Well the first weekend of the season finally arrived. Sun was out along with the wind and a few clouds were gathering as the 12.30 kick off v Ratoath approached. Excitement was high and positions picked – they knew the shape and the plan all they had to do was execute the plan Surely nothing could go wrong? But this is a great game football anything can and does happen.
The wind picked up in the first half making it difficult for both teams and shots were not that forth coming Fionn O’Moore, Jamie Pollard and captain Nathan Regan were slotting together nicely at the back with the former not shy to take a shot. It must have been this that shook up the forward as nice interchange work on the left from Ryan Edge and Sean O’Brien allowed a great pull back for Adam Strastian to open the scoring on 32 minutes. Invigorated and following nice passing moves the ball again came out on the left for Danny Ash to half volley with his left into the top of the net BOOM 2-0.
Half time arrived and then a piece of dogged determination form Adam Maher – He chased a lost cause that turned into a half chance that then like a magic trick turned into a glorious THIRD goal. Confidence was up and the plan was being put into action.
Mark McCann was now playing like “Messi” as he talked and drove forward past a few players and “unleashed a shot that rippled the net. A few moments later he hit the post – bit the Blues of Clonee did not give up Sean O’Brien reacted best drive forward on the left and volleyed into the far corner for goal number five. Ratoath had now had the wind taken out of them literally and figuratively but to their credit they still gave it their all and kept pressing. Emeka Ejike opened up his account with a lovely shot from the right hand side where he looked more comfortable. Fionn O’Moore then ventured up front for some reward for his great defending in the first half as Adam Strastian volunteered to cover. The excellent Jamie Pollard picked up a knock and Adam Maher joined his strike partner at the back with aplomb. The shape continued under the watchful eye of the new positioning coach – Festus.
Fionn was unlucky upfront as he did everything but score – had he been playing Gaelic though he would have had a few points to his name! He did however collect an assist as Lorcan Hoey was on hand to score number seven and put seven different scorers on a high. Ratoath did not surrender and launched a lst attack only to be denied by an super save from the man we call “Neuer” Eoin Kirwan who along with the defence recorded a clean sheet something that took 8 weeks last year by the way. Overall a fantastic start as teachers would say – let’s keep it up.