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Posted: 15 January 2018 at 4:25pm | IP Logged Quote dog

Old Ignatians 2
Old Salvatorians 0

Goalscorers: Jake Watson, Renaldo Gracias

Man: Ryan Barker
Muppet: Sean McDermott

Another away day for the first team, this time in
Bushey to take on fellow strugglers Old Salvatorians.
Within 10 minutes of turning up to the game, Rybo had
already placed himself firmly in the running for
muppet. Dave kindly offered the lads tea and coffee
before the game. But when going to drink his beverage,
the lid of the coffee cup came off and scolded Rybo.
Some say there is a law suit ongoing…

We find ourselves in a difficult position at the
moment, the last few games we have played well but too
many errors and loss of concentration as a squad means
we came into this game bottom of the league. Make no
mistake about it, this was a must win game for the
boys here against a Salvs side we have already played
twice this season, losing once in the league at home
then winning a couple of weeks later in the cup.

We came into this game on the back of a good
performance last week against Manorians, in which we
should have claimed three points. The boys were
focused and confident we could get over the line here
and get some much-needed points on the board.

Peter was soo focused on the game and in the zone, he
didn’t even both to look at his surroundings in the
warm up. Rookie error. Matt took this as an
opportunity to secure his spot in CB for the years to
come and finally put Peter in the ground. Up he
stepped and unleashed a sledge hammer, best connection
I’ve seen to be fair, which duly knocked Peter in the
boat race soo hard he thought he was back in WW1.

Two people in particular were delighted with this new
development. Rybo for potentially having someone else
to take muppet, and secondly the gaffer Dave for a far
more sinister reason. You see, Dave was on the
receiving end of a headshot earlier in the season from
Peter so took great delight, some say he had a quiet
word with Matt promising him captaincy if he took on
the deed. The coup on Ren grows stronger every week…

We lined up as follows:
Liam , Peter, Matty O, Jack
Tommy, Sean McD
Conor, Ren, Alex

Sub was Steve English, back in the squad again after
impressing for the 2s.

Much like last week we started brightly and on the
front foot, we were controlling the game and
restricting Salvs to pump the ball long in the hope
they would stick up top off their big striker.

Our first goal came after 10 minutes with a flick on
from a throw falling to Jakes feet who, all of 30
yards out, let off a drive which moved viciously and
nestled in the back of the net.


A goal up and we seemed to go through a 15-minute
spell where our concentration went missing. In all
fairness we could have been 2-1 down in this spell if
the opposition finished their chances. Firstly, they
broke down our left-hand side and squared a ball in
the middle where their striker was all on his own, all
of 6 yards out, and managed to blaze his shot over the
bar. This was a big let off but no sooner had the
first chance happened, we got away with a second. A
corner came in and after being initially clear, was
headed back into the box where two opposition players
were free to head past Rybo, somehow, they both seemed
to go for the same ball and headed wide.

This seemed to give us the motivation to step up our
game and start playing ball again. We started to
really dominate proceedings, especially down the wings
where Alex and Conor, supported by Jack and Liam, were
getting a lot of joy.

Our second goal came after half an hour, another great
set piece taken by Conor ricocheted in the box with a
handball on the line reminiscent of Carvajal in the El
Classico chucked in. The shouts of penalty went up but
it didn’t matter, Ren was on the line to slam the ball
home anyway. A deserved second goal and this gave us a
bit of a buffer and ultimately allowed the team to
relax a little bit more and get back to playing our


The rest of the first half was fairly quiet, we
dominated the possession and Salvs continued to play
the route one game, with Ryan coming out smartly on
several occasions to collect to ball from set pieces.

Half time team talk rolled around and the message was
clear, too many times this season we had come off at
half time playing well for us to then let our foot off
the gas in the second half and lose the game. We
couldn’t afford for us to have another one of these
lapses today. We knew the opposition would start the
second half fast so we needed to weather the storm in
the first 10 minutes, not concede, then get to playing
our football and killing the game off.

Second half kicked off with us pressing forward again,
but Salvs came out of the blocks very quickly as
expected. The bombardment of Ryan’s goal began with
the ball being pumped long at the big striker as soon
as it was in our half. From a corner we got away with
another chance when the breakdown of the ball fell to
a free man inside the box who sent a shot crashing
against the bar and over. This was a big let off.

After the frenzied 10 minutes the game settled down
abit, with us taking care of the ball well and looking
dangerous with every attack. We were dominating the
midfield battle with Sean and Tommy throwing
themselves into full blooded tackles to match the
Salvs midfielders blow for blow.

Great pressing from the team caused the ball to be
force back to the keeper, who then took the ball back
towards his line, which Jake pursued and sent in a
slide tackle to close down the kick out. The keeper
reacted angrily and we all though he was going to
punch Jake. This was it, the moment we had all be
waiting for, lord knows he has had this coming. But
alas, Jake let out a cry of ‘I’m sorry’ reminiscent of
Jay out of the Inbetweeners and the keeper relented.
Jake was never the same after this day.

A combative second half ensued with big tackles across
the pitch with every man from Ignatians willing to put
their body on the line. Even Ryan after collecting a
cross got poleaxed by their big ST. It was at that
moment he remembered why doesn’t come out off his
line. Ren and Jake both were on the receiving end of
some harsh tackles, but they both deserve it so I
don’t care.

We could have added further goals towards the end of
the game. Ren channelled his inner Kane, our Kane not
Spurs’, and thought he could lob the keeper who he saw
off his line. Everyone on that pitch knew he didn’t
have it in the locker, and we were right. Ren
proceeded to kick it off to the next pitch, great time
wasting if you ask me.

Steve entered the fray for a clearly shaken Jake, you
hate to see it happen but I think Jake may return to
action next week after visiting the club psychiatrist.
Steve was straight into the action chasing down lose
balls and not giving the defence a second on the ball.

Good work closing down the ball allowed Conor to break
through one on one, he took it round the keeper wide
and unselfishly laid it off to an onrushing Sean.
Unfortunately, it was played to his right foot so
trying to shift it back on to the favoured left
allowed Salvs time to come in and block the effort.

The last few minutes we saw out with comparative easy
with Matt and Peter colossal at the back winning the
aerial battles. 2-0 it finished and it can’t be
underestimated how big a win this could prove come the
end of the season. We fully deserved it after a big
performance when it counted, now we need to kick on
and string a run of results together.

Man of the match was close but went to Ryan for a
clean sheet, assured performance and coming out and
claiming a lot of ball to relieve pressure on the team

Muppet was again a close-run affair. Ryan chucking
coffee was a popular choice but Sean McDermott came
out the blocks at the end to win the muppet race. He
was given muppet for being tackled by a tree during
the warm up. Was it a tree or was it Ren, both very
similar in their mobility, I will let you decide.

We continue 2018 unbeaten and roll onto next week to a
cup game full of confidence. COYI’s

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