Day 5 2015-04-05 16:07:00



Day 5 already!  Time is flying. (Are you still tuning in Kasey? Your dad is missing you! You are his sunshine!).

Another beautiful morning with hardly a breath of wind. This could be a warm one.

We were up for 9.30 and down for our breakfast. Zach is desperate for a salty rasher. Even half a one! But he is a professional athlete and resists the temptation without hardly a complaint!

Meanwhile word has it that Paul is having boots sent out from Ireland. If they arrive without any of his mother’s cookies there will be big trouble.

Tony visited Seamus this morning for an NCT. A big, hardy, tough fella from Ballinasloe. Yeah right! Cried like a baby. And the needles were not that big! And as for Jack O’B you probably heard him screaming back in south Roscommon!

Our game today is a friendly and is not now until 12.30. So, a stretching session and some DVD and tactical analysis for most of the rest of the morning before we walked the short distance to the pitch.

We were there early to do some work on our shape and set-up and worked hard despite the blazing sun. Again the facilities are fantastic and really put ours to shame. We were also, and again, given a fantastic welcome. Our opposition are an U-15 team, Fgura United, and are travelling out from Valletta. They got caught in some Easter traffic and so the kick-off was delayed which gave us more time to work on our shape and enough time for the latest batch of parents who arrived today to make it to the game. We had a big travelling support by kick-off time.

                            FRIENDLY –    ADSL     5    :      FGURA UNITED     0


This was another excellent performance. We played good football and passed and moved well .

Despite playing well and a few decent chances it took us 15 minutes to get a goal. Jordan did the hard work down the right flank and crossed low for Aaron to score with his first touch.

It was to turn into the Aaron show. He scored a second just a minute later. The move started with Owen K from left back and after a good passing move through midfield ended with Aaron playing a neat one-two with Jordan before finishing low to the bottom corner.

Six minutes later it was 3-0. It was a great move off a short free kick by Daragh and Bryan and then a brilliant deep cross to the far post by Owen K for Jordan to finish at the back post.

Aaron then completed his hat-trick of a corner kick and then just before half-time added a fourth for him and a fifth for us after some great footwork and quick feet in the box.

We made nine changes at half-time. There were no more goals but the performance level did not really drop as we concentrated on trying to keep hold of the ball. We had some very good chances. Demilade came close with a low drive, Adam had a good pot shot, Ryan had two good efforts and Jack O’B had a better than decent effort.

All told it was a good performance. Aaron was exceptional. Cian M and Jordan were just magic, captain for the day Daniel was excellent with his vision and passing just top notch. Robbie and Adam were also very good in the second half.

A good day’s work.

Then it was straight back to the Hotel for lunch. There was magnificent vegetable soup that hit the spot despite the heat.  The chicken curry was good but the meatballs were simply devine with just a spicy twist.

Then we were into the pool for some down time. This was great craic bettered only by the 7-a-side football on the adjoining pitch. This was crazy but brilliant. The constant hoots of laughter said it all.

News that Arsenal hammered Liverpool pleased Nashir and the United heads but left Jayden distraught. A bad start for David Moyes! (That one is still running.)

At 5.00pm we headed off to the Ta Qali National Stadium to see some of the Malta Premier League. We got the end of the first game as Florianna beat Zebbug Rangers 3-1 and then settled in to watch the League Leaders Paola Hibernians play Mosta.  We were in the VIP Section. Only the best!

There was a great atmosphere generated totally by the Hibs fans with huge flags, brilliant drumming and constant singing. We all got in on it.

The game was not long on when who did we see but the unfortunate San Gwann goalkeeper from Thursday. His arm was in plaster and in a sling. A few of the lads went to talk with him. Then an amazing thing happened.

We all know that Seamus McWalter is a legend. Everyone in the ADSL and many other schoolboy Leagues have known that for a long time. This young goalkeeper wanted to thank Seamus for all that he did for him on Thursday and his parents also wanted to thank Seamus for all that he did for him. So Seamus is a legend in Malta as well. That will not surprise anybody who knows him. Well done Seamus!

Hibs won the match easy, 5-0. They are very good but Mosta are poor. By the end all the lads were joining in the celebrations. We had our own conga and songs. It was mighty craic.

That continued on the bus back to the hotel with loads of sing songs and banter. We had pizza back at the hotel to round off another great day.

High spirits and energy levels are running high and show no sign of flagging.


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