Match Report OIFC V away v Southgate County V (League):Won 5-2
Goalscorers: Eamon McGarvey 4 & Colum O’Driscoll
First half saw us concede a goal against the run of play to go 1-0 down, after we had dominated early exchanges. The goal that we conceded was soft and extremely frustrating to watch from the sideline, and it sums up why we have failed to keep a clean sheet so far this Season!
Then enter the Gerrard and Torres show starring Sam Ward and Eamon McGarvey. First Sam played a 40 yard pass from inside our half to Eamon on the edge of their 18 yard box, and his control and finishing was exemplary. Then almost a carbon copy, another Sam Ward long ball over their defence and the pacy McGarvey capitalised to put us into a 2-1 lead.
Second half saw us take a 3-1 lead through that man McGarvey again to seal his hat trick within the hour.
From this situation I expected us to continue to dominate proceedings, but our opposition now began to play with more purpose.
On 70 minutes the impressive T-bar (Thomas Barrett) who has been like a rock at centre half came off injured to be replaced by Mick Ward.
The opposition piled pressure on us, and as a team we lost our shape defensively, and this was also made worse by Two Botts (John O’Brien) injured himself when he fell awkwardly and twisted his ankle. This meant that we lost his tenacity in the centre of the park.
Trigg (Paul Holland) was adjudged by the referee to have handled the ball in our area, and Southgate County were awarded a penalty, which their Captain duly converted.
Our lead was reduced to 3-2 and we were being over-run and outplayed, and our opposition came close on at least a couple of occasions and for once Lady Luck was on our side.
Then on the break Sam Ward who was now playing upfront in the second half alongside McGarvey set him up again to score goal number 4 for Eamon McGarvey and the 5’s and this was welcomed by all, and it eased the pressure on us.
Then in the last 5 minutes Furno (Colum O’Driscoll) raced up the pitch, and he was set up inside their area by Sam Ward to score our 5th goal and put us 5-2 up, and this remained the final result too.
Eamon McGarvey whose finishing was sublime did what Davied Upali has failed to do on two separate occasions this season, and that is he won a Man of the Match Award having scored 4 goals. There was also a very impressive comeback game by Sam Ward who set up every goal.
Finally, a special mention must be given to a Southgate County player who went off injured after he had suffered a nasty accidental head injury, and it was good to see him in the bar after the game in good form.