22nd Old Boys 

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22nd Old Boys U19's season 2018/19

The boys coming from Shankill Juniors U17's had their first year at U19 football. They started well winning all their group games to progress to Supplamentary cup Semi-Final. There they unfortunately lost to Carryduff. As a result of this the league moved them up to Div 1. 

League form was sketchy and we finished a creditable 6th. Disciplinary issues and poor training attendances cost us a better position. 

We progressed to the Quarter-Final of the League cup were we were very unlucky to go out to Div Champions Portaferry 2-1 in last kick of the game. 

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.McAllister 

Subs E.Robinson B.Neil C.McMurray C.Moore C.Clarke

Saturday 16th February 2019 

Sbyl Div 1

Dixon Park


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.McAllister 

Subs 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.McAllister 

Subs C.McMurry D.Dunwoody E.Robinson B.Neill K.Hu
Monday 21st January 2019
Sbyl Div 1
Crumlin 3G 
Andersonstown Celtic U19's 1-7 22nd Old Boys U19's

Bit of a tactical reshuffle with the boys tonight, back to basics and law laid down. In the warm up Butler pulled his suspender belt and has hobbling around like an auld doll. Suppose it's a change from a heel being broke. 

The boys started of well moving the ball and dominating from the off. Joel with an early chance shot was well wide. The boys at the back were winning everything and moving the ball into midfield with ease. A move down the left saw the ball plated into the Celtic box and the defender moved his arm to ball, no doubt hand ball and penalty. Up stepped Jay to hit the penalty..... bang top bin ! Great penalty or luck the debate goes on. Within minutes a great pass from J.P released Cameron who's superb cross was turned into his own net by Celtic defender under a lot of pressure from Nathan, 2-0 22nd. Celtic looked to try and get back in the game but a crunching tackle by Tony saw their CM unfortunately leave the game injured. 22nd kept on the pressure and Joel in a new advanced roll found himself through on the keeper. After he tried his best to miss the chance he poked the ball home to put the 2's 3-0 up. Louis was doing a super job leading the line and bringing the rest of attacking players into the game round him. With both wingers testing the full backs Joel was on the receiving end of a terrible tackle from the left back and was fortunate to stay on the pitch. From the resulting free kick J.P who was crossing the ball saw it shave a few more hairs of Blackies already receding hair line (at this rate he will end up with a hair line like Kirker) and nestle in the far corner, 4-0. The 22nd kept pressing and they won a corner. Blacky gave the signal and delivered a lovely ball to the near post. Up went nobody loves me Daniel to head the ball into the roof of the net to make it 5-0. Curtis at right back is going to have to be shown how the take a throw in 300 throw ins later he eventually nailed it. A very pleasing half came to an end with the 22nd 5-0 up.

Second half started after a lot of praise from the 2s management and it was clear to see that the lads still wanted more goals. A few chances were created but none of them were converted. Being in a control of the game we were able to make subs so a few of the lads got to get a longer run out .We were looking more dangerous attacking but the midfield and defence were letting to many shots through at that big Jessie of a keeper. A long kick From Butler sent J.Mac through on goal and he slotted it past the oncoming keeper, 6-0 22nd. We then feel asleep and let our opponents grab a consolation which in fairness kicked us up another gear and picked up the tempo. We moved the ball about with ease and big Debo the assist king causing mayhem within the Celtic back four. With under a minute left to go the ball was played out from our back line. Daniel looked up and saw Nathan making a run at the edge of the box but his misplaced cross beat there keeper for our seventh goal gliding into the top right corner (Hartlies wouldnt be in it), 7-1 22nd. At the resume of the match the ref looked at his watch decided there wad no way that pie Daniel getting a hat trick and blew for full time. A very convincing win for the 2s tonight. Well done lads on to next week.

