Friday 30th April 2021
Sbyl Donald Fry
22nd Old Boys U19's B 3-2 Carnmoney FDC U19's B
Butler & Debo's first game in charge on a great pitch in glorious conditions at Clarendon. The scene was set and so it unfolded.
Friday saw are first competitive game of the season vs Carnmoney FDC. The boys started the game of very comfortably dealing with opposition attacks very well. From back to front the boys won every tackle and every header that came their way. Those that did get past were quickly swept up. The boys went 1 nil up from a smashing free kick from Blain Jordan with debate from about 25-30 yards out he powered it home nicely into the top left corner. We done well again with David Baxter winning the ball high up the pitch and slotting the ball through to Mason Miscandlon, who then knocked it through the legs of the defender but strike was well saved. Our second goal came from Blain again, where we won possession back through the midfield, Blain looked up and saw the keeper of his line and just simply lifted it over him 2-0.
Second half Carnmoney came out more hungry and found themselves back into the game at 2-2, stupid mistakes caused the goals. With both teams going end to end, Lewis Haddock made a few great saves, but then had a moment of madness when he saved one shot got back up makes a tackle then chases after the ball toward the HALFWAY LINE!!, the ball was then lifted over Haddock but well cleared of the line by Jamie Close. Subs were made and i thought Jack Campbell came on and made the difference up front with brilliant footwork on a counter attack to getting the flick in the last 5 minutes of play to assist Jason Smith score a winning a header from the corner.
What a start for our wee second team ! Brilliant effort around from every member.
22nd Old Boys U17's season
This team was brought together through shear hard work through the summer by the coaches and took a while to find their feet.
They scrapped through their Supplamentary cup group to play Aquinas in the Semi-Final. Down to 10 men they held out and won the game on penalties. In the final they played a strong St James team. Again 1-0 down and down to 10 men they found a way back through a N.Kidd goal and won on penalties. Supplementary Cup Champions.
In the League we started slow but after Christmas we build some momentum putting together a run of 7 games unbeaten to finish the season a respectable 6th.
The boys bowed out of the League cup in a great game of football against a strong Portavogie team in the 2nd round.
A few lessons to take to next season for the boys as a lot move up to U19 football.
Friday 18th January 2018
Sbyl Div 2
22nd Old Boys U17's 1-1 Apex Sky Blues U17's
The 2s came into this game winning their last 3 games, so all the lads were up for it. The game started with the 2s on the front foot with Cusick causing all sorts off problems down the right and it was on one off these runs a cross was delivered to Moore who hit the bar. An Apex ball down the right saw Cusick use his weigh to see the ball out for a throw to 22nd, but the ref deamed it a foul and gave cussack a yellow card which amazed everyone watching the game. The 2s continued to atack and again hit the bar. Then a long range effort by Mclernan went narrowly wide, all this presure and still no goals. Then meikle saw yellow when he won the ball in a tackle again everyone was amazed at the card. Then with 25 mins gone and Apex 1st attack saw there player get into the box. He was brought down, penalty ! From the pen the Apex player sent leckey the wrong way 1 nil Apex and the 2s didnt deserve to be getting beat. For some strange reason this unsettled the 2s and Apex took control of the next 15mins, ht 0-1.
Team talk was simple so i thought play like you did in the first 20 you win game, play like the last 20 your going to get beat up to you lads. But Berlin Ernie let lose with a few home truths he didnt mince his words.
The 2nd half started with the 2s attacking and a long range effort from meikle saw the keeper make a good save. Then 5mins later meikle took a hefty tackle which left him on the ground and in agony the ref was 2yards away no card was given to the amazment off the 2s management team. Meikle had to come off and was replaced by cjay with cussack going to cb and McAllister cm. McAlister took the game to Apex creating chances for the 2s and bossing the midfield with Dougan. On one of these attacks the 2s got a throw in, which saw Dougan launch it into the box. Moore hit the bar, as it rebounded Cusick header hit the bar, as the ball came down Moore was on hand to bundle it over the line, 1-1 game on. The 2s with there tails up now saw hard working kidd shoot from 20yards it looked like it was going in only for the keeper to catch it at full stretch. Then on 55mins Apex seeing McAllister was controlling the midfield and their player launched himself at McAllister with a two footed tackle leaving him in agony on the ground. The ref only yards away, red card all day long you would think ? He gave unbelievably gave nothing and this incensed M.McAllister who still was in agony kicked out the ref saw that red card down to 10 men and up against 12. The 2s battled on and hit the bar again before the final whistle. ft1-1.
