M5s come away from close game with a lose
It was a tough game
A disappointing result as there were definitely points to be had this week against a Navan side that were only 4 points ahead of us in the table coming into the weekend. However, having just been pummelled 9-1 by our 3rds, there was obvious motivation to salvage some points for the weekend for the club.
We started badly, a bit of a theme this year. A Navan mid-fielder takes the ball to the goal line and puts in a cross that deflects in off the foot of a YM defender. 1 nil down and less than 5 minutes on the clock. But it did spark us into action and after this we managed to put together some coherent passages of play. Frank as ever was a rock in mid field and getting distribution to Paddy and Nigel on the wings and James Murray playing Centre Forward. We created chances too with Wall making good runs into the circle and generally good link up play. But we couldn’t convert. One clear open goal went a begging.
Then as half time approached, a crash ball in from the Navan mid field found one of their own men camped on the back post who flicked it in to leave the score 2-0 at the interval.
With encouraging words from Chats and a recap of tactics at half time we approached the second half with belief that we could turn it around. And, having agreed some variation to the PC routine, when awarded a short early in the second half we drew a goal back courtesy of Wall who both pulled the ball out and converted on the pass back. A great goal and perhaps for us the highlight of the game. An equaliser was on the cards but again a failure to take chances from open play and sloppy passing saw us lose possession too easily. Navan got a third courtesy of a long ball to a waiting attacker left one on one with Jim, who had earlier made a tremendous flying save to keep the game within our reach.
It ended 3-1 as darkness fell on the Kings Hospital ground. It sort of matched the mood.