Summerston BC Vs St. Patrick’s – 2004
Summerston BC 0 – 9 St. Patrick’s
To those that find themselves in a dark tunnel, the pain and suffering may feel like forever. Every effort would feel like a pointless and frustrating challenge that would end in failure. Time would drag on and weigh on the mind to asphyxiate any glimmer of life. A strong character and a good dose of perseverance and resilience would be required to get to the light at the end of the tunnel.
We travelled to Summerston today without Beau and Joseph who are still in recovery but came along in support. Ricky was a late omission due to illness and Joe had travelled. Tyler bravely stepped off the treatment table to help the team out if needed. We would not use him with Jojo coming in to bolster a depleted squad. A short incline walk to the grass pitches did the tight hamstrings a whole lot of good.
The kick-off would be slightly delayed due to a clash of colours. Our training bibs would serve today as match kit over our away kit. The problem resolved we kicked off confidently moving the ball about, a style of play that was pleasing to watch. We came close to opening the scoring with Jojo through on a couple of occasions but fluffed his lines. However, it was most encouraging to see our winger get himself in great positions to threaten the opposition goals. Despite their hard work in containing us Summerston could hardly get out of their half. Euan let fly a great shot from distance that would have lodged itself in the top left corner. To the spectators’ amazement the Summerston’s keeper pulled off an incredible save, palming the ball away to deny Euan. But that was only delaying the inevitable. Fifteen minutes in and we finally found the breakthrough. Dom, Gallagher and Mairtin were pulling the strings in midfield. But it was Dylan, our captain today who played a fantastic ball over the Summerston defence to release Euan. With pace Euan pounced on the inviting pass, drove on to beat the keeper with a low strike. To their credit and a combination of our poor finishing, Summerston kept it tight until the end of the first half.
At the break we reiterated our plan of attack. Within seconds of the restart Gallagher switched the ball wide to Ben who pushed on to score at the second attempt. Two minutes later it was a steal from Euan from the keeper’s clearance to increase our lead. Our good offensive play started paying dividends. Six minutes into the second half we pulled away with another well worked goal. Jamie from his wing back position delivered a curved ball behind the defence. The Summerston defence failed to intercept and Euan was in to score low past the keeper and record his hat-trick. Summerston were now facing a potent offensive line hungry for goals. A goal mouth scramble saw Euan’s attempt blocked, but Jojo was prompt onto the loose ball to flick past the defender on the line and into the net. With confidence high we were in full flow. At the back, with Dylan marshalling the defence, Ollie had a fantastic game. He ventured forward in what was an incredible run usually known for our play makers. Urged on from the sides Ollie kept on going past opposition player after another. He found himself in the opposition penalty area before he was eventually crowded out. Not be undone his team mate on the other wing, Reilly, followed with a similar daring raid that nearly earned him a goal. In goals Lennon pulled off a brilliant save to literally spare our blushes. The game was flowing to our advantage. Gallagher from deep on the left wing found Euan who disposed of his marker before going on to beat the keeper with a low shot into the far post. Two minutes later the same combination will recidivate with devastating effect. Gallagher wins a tackle in midfield and the ball breaks to Euan who took it on to beat the keeper. As we headed to the end of the game we were still hunting for more goals. Jojo’s cross was missed by Dom, but Ben collected at the second post, comes back inside to strike with the right. He would get his hat-trick at the second attempt soon after when he collected a through ball from Euan.
This game mattered more for what it meant to our journey than the score line. It represents a fresh start but also a vision into the future. It symbolises a ray of sunshine through the dark clouds, a turn into the right path to success. In a sense, it’s a vindication for showing strength of character during tough times as the hard work to rehabilitation continues.