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Posted: 27 February 2018 at 4:42pm | IP Logged Quote dog

Old Ignatians 1st XI 4 – Economicals 1 (h)
24th Feb 2018

Scorers: Alex Youngman (2), Jake Watson, Steve English

Man of Match: Conor O’Grady
Muppet: Renaldo Gracias

Having been given the afternoon off to attend my
Granddaughter’s christening last week I was welcomed
back to the fold with the responsibility for pre-match
music, washing the kit and writing the match report. I
accepted my new duties and reintroduced my teammates
to some proper Old school music as Rick Astley,
Alexander O’Neill, Brian Adams with a little bit of
Guns and Roses thrown in for good measure. Boom!!!

With the 1s languishing on 4 points from the season up
to Christmas the New Year had led to a change of
fortune with us winning 3 and drawing 1 to claw our
way to mid table; having amassed an additional 10
points, including a 4-3 victory last week away against
today’s opponents Economicals. We arrived at Loyola in
confident mood minus our own sick note missing from
last week’s line up; Eoin Culligan makes Darren
Anderton look like Superman. Not sure what part of his
body is knackered this time but we can rebuild him;
get well soon Eoin.

Myself, Matty O & Tom were available to fill in the
big gap left by Eoin’s injury with David giving me the
nod mainly because he thought it would take me too
long to warm up if needed during the game; one of the
benefits of being old I guess. We began the game
slowly taking a little time to adapt to the oppo’s
tactics of hoofing long balls up to their attackers.
We fairly quickly took control and despite the less
than perfect pitch we played some decent football that
lead to Alex being released to finish with aplomb and
give us a fully deserved 1-0 lead which we were unable
to add to before half time.

David made a couple of changes at halftime bringing on
Matt and Tom for Liam and Sean McD respectively,
adding another 60+ years of experience in one fell
swoop. His tactical changes had an immediate impact
with Tom giving the ref his first opportunity to check
that he wasn’t colour blind by crudely hacking down an
opponent or as Tom would say “Just letting him know I
was here”. Another yellow to add to his collection
this season with no VAR needed on this occasion. The
game continued with us dominating and we eventually
put the game beyond the oppo’s reach with 3 almost
identical goals with Jake, Stephen & Alex benefitting
from delightful through balls from Conor O’G.

With the result in the bag we continued to boss the
game determined to keep a clean sheet and ensure that
the Manager would have to dig deep into his
forthcoming pension pot to buy the jug that has been
promised every time that we do not let any goals in.
Unfortunately Renaldo took pity on David and threw an
attacker to the floor in our box following a corner,
described by the Ref as the most blatant penalty that
he has ever had to give.

The game ended 4-1 and more importantly another 3
points which has left us looking upward and pushing
for the European places although ultimately any slip
ups could put us back amongst the survival battle
especially as we play against King’s; who are bottom,
next week in the proverbial 6 pointer.

With the game done and dusted the beer flowed; minus
David’s jug thanks to Ren, cheers mate.

Man of the Match votes were spread across several
players including 3 for myself for having nice boots
and bossing the tunes pre match but contentiously the
award went to Conor O’G for his three assists and
general all round contribution, apart from tackling
that is as he is still yet to be seen partaking in
this aspect of the game.

Muppet votes were again spread across several players
including myself; unjustly this time as I had assumed
that Liam and then Callum were much faster than they
actually are leading to my perfectly placed passes
going straight out of play. Keep up boys. David got a
vote for over celebrating the award of the penalty to
the oppo but ultimately Ren topped the votes;
including 1 from the Ref, for his assault for the

What followed was an embarrassment of a whack off with
Conor and Ryan duly polishing theirs off impressively
leaving Ren to sip his way through his pint in a
personal best of 2 minutes and 24 seconds. I am
suggesting that he still owes a pint after such a poor

A long journey to Kings next Saturday, Beast from the
East permitting, but another 3 points would be
gratefully accepted.

Grandad Pete

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