EXT. KILLYLEAGH DUFFERIN PARK TRAINING GROUNDS – DAY
Training Camp 2013 - Season 1, Episode 11
We returned from Glasgow to more rain but training camp couldn't be delayed any longer. We only had a short time to put our squad together and I needed to assess our strengths and weaknesses before bringing in any new players.
The pitch at the Showgrounds was being re-sodded so camp and our scrimmage matches were held at our training grounds in Dufferin Park. 20 players made the first cut.
The squad performed respectably in their first run out against Glebe North. John Young scored on a penalty in the 75th minute drawing Glebe North 1-1.
Next, I wanted to see the Youth Club play against the Senior squad. The Seniors won both matches as expected, but the Youth held their own. The future looks bright. A stand out for the Youth side was 15 year old Dave Heron, who happens to be Dee’s grandson.
In between the Youth matches, we played against our Alumni team, Killyleagh Legends. It was a lot of fun for the old timers who enjoyed schooling some of our younger seniors. We managed to pull out a 1-Nil win when Aaron Brennan scored in the 60th minute. Then I had the realisation that some of our current players weren't that much younger than the Legends.
For the final two matches, I split the players in two groups. This time it was less about fitness and more about showing me who deserves a spot on the preseason squad. Both matches resulted in a draw (0-0, and 3-3) so it was hard to separate the two sides. Nicky Hagan, who had a goal, was a pleasant surprise, Niall Walsh did well on defense, and Peter Carroll, who was a reserve call-up to even out the sides, shockingly scored two goals.