2012-06-12 01:52:00

DAY 2 - MONDAY 11TH JUNE

MONDAY 11TH JUNE2012:
A leisurely start to the big week with a nice lie-in to 9.00am and then up for breakfast. James is suffering from sleep deprivation. He says that he does not get up before 12!
We then headed down to have a look at the playing pitches. They look great. The excitement is building all the time.
We had a light run-out. More a bit of fun really and it was good fun. John Farrell is trying to corrupt poor Denji trying to introduce him to the dark side that is West Ham! Don't listen to him Denji!
The mood in the camp is very good matching the unexpected good weather. We headed then back to Holly House for a light lunch and then we rest up in preparation for the big kick-off this evening. It is all very relaxed and civilised. Robbie and Jack are on clean up duties today and did very well. They did not even have to contact Vanessa! It was however a close run thing!
We have however a major crisis in House 18. They have no Playstation or Xbox! A Tribunal of Enquiry is being set up to determine just who is to blame but an urgent SOS has been sent out and it is hoped that one will arrive in a Red Cross parcel this evening! In the meantime the sorry souls in House 18 have somehow to occupy themselves and there is the distinct possibility that a conversation might actually break out. What is the world coming to?
We had our pre-match meal at 3.30pm. Johnny's best new friend is Norman and he wants to bring him home next week.
Then all thoughts turn to our first match. We had a good chat and then each player was presented with their own jersey with their name on the back. It was very special and a little emotional and another indication of how big this is. We just cannot wait now for it all to really start.
The team meeting was very good and we are well up for this.
We got the shuttle bus to the pitches and were soon into our warm-up. There was a huge crowd there to support us.
7.00pm was our kick-off time.
ADSL 1 : Galway Schoolboy League 2
This was very disappointing and we felt that we deserved at least a draw.
We started very well and the better chances early on. Ciaran had a chance after just two minutes when the ball fell to him a few meters out but with his back to goal but his little deft flick was well saved. Michael then had the keeper in all sorts of trouble putting on huge pressure to a back pass.
But just ten minutes in, and from their first attack, Galway scored. Johnny came for a ball but found himself in no man's land allowing the Galway layer to head the cross into an empty net. It was not a good goal to concede.
We responded well. Ciaran was having a great game down the right wing and having won the ball in the 21st minute he beat his marker and then whipped in a delicious cross for Michael to head brilliantly to the net. 1-1.
We went on to have the better of the first half playing some very good football at times. It was looking good.
But Galway made a great start to the second half. Right from the kick-off they attacked and a cross from the left was knocked onto the crossbar and cleared away. Johnny then had to make a smart save at his near post and the resulting corner was headed onto the crossbar. Just four minutes in they scored. A defensive lapse allowed a one-on-one and this time they made no mistake.
We did however rally and a few changes made a positive impact. We enjoyed the greater possession with Sean McG, Denji, Damien and Robbie all doing well. But we were confined to half chances at best. Michael had a shot from distance, Ciaran's shot flew just over and Sean McG had a shot blocked and then hacked away.
Time just ran out on us. It was a brave effort and there was little enough in it but we were on the wrong side of the result.
After spending some time with the parents it was back to the accommodation for a shower, then some food, some down-time and then to bed with loads to think about.
Tomorrow is another big day. We play Kerry at 10.30am. They beat South Tipp 2-0 this evening. There is still loads to play for and we know that we can play better. The truth of it is that we must play better.
Time for sleep. Good night!

 





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