PRE-SEASON DIARY: DAY 7 - FRIDAY
Arriving at the training ground this morning, I was delighted to see Jim Lawlor, team liaison manager, and Anto Maguire, groundsman, assembling the goalposts for us.
First of all, the newest signing, Alan Cawley, took us for a 15 minute warm up. It wasn't the best and warm up adjudicator, Mark Quigley, gave it a pitiful 3 out of 10.
Onto the next stage and Pesch had marked out a grid of different quick feet exercises to get the legs and our heart rates going.
We then moved onto the football and the Gaffer had a possession game laid out for us. There were 2 teams with three goals to score in. Two goals had a keeper in it and Pesch stood in the other goal.
You could only score if your team put 2 passes together and chipped the ball into one of the goals. The goals were only a yard square.
After 3 rounds of games, the keepers were given the nod to go off and do a bit of handling while the rest of the squad played a different possession game.
When they'd finished the possession and we finished the handling work, we split up into 2 teams and had an 8 versus 8 game.
If there was something that the Gaffer didn't like, he stopped the game and pointed out what was wrong. The game was very fast with the emphasis on tracking your runner.
After the game, we did a 10 minute warm down and with the lads tiring from all their efforts, they'll be glad to have the weekend off.