Angela Merkel was impressed at the shiny new
Cags on offer this season, very impressed!
The Cags put out for public display and comment their new signings in the first round of competition. Moving into the premier comp this year, Cags were going to be up against it one would think on past performances, but the early signs were scintillating.
Unknown quantity in Ian Sypkes was amazing scoring goals and setting them up all night, while Brad Langerak had a strong hand to play all night, first half in goals, second on the field, but lack of appropriate footwear did let him down at times.
The usuals returned as always, as the founding members of this competition came back to try and win it in 2012. Ryan “Dinner Guts, no longer can he see his Nuts” Bosker played in various roles, his brother out law, Houlier Mensah and cousin Rowan “Ronaldo” Dykman, continuing the strong involvement from the Letters was Malcolm, Brenton “Hammer” Hemelaar was up for his cherry picking exploits and of course Brendan “FBomb” Lichtendonk commanding the show from defense. Joel Taylor was absent this week, still serving his 12 month ban for kick Harry Potter last year.
This team, it was evident was focused on ensuring no one’s father would die of shame after this year, looking to make their fathers proud rather than dead!
It started poorly as the Cags struggled to find the pace of the game, Olympic Mayonnaise, led by Northern Premier League Coach Peter McBcbeath opened with a flurry, but not before Muppo made some great saves in the Cags goal.
Tim Armstrong opened the scores before Simmo made the most of the stud less Muppo in goals who slipped trying to get to Petrusmas goal bound shot, and Cags were 2-0 down and you could feel Bill Langerak starting to give into the feelings of shame up in Hadspen.
But Ian Sypkes restored all pride when he crossed a perfectly weighted cross to the Hammer at the back post who managed to bury the shot, possibly off his left Cag.
Cags were back in it at 2-1, but Petrusma struck again with a bullet like shot from nowhere that left Langers no chance.
Cags came back again though with a good goal to Sypkes, who said after the game, his only disappointment was the fact that his own fiancée didn’t come to his Cag debut! “Disappointed! to put in such a good show tonight, I am just gutted that she (Laura Dykman) couldn’t find the time to come and watch me, I mean, I think it (the Wedding) might be off” Sypkes said after the match.
Half time and the Cags were in the zone, looking good with some excellent shape and passing, though Malcolm did smash the ball up front to no one a few times, he will learn as the season progresses, or cop a chop to the froat!
Cags applied relentless pressure in the opening 5 minutes, but couldn’t find the goal, but their defense was a solid as a set of Bulls balls, keeping most of the Olympic chances to out side the area.
Then Sykes sent the 5 or 6 fans in the stadium into hysterics with a wonderful shot from 20 meters out that sailed into the top corner to put Cags level at 3 all and sniffing a win!
Olympic pulled the momentum back though and set up camp in the Cags half for most of the rest of the game, but only managed one goal with 10 minutes to go.
With 3 minutes on the watch (Interesting to note that this ref actually knows how long 20 minutes is) the Cags threw everyone forward to try and find an equaliser, the efforts were almost rewarded on several occasions, but Dinner guts, who had the best chance clipped the underside of the moon with one of his shots, directly in front.
Rowtondo had a great shot denied by the keeper, all be it at only 8 kms per hour and Mensah was creating some pressure in the bows of the Olympic back line, but unfortunate for the cags, the Sphincter that is the Olympic defense, remained toight and the referees whistle blew with the Cags 4-3 behind.
A gallant effort indeed, if the Cags keep playing to that level, no one’s Dad will die of shame, but possibly of pride!
Well done Cags, rest easy, and see you at recovery tomorrow at 8am.!
And As German chancellor Angela Merkel would say, “Dus Cags are Vondaval!”