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Posted: 24 January 2012 at 9:14am | IP Logged  

A wise man once said "you can lead a horse to water, but that doesn't make it a duck", thereby prophesying how every time we have had someone in a keepers shirt this season we have both had a keeper and at the same time not had a keeper. In many ways were Schrodinger to have repeated his famous experiment with a fifth team keeper it would have both saved a poor moggies life and also put the schmuck in goal out of his miserable existence - a double result.

With auditions for the construction worker taking longer than expected, John O'Brien was still absent. This had the knock on effect of Edmund Dantes, a.k.a. the man of a million nicknames, a.k.a. DeWalt donning his monogrammed tool belt to audition. We haven't seen either of them since.....

Todays team was very strong, perhaps a result of New Years resolutions from people to get fit, and we even had a couple of people drop into the side from higher teams. One of those was Flo, who very generously went in goal, and proved himself a very able keeper. He made at least 4 or 5 very good saves throughout the match and deservedly the won man of the match award.

I have little to say about the game other than how well everyone played. The back 4 of Phil McLaughlin, Rob Johnson, John Farell and Lee Farrance won nearly every tackle and header, playing simply and effectively with steely determination, and the midfield passed their way through the opposition at will, Ryan Ford and Niall McKevitt marauding up and down the flanks with Sean Ruane and Paul Gunn matching their defensive partners endeavours in the passing, tackling and heading disciplines. The front pairing of Matt Weinert and Jamie O'Brien worked their socks off, and the substitutes - Matt Clifford, PJ & Paul O'Grady all played their part too.

I gather it is customary to talk about the game at some point. Ryan scored from a free kick, they scored from a penalty.

Tom Barrett / Chris Harrington / Tom Mullarkey watch - no shows again this week, perhaps they were frequenting The Men's Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2012 exhibition. No need for that lads, just come and see Phil 'fashion victim' McLauglins latest look. He's beyond Hoxton.

Normal service will be resumed with the return of the mysterious Edmund Dantes next week. Those in the know say he looks more like the count from Sesame Street than Monte Cristo.

Jeffrey Bernard


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