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St Paul’s Open Metropolitan Senior League Campaign With a Win.

Fingal CC – 2    St Paul’s CBS – 5

This is a game where the performance will not live long in the memory but the result at least keeps the winning momentum going for this group of players. Starting the game (14/11/’14) on the all-weather pitch in Clontarf without some key personnel, St Paul’s eventually got into their stride and lead by 4 unanswered goals at half -time. Fingal CC provided valiant opposition and the free-flowing football associated with this group in recent games only appeared in patches. Tackles were missed, passes did not ‘stick’ and incorrect decisions were made. The advice at half-time was to stick with the quick-passing game and use the 2nd. period to perfect team unity and build confidence for the future.

Playing with the intense glare of a winter sun in their eyes, St Paul’s were slow to react to the tentative probing of the Fingal forward-line and conceded an early goal. Encouraged by this score Fingal pressed forward looking for an other. A cry went up from the side-line, ‘Remember what happened to Arsenal in mid-week!’, in order to trigger a response from an increasingly faltering Brunner team whose football now reflected their nervous sate. Karl Ivory making his debut for St Paul’s as a replacement for injured stand-in captain Aaron McKenna, impressed with a series of good saves, safe-handling and efficient distribution. The Fingal revival appeared to have been stopped in its tracks with St Paul’s 5th goal only for the Brunner Boys to again relax their concentration and concede the final score of the match.The away team won the fixture but the home team ‘won’ the 2nd.half!

One of many fabled football cliches is that it is a sign of a good team that they can win while playing poorly. It is to be hoped that this team will respond positively to this ‘mini-blip’ by comparison with their recent performances, to deal with the sterner challenges they will inevitably face as the League campaign proceeds.

1  Aaron McKenna
2  Kaiem Ali
3 Kyle Fitzgerald
4 Darren Prendergast
5 Nathan Maguire
6 Sean Bannon
7 Jordan O’Reilly
8 Eric Douglas
9 Jake Cooney
10 William McAdams
11 Adam Bradley
12 Ciaran Horan
13 Seán Keenan
14 Karl Ivory
15 Dammy Sodeke

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