Saturday 5th October 2019
22nd ob fc II vs Tullycarnet
Today saw the lads play Tullycarnet for the second time in a few short weeks. This gives us the chance to know how they play and what their strengths and weakness are. But how wrong they would have been.
Very small pitch lead to us changing formation quite a bit during open play and the ball just seemed to be like a hot potato flying back and forward across the half way line. Both keepers managing to play a game of camp amongst themselves. The only 2 clear cut chances tho feel to us in the first half and unfortunately we couldn't finish them. Half time nil each
The manager got the lads in at half time and with the help from the skipper layed down the law. We were the better team and we needed to stop the bickering and play football. The players fairly listened to him (cheers Andy just about got my hearing back)
Second half started and everything that had been talked about stuck with the lads and soon we were fortunate enough to go 1 up with stevie putting in into the bottom corner with ease. 1 nil. That settled the lads and we found our rythem the ball was now ours and as much as Tully carnet battled we keep control of the game until a well weight through ball fell to stevie feet 2 or 3 steps and he buried it past the oncoming keeper 2 nil. The coach now decided that was enough and solidified the defence for the last 10 or so minutes. Another win today for the 2s very hard fought in bits but solid shift put in by everyone. Well done lads. Uppa 2s
J. Butler N. Mawhinney A. Mcrea J. Hamilton W. Simpson M. Moore J. Mcimm K. McLean M. Mcallister T. Bell S. Wilson
R. Spence N. Fitzsimmons D. Watters
Saturday 28th September 2019
22nd fc II vs civil service II
Today saw the lads come up against the civil service at home. Coming off last week's impressive win the coaches went with a very similar team with a very similar messege get the back on the deck and play football.
First half started and it was clear to see the 2s were in fine form the ball was being moved about with ease and after some nice football in midfield we went 1 up. Our tempo continued and again we put pressure on again and again 2 more quick fire goals made up 3 nil up within the first 25 minutes. Our opposition didnt look comfortable at all marking and resorted to arguing with themselves which we capitalised on with again more shots and another goal 4nil up and cruising the ref blew for half time.
It was a simple team talk today with just brief instructions to keep playing football and not taking our foot off the gas and going for it. Or in matts word "punish them I want 10 more"
Second half started and civil service finally picked up their game but our keeper wanted his clean sheet and a spot next week and somehow manged to push it out for the skipper to clear.we were still looking dangerous and still taking our chances as Jackie poked his 3rd home stevie burning his second and then Matic (might have been 10 yards offside but the ref didn't see it) adding his name to the score sheet final score 22nd 7 civil service 0.
A great win today which sees us not won 4 in a row with an impressive 20 goals scored and conceding only 3. Uppa 2's
J. Butler N. Mawhinney A. Mcrea A. Collins J. Hamilton m. Mcallister J. Mckimm J. Burrows W. Simpson R. Douglas S. Wilson
A. Dougan K. McLean C. Lindores
Saturday 14th September 2019
22nd Old Boys II vs Tullycarnett II
Back home this week after the win away last week. Having never played this team before we knew it was going to be a big ask from each and every player. With a few last minute additions to the team they were sent out with matts now famous Battle call.
Game started and it was very sloppy. Both teams not getting the ball down and over using the ball over the top hoping a striker would latch on to it. Tullycarnet were first to create a chance as a driven cross found their strikers head only to be stopped by the quick reactions of butler. This stepped the lads up as a let off and the 2s pushed on soon a corner was awarded and floated in by Ryan only to miss everyone inside the box and fall to the feet of argueabley the smallest player Maha who calmly finished. 1 nil 22nd.
This made Tullycarnet dig deeper and again if not for butler they would have equalised. Unfortunately for him tho a long ball caught us of guard as we thought he was offside and poked the ball past the keeper. 1 each
Game resumed and again Tullycarnet dug deeper and another ball over the top was played for their striker to beat the keeper at the near post. 2 1 Tullycarnet.
Straight from the kick off ryan made his move down the wing and cut in demanding the ball a low cross followed which saw beattie controlling it before firing it low into the net. 2 each at half time.
A quick talk from the coaches explaining that we were the better team and that the formation was staying the same. An injured matic was took off and spud replaced him in centre mid.
