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UCFL Div. 3
15 May 2013
Walkinstown Athletic 7 - 0 Terenure FC 3rds
So the nightmare continues...
I was back on the sideline for this one but still ruled out of action due to injury. The game had just kicked off when I arrived and there was little of note happening in the early stages. Walkinstown maybe shading it but we were well in the game. The opening goal summed up a lot of our problems this season, a ball into the box, a couple of chances to clear fluffed and it breaks for the striker to score.
With confidence low expectations of a come back were not high, but for the next twenty minutes or so we played some really good football and created chances to equalise. First Darren Finlay hit the target with a well struck free kick, the keeper fumbled then regathered well. Soon after the Walkinstown keeper made a fantastic save, Colin Kennedy got his head on a great cross and the ball was destined for the top corner but the keeper somehow clawed it away for a corner. From the corner the ball broke to Matt Dean at the back post and he was unlucky to see a well hit shot blocked. The fourth chance of the spell was probably the best of all, Darren Finlay delivered another quality ball from a corner and found Paul Whelan unmarked at the far post, but his firm header was just the wrong side of the post.
Having weather the storm Walkinstown went up the other end and worked a good move down their left wing, a nice one two opened up the defence and with cover slow coming across the striker finished well. With that our heads went down and the implosion began, we were caught in possession at the back for the third and failed to put any pressure on a breaking ball around the edge of our box as a fourth went in before the break.
the idea at half time was to go back to basics and try and regain some composure, but minutes in we conceded a soft penalty and it was 5-0. Goal number six was another gift as confusion over a short kick out saw it go straight to a delighted Walkinstown striker and the seventh came with two minutes left on the clock, from a good strike if I recall correctly.
As a team we have to take collective responsibility. We have some excellent individual players, but we don't function as a unit. There's poor communication in all areas of the field and we don't work hard enough to cover each others mistakes when things are going wrong. AGP on Saturday probably represents our best chance of a win before the season is out, but it will require a sea change in attitude and performance if that's to happen.
I had the camera with me for the game too and managed to get a few pictures early in the game.