Wallet - check Keys - check Team kit - check GK kit - check Right boot - check Left boot - bugger GK POB gave Tactical Tally a potential selection headache just prior to kickoff as it dawned on the big lump that he had abandoned his left boot at home. The search was on for a size 12 replacement and cue Super JCG for a makeshift footwear loan. After that debacle, 1TM were all ready to take on this week’s opponent, Hibs. Hibs came into the match in good form after their 8-2 win last week so we knew this would be a tough match. In the first ten minutes, this was proven to be the case as the boys in green looked a threat going forward and created a couple of good attempts on the 1TM goal. 1TM began to build some momentum and put pressure on Hibs in their final third. We were eventually rewarded on 27 minutes when the excellent Frando collected the ball on the left and threaded through Hezzy with a defence splitting pass. The rapid number 9, took it away from the last man and slotted in off the post. 1-0. The back 5 of POB, Lego, JCG, Didge and Frando were able to cope with the Hibs attacks for the remainder of the half until Joe from Hibs saw the ball fall nicely to him from 25 yards out and hit a worldie with his left foot. The ball flew into the top corner. Great finish. 1-1 at HT. The second half saw the battle between the two sides continue and the game swung in both directions. Although Hibs had a couple of half chances, 1TM are disappointed not to take the 3 points or convert some of the openings that we created. First, Yuto struck the bar from a narrow angle and then the hardworking Duplo won the ball back in the Hibs half and hit the inside of the post when he was 1 on 1 with the keeper. In the end, both sides played their part in a well contested match and we’ll look forward to the next encounter. Thanks to the whole squad for their contribution; Dom ‘The Money’ Mooney, Team Caramba and Sharples for coming down to watch and the officials managing the game. A special mention to Hezzy, who after a short time with the squad is traveling back to Ghana. We hope to see you soon. MOM 1TM - Frando MOM Hibs - Tiago DOD - POB (Christy Brown) KIT / BALLS - Duplo
Hibs have a record in recent seasons of playing like they've never met each other before when Nick is away. Not this time. It helped that he'd drilled everyone on our new 4-2-3-1 on Thursday night and sent along Buffy as hype-man to tell us we could win. We started really solidly and had POB flying across his goal a couple of time. The save to tip away Sergio's effort from the corner of the box looked especially good. It seemed mostly under control when I went for a wee. I tried to best to see what was going on out of the window - some build up by Latini down their left wing and then the disheartening cheers. We quickly got ourselves back level though. Joey spent the warm up standing just outside the box side-footing balls into the top corner with his right and left foot. Unconventional for a full back - and something new. Half an hour in, the ball dropped for him just outside the box and he side-footed it with his left foot perfectly into the top corner for his his first goal in the Cosmo league. Spooky. That was how it stayed for the rest of the game. We had to ride our luck at time, with Latini hitting the woodwork twice and flashing another just wide. Hibs' best chance was the header that Dan, who'd found a pair of shorts that he didn't have to hold up with both hands, guided wide after a great cross from Will. Probably a fair result in the end. Lots of strong performances from Hibs, but MoM was Xav - fewer opportunities for stepovers than normal, but he was great on the ball and won his battles all game. For Latini it was Fraser, who was the standout in a really tough defence.