After another mauling off the unbeaten Champions Elton Vale the match underlined where our strengths and weaknesses lie . Though in the first half we had 6/7 efforts on goal , the second half was a different story . Defensively we were all at sea and our lack of understanding of how to play both an attack pushing on and being able to deal with late runs was all too apparent .
A league table doesn't lie as they say and a third position in a predominantly U18 League was a true reflection of where we are and I said at the start of the season that it would probably be a season of consolidation until next season when our U17 team bar one will be much the wiser for the experience when we will be one of the older teams .

We started this game with 8 men in a 3 - 3 - 1 formation and incredibly went into a 1-0 lead when Lewis found the marauding Quinns head to beat the keeper .
Jamie then pulled off three good saves but in between this the opposition drew level when their best player the number 9 shot from 25 yards out .
We got back to 9 men when Dan arrived after half an hour but the lads have to be applauded for holding their own in the meantime .

With no Dylan , Lewis , Samir , Ben or Josh we drafted Morgan back in and to add to this Rob had to leave at half time .
We started on the front foot however and soon had our shooting boots on , with a super left foot curler from Oisin being superbly saved by their keeper and he was again busy when O found Joe on the left with a super pass who put Rowie in on goal for him to save once more .

After losing midweek in a tired performance against Whitworth Park 2-1 in the league the bright spot was Morgan once again on the score sheet . Some of the lads had played 4 games in as many days so they could be forgiven .
However the same could not be said of our performance today in a League Cup semi final where only two players shone like a beacon namely Samir and the ever reliable Quinn .
Why we were not up for it from that start only the players will know with Midway first to the ball , first in the tackle , always first to the ball and with an attitude that said they were going to win the tie and go to the final .When they lost the ball they won it back quickly. Desire and attitude are key in winning games and we looked like losers from the start .

The game started at a great pace with slick flowing football from both sides which was pleasing to the eye with Unsworth slightly the better team .
Out first effort came from Samir who was fulfilling the promise he has shown with a much harder working performance and getting in the tackles in midfield which is a pre requisite for the position, not letting the opposition settle . He found Dev who headed just wide .
Against the run of play and their first real effort on goal we didn't clear our lines panicking somewhat and rather than putting our foot through the ball to clear if in doubt a slice found a Midway forward and the ball squirmed into the back of the net from a soft shot.