A Game of Fives

A Game of Fives

COLERAINE defender Aaron Traynor picks a 5-a-side team out of the current first-team squad at The Showgrounds…

The rules are simple – Aaron must choose five players (excluding himself) plus two substitutes to turn the tide in his side’s favour.

After reading into his statistics and a brief chat with Pep Guardiola, Aaron came up with the following team.


Chris Johns:

I need a goalkeeper with plenty of clean sheet experience, so there is no better man to pick than ‘The Cat’ Chris Johns. Chris recently played left back in OG’s last game and to be fair, he put in some serious crosses and tackles – things that I can’t do – so he needs to pipe down and put the gloves back on before Oran has second thoughts.

#TheCat has been picked to do nets, even though he impressed at left-back in OGs testimonial fixture.


Stephen O’Donnell:

Big man wears his heart on his sleeve but five-a-side is about being calm and composed. Might give him a run out to see what he is like and just tackle anything that moves.

O’Donnell gets into Traynor’s side to demolish everyone in front of him.

Josh Carson:

He pays for most of the pizzas on the way home after training so can’t leave him out. Pizza aside he’s a machine who will run himself into the ground and I’d fancy him for a few goals as well – not any headers as he has a 50p head!

’50p Head’ Carson makes the starting line-up.

Darren McCauley:

Darren simply has to be included and another one who can deliver when it matters. He scored an unbelievable goal in the Irish Cup that will be remembered for years and he’s the man for the big moments. A joy to play with down the ‘left’ side and between us we have scored 20 goals this year.

Mr Heartbeat himself Darren McCauley will be tasked to create the spark in Traynor’s side.

Aaron Burns:

A goal machine wherever he has played, always a man for a big goal (Irish Cup). He’s a bit like myself lovely left foot but his right foot is comedy gold. He once told me at the start of the year while marking him in a corner that I wouldn’t start for Linfield Reserves. Things have changed since then and he now admits I would start for them. Thanks, Burnsy!

He might have given him some stick in the past, but it’s now all water under the bridge.


Winkie Murphy:

Unlucky to miss out. This man has bags and bags and bags and bags of experience and won everything there’s is……..plus he has bags of experience. Winky Murphy gets the nod for me. Man is just a machine and to be honest would be an insult not to include him.

Ciaron Harkin:

Great player and is the engine of our team.  Plus we need the fans to have a good song to belt out when we win the five-a-side tournament. No better song for it!

“Oh Oran said, he’s got to play in centre-mid.

“Oh words just can’t describe when he plays in blue and white.

“His hair is fine, he scores belters all the time.

“That’s why we sing this song for Ciaron Harkin!”

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