Cathcart Vs St. Patrick’s – 2004
Cathcart 3 – 0 St. Patrick’s
Have you ever wondered what’s a football park without football? Or a play-park without children? A function is vital as it gives purpose without which the structure is nothing. Humans are not and should not be defined by a job or role. Instead, we should aim to perform our duties with honesty and integrity in order to positively impact society.
We travelled to Cathcart for our league opener minus Ben, Mairtin & Dylan. Nevertheless, we remained confident and had Jamie returning, strapped ready to go. The game was well poised from kick off. Chances on both sides were snuffed out promptly as each side looked to capitalise on the few opportunities that came their way. Michael got caught with a late challenge and for a while we wondered if he’d be able to continue. He recovered and went on to finish the game. Joe in goals pulled off some fantastic saves to deny the hosts. We earned a well positioned free kick but failed to capitalise. A few minutes later Cathcart earned a free kick of their own just outside the penalty box. They took full advantage dispatching the free kick into the bottom far corner. The hosts will hold on to their lead until half-time.
At the restart Euan, Jack and Lennon came on. Lennon was called into action and he acquitted himself admirably to deny the hosts time and time again. However, he could do nothing later on when a looped ball from the right hit the underside of the bar and went in to increase the home team’s advantage. We lacked creativity going forward but we will get that back when the team is back to full strength. We came close but never really troubled the hosts’ keeper. Euan’s effort rebounded off the base of the post. With fifteen minutes to go the hosts put the game to bed with a third effort. We lost the ball in midfield and were made to pay. The heavy rain that has been lashing down for a while now soaking everyone to the bones was only a sideshow. A game with not much at stake this early in the league saw a few cards dished out, a couple of home parents take to the pitch with impunity and an outcry of disapproval. Credit to the boys for seeing the game through. Cathcart were well deserving of the three points and nothing should be taken away from a great victory.
And so we find ourselves starting the league with a deficit and chasing the early pace setters. We will certainly draw from the maturity and integrity shown at today’s game and start picking up points in future fixtures.