Due to Shankhill no show, Blessington newly crowned champs had a new challenge to attend to, the newly formed and slightly overage Parents of the team.
In goals for the parents was, Yanni’s dad Jesse ( who had borrowed Don Johnson’s shoes from Miami Vice) at the back we had the evergreen Alan Gilroy and Eoin Barrett and the plain Green (by the end of the game) Stephen Coughlin, midfield had Peter Harney ( dressed like an attorney) and Paul( I should have stuck to coaching)Jordan and the borrowed referee Rob Gilligan and Aaron Broe Foster ,the sprightly and talented Tommy Mulvey played up front with Brendan ( I am not passing) Harney.
The Parents were slightly outnumbered by the starting line up of 17-20 players of the U11’s and we are not quite sure how many was in the team by the end. First real chance fell to the Parents when Brendan blazed a header over from two yards out – hang your head in shame, and then followed up by tapping one by the post from a yard out after some lovely play from the youthful Tommy Mulvey,Return passing is not in Brendan’s locker,Alan Gilroy opened the scoring with a great volley just inside the box and then Brendan made amends by slotting home from four yards out after being put through again by the ever present and energetic midfielder Tommy Mulvey,(H/T 0-2 to the old fogies).
Second have started after a much needed rest by the Parents, with the U11’s putting the parents under severe pressure, Daragh Broe Foster chipped Yanni’s dad from outside the box to make it 1-2 and then Tommy Mulvey fluffed a header from four yards out, took a bit of the shine off a near perfect display. Aaron Broe Foster then had a great chip clip the post from just inside the half way line. another chance was squandered by the parents when Brendan finally passed and put Tommy Mulvey through he hit the ball first time but it blazed by the post..Aaron made it 1-3 with another great solo goal, before Ryan Keogh chipped the keeper from outside the box with a cracker of a curling shot to make it 2-3. There seemed to be 400 kids on the pitch by now and the parents were starting to lag a little, when Tommy Mulvey finally got the goal his performance deserved with a brilliantly taken peno against 11 goalkeepers…He was pure class on the night.(2-4) and with the last kick of the game Yanni got one over on his Dad when he drilled his shot into the net from the edge of the box..(3-4) After much debate and a soaking from the kids to the managers it was agreed to call the game a draw (23 all) if for nothing else to keep peace in the households.
Thanks to all who participated in this impromptu game, it was great crack and I hope and think the kids will take great memories from it..To all the kids of U11B’s who have played this year, a massive thank you from myself and Stephen for your commitment,determination and no less skill in winning yet another league,,You guys truly are a great bunch of kids…Roll on 11 a side..