The second half started with the same tempo as the first ended. 22nd were controlling everything with spud pulling the strings now from midfield more tired legs meant another sub with Tommy now coming on for Ross. As hard as we tried Tullycarnet had now started to keep things tight at the back so after a brief discussion we agreed the formation needed to change. With Alan now coming on and going straight into the now back 3.
This worked instantly as butler launched a ball from his box spud plucked it from the air and played a perfectly weighted ball through to beattie who turned a defender and oncoming keeper and slotted the ball in at the near post. 3 2 22nd
As play got under way again Tommy decided that the ref wasn't having a good game and decided to tell him how he thought. Unfortunately for him the ref didn't like it and showed a straight red. The Tullycarnet players sensed we would be weakened and pushed as many forward as they could but 22nd calmly dealt with anything they could.
A rare mistake by their goal keeper resulted in us getting a throw in in their half. The ball was left for willy to take not many forward for him he decided to try and do something with it as he launched the ball into the box. With Maha rising the keeper had to stretch more than he was comfortable doing and let the ball go through his hands and into the net. Willy doesn't score very often so he made sure to celebrate by ruining the width of the field and jumping into matts arms. 4 2 and with this goal the coaches told everyone to close shop.
Final score 22nd old boys 4 Tullycarnet 2
Great result again this week with players giving everything for the win.. Uppa 2s
J. Butler M. Mcalister A. Mccrea S. Hanna W. Simpson N. Mawhinney J. Mckimm M. Moore R. Larkin C. Beattie R. Douglas
Subs J. Thompson A. Collins T. Bell
Saturday 7th September 2019
Kilmore Rec vs 22nd Old Boys II
Today saw the 2s travel to Crossgar to take on Kilmore rec in what is always a closely contested match.
No referee was appointed so after a tense few minutes 22nd had to officiate the match.
The match kicked off and we got stuck in from the get go. Hard challenges plenty of passing and moving and a lot of leadership from the skipper. After around ten or so minutes jono set the tone for the rest of the game with a great tackle which made the rest of Kilmore scared to come within 10 feet of him. The first real chance came as a ball was passed through our defense to an awaiting offside Kilmore player although he missed the ref brought it back for a 22nd free kick.
With around fifteen minutes to go stevie Wilson was feed a through ball he chased it down and managed to score with a well placed finish. 1 nil 22nd.
Alot more challenges where now coming In from geeser who had to replace Matic due to his nail polish falling off.
With half time now fastly approaching a ball launched over the top found stevie just onside (jury's out on this one haha) he cut back on himself and again poked the ball home (he hit it so hard with his toe he ended up in a & e with a suspected broken toe) . Kilmore where furious and after a bit of grief from both players and supporters the ref gave it as a goal. 2 nil 22nd. The rest of the half was played with only minor incidents including jono pretending to vomit on the sidelines.
Kilmore 0 22nd 2
The manager got the lads in at half time and explained that he needed players to keep battling through pains and niggles. Formation stayed the same and no new players where introduced just yet.
Second half started just as fiery as the first half ended. Reckless challenges players from both teams, slating the ref and the ref giving stupid decisions pretty much was the order for the second 45. Half chances came and went for both teams and players busted a gut from 22nd. Players that physically didn't think they could go on pushed past their own threshold and battled for what seemed like an eternity for themselves.
A few players then came on for some fresh legs and a more defensive formation was impimentled by the manager.
The final push came as Kilmore pushed as many as they could up top with left a gap at the back. A long ball found its way to tootsy and he did all the hard work, controlling it well he twisted and turned inside the box and unleashed the SOFTEST pass which rolled into the keepers arms. It was definitely easier to score that one.
Full time and a great result for the 2s today. Well done lads
J. O’Grady, S. Hanna, N. Mawhinney, J. Hamilton, A. McCrea, G. Irvine, J. McKimm, S. Wilson, R. Larkin, M. Johnston, M. Moore SUBS C. Beattie, J. Dunwoody, R. Spence
Saturday 20th April 2019
Saturday 6th April 2019
Nafl Div 3F
22nd Old Boys ll 7-0 kilmore Rec ll
The game started in brilliant sunshine at Clarendon on a decent surface considering the rain. The boys got off to a decent start putting kilmore under pressure. An early opportunity fell to Denver on the edge of the box who controlled it and smashed it into the far corner, 1-0 22nd. The 22nd kept up the pressure harassing the kilmore players and strong at the back. The 22nd eon a free kick on the left and Jacky swung it to the back post. Up leapt the ever young Ross to head to the far corner, 2-0.
