Glasgow Red Star Vs St. Patrick’s
Glasgow Red Star 2 – 7 St. Patrick’s
“Although our external appearance may show signs of wear, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. God continually makes us new. Every moment of every day brings a fresh beginning”.
We returned to Drumoyne today to play Glasgow Red Star. We have been here so many times lately it’s starting to feel like a home ground. But for the squad that travelled today this was a new beginning, a new outward looking era to negotiate the tricky years in teens life. The opposition had given us a good challenge when we met back in October. You wouldn’t tell by the way we started the game. Our play was effortless, prompt and full of excitement. We carved out an early chance but we failed to capitalise on a one on one situation with the keeper, instead the placed shot was saved by the oncoming keeper. Regardless, we were playing well enough not to let this missed opportunity upset our rhythm. That’s why when in the fifteenth minute, when an awkward high ball was looped over Lennon and into the net we could hardly believe it. That may have been the jolt we needed. Seconds after conceding, Michael released Aidan on the right side of the hosts’ penalty area. Aidan controlled into his path and drilled a low strike into the far corner to draw level. Pegged back, Red Star were contained while we worked to put daylight between us. Our hard work eventually paid off. Michael again in the service role served up a delicious pass forward to Euan who pounced on the inviting ball to smash a power shot past the hapless Red Star keeper. Our play advantage started to tell on the opposition. Great inter-passing, free flowing play and energetic drive gave the opposition all sorts of trouble while showcasing our team’s ability. Michael conjured up another great ball for Euan who drove to goals to draw out the keeper before slipping a pass to Harald for a tap in. On the left Ben’s work deserved a positive final ball. It eventually came when he finished off an overlap run with a great cross met at the opposite side by a stylish finish from Tyler into the far bottom corner. We went to the break well in control.
At the restart a change of formation saw Owen and Jack join the ranks. We maintained control as the newcomers slotted in. Ten minutes into the second half Owen’s perseverance and strong pressing was rewarded. He won the ball back and passed it on to Euan who crossed on the run to see the ball deflected high and drop just under the bar and into the net. Generously congratulated for his perseverance, Owen deserved every accolade he got. However, the goal of the day will go to an ingenious effort from Michael. He collected a pass on the left hand side in the opposition half; he wrapped his left foot round the ball lifting his shot high and sent it looping over the Red Star keeper into the far top corner. A rare beauty of a strike. The hosts were not done however and Lennon had to pull off an incredible save to keep them at bay when they got through. As we headed to the end of the game Red Star managed a second goal after a scrap in our defence. But we had the final word. Dylan, playing in a forward role broke through on goal. His shot was parried by the brilliant Red Star keeper but Harald was on hand to smash the loose ball into the net with his left foot.
We are evolving as a team and this is a natural process in life. Regardless of what we may want from life, the most natural thing to do is to learn to adapt to changes, because that’s where truly lies our existence.