2 wins, a draw & 4 loses. All in all a very disappointing weekend but time to dust ourselves down and work hard this week to put it right next Saturday
YM men 1s 3 Corinthians 5
A great game of hockey spoiled by ill discipline from both sides, saw YM fall on the wrong side of the score line.
The first half started as a cagey affair with YM absorbing a lot of pressure from the opposition but held firm not giving away many chances beside one break away that was snuffed out by replacement goal keeper Shane Davey.
As pressure lifted YM broke from open play, winning a corner which was neatly put away by Andrew Buckley adding to his tally of 6 goals in all competitions for the Y, now into his second season.
The opponents continued to press high but YM stood firm, in what was an exemplary display of team work and grit. YM again attacked with pace down the right hand side with a clock work like move finished off by Colin Jackson. Extending the lead to 2 at the break.
However fortunes would change with the two goal lead short lived as the opponents pulled one back via a rebound at a corner 2mins into the second half.
After a few minutes the game settled its frantic pace with YM starting to dominated possession. After YM having two corners blocked by the first runner, the third time lucky would come true as Gabriel De Grandis slotted home a straight flick passed the keeper.
The game completely lost it's structure thus discipline went out the window with both team's getting cards. One particular moment seeing a game being played 10 versus 9. As the team's returned to their full complement the game swung the other way with a battery of corners for the opponents resulting a 10min period that saw 5 corners for the opposition resulting in 3 goals and taking the lead 4:3 with 9mins to go.
YM lost composure on the field with 2 yellow cards in the last 9 minutes which cancelled out any real pressure YM could apply to the opposition.
And to rub salt into the wounds after the hooter a fifth was scored from another corner.
All in all a great game of hockey was marred by ill discipline with 11 cards dished out between the two sides that saw YM do themselves no favours.
The 1s now will regroup in preparation for their Irish Senior Cup Game versus Clontarf away 22nd Oct.
YM 2s 1-2 monkstown (Ellison)
2s went out with a mission to get some points on the board against a strong Monkstown team. Town put the pressure on from the start but YM took the lead in the first half. The second half took a turn as Monkstown stepped up their press and lead to mistakes by Y. We conceded 2 unanswered goals and lost the game 2-1. Defensive errors and missed opportunities remain the issue for the team
Rathgar 2-3 YM 3s men
The 3rds continued their good start to the season with a well deserved win in the end against the undefeated Chiefs. They were so confident that the keeper didn't show up for the first 20 mins but it worked as they went 1 nil up and deservedly so, it could have been more but due to some fine saves from the cat Rupert Christie. Jason Milne got his 3rd goal in 2 games to level things up , YM finally taking advantage of no keeper but it didn't improve with an I'll disciplined press leaving massive gaps the Chiefs played the better hockey and scored from a short corner strike. The keeper was just arriving when Daniel bobbled the equaliser into the empty net and took the score to 2-2 at the break
Some stern words at half time and YM went back to what has been working so far this season and dominated possession in the second half carving many opportunities out. It came down to a corner in the last few minutes dragged with power to the bottom left by Charlie to continue his good scoring run and another 3 points for the Y. On the second half alone it was well deserved but the Chiefs are a decent outfit and they probably will feel hard done by.
Clontarf 3-0 YM 4s
With only 10 men we defended really well and were unlucky to be 1 down at half time. With a second scored just after half time it was a real uphill struggle we looked isolated while attacking. Final score 3.0. Three games in a row now ending in defeat and we haven't played all that bad but it's time to dig deep and start winning points.
YM 3-trinity 6
It was like we were distracted…
On reflection, not 20 minutes before push back about half the team had found out that they were anywhere between half a stone and two stones overweight according to the good folk at Under Armour…..makers of sportswear for the size zero set. I wonder had that anything to do with it?
Anyway Guthrie put his finger on it at half time – we just weren’t playing hockey. We couldn’t string it together in a coherent way, playing at our new home for the first time. Notwithstanding this we were still in it at half time with the score 3-2 down. Trinity had opened the scoring taking advantage of (ahem) a lapse in mid-field that gave them an overlap in the circle. (Note to self - stick to left back). They then went two nil up with a crash ball into the circle that found the stick of their central mid fielder and deflected into the goal. But we responded to get the score back to 2-1 with a Reeves Smyth goal slotting home on the third attempt after initial shots by Wall and Guthrie had been saved and a scramble in the opposition circle. A further goal apiece (YM scorer Alex Wall) brought us to the end of the first half.
At that stage, just as we were getting into the game, the umpireless Trinity side were able to bring some of their hitmen more and more into the game. Superior fitness (well they’re are all 20 somethings) and very ‘un-division 7-like’ aerial, drag and tomahawk capability were all unleashed in a game that became increasingly physical though never unruly, although admittedly sometimes argumentative. Each of Trinity’s final 4 goals came from some form of aerial attack, a tomahawk from the edge of the circle or a drag flick. On the positive side, we didn’t go down without a fight and did enough to make three clear cut chances either go wide or in one case come back off the post. Jim even saved a drag flick off a PC with his head, to keep the final score a ‘better than it might have been’ 6-2.
On the positive side, we did create some good passages of play with Nigel at Centre Back nailing many excellent hit outs, Duncan in mid-field spreading the ball wide and Alex’s stick-work weaving a path through flailing defences and creating great chances. We just couldn’t execute in the circle but full credit to all the colts – Ben Hauer, Jacob Stanley and Alex Wall - for putting in a great shift.
Thanks to DR jnr for umpiring (alone) and for withstanding the lively ‘input’ from the teams on rule interpretation.
MOTM – Guthrie – for bringing oranges for the half time break, which was a highlight.
Overall, a tough day at the office, but if we learn anything it’s to get the mindset and patterns right from the outset so that we don’t end up chasing the game after 20 minutes. It’s a mind thing. Oh, and Under Armour – please update your database of S M and L for your hockey kit. It’s upsetting us!
Old Alex 0-0 YM ladies
This weekend saw our ladies 1s take on old Alex 2s away. Following on from last weeks game we were eager to get back onto a pitch and put it all behind us. The game started well with us retaining possession from the first whistle. Defensively we didn't have a huge amount to do apart from a few dangerous breaks where Hilary made some great saves. We camped up in their 25 for the majority game getting chance after chance but couldn't get past the Alex keeper who put up a serious fight. We managed to win lots of short corners with good runs from Laura and Eimear up the right and some nice work from Alana coming in from the left also. Again we didn't seem to capitalise on the shorts. With 5 minutes to go Alex got a break where Laura came to the rescue but they got awarded a short corner. With our 1st runner breaking the line we were down to 3 on the line but jen Anderson managed to break it down, keeping a clean sheet and resulting in a final score of 0-0.
YM ladies 3-0 Weston
L2's are delighted to have the addition and skill of D to the team with her scoring two goals
Improvement needed on short corners however a great one scored by Aileen
I watched this game myself and Nick and buckles have them very organised and they throughly deserved the win. Have to keep working hard and up the communication as its a very different team from last year. 2 wins out of 3 is the perfect start and promotion is very important to keep the club moving forward. Well done girls