J.Butler C.Moore J.Rowan T.Carlisle D.Miller C.Clarke J.Parkinson R.Back N.Ingram J.Clarke L.McAllister 

Subs
D.Dunwoody C.McMurray J.McCauley B.Neill

friday 11th january 2019
22nd OB FC u19s vs dundela u19s 
hammer 3g 
league cup 

with new faces and players all back from suspension we had a full squad tonight and finallly able to play in a formation that we thought would get us the results we have been desperating seaarching for .

the game started and you could see we were the more confident side in our 352 formation . jay tony and daniel being solid at the back with the help from the midfield . we were soon 1 up after the ball was played through to debutant louis and witht he help from a heavy deflecyion the dundela keeper could only watch as the ball floated over the top of his head and into the net 1 nil . 
dundela stepped up and attacked but our defense held solid and butler was out to everything . he started the next attack from us as he played the ball out from a goal kick and after the ball was moved with short simple passes up the field a dundela player intercepted it and attempted a pass to his keeper . but louis nipped in before he could get there and got his foot onto it as it trickeled over the line . 2 nil and that was half time 

dundela started the second half after probably a stern half time talk and it showed . they were moving the ball about very well but again our defense was able to put most of their chances back up the pitch . a silly free kick was awarded against us and from it our players werent able to mark up in time as a ball was floated to the back post were a duns player finished it . 2 1 
the rest of the match was a nervous affair as dundela sent wave after wave of attack . some smart play saw our players drop a bit further and contiuned to absorb the pressure until the full time whistle blew . 

1st round of the cup done and we progress . good to get a win after the last few outings . back to league action next week so hopefully the form can continue there also 

j butler j rown d miller t carlisle e robinson j parkinon r black k hu j clarke n ingram l mcallister 

subs c moore j mcauley b neill c clarke

Friday 4th January 2019

Sbyl Div 1
Rathmore School
St Oliver Plunkett U19's 1-0 22nd Old Boys U19's

First game of the new year saw the boys in league action v SOPFC. The boys started well and put SOPFC under pressure. The boys dominated the midfield and had a lot of joy down our left, but just couldn't find the coolness needed to fashion and finish a good chance. Tony booked early got into a bit of handbags with a SOPFC striker but the ref using some common sense talked to both players and restarted game with a 22nd free kick. Jamie McCauely found a fashioned a few opportunities but couldn't find a finish. Young Dougie came close with a shot that flew just wide and Tony saw his shot saved. SOPFC looked dangerous on the break with their no8 catching us for pace but we managed to stave him off. After these warnings we got caught with a header releasing the no8, he raced through and bear Butler with a finish in the far corner, 1-0 SOPFC. Minutes later the whistle blew for half time, a poor time to concede. 

The second half saw the 22nd completely dominate the game from start to finish. Apart from the odd SOPFC free kick it was all 22nd. Dougie bulldozed his way through and saw his effort nearly break the cross bar. A free kick saw Tony hit the bar with a header but he had just went to early and was called for offside. Nathan was getting a lot of joy down the right and JP was dictating the midfield. Tony controlling the back four and Jay back on after straightening his tights caused problems up top. A set play delivered by JP looked goal bound as Tony arrived at the back post. All he had to do was get something on it from a yard .... but no he was too busy celebrating and dedicating his goal and missed it. Minutes later Butler appeared in the box for our corner ! Wouldn't you know it, it fell to him but unfortunately he got his high heels stuck and couldn't poke it in from 2 yards. We ordered him a taxi to get his fat ass back to the other goal were he should be. For all the 22nd pressure we just couldn't find the net, cross after cross we just couldn't convert. SOPFC 1-0 22nd Old Boys.

J.Butler J.Parkinson J.Rowan D.Millar E.Robinson T.Carlisle R.Black K.Hu N.Ingram  J.McCauley A.Dougan 

Subs 
D.Dunwoody C.Moore C.McMurray 
14th december 2018
22nd OB FC  u19s vs albert foundry i19s 
hammer 3 g 
league 

tonight was going to be a tough match from the start as most of the players on boths teams have played together at some point in a different team and thery all go to school together . so it wasnt just about the points it was also bragging rights .

