It was a warm Spring evening. The pitch was soft. The nets were hung high with the diligent care of a haberdasher’s nimble fingers. A crowd of what seemed like thousands of patient on-lookers awaited the third match of the evening under lights at immaculate Eugene Burns Park. Pogue’s Run Grocer vs. Pat Flynn’s was set to begin.
The match took a steady pace from Tommy Smith’s first whistle. Both Pogue’s and Flynn’s got off to an early start, each scoring a point in the first few minutes. Flynn’s game out swinging, picking up the pace and putting the pressure on Pogue’s defense from the start. Having already endured a gut-wrenching defeat to Goose the Market in their first game of the evening, the attack was clearly motivated by heartbreak…and a little family feud.
Steve Lewis and his pesky wife Irene gave the Pogue’s defensive backs fits all night long, presumably to spite their son, Matt. Really guys, you could have just told him he was adopted before the game and things might have gone in your favor…but probably not.
The first half of the first half, perhaps better known as the first quarter, was evenly matched. And then, suddenly sparked by the magnificence of Jimmy Pepper’s left-handed swagger, Pogue’s Run took command of the game and never let up.
Led by Pepper’s four goals and two points as well as Jacob Wilkes’ four goals and six points, the Pogues, every bit as good as the band, dominated the second half of the first half and pushed strong across the finish line. Kasey Samson added a goal shoveled in with a fantastic ground strike, Tim Boyll contributed a goal and two points, while Nate Roberts added two points himself. Matt Lewis decided to take a shot on goal from over 60 yards out and got luckier than someone catching a drunken leprechaun holding a rabbit’s foot sitting on a unicorn.
Tim Cabeen, Brian Chernish, and Russ Hochstedler led the way for Pat Flynn’s who came out strong at the beginning of the second half. With three over the bar, Reid Kercheval did his part as well, but in the end, the Pogues were too much for Pat Flynn’s.
Despite the onslaught provided in the match under the lights, rest assured Pogue’s Run Grocer will have a target on its back going into the final meeting between these two teams in early July. Look for that to be a hot match.