The 22nd looked in complete control and kilmore struggling to get out. A nice ball found Luke in space and he dispatched the ball into the net past the helpless keeper, 3-0 22nd. A great cross from Brownlee found Jacky at the back post but in accustomed style he jacked it from 4 yards out. Big Clin made way for Matic having got his heel stuck in the ground and went over on his ankle.
The 22nd grabbed a 4th when the Kilmore keeper got caught in no man's land and Ross turned like and oil tanker to fire into the corner. The game continued with the 2's in control to the half, 4-0 HT.
The second half started with Kilmore on the front foot trying to get a foothold in the game. Ross chased down the keeper into the corner who sent him to the shop more than once leaving big Rossie dizzy.
Moments later the keeper got into a 50 50 with Ross hurting his neck but fortunately no lasting damage. Beattie found himself clear on the left and looked to finish into the roof of the net, but the kilmore keeper made a good save to tip over. Gary floated over the corner and after some confusion Ross turned to smash home for his hat trick, 5-0. 22nd made it 6 when the goal machine fat head McCrea struck from close range. Big Ross decided he was gonna be rocky and got himself sent off for handbags.
The 22nd were now completely dominant, creating chances at will and missing them. Until Jacky was sent clear, he kept his cool and slipped it into the far corner to make it 7-0. A great ball saw Stein with a tap in but he blazed over, the ref decided that was enough and blew for full time.
W.Cheung S.Brownlee A.McCrea L.Beattie G.Gillespie J.Burrows C.Lindores D.Brown S.Megarry L.White R.Douglas
SubsS.Vance J.McKimm G.Carson
23rd March 2019
Nafl Div 3F
22nd Old Boys ll Agape ll
After a disappointing midweek defeat in the Templeton Cup semi final the boys returned to league action at Clarendon. We didn't start well and Big McCrea was turned inside out before the striker shot straight at Joe. Minutes late Agape hit the post from a set play after 22nd fell asleep. Big lad made amends when he sprayed a pass to Gillespie who ran down the wing and fired across the keeper into the far corner, 1-0 22nd. It wasn't long before 22nd doubled their lead when Ross moved forward the right like a marauding wilder beast past 1, then 2 defenders before firing home from a tight angle. To Agape's credit they pressed hard to get back into the game forcing Joe into another save. Sam made it 3 with a speculative shot that crept in under the unfortunate keeper, with Ross tempted to steal it but he resisted. The half came to a close with 22nd 3-0 in front and well in control.
The second half started with a rejuvenated Agape and they got back in the game from a set play when their striker swept home to make it 3-1. 22nd manager made a few dodgy changes especially putting McCrea up top ! Tommy only only on was put through with a lovely pass but unfortunately he shot wide. The 22nd upped their game and Boobs fresh from a slider in the coupon, cut inside and fired a great hit into the far corner, 4-1. The boys battled away in midfield and it was from some nice play Clarke's shot was saved and the u unthinkable happened ! McCrea followed up and scored the re-bounder, 5-1. The game got a bit scrappy with both teams being wasteful. The game drew to a close without much more incident and a good home win for 22nd ll.
J.OGrady S.Megarry A.McCrea L.Beattie G.Gillespie J.Burrows D.Brown A.Patterson L.White R.Douglas J.McKimm
Clarke Bacon L.Boobyer T.Bell
NAFL Div 3F
NAFL Div 3F
Saturday, 14th April 2018
22nd Old Boys II 3-2 St. Matthews II
The day started with a good warm up in Clarendon 3g as Kirker, in love with the 2s home pitch, would not let the boys warm up on it. The tears where nearly tripping him, he even pulled his picture of the ground out of his pocket. But anyways, the boys went into the warm up with fake PT Brownlee also known as wee legs. The highlight of the warm up was brownlee getting all the boys to sit on a fake chair, but only boobs had a stool (well it seemed that way) and wee Tommy bell could not get the gist of having a fake chair, asking constantly "where the fucks the chair lads anyway".
