Latest Malta News 2012-04-10 09:30:00

DAY FIVE - MONDAY 9TH APRIL 2012
It was starting to get very windy last evening but last night it really blew up a storm. The winds just howled but most were oblivious to it all and slept soundly. However there was some storm damage with particular damage to a plastic chair in Seamus's room!


It was however a bright and sunny morning with the resounding gale now reduced to a stiff breeze which has a calm cooling effect.


Down for breakfast for 7.45am to be on the bus for just after 8.15am for the 25 minute journey to the Victor Tedesco Stadium to play our second game of the Tony Bajada Memorial Tournament which has a 9.45am kick-off.


Our opposition this morning are the Paola Hibernians. We saw their first team in action on Saturday evening. They are second in the Maltese Premier Division. We also saw their supporters in action. "Passionate" would be a fair description. What would their Under-14's be like?


Kyran misses the game as he is feeling unwell. James almost missed the start but the less said about that the better! Sadly we can only otherwise tog out 18 players.


ADSL 3 : PAOLA HIBERNIANS 0


The ADSL made it two wins out of two games with a very good 3-0 win.
This however was a good tough encounter and we had to work very hard for all that we got.


We started well and might have taken the lead after just 5 minutes. Ronan Hynes raced onto a long clearance and headed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper only for the ball to bounce back off the crossbar. On 9 minutes we had another great chance. Sean McGrane and Edmond Nolan combined brilliantly down the left flank. The ball was crossed low to the near post where Michael McGloin got a deft touch which was turned away for a corner kick.


Then on 15 minutes the ADSL hit the front. John Murray did very well in a sweeping role to clear a Hibernians attack. The ADSL countered quickly and Ronan Hynes raced on goal and knocked the ball past the advancing keeper for the crucial opening goal. 1-0 to the ADSL.


One minute later and it could have been 2-0. From a short corner kick routine Sean McGrane crossed from the right for Emmet Nally who rose highest but his header was just over the crossbar.


The ADSL could and perhaps should have had a penalty on 29 minutes but then just before half-time they did make it 2-0 when Ronan Hynes raced down the left, cut in along the endline to score low to the bottom corner from the most acute angle. 2-0 to the ADSL with half-time looming.


Into the second half Hibernians started well and missed a good chance and also forced John Murray into a good save. The ADSL weathered the storm to regain the upper hand. Ten minutes in Glenn Kelly was unlucky to see his good shot from the edge of the area brilliantly saved.


One minute later though it was 3-0. Again Glenn Kelly did very well and showed great footwork in the Box to put the ball past the keeper. 3-0.


The ADSL were comfortable now. Emmet Nally was desperately unlucky to see his headed goal ruled out for a dubious offside. Denji Adeleye also had a goal in the last minutes ruled out for offside.


It ended in a comfortable win to see the ADSL top Group B with one last group game to play tomorrow afternoon. 18 players got game time today and it was a very happy Squad that trooped off the pitch.


It was Eddie's call that we went to Piazza Hut for lunch. It was a great shout. A few relished the challenge of the "all you could eat buffet". It is some job trying to feed 23 young fellas. Think of the guy shovelling coal into the raging steam locomotive or the guy trying to fill the bottomless pit to have any idea or appreciation of what it is like trying to feed them! Their mothers are just wonderful and amazing people!
Then it was back to the hotel for a few hours of much needed rest and relaxation. Then we had an hour or so in the pools in the afternoon sun before dinner and the on-going and futile quest to fill the "Grand Canyon".


In the evening we went to the nearby cinema. "The Wrath of the Titans" in 3D.
We thought that it might be about Emmet or John on the warpath! It wasn't. It was okay and everyone enjoyed the night out. Then it was back to the hotel. Some players had to see Seamus where we discovered that John is perfectly fluent in Japanese while Eddie, apparently, is a freak of nature! Tell us something we didn't know! We were in our rooms for 10.00pm with a huge day tomorrow, both on and off the football pitch.


Everyone is looking forward to tomorrow and to what will be an historic day for the ADSL and for all the players.

 






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