Friday 1st March 2019
SBYL League Cup Quarter Final
Londonderry park 3G
Portaferry Rovers U19's 2-1 22nd Old Boys U19's
Tonight saw the young twos faced a very tough portaferry team in the quarter final of the sbyl league cup. Having already faced portaferry this year we knew it was going to be a hard game from the start. A stern talking to before the game outlined the managers plans to go out and play simple and aggressive football.
As the game started it looked to have stuck with them. but after five minutes of play a long kick from their keeper beat our midfield and released their striker only for Jay to win the ball with a great tackle. Strangely the ref decided he should award a penalty against us, which was met by a lot of protesting from our players and the line. They duly put the penalty away, 1-0 Portaferry. On the pitch a few players had their head in the game, showing some great leadership and reassured the team to calm down and it was ours to win. Our first real chance came after 20 or so mins when a lovely weighted pass split their defense and allowed Matthew to make it to the ball before their Centre backs. He wasn't sure of the time he had and took the chance early and hit it straight at the keeper. The rest of the first half saw us making changes to injured players or players who decided to replace their football boots with new ones. 1-0 Half time.
The second half started and we were in a more comfortable flow as our defensive line had everything covered, our midfield where also working tirelessly to make chances for us and win possession. We kept pushing and finally after 25 mins of the second half we equalised from a corner. The ball was headed clear but Louis was lurking on the edge of the box he took a touch and without looking managed to rifle the ball past the whole portaferry team into the net, great hit 1-1. We decided from the point that we needed to push for it. More changes were made and players moved higher up the pitch searching for a goal ( even butler wanted to be involved 😂). a quick counter attack lead to butler making a great save to give our opponents a corner in the dying minutes. Butler again with another save pushed the ball while being held by a portaferry player only for it to bounce of a players foot and trickle into our net, 2-1 Portaferry, devastated. With that we kicked off again and nearly equalised again only for their defense to hoof it up the pitch and the ref to blow for full time. 2-1 portaferry FT
Each player on the pitch played for the badge tonight and left it all on the pitch. From smashing tackles, great link up play and some great attitudes. Unlucky men did everyone proud . #uppa2s
J.Butler J.Dunwoody J.Rowan T.Carlisle D.Miller J.McAuley R.Black J.Clarke N.Ingram M.Irvine L.McAllisterSubs E.Robinson B.Neil C.McMurray C.Moore C.Clarke
Saturday 16th February 2019
Sbyl Div 1
22nd Old Boys U19's 1-0 Orangefield OB U19's
An early kick off this week against what seemed to be our bogey team this season. We knew it would be a tough match for both teams when we arrived at the pitch with divets everywhere and our boys quick to moan and cry about it.
The lads knew it was a must win with the top 3 in sight, plus Kirker threatened fire and brimstone after lack of training.
We stuck with our preferred formation and the young 2s went out looking sharp staying in formation and attacking and defending as a unit. We had the game under control from the get go with blacky and jamie p chasing everything down with Louis holding the ball up well at striker when he wasn't doing his camel impression, drinking water every 2 mins. A few half chances came our way early doors with jamie Macaulays over hit cross glancing the cross bar and going out of play. The first goal of the game came from a well worked corner in which Kirker majestically placed pea 25 yards out. The ball headed clear it fell nicely outside the box for jamie p to unleash a powerful low driven shot into the bottom right hand corner, 1-0 22nd (Kirker really is a tactical genius😂). Orangefield didn’t give up but couldn’t break down Tony and Jay who were imperious at centre back. Joel got his knickers in a twist just before the half time whistle, but after his usual gonna kill dead things he calmed down and got on with what he's good at playing football. Half time came and only a few points to address the lads got straight back out onto the field and awaited kick off again .
The second half started in the same manner with both teams attacks breaking down in the final third. Changes had to be made as fitness was a big thing for us today. Matthew was introduced up top the first game he has played in a few months and almost instantly he was threw on goal only to be harshly ruled offside. Our midfield didn’t stop and he was soon allowed to make a run again this time for the keeper to make a great save. At the other end Daniel and geezer at full back where easily taking care of their respective men to minimize butlers work load. Blacky had to be replaced as his ears were bleeding from Kirker shouting. Orangefield kept pressing the 2's but we always looked dangerous on the break with Mattys pace. We missed a couple of good chances to close out the game and Orangefield brought players off their bench and reshuffled there team but it was to late and the ref blew for full time. Finished 1 nil 22nds a well fought win today and another 3 points on the board well done and an ear bashing avoided. The back four and Butler getting a well deserved clean sheet.
