Malta Day 2 2015-04-02 10:07:00


Whose idea was it to come to Malta anyway ?

We had some weather in Ireland before we left with driving rain and raging winds that battered the country.

It is even worse here. The wind and rain was bad enough. But then the thunder and lightning. Then it started to snow. It was so cold that we saw a polar bear trying to take cover. Unbelievable Jeff!

Of course given the day that it is in it all of that is true. It was a day when you were constantly on your guard. Believe nothing you are told is the safest course!

The real truth is that it is a glorious day. A little windy but warm and very sunny.

We were up for 9.30am to be down for breakfast. Everyone was hungry and everybody left happy.

We then had time for a dip in the swimming pool on the roof of our hotel. This is true! Really! The water was cold but the view is spectacular. It was mighty fun.

Then we had a short team meeting and we were on the bus on the way to our first game, a friendly against the Luxol U-15 Team.

The ground was fantastic with a super astro-turf surface. We all can’t play but we have three such friendlies and everyone will get a run. We all however did the warm-up. And it was very warm. Only the breeze cooled us down.

Kick-off was at 2.30pm and we had a good showing of parents to shout us on.

                   FRIENDLY :  ADSL      0     :         LUXOL        2


Any notion that this is a cushy holiday was soon dispelled.

We were a goal down after just two minutes!

They were very good. They are everything we aspire to be. This was not our best performance. In many ways we were poor. We gave the ball away too easy and did not work hard enough to get it back. When we did have the ball we dwelled on it too long and never moved the ball quickly or at all.

They scored from a good attack down our right and a great cross was finished to the net. After 10 minutes a brilliant Jayden clearance off the line avoided a second.

We settled a bit better after that but created little in attack.

In the end we used 21 players over the 70 minutes which probably did not help the overall cause but still gave a run out to all but six of the Group.

We battled away bravely but conceded a second goal just two minutes from the end.  Trixie was easily our best player, while the two keepers – Cian in the first half and Gary in the second half also did well.

We had a bit of a chat after the game and then a good warm down. Then it was back onto the bus and into the Baystreet Complex area in St. Julians for a bit of retail therapy and some rest and relaxation. We headed back to the Hotel at 6.30pm.

After a shower we were ready for dinner at 7.30pm. It is grand. A decent selection and as much as you want. Some of the desserts were nice but they disappeared very quickly.

Then we had a team meeting. We had a quick review of today and prepared for the start of the Tournament tomorrow. It was a good meeting.

We were also told the two teams for the Tournament. We compete as two separate teams, in different Groups, as the ADSL Saints and the ADSL Scholars. A few needed convincing that Ireland was known as the “Land of Saints and Scholars”. A few parents might need more convincing that their offspring are either!

Anyway the ADSL Saints are Gary Martin, Jack Seery, Jayden Tumulty, Eoin Keogh, Ciaran Quinn, Daragh Kenna, Ryan Conway, Nashir Ishola, Aaron Keane, Stephen O’Connor, Jordan Carr, Tony Finn and Daniel McDermott. They play first tomorrow at 3.00pm against Valletta.

The ADSL Scholars are Cian Treacey, Robbie Dolan, Josh Hanney, Owen Keogh, Andrew Monaghan, Paul Garvey, Bryan Rohan, Adam Donoghue, Jack Buckley, Oisin Duffy, Cian Molloy, Jack O’Beirne, Demilade Adesina and Zach Nolan. They play San Gwann at 5.30pm tomorrow.

Nobody can say there is an “A” or a “B” Team here.

Then it was back to the rooms. We are all on the one floor and we have that to ourselves. Seamus was busy (as usual). A few more watched football DVD’s while more just relaxed and chilled.

We are all a bit tired to be honest. Some more than they would be prepared to admit. Most were looking forward to a good night’s sleep. We have a big day tomorrow.

All were however happy with the exception of Jayden who is just devastated with the news today that Brendan Rogers quit Liverpool today in a row over Sterling’s new contract. Wait until he hears tomorrow that David Moyes is taking over! 


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