Team news going in was not good for the Gaels: Joe suspended, the dominating figure of Nick the Swede also unavailable but most significantly, determined Antrim native, Tiarnán, a goal scorer against Gibraltar also not lining out.
Rumors from the camp also included a certain key player who had been suffering from “alcohol-related” injuries. Better not to ask questions.
The Gaels and Éire Óg were well matched for most of the first half with scores being largely shared. That changed when the presence of two publicity shy Kerrymen began to turn things in the Gael’s favour with insightful runs and clever passes.
Two well worked goals put the Gaels into a lead that they would never relinquish. From there they briefly tried to be the author of their own downfall by engaging in poor defensive play, leaving holes and losing the ball. Sevilla took advantage by running and popping balls into this space achieving some points with player-manager Kevin getting on a lot of ball.
From there Costa Gaels pushed on however, scoring a flurry of goals, some well worked others fortuitous. The Éire Óg defense will look back with horror at some of the errors and space given.
The towering influence at midfield of the young Dublin representative, Evan, Fenton-esque in his movements, ensured Sevilla would not get the possession needed to get anything out of the game. The Ballyboden native secured many high balls and was able to move forward at will scoring freely at times.
The Gaels defense was tested again late on with legendary goalkeeper, Kieran, making three consecutive last gasp saves, the rebound of one being finally dispatched by Sevilla.
Any fear of a comeback was put to the sword by more points from the Gaels with several players getting involved, including the steady influence of veteran Meathman and publican, Dave.
A great piece of vision by half forward dynamo Cathal, put though the man known as Big Bird for a crashing finish in the Sevilla net. It was only a question of how much.
Indeed records will by scoured to detect if it were the highest score line in an Andalusian game. Final score Éire Óg Sevilla 2-15 (21 points), Costa Gaels Marbella 8-14 (38 points).
Some quotes from the weekends game:
Expertly criticized from the safety of the goalkeeper’s position, veteran Kieran had the usual no nonsense commentary:
“No more f$#king around the back, right?! That’s it!”
Kevin relieved that the next Gaels substitute was not a young player stated:
“Ah you’re replacing him with another auld lad!”
Oisín the incoming player retorted:
“I’ll make you eat that.”
Cathal coming off panting at the water break to end the first quarter, with incredulity in his eyes: “Feck, don’t tell me I have to do three more of those!”
“Eccentric debauchery & social observations”
John P Brady writes literary fiction, articles on social themes and sport. He ran a blog about life in Italy, where he lived for 6 years. His first book, a collection, entitled Back to the Gaff has been published by Roadside Fiction. It concerns the wild happenings in Dublin by night.
Back to the Gaff
Scandalous Narratives of Contemporary Ireland
Back to the Gaff is a collection by author John P Brady, which describes the excessive and outrageous nature of Irish night life.
Meet an array of eccentric individuals who populate the bars of Dublin, living lives of decadence and abandon. Their frolics inevitably lead to a trip ‘back to the gaff,’ which in Dublin-speak means gravitating towards someone’s place of residence where the depravity continues.