95 Fullback Minutes
0 minutes - Whistle Blows, Coach shouts "Bruce, that's your man".
5 minutes - I catch up with a forward that I thought was faster than me, I begin to relax.
7 minutes - Coach shouts "Bruce, that's your man".
10 minutes - Intercept pass, send ball up to Duncan, coach shouts " don't stop and admire your pass"
15 minutes - Get called off, replaced by Niall who tells me to "enjoy my rest because it looks like I need it".
30 minutes - Subbed back in, I tell Niall it's too bad he has already lost a step at his age.
31 minutes - Coach shouts "Bruce, that's your man".
35 minutes - Receive ball from keeper, relay it to midfield who send Kirk off to score on a breakaway, I quietly compliment myself for starting that play.
37 minutes - Gerry shouts "Bruce, that's your man". Where the hell did he come from, I thought he was hurt?
40 minutes - John scores - I start to actually enjoy the game.
42 minutes - I "give" a ball to Duncan then remember to do something, oh yeah "go". I get the pass and lead the ball back to Duncan at midfield. Now I stop to admire the pass, screw the coach.
45 minutes - Halftime - great speech from the coach.
60 minutes - I am finally subbed back in. Niall doesn't say anything this time. I think to myself it must be time to lock down this game.
65 minutes - See a big hole at midfield and shout to Anderson "Bruce, that's your man". Oh crap, now I am doing it. He gets as mad as I usually do.
70 minutes - I jump up for a header on a corner kick and my man drops to his knees when he realizes he can't get the ball. The referee points to the spot. I am crushed, I let the team down.
71 minutes - Sterling takes a yellow complaining and Darryl helps me up off the pitch, that makes me feel a little better.
75 minutes - I am subbed off, I sit by myself. Coach comes to ask me what happened, I am glad to see he isn't pissed at me.
92 minutes - Whistle blows, we win the Shield. I run to congratulate the keeper. On the way I think about the pain, the obstacles overcome, the commitment, the losses to United, the unmet expectations of the past, and the completely met expectations of today.
93 minutes - Dick raises the trophy
95 minutes - My five year old son asks the simple question "did you win the trophy". With tears in my eyes I say "yes we did" and I hand it to him.