Alexandra Park 10s – Old Garchonians 5s 1-2 / 1-5

SAL Minor Div 4 North | April 2, 2016

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Scorers: M.Brough / McGovern

20 minutes before kick-off we set a new record with 3 players having arrived. At this point the bookies were making it 7/8 as to the number who would be there by the time we got to take the field. For once the bookies were wrong (well they did have Leicester at 5000/1 to win the league) and we actually started with 9. Old Garchonians not only had the full 11 but 3 subs just in case anyone got tired during the 2 hours of football that was due to be played.

Despite this Max Brough got the outfield organised and Brough the elder set about organising his two most static defenders called Cross Bar and Post. Those two responded in top fashion by deflecting away 3 shots in the first 15 minutes even though the Skipper claimed he had them covered. Despite being out numbered we took the game to them with 4 of Max’s mates playing some excellent football. And then it happened the ball broke loose to Brough the younger and a curling shot took it away from the keeper and the 9 men were one up. Max claims it was 30 yards out but as we are now in a metric world it was probably closer to 18 metres, a subject to be argued about around the Brough Christmas table for years to come.

At half time we realised that it was going to be a lot harder going uphill against the wind but we held out for 15 minutes of the 30 before a cruel deflection bought them back into the game. They then grabbed a second with an excellent finish and then a last minute breakaway flattered the score. There was no doubt we had tired in the second half and the introduction of their subs made a difference. The ref said that with another couple of players in the class of Max’s mates we would have won this game.

So to the second game, Max had called upon Mr Coleman to make it down to help the troops, he answered the call and now we had to see if he would cut the mustard. I tried a new tactic in the second game by losing the toss and ended up kicking up the slope. With 10 men we were all over them and chances were being created almost every minute but there goalie was equal to everything we threw at him. But then a free kick from Max Brough was floated into the area and Danny McGovern jumped an inch off the ground to head it in. We should have then gone 2 up but despite some great sweeping from the skipper a breakaway saw them bring it back to level at half time.

The second half for me resembled the scene from Dodgeball . This is the where one member of average Joe’s is against 5 cougars, in that story Patches tells him to get mad and history tells us he gets to knock the other 5 out. Unfortunately that didn’t happen in real life and despite the skipper being as mad as hell with the no shows and trying his best to impersonate the legendary Cat they scored another 4.

Thanks to the lads who did show up and for Max bringing some excellent footballers along, it was a tremendous effort and I am proud to be associated with you, you all deserve to be men of the match

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