C.Leckey J.Gill M.McAllister C.Annesley C.Pursley A.Dougan B.Cusick J.Meikle L.Mclernan N.Kidd C.Moore
Subs C.Hyponia T.Lyttle L.Arbrothnot A.McCamley
Wednesday 16th January 2019
Sbyl Div 2
22nd Old Boys U17's 2-1 Clarawood U17's
The 2's went into this match on the back of a run of good results and confidence was high. They started well and looked the more likely team to score. Clarawood played a more direct game and were dangerous on the counter attack. Brandon impressing on debut was strong in defence and came close going forward on a couple of occasions. Both sides battled hard in midfield with no quarter asked or given. The 22nd came close when a fiercely struck shot was to hit for the impressive Clarawood keeper to handle. The rebound fell to Daryl who unfortunately with the goal at his mercy smashed his shot over the bar. The 22nd kept up the pressure and the dead lock was broken when a nice pass split the Clarawood back for, big Tom galloped down the right and showed he has a right leg by whipping in a beautiful low cross. Big Crouchie Craig met it and bang unto the bottom corner, 1-0 22nd. A superb piece of centre forward play by Craig turned defence into attack. Under pressure the ball was cleared to him in his own half. Surrounded by 2 Clarawood defenders he held them off to then play a nice ball down the line for Nathan to run onto and win us a corner. We couldn't convert the corner and the ref decided enough was enough a called half time, 1-0 22nd.
The second half kicked off and a rejuvenated Clarawood came out and put the 22nd under pressure. But Brandon, Cole, Marcus and Jamie defended all thrown at them. The 22nd looked very dangerous on the break and continued to create opportunities. We thought we had a second when Jake controlling the ball in midfield bulldozed his way through a mass of players and thumped a thunder bolt goal wards. It looked like it was going to break the net but unfortunately for us it smashed off the cross bar. Minutes later a lovely 22nd move saw Daryl through on goal only to see the keeper make another good save to keep his tram in it. All 22nd but then for some reason we went through a spell of madness. Players started to run with the ball thinking they were Messi, discipline started to come apart with to many fouls given away. This culminated in a reckless tackle from Daryl for which he rightly saw red. From the resulting free kick the Clarawood striker ghosted in and headed past the helpless Cole, 1-1. This seemed to stir the boys out of their spell and the took the game to Clarawood. From a 22nd set piece a scramble in the box saw Dougie shoot and his shot rebounded of a Clarawood defender into the net, 2-1 22nd. The boys worked hard and seen out the result to add another 3 points to their tally. Onto Apex on Friday night which will be another tough test.
C.Leckey B.Cusick C.Annesley M.McAllister J.Gill A.Dougan J.Meikle D.Cully T.Lyttle N.Kidd C.Moore
C.Pursley J.Smith L.Arbrothnot L.Mclernan A.McCamley
Saturday 12th January 2019
Sbyl Div 2
Suffolk Swifts U17's 1-2 22nd Old Boys U17's
The Match kicked off and it was Suffolk who settled the better always 1st to the ball and at one stage it looked like they had 12 men. On 3mins Suffolk got a free kick as Leckey was asking for his 4 man wall 22nd players looked at each other what comes after 3 big Tom Lyttle runs to the wall i got it it's 4. The Suffolk player smashes the free kick hits Tom and loops over Leckey into the net, 1-0 Suffolk Leckey forgot his high heels so couldn't teach it. Suffolk continued to press and looked dangerous the 2s could'nt string 2 passes together. But on 20mins something strange happened the 2s woke up passing the ball around winning tackles headers and attacking. Big Tom Lyttle was enjoying himself firing crosses in and fancy flicks down the line. The 2s were now on top controlling midfield solid at the back and with kidd pulling the strings up top the 2s looked a different team. On 37mins from a long tgrow and flick kidd struck and made it 1-1 game on. Before half time the 2s had another chance from a corner but annesley missed a sitter that STEVIE WONDER would have scored😂😂, Ht 1-1.
