So this is it, my big game in the Amature Cup Final, not exactly the highest heights in Football but I'm so competitive! In recent weeks I've heard that bigger Teams in Scotland & England are looking at me, I'm sure I heard Man City was one of them (laughs)! On a serious note I'll just concentrate on doing what I do best and that is play Football! My position is Left Wing and I love running at defences, I'm not the tallest player but I can run and I'm very good with both feet which is always awkward to defend against a player like that, I believe in myself that I could make it as Professional footballer. I'm still young at 21 Years old, why could I not make it?
KICK OFF :
I always get nerves just before Kick Off but within the first few minutes of the game starting I receive a great pass from the teams left back, I bring the ball down with my left foot and skin the rival teams defender and I keep running, past one, two, three! I swing the ball deep into the box and GOAL, the big man gets his head onto it! Not being big headed but I done well there! We continue to press and press through out the first half, there team just can't cope with me, it's so easy! Once again I drive with the ball down the left wing while showing off my skills and lighting pace, tackle after tackle they just can't get to me, (2 MEN MARK THAT *******) I love hearing the rival's managers getting frustrated. I get into the box and I see one of my team mates in space so I drag the ball back and away from the defender and flick it up over his head towards my team mate BANG, 2-0! I gave a cheeky little wink to the other Teams Manager, If looks could kill...
HALF TIME :
Well what a very good 45minutes. The manager gives us a pat on the back and says " Son, play like this week in week out and you will play Football for a living soon". I relish that challenge, apart from my job as a Plumber all I know is Football, the Footballer lifestyle appeals to me so much like it would to anyone! I have a young son and a wonderful girlfriend and for me to make it Pro would mean I could set my family up for life and give my son things I never had when I was growing up, that really drives me to want to make it! The manager gives us our pep talk and off we go again but not before the gaffer comes up and says " Tam I wasn't going to tell you just now but there are a few scouts from Pro Teams here today, one of the scouts are from Leeds United"! I'm stunned, could this be my time? " Ok boss, I appreciate you telling me just now". I compose myself then I take a drink of my water and tie up my boots and fix my shin guards and off I go again, ready to terrorise this team and earn a Pro Deal! As I walk out I see the other teams Manager, he grins at me and say's " Good luck this half boy, your going to need it". I just laugh him off and walk onto the pitch.
SECOND HALF :
My palms are sweating, mind is racing I can't believe a scout from Leeds United and other clubs are here looking at me, I've never been this nervous before kick off, this could shape the rest of my life in just 45minutes. The ref blows the whistle and off we go! We start well again and once again I receive a great ball but my mind goes blank and I easily loose the ball, I track back to help the defence but the other team are a yard ahead of me and they split the defence and score. " What the **** where you doing there Tam"! I just cost my team a goal, not the best of starts, I look over to my gaffer and he shakes his head, he knew I could do better. I compose myself again and think right common lets get going Tam! The game starts again and I go for it again, I steal the ball off one of there players and do what I do best, I run down the left wing while taking on there defender, I decide to cut in and once again easily beating another man. I see a chance to shoot but one of my team mates is open in the box...I opt to shoot, I hit it with the side of my left foot and watch it curl, it seems like a lifetime but I hit it so sweat it just goes straight into the top right hand off the goal, 3-1 ! Back on track now I think to myself after celebrating with the team, I look over to there manager and give him a cheeky grin, he smiles..., Why is he smiling, I think to myself? I don't think much of it and as we prepare to kick off again the other teams makes a change, I notice this big heavy guy coming on, he is massive I say to myself! He comes on and plays as there right back, this should be fun! After kick off once again we press them for a fourth goal, our Rb swings it over to me and I chest it down and pass to my team mate who made the run, I continue to run with him into the box and he slices the ball through the defence, I'm going to hit this I say, I steady myself ready to hit this ball into the net for our fourth and to see me hopefully earn a Pro Deal, the ball comes closer and as I go to hit it BANG !!!!!!