• A Game at Long Last

    UCFL Div. 3
    23 January 2013

    Terenure FC 3rds 1 – 0 Walkinstown Athletic

    After a not so brief hiatus in the season we were finally back in action on Saturday, eleven weeks after beating AGP. Looking for a third win in a row it was hard to know what to expect after so long without a game. We knew Walkinstown were a dangerous team and they ran, run away league leaders, Chapelizod close last week so they had to be taken seriously. With snow falling, rumours that the park rangers wanted to call off the pitch and the ref arriving late pre-match preparations weren’t ideal, but, thankfully we seemed to handle the delays better than our opponents.


    We started very positively closing down a young Walkinstown team quickly when they had the ball and putting together some nice passing when we won possession. The high tempo early on was producing chances in the way of corners and set pieces and the Walkinstown players were getting frustrated and arguing among themselves as they struggled to get going. Less than fifteen minutes in our good start got it’s just reward, Darren Finlay delivered a dangerous corner to the near post and an unfortunate Walkinstown defender made contact and directed it straight into his own top corner.

    Things started to settle down after the frantic start but we continued to hold the upper hand for most of the half, defending well and creating chances of our own. Walkinstown did start to gain some territory towards the end of the half though and there was plenty of warning, if it were needed, that the game was far from won.

    We expected a backlash in the second half and we weren’t disappointed. Walkinstown were much more assured on the ball and managed to build sustained pressure, while we started to show some ring rust after such a long break in the season. Despite having more of the ball Walkinstown struggled to create clear cut chances and all of our players continued to make things difficult for them by closing down quickly from front to back.

    The closest Walkinstown came was a miss-control from Dylan in goal but he recovered to make a great save at the strikers’ feet. At the other end Daire danced around the Walkinstown defence only to scuff his attempt on goal and we came close with a couple of dangerous counter attacks but the final pass just let us down. The difficult conditions and tough nature of the game took its toll as both teams emptied their benches; we were unfortunate to see Paul Kavanagh come on for his debut only to depart again within minutes, after a crunching 50/50 challenge, and by the end of the game there was several more walking wounded.

    The final whistle was a welcome relief and I think we were all happy to be heading home to thaw out. Three wins in a row shows the great progress we have made since the start of the season and the ability to combine some nice football with a bit more hard work and determination is really starting to pay off. We’ll look to continue our improvement in the league and will be targeting real progress in the Bedlow cup and shield competitions over the coming weeks.
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