The game kicked off with great weather and straight from the kick off the boys looked to get stuck in. The first 10mins was scrappy with 22nd second to every ball but the back four lead by the skipper McCrea, held the team together even after going 1 down from a scrappy goal. The boys finally shook off there hang overs and got the finger out with wee legs brownlee starting to win every ball and pish on her Boobs rotating with Bacon and Tommy, brilliantly mixing it up and causing mayhem for the st Matt's defence but with st Matt's giving away a silly free kick, up stepped pish on her Boobs. This boy is a dead ball expert. He whipped in a great ball and all it needed was any sort of touch which it got from an unlikely source of wipe them clean Jarvis, who was having the best game since his return to 22nd 1-1.
As the game went on the 22nd started bossing the game with the back four, even big clin was playing out of his skin considering he has put on 4 stone over the course of the season, and CHEUNG catching everything there was. With wee Vance playing in the middle with wee legs Brownlee controlling the midfield, the partner ship was working well as brownlee controlled the air and Vance covering the ground. We where flying. All we needed was a goal and we got it from a corner whipped in from pish on her Boobs and a bit of a scramble, the 2s took the lead with quick feet Tommy topping it in 2-1. With the 2s now leading and fog horn Matt Shaw barking orders out from gaffer Adams, the 2s came in at half time and a well deserved water break
Gaffer Adams started the team talk to which the boys where dreading as they have not been nice all season, but to the lads amazement all he had to say was just add a bit more football. He was happy with the boys fight with even big clin escaped without a bashing from the gaffer so the boys went into the second half picking up where they left off, bossing the game. As the game went on, there was 2 subs introduced. Up step Maitland and Eddie for grammit and Tommy being hooked, resulting in a change up in places with Vance out left now and Eddie in the middle with wee legs Brownlee and the lightening quick Bacon now up top, he was running riot. They could not keep up with him but the 2s where not out of the woods yet, they give away a corner and with a mix up in marking and a good header from St Matt's boom 2-2
With the match now restarted there was another change with Clin getting hooked for young Carson. The 2s lifted there heads and got stuck in with Bacon up top doing what he does best, but tootsy rubbing off on him his finishing was not there. You had to feel for him but with Maitland cruising about doing what he does best forcing the boys to play football the 2s where looking good and the boys could sense the winner and with a wonder pass through to Bacon and his pace, he drew the keeper into making a foul inside the area. Ref was the cry and he pointed to the spot. The crowd went wild!
Up stepped pish on her Boobs with a great finish 3-2.
The 2s seen the game out, defending everything that came there way. Everybody digging deep and seeing out the win and the 3 points. Was a great day for the club as word filtered through that the 3rds where winning 3-0 great day for the 2s
Cheung, Martin, Lindores, McCrea, C.Jarvis, Vance, Brownlee. Bacon, Boobyer, T.Bell, G. Irvine
SUBS: Maitland, Carson, Gilmore
Thursday, 12th April 2018
Finaghy ll 0-2 22nd Old Boys ll
The first game for the seconds in quite a few weeks, seen them away to a finaghy ll side at wedderburn Park in the supplementary cup. The game took a while to get any sort of rhythm going, as the pitch had seen better days.. but when the game started to take shape it was all 22nd. With the wingers getting some joy down either side against the full backs. It was evident that finaghy liked to get the ball down and play and it was down to our midfield and strikers to force them into the long ball game. Bill mcclean and Steven brownlee cleared there lines at whatever was thrown to them. The first goal came from some nice play by lee boobyer outside the area, after his first shot was blocked he got a half volley which found the Bottom right hand corner of the net with, 1-0 22nd. That goal led to everyone feeling a bit more confident. finaghy tried to force there way into the game with there striker missing a few shots which could have found them level. Just minutes later tommy bell received the ball and took it brilliantly along the edge of the box trying to create an opening for stevie, but he was stopped in his tracks by a late challenge, which led to a free kick up stepped Lee boobs and curled the ball delightfully into the left hand top corner, 2-0 22nd. That seen 22nd safely into the end of the first half with their lead intact.
