South Belfast Youth League
South Belfast Youth League
Sbyl Div 1
Ashfield School 3G
22nd Old Boys U19's 3-4 Greenisland U19's
The game started with the 22nd moving the ball about very well. They controlled procession and Greenisland looked to the long ball to play off their big centre forward. Young Sam worked very hard at left back and the rest of the back four looked quite solid. James and Matic done well in centre midfield and both came close with long distance efforts. The 22nd grabbed the opening goal when Gary swung in a free kick from distance that crept in under the cross bar, 1-0 22nd. Unfortunately it didn't last long and a break done 22nd right saw hillsy make a good save only for the Greenisland winger to tap in the rebound, 1-1. The 2's kept working hard with young Michael trying to get space. A great defensive tackle from Sam was played into the path of the Greenisland winger who's cross floated over Hillsy in to the far corner, 2-1 Greenisland. The boys battled away to the half with no more joy.
Disaster at the start of the second half as the defence stood off the big Greenisland forward, who picked out the far corner, 3-1. After some wailing and mashing of teeth and a tactical change the boys started to get their rhythm back. Some nice play down the right released Michael who slotted home to make it 3-2. The boys kept moving the ball well and put together some very good passages of play. A moment class from big Jordan when he stepped forward with the ball and unleashed a thunder bolt from 30 yards in to the roof of the Greenisland net, 3-3 and game there to be had. Both sides to their credit pushed for victory. Poor marking from a Greenisland corner saw them head home the winner. As much as they tried the boys just couldn't get back in the game and it finished 4-3 to Greenisland.
Friday 16th March 2017
Sbyl Div 1
22nd Old Boys U19s 2-5 Willowbank U19's
22nd started off very well passing the ball about, nice we triangles here and there.
Nice move from 22nd and it was a great ball threw to matic who crossed a lovely ball in only for it to go straight out for a throw in. No1 showing in box.
Willowbank started to come into the game some nice stuff and the ball was cleared for a corner to willowbank, great ball into 22nds box and a great header 1 nil willowbank.
Willowbank break threw from a sloppy clearance but was hit over the bar.
Was all willowbank for a period of around 10 minutes and got themselves another corner, Took short, 22nd caught sleeping, willowbank managed to get a shot in but was well wide..
22nd came back into the game some lovely stuff from the midfield which lead to a superb through ball from James through to Michael who lobbed the keeper and the ball into the far corner off the net. 1-1 great finish..
Both teams battling away with the ball mostly in the middle off the park with a few off chances from either side and the whistle blew for half time. 1-1.
Second half started and a quick freekick from willowbank to start of the half, created a corner after a deflected shot, which saw willowbank striker just miss narrowly with a glancing header.
Shortly after willowbank broke, nice bit of play and a half volley into the bottom corner 2-1 willowbank.
Hillys pulled off a few comfortable saves along with Cody excellent at the back.
Then Spud made a great run, taking the ball past 2 or 3 defenders, for his shot to be deflected into the willowbank net, 2-2 and game on.
Another set play causing 22nd all sorts of problems, a nice header 3-2 willowbank.
Few half chances from 22nd coming through Spud and Michael but just wide of the mark.
22nd started to gas unfortunately, and the game started calming down to a pace that suited willowbank.
The ball broke to willowbank, 2 or 3 passes created a one on one opportunity, willowbank despatched cleanly 4-2
A shot from outside the box agaim just dipped at the crucial momemt and under Hillys arms, 5-2, Game Set and match
The score flattered Willowbank, they were just much more ruthless with their chances.
Friday 9th March 2018
Sbyl Div 1
22nd Old Boys U19's 0-4 Rosario U19's
The boys kicked of the match in near perfect playing conditions. 22nd started well with Matic and Dean bossing the midfield. The diagonal balls were hurting Rosario. With Luke and Ryan getting behind both full backs. The 2's back four were a bit shaky to start with, but soon got to grips with the Rosario long ball. James made a few comfortable saves when Luke was released down the left. He cut in clear on the keeper ! But unfortunately the keeper made a good save to keep the scores level. Young Michael then came close to opening the scoring but unfortunately as per usual the boys couldn't catch a break. At the other end a moment in poor concentration saw Rosario striker through on goal but James to the rescue with a top drawer save to keep the scores 0-0. Both sides probed each other and young Dean knocked his pan in all over the pitch. Jordan almost scored a screamer flashing a drive from some 30 yards narrowly wide. Time ran out and the half finished all square.
The second half started much as the first ended, a very even game. As the half wore on the 2 big centre midfielders of Rosario started to assert themselves on the game. Then big Matic broke a high heel and as he limped of holding his suspended belt Rosario scored to go 1-0 up. Moments later they got a second as the 2's defence parted like the sea 2-0 Rosario. James at this point broke a finger nail and had to be swapped outta nets for broken suspender belt Matic. To everyone's surprise Matic made a great 1 on 1 save to keep it at 2-0. He quickly made 2 good saves in a row with the crowd in amazement and much to the big Jessies delight. Sadly it didn't last and Rosario ran in 2 more goals to round of a 4-0 win. The boys kept going to the end but again fitness told and it's something that needs to be improved for results to get better. Full time 4-0 Rosario.
Friday 23rd February 2018
SBYL Div 1
Londonderry park Ards
Ards Rangers U19's 3-0 22nd Old Boys U19's
Another depleted 22nd team kicked off playing with a stiff wind. The boys started brightly and looked dangerous down either flank with Reece and Crooksy. The first opportunity came when Kane rampaging down the left broke clear but an unfortunate bounce saw him have to adjust his effort which looped just over. At the other end the Ards no.9 looked dangerous on the break and was close to opening the scoring only for a poor finish. Big Matic, back from sunning himself in S.Africa, showed some nice touches in midfield and his range of passing almost got Michael and Crooksy in. Big Cody and Gary looked pretty solid at the back. So solid that Cody on winning a header decided to clear not only the ball but the opposition players head ! Result busted nose. We finished the half with 10 men but the better side.
The second half saw us playing into the stiff wind. Both teams battled away and the game was quite even. Michael worked his socks off up front chasing everything but couldn't get a break. The opening goal came when the two centre backs misjudged a long clearance and the Ards no.9 raced through to finish nicely into the far corner, 1-0 Ards. Moments later same mistake again only with a suspicion of offside. The 9 raced clear and lifted it over the advancing spud, 2-0 Ards. To be fair the boys never gave up and continued to pass the ball well. Late on the boys conversed a third when spud saving the original shot couldn't get to the rebound, 3-0 Ards. 22nd were unfortunate not to score at the end with the Ards keeper making a good stop. Another defeat but the heart is there.
Friday 16th February
SBYL Div 1
22nd Old Boys U19's 1-1 Carniny U19's
The boys down to the bare bones of 11 players lined up to take on Carniny. The first 20 mins was 50 50 with James making a 1 on 1 save and a good save from a free kick. The Carniny keeper kept out efforts from Michael and Ryan. But after that the 22nd midfield took control and bosses the game. Ryan down the right got in time after time and the Carniny keeper making a string of top class saves to keep the 2's out. The ball was in the Carniny net but ruled out for off side after Michael scored from a block from the keeper. Cody, Gary, Sam and David at the back looked solid and very comfortable. But the 3 in centre midfield backed up by the wide men and Michael's work up top really took the game to the Ballymena team. But unfortunately they couldn't find a way past the impressive Carniny keeper. 0-0 HT.
Second half started again as the first had with it being quite even. Both sides battling hard in midfield and opportunities hard to come by. James made another good block and came to take a few crosses comfortably. At the other end Michael was a hairs breath of an goal sliding in to narrowly miss a ball whipped across goal. Eventually the break through came with Ryan down the right roaming a shot under the Carniny keeper to put the 2's 1-0 up. Carniny cranked up the pressure but the 2's looked very dangerous on the break. The 22nd had the ball in the net again but ref ruled it out after the linesman had given the ball out. Just as it looked the boys would hang on for a much needed win. A ball over the top was nicked through to the Carniny striker to chip past James to earn Carniny a point with the last kick of the game. 1-1 FT
Friday 9th February 2017
SBYL Div 1
22nd Old Boys U19's 2-5 Carryduff Colts U19's
A cold February night saw the young 2's kick off and knock the ball about. James spotting the keeper off his line tried an audacious long range effort only to see it drop just wide. The dead lock broke when the ball was threaded through to the Carryduff winger who 5 yards offside was a aloud to run clear and finish, 1-0 Carryduff. Carryduff long throw was giving the 2's problems. From one of these a scramble ensued in the box which resulted in a Carryduff player kicking Gary and falling in the process. To everyone's amazement the ref pointed to the spot. Up stepped the Carryduff centre back to send the keeper the wrong way, 2-0. From another set play the 22nd keeper made a great point blank stop. The boys rallied and some neat play saw Ryan sting the hands of the Carryduff keeper. Shortly later Clarke went close but as luck would have it Carryduff went straight down the other end and scored as the 22nd keeper had got rooted to the line, 3-0. The boys kept moving the ball and got into the game more and more but unfortunately the half drew to a close.