the match started and it was a fiesty one from the get go . stop start play with tackles flying in hard and fast . it was foundry who scored first after butler making a great save for their player to just make a simple tap in . both teams where having some good spells and both keepers being tested .
again before half time our heads were in the sky as foundry attacked and resulted in another goal to them .
from kick off a foundry player who was already on a yellow got a second and walked from the pitch . our team rallied up for what was going to be an interesting second half 
we had the extra man advantage but credit to foundry they just seemed to want it more as a long range effort connected with the bottom of our cross bar and deflected in . another few fiestly challenges and we were also reduced to 10 men . we kept battling and got a late consualtion goal from dougie but it was to little to late . and for the third time in as many weeks we were defeated 3 1 

this was our last match before the christmas break so we will re group and hopefully start of strong 

j butler j parkinson e robinson d miller j rowan r black k hu c mcmurray n ingram c clarke a dougan  

subs d dunwoody c moore j mcauley s boyd
7th december 2018
22nd OB FC u19s  vs bloomfield fc u19s 
ballysillan 3g 
league 

following last weeks preformance we were down alot of players due to suspension and knew we needed a result to get ourselves a fewe more points on the board .

the weather was terrible as we kicked of with the wind and rain coming down heavily . but we started very well ( team talk must have helped ) in the opening period we were first to every ball on and off the ground . we had a shot tipped round the post and from the resulting corner the ball few on the outside of the box to jay who carried the ball past their back line and calmy put it under the oncoming keeper . 1 nil 22nd . this knocked bllomfield up a gear and within minutes following a long throw put the ball past butler to make it 1 each . they then carried that momentum and again with a lucky deflection manged to squeeze the ball again past the helpless keeper . 2 1 at half time .

the second half started and alot of players were feeling the cold subs were made and with fresh legs we started to move the ball about well . they were awarded a free kick just inside of our half . and witht he help from the wind the ball moved in mid air and took everyone including butler by suprise to make it 3 1 to bloomfield . full time 

hard to get bate the same score as the previous week but we did well tonight under the circumstances 

j butler c mcmurray s boyd j rowan d miller r black k hu c whiteside n ingram c clarke a dougan 

subs  d dunwoody e robinson j parkinson c moore j mcauley

Friday 30th November 2018
22nd OB FC u19 vs bangor rangers fc 
londonderry park 
league 

tonight saw the young twos make another trip to newtonards to face bangor . a few injurys to us means we called a few players up from the 17s to help with the numbers

the game started quick and bangor seemed very confident . they attacked from the get go and caught us sleeping to which they capatilised and scored an early goal .
it was a very stop start game with free kicks being awarded what seemed to be every few minutes . just before half time again bangor attacked down the middle and some nice play resulted in them going 2 up . half time 

second half started and bangor just wanted to hold up play with their keeper diving on even the softest of shots . we chased everything and had found a rythem now . their keeper didnt like to be rushed and after c.clarke chased down another ball he got punched in the back of the head which resulted in a red card and a penalty awarded to us . jay stepped up and calmy dispatched it to make in 2 1 . 
we were now the controlling team but just couldnt get that equaliser . in the last 2 mins bangor went on the counter . geeser made a last ditch tackle . penalty from them .
cole saved it but the ref deemed a player to be in the box and awarded it to be re taken . they scored the second time . a few tense seconds followed which resulted in us having 2 men sent off . final whistle 2 1 bangor .

on to the next 1 lads 

c leckey c mcmurray j dunwoody j rowan d miller r black k hu j clarke c clarke e robinson j parkinson 

subs a dougan c moore d dunwoody

Saturday 24th November 2018
Sbyl Div 1
Clarendon 
22nd Old Boys U19's 3-0 St Oliver Plunkett Swifts U19's 

The 22nd on the back of a good win against Carryduff started this game with a weakened team as a lot of the boys were away doing their level 1. This offered guys an opportunity to show they could step up and show their quality. From the outset the 2's were in control of the game moving the ball around and creating opportunities. Young Doughie almost scoring early doors. At the other end Cole and Daniel had things under control, Jay who ? The dead lock was broken when a corner superbly delivered by Ross was met by Daniel who powered a good header by the helpless keeper, 1-0 22nd. The boys continued to press for another with Geezer coming close as did Doughie. But from a long high kick from Butler (under instruction from the all knowing Kirker), Cameron battled with centre back and keeper to present Geezer with a simple nod into the unguarded Plunkett goal, 2-0 22nd. Plunkett had their opportunities but found Butler up to the task making a couple of smart saves. Stephen came close next for the 2's shaving the far post with a great effort. Just before half time a Plunkett break saw Daniel with a must win tackle. But rather than just thumping the ball clear he thought he would go to ground for the cameras. Possibly the worst tackle in history followed, how he managed to play in the Plunkett striker is beyond me. Then butler rather than just save it threw himself in dramatic fashion to tip the ball over (must have been a camera man in trees). There was just time fir Ethan to get in on the dodgy tackles with probably the slowest, latest tackle you'll ever see. At that the ref lost the plot and said iv had enough half time. 

