|Posted: 01 March 2012 at 8:30am | IP Logged
Things didn't look to good for this trip. We had previously played their
lower side in the cup and lost by a last minute goal, but more
importantly it was 10 am and we only had 10 players. Step into the
breach Mick Ward who kindly gave us Dan Wooley back after
previously giving us John Farrell back. All seemed good until arriving at
Palmers Green we realised we weren't all going to squeeze into Sean
The skip was dispatched to rent a Lamborghini and away we went,
actually hitting a great run of traffic and getting to the venue an hour
Further good luck happened on the way to the game when John
phoned to say he had found someone foolish enough to go in goal -
Sean. We were now 12.
All we had to do was get Niall's previously underused table tennis bats /
aircraft landing devices to guide Don in and we were good to go.
Job done, Don safely in, the omens had now changed, and we could
sniff a win in the air. The traditional banter over who wears the no 9
shirt etc was about to begin. It was then it dawned on us that somehow
we now only had about 8 shirts, 7 pairs of shorts and 5 pairs of socks
all from random kits. The spare shin pads & keepers gloves were also
missing. "Who has their own blue t shirt" was asked, and the look of
Lee ('Is there an XXL shirt in the bag') Farrance's face as he realised
that the figure hugging Lycra undershirt he was wearing could now be
his main shirt was a sight that may be worth repeating this season.
Past that hurdle and we were on to pitch. A pitch that looked and
played as if a herd of John O'Brien Jnrs had been left on it overnight.
This wasn't going to suit our silky football.
The first half went in a blur as players from both sides fell over their
own feet, played passes off the pitch and generally were confounded
by what was almost a cobblestone pitch. Twice however, the ball 'sat
up' nicely for the oppo to bury with very well struck shots which gave
Sean, who had a very good game, and the otherwise faultless back
four no chance. I actually though we were shading it, but now we were
two down. Antony Onyeshere, on his debut (and first game for 2 1/2
years after injury) then also had the ball 'sit up' for him and he hit a
sweet lob from 25 yards that their keeper could only parry into the net.
Half time 2-1 down.
We turned around and really went at them from the start, a great move
involving Don and Lee saw Ryan get the ball at a very tight angle.
Everyone waited for the cross, and he instead belted a pile driver into
the bottom corner to equalise.
To cut a long story short, I think we shaded the second half as well, but
skip made the fatal error of bringing himself on for the last 3 mins.
Enough time for them to score a last minute winner (again).
The win is coming though.
MOM: Dan Wooley. Comments ranged from "inspirational" and
"superb" to "the new John Farrell". One of those three was attibutable
to John Farrell, who it seems more and more should not be let with half
a mile of alcohol.
Close runner up was Jamie O'Brien who was deployed in the unusual
role of left back, and rewarded us with his best display of the season,
winning all his tackles / headers and being one of the few to be able to
pass the ball on the tricky surface.
Tom Barrett / Chris Harrington / Tom Mullarkey/ Edmund Dantes watch
- no shows again this week. Last week, Dantes was sent on a one man
Rambo mission behind enemy lines to get the brainwashed trio back.
We have lost radio communication with him.