Half time saw Willie tell the guys they were in the ascendancy and to stick with it and keep working hard. They would then get their rewards. He also pointed out the diagonal ball would hurt them.
The second half started with the 22nd continuing to grow into the game. James started finding the Aaron on the wing and he was getting in behind the full back. The boys got back in the game when a knock back at that side saw James swing a cross to the back post were some how Michael managed to turn it in, 3-1. The boys were well on top and it only looked a matter of time before the second goal came. With Clarke and Aaron running them ragged. James and Ross providing the bullets. But again if it weren't for bad luck they would have no luck. A short back pass to the keeper saw him take out the Carryduff striker and the ref eagerly pointed to the spot. Up stepped their centre back to make it 4-1. But The boys kept their heads and continued to fight and a lovely pass from Ryan released Clarke who sprinted clear and slotted home to make it 4-2. The 22nd were back in the hunt again and passed the ball nicely. But with Carryduff sticking to their long ball game a 5th goal came when the boys were caught pressing for a third goal. This pretty much killed the game. 5-2 full time but positives to be taken.
Friday 17th November 2017
SBYL Div 1
Carryduff Colts U19's 3-6 22nd U19's
The game started with the 2s well on top against the wind playing some lovely stuff. A few half chances from the right with crooksy getting a lot of space and making the most off it. Colts had a few half chances only for big ethan the stand in goalie to come off his line rather sharply on more than one occasion playing as a sweeper behind the back four and giving Willie Simpson heart failure. Colts got them self a corner which dean larkin slotted home for the colts great finish lol. 1.0 colts.
This was totally against the run of play , the 2s kicked off and continued to dominate the middle of the park with james t and ross barr running the show making themselves known to the colts . Cody McBride played a great diagonal ball across to dean larkin who smashed it towards the colts goal. simpson thought it was in and is still cheering unlucky from dean. Crooksy was played a great ball to see him through on goal from wide area he managed to squeeze past the colts keeper 1.1 game on ...
the 2s continued to press hard on the colts back four, with james t havein a shot deflected wide . Colts manage to steal another from sloppy defending another set play. But shortly before half time james t levels the score 2.2 .. half time
The 2s kick off the second half still looking sharp and good for a win with the wind behind them. Great play again from ethan coming out well off the line to smother any colts half chances , young samual and cody giving ethan a great outlet from goal the 2s have another half chance saved by colts keeper but not long after crooks breaks on goal and slots it home 3.2 22nd .
Colts kick off again only to be swiftly intercepted by young ross doing well to break up play in the middle of the park he uses his two cb jordan and gary well to get out off trouble to play out from the back. Half time substitute michael irvine gets a half chance from a dodgy defending error from the colts to beat the colts keeper 4.2 22nd.
That didn’t last long with gary taken down a colts player inside of the box in a last ditch attempt to prevent a shot , colts sent the ball home 4.3, with 15 minutes left to go. The 2s needed to hang onto a well deserved lead and young twin done just that with a great goal to beat the colts keeper , 5.3 22nd .
Play was becoming very sloppy with both teams at it and frustration showing from the colts as the 2s had them under a lot of pressure . Cody mcbride smashed a super effort off the crossbar and down onto the line very unlucky and a great run to follow up on the effort. Shortly after james t rocketed one from long range to take the colts keeper by surprise. He could only manage a hand onto it but not enough top bag from james . 6.3 22nd.
The colts made themselves well accountable but the back four and ethan played extremely well to keep them at bay and shut up shop for a long over due yet well deserved win. All the 2's players played their part from the selfless running up Top, to work and decisiveness in midfield and to a strong rear guard. Hopefully the start of better things to come from young 2's
Friday 27th October 2017
SBYL Div 1
22nd Old Boys U19's 0-6 Rosario U19's
The 2's continued their league fixtures at home to Rosario. With a number of players missing due to various reasons it was always going to be a tough game. Things wernt helped when Rosario took an early lead when free kick went under the wall and into 22nd net. When they added a second the boys heads started to drop. Michael had a few efforts that were closer to killing a spectator than the goal but continued to work tirelessly. Just before the half Rosario added a third and were in command at this stage.3-0 HT.
At half time a few positional and personnel changes were made. Unfortunately with a player or two out of position Rosario capalised and added a fourth. Young Michael kept working and shooting when chance arose but to no avail. A fifth saw the boys heads drop and a lack of desire was very evident. A poor around display was capped of hen Rosario added a deserved sixth to run out worthy winners against a lack luster 22nd team. A better attitude and work rate is needed if this team is to perform to the ability of the squad.
N.Hills C.Mcbride R.Larkin G.Carson E.Hollyoak J.Thompson J.Mckimm A.Crooks S.McGarry M.Irvine Clarke Bacon
Saturday 16th September 2017
SBYL supplementary cup Group A
22nd Old Boys U19's 0 - 1 St Luke's U19's
The two's were up for an early kick off against St Luke's at a cold grove pitch, hoping to add another 3 points to their group tally. St Luke's kick off, passing the ball really well searching for their star number 9 most of the game, though the Twos are doing some really good pressuring.
Carter has the ball up the line and takes on one of the twins from the other side, he is brought down brutally, yellow card and a free kick our way. Twin swings the ball in to lead to nothing, St Luke's break from the poor ball that leads James Thompson with a super save. St Luke's kept peppering 22nd goal though Spud kept them in it with some smasher saves, mainly the one that hit 22nd post and cleared off the line by Kane Sheehan.
22nd start to get into the game a bit more with Gary Carson doing a lovely lofted ball to Carter Bacon to have a shot that was unfortunately saved close to half time, which was the last chance before the half time whistle blew, still and 0-0.
St Luke's kick off the second half hoping to score the goal they mostly deserved in the first half of the game, though it was turned around 22nd were playing really good football getting free kicks left, right and centre, which lead to one sending off for the St Luke winger. Speaking of them Carter Bacon was brought down for his brother Clarke to hit a superb free kick to be fantastically saved and from the following corner, it fell to Jordan Matic Mckimm on the bounce, which was struck beautifully again to be saved.
No chances were taken until a long ball over the top from St Luke's fell to their striker to run and tap the ball in from almost the by line, 1-0 St Luke's with very short time to go.
Last bit of action in the game was a fantastic last man tackle by Cody McBride to keep the game 1-0, which was the final score.
J.Thompson R.Larkin C.McBride R.Gregg G.Carson K.Sheehan J.Mckimm S.Mcgarry A.Crooks C.Bacon C.Bacon
Saturday 9th September 2017
SBYL supplementary cup
North Belfast U19's 5-3 22nd U19's
The 2's started brightly pressing high up the pitch and almost catching out the NB keeper in first couple of minutes. NB settled well and looked very dangerous with the long ball over the full backs. Both teams battled hard and both looked dangerous going forward. Unfortunately the opening goal fell to NB after a great tackle by Ryan they picked up loose ball and finished. 1-0 NB. The boys battled back well and a free kick whipped to back post (was it a shot though?) by Matic saw young Clarke rise to thump a superb header in off the cross bar. Great goal 1-1. Again NB broke forward to score 2 goals in quick succession to take a 3-1 lead and the boys looked very dismayed. A good save by Reece and again quickly of his line kept it to 3 and the guys soldiered on to half time.
The management team made a few changes and gave the boys a few home truths.
The boys started the second half very well putting NB under a lot of pressure and started to create openings. The ball fell to James on edge of the box whole controlled the ball and placed a shot goal bound.....the ball found the net despite Reeces best efforts to steal it. 3-2.the 22nd sensing an opportunity pressed forward and were quickly rewarded when Clarke hit the post and Reece (steal the goals) finished well inside he box to make it 3-3. Unfortunately the boys seemed to stop and NB came into the game. They broke away and got a very soft penalty. Which the stroked hone to make it 4-3. The 2's always looked dangerous on the break especially with Clarke's pace and a ball over the top saw him brought down for a 22nd penalty (truth be told was quite soft to). Up stepped Big Albertz who blazed the penalty over the bar. The 22nd continued to press but unfortunately NB broke clear to make it 5-3 and kill the game. Some great tackles by Cody kept the score to 5.