Gilly imparted a few words of wisdom at the break to the boys. Second half started with the boys a bit sluggish must have been listening to Butler at half time putting them all to sleep. But Blacky and Joel got them going and young Doughie found himself through on goal. The ball bounced lovely and he struck it well. The keeper could only slow it slightly as it flew past him into the net to make it 3-0. Gilly made a few changes and the boys kept pushing on. Substitute Nathan had the ball in the net but the ref ruled it out for offside (harshly Nathan thought). A touch of frustration crept in as we just couldn't get the goals our play deserved and a few boys dancing themselves as Pele. A lot of credit goes to Plunkett who battled and played football right to the end. The game finished 3-0 For the 2's a good win to take them to Bangor next week. 

A.Butler E.Robinson C.Annesley D.Miller C.McMurry R.Black J.Clarke J.Dunwoody S.Boyd C.Clarke A.Dougan 

Subs 
E.Martin N.Kidd 

Friday 16th November 2018

22nd old boy’s u19s vs Carryduff colts A u19

Ormeau Park 3g

League match

 

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

#uppa2s

Friday 26th October 2018
Supplementary cup semi final 
22nd old boys u19 v carryduff Colts u19
Bangor fuels arena 

Tonight was the young 2s biggest match to date but we knew it would be a hard match. 
Both teams came out to play football settling into the match early on we had most of the possession and we definitely the better team but the chances we were making we just couldn’t convert . Everyone on the pitch in the first half kept on battling but it would go into the break nil each 

Second half 
After a stern talking to the 2s came out and continued their tempo . But carryduff did the same and again it was very even . We missed more 1 on 1s and after controlling the match they went down the pitch and hit their first shot in which butler did well to put out for a corner.  The resulting corner their player rose above us and headed it home to make it 1 nil . 

With 10 minutes to go we knew we had to push for the equaliser . Players where push up field and others were subbed on . Again we had the control until a dodgy ref decision awarded carryduff a penalty in the last minute in which they scored 2 nil . And the final whistle .

We now dust ourselves off and focus on the league. 

J butler. J Dunwoody. J rowan. D Miller. C mcmurray. R black. J Clarke. C Whiteside. N Ingram. C Clarke. M Irvine.
Subs 
S Boyd. E Robinson. A craig. J Parkinson. K Hu

Friday 19th October 2018
22nd old boys fc vs orangefield fc 
U19s sbyl 
Hanwood 3g 

Tonight the young 2s went out looking for their first win of the league campaign. Having already come up against this team before We knew before kick off it would be a tough match 

The pitch was very small and with wingers on it was going to be a very long match with both teams not really doing much within the first 20 mins . 
We were the only team in the game though and we were awarded a penalty after Nathan was brought down inside the box . Matthew stepped up and unfortunately couldn’t convert . Orangefield took the opportunity and hit a long ball which caught our defence of guard and their attacker slotted it in 1 nil ofc.

Second half started and we must have still been asleep and silly challenges lead to free kick after free kick awarded against us . With the first 1 butler (Not fully fit ) was caught of his line and   the orangefield player hit a shot 2 nil . Shortly after again an orangefield player hit a shot which came from nowhere and again beat butler 3 nil with 20 to go . 

