Athgarvan U10’s Match report
Away game against Ballymore-Eustace, Tuesday 8th June 2010
It is often said that you see the real character of a team when they are staring defeat straight in the face. Although Athgarvan were well beaten in this match, they showed huge courage late in the second half to recover a great deal of pride from a game that had well and truly gotten away from them. The final score in the match was Athgarvan 01-03 to Ballymore’s 03-06.
As the great Elvis sang on many occasions….” A little less conversation , and a little more action please”, ….Athgarvan must have listened to the advice in the dressing room this time round and started the match really well. Although they had the benefit of a nice wind in the first half, they completely dominated Ballymore in every position. The Achilles heel (ask your Mam + Dad what that one is Lads – You get English lessons as well as Lessons in Life with these reports) however was that they were not able to translate this dominance into scores on the boards. Despite having 15 minutes of good shooting practice before the match, Athgarvan could not turn their possession into scores. At half time Athgarvan lead only by 01-02 to 00-02.
A coach will try any trick to stop the Lads “yapping” !!, and the mandarin oranges came out at half time. The Lads then had to concentrate on peeling the oranges and then listen to Mick and Tom. The oranges may have backfired however, as Ballymore started very strongly in the second half. They had the benefit of the wind and their gander was definitely up. They hit a purple patch and the scores flowed. They were very strong at midfield and they dominated most of the second half. They raced into a commanding lead with some fine scores.
This Athgarvan team has buckets of courage however and they rallied gallantly towards the end of the second half. Athgarvan held Ballymore scoreless for the last 5 minutes and even scored themselves to restore some pride in the jersey. Ballymore were well worth their win and we wish them well for their remaining matches.
They also say that you can probably learn more about a team in defeat rather than in victory. Mick and Tom are proud of the team’s gallant display towards the end of the match and also the manner in which Athgarvan took their defeat on the chin and congratulated their opponents after the match. It is important that a team tastes defeat on occasion so that it will drive team members to try harder the next day.
In a match where scores were hard to come by, the score of the match was Fionn’s point in the first half. With a battling display throughout the match, Cormac was considered by Team Management to be the Most Improved Player on the night. For a brave display of fighting spirit on a difficult night, JJ was considered by Team Management to be Man of the Match. James McNamara is also to be congratulated on his fine goal and Jordan for his points.
Onwards and Upwards !!! Valuable Lesson learned.
Thanking everyone once again for their support and encouragement.
Mick + Tom