R.Millar R.Larkin C.Mcbride R.Gregg G.Carson J.McKimm J.Thompson M.Irvine A.Crooks R.Carbery Clarke Bacon.
Friday 1st September 2017
SBYL supplementary cup
22nd U19's 6-0 H&W welders U19's
Tonight saw our first game in the supplementary cup , the game started off very slow with the 2s having a lot of the ball but not finding the net . Chances where had of both teams the welders looked great going Forward but could be got at . . Few chance for either side but minutes before the first half was gone sub James Thompson came on received a short ball from a corner to pop it into the top right. 1.0 2s half time.
Second have started the 2s looking a lot better going forward and the back 4 started linking play across the pitch . 2.on 2s a shot from carberry deflected into the back of the net OG. Welders had threatened the 2s again but loafer making excellent save and good judgement to come off his line to gather the ball . 3.0 m.irvine great following in from the to best the welders keeper. 2s had taken control of the game and found a weakness in welders back four and continued to pressure them r.carberey had a great left foot volley denied for offside , before slotting home 4.o 2s. Crooks then scored shortly after all his effort and hard work had Paid off 5.0 2s closing into the end the welders looked shell shocked and ryan larkins volley hit them for 6.
6.0 22nd U19's
J.Carrigan G.Carson E.Hollyoak C.McBride R.Larkin J.McKimm K.Sheehan A.Crooks R.Carberry M.Irvine Clarke Bacon
SUBS: J.Thompson R.Millar
Saturday, 18th February 2017
SBYL Div 1
Saturday 25th February 2017
Sbyl Div 1
Antrim Rovers U19's 4-1 22nd U19’s
The game started of with 22nd playing into a heavy wind. It wasn't long before Antrim took advantage with a corner being headed home at the back post 1-0 Antrim.
The 22nd battled on and were unlucky not to equalise twice when Ryan broke through down the right. The equaliser eventually came when Jordan stepped out from the back and fired a 35 yarder into the top corner. What a hit kid take a bow 1-1.
Unfortunately straight away Antrim broke through and fired in to go 2-1 up.
Dean battled hard all over the pitch in midfield and Cody and Corin made some cracking tackles at the back. The half closed 2-1.
22nd started the second half brightly forcing a good reaction save from the keeper. A succession of corners were well defended by Antrim. Antrim extended their lead when they scored a well hit free kick. 3-1.
The 22nd kept going with James, Clarke and Jordan missing good chances. With the 2's pressing to get back in the game Antrim broke and after a fine save from Nathan tapped home the rebound for 4-1.
There was still time for another 22nd missed chance. You could say it was a day of chances not taken.
N.Hill C.McBride C.Henry J.McKimm K.McBride D.Larkin J.Thompson K.Sheehan I.Brown R.Larkin Clarke Bacon
Friday, 3rd February 2017
Sbyl League Cup
Crumlin v 22nd
22nd travelled to crumlin in the 3rd round knowing the winners of this tie would play either dundela or the glens in the next round.The match kicked off with 22nd playing possesion football, but with all the possession, didnt create much. In fact first chance fell to crumlin who hit the crossbar this woke the 2s up . A nice 1-2 by clarke and ryan saw ryan beat there fullback and stroke the ball into the corner off the net 1-0 22nd.
After that clarke had 2 great chances to score but on his 3rd attempt put the ball in the net 2-0.
crumlin were crumbling and it didnt take long for the 2s to get there 3rd when they were awarded a penalty mckimm used his authority as captain on the night to take it his shot was feeble the keeper saved it but it rebounded straight to mckimm who stuck it in the net 3-0.
This goal saw the crumlin keeper have a go at his defender and the 2 pushing each other that was enough for their manager to sub him and bring on another centre back, but this didnt help. 2 minutes later, clarke grabbed his 2nd and the 2s fourth. HT crumlin 0-4 22nd.
The 2nd half started with clarke down the left playing a 1-2 with ryan and then playing a lovely cross for the in rushing dean larkin who side footed the ball into the net for the 2s 5th goal and his 1st for the 2s.5-0.
The 2s were knocking the ball about now and it didnt take long for the 6th to come a 25 yarder from captain matic mckimm saw the ball fly over the keeper into the top corner 6-0.
Moments later, the Baby 2s grabbed there 7th when clarke trying to get his hat trick saw his shot saved and there was ryan larkin on hand to slot the ball cooling into the corner for his 2nd and the 2s 7th.
With 25 minutes left, the ref came over took out his teeth to tell us if it gets to 10 hes blowing up. Obviously he cant talk with his teeth in.
With clarke coming off and stewball albertz coming on the 2s grabbed the 8th a volley by spud thompson. the 2s made another 2 subs on 50 mins with ryan and dean larkin coming off for cabbage and brown. Crumlin scored a goal to make it 1-8.
The 2s continued to push for more goals and the 9th came a high ball up field saw cabbage bring it down for his 1st touch and with his 2nd touch put the ball in the net 9-1.
The 2s now were looking to get into double figures but this didnt happen with crumlin trying to break forward, kane sheehan with a brilliant tackle saw the crumlin midfielder saw red pushing the 2s player that was enough for the ref to blow up 15 minutes early
FT crumlin 1-9 22nd
Carrigan C.McBride Henry Gregg K.McBride D.Larkin McKimm Thompson R.Larkin ClarkeBacon Sheehan
SUBS Pollock Moody Brown
Friday, 13th January 2016
22nd 3-3 (5-4 Pens) Antrim Rovers
The game started with some early pressure from the 22nd, but the boys were unable to turn this into goals. Antrim countered quickly, having two shots blocked in the 18 Yd box as the wee 2's continued to dominate. A McKimm long throw down the line, to Clarke put the young twin through on goal only to see the chance come to nothing with an Antrim defender recovering superbly.
Another long throw, this time by Cody McBride down the line to James ended with Thompson whipping the ball into the box only to see his "Cross" saved by the goalkeeper.
Pressure continued from the 22nd as a 25 yd FK from Clarke is easily saved by the GK. Antrim quickly countered with a long ball going through to the Antrim forward, seeing his effort saved by a stampeding Loafer.
Another chance fell to the 22nd but it was put narrowly wide by Matic. Surely the breakthrough wasn't too far away.
Antrim started to gain more control in the game and kept the pressure with long balls winning two corners on the bounce, both leading to nothing.
Good consistent pressure from the 22nd playing with the ball around the opponents 18 yd box with the resulting shot from Matic sailing over the bar. Unlucky again.
Another long ball from Antrim over the top saw the ball floated to the back post with the Antrim striker nodding the ball towards goal seeing Loafer make another fantastic save.
GOAL 22nd - A Long throw from Clarke into the box with Antrim struggling to clear the ball, the ball then dropped to James who lobbed the ball into the corner. Finally the 2's had the lead they deserved.
HT 1-0 22nd
Antrims first proper attack after the break seen Antrim level the score 1-1, the long ball fell to the Antrim forward after Gregg struggled to clear the ball with the striker slipping the ball past Loafer.
Antrim kept up the pressure with their tails up from equalising and a free kick deflected off the wall past the struggling Loafer to give the visitors the lead.
Again, indecision in the 22nd defence saw Corin concede a free kick on the 18 yd line, the free kick bounced off the wall again past a diving Loafer to double Antrim lead. 3-1
The 2nd upped their game and with James feeding the ball up the line to a running Clarke, of he travels with the ball into the box, then drops the ball to the edge of the box for Ian to send the ball into the top corner past a diving keeper. 3-2 and Game on!
22nd score again with a Clarke Bacon strike sending the ball into the top corner and levelling the scoreline, and sending the cup tie into the lottery of penalty kicks
After a tightly contested nerve-wrecking shootout, the 22nd miss 3 penalties on the trot with sudden death well underway. The 22nd held their nerve and win 5-4 after 8 penalties each, And goals from Cody, Clarke, Stewball and a debuting Kyle McBride.
Carrigan, C.McBride, Gregg, Henry, Mooney, Thompson, McKimm, ClarkeBacon, R.Larkin, Sheehan, Brown
SUBS: Pollock, Magee, K.McBride
Saturday, 10th December 2016
SBYL U18 Div 1
22nd Youth 4-5 St. Mary’s
The referee blew his whistle on a cold morning in clarendon to start the game between 22nd and St Mary's. The first 15 minutes seen 22nd have a lot of the ball knocking it about with no real threat of breaking through St Mary's defence. A lapse in concentration from 22nd full back Aaron Mooney puts St Mary's through and the striker brushes it into the net. 1-0 St Mary's against the run of play.