We thought that was it over and decided we needed to push for something even a goal . Jay was pushed from cb into cm and Joel was pushed Up top . We had finally settled and started to move the ball about and where putting their keeper under all sorts of pressure . With 5 mins to go we shot and the keeper pushed it out wide for a corner . A perfectly worked set piece  from Ross found Jay unmarked in the box he headed in to make it 3 1 with 3 mins to go . 
From kick off again we pressed and got a shot goal bound for the keeper again to make the same save and for us to take the same set piece and for Jay to put it in again 3 2 . 
With under 1 minute to go we pushed everyone up and again it worked as a defensive error put the ball put for what was going to be the last attack of the game . 10 of our players where being marked by all the orangefield players but somehow Daniel managed to make space for himself to rise above everyone else and headed the ball into the back of the net . 3 each . The ref blew his whistle and the managers gave a sigh of relief and we had clawed back an important point. 

3 set pieces 3 goals by 2 centre backs  in the last 5 mins . Well done boys 
J butler  j Dunwoody  j rowan  d Miller  c mcmurray  r black  j Clarke  c Whiteside  n Ingram  c Clarke  m Irvine 
Subs s Boyd  k Hu  e Martin  a craig  j Parkinson 
Friday 12th October 2018
Londonderry park 3g 
Abbey villa u19s vs 22nd old boys fc u19s 
League match 

Tonight saw the boys come up against a very technical Abbey villa team. From the start they looked like they wanted to keep the ball but the young 2s were very quick out off the blocks and were pressing every ball causing villa to make some errors . 
10 minutes into the game saw villa hitting a long ball which caught us out at the back and for the striker to run past our defence and Slot the ball under the on coming keeper . 1 nil villa. 

The boys kept up the hard work and kept the ball on the ground looking for an equaliser . Villa panicked by us resorted to goofing it up the pitch  their keeper didn’t look in the game and soon picked the ball up outside of his area . The ref booked him and awarded us a free kick on the edge of the box . But we couldn’t capitalise on it . 
Some nice play from us saw the ball being put out wide players filled the box as a cross was drilled across goal and Nathan was able to poke his shot home right on the half time whistle . 
H/T 1 each 

Second half and we were the only team in the game each player from back to front dug in and worked tirelessly . Injuries forced players to be replaced bit again the fresh legs helped as attack after attack against the villa defence still saw us level . With 10 minutes to go we were still in villas half as we had been when we were awarded a free kick . Matthew stepped up and fired his shot back to Belfast instead of the net ( don’t think he will be volunteering for another for a while ) . In the dying minutes another spell of play from us saw a ball being floated into the back post where Nathan was he put the ball in the net only for the ref to deem him offside.  

One last attack saw Nathan free again at the back post and unfortunately for him it feel to his left foot he sliced the ball wide from 2 yards out . Final whistle blew . 
Each off the lads on the pitch did fantastic well done lads . Uppa 2s 

Final score Abbey villa 1 22nd old boys 1 

J.butler  j.dunwoody  j.rowan  d.millar  c.mcmurray  r.black  c.whiteside  j.clarke  n.ingram  c.clarke  m.irvine  

Subs s.boyd  e.robinson  k.hu  j.dickson  d.dunwoody
Saturday 6th October 2018
SBYL Div 1 
Mallusk 
22nd Old Boys U19's 2-4 Portaferry Rovers U19's 

The young 2's started their league campaign at Mallusk. Playing with a strong breeze Portaferry looked very strong and took an early lead through their impressive no.9. The boys dug in and worked hard to stem the flow. The 2's looked dangerous on the break though. A good ball forward by Joel was picked up by Matty who turned nicely and squared to Cameron who ran onto the ball but unfortunately fired his shot straight at the keeper. Butler was forced into a couple of good saves to keep the boys in the game. Daniel and Jamie had their work cut out at centre back, but made some vital interceptions and tackle. The game got a bit feisty with both teams putting in some tasty tackles. 22nd midfield was getting over ran a bit but to their credit they stuck at the task in hand. Both teams continued to battle hard with Portaferry just edging the first half. 1-0 HT

Half time came and the coaches spoke about belief and maintaining discipline. This was the key to turning the game around and getting the win. 

