• Blowing in the Wind

    UCFL Div 3.
    08 April 2013

    St Mary’s Boys 1 – 1 Terenure FC 3rds

    Both teams were playing for the third time in six days on Monday night and had come into the game on the back of weekend wins. Mary’s Boys look to have completely turned their early season form around as they trashed Grant City 5 – 1 last Wednesday before beating a good VEC 3rds team 3 – 1 on Saturday to leap frog us in the table. That means we are now well embroiled in a relegation fight so this game took on added significance.


    It was nice to arrive to good dressing rooms in Sandyford and the pitch looked pretty good if not a bit bobbly. Unfortunately an ever increasing, bitter, wind was blowing right down the pitch and this proceeded to really dictate the game. Mary’s won the toss and made the wise choice to play against the breeze in the first half. With the advantage of the elements we made a really strong start and in the early stages played some good football and forced Mary’s to defend for long periods. We didn’t manage to convert any of four corners in quick succession or numerous other chances to put the ball into the danger area and as is so often the case we were punished at the other end. Mary’s capitalised on some hesitation in the centre of our defence as the wind held the ball up awkwardly and their striker coolly lobbed the ball over this week’s stand in keeper Darren.

    Mary’s grew into the half as they crowded midfield and got more of a hold of the ball and we couldn’t pin them back as often. We did find an equaliser, however, as some great work from Fiachra led to him putting a dangerous through ball in behind Mary’s defence, and with Kev pressuring the retreating defender directed the ball beyond his outrushing keeper and into the net.

    As the wind grew in the second half so did Mary’s dominance of the game and we were pinned back in our own half for long passages of play. Our passing game just could get going as Mary’s pressed high and the wind made long clearances almost impossible. On our rare forays into the other half there was always the danger of quick counters as the Mary’s keeper sent his huge kick outs well into our half. Our defending was resolute though and Mary’s clear chances were kept to a minimum, the best of them coming from their substitute centre forward as he twice intercepted short free kicks only to be denied as Darren recovered his errors well.

    Our best chances of the second half came from set pieces; Kev forced a smart save from the keeper after Danny’s mazy dribble was robustly stopped on the edge of the area, resulting in a yellow for the defender and an enforced substitution for us while Heffo didn’t connect as well as he had hoped when he was found in space on the edge of the eighteen yard box.
    This article was originally published in blog: Blowing in the Wind started by passinginterest
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