• Messy Cup Exit

    Sidney Bedlow Cup
    16 March 2013

    St Mary’s Crumlin 2nds 2 – 1 Terenure FC 3rds

    It will come as no surprise that all games were off this weekend but I just realised I never wrote a report on last week’s game so here we go. This one probably should have been called off too, the game beforehand left the pitch an absolute mud bath and if it wasn’t for the amount of games called off recently I think both teams and the ref would have gladly abandoned it. Deciding to go ahead meant it was more a game of endurance and effort than a football match and unfortunately our opponents seemed to want it that bit more.


    The first half was fairly tight, with few chances of note. We did have the ball in the net when some nice football put Gar Duffy in on goal and he finished well but celebrations were cut short as the ref awarded a free out for a handball. Mary’s improved after the disallowed goal and started to get more of a hold on midfield, where we had been on top early on. Set pieces looked like Mary’s most likely way of getting on the score sheet as we gave away some needless free kicks around the penalty area and we looked hesitant at times defending them. It remained scoreless in the first half and we were reminded of needing to battle harder and win more scrappy ball if we were to come out on top.

    We started the second half well, putting Mary’s under prolonged spells of pressure and keeping them in their own half much more effectively that the first half. We failed to take advantage of this good start however and this allowed Mary’s to come back into the game once again. We seemed to lose our way a bit as we emptied the bench and Mary’s found a breakthrough with about twenty minutes to go. Inevitably the goal came from a set piece as we failed to deal with a corner and it was stuck away by an unmarked forward six yards out. At this stage the pitch was taking it’s toll and players were finding it tough to track back when they committed forward and Mary’s got their second on the break, managing to isolate a defender one on one and finishing the chance well.

    We did manage to fight back in the last ten minutes, Danny was causing problems for Mary’s all game and he cut through their defence to set up Daire for a tap in but this was also ruled out as he had moved into an offside position before the pass came. The same two players did combine a few minutes later to get one back but there wasn’t enough time to find an equaliser. The last action of the game saw a free kick from Danny, once again, almost squirm out of the keeper’s hands and over the line but it wasn’t to be and Mary’s advance to play Walkinstown in the quarter final.

    With mid-week games starting after Easter we have a huge fixture pile up to get through, so hopefully the weather picks up and we can look forward to playing, Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays until the end of May.
    This article was originally published in blog: Messy Cup Exit started by passinginterest
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