Drumchapel Vs St. Patrick’s – 2004
Drumchapel 3 – 1 St. Patrick’s
Our hopes for a trophy to crown a turbulent season faded away in a game of two halves against the league winners. Despite a bright start and quality play that challenged the hosts, we failed to capitalising on our initial dominance.
The game kicked off as the weather brightened up. However, an irritating gust would keep us company throughout. We were certainly the prominent side in these early exchanges. We were well composed at the back and were strong in midfield. We laid siege to the opposition’s goals for long periods of time. Their defence held firm and the keeper pulled off a couple of great saves to keep Drumchapel in the game. We kept the pressure on and with eighteen minutes played we finally broke the deadlock. Mairtin, in a more advanced role today, beat the offside trap to receive the pass from Aidan. He drove on deep towards the byline before lifting the ball over the keeper and into the far post. At this stage, the hosts were no threat. Chances came and went, and we would live to rue those missed opportunities. We went to the break with a slender lead.
At the restart the roles were reversed. This time it was the hosts’ turn to dominate. It didn’t take too long for Drumchapel to put pressure on our defence, and within five minutes of the restart they drew level. We had hardly had the time to recover from this setback when the hosts struck again to take the lead; a clean strike from outside the box. We regained our composure but Drumchapel remained in the ascendancy. We struggled to regain control. With our midfield overran, the hosts enjoyed more of the possession. Stretched, we laboured and in the process lost our rhythm. Play patterns became obscure as we searched for solutions. On the odd occasion where we threatened the Drumchapel goals they recovered promptly or in one case the bar would keep the ball out. The sharpness in attack in the first half was replaced by a blunted and untidy play up front, generally restricted to solo efforts here and there. To compound our misery, the hosts broke away to increase their lead with ten minutes to go.
In the end we bid farewell to our last chance for a trophy with mixed emotions. Regardless, the boys’ resilience deserves praise for an emotionally tumultuous season. Their love of the game is still palpable and so is their enjoyment of each other’s company. In sports, success is measured in general through the collection of trophies. In life however it may not be so clear cut. But creating an environment that incorporates all the essential ingredients and factors to build confidence, mental fortitude and emotional wellbeing in young people is a great accomplishment in any walks of life. Therefore, our gratitude to Ben who passed up today the glamour of Old trafford, a birthday present to see the famous 1999 team in action, to be with us and help the team. Much appreciated!