The inaugural visit of the LX Club to Ireland over the above weekend involved games against Pembroke Wanderers on the Saturday and Monkstown on the Sunday both played on the water-based pitch at Pembroke.
Sat 7th July 2007 PEMBROKE 2 LX CLUB 4
The game started with both teams playing at a high tempo and each trying to dominate the other. For the first 15 minutes it was end-to-end hockey with neither side gaining the upper hand.
The LX defence were in excellent form and, from a clearance by Mike Surridge, the ball was picked up by Gerald Wilkinson who converted to put the LX one up. The home side reacted by exerting strong pressure on LX and from a well-executed penalty corned levelled the score. Within six minutes LX went ahead again when good work in midfield between John Kaylor and David Wright put Martin Kavanagh in to slot the ball into the corner of the goal.
Pembroke came out for the second half determined to reduce the arrears and scored in the seventh minute to level. They continued to press and mounted a series of attacks but the LX defence of Alan Dures in goal Peter Crayford, Adrian Robertson and Mike Surridge were in superb form and with, John Seear working the right side of midfield, LX scored what was the best goal of the weekend. Gerald Wilkinson once again picked up the ball in midfield and going past two defenders sent in an excellent cross which Martin Kavanagh turned into the goal to put the LX 3-2 ahead. As a result of this goal Pembroke lost some of their earlier momentum and LX scored their fourth goal 10 mins from the end when David Gill converted following some flowing hockey from LX.
On Saturday night the LX group of 13 men and one lady sat down to a very congenial dinner at Bewleys Hotel and in the lounge afterwards a generous number of Jameson’s and Baileys were consumed before all retired for the night.
Sunday morning saw 99% of the group assemble for a ‘hearty Irish’ followed by a stroll in the grounds of the hotel before gathering for the short walk to the ground and a 2:00pm push back.
Sunday 8th July 2007 Monkstown 0 LX Club 2
Monkstown determined to restore Irish pride started off in similar fashion to Pembroke the previous day but it was LX who went ahead. A poor clearance by the Monkstown right back was picked up by Martin Kavanagh whose misshit shot went through the goalie’s legs. Monkstown continued to press forward but once again the LX defence were solid and with David Wright, John Seear and John Kaylor in midfield linking well with David Gill, Gerald Wilkinson and the hard working Tony Jones up front. LX were playing some very good hockey and in control.
After the interval the home side continued to press seeking to level but LX continued playing attractive hockey but failed to convert a number of chances. This seemed to inspire Monkstown who came back at the LX mounting a number of attacks from which they gained three penalty corners but failed to score. A clearance by Adrian Robertson following the third corner found David Gill who picked out Martin Kavanagh on the edge of the circle and Kav made no mistake placing the ball wide of the goalkeeper to put LX two up. The game ended with the LX in control and playing possession hockey.
LX SQUAD: Alan Dures, Peter Crayford, Adrian Robertson, Mike Surridge, John Kaylor, David Wright, John Seear, David Gill, Gerald Wilkinson, Martin Kavanagh, Tony Jones
Prior to both games an engraved framed memento [by David Gill] to commemorate the LX Club’s inaugural visit was presented to the Captain’s of Pembroke and Monkstown.
This was an excellent weekend for the LX Club’s first visit to Ireland with a well balanced team selected to participate.
2008 – CORK – A decision for the LX Committee.