about 2 years ago
Navan 1 - Clontarf 2
So off down the M3 (or M4!) we went for a fixture against fellow division 8 title challengers Navan.
We were greeted not only by a grit pitch, but by driving snow which saw some players starting the match in hats & hoodies!
There was no question it was going to be a difficult test for this young(ish) side, with some team members playing on the unfamiliar surface for the first time...
Well pass the test we did, in dramatic fashion, in what turned out to be a memorable victory…
After a stirring team talk we soon got into our stride on the pitch with everyone showing good application & the physical commitment required.
We took the lead through Monty who latched onto a crash ball from the back, beat a number of defenders & slotted past the keeper - easy! We continued to dominate the 1st half coming close through TK Max who shot just wide & the shiny Diamond Goggins who struck the right post. Keeper Claudius somehow kept warm & only touched the ball once, a reflection on the excellent defending of Finn, Lorcan & Nick "dead-eye" Turner at the back.
Second half was a different story. Navan, as we'd expected, came at us hard but we continued to defend doggedly & had plenty of the ball moving forward. Clear-cut chances were few however until the 2nd short corner of the game (Navan's 1st) yielded an equalizer with about 15mins left.
Without doubt the Navan goal drove us on in search of a winner. We piled forward & eventually the squeeze on the oppositions D paid off when a break down the right hand side ended in a pull back to Ciaran O’Ruanaidh who after taking a cool touch, hammered the ball home from 12 yards out with only a minute on the clock remaining!! The celebrations were wild but we held on to the final whistle for a potentially defining victory, one which could lead to control of division 8 with our games in hand to come.
Well done to all who played, it made me quite proud to see such a young team really working for each other & giving 110% from start to finish.
Away victories on grit are always special, this one could live long in the memory...
Top work lads.