Tristar at the 2002 D&D Blitz Trials

Tristar logoThis year’s D&D trials for Foyle Cup team were in the form of a 3 group blitz, each team having a least two 20 minute games.  The winner of each group and the best runner up progressed to the semi-finals.  Tristar’s two games were against FC Corinthians and Killea.
Tristar 1 V FC Corinthians 0
This is a game in which the Tristar boys had full control.  From the kick-off, Tristar put the Corinthians defence under pressure, but although they had most of the ball they weren’t able to trouble the Corinthians goalkeeper.  On a number of occasions Tristar came close, with either a simple pass, or a driving shot at the net would have done it, the final ball wasn’t there.  After 10mins, Tristar thought they has scored.  John McGettigan showed his speed by running the ball passed the Corinthians defender and with just the keeper to beat smashed the ball off the cross-bar.  The ball fell to another Tristar forward, Callum Barr whose quick shot was saved by the Corinthians keeper and then cleared for a corner.  Tristar continued to apply pressure which finally paid off after some fancy footwork from jack O’Hagan who then played a fantastic pass into the danger area for McGettigan to run onto and smash the ball low and hard to the keepers left.  Even though Tristar has all the ball and Corinthians rarely testing the Tristar net, Corinthians almost did break through.  Will all the Tristar pressure, they were caught with a counter-attack which eventually saw a lovely ball passed onto a Corinthians striker who was one on one with Caiomhin Quigg the Tristar keeper.  Quigg saw the danger early and was quick off his line to bravely smother the ball just as the striker was about to shoot.
The game finished 1-0  Tristar who were worthy winners.
Tristar 0 V Killea 2
Tristar were under pressure from the kick-off after a dubious penalty was given for a Killea striker being brought down inside the box for a penalty.  Killea made no mistake with a thunderous shot to make it 1-0.  The Tristar boys didn’t buckle and they continued to fight hard.  For the rest of the game it was end to end football and the game was very even, until the last minutes when a flurry of Killea pressure and a scramble in the Tristar penalty area resulted in another goal, the game finishing  2-0.
The Tristar boys can be proud of how they played and only narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot on goal difference.  Although there were good displays of football throughout the Tristar team, its only fair to mention a few who stood out.  Niall McCartney and David Doherty-Donnell in defense, Caoimhin Quiig in nets and Jack O’Hagan in midfield were excellent amongst a team who battled hard.

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