The second half begun with a slight change Steven brownlee now pushed into the middle of the park along side stein and Curtis Lindores into the back line with bill. With the pitch becoming worse both teams could not really get going, stein was stopping any finaghy fight back in the middle with some good energy and Steven brownlee with some good firm tackles. Finaghy made a few changes and seen them look more dangerous but the back line still keeping them out, Curtis lindores give way for Alan Collins to slot in along side bill mcclean, and Tommy bell out on the wing come off for sahin also Jarvis made his way onto the pitch which was eagerly anticipated by the watchers with Andy Mccrea give way, the changes certainly give abit more edge, the midfield trying their best to force an opening, stevie and Clarke seen a few shots saved by the finaghy keeper and a late lee boobs shot saved from short range to deny his hat trick. The boys where happy to see the final whistle as the pitch was getting harder to play on, good hard fought win and onto the next one. Final score Finaghy ll 0-2 22nd Old Boys ll
Saturday 11th November 2017
NAFL Div 3F
Groomsport ll 2-4 22nd Old Boys ll
22nd Old Boys ll went down to Groomsport with not much of a strong squad few kids playing.....well the match started an they came at 22nd straight from the off, we were under some pressure....Groomsport winger down line cross the 6.7” man headed in top corner 1-0. The 2's have themselves a shake and started getting into things putting a few passes together probe gave a good ball to crooksy and he in turn, gave a great ball to rossi and he put it into top corner 1-1.
Some sloppy defending from a corner ball came out to Groomsport midfielder and he smacked it top corner great finish 2-1.
Again the 22nd gave themselves a shake. Big Andy Mc as the captain was very vocal in his organisation which was very important. We got a corner big Andy met the ball at the back post put it in like a legend, 2-2.
22nd rallied again and the heart we had was unbelievable. Some great stuff from the cat Curtis Lindores gave a great ball to dean larkin he took it out of the air like a professional and boom bottom bag 3-2 22nd.
Again Groomsport were putting us under some pressure big Andy mc was brilliant and as captain led by example. player of the day for me, strong, hard and a great performance. Then same again 22nd put some great passes together an big rossi put ball back the net. A great finish from 25 yards to lob the keeper brilliant 4-2...22nd v Groomsport.
The heart I saw was best I have seen from our second team all season. Think Groomsport undestimated our wee seconds but with the heart and fight shown today we showed we were a force to be reckoned with. 4-2 final score and great result for 22nd.
J.Gibson G.Carson A.McCrea D.Hunter S.Baillie C.Lindores D.Larkin A.Crooks N.Martin S.McGreevey R.Douglas
Saturday 16th September 2017
NAFL Div 3F
Carryduff colts ll 2-4 22nd old boys ll
It was a wet and windy day for 22nd against carryduff colts hoping to kick start there season after two narrow defeats. 22nd went into the game with a depleted squad with a lot of people unavailable through out the club! The game started off very tight with not much between the two sides with both teams having chances to go ahead.
The break through came through the long awaited return of Ian black when he took a heavy touch, which seen the carryduff striker nick it off which subsequently seen him brought down for a pen. The carryduff player put the pen away with ease 1-0. Half time
Willy and matt had a few stern words to say to the boys at half time and it worked immediately boobs played a pass threw to Graeme straight from the kick off sent him one on one and once again he "tootsied it" and wasted another good chance.
Soon came the equaliser when a ball over the top from Gareth Hamilton took a deflection and sent boobs threw one on one who made no mistake to make it 1-1.
Carryduff soon went in front again to make it 2-1.
The boys changed formation to 442 with Luke an crooksy coming on to give a lot more pace, which made the difference. With Carryduff starting to tire and 22nd getting stronger mark Johnston who worked tirelessly all day got two quick goals to put us 3-2 up and with couple minutes to go carryduff we're pushing for an equaliser but 22nd hit them with a quick break sending Luke white one on one to smash past the keeper to make it 4-2 to 22nd and to get the first 3 points of the season under the belt.