Team talk from Grupenfurher Larkin was simple play like you did in the last 20mins you will win the game.
The 2nd half started with both teams going at it on 50mins the 2s made a sub big Lyttle was done "should have had your weetabix this morning. The 2s continued to press but the Suffolk defense was holding firm. The 2s made another sub taking off Dougan before he got a red and was replaced bye Slab Smith. The game was still tight and the next goal would win it. Fortunately it came when Jake Meikle won a tackle his 1st off the game lol and drove forward. Big junior Grupenfurher lindores shouting shoot and meikle done that from 20 yards his shot to hot to handle for the keeper found the net, 2-1. Then a min later captain marvel played a lovely through ball through the Suffolk defence which saw Kidd latch onto but he shot straight at the keeper. With 5mins to go the 2s parked the bus with 5 at the back that was enough, Ft 2-1 and another 3pts from a hard fought match.
C.Leckey J.Gill M.McClelland C.Annesley D.Cully A.Dougan J.Meikle A.McCamley T.Lyttle N.Kidd C.Moore.
L.Haddock C.J. Hiponia L.Mclernan J.Smith.
Saturday 5th January 2018
Sbyl Div 2
22nd Old Boys U17's 4-1 Rathcoole U17's
Gaffer Baffer Missed the kick off as Adam Dougan slept in as usual and he had to drive to the rescue. So wing man Curtis took team talk and replaced Dougie with big Tom and it proved to be a good decision. Tom and Marcus were dominating the midfield. Aaron on the left had the beating of his full back and had him in knots, displaying some great wing play. Lyttle picked up the ball in midfield chipped it to Close who's 1st time cross into the box onto the head of Craig "Crouchie" Moore who headed it superbly into the far corner and made it 1 nil. The 2s were enjoying a lot off play and 10mins later it was 2, when captain marvel McAlister trusties left foot shot flew into the top corner. But a moment COLE LECKEY will want to forget when a shot from outside the box bounced and bounced, LECKEY thinking it was going wide waved at the ball as it hobbled into the net, 2-1. Ht.
Team talk was simple much the same in the 2nd half, get the next goal and finish out the game.
2nd half kicked off with the 2s attacking as they had done for most of the first half. From a corner, there was Cole Annesley who met the ball on the half volley at the near post to put the 2s 3-1 up. The 2s were now bossing the game and attacking at will. A freekick 20 yards out saw kidd unluckily hit the crossbar. Young Corey left the fray after a good solid performance at full back. Then 2 minutes after coming on, "pennywise arbuthnot' went up for corner. Assisant coach lindores yelling on "on the keeper" but pennywise does his own thing. He was probably eating the grass in the box but as the corner comes in who strolls in and scores? "pennywise arbuthnot" every1 on the line couldn't believe it and were delighted for the young lad to hit the net, 4-1 game over and a well deserved 3pts.
C.Leckey C.Pursley J.Smith C.Annesley L.Mclernan M.McAllister T.Lyttle J.Close A.McCamley N.Kidd C.Moore
D.Cully L.Arbuthnot C.Hyponia A.Dougan J.Gill
Saturday 29th December 2018
Sbyl Supplementary Cup Final
22nd Old Boys U17's 1-1 St James Swifts B U17's
Well the day had come for the young 2's. A lot of hard work had went on at the training ground. Grupenfurher Larkin along with his trusty coaches had picked the team and they were as prepared as they could be. They faced league leaders St James Swifts who have already beaten us twice this year comfortably so it was a big ask today.