The 2's started the second half superbly and won a free kick. The ball was crossed towards the 18 yard box and evaded everyone. There at the back post was Ross Black to turn the ball in, 1-1. You could see the belief in the team and the boys pushed on. Minutes later they won a corner and this time Ross turned provider with a great cross that was met by either Matty or the Portaferry centre back. It hit the net and Matty of course claimed the goal (the goals panel who is open to bribery will have to meet to decide who is awarded the goal, red wine Matty). The 22nd kept up the pressure and were unfortunate not to get a third goal. As the half wore on the 2's started to tire and Portaferry started to get back in the game. Some poor defending from the 2's saw Portaferry equalise very late in the game. Both teams went after the winner, with the game flowing end to end. Unfortunately Jamie Dickson decided to try and cut the Portaferry striker in half in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Up stepped the no.9 to send Butler the wrong way and pit Portaferry 3-2 up with 4 minutes left. With the 22nd pushing for an equaliser they were caught with a sucker punch. Portaferry striker broke away and Geezer struggling to catch him brought him down in the box. Another penalty and the same result, 4-2 Right on the final whistle.

J.Butler J.Dunwoody J.Dickson D.Millar J.Parkinson R.Black J.Rowan J.Clarke N.Ingram C.Clarke M.Irvine 

Subs 
C.McMurray K.Hu
Saturday 22nd September 2018
mallusk playing fields 
supplementary cup
22nd Old Boys fc vs Rosario fc 
 
Today saw the u19s play their final group game in the supplementary cup against Rosario.
 
after having already won their previous two games they were already guaranteed a semi final but the boys and management wanted more and to top the group .
 
the same team was selected for the third week in a row and it showed from the start as the ball was being moved around effortlessly. this team has really started to click and gel with each-other.
 
we were the only team for the first 15 mins and breaking the deadlock with Cameron whiteside scoring the first goal of the game . we then took our foot of the gas and Rosario were able to start moving the ball about unchallenged . a few words from the line and soon we restored possession and worked hard on all areas of the pitch .we doubled our lead before half time when the ball few to jay rowan who fired the ball home .
 
H/T 2 nil 22nd 
 
after a quick chat at half time we decided to start putting subs on to give others a bit of game time . it all stayed the same it was a very one sided game to be honest but we continued searching for more goals . Matthew Irvine picked the ball up on the edge of the 18 following a quick throw in he turned a rifled it across goal into the bottom corner . 3 nil .
 
we kept our tempo high and more subs came on the pitch . we pressed everything and made Rosario make mistakes . one of which fell to Nathan Ingram and after he managed to get the ball outta his feet he put it in near post for his first 22nd goal ( well done kid , worked hard for it ) .
 
in the dying minutes Rosario started to get frustrated and lashing out a bit . but the boys kept their heads and continued to move the ball around and again we were on the attack with the final goal of the game coming from some nice play Joel Clarke buried the ball . we saw out the match . well done lads .
 
final score 
22nd old boys fc 5 Rosario 0 
 
this win sees us top the group unbeaten and into the semis 
 
starting 11 
j.butler
j.dunwoody j.rowan d.millar j.parkinson
j.clarke c.whiteside r.black
n.ingram c.clarke m.irvine 
 
subs 
c.mcmurray j.dickson e.robinson s.boyd 

uppa 2's
Saturday 15th September 2018
Donald Fry Supplementary Cup 
Group B 
Strangford 
Aquinas U19's 1-2 22nd Old Boys U19's 

On the back of last week's good win the young 2's came up against a good Aquinas team who had won comfortably the previous week. The pitch was in great condition and a good match was in prospect. 

Aquinas started the stronger and the young 2's just couldn't get their rhythm going. Twice early in the game Aquinas had the ball in the 22nd net but both ruled out for offside. At the other end a well worked set play saw big Jay rise and head goal bound only for the keeper to react well and tip it over the bar. This seemed to settle down the boys and they started to pass the ball much better. Geezer was up against a good side man buy he stuck to his task and Joel pulling the strings in the middle of the park the 22nd started to dominate. Though Aquinas looked dangerous on the break but Jay and Daniel defended superbly to keep them at bay. A lovely through ball saw Clarkey in a 50 50 with the keeper and in he went. Very unlucky not to see the ball rebound into the net. From the resulting corner a scramble saw the ball hacked of the Aquinas line. Minutes later a flick from Matty was cleared off the line. A bit of a pattern developing and yet again another set play saw Cameron Whites goal bound shot blocked. All 22nd now and a piece of quick thinking by Joel from a quick free kick should have released Jamie.P but no he was to busy watching a seagull or something and the chance went begging. One more block on the line from Aquinas at just before the half saw the score remain goalless at half time.

