Old Challoners v Old Ignatians Saturday 9th February 2008
We travelled down to Buckinghamshire full of spirit and confidence after having won two games in a row.
The sun was shinning and there was little wind, a beautiful day for football. However the condition of the pitch did not mirror the perfectness of the weather. The PFNMWA (Professional Female Naked Mud Wrestling Association) wouldn’t have even sanctioned that much mud for a championship bout!!
Regardless, Matty O, the stand in skipper got us fired up and ready to continue our rise up the league table and my word how this showed in our first half performance. Lady luck was on our side as thankfully old-timer Paul Gallagher missed the kick-off. The younger, more-talented, better-looking Gallagher brother, Steven, came in to take his place. And what a replacement it was. After Fifteen minutes of great passing football from the Old I’s our reward came. Stevie G picked up the ball on the half way line and burst forward putting fear in the eyes of our opponents. An inch perfect pass into the feet of Chris Lowry was followed by a contender for pass of the season, a delightful chip into the path of Stevie who had continued his run into the box. A lob so sublime was a fitting finish to a spectacular, well deserved goal.
Ten minutes later and the Old I’s domination was rewarded with another goal. Jim ‘look at your spotty face you Challoner scum’ Kerr drove hard and fast into the opps box and forced a reckless foul from the defender, stopping what would have been an inevitable goal for Uncle Jim. Penalty! Feeling a slight strain in the groin area, the most gifted penalty taker in the side, Dan Bailey, thought it fair that he let someone else take the kick and duly nominated Stevie G to step up. There was only going to be one outcome, goal, 2-0 Old I’s.
Half time came and we knew our opponents would come at us hard and fast but we were not ready for what they had planned. They released their secret weapon, their summer signing, Matty O!
Ten minutes in and some reckless defending later, a foul was committed and a free kick awarded to Challoners. There only form of attack was to knock a long ball into the box and so this is what they did. Unfortunately their prowess in the air resulted in a scrappy goal and the score was made 2-1.
Then another 10 minutes later their star striker Matty O got onto the end of another free kick and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net to make the game 2-2.
Both sides had chances to win the game but none were taken. The terrible conditions prevented us from repeating our great passing football of the first half and on reflection maybe a draw was a fair result.