St. Patrick’s Vs Ardencaple FC – 2004
St. Patrick’s 16 – 0 Ardencaple FC
The long journey was hardly the biggest challenge Caple had to contend with today. Having had a player miss the journey, they stood to face us with confidence dented. However, their bravery could not be questioned as they gave their very best in an uneven contest.
In fact, as we kicked off a fearless Caple, courtesy of their lone striker, drove deep into enemy territory and threatened to upset the odds. Joe in goals had to come to the rescue and save our blushes. It was probably the scare we needed to kick ourselves into gear. We immediately got our act together and took the opposition more seriously. Four minutes in, Ollie fed Ben who found himself on a one vs one situation on the left wing. A couple of step-overs allowed him to cut inside and his low shot crept in at the near post to open the scoring. Two minutes later we added to our lead following some great midfield interplay. Gallagher from outside the box chips in a great ball. His shot crashed onto the bar but Ricky was quickest to react, gently placing the rebound into the far corner. The celebrations had hardly fizzled out when Ricky returned to punish Caple with a delicious chip past the oncoming keeper, from a Gallagher pass. As we settled into our rhythm Caple’s busy keeper kept pulling off stop after stop to frustrate our front line. However, he could do nothing when Ben returned to strike, converting a through ball from Tyler. Tyler then got himself on the score sheet when Ricky laid off a great ball for him to strike from outside the box. Caple were contained in their own half. Every opportunity they had to break out was promptly snuffed out. Ben shook his marker off and after some some great work on the left wing crossed in for Euan to finish from close range. Ricky intercepts a goal kick and headed it back into the danger area. Euan pounced on the loose ball, held off the defender before striking low past the keeper. As we neared the end of the first half another flurry of strikes followed. Tyler turned provider feeding Reilly with a great ball on the right wing. Reilly controlled then drove on to nestle a fine strike into the far post. Dylan, captaining the side with Beau rested, lofted a ball over the Caple defence from deep to release Ricky. Our striker grabbed the invitation with great pleasure to round off his hat trick. Regardless of his position, as centre back today, Dylan would always sniff an opportunity for a goal from miles away. He ventured forward and a one-two with Dom set him up with a fantastic chance to exercise his striking skills. With sheer determination he pushed on and with great composure placed the ball past the keeper to send us to the break comfortable.
At the restart, Beau came on and we dropped the extra man to match Caple. Once again, the Caple keeper stood strong to everything being thrown at him. He was finally beaten seven minutes in when a one-two between Ben and Ricky allowed the former to strike at the near post to record his hat trick. Ben then turned provider coming in from the left side, rolls the ball on to the forward line. Gallagher dummies the ball stepping over it for Euan who strikes a fierce shot which took a wicked deflection on its way to the back of the net, another hat trick on the scorecard. In the hunt for a hat trick of his own was Dylan. He got his second goal when Reilly put the ball through to him. He cut inside before striking past the keeper. With Beau on defensive duties, Dylan roamed free taking the game to a hapless Caple. He fed Euan on the left wing who struck first time to beat the keeper at the near post. As for Dylan, he eventually grabbed a well deserved hat trick thanks to a ball into the penalty area from Ricky. With three of our players vying for the ball, Dylan beat everyone to it to nudge it into the roof of the net. Yet, we still had time for a clinical strike from Ricky from a great assist from Joseph.
Moving on through the gears we made light work of a brave and honest Caple side. Despite another great performance, we still aim to improve and meet the objectives we set ourselves for the rest of this season.