Neutral friendly match played on 29 January 2022.
Kicked off at 9:00 AM

In a second match against a much-changed Holland squad, the Kiteflyers again came out on top thanks to a brace for Whelan and a third from Breeze after the Dutch side take an early lead.

A solid start from a stronger Holland side under the sun in Lurin brought its merits early on as the Flyers fell to an early goal thanks to the Dutch striker, who flicks the ball into the path of the oncoming central midfielder who breaks through to bring Holland 1-0 up in the game. This early dominance, however, was not to last.

Being a goal down did little to dampen spirits in the Kiteflyers camp, who fight back valiantly. In a move built out from the back, Mitchinson plays a ball over the top of the left wing to de la Puente who whips it in first time on the left foot to Whelan running in at the back post to bring the Flyers back level at 1-1.

Despite an early flurry of action, the game settles into a difficult midfield battle with McAteer and Monroe battling hard in central midfield as neither team seems able to break the deadlock. Chances were few and far between in the first half until Frick breaks through on goal but elects to shoot rather than squaring it for the oncoming free man in Whelan. Half time, 1-1.

A change in tactics for the second half saw the Flyers switching to a 4-4-2 formation in an effort to break through the Holland defence in a move that promises to pay dividends. Dominating strides forward facilitated by Frick, de la Puente, King, Breeze and Start really pile the pressure onto the defence as cracks begin to show. Flyers continue to batter the Dutch defence looking for a second goal until a bizarre turn of events.

Mitchinson, now switched to right back plays a high ball to King who jumps for the header but takes a heavy push in the back. The ball sails over to Whelan as the linesman frantically flags for a foul. Aiming some choice words at the referee, Whelan insists that advantage should be played as the game judders to a halt until he is reminded that no whistle has been blown. Bearing down on the keeper and brimming with confidence Whelan goes around and opens up the goal for himself. In typical humble spirit, he dances towards the empty net and slots the ball home to put Flyers in the lead.

Continuing to pile the pressure on King makes his presence felt with a ball into McAteer, heading down to Breeze who nearly makes it 3-1. Deflected shots from Start and Breeze make life uncomfortable for a Holland side struggling to cope with a rejuvenated, attacking Kiteflyers squad.

The third goal eventually comes from a right wing throw by Whelan to Frick, who cuts it back for Breeze to slot it home first-time. 3-1 and the game appears to be wrapped up.

Sitting back and soaking up the pressure the Flyers appear to be completely in control until a bolt from the blue. A 25 yard piledriver from Holland rockets its way goalwards and tucks in the back post, dumbfounding the keeper who misjudged the ball to be going wide. 3-2 as the game draws to a close.

Late drama threatens a well-deserved win as Conway is left one on one with the Dutch striker. Seeing no other option Conway brings down the advancing striker and is lucky to get away with a yellow. Nothing comes of the free kick and the Kiteflyers, again, best the Dutch.

Special support for the day comes in the form of the McAteer seniors providing invaluable encouragement from the sidelines and a cameo from Adi Lee making a solid attendance of 3. Special mentions must also go to ceviche and chicharron spread put on after the match, much to the chagrin of Quigley and his homemade sandwich.

Man of the Match: Will Whelan (1) Play of the Match: Jose's first time ball to Will Whelan Twat of the Match: Will (2) and his pre-goal celebrations Freestyle Award: Sammy charging down with a rugby tackle

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