St. Patrick’s Vs Oban Saints – 2004
St. Patrick’s 14 – 0 Oban Saints
As the saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. Some would go on to say that “Life is not a bed of roses”. These proverbs express general truths and are used to teach and advise that at times in life we are bound to be confronted with difficulties and obstacles. However, instead of giving in to self-pity or resigning to one’s fate, one should adopt an optimistic attitude to life in the face of adversity and misfortune.
Oban Saints rolled on to Bothwellhaugh on a two hour journey in the hunt for more points in the league. A man short, the Oban team took to the pitch with no other option but to face the home team. We started on the strong foot forcing Oban to defend from the outset. They acquitted themselves well in safeguarding their goals in the early exchanges. But five minutes in Dom’s brilliantly delivered corner found Dylan at the second post unmarked. Our centre back brought the ball down then swept the ball in from close range to open the score. After the goal Oban regrouped and made it difficult for us. They put up a fierce resistance at the back and then pushed on to threaten our goals. We remained composed in our search for that crucial second goal. It finally arrived in the twentieth minute. Mairtin finished off an overlap run with a great cross for the lively Ricky to finish at the second attempt. A minute later Mairtin got behind his marker on the right wing, drove inside and finished with a great right footed strike into the far corner. Our dominance was finally being converted into goals. Oban would not help their own cause a minute later when a back pass fell short. Ricky pounced on the loose ball and made them pay with his second. We were in total control. Just before the break Joseph lays the ball back to Jamie who picked his spot and struck a low shot into the bottom corner.
At the restart Euan came on for Joseph in the holding role. With Ben failing to recover and Ollie and Joe away our sub bench was bare. Regardless, it remains a strong bench. Ten minutes into the second half and a pattern starts developing. We earned a corner and Dom delivers. The Oban Saints goalkeeper drops the ball and our centre back Dylan mops up to finish from close range. That was Dylan’s second from a corner. He would cleverly and furtively make his way up the pitch, pick a spot and just wait for the ball to arrive and strike. He was the quiet assassin and Oban just could not get to grips with him. His strong physical presence at the back was matched by his finesse up front, and he would seamlessly merge between the two undetected. The rest of the team played their part nonetheless. Euan conjured up a shot from outside the box, the keeper parries it into Dom’s path and he finishes with no fuss. We literally laid siege to the Oban Saints goals. No sooner had the ball been cleared than it was back into the Oban’s latter third. A corner taken by Gallagher was flicked on into the net by Jamie at the near post. Then came the goal of the match. The ball was moved from the back into midfield, Joseph then moves it on wide to Dom on the right wing, Dom goes on to cross a great ball to Ricky at the second post who finishes to record his hat trick. Oban one man disadvantage was dragging them down. The frustration was there for all to see. Gallagher was scythed down in the penalty area. He got up, dusted himself and converted the spot kick.
Then came the Dylan show, literally. Picking up the ball from outside the Oban penalty box, our centre back pulled out dribbling tricks from his locker as he feints his way into the penalty box. His dancing feet and close ball control betrayed his obvious Brazilian roots. Alas, for Oban there was no stopping Dylan. He ripped through their defense and no one was going to deny him his hat trick. So, he just drove through and took it. Voila! Another corner five minutes later from Dom, the Oban keeper drops the ball and who pops up to finish? Yes, the “Quiet Assassin” and he wasn’t finished. We win another corner; yes you’ve guessed it! Dom takes it and this time he saves everybody guessing. He puts the ball on Dylan’s head and the rest is history. The quiet assassin centre back caused havoc in the opposition goals and bags himself a hat-full of goals. However, there was still time for another goal. Dom puts a ball through to Euan who out-muscles the Oban centre back to record his goal.
Kudos to Dylan for an incredible feat and overall the team played well. The parents played a great part in providing us all with great hospitality, sweet tasting lemonade….