22nd midfielder James Thompson plays a great ball through the St Mary's defence which sees young striker carton bacon running through but cannot finish the chance. A long ball from St Mary's turns the 22nd defence and catches them out and St Mary's capitalise. 2-0. Half time.
After a bollocking from manager Wilbur Simpson 22nd come out the second half like a new team. Midfield cart horse Jordan McKimm picks the ball up in midfield and sees the keeper of his line and has a pop. 35 yards out top right hand corner. Amazing effort. 2-1.
22nd management made a few substitutions to try and swing the game in their favour and it works. A long ball over the St Mary's right backs head sees substitute Ian Brown 1v1 with the keeper. A delightful chip sores over the keeper’s head and into the back of net making the game all square at 2-2.
With st Mary's on the back foot 22nd are pushing for the win. Again, Jordan McKimm picks up the ball in midfield. Surely, he can't do it again? Not this far out? 35 yards again he swings his right peg at it. It flies past the keeper straight into the top corner again two world class strikes by young McKimm. 3-2.
St Mary's restart the game with playing it out wide. The St Mary's winger swings in an early cross catching the 22nd back 4 sleeping and an easy header for the St Mary's midfielder. 3-3.
22nd have a corner which is swung in by Ryan Larkin. St Mary's clear early and break on the counter. A smashing ball plays through st Mary's who slot the ball home. 4-3 St Mary's.
75th minute and 22nd look deflated when suddenly a quick dink from James "Spud” Thompson puts through young Clarke who buries his chance and makes it 4-4 incredible!
The referee looks at his watch there must be no more than two minutes left when st Mary's break forward. A long ball sees st Mary's through when a smashing tackle comes in from 22nd centre half Corin Henry what a tackle. The referee blows for a penalty. Everyone is in disbelief and shock. St Mary's score their penalty after much deliberation from 22nd management and the referee. 5-4 last kick of the game.
Miller McBride Henry Magee Mooney Larkin Thompson CarterBacon McKimm ClarkeBacon Sheehan
SUBS: Brown, Pollock, Gregg
Friday 2nd December 2016
22nd U19’s 2-2 Bangor Rangers U19's
Bangor win 5-4 on penalties
The supplementary cup semi final was upon us , something we had all looked forward to as a club after last years success. The lads where pumped up for it like no other game . The game started with very high tempo football from both sides , dean larkin down the left side of midfield gave bangor a terrible time with the pace of cartee bacon up to also , bangor were under alot of pressure but very dangerous on the break which proved to well when they went 1.0 up after around 30 minutes or so , the twos battled on , we made a technical sub takin dean larkin off for ian brown dean had gave all and blown up a little bit , we battled on and the pressure down the left continued with ian now playing wide left a few 1 two passes inthe midle of the park between jordan james and ian , cabbage coming into it aswell opened bangor up with James Thompson taken 2 players from there 18 yard box to go on and rocket the ball into the top corner 1-1.HT
The second half the twos finished where they left off high tempo pressing and attacking football , only to be cought ot by a bangor corner which met the biggest guy they have with a pony tail to head it home , 2-1 bangor.
Bangor pressed more forcing reece to make alot of good saves. The twos also had alot of chances saved from bangor keeper who was clearly keeping them in the game at this stage , ian brown scores, great left foot shot into the net 2-2 game on again .
Twos placing bangor under wmence pressure. Carter bacon has had 2 or 3shots stopped by bangor keeper . Hes clean theough on goal bangor keep empties him on the edge free kick twos . James t takes the shot comfortable save in the end . Carter and jordan both have chances saved , kane still doing the dirty work in midfield takes ot at bangor striker just over half way line . Took one for the team . The game eneded 2-2.
penalties. .... the twos where beat 5.4 on pens , good luck bangor in final ...
R.Miller C.McBride R.Larkin A.Mooney J.Thompson J.McKimm Carter Bacon C.Henry K.Sheehan D.Larkin
Subs: I.Brown S.Magee S.Pollock
Friday 18th November 2016
Sbyl Div 1
Barn Utd U19’s 5-4 22nd U19’s
The game started with high tempo from barn Utd, putting the twos under a lot of pressure, after around 15 mins the twos started to get into the game a few heavy tackles from both sides allowed the game to slow up a bit for free kicks. Barn go 1 up with a long ball over cabbage which he nearly catches unlucky, the twos have a great attempt saved by barn keeper, another quick break sees barn go 2-0 up not good for the twos, not collecting the second ball when needed gave barn an easy 2nd goal.
Barn continue to press twos quickly break it up in midfield and hit on the counter attack with a lovely left foot strike from carter bacon, half time ....2-1 Barn
Second half was pretty much even with both teams having a lot of chances if it weren’t for both sides defenders the game would be a cricket score. great tackles for both sides. Barn struck twice in quick succession to make it 4-1. Credit to boys they never gave up and battled back with goals from James and Matic to make it 4-3. Unfortunately, Barn made it 5-3.
Yet again the 2's didn't stop with young Carter setting up a tense finish but unfortunately the clock ran out for the 22nd with barn running out 5-4 winners.
R.Miller C.McBride C.Henry R.Gregg A.Mooney J.Thompson J.McKimm Carter Bacon Clarke Bacon R.Larkin D.Larkin
Subs I.Brown S.Magee S.Pollock
Saturday's 12th November
SBYL U19 Div 1
22nd U19s 1 - 4 Bangor Rangers U19s
This week saw 22nd Youth take on a Bangor Rangers team. This wasn't the first time that the two teams met with both teams meeting in a pre-season friendly earlier on in the year. With 22nd Youth having to make some changes to the team, with one of those changes being the goalkeeper when J.Thompson had to go in nets with both 22nds keepers being unavailable for the game. It wasn't long before Thompson was called into action, A darting run from Bangor's captain which seen him one on one with Thompson only to be brought down in the box and the referee pointing straight to the spot. Up stepped the captain and a good strong hand from the keeper saved the penalty to keep the game level. With 22nd players still moaning about the penalty decision, this lead to lack of concentration and then Bangor took the lead, With good passing and a cross in from the left meeting the head of the striker. 1-0 On the half hour mark,
The travelling side then made it 2-0, With Bangor still applying on the pressure on the 22nd Defence and a long range shot sailing in top right corner with the keeper not being able to do anything about it. 2-0 Half Time
The second half begun and the and it was the 22nd came out of the blocks the better team, with good chances being created. With Bangor being put under more pressure as the game went on. The 22nd then got back into the game. Good Work from McBride, McKimm and Larkin down the right-hand side and a cross in meeting the head of Carter Bacon who got to the ball just before the on rushing Bangor goalkeeper. 2-1
With 22nd pushing for another goal and going all-out attack to try bring the game level, this led to pushing the midfield higher up the pitch in search for a goal and this then led to being big spaces in the midfield and Bangor took full advantage of this and with 10 minutes to go, Bangor then made it 3-1, With a long ball from defence say the striker 1 on 1 and was coolly slotted away. Shortly after the 3rd goal that went in,
Bangor then added a 4th. Sloppy passing from 22nd gifted the Bangor Striker another run at goal and he made no mistake about making it 4-1 and completing his Hat Trick.
Thompson McBride Henry Magee Mooney Sheehan McKimm Larkin Carter Bacon Brown Pollock
Saturday 22nd October 2016
SBYL Div 1
Tullycarnett 6-5 22nd Youth
Today starts off with 22nd old boys away to tullycarnet with the 2s needing a much needed league win after 2 games and 2 defeats the boys wanted to prove a point the game kicked off and 22nd started of brighty and was playing some nice stuff and after just 5 minutes 22nd seen themselves go 1-0 up with a nice bit off play and a through ball from carter to play in his brother Clarke who slotted the ball home nicely.
This seemed to put 22nd on the front foot and pressing high and winning everything few minutes before the 1st goal carter again seen his brother make a great run and tryed to slip he in and a mix up at the tullycarnet back line seen Clarke with a simple goal again 22nd was playing high tempo quick football with nice one twos being played between the hole team and for the 3rd time in 20 minutes carter seen his brother Clarke make another great run played him in our rushed the goalkeeper and a fabulous chip finish from Clarke seen him get his hat trick thanks to his brother. 22nd then take the foot of the gas a bit and like tullycarnet have the ball who had to chances only to see the 2s keeper reece millar in fine form to make a string of good saves until the 22nd defence switched off and like tullycarnet player through to slot it past reece 3-1
22nd then played the way they where in the first have an hour 22nd had a throw on the left side and clarke who normal has a good throw didnt beat the 1st man and clarke got the ball back and tryed to repay the favour to his brother with an assist only to see his cross miss everyone and hit the back off the net 4-1 and the half then fizzled out.