The boys kicked off and settled the nerves quickly and looked the better side in the opening exchanges. Cole and Marcus looked solid at the back. While Duracell Jake was everywhere winning tackle after tackle and settling the bench mark for work rate and effort. Young Nathan up top linked up superbly with the midfield and big Crouchie Craig. It was down the left after some good work by Aaron that Nathan slipped the ball to Craig only to see his shot flash narrowly wide. On the other side Jamie linked up well with Daryl and showed some nice touches going forward. St James saw a free kick fly just over the bar and another straight at Lackey in nets. But the 2's kept pressing and another opening fell to Nathan only for him to be superbly tackled as he was about to pull the trigger. A moment pile(Lewis) will want to forget, as he bombed out from left back to meet the ball, he swung his foot at it and completely missed the ball. Seconds later he done it again and even his Mother in the stand was coaching him to watch the ball. But he settled down and done his job well in sniffing out the St James attacks. As the half wore on it became quite even with both teams going at it but young Jake was the difference in midfield his energy allowed Dougie to get forward and open up the opposition who were defending superbly to keep out the 2's. A succession of 22nd corners were just slightly to high for big Craig to get his head on. Just before the half Jamie wiggled free in the box and struck a good effort towards the near corner but the St James keeper stretched out a leg to keep out the effort. Closest either team had come to scoring in the first half. 0-0 Half time.
The boys were prepared and sent out for the second half with more of the same being the message. The second half started of as first had ended, quite even but with the 2's just edging it. Then 5 minutes of madness. Daryl caught dwelling on the ball was robbed of it and the wee striker ran through and chipped the on rushing Leckey superbly to put St James 1 up. Within minutes arguably 22nds best play Jake kicked out at a St James player in frustration and was shown a straight red. So 1 down and down to 10 men. A shuffle in formation and the boys dug in and battled on. St James now smelling victory pressed the 22nd looking for a second goal to kill the game. But the 22nd defence were superb and defended everything they threw at them. With time ticking on the 2's knew they were going to have to gamble and throw caution to the wind in order to try and salvage the game. Grupenfurher Larkin subbed Jamie adding Jason to the back line and pushing Marcus into centre midfield. They also pushed Daryl to the wing, went to 3 at back and pushed Nathan up top to try and get the equaliser. The 2's stopped the St James attacks and looked to get some of their own going. A couple of corners saw the boys come close but no joy. Pile was replaced by Arbuthnot on the left as he was hurt and punctured. Time was ticking on and the 22nd started to look a beaten team. But then that one moment the boys needed came Nathan on the right decided he was going to do a De Bruyne and he fired in a cross come shot which flew over the keeper into the far corner, 1-1 and the place erupted. The boys were rejigged (from 342 to 441) again as we knew St James would cone at us hard for a winner. That they did they pinned us in and got a couple of corners which the boys defended superbly. To be fair Leckey wasn't troubled for all the St James pressure. The boys seen out the remaining minutes and settled for penalties. A superb result considering they were playing the team top of the league and most of the second half with 10 men.
So to dreaded penalties
Jamie scores, Daryl scores, Cole misses, Marcus scores and Nathan scores
Scored 2, missed 1 and scored 2.
Sudden death up stepped Jason to smash in the penalty. Down to St James! Up stepped their player Leckey dives to his left saves and we WIN THE CUP !!
A big thank you to all our players and especially those who didn't feature in the final. You have developed and been part of this success as a group and will play a big part of the future of this team and our club.
Also big thank you to parents for bringing our young players to games and training and in putting your children in our care.
Lastly to all coaches who have worked tirelessly with the boys..
C.Leckey L.Mclernan D.Cully M.McAllister C.Annesley J.Meikle A.Dougan A.McCamley J.Close N.Kidd C.Moore
J.Smith C.Pursley L.Arbuthnot L.Haddock J.Gill
Saturday 8th December 2018
Sbyl Div 2
22nd Old Boys U17's 1-1 St Oliver Plunkett Swifts U17's
With 2 games to go before the final the team talk was simple to the players don't produce the goods you could find yourself out off the squad for the final. So the game kicked off with the 2s getting the passing together very early on but try as they did they could'nt break down the plunket defense. Like always when your on top you need to score and low and behold the plunket midfielder threaded a lovely ball through there forward hit the ball over leckey giving no chance 1-0. The boys battled hard and for long spells were by far the better side but just couldn't find that equalizing goal. Chances came and went but it wasn't to be and the young 2's went into the break a goal down.
