St. Patrick’s Vs Palace Park Respect – 2004
St. Patrick’s 1 – 2 Palace Park Respect
Have you ever wondered why it always feels so hard to get out of tough times despite putting in the effort? Why it feels like the universe is conspiring against you? Well, it’s in times like these that you need to persevere, because what seem like big or difficult things in our lives are small compared to the determination and ability within us. Realising and accepting this however is the true challenge.
We hosted Palace Park Respect confident of a positive result. Dom made himself available despite his physical troubles and Michael attempted a return after a two week break, but lasted a mere 20 minutes. The latest recruits stepped up to bolster a squad in need of in depth quality. For long periods of time our quality of play showed great promise. We remained untroubled and finally in the thirty fifth minute we took the lead after some great interplay on the right wing. Harald’s trickery took him past a few defenders, and from the byline cut the ball back to Aidan who directed the ball goalwards and past the keeper. We went to the break ahead and dominant.
At the restart we looked to capitalise on our earlier dominance. Palace was strong at the back with a few potent forays forward. In fact, it’s through one of those individual forays that the visitors found an equaliser. Play went on as we came close to grabbing the winner on a couple of occasions with clear chances to punish Palace. We fluffed our lines but still had time on our side. However, that’s when we felt the universe was against us. It was now deep in injury time. Ben inherited the ball chesting it down on his way to attack. However, a handball decision was given instead and the flighted ball from the resulting free kick was finished off at the second post from close range. The injustice of it all! From the decision that led to the winning goal to other decisions that put the unfortunate official on the spotlight, it was like being kicked while you’re down.
“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” But how do you build resilience in life? It may not be easy, but accept shortcomings as temporary, don’t burden yourself with the responsibility of others and just focus on what you can do, treat games as a weekend activity, be positive because negativity comes easy and will drag you down, don’t be afraid to fail, be brave and have the courage to keep going because your determination will be your greatest achievement.