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Posted: 15 April 2018 at 9:35pm | IP Logged Quote dog

Old Ignatians 1st XI 4 - 2 Fulham Compton

Goal Scorers: Alex Youngman x2, Conor O Grady, Sean

Man: Liam O Grady      Muppet: Jake Watson

This week the 1st X1 had an ‘away home game’ with the
match taking place at a neutral ground in Enfield with the
games at Loyola being abandoned due to poor condition of
the pitches.

Our opposition was Fulham Compton who still had an outside
chance of promotion and so we knew we had to be on good
form from the off to give ourselves the best chance at
coming away with all 3 points. We were also gifted with
the largest crowd we had received all season with the O
Grady’s seemingly having a family reunion on the
sidelines! Although it did mean that we had two little
mascots, Kian and Rosie, who I’m sure were eager to see a
good performance.

The line-up was as follows:

Nolan - Liam OG - Peter OG - Callum
Steve - Sean McDermott
Conor OG – Ren - Alex Youngman
Bench: Jack Barton, Kane, Gaffey

A relatively sluggish start compared to our 2018 standards
meant that we failed to settle into the game early enough
leading to some early chances for the opposition. The most
notable of these saw their forward get space inside the
box and shot from around the penalty spot but lucky for
us, Ryan was on hand to pull have a terrific reflex stop
to keep the scores level.

Despite this warning, Fulham kept pressurising the
Ignatian defence with a long ball over the top challenging
Peter to a one on one tussle with the striker. He managed
to get a shot off but Ryan was equal to it however the
ball rebounded to the forward who was able to finish from
a tight angle. Peter reckons the striker was guilty of a
handball in the build-up but maybe that is just his excuse
for not stopping him early enough…you decide? 0-1

This seemed to kick us into gear as we began to get a hold
of the ball a lot more and look to our attackers earlier
to get them running at our opponents. This led to Alex
getting freed up inside the box who did what he has been
doing all season which is finish his chance. A great
finish inside the left hand post to bring us level at 1-1
and this is how it stayed until half time.

The break saw Sean McDermott make way for Jack who slotted
into left back with Callum entering the central midfield
and Kane coming on for Alex on the left. It was clear what
was needed; maintain the levels of the previous
weeks/months and we are capable of beating any team we

This mentality was on show throughout the whole second
half as we firmly took hold of the game. Ren played the
ball to Alex who went on the beat a few men and slot one
in the bottom corner from just outside the area. Standard
days’ work for Alex but Ren was absolutely desperate to
claim the ‘assist’! 2-1

Not too long after this though, Fulham got themselves a
corner and subsequently made a breakthrough. Everyone knew
their roles for our zonal defending that we always
organise pre match and so we were all ready to clear the
danger but, clearly, none of this seemed to bother Gaffey
who occupied the screening role at the front post. The
corner trickled along the floor right to Gaffey’s foot
where he had the job of clearing the ball. This obviously
seemed to simple a task though so he instead missed the
ball allowing a simple tap in for a Fulham player. 2-2

We didn’t let this effect the momentum we had been
building up and moments later we earned a free kick
outside the 18 yard box. Conor took his usual role as
taker and lashed it into the top left hand corner. Lovely
strike to put us back into the lead at 3-2.

Soon after, Sean McDermott got in on the act with a nice
clean strike from outside the box. It rifled into the
right side of the goal and secured all 3 points for the
Ignatians. However, he effectively ruined all respect he
gained from his goal as he went on to dab…yes DAB for his

A comfortable win in the end extended our 2018 unbeaten
run that has seen us shoot up the table into 4th. Man of
the match went to Liam for a typically solid outing
alongside Peter and Muppet went to Jake for a shot in the
second half that went out of play for a throw in! We go
again in our next match against the same opposition away.

Jack Barton - COYOI’S!

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