|Posted by www.colinvalleyfc.co.uk on October 1, 2009 at 9:43 AM|
Colin Valley Football Club came crashing back to earth with a proverbial *Bang* this week as they had to contend with their first defeats of the season. The first string had a surprising 2-0 loss at home to Plunkett as the Reserves were being thrashed 6 nil across the city at championship rivals Woodvale.
"Football is a funny old game" - a famous quote by a footballing legend - Jimmy greaves had it spot on when he made those comments on his Radio show all those years ago. Just when you think things are going so well - everything is clicking together, the results are there, the players are happy, the goals are flying, the football is dazzling.... then Bam!! Out of nowhere comes an absolute bastard of a sucker punch to knock you flat on your ass.
This is exactly what happened to CVFC last weekend as the Club's opening day celebrations on the new pitch turned into a lesson in experience for the vaunted first teamers. Complacency (yes - that old bitch!!) crept back into the ranks of the Valley 1st tier as they let their grandiose opinions of themselves get the better of them. It didn't take manager Danny McMullan to tell them "you aren't F***ing superstars you know that now" at the end of the game as it had been blatantly plain for all to see. The paucity of the performance will rest heavily on McMullans mind this week as he picks his team - and no doubt some changes could be ringing in his head come the weekend.
If things went "not-according-to-plan" for the firsts then they went even worse for the reserve team as they completetly failed to show for their top of the table clash against Woodvale FC. Billed as a match between the form teams in the division Valley erupted spectacularly ..... against themselves that is - as they gave new meaning to the word "Implode". They sacrificed their status as joint leaders of the division within the first 30 mins of the match and by the end, the old Blame Game was on view as players turned on each other in the changing room like a wild pack of dogs. "A Bad Old Day" was the phrase that was on everyone's lips as they drowned their sorrows in the Olde MIll afterwards.
But a Club is said to be only as strong as their last match - and the great thing about this "funny old game" (to steal Greavesies words once again) is that one good performance can be just around the corner - and that good performance could be just the thing to set things back on track for the Poleglass club.
With some players picking up injuries in Valley's nightmare week and another few on holidays then this weekends perfromances could be a potential barometer on how Valley's season might palm out. The Strength in depth that has been previously discussed needs to be called upon sooner than we all thought and it's time for the more experienced players in the team to stand up and show the way forward for the younger lads. The next two weeks of the season could just be the most crucial for this aspiring club as a reaction is surely needed!
Maybe the one positive to come from last weeks nightmare was the attitude shown by some of the offending players at training on Tuesday night as those who had been at loggerheads immediately buried the hatchet and made sure that morale within the team stayed strong and upbeat. In recent years these things could have been left to stew and simmer but hopefully that's no longer the case. As for now - well it's time to show that same attitude on the pitch and forget the Blame Game that has haunted so many of our previous teams down the years. As a club we must all remember that we either succeed together or die together - I for one know which i'd rather choose!!!