Dirty, Dirty Leeds…

When Don Revie’s Leeds team was dominating the old English First Division, beaten opponents would sometimes moan about the tactics and the tackles, but history has decided that it was more the pure footballing genius of Johnny Giles, Billy Bremner et al which made them a memorable championship team (and the target of many a sourly tossed grape).  So, too, is it with the St. Conleth’s Staff Soccer Team.  The years roll on, the victories (or strategic draws) pile up (10 in a row!), and the students inevitably walk (or limp) away, moaning about an emphatic tackle or two…  Now, emergency-ref (and staff manager) Mr. McGrath did mistakenly take along his reading glasses instead of the distance ones, but really what was there to see besides some good, hard play?  Mr. Trenier’s portrait may no longer hang in the Remi household but surely he did nothing a loose-head prop, sorry… a holding midfielder would not do.  And Mr. Lonergan’s intense tackling was what you would expect from a half-forward, sorry… winger.   There is certainly no need to excuse Mr. ‘Bomber’ Bolger’s delicate positioning in the box.  In fact, he was tactically removed briefly in the first half because of a lack of robustness (but did return after a needed stoking of the fire in his belly).  Perhaps the staff’s principal players were, once again, our stalwart defenders, Kilcommons, ODualing and Travers: repeatedly, majestically heading the ball away before scavengers such as McKeown and Measimer could get a toe-hold.  Newcomer staff such as Gleeson, E. Sheridan and O’Brien certainly played their parts, giving us more width then we have become used to… and returning hero Stephen Sheridan once again patrolled the hole like a younger Wayne Rooney.  Latin Tutor Gavin Sheridan did an amazing job filling the formidable boots of Willie Malone in goals and youngsters Adanov, Maguire and Latvis provided the needed spark off the bench.  To be fair to the students, they did pass and play with Arsenal-like finesse, a sure-fire way to impress the pundits and leave the trophy cabinet empty in a competition such as this, and several student warriors such as Pogatchnick and Fox soldiered on manfully without much complaint… we salute you and welcome you back as tutors/assistants/custodians so that you may join us in the future on the Staff Team.  Then you will see, as the years and pounds pile up, that a tug or two is just what you need to do!

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