined up with
Joe O’G in goal, his brother Callum at LB, Matty O and
Liam O’G centre backs with Jordan at right back. Steve
just in front of the defence with Renaldo, Alex and Eoin
O’G in midfield. Upfront we had Conor with Tom Martin
pushing right up top.

We started strong and on a nice surface we were playing
the ball around well, keeping possession and dealing with
the oppo’s attacks efficiently. Callum and Jordan did
well to get up and down the wings, adding more firepower
to our attacks and working back to help defend.

Queen Marys had chances in the first half with their
strikers / wingers having decent movement, keeping our
defence on our toes but we worked well to break down their
attacks, keeping calm under the first signs of pressure.
It was agreed before the game that we were going to play a
high line, to cut out the gaps that keep appearing between
our line of defence and midfield.

Unfortunately, about 20 mins in – the ref had an absolute
shocker when a long ball was played over the defence to
their winger who must have been 10-15 yards off side. The
entire team, along with everyone on the side were left
astonished when the ref let play continue. The winger
eventually slotted home to put us 1 down.

Standard for Old I’s, we get more into the game as the
game goes on and we started to find our feet. Building
some better periods of possession and forming some good
attacks, our equaliser came in the form of a screamer from
right back Jordan, (just kidding) not sure what Jordan was
going for… a cross, a pass, a shot, but somehow the keeper
spilled the ball which ended up in the back of the net.
1-1 going into half time.

2nd half and the opposition made a couple of changes,
bringing on a different striker to switch up the attacking
options. We seemed to be under more pressure in the early
stages of the second half and after a cross coming in, Joe
came out and punched the ball out, which landed at the
feet of an opposition midfielder who put the ball away
nicely with a calm finish.

The 2nd half felt a bit sluggish, we seemed to have a lot
of possession and played the ball around nicely until we
got into the final third where we either couldn’t find the
right pass or hit the target! If football was all about
corners, we would have battered Queen Marys, we must have
had about 28 in the 2nd half but could not make the most
of them.
We had some clear-cut chances which we failed to convert
and it was to prove very costly.

Our luck went from bad to worse with Joe having a
nightmare when a long range shot was rolling his way. Not
entirely sure what happened, all I know is the ball went
through his legs and remember thinking, that’s the longest
nutmeg I’ve ever seen. 3-1. Joe did pull off some amazing
saves after this to keep us within touching distance.

Feeling the need to add to our attack, Matty O moved up
from defence to apply a bit more pressure, which paid off
when a good bit of play led to Alex being put through one
on one and he coolly finished past the onrushing keeper.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the most of our chances
and ran out of time to get another goal. The oppo keeper
pulled off a worldy save in the last few minutes from a
shot from Conor, getting down low to his right to tip the
ball around the post. Might have to swap out the running
for a bit of finishing at training over the next few
weeks…

Man of the match went to Alex who had another good game,
machine in the midfield, need to see his beer tekkers next
week at the pint off…

Joe O’G was muppet this week, for not catching the ball,
just one of those things… Unlucky Joe.

Both Eoin O’G and Callum O’G are now off to uni and
enjoyed a post match wack off which Eoin comfortably won!

Cup game next week, with Ena back from his suspension, we
hope for a better result and kick on from there!

Cheers

Liam
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