Toughest Test Yet
refused to give up
This match was going to be our toughest test yet having exchanged the registration cards and checked a few DOB's it became obvious that the Irby team were a year or so older than the majority or our lads. Was it going to be a walkover to Irby who had Goliath in their ranks?
Although Irby had the majority of possession in the first twenty minutes, Hoylake were composed on the ball and kept Irby at bay although the defence were quite busy. Unfortunately due to a fortunate 'blind eye or two' from the ref Irby netted from close range and an offside position 1--0 despite the protests. Soon afterwards it was 2-0 despite some resolute defending and some outstanding saves from Flynn who was the busier of the keepers. 3-0 then 4-0 it looked like it was going to be a rout!! Some fresh legs around the break proved to be a turning point with Liam and Hodgey both lobbing the keeper to bring it back to 4-2. Hoylake were looking better but Irby were dangerous on the break and raised their game following the goals and soon went 5-2 up. Tom Sanford had been brought on as fresh legs up front and was rewarded when the keeper fumbled the ball and smashed the ball home to make it 5-3. Irby were starting to tire but with the clock ticking it was difficult to see anyway back and to make matters worse Irby scored a sixth despite some stubborn defending and keeping. However it was another substitute Will Vesey who popped up with a minute or so left to make it 6-4 but with only seconds remaining that was more or less the last action but at least they kept going until the final whistle and refused to give up.
The lads did well, fought for every ball and kept their discipline and played as a team, encouraged their fellow team members kept their heads up. Under a new captaincy and with some great additions to the squad the team have shown a better maturity and commitment to the cause.
MOM Flynn Haley for some outstanding saves.