J.Thompson, B.McClean, A. McCrea, J. Hamilton, D.Brown, G.Hamilton, G.Irvine, I.Black, L.Boobyer, M.Johnston, G.McAuley
SUBS: A.Crooks, L.White
Saturday 2nd September 2017
NAFL Div 3F
22nd Old Boys ll 2-3 St Matthews ll
First half started strong and quick with both sides pushing to get forward. St matts playing a lot of football early on testing the 22nd midfield and defensive organisation. A few quick passes and the 22nd were getting through and a lovely through ball to Simon and a neat finish on his left foot putting the home team 1-0. St matts movement was too much at times with 22nd struggling to keep their men in shape.. a shot from outside the box into the bottom left left Reece Millar Gk with no chance too save. The 22nd grew in confidence and were getting chances, with corners being one. A ball into the front post left stevie with a good header to put into the far post even a maradona hand of God from the defender couldn't stop it. The game played out to Half time 2-1.
St matts changed their system and went 3 up top and the 22nd defence struggled to cope, with bad organisation leaving big chism 1v1 with their big striker giving him time to turn and smash the ball into the top right corner of the net with a cracking left foot effort to make it 2-2 and shortly after 3-2 with the midfield and defence not tracking runners. The 22nd attacked and threw everything, even the kitchen sink at St matts who held out even after a few close chances falling to stevie and Neil mac which was stopped by an out of the world save from the St Matts keeper. Unfortunately the guy's coul dnt find a way through to rescue a point. Finished 3-2.
R.Millar A.McCrea B.McClean C.Chism N.Martin J.McKimm S.Fawcett A.Crooks S.Baillie S.Wilson S.McGreevey
Saturday 17th December 2016
Bdfl Div 2
St James ll 2-1 22ndB
In freezing conditions the 22nd started the brighter moving the ball quickly and creating a few half chances. The 1st opportunity fell to Jacky with an indirect free kick tapped to him and his shot blocked on the line. The 22nd kept pressing with Godfrey impressive down the left, with some mazy runs one of which resulted in the keeper making a good save to turn his long-range effort over the bar. St James were dangerous on the break with their pace and direct running but the 2's were on top. Luke then came close followed by Baillie both unfortunate not to do better. There were some meaty challenges going in all over the pitch with neither side giving an inch the half finished 0-0.
The 2nd half started with St James quickly out of the blocks but they were frustrated by some fine defending from Young, Dyllan and in particular Andy, who put in some superb tackles. Unfortunately, they couldn't keep St James at bay and a cross was headed home to make it 1-0 St James.
22nd made a few changes in order to get into the game. But it was St James who finished a nicely worked goal to make it 2-0.
The 2's gave themselves a shake and layer siege to the St James goal and eventually a good cross by Ryan was finished in some style on the half volley by Curtis 2-1 and game on.
In the dying minutes, St James looked dangerous on the break with big Younger committing a team foul to prevent a further goal. 22nd ran out of time and unfortunately couldn't force an equaliser. Final score 2-1.
M.McCann A.McCann J.Young D.Hunter G.Gillespie J.Burrows J.Hamilton C.Lindores C.Godfrey S.Baillie L.Murdoch.
Subs W.Simpson G.Irvine R.McFarland
Saturday 19th November 2016
Francis Cup 1st Rd
22ndB 0-3 St James Swifts ll
The game kicked off in sunny but freezing conditions in woodvale park. St James got into their stride quickly putting the 22nd under pressure from the start. The 2's dug in and battled hard but this was a cup tie and both sides were up for it. The first opportunity fell to St James but Cheung made a good save. Irvine found him self through at a tight angle but unfortunately shot at the keeper. Some nice play saw Ross break away and unfortunately his attempted chip went straight into keepers grateful arms. The St James right winger went tearing down the wing and put in a great cross for the striker to sweep the ball home 1-0 St James.
22nd struggled with the pace of St James wingers and it was right on half time when a late challenge in the box on the St James winger produced a penalty for them which was well converted 2-0 HT.
The second half was pretty even with not much in it but the 22nd had to be on their toes to keep score as it was. 2's had a great chance to get back in the game but with the goal at his mercy Graeme tried to knock down the highest tree in Woodvale (jackyed it). A St James break saw Simpson dive in and foul the other St James winger in box and he duely dispatched the resulting penalty to make it 3-0.
