The Mighty Northern Elite made their first ever eleven man outing an unforgettable night with a steely performance against an experienced Robbie Pires Omani eleven.
The seasons fourth coachio, Griftario Shaftario, pulled in an enormous squad for the first eleven man game and then proceeded to pick , in consultation with his No 2 The Feather , a couragous 4, 3, 3 attacking formation.
In the G: Chris the Bubble
At the back: Feather, Grifter, Big G. Chesney
In the Middle: Marbler, Sid, Eamonn "Duffy" Bannon
Up front: No9, Beavis, Legend Critchley
On the bench: 999, Hancock, Tinman, Lovedoctor
Special Mention : The Fairmer and family on the line for the first half , show of support was great , thank you Ian .
The game started at a roaring pace with big Grifter making the first crunching tackle of the night on the wee number 10. As the ball bounced, the 6ft 5 monster arched over the boy and put him in the wall, looked sore to be honest. ( I did pat him on the heed and say sorry , only to be scowled at by the Big G-Unit who told me " ONLY APOLOGISE AT THE END GRIFTER " )
The Elite were playing a high line and trying to squeeze the midfield and Sid was working hard, however the coachio reverted to a 4.4.2. Pulling The Legend into a central midfield berth with the Sick boy. That magic worked and gave Sid the space to hit a pile driver into the Omani net after a lovely lay off from the hard working Marbler.
First change of the night saw Hancock on for Pete on the left of the park and 999 on for No9 up front. Second change saw the storkmeister on for Grifter at the back and Lovedoctor on for big G. Davie C dropped back to centre half and the Doc slotted into a central midfield role with his Sicko mate. It was to be a short lived debut for the Doc as he managed to twist his dodgy knee on the bonny astroturf and didnae see any more action. ( love doctor nae seeing any action , theres a recurring theme there !!! )
The Elite went into the half time interval 1 up and were still well up for the game. The Omani's were yet to have a credible shot on goal , and any threat was thwarted by the ever impressive bubbles .
Second half saw the same formation stay the same, however in a wee masterstroke the Coachio dropped beavis into a central midfield role with Sid.
Second half starting eleven:
Chris the Bubble
Feather, Storkmeister, Big G, Chesney
Marbler, Beavis, Sid, Pete
No 9, Grifter
The elite quickly got on top again and grabbed their second when Beavis slotted in a good shot.( that was his 982nd shot of the night , so a similiar ratio to darren mackie )
The 3rd was a beauty. Big Grifter stepping up to curl a freekick around the wall and into the bottom corner. Move oot the way sicko. ( the feathers words , nae mine . Although when i approached sicko and stated " I`ve got this " , the cheeky cnut looked up to the skies and shook his napper , Only to give me a wee wink on the way back to the centre spot )
The 4th was a well worked goal with Legend Big Davie C getting on the end of the good work.
In between the Omani's had pushed Pires up top onto a tiring Elite defence and with the only lack of concentration of the night, the terminator broke free to rifle a drive passed the excellent Chris the Bubble. It was a shame for the Bubbler not to keep a clean sheet as he had been impressive all night.
The 5th was about time with No9 taking the fifth chance that had come begging his way with a scuffled rollie inner into the net. He could have easily scored 23 on the night if he`d taken his right peg wi him .
a few tired legs were showing as the clock counted down and a relief all round I think when the ref blew for full time . The oman team were a very strong unit , with good passing and communication , think maybe the difference on the night was the tenacious battling qualities shown by the elite , and the way a few of the boys adapted to different positions .
A big thank you to the omani boys for making it a great night , a few beers was had in Barzar afterwards , and thanks to beavis for charging me 20 dirhams for 3 nachos and claiming the reciept for his expenses !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Would be great if we could make this a regular occurrence boys , already got a game lined up with the FC barcelona coaches I think in 2 weeks ( chesney has the details ) .
Specil mention to chesser , he organised all this and paid up front for it , got your dough Chesser , I know who paid me on the night and who did`nt so lets see whos honest amongst you ..........
Bubbles : Outstanding between the sticks , never stopped talking and made some fantastic stops - 10/10
Feather : always amazes me how he reads the game the way he does , gives himself so much space to control the game and control the troops - 10/10
Big G-Unit : Special mention for lasting 23m30s in first half , 30 secs more than the coachio , solid in the tackle and organisation was immense - 10/10
Grifter : Got stuck in when I had too and came up with a 22yard screamer , thank you and good night - 9.5/10
Chesney : superb display from the one and only , burstiong forward when space was there and tracking back brilliant - 10/10
Eamonn : tielress running down the left and linked up well with chesser and sat back when needed - 10/10
Sicko : immense . Never stopped from the first whistle til the last , hard tackling and great runs forward , created space all around him and a screamer of a goal - 10/10
Marble Man : Wee 7 lungs was outstanding as usual , pace down the right was constant threat and created most of the goals - 10/10
Legend : anywhere on the park , he showed his class and composure , finished his chance well and was solid at back when asked - 10/10
Beavis : excellent running all night from beavis , took his gola well and showed some stell in the tackle in midfeild - 10/10
No 9 : never stopped hassling there defence and covered every blade of grass on the night . Took his goal like a seasoned pro - 10/10
Hancock : Big strong challenges from the hankers , and stuck man for man duties on the night - 10/10
Love Doctor : shame he never lasted longer as he showed some neat touches and dig in the middle of the park - 10/10
Tinners : again , tinners did exactly what was asked of him and stuck a leg in at every opportunity , solid as usual - 10/10
999 - Superb display from simon , hassled well up front and showed some real class and dig when brought into the middle - 10/10
Special mention to Grifstix ( love you min ) , shando , satchmo , night and day , yeatser , chopper and anyone else whos been associated with this fantastic club . You were missed on the night lads and hopefully your here for the next one .