No changes were made at half time. The 2nd half kicked off and the 2s were looking a quick goal to get back on level terms but it did'nt happen. Sub was made 5mins into the half were Marcus returned after 4wks out through injury he replaced McCamley. Right away the 2s looked a different side winning every ball in midfield and looking dangerous at set plays but still no goals but on 58mins a through ball found cully who steadied himself and calmly slotted the ball into the net, 1-1. No more than the young 2's deserved. Another change was made as lyttle replaced Moore. Lyttle settled in right away with some lively passing but for all the presure the 2s asserted they could'nt grab a winner which they rightly deserved FT 22nd 1-1 SOPFC.
C.Leckey J.Smith J.Close C.Annesley L.Mclernan D.Cully S.Dougan A.McCamley J.Meikle C.Moore N.Kidd
Subs M.McAllister T.Lyttle CJ.Hyponia C.Pursley
Saturday 10th November 2018
Sbyl Div 2
22nd Old Boys U17's 1-6 St James Swifts
Before todays match 22nd Old Boys U17's stood alone to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.
The match kicked off and within 5mins St James were 1-0 and before 22nd could get into the game it was 2-0. St James were running riot at this point bossing the midfield and the 2 up top were causing 22nd defence all sorts of problems. The ball over the top was killing our boys. Then on 30mins St James went 3-0 shortly after that it became 4-0. The boys battled on and some heavy tackles going in by both sides. The boys got to the half with no more damage done. 4-0 ht.
The boys got an ear bashing from all coaches at ht. 2nd half started with the boys starting to play some decent football and it was'nt long before they got a goal back, when the ref awarded a free kick about 35 yards out. Up stepped JASON SMITH to smash the ball over the keeper head and into the roof off the net 1-4, whay a hit son. That gave the boys a bit off a lift and they started to get more into the game but on 65mins St James scored to make it 1-5. The boys kept plugging away but 5mins later it was 6 to St James. The boys battled away and never stopped, a much better display in the second half, with some pride restored. FT 22nd 1-6 St James.
C.Leckey C.Hyponia C.Annesley J.Gill L.Arbotnut J.Close A.McCamley D.Cully C.Moore N.Kidd L.Mclernan
J.Smith D.Simpson C.Pursley T.Lyttle
Saturday 20th October 2018
SBYL Div 2
22nd Old Boys U17's 1-3 Saintfield Utd U17's
After lasts week win the 2s were upbeat and with a new kit thanks to Chrissy Jarvis of Cthru cleaning. As the game kicked off both sides were feeling each other out but it was saintfield who had the firsr chance when there forward broke clear, but he shot wide. Another chance fell to saintfield but again the shot on goal was well wide. This seemed to kick the young 2s into gear and a few half chances came there way but were easily saved by the saintfield goalkeeper. But on 25mins a mistake in the 2s defence saw McAllister being robbed off the ball and the saintfield forward ran clear and put the ball in the net, 1-0 Saintfield. 5mins later another chance but this time leckey was there to save with his feet. The 2s made a change replacing smith with cully and going 442 this made a difference straight away with a threw ball to cully saw him race into the box only to be took down, penalty. Cully composed himself and fired the ball down the middle 1-1. It stayed like this to HT.
The 2nd half started with both teams going for it but both keepers were equal to wat ever came there way. Unfortunately on 60mins the 2s fell behind when a sweeping move by saintfield saw the right winger skip pass the 2s left back and put in an inch perfect cross for the incoming forward who side footed the ball into the net, 2-1. 5mins later the 2s were dealt a big blow when capt Marcus McAllister had to be carried off the pitch with a knee injury. We wish the big lad a speedy recovery as does Saintfield who were kind enough to message our page to enquire after him after tge game. Then 2 mins later saintfield were awarded a pen which was put into the net 3-1. The boys couldnt find a way back into the game and it finished like that.
C.Leckey M.McAllister J.Smith C.Hyponia J.Close J.Meikle A.Dougan L.McLernan C.Annesley N.kidd T.lyttle.
Subs D.Simpson D.Cully M.Miscandlon L.Arbothnut C.Pursley
Saturday 13th October 2018
SBYL Div 2
22nd Old Boys U17's 9-0 Crewe Utd U17's
After last week's poor showing the young 2's were put through a hard week of training and a message of buck up your ideas was delivered by the fearless Gruppen Fuhrer(G.Larkin).