The 2nd half started and 22nd seemed to think the game was over for some reason as they let tullycarnet have a lot off the and that proved dangerous as they looked threatening going forward tullycarnet had full control at the moment with 22nd struggling to get out of there own half 22nd tryed playing football at the back when cody then tryed a back pass to reece in the 22nd goal only to see the quick tullycarnet striker to nip in and make it 4-2.
The 2s coaching stuff then made a change to see the returning Dylan johnston come back into the team but this didn't seem to help as 22nd still struggled to get out off there half and again tullycarnet was able to get another goal 4-3 and 22nds defence then seemed to get nervy and scared of what could happen and yet again they where struggling to get into tullycarnets half and a strike from distance went straight in for the equaliser 4-4
The coaching staff then made a few more changes to try and steady the team and get them back to playing the way they did in the 1st half 22nd started to come back into the game with Dylan having a few chances only to see the keeper save them then disaster straight another lot of errors saw tullycarnet take the lead 5-4 and seemed to try and slow everything down to see out the win but with 22nd pushing for the equaliser tullycarnet hit on the counter attack and got themselves a corner which was crossed in and what looked like a blatant push on James Thompson going to defend the corner and the tullycarnet player getting up to make it 6-4 tullycarnet who had complete control of the game in the 2nd half 22nd still pushing ended up with a formation of 3-1-6 the seen Dylan break throw to score to make it 6-5 and as 22nd seemed to be getting back into it which was just to late and the ref blew for full time with tullycarnet 6-5 winners...
Millar McBride Magee Sheehan Mooney Thompson McKimm R.Larkin Ca.Bacon Brown Cl.Bacon
Carrigan Pollock D.Larkin Dunwoody Johnston
Friday 12th October 2016
Sbyl Div 1
Aurora centre, Bangor
Portavogie U19’s 3-0 22nd U19’s
The match kicked off with both teams not doing much with the ball all very scrappy. 22nd gave away a silly free kick to right had side of the 18 yard box. Up stepped the portavogie player and put it in the top corner 1-0.
The match was a very scappy a fair with both teams struggling to play any decent football. 22nd did make chance with James Thompson hitting the post unlucky HT.
The match kick off and portavogie made a break down the right they played a low cross in to the box to find a portavogie player un marked he made no mistake 2-0.
Things got a bit heated with both teams becoming frustrated and some hard tackles going in. The last goal came from the right again a player unmarked headed it home 3-0 the 2s made one more chance the ball was crossed in to the box and Ryan larkin headed it over all in all bad night for the 2s.
J Corrigan C.McBride C.Henry S.Magee K.Sheehan R.Larkin J.Thompson J.McKimm Carter Bacon Clarke Bacon D.Larkin
Subs D.Mills I.Brown R.Miller J.Dunwoody
Saturday, 8th October 2016
SBYL Under 19
22nd 0-3 Newington
The youth team started their league campaign against a very strong Newington side who many consider faourites for the title come next April.
Early on the Newington striker hit a shot across the face of goal forcing Reece to make a very good save.
Newington kept the pressure on and their winger crossed the ball along the 6 yd line with the ball dropping to a Newington player forcing Reece to make another save using his feet.
The Second Half began with the 2's looking more dangerous. A Matic free kick into the far post met the head of Ian Brown but the chance went narrowly wide.
Reece came out and was unfortunate to lose the 1v1 with the opposing striker with the ball to be recovered by A sliding Cody.
Ryan the conceded free kick just outside the 18 yd line, The free kick hit the 22nd wall with Reece recovering the free ball.
Another free kick conceded by Ryan and Matic sandwiching the Newington winger just outside the 18 yd line, Freekick hits the wall once again with 22nd clearing the ball to safety
James then won a Free kick just after the half way line, Ryan took the free kick long into the box with James wining the header but the chance comes to nothing
Corin received a booking, giving Newington a Free Kick, 25 yds out, free kick on target with Reece making the save,
Newington through on goal, again, got the shot off forcing Reece to make another save for the umpteenth time.
2-0 Newington, striker got through on goal and slotted the ball past Reece into the far bottom corner.
With the 2's pushing forward, the Newington midfielder made a very strong tackle on Matic showing his studs resulting in him being shown a red card
Kane then pushed the opposing striker leading into a free kick to Newington, freekick is ballooned over the bar
Cabbage booked for kicking the ball away
Late on, a Long shot from Newington fumbled by Reece resulting in a corner which the 2's defence failed to clear leading the the 3rd Newington goal, 3-0 Newington.
Millar, McBride, Henry, Sheehan, Mooney, McKimm, Thompson, R.Larkin, D.Larkin, Clarke Bacon, D.Mills
SUBS: Carrigan, Brown, Dunwoody
22nd Started the game well with most of the possession. Dylan Johnston two shots at the keeper which were spilled but no one followed up. The Game got very scrappy with both teams trying to get a foothold on the game but 22nd had more possession and were seeing more of the valley.
Saturday, 10th September 2016
SBYL Supplementary Cup Group A
22nd Youth 6-3 Roario
The Baby Twos travelled to Henry Jones for a 9am start against Rosario. It was a great morning for football. Before the game, both teams took a moment to recognise World Suicide Prevention Day.
Rosario got the game under way, attacking 22nd with pace before seeing the ball intercepted in the middle by big Jordan McKImm, the twos attacked from the middle of the park, James, Dylan and Clarke linked up well giving the ball out wide to young Ryan Larkin on the right, who beat 2 players to slot the ball home. 1-0 22nd.
The game was sure to be good now that the twos had gotten the early goal that they wanted. The twos put immense pressure on Rosario attacking from the back, Clarke made it 2-0
Rosario began to loose the plot a bit with silly tackles. Jordan and James running the show in the middle of the park along with help from Clarke Ian and Ryan. Dylan often dropping back to have some of the ball . The Twos always pressing against them freed up Dylan who slotted the ball home to make it 3-0.
We had surely hit a nerve, Rosario's sideline was screaming at there players, a few dangerous tackles from the opposition saw a few of the twos picking up knocks so two changes where made 20 minutes into the game . Corin and Stefan had received early bookings for silly fools outside the area. The twos attacked again, this time it was Jordan with a 20 yard shot into the net. The Rosario keeper couldn't do nothing to stop this one . 4-0
Shortly after Jordan made it 5-0
At half time Coach Simpson expressed how easy Rosario could go out and score 5 or 6 in the next 40 minutes as we had just scored 5 so anyone could. The twos kicked of the second having went out pretty slowly thinking that the game was done and dusted, Sloppy play from midfield and wide men not tracking back had us all shapes, it was as if we hadn't played before. The concentration wasn't there. Rosario had the upper hand this half with a few changes attacking the twos, throwing everything at them a quick attack down the right beat the twos back line to allow Rosario to pull one back past Jordan Carrigan. 5-1
The match was pretty sloppy and the twos had made a change along the back four due to two yellow cards both centre halves had collected early on. We thought we had won in 40 minutes. Not good enough, we battled on only for Rosario to pull another back 5-2
The twos made a few changes with young Carter and Dylan back on the field, this gave us a bit of energy again going forward. Carter was caught out at the back and Rosario made it 5-3.
The Twos where in shock they thought the game was over at 5-0 and switched off . Dylan though, had the final say, beating the Rosario back four again and made it 6-3
Miller, McBride, Henry, Magee, Mooney, Thompson, McKimm, Carter Bacon, R.Larkin, Clarke Bacon, Johnston
SUBS: Carrigan, Mills, Sheehan, Brown
End of Season Report
First season for the baby 2's
It was Manager Simpson's first time experience of managing a team, and working with a youth set up, 22nd Old Boys give him a role that he couldn't refuse.
The wee 2's started hooking in players early June and organised a hard preseason. There were 25 players fighting for the the 20 man squad which could be registered with the SBYL. The season started with a lot of friendlies against some very tough opposition. We travelled as far as Kilkeel to play valley rangers fc u17s .
Results meant everything to the lads and the coaching staff, but most importantly, enjoyment and fitness were the prime objectives.
It came September, the league started with a supplementary cup competition . It kicked of against civil service early on in the month, where we won 4-1 with goals from james thompson 3 and an early goal of the season contender from ryan larkin gaving us the win , it was a great day for the baby 2's in their first competitive match. We made it all the way to the semi final stages of the cup were we were handed a very tough away fixture against portavogie down in ards. The game was very sloppy from both sides but we went in at half time 2-0 down. The lads hadn't shown up! After the half time talk between Simpson and the other coaches, the wee 2's knew exactly what was needed. We brought it back to 2-2 in the dying minute's of the game, before finally edging the penalty shootout. Cup final here we come!