J.Butler J.Dunwoody J.Rowan T.Carlisle D.Miller J.McCauley J.Parkinson R.Black N.Ingram J.Clarke L.McAllisterSubs E.Robinson S.Boyd C.Clarke C.Moore M.Irvine
Friday 25th January 2018
Sbyl Div 1
Rathmore School 3G
Aquinas U19's 2-0 22nd Old Boys U19's
After Monday night's good win the boys found themselves on the road again. To everyone's amazement Butler managed to make it through the warm up without snapping a high heel or pulling his suspender belt.
Aquinas started well and were a big powerful team. An early diagonal ball caught Geezer sleeping and the winger ran in behind to beat Butler, 1-0 Aquinas and a terrible start. But the boys settled down and started to play some nice stuff. Jay and the imperious nobody loves me Daniel were dealing with the physical threat of Aquinas. Blacky and Jamie in midfield battled hard against the extra man the Aquinas formation gave them. A poor tackle on dramatic Nathan gave the 2's a promising free kick. Jamie delivered it beautifully and Blacky rose to meet it from 8 yards out.... with the goal at his mercy he headed over. Must have been worried about loosing a few more strands of his dwindling hair line. At the other end a nice Aquinas move cut open the 22nd defence leaving Daniel and Jay not so imperious. But the Aquinas forward shot wide probably frightened by the sight of Butler with his suspenders and heels intact. At the other end Louis battled hard and he was next to miss a good chance having battled clear only to see the keeper turn his shot round the post. Blacky and Geezer got involved with a few of the big lads from Aquinas who had kicked out at our boys off the ball. Fair play to the boys stood their ground but let the ref deal with it. Joel was working hard in the pocket in behind and released Nathan who ran through. He steadied himself and smashed a shot over the keeper which could off landed just over the line but we were to far away to judge properly. Didn't know dramatic Nathan could kick the ball that far ! But a great effort non the less. Jay Mac started to make an impact down the right and get himself in the game. As the half drew to a close and to everyone's amazement Curtis hadn't done a foul throw yet, time yet in the second half. The half came to a close 1-0 Aquinas, the boys had played well and didn't deserve to go in 1 down.
After a brief half time team talk the lads went back onto the pitch with more determination to try and get some kind of result. Nathan was finding himself in all kinds of space down the left as was Jamie was also finding joy down the right. Jamie found himself in numerous good positions but u fortunately we couldn't capitalise on this and he was tiring badly (still recovering from a chipped toe nail). On numerous occasions throughout this second half we had half chances with the best coming from a through ball to Louis but unfortunately his shot went just wide. As time ticked on a punctured Joel found himself through on goal but his shot from an angle was saved by the Aquinas keeper. Our midfield worked tirelessly to keep our opponents at bay but it wasn’t to be as a clever cross found an unmarked Aquinas player as he headed home at the near post and made it 2 nil. The big pitch took it's tool but credit were it’s due to the young 2s showed great composure and finished the game off professionally never giving up right to the end.
Full time 2-0 Aquinas fc
J.Butler J.Dunwoody J.Rowan D.Miller C.Moore N.Ingram J.Parkinson R.Black J.Mcauley J.Clarke L.McAllisterSubs C.McMurry D.Dunwoody E.Robinson B.Neill K.Hu
Friday 4th January 2019
Friday 16th November 2018
22nd old boy’s u19s vs Carryduff colts A u19
Ormeau Park 3g
This week saw the young 2s make the short trip to Ormeau park to play Carryduff in the league .
We knew it was going to be a tough game as a number of our players were either injured or otherwise engaged and couldn’t play.
The team that was chosen was more of a defensive team with 2 cdms.
The first half kicked off and we were slow to get started and were soon fending off wave after wave of attack. With the extra man in mid field we seemed to be coping. 1 or 2 half chances were carved out but we couldn’t capitalise as the ref deemed us offside on both occasions.
After a re shuffle at half time saw us take to the field with an extra man up top to help with the attacks and almost immediately it paid of with a very quick thinking Jamie p playing an inch perfect free kick to joel Clarke as he took a touch then shot with his left leaving the keeper beat 1 nil 22nd
Carry duff where then forced to chase the game more and left gaps at the back but some questionable decisions from the ref saw us only keeping our 1 goal lead .
Frustrations grew within both teams and saw the 22nd down to 10 men after the ref sent off Nathan ingram for a remark he made in anger . the defensive side to us came back to see home the 3 points well done lads
j.butler c.mcmurray s.boyd j.rowan d.miller r.black j.parkinson j.clarke j.dunwoody k.hu c.clarke
subs e.robinson d.dunwoody c.moore n.ingram
Saturday, 8th September 2018
Supplementary Cup Group
22nd Old Boys v Orangefield