The 22nd got of to a flying start when a long throw into the Crewe box wasn't defended and young Nathan was there to flick the ball home, 1-0. Within minutes the 2's were 2-0 up when another long throw drifted through the whole defence and took a slight flick of the keeper on its way in. The 22nd looking strong at the back moped up everything thrown at them. The 22nd got another long throw from Doughie into the box. This was met with the slighest of flicks by Lewis, which was enough to finish up in the Crewe net, 3-0. The boys were flying and full of confidence now. Another long throw cause more confusion in the Crewe box and Aaron was there to calmly do It home to make it 4-0. A 22nd attack saw the ball fall nicely for Lewis who looked like he was going to burry it. But no a sniper in the near by tree shot his legs from under him much to the amusement of the line. 22nd won a corner and it was whipped into the box and was met beautifully by Craig who burried his header to make it 5-0. The 22nd were relentless and no-one typified this more than Jake who's tireless efforts in midfield allowed the others to surge forward. Just before the half the ball was swept home by Aaron for the 22nds 6th goal and round of an imperious first half display. 6-0 22nd HT.
Herr Larkin delivered a no complacency half time talk and instructed his troops to go get a 7th and put the game to bed.
Second half saw a few changes and a sweeping cross from young Nathan was swept into his own net by the retreating Crewe defender, 7-0. To be fair to Crewe they never gave up and showed some much needed fight as the game got a bit feisty. From a Crew free kick they smashed the ball against the 22nd bar. The back line led by Marcus just looked in complete control. At the other end a beautiful through ball saw young Nathan race clear. Bearing down on goal from the left corner of the box he opened up his body and finished superbly over the keeper into the far corner, 8-0. Another rare attack by Crewe saw the ball once again smash off the 22nd bar. But straight away another lovely ball saw Nathan away again and his shot bounced of the bar. But who was lurking ? Big Mason to score an important goal which meant the world to him as he immediately indicated he was dedicating it to his recently passed Grandfather Bertie McMinn, 9-0 22nd. The boys played some nice passing moves but the ref had seen enough and blew for full time. Great win for the boys.
C.Leckey M.McAllister J.Smith C.Hyponia J.Close J.Meikle A.Dougan A.McCamley N.Kidd C.Moore L.McLernan
Saturday 6th October 2018
SBYL Div 2
22nd Old Boys U17's 0-6 Comber Rec U17's
The young 2's got their league campaign up and running against a familiar foe in Comber Rec. After last week's cup semi final win the boys were confident but perhaps too confident. They started well moving the ball nicely and making Comber chase. Unfortunately a mistake in defence saw Comber take the lead early, 1-0 Comber. The 22nd tried to rally and some nice play down the right wing by Daryl saw him whip a lovely ball into the box but unfortunately no-one was there to apply the finish. Comber were clearing their lines well but the 2's were struggling to deal with the long clearances. It was unfortunately another mistake which saw Comber take a 2-0 lead. The boys rallied but once more Comber broke away to finish and find a 3rd goal. The boys try as they may couldn't get back into the game and it finished 3-0 at half time.
After the half time roasting the boys came out hopefully to get back into the game. Unfortunately Comber struck again to make it 4 and you could physically see the boys heads drop. Some of the guys dug in and battled to the end but some didn't and excuses were creeping in. Comber pressed on and got a 5th goal. The 2's were a beaten team now and when Comber ran in the 6th goal they thoroughly deserved their win. The boys that were on the pitch worked and tried to get some dignity back but just couldn't get that consolation goal. The game finished 6-0 and the boys I have a feeling will have a few tight training sessions to look forward to.
C.Leckey C.Annesley J.Smith L.Arbrothnot L.Mclernan J.Meikle A.Dougan D.Cully T.Lyttle N.Kidd C.Moore
M.Miscandlon C.Hyponia J.Close D.Simpson C.Pursley
Saturday 29th September 2018
22nd Old Boys U17's 1-1 Aquinas U17's
The match kicked off with Aquinas knocking the ball about looking dangerous on the attack and really out playing the 2's. The 2's could'nt string two passes together and hardly threatened the Aquinas goal. Aquinas were always looking dangerous from corners and it was from one of these they took the lead, when the Aquinas player lost his marker and headed into the 2s net 1-0 Aquinas. Big Craig had the 2's only real chance of the first half when Nathan sent him clear but unfortunately he couldn't finish and laddered his tights in the process, 1-0 Aquinas HT.