By now we had been put into a league throughout the SBYL. It was tough for our first season but we battled on . Cup final day came on new years day. Donegal Celtic fc u17s was our challenge. Half the baby 2's had been up celebrating the new year with family and the coaches were worried about how hard they had celebrated. We played at seaview with a lot of the senior players and management of the 22nd OB there to support. The game was one of the best footballing games the club had seen in years. The football was top quality and the skill of these young lads really showed . We came out worthy winners of the cup 1-0. A James Thompson with a deflected free kick gave us the lead, big loafer our goal keeper pulled us out of some holes and earned himself the man of the march award from the league officials . It was a good day and i can honestly say I'm still smiling. The lads done the staff and the club proud!
Unfortunately, the league campaign wasn't as rewarding as the squad was rotated quite frequently due to a number of reason, but whichever team was selected always tried their best and gave their all for the shirt.We finished up mid table. The long break during the Winter months doing us no favours.
As this was our first season as a new club, we are very proud and hope to push the lads on and do a lot better in the new season. Time to strengthen the squad, hopefully get few new faces and push on as u19s this season were we will strive to replicate last seasons successes!
Friday 15th April 2016
Sbyl Div 1
22nd U17's 2-3 Barn Utd U17's
The game started in terrible conditions for April with freezing temperatures and heavy rain. The game was quite even with both teams have a fair share of procession. The scoring was opened when the 22nd gave the ball away in midfield and a cracking through ball saw Barn striker through to make a cool finish 1-0.
The 2's were quickly level when R.Larkin latched onto a defensive mistake to cooly finish leveling the scores. Game swept from end to end with both teams missing opportunities but it was Barn who struck next. Their striker went down in the box and the ref gave a very soft penalty which was confidently finished 2-1 Barn. It stayed that way to HT.
2nd Half started with Barn on front foot and Loafer making a few cracking saves. The 3rd goal from Barn came from a 22nd error. This triggered 2's management into making a few changes and a change in formation.
The game swung with the 22nd on the end of some poor referring decisions which seemed to drive the boys on even more. Nathan found himself clear and bravely got there before the keeper who clattered him but not before the ball entered net 3-2 and game on.
The 22nd through Carter had the ball in the net to be ruled wrongly offside as the ball was passed backwards (one of those days). Then Carter was brought down for what looked like a stone wall penalty only for the ref to give a throw 22nd players and sideline watched in amazement.
Then at the death, Carter found himself through on the keeper only for the keeper to make a cracking save. The final whistle came to end a frustrating evening for all involved.
J.Corrigan C.McBride C.Henry K.Sheehan A.Mooney J.Thompson J.McKimm R.Larkin Carter Bacon I.Brown D.Mills
Subs R.Millar J.Dunwoody N.McIntosh
Saturday, 6th February 2016
Sbyl U17 Div 1
Rosario U17's 5-1 22nd
Game started with the 2's on top and very quickly 1 of the twins was brought down in the box ref points to spot. Up steps J.Thompson and the usual result 1-0 22nd.
Reece Gilmore found himself through but unfortunately couldn't finish. The other Reece, coming back from a broken ankle, showed some real bottle and made 2 or 3 good saves in the 1st half to keep 22nd in front. Though the 2's were on top they couldn't extend their lead 1-0 HT.
2nd Half started with Rosario on top and 2's looking disjointed. It wasn't long before it was 1-1 and quickly 2-1 Rosario.
The 22nd started to implode missing their charismatic coach W.Simpson who was away for weekend. Rosario kept up the pressure and repeatedly broke on 22nd to go 3-1 then 4-1 very quickly.
Heads were now down and boys feeling sorry for themselves, but they battled on and were unfortunate to go down 5-1. But credit to Rosario they put an under strength 22nd to bed.
Final whistle 5-1 Rosario
R.Millar K.Sheehan C.McBride J.McKimm A.Mooney J.Thompson D.Mills Clarke Bacon Carter Bacon R.Gilmore C.Henry
Friday 29th January 2016
SBYL U17 Div 1
Crumlin 3g 8:15 pm k.o
Antrim rovers u 17s vs 22nd u 17s
Tonight sparked 22nds u17s 2nd competitive game since there impressive cup final victory and before the game, the Bacon twins trying to find themselves new girlfriends from some local girls asking then to add the twins on the social media network Facebook lol..
The match started with 22nds captain Thompson winning the toss and swapping sides to play with the blustery winds in the 1st half. The game got underway and 22nd boys seemed up to it early on pressing well as a team and defending well and hitting on the counter attack with chances coming back none of great threat until Thompson won a free kick on the half way line towards the touch line and up stepped jordan (matic) McKimm who tried to whip the ball to the back post to see the wind catch it and to carry it into the back of the net. A hurler from the Antrim rovers goalkeeper.
22nd then took control of the game playing same nice football and getting more chances but not taking them.
Antrim rovers had 1 or 2 chances in the first half only 2 see 22nd goalkeeper Carrigan not troubled and the half fizzled out.
2nd half got underway with 22nd kicking off and the wind and rain picking up. Antrim rovers used this to their advantage and pressed 22nd, only to see 22nd players battle and throw there bodies infront of shots and anytime they seemed to get through the 22nd defence they couldn't seem to get passed the ever impressive Carrigan in the 22nd net who made a number of great saves to keep the score 1-0.
As 22nd defended well they then hit Antrim rovers on the counter attack with Carter Bacon who took it past the goalkeeper and for the rovers keeper to bear hug young Bacon. Screams for a penalty came from 22nd. A penalty and a red card for the keeper is what should have happened but no the ref lost his cool and bottle and gave an offside against 22nd when there was no one offside then shortly after this event, a heavy tackle on a 22nd player saw the ref show a red card only to allow Antrim to sub the player off the pitch. This then made the 22nd players lose focus and allowed rovers to get the equaliser. 1-1
22nd couldn't recover and Antrim scored again to make it 2-1 and 22nd made a sub for debutee Reece Gilmore to come on and make a difference and give 22nd a bit of fire again only for the referee to blow the final whistle 6 minutes early. 22nd left frustrated..
Carrigan McBride Henry Sheenan Mooney Clarke Bacon Thompson McKimm Brown Larkin Carter Bacon
Subs: Gilmore R.Black
23rd January 2016
SBYL U17 Div 1
22nd u17s v Ballyclare u17s
Today was our first game in 3 weeks, we had a few missing going with only one sub was always going to be hard against a good Ballyclare side with 5 subs rotating.
The Game got off to a quick start with both team going head to head with one another. Carter Bacon delivered a great ball to Thompson who took the ball down lovely only to rattle the crossbar.
Plenty of attacks from Carter & Clarke Bacon and Browndown the wings. A Shot from Brown deflected out to McIntosh, which was goal bound only to be blocked .
Ballyclare broke the deadlock with their first chance on goal, a well placed shot passed Carrigan. Nothing he could do .
Shortly before the half way mark they scored again coming from the left side of the pitch ..
The second half got under way with both teams again head to head with ballyclare starting to get into the game more with a two goal lead .
The 22nd had more goal opportunities but just unable to put the ball across the line. The Bacon twins linked up well down the flanks along with Larkin, breaking through from the midfield. Chance after chance missed and ballyclare scored again against the run of play .
The twos pulled one back when a short corner from the Bacon twins fell to McBride to send it home 3.1 game on , but the lack of fitness and subs got to us ballyclare made it 4.1 ,
Shortly after 22nd were awarded a penalty which Captain Thompson slotted home to give the lads another lift but it just wasnit our day. The game finished 4-2 to Ballyclare
Saturday, 1st January 2015
South Belfast Youth League Supplementary Cup FINAL
Donegal Celtic 0-1 22nd Old Boys Youth
The Baby two's brought in the new year in style with a thoroughly deserved trophy.
Coach Simpson went with his tried and tested lineup with only the injured Reece Miller, finally no long hobbling around on his crutches, and Ryan Larkin who, also with assistant Coach Baffer, was topping up his sun tan across the Atlantic in Orlando, Florida.
The pre match meal had gone down a treat with no signs of food poisoning showing. Very little food had been wasted.
