St. Patrick’s Vs Glasgow Red Star – 2004
St. Patrick’s 3 – 1 Glasgow Red Star
The cold fresh morning was well counterbalanced by lovely sunshine for a great autumnal day. Glasgow Red Star rolled into town today vying for the three points on offer. Of course, we wanted those three points too and therefore the battle lines were pre-drawn.
We welcomed back some of our injured and a positive vibe took hold of the dressing room. The mood was set as we kicked off. For the first couple of minutes we were camped in the opposition half pushing for an early breakthrough. But to our horror and against the run of play Red Star made the most of a foray into our half and followed up on a effort that rebounded off the bar, with a ball that looped high into the far corner. The visitors were in dreamland. For the following few minutes, energised by the early goal, they pressed with intent. We calmly went about our play looking for that breakthrough. Dom had to come off unable to continue and was replaced by Mairtin whose long awaited return gave our timid midfield much needed energy and life. The visitors held on helped by offside calls that frustrated us. The boys kept plugging away knowing that their hard work alone would eventually be rewarded. At times, the frustration of not getting just reward was bare for all to see. Each time, they had no other option but to accept it and get themselves going again. As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And so we had to get going looking for options from our training to overcome the challenges we faced. The breakthrough finally came in the final minute of the half. Ben had a great game and was unlucky when through on goal to be called back and denied a clear advantage move. This time Ben spotted Michael’s overlap run on the wing and put through the perfect pass. Michael picked up the pass on the run before smashing the ball past the keeper at the near post and into the roof of the net to draw us level.
We picked up where we left off in the second half and pushed even harder. In the end, Red Star struggled to contain us. Aidan got behind the visitors’ defence on the wing and crossed a great ball into the penalty area for Euan to finish from close range. It was becoming clear that despite the visitors’ best efforts we dominated play, but were missing the crucial goals. A couple of minutes after taking the lead we increased our advantage. Dylan threaded a ball through to Ricky who held off the defender to score with the left, low past the oncoming keeper. The celebrations from his team mates told of the importance of the goal. It was the striker’s first goal for nearly two months and you could tell the boy was well pleased and relieved to break his hoodoo. From then on it was a case of preservation. We made sure we held on to the score and avoided unnecessary suspensions as the game progress. But there was no stopping Mairtin. Our play-maker returned from a very long lay off with a bang. He took hold of the midfield and turned Red Star with some fantastic play. He conjured up an amazing run before literally being scythed down for a free kick that unfortunately came to nothing. Some tasty tackles came and went, but somehow we ended up with a straight red card for dissent. Anyway, we move on to the next challenge having deservedly seen off this one.
Montesquieu, one of the greatest thinkers of our times once said that the greater injustice is perpetrated under the shield of the law. In other words, people can easily misuse power to subjugate others. This happens in all walks of and it is important to build a strong character, believe in oneself and in humanity, maintain a positive outlook to life and most ironically play by the rules… Well done!