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 wasnâ€™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 theyâ€™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 didnâ€™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, theyâ€™ll be glad to have the weekend off.
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