The game began in blustery and wet conditions with both teams looking nervy. Celtic had the more possession very early on, but could do nothing with the ball. As the first half progressed, the baby 2's won their first corner of the game. The better Bacon twin delivered the corner, which originally looked as though it was going to barely reach the front post, but some how managed to bobble of the DC defender on the near post, giving the 2's another corner. This came to nothing. Both sides continued to play cagey football, but the 22nd looked as though that had settled their nerves and where starting to play the ball with a bit more freedom and determination. After numerous dodgy tackles, free kicks and no bookings, the referee awarded the 2's with a free kick in a dangerous position. Up stepped the captain, who delivered a beautiful ball into the box. The ball missed the two's players but somehow beat the Celtic goalkeeper and nestled into the net. The two's had taken the lead. 1-0. Thompson credited with the strike.
With the deadlock having been broken, the two's attacked again, both Bacon twins linking up with Johnston but their efforts were fruitless. The back line of McBride, Henry, Sheehann and Mooney looked extremely steady with McKimm breaking play up in front.
As the half drew to a close, Donegal Celtic mounted attacks, but Carrigan in goal was equal to everything thrown at him. Mooney made a fantastic defensive header to maintain the 2s lead as the first half finished.
As the second half started, the confidence began to grow amongst the two's on the pitch, and high up in the stand. But the first real chance fell to Celtic, only for the loafer to make a magnificent one handed save to retain the lead.
With some great football being played in poor conditions and some triangles very pleasing on the eye, James Thompson was put through on goal. One on one with the keeper, and put the ball in the net. The linesman spoiled his celebrations though as the flag was raised for a debatable offside.
Dunwoody replaced the tiring Brown and immediately added a bit more bite to the two's, making a number of crunching tackles. One earning him a booking.
The two's continued to look the more dangerous as the game drew to a close. Not letting DC play and continually putting pressure on the ball when out of possession.
McIntosh replaced Carter Bacon with minutes left on the clock and the 2s running the time down.
The lead never looked in danger and when the referee blew his whistle for the final time, the baby 2's went crazy.
Credit where it's due to the coaching staff. Simpson, Burrows and Cheung in the dugout called the shots and made the right calls when they were needed, And with Shaw and Douglas high up in the stands giving their support at half time when needed. They received disappointing news before kick off but never let it get in the way of their goal of seeing the baby 2's lift the cup.
The 15 players involved, both on the pitch and in the dugout conducted themselves magnificently. They left it all on the pitch and worked their little plums off for each other. A great effort that showed that team work, hard work and ability will take them far. Goalkeeper Jordan Carrigan rounded out a superb day by capping his performance with the Man of the Match award.
Happy new year and hopefully this is the beginning of what should be a massive year for the 22nd Old Boys.
Carrigan, McBride, Henry, Sheehann, Mooney, McKimm, Thompson, Clarke Bacon, Johnston, Brown, Carter Bacon
SUBS: Burke, Dunwoody, Crockard, McIntosh
Friday 18th December 2015
Sbyl Div 1
22nd U17's 7-0 Dundela U17's
The game kicked of under the lights at the Hammer complex with the young 2's looking to bounce back from a poor performance the previous week.
The 22nd started the brighter getting quickly into their stride and dictating the play through J.Thompson and J.McKimm in midfield. An early break through came when after some good play Clarke swept the ball home from close range 1-0 22nd. Followed quickly by a good strike from D.Johnstone to make it 2-0.
The 2's were Briming with confidence and playing some great stuff and it wasn't long before they made it 3 with Clarke getting his 2nd finishing of another great move. The 2's pressed for a 4th missing a few good chances before the break HT 3-0
The 2nd half started much the same fashion all 22nd playing some great football. J.Thompson arrived at the back post to sweep home a corner to make it 4-0.
After a scramble in the Dundela box D.Johnstone poked home his 2nd to make it 5-0.
J.Thompson then thumped home a great drive to make it 6-0 and the 2's were running riot. Dundela had no answer for the quick passing and pace of the young 2's.
To wrap it up I.Brown came of the bench to thump a thunder bolt in of the crossbar from 25 yards a fitting way to end a cracking performance and a great way to warm up for the U17's up coming final. FT 7-0
J.Corrigan C.McBride C.Henry K.Sheehan A.Mooney J.Thompson J.McKimm R.Larkin Carter Bacon Clarke Bacon D.Johnstone
Subs: I.Brown J.Dunwoody
Friday, 27th November 2015
SBYL U17 Div 1
22nd Youth 1-1 Rosario
Friday 27th November saw the 22nd taking on Rosario at the Hammer.
The game started out at a blistering pace for the 1st 10 minutes then both teams settled down and played some lovely attacking football. With 20 minutes gone, the Rosario forward went 1 on 1 with Carrigan in thee baby 2's goal, only for the loafer not only to save one, but bounced up to save the rebound.
On the half hour mark, Larkin cut inside 25 yards out and hit a shot which hit the post and came to the in rushing Curtis Crockard to sky the ball over the bar which ended up in the Mater hospital.
There were chances at both ends with the 22nd having the best ones, but the half finished goalless. 0-0 HT
The 2nd half started the way the 1st had finished with the 22nd creating chances but failing to put them away. The story of our season. Then the 2's were dealt a sucker punch when the 22nd defender misjudged the ball and bounced nicely for the winger to smash into the net to give loafer no chance in the 22nd net Rosario 1-0.
With the both teams making changes, Dunwoody made his mark on the match with a crunching tackle which the referee deamed a yellow card much to disaffection off the 22nd supporters.
With the game going from end to end, it was only a matter off time before someone scored. That person was butter bean Brown who miskicked the ball and lobbed it over the keeper to make 1-1.
With both teams looking a winner it was the loafer again who came to the rescue with a 'Gordan Banks' wonder save. Then with the game coming to an end, the 22nd and Clarke Bacon beating one man, then cutting in only to shoot with his weaker foot and making it an easy save for the Rosario goalkeeper match ended 1-1 FT
Carrigan Sheenan McBride Henry Mooney Thompson Mckimm Larkin Clarke Bacon Crockard Johnston
SUBS Brown Burke Dunwoody
Friday 13th November 2015
Sbyl Div 1
22nd Old Boys U17's 2-7 Antrim Rovers U17's
The game kicked of in terrible conditions at the hammer with Antrim on the front foot and a slip at the back saw Antrim centre forward race clear to make it 1-0.
The 2's tried to get the ball down and looked dangerous going forward firing in long range efforts with no joy then from a long throw the tall Antrim centree forward won the ball and it finished up in the net 2-0.
The 22nd kept working hard and constantly looked dangerous going forward. Then Antrim broke through to make it 3-0 half time.
2nd half saw a few 22nd changes and D.Johnston picked up the ball 25 yards from goal drove forward and fired an unstoppable shot into the far corner 3-1.
Unfortunately the impressive Antrim broke through n made it 4-1 quickly followed by a 5th.
Then Clarke Bacon with a neat finish made it 5-2.
The final nail in the coffin came when the other twin carter got a second booking outta frustration and seen red. 2's down to 10 men. Antrim added a further two goals to complete a comprehensive and to be honest well deserved victory.
7-2 onto the next one lots of work to be done.
J.Corrigan C.Mcbride C.Henry K.Sheehan A.Mooney R.Larkin J.Thompson J.Mckimm Carter Bacon D.Johnston Clarke Bacon.
Subs R.Miller C.Crockard N.McIntosh M.Irvine R.Carbery
Saturday, 7th November 2015
SBYL Div 1
Six mile water
Ballyclare Comrades 2-4 22nd Youth
The game started with both teams having a minutes silence to rememeber the fallen from ww1, ww2 and present wars.
The game got underway 22nd looking strong from the kick off, ballyclare had previously beat us in a friendly game so we knew what was needed today.
End to end attacking from both teams, jordan carrigan our keeper, making brilliant saves to keep us in it. Finally the deadlock was broken with a wonderful strike from james thompson from a few yards in ballyclares half of the pitch.
Shortly after we went 2.0 up clarke with a great strike.
Half time came, second half corin put one in with his head. we went 3 up
shortly after ballyclare brought one back after jordan saved a free kick but ballyclare scored the rebound
The twos had to buck up their ideas with the game blown wide open , end to end attacking both teams defending well then dylan johnston made it on the score sheet , few minutes left ballyclare scored , final score 4.2 good win for the baby twos . Big loafer and corrin being named man of the match
30th October 2015
Supplementary cup Semi-final
22nd U17's 2-2 Portavogie U17's 5-4 pens
The Semi-final kicked off at a blustery Bangor fc ground with the 22nd playing into the wind. Portavogie started strongly using their superior height advantage against the young 2's. It wasnt long before they broke through when a long ball was flicked on the Portavogie centre forward ran through and scored low into the corner 1-0. The 2's responded with D.Johnstone and J.Thompson both having long range efforts but to no avail. The 2's tried to get their passing game going but were being out muscled by Portavogie.