22nd introduced the young twin and his trickery down the left created a few half chances for 22nd but St James ran out worthy winners.
W.Cheung S.Bailie J.Menabeny J.Young S.Graham D.Bell J.Hamilton J.Burrows G.Irvine S.Wilson R.Douglas
Subs W.Simpson L.Adair Carter Bacon
5th November 2016
Saturday 15th October 2016
Bdfl Div 2
Sporting Belfast 3-3 22nd B
In torrential conditions the game kicked off with the 22nd trying to play football through centre of pitch. The game because of conditions became a bit of a battle with lots of heavy tackles going in. Very few chances where created but Lewis found himself through at a tight angle only to see the keeper top his shot round near post. The dead lock was broken when sporting winger shot Jamie parried and the striker following up tapped home 1-0 Sporting. Both teams continued to battle through to the whistle HT
The 2nd half started with the 2's on front foot and a great but of play saw Lewis clean through and a calm finish made it 1-1.
The game ebbed and flowed but it was Sporting who struck next. A scramble saw the ball fall to their striker in an offside position who finished. Unfortunately the ref missed it so 2-1 sporting.
Sporting were on top and 2 quick saves from Gibson keeping 2's in the game. Neil then brought on a few subs and Dee straight on cut in from left and fired a great strike in off far post 2-2.
The 2's then took the lead when Dee sent through rounded the keeper to make it 3-2 22nd.
The 22nd battled hard to hold on for their 1st league win but unfortunately it wasn't to be. A great ball found the Sporting centre back ! Through on goal who smashed it home 3-3. Both teams looked for a winner but it wasn't to be.
J.Gibson A.McCann J.Menabeny J.Young S.Graham M.Bryans G.Hamilton C.Lindores R.Douglas L.Adair L.Murdough.
Subs A.McCrea M.McCann D.Simpson
Saturday, 1st October 2016
BDFL Div 2
22nd B 1-5 Glencairn
The match kicked off with Glencairn having most off the play but creating little up top. But on 15 mins the first shot came. An elbow to the face off Andy McCann leaving him with a steaker and cut eye and after some vaseline he returned to the pitch.
The 2s wasted a golden chance to go 1 up when a through ball by rossi sent luke murdoch away only for luke to fluff it with the goal at his mercy.
On 40 mins big younger kicked fresh air and the striker made no mistake in making it 1-0.
It was 2-0 shortly after another mistake by the 2s defence. HT.
Shorty after the restart, Neil Mac saw red as he raised his hand higher than the gc player down to 10 men then gc made it 3-0.
But the 2s missed a few chances in front off goal but on 60 mins saw goal off the game from 35 yards out clarke The Better Twin unleashed a thunder bolt into the top corner.3-1. This woke up gc who scored 2 in the last 10 mins.
Ft 22nd 1 v G.C 5.
Special mentions to Jamie Gibson.Clarke Bacon Dean Larkin.
Gibson A.McCann Young J.Hamilton S.Graham M.Bryans D.Larkin McAneney R.Douglas Murdoch Clarke Bacon
As the 2s parked their cars, they seen ford doing there warmup 45 minutes before kick off. If this was to be another giant killing performance in this competition, the 2s would have to be at there very best and run there balls off for 90 minutes.
This match saw Arron CABBAGE Mooney make his debut for the team. The game kicked off with Newhill dictating the match, their clever passing and movement off the ball was a joy to watch.
22nd B - End of Season Review
22nd B began the 2015/16 season having overachieved in their first season in the Belfast and District League and obtained an unexpected promotion. This was also the third season in a row in which the B-team had advanced the level of football they were playing in terms of league divisions. It was clear that the challenge was to consolidate a position in the Second Division of Belfast and District league, proving that the rapid success of the previous seasons had not been a fluke.
The task for everyone involved, was made more difficult by the fact that 22nd A had also advanced to a higher level, were competing against tougher opposition and would likely be calling up b-team talent even more regularly. 22nd C had also advanced and were mounting a challenge in the Old Boys League Division One. A key example of this pressure was the loss of B-team captain and stalwart Simpson to the A-team on a regular basis. Another loss to the squad was Boobyer whose amazing 20 goal feat (from midfield) in the previous season had helped to achieve promotion.
