Galway Cup - Match Day 3 2014-08-10 14:59:00

DAY 3 – GALWAY MACRON CUP – FRIDAY 8TH AUGUST 2014

 

More sad news today.

 

Dermot McCormack’s mother, Mrs. Kathleen McCormack, died suddenly last evening. This is very sad for him and for his family. Dermot has only been with us a short time but already has made a huge impression with all the lads. We want to extend our sincere sympathy and condolences to Dermot and his family on their sad loss and will be thinking of Dermot and his family today. May she Rest in Peace.

 

Day 3 of the Galway Cup is less hectic for us but no less important.

 

The Boys team have a day off and that will do them no harm. The Elite team play the North Dublin Schoolboy League, the second biggest schoolboy league in the country, in the Plate semi-final. That is another big game for us.

 

Kick-off was not until 3.35pm so the day dragged a bit. Dermot is not with us and we want to do well for him today. By kick off time we were well prepared and ready for this.

 

2001 ELITE PLATE SEMI-FINAL:

 

                     ADSL     1     :     NORTH DUBLIN SCHOOLBOY LEAGUE       0

 

What a win!

 

It was only 1-0 but we won this game much more comfortably than that score line might suggest. We played very well. When we had the ball we tried to keep it. Our shape was good and we really stretched them. When we did not have the ball we pushed up and pressed them.

 

We took the lead by applying this pressure. In the 10th minute we pressed them and Jordan pounced to intercept a square pass and then raced clear and fired into the top right corner. What a goal! Classic Jordi!

 

We deserved the lead and remained the better side for the rest of the first half. We might have doubled our lead just before half-time when Eoin Keogh made a great over-lapping run from right full and was picked out by an exquisite Stephen O’Connor pass. Eoin continued his run, cutting inside, but his low shot was quite brilliantly saved.

 

Into the second half Cian Molloy came on. Cian is just back from holidays and it is great to have him back. With Cian down one flank and Jordi down the other and Big Jack playing a stormer in the centre we were a real handful for them. They did enjoy a very good ten minute spell and did hit the post in a bit of a goal mouth scramble but otherwise we were comfortable.

 

The last five minutes was a bit hectic and we lost our shape a bit and just cleared the ball. That was understandable but we will have to learn from that and keep our composure better. The final whistle was greeted with great joy. This is a big scalp. We also wanted to do it for Dermot. We also wanted to do it for ourselves. We are back in a Final and after last Sunday in Cardiff we believe that there is unfinished business. We did not do ourselves justice last Sunday. We do not intend to repeat that mistake tomorrow.





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