St. Patrick’s Vs Lochgilphead Red Star – 2004
St. Patrick’s 5 – 3 Lochgilphead
With an afternoon kick-off today, some of us may have enjoyed a rare lie in; others of course needed it to recover from the previous night’s escapades. In the end, we all made the most of it. Lochgilphead made the two hour journey down on a sun-drenched morning. But if we expected it to be warm we would have been mistaken as a cold wind swept, chilling to the bone.
The instant energy exuded by both sides from kick off made for an exciting start. The anticipation for a thrilling game grew as the players battled for control of the proceedings. We came close in the first minute, but Euan’s foray came to nothing. Lochgilphead defence saw off our initial attempts to break through. They held firm until the sixth minute. Dylan put a ball through to Euan who controlled then shoots on goal. His shot was parried by the keeper into Ricky’s who then rolled the ball into the net. Our sparse support greeted the goal from wherever they were, taking refuge from the cold wind. We maintained our momentum despite Lochgilphead coming close to draw level. In the middle of the park Dylan, Dom & Mairtin were kept busy. Their combination play will help with our next goal. Euan collected the pass from deep. His attempt to past the last man was thwarted by a last ditch tackle. The ball broke loose and Ricky pounced to beat the oncoming keeper with a delicious chip to increase our lead. This was the meeting between the two teams. The visitors’ frustration was palpable and they certainly didn’t want the game to get away from them. Their efforts could not faulted however. At times luck favoured the Shamrock Star. But half way through the first half the travelling support were celebrating in full voice. Lochgilphead had reduced the deficit. As we headed to the break we managed to restore our lead. Mairtin drove at the opposition’s defence, found an opening and shot on goal. His shot was parried and Ricky mopped up for good measure, tapping into the net for a hat trick of fox-in-the-box goals. We went to the break ahead, but no way comfortable enough.
Soon after the restart we extended our lead. We earned a free kick 40 yards out, centre with the goals. Beau took it and delivered a great strike that crashed onto the bar, bounced out and hit the keeper as it rolled out. Euan was quickest to react to finish from close range. With a good lead we became complacent. A lack of focus saw our standards dropped and Lochgilphead were quick to capitlise. A couple of goals from the visitors 6 minutes apart ate up our healthy lead. We got our act together and went back on the hunt. Ben was thrown back on to replace Euan. The visitors threw all they got in an attempt to get something from the game. Instead they got punished with a late strike of our own. Ricky and Ben found themselves in a 2 V 1 situation against the last defender and they took full advantage. Ricky moved the ball on to Ben who dropped the shoulder, went round the keeper to score with the left. Ben’s goal was the coup de grace, a telling blow to Lochgilphead’s remaining ambitions.
Lochgilphead was in many ways a tricky fixture. Credit to the boys for coming through it. The hard work continues and it’s now onto the next one….