Then again a long ball cut open the 2's defence and the striker ran through and scored calmly under a lot of pressure to make it 2-0 Portavogie at half time.
The 2nd half started with the 2's Coach W.Simpson making a few changes and immediately the 2's started to control the game getting their passing going and putting the Portavogie defence under a lot of pressure. From a resulting corner, J.Thompson met it firmly to head the 2's back in contention 2-1.
The 22nd pressed hard with the twins and Dylan causing all sorts of problems. Then the equaliser a long clearance from Loafer saw D.Johnstone race clear and calmly slot past the Portavogie keeper 2-2 game on.
The 2's seemed the most likely to grab a winner but as the game went on but sides looked nervous.
As Portavogie striker broke clear the crowd held its breath then out of nowhere young Cody made a great last ditch saving tackle. Full time 2-2.
Onto the dreaded penalties Portavogie up first and blazed over. Then up stepped Curtis 1-0 22nd all the next penalties were scored 4-4 last penalty to 22nd up stepped J.Mckimm to win it for the 2's and he cooly stroked it into the corner sending the keeper the wrong way. Victory for the jubilant baby 2's onto a final v Donegal Celtic U17's
J.Corrigan A.Mooney J.Mckimm R.Larkin C.Mcbride J.Thompson J.Dunwoody Clarke Bacon C.Burke D.Johnstone Carter Bacon.
Subs. C.Crockard N.McIntosh I.Brown R.Miller K.Sheehan
Friday, 20th October 2015
South Belfast Youth League
Londonderry Park, Newtownards
Ards Rangers U17 v 22nd Youth
Match night had arrived away to Ards Rangers youth. 22nd get the game underway playing from right to left in the 1st half it seemed like the 22nd boys were nervous as it took them a while to get the foot on the ball and play a bit off football. With the ball in the air for majority off the game, this suited the ards rangers lads as most of them where 6 ft. After 30 mins, 22nd got a corner which was took short to captian marvel James Thompson to strike the ball from about 30 yards out into the top corner 1-0
The 2s didn't settle after their goal and ards hit back quick with a corner off there own to hit 22nd player Corin Henry and go into his own bottom corner from then 1st half fizzled out with the ref blowing for halftime.
With ards rangers kicking off there wasn't much to talk about in 2nd half with both teams canceling eachother out although ards rangers getting a free kick which seen 22nd player Corin being shown a red card. Ards with the free kick from about 30 yards out and the wind behind them, ards player hit a shot what seemed to be flying into the top corner only for the impressive jordan Carrigan to tip it over the bar and cracking his back on the post.
The last moment of the game seen Clarke Bacon put through on goal only to have a heavy touch and it run through to the goalkeeper then came the final whistle to end a bit of a boring game.
Carrigan mooney Henry mc bride larkin brown Thompson mckimm johnston Clarke bacon carter bacon
Subs millar sheenenn dunwoody burke
Saturday, 3rd October2015
SBYL Supplementary Cup
22nd youth v Donegal Celtic
The game started of at high tempo pace from both sides.
22nd were awarded a penalty in the first 5 minutes which Thompson was unlucky to put it wide after the keeper going the wrong way.
DC went in front shortly after 0-1.
22nd went straight on the attack. DC cleared a corner only as far as young carter bacon who volleyed the ball into the top left corner. The keeper had no chance. 1-1
DC shortly after took the lead 1-2 , not for long as ryan larkin from right back, took 3 maybe four players, from right back, to score too make it 2-2 Both sides created numerous more chances with end to end football and some tasty tackles.
22nd were awarded a free kick from their own half which right back ryan larkin lumped into the dc box where the keeper makes a horible mistake and the ball ends up in the back of the net 3-2 to 22nd. HT
The Second half was more of the same from both sides. Great saves from both keepers throughout the game and chances created by both.
DC had a man sent off but 22nd where unable to use this as an advantage. Late on the game, DC scored the equaliser and then with 3 minutes to go, DC moved in front. 3-4 to Donegal Celtic, something for the baby twos to learn never take foot of the pedal.
22nd old boys youth u17 vs taughmonagh u17
Friday 18th September 2015
Hammer park complex
SBYL Supplementary Cup
The 1st Friday night game off the season for 22nd old boys youth at the hammer park complex with a decent crowd into watch the game got underway with 22nd playing some great stuff and 10 mins into the game carter bacon was brought down on the edge of the box referee blows for a free kick so up steps captain marvel James Thompson who then curled the ball round the wall and into the top corner great free kick and great start 1-0 22nd and quickly after the restart 22nd wins the ball back for right back Ryan larkin to strike the ball from 40 yards out and the shot was to hot to handle and to cold to hold as it flew through the goal keepers hands 2-0 22nd old boys and as the boys seemed to settle down more and more into the game they started to put a show on for the crowd as Clarke bacon gave the taughmonagh a terrible time down the flank with his twin brother also giving the defence a terrible time as 22nd played nice passing stuff down the left carter bacon picks up the ball lifts it over 1 defender to then again lift over another defender to then smash it into the top corner 3-0 22nd and again 22nd giving the crowd a show to watch played nice football nice passing and 2 see a few chances strangely missed it the ball came down the left to Ian Brown who gave it to carter who then lifted the ball over yet another defender for jordan (matic) mckimm to run in and catch it on the volley to send the ball into the top corner 4-0 22nd and the boys where well into crusing mode then around the 40 min mark taughmonagh seemed to notice the had a game to play as the started to come into the game with a few chances as there best chance off the half falling to there striker with a great strike looked like he may open the scoring with but all jordan Carrigan coming off with a great save to knock it on to the bar and then came the half time whistle.
As the second half got underway 22nd started it the seem as they finished it having most off the possession and holding off the taughmonagh side who again seemed to forget the had a match to play with 22nd moving the ball nicely it came to Ryan larkin who ran forward with the ball and Clarke running into corner looking a pass dragged the defender out and Ryan seen his chance and with a great strike from 35 yards this time the ball sailed into the top corner 5-0 22nd with the scoreline at 5-0 seemed to waking up taughmonagh who then started to play some nice stuff them self's and having a few chances missed they then got a free kick from about 20 yards out from goal 22nd goalkeeper and captain having a bit of a dispute on where the wall should be the taughmonagh player stepped up an put the ball Into the bottom corner 5-1 the score now with 22nd coaching staff making a few changes the game seemed to be dying away and not many chances then being had 22nd played keep ball until captain James Thompson went on 1 of he's mad runs he does got into the box to be brought down by the defender whistle goes penalty up like a shot James grabs the ball to step up do a wee shimmy and send the keeper the wrong way 6-1 with taughmonagh guys looking for the final whistle 22nd old boys once again played keep ball with a few more chances coming but none where converted the game came to an end with the ref blowing for the final whistle.
Carrigan larkin mcbride Henry mooney black Clarke bacon Thompson(C) mckimm brown carter bacon
Subs millar sheenenn crockard mcintosh dunwoody
22nd Youth 4-1 Civil Service
Saturday, 5th September 2015
Henry Jones Playing Fields
On a cold and windy morning at Henry Jones, 22nd youth had there first competitive game together. The first half started very well for 22nd with some great football played by Jordan McKimm, James Thompson and Ian Brown down the left hand side. The first goal came from a corner kick. when being swung in, the referee deemed a push on Carter Bacon, the better twin. Up stepped James Thompson, as cool as you like, to put the penalty past the keeper to make it 1-0 .
Civil service started to come into the game and it became to get a little scrappy but the game finished 1-0 at the break!!
After a few stern words from the management team at half time, the 2nd half started a lot quicker and stronger for 22nd as they started to control the game again with some fantastic passing all round the pitch
The 2nd goal came as a lovely pass split the defence then Clarke Bacon went threw on goal to be chopped down In the box for another penalty. Once again, the superb Thompson calmly slotted his 2nd penalty of the day to make it 2-0
Civil service started becoming a threat. With 22nd starting to make a lot of changes, civil service broke threw to go one on one with the 22nd keeper, only to be brought down for another penalty. So civil service striker slotted it in to make it 2-1!
22nd responded fantastically, taking control off the game again, then the GOAL OF THE DAY came through a great play between the midfielders who passed it on to Ryan Larkin, who was fantastic all day, to strike the ball from 25 yards right into the top corner.
Then with the game dying out, James Thompson completed his hat trick with a scrabble in the box to poke home his 3rd to cap off a wonder performance!
Full time 4-1 22nd