Half time team talk the 2s manager baffer gave both barrels leaving no player out. The message was simple every player had to up their game if they were to reach the final.
The second half started and the 2s were passing the ball creating chances it was obvious the 2s had woke up and had moved up the gears. But in the 50min big Marcus saw red and the 2s were down to 10 men. Jason Smith came on at cb and Craig Moore came off. It was going to be an up hill battle for the 2s with 30mins left and down to 10 men. That all changed on 60mins when the 2s were awarded a free kick 25 yards out and up stepped Dougie to curl the ball over the wall and into the top corner, 1-1. Aquinas knew they had a match on there hands and the 2s were not going down without a fight. With the extra man Aquinas continued to attack the 2s but everytime they thought they were going to score there was Leckey pulling save after save and keeping the 2s in the game. But on 60mins the 2s were dealt another blow when cb Annesley got injured and after a reshuffle saw Close going to cb and big Tom going to right midfield. No matter wat Aquinas threw at them the 2s were holding firm with Smith and Close heading every ball that came into the box and dougan and miekle covering every blade off grass on the pitch. The 2s kept holding on as if there lives depended on it. But with 30secs left a throw in by aquinas saw the ball flicked on and hit the bar before being hit clear. Ref blew up FT 1-1 the dreaded penaltys !
Aquinas were to go 1st and scored 1-0. Close stepped up great pen 1-1. Aquinas... great save Leackey. Jake 2-1 22nd good finish. Aquinas... hit the bar. Daryl 3-1 in off the post ! Aquinas score 3-2. Lewis (for last time Private Pile, deal made if he scored) bang top bag 4-2 22nd.
The cheers went up the fans invaded the pitch manager Baffer closed to tears what a performance by the baby 2s into the final.
C.Leckey C.Annesley M.McAllister D. Cully L.Mclernan J.Meikle J.Close A.McCamley N.Kidd C.Moore
Subs L.Haddock C.Pursley C.Hipiona J.Smith T.Lyttle
Also the kids who came to support there team and cheered them on through out the match Simpson Arbothnut Mason.
Just shows hardwork at training listening to coaches pays off.
Friday 21st September 2018
SBYL Supplementary Cup
Comber Rec U17's 2-3 22nd Old Boys U17's
The young 2’s in their 3rd competitive game came up against Comber who recently defeated them during preseason.
The game started at a fast pace with the 2’s working had to get the ball down and play football, the first 20 minutes were a physical battle that the boys showed great character and that they were up to the challenge. After 25 minutes, a great ball over the top dropped to Craig “crouch” Moore who calmly slotted it home. 1-0 2’s.
The boys continued to apply pressure at the comber defence, who had been hit hard from the start. Another inch perfect through ball seen Craig Moore one-on-one with the keeper, he toe poked it towards the net, but unfortunately the Comber keeper made himself big and saved it.
Just on the brink off half time the 2’s broke down the left hand side and a great ball from Jaime Close, was flicked on by big Craig Moore, and fell perfectly for Nathan Kidd to volley into the roof off the net. 2-0 2’s.
Half time 22nd 2-0 Comber
The baby 2’s after half-time continued to enjoy most off the possession and controlling the game. 10 minutes in a ball up the middle landed at the feet off Craig Moore who again calmly slotted it around the keeper into the bottom corner. 3-0 2’s.
We continued to press at the Comber defence, a long ball and what would be their only error at the back saw the Comber striker come through the middle. A great save from Lewis Haddock initially, but the ball dropped back to the strikers feet who put it in the back off the net. 3-1, 20 minutes to go.
We calmly saw out the rest of the game, and it allowed for substitutes to take the field. In the dying minutes Lewis “dolph ziggler” McLernon otherwise known as Pile brutally assaulted a Comber player in the box, Penalty! Goal!. The boys kept their nerve and saw out the remaining minutes to seal their first win.