Gilly told the boys to keep working, keep believing and the goal would come. They were the team in the ascendency not Aquinas. 

The second half saw the 22nd continue from were they left off,  in control. Geezer by now was in control of his man, C.White, Joel and Ross totally dominated midfield. Nathan, Matty and Cameron caused allsorts of problems for the Aquinas back four. The deadlock was broken when  a free kick from the left was floated into the back post and Joel finished superbly from a tight angle. Some might say he miss kicked it but I thought it was a great controlled finish. The boys kept up the pressure and had set play after set play and again causing allsorts of problems in the Aquinas box. One of these wasn't cleared properly and big Jay picking up the loose ball on the edge of the box, cut inside and curled a lovely finish into the far top corner to make it 2-0. What a goal ! The two centre midfielders of Ross and Cameron worked hard and done the hard graft in winning procession for the 22nd which aloud them to drive on. The 22nd still in complete control made a few changes to get on some fresh legs and try to turn the screw. Geezer sensing blood started to push but his Da wisely reigned him in and told him to hold his ground (listen to your elders). Unfortunately the 2's switched off and Aquinas picked the ball up drove through and a nice finish into the far top corner made it 2-1 (Though if short arse Butler had of had his high heels on he mighta got it). Aquinas back in the game pressed forward in search of the equaliser but the 2's defended superbly winning everything and looking dangerous on the break. As Aquinas got more desperate they resorted to a long ball or two. One of these bounced in the box and it looked very dangerous but credit to Butler he pulled on the high heels and the extra inches allowed him to punch clear under tremendous pressure. Jamie a second half sub came on and helped relieve the pressure by making some nice runs down the right. Big Dickson on in centre midfield helped the boys settle in and see out the game for a very good 2-1 win. 

J.Butler J.Dunwoody J.Rowans D.Miller J.Parkinson R.Black C.White J.Clarke M.Irvine C.Clarke N.Ingram 

Subs 
D.Dunwoody J.Dickson C.Murry J.McAuley E.Robinson

Saturday, 8th September 2018

Supplementary Cup Group

Clarendon


22nd Old Boys v Orangefield


Today saw the under 19's start their supplementary cup run against Orangefield at clarendon, Home of the Two's
we took to the game quickly and got it under our control from the off, passing and moving really well . Both teams didnt create too many chances in the first 30 minutes . 
22nd were awarded a free kick and some smashing thinking from joel clarke saw him take the free kick very quickly which put jay rowan 1 on 1 with the keeper resulting in him calmly slotting into the bottom corner. 1-0 22nd
The play started again and within 5 minutes orangefield were awarded a free kick on the half way line . a long ball went straight down the middle of the field. An awkward bounce and a misjudged catch gifted our opponents the equaliser . Butler will need to repair that huge hole in his gloves for next week!
22nd had 1 or 2 more chances before the break but orangefield defended well to keep it 1 all 

HALF TIME 

The play in the second half changed and orangefield started to find their feet but couldnt capitalise. we opened up space in all areas of the pitch and soon we were 2 1 up with a goal from matthew irvine after some fantastic football . 2-1 22nd
Fresh legs from the bench helped in what seemed like wave after wave of attacking from orangefield . but we held out and kept trying to get the ball moving . which again worked as we got the ball again to matthew who was able to fire home for his 2nd and our 3rd of the game. 3-1 22nd
This third goal saw Coach Gilly shore up the defensive side of the team and see out the win.

some good football on display today . final score 22nd old boys fc 3 orangefield 1.   

well done lads 
#Upa2's
J.Butler, J.Dunwoody, J.Rowan, D.Millar, J.Parkinson, R.Black, J.Clarke, C.Whiteside, N.Ingram, C.Clarke, M.Irvine
SUBS J.McAuley, C.McMurray, D.Dunwoody, S.Boyd, C.Moore