Kennedy Cup Day 4 2018-06-14 08:39:00


          WEDNESDAY 13TH JUNE 2018

Welcome to what it is to finish fourth in your Group.

When we arrived on Pitch 2 for our game this morning there was hardly anybody there and the hill was almost empty. It improved a bit by kick-off but not by much.

But we were again in determined mood.

We were up for breakfast by 8.30, got our kit for just after 9.00 and in our Team Meeting for 9.30am.

                 ADSL   2    :    WW / EC     0

This is a Kennedy Trophy quarter-final.

We made a very good start and had a number of good chances as we dominated the play. The best early chance came from a Shane H cross met by a great Danny header which was brilliantly saved.

We took the lead on 11 minutes.

Danny was fouled about 10 meters outside the box. Rian took the free kick and thumped it and found the net bouncing it in just before the line low to the right hand post. A great strike and a deserved lead.

We continued to apply pressure and doubled our lead on 20 minutes. Danny made a great run, cutting in from the right and unleashed a thunderbolt that came back off the post but only as far as Bobby who coolly and calmly picked his spot to score for 2-0. It was everything we deserved. At long last!

Rian might have got his second again from a free kick before the break but the keeper made a good save.

We tried to keep up the impetus into the second half but fell off a little. Still Shane H had a good effort well saved at the near post and Shane H later had an effort cleared off the line from a Danny cross.

Daragh put Danny in with a super pass but again his effort was well saved at the near post.

We thought we had scored a third 22 minutes into the half. Again a super pass from Daragh found Danny. His shot thundered back off the crossbar but was met by Eoin following up who scored with a fantastic finish only to have it ruled out for an offside. A pity because it looked a good goal and there would be no more popular scorer in the Group than Eoin. We played well and every single player got on with everybody contributing to the effort.

It finished 2-0 and we have won a game. A little underwhelming as we feel we are underachieving and we needed to be reminded to smile and enjoy the win.

That process was helped by ice cream all round and then a good recovery session in the swimming pool and then home for lunch. Boy, but Rory is putting quite a few mothers under some serious pressure here.

The afternoon was free. Some had a snooze. Some went for a wander and looked at a few games. Most played FIFA! Or “Fortnite”. Good quality down time!

Dinner was at 6.30pm.

Happy Christmas!

By tradition the Wednesday of Kennedy Cup week is Christmas Day!

I know! A bit mad but amazing craic!

So the full works – turkey and ham with all the trimmings – Christmas music and Christmas carols – Christmas table cloths – Christmas crackers and hats – Bad jokes – great fun! Everything except the family row!

It was made even better when Rory brought in Abdul as his Assistant and togged him out in his whites and Chef hat to help serve up the Christmas feast. Fellas laughed until tears rolled down their faces.

The food was magnificent. Abdul was anxious to acknowledge the part played by his Assistant, Rory. The company was superb. A great evening.

What a crazy magnificent tradition! Christmas Day in the middle of June! Good on the ADSL. These boys will never ever forget this day or this week!

There was some fun to be had when we put Sam’s Mum on speaker phone for the whole Group to see how Sam got on in the Summer Exams. The Report Card has arrived and let’s just say that Sam needs to do some work on his Maths. Ben has agreed to help. Full marks however to Sam’s Mum for playing the game. She was a good laugh.

We did the same with Shane K but both Shane’s parents (to Shane’s considerable relief) were giving nothing away and pleaded the Fifth Amendment.

Lastly we tried for Daragh’s Results but his Dad said the Report Cards are not out yet. Somebody should have a word with the Principal in that School!

The lads also sang “Happy Birthday” down the phone to Clive. Happy Birthday Clive.

Then it was more free time. Great times in fact.

The Team Meeting was late because David was playing FIFA while Dermot had to fit in a Table Tennis match in between “Call of Duty”.

When we did get round to the Team Meeting the focus was on tomorrow’s Trophy semi-final against Galway. Galway never expected to finish fourth in their Group and we played them in a friendly recently so we know exactly the enormity of the challenge we face tomorrow morning.

 Kick-off tomorrow Thursday is at 10.30am on Pitch 2


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