Full time 22nd 3-2 Comber
L.Haddock C.Pursey M.McCallister C.Annsley L.McLernon D.Cully J.Meikle A.Dougan J.Close N.Kidd C.Moore
J.Gill D.Simpson A.McCamley J.Smith T.Lyttle
Saturday 15th September 2018
St Oliver Plunkett B U17's 2-1 22nd Old Boys U17's
THE 2s started the game brightly going on the attack right away. The first chance came when a cross was met in the air by TOM "50p HEAD"LYTTLE"whose header flew over the bar. The 2s continued there attack on the plunket half with meikle running the show in midfield tackling everyone who had the ball, even his own players. There must have been a pound coin stuck to the ball and meikle wasnt going to let any1 have it. The 2s continued to create chances but were dealt a sucker punch when a shot 20 yards out went through the hole in HADDOCKS gloves, it must have got bigger from last week 1nil plunket. With ERNIE smoking like a train on the sideline must have stole them cigs from big TOM last week, no wonder he looked smug. With Curtis trying to walk in a straight line while doing the flag but it was ovious he had only 1 arm working as everytime the ball went out he gave it to plunket. The 2s continued to attack and a ball played into kidd which saw him thread a lovely ball to BIG CROUCH who slid the ball into the corner off the net, 1-1 HT.
Second half started much the same as the 1st with the 2s creating chance after chance but not putting them away. Then on 60mins CLOSE picked up the ball and fired a shot from 20yards only to see the ball hit the bar. With so many chances missed it was plunket who took the lead their 2nd shot off the match going in to mske it 2-1. The 22nd worked tirelessly to try and ge5 the equaliser with Baffer making what changes he could to try and get that bit off luck. With time running out and chances squandered the boys gave everything (all that could be asked). The 2s kept plugging away but couldnt get the goal which all there play deserved, Ft 2-1. Plenty of positives to go forward and work to do in training this week.
The best moved off the match came after the match which saw STEINO getting lifted up by ERNIE to put the barrier on BAFFERs car roof. Only for BAFFER to get in his car with barrier still on roof and drive off ! Only to be stopped by a kind gentleman at the gates to tell him.
L.Haddock C.Annesley M.McAllister D.Cully C.Hiponua A.Dougan J.Meikle J.Close N.Kidd C.Moore T.Lyttle
C.Pursley L.McLernan J.Gill L.McCamley
Saturday 8th September 2018
22nd Old Boys u17's v St James Swifts B U17's
The 22nd Old Boys U17's first ever competitive game took place at the Grove playing fields againat St Jsmes Swifts B.
The match kicked off with the 2's getting the ball down and getting the passes going. The boys were over cooking there passes to much and swifts broke clear. 20 yards out the 2s defender tackled the ref deemed unfairly and awarded a free kick, just outside the box. Up stepped the swifts player to shoot but it slipped out off the keepers hands and into the net 1-0. 5mins later the 2s drew level through some good work in midfield, saw nathan pick up the ball and a lovely threw pass to craig "CROUCHIE" who took his time and slotted the ball into the corner off the net 1-1. 5 mins later swifts grabbed a 2nd goal, then another stupid tackle saw a free kick. Which the swifts player buried into the net giving the 2s goal keeper no chance, 3-1. The 2s kept plugging away an got there just rewards when again nathan with his back to goal just outside the 18 slid his pass through to BIG CROUHIE same result tucked the ball into the corner 3-2, HT.
The 2nd half started with the 2s trying to press but were caught out by the swifts who made it 4-2. The 2s kept on going trying to get a goal which would keep them in the game and they got a chance when the ref awarded a free kick 25 yards out. Up stepped TOM THUMB who unleashed a fierce shot which nearly broke the keepers hand and into the net, 4-3 amd bsck in the game. Again the 2s couldnt draw level and the swifts went up 5-3. Again the 2s pressed and from a corner there was big MARCUS to head the ball home 5-4. As the 2s tried as they might to draw level the swifts made it 6-4 at the final whistle, FT
L.Haddock M.McAllister C.Annesley C.Hyponia J.Gill A.Dougan J.Close D.Cully A.McCamley N.Kidd C.Moore
C.Pursley L.McLernon L.Arbothnut D.Simpson T.Lyttle