But 2015/16 will be remembered as a season when others stepped up to the mark. Not least of which was the natural leader and skipper to emerge Matt Shaw. Shaw led from the front throughout the season with his never say die attitude and added a significant number of goals to his game for a defensive midfielder (8). Shaw finished the season declaring himself fit, playing against medical advice and heavily strapped.
Murdoch was another who ably stepped up to the mark, when he got the call up from the C-team. He supplied the team with numerous match winning goals (including several of a high standard) and adapted very well to playing as a lone centre forward and consolidated his own position in the B-team. This forced the coaches into a tactical rethink when regular striker Douglas returned from injury. Adams also stepped up from the C-team with some spectacular goals sending a warning...that the best may be yet to come from his talent. These attackers slotted in well into a forward line that was well supplied throughout the season by the football brains of Bell and McKeown in midfield.
Having led the team to success in the 2013/14 season defensive veteran Passmore had insisted that he was phased out of the defence over the course of the 2014/15 season and another challenge the team was faced with was building a new defence to compete at this higher level. Again players from the C-team were up to the job with McCrudden, Bryans and Young demonstrating their defensive credentials. Once given the opportunity in the side McCrudden seized the B-team shirt with both hands and remained a regular feature of the team from that moment. His high fitness level and tidy defending became a huge asset, making him one of the stand out players of the season.
The highly versatile Hamilton proved his worth throughout the season, with his ability to play in any of the defensive positions across the back or midfield. This included one of the individual performances of the season playing at left back in the Francis Cup Quarter Final. Due to injuries to Gibson, McCann also became a regular feature of the B-team defence between the sticks and produced numerous match winning saves - proving to everyone that he is a very brave goalkeeper. The team continues to defend with the grit and steel that Passmore personified.
Highlights of the season include a great run in the Junior Cup which saw a giant killing performance against Moylena at Woodvale Park and an heroic performance against Greenisland in the next round. Another strong run in the Francis Cup ended with a roller coaster Quarter Final against CSP II a team leading the next division up. After a tremendous battling performance from the 2s which took the tie into extra time CSP were very lucky to progress and later questioned if 22nd had played their A-team players against them.
Following a shaky start to the season, a late surge up the table meant the B-team not only consolidated their position in Division Two but finished in sixth place. The introduction of some youth team players gave the rest of the division a glimpse of the talent that is likely to be on show next season. Mckimm, Henry, Bacon, and Larkin have all put a marker down for selection. New leaders have emerged, new goal scorers & defenders have stepped up to the mark and the fearless youth team players are ready to enter.
The coaches look forward to blending the youth with the experience of grafters such Shaw, Bell, Douglas, Mckeown and Co next season.
The thanks of both coaches goes to ALL the players for their adaptability to play in different positions and to understand and buy into the TEAM tactics.
Neil & Baffer
tutam ac firmam
League Position: 6th
Junior Cup: Round Two
Francis Cup: Quarter Final
Saturday 30th April 2016
Bdfl Div 2
22ndB 1-2 Berlin Swifts ll
The 22ndB last game of the season saw them playing a local derby at woodvale. The 2's came out of the blocks very fast and a jinking run by Ross saw him leave 3 Berlin players in his wake before curling a shot just inside the far post. What a goal! 1-0 22nd.
Berlin came into the game with lots of possession and looked dangerous from set plays. Towards end of the half Brownlee, Matt and big Matic(U17) started to control the midfield and 22nd missed a couple of good chances to extend their lead. Half time came 1-0.
During the break N.Herron told the guys they had to focus, work hard and take their chances.
The second Half saw Berlin have most of the possession but the 2's looked dangerous on the break.
Jordy Adams was put clear by a great ball from McKimm only to see Berlin keeper make a good save. Ross then chipped the keeper only to see it cleared of the line.
Young Larkin worked hard down right giving a good outlet. Jono, Smooch and Dean were standing firm at back.
Berlin broke into box and hamilton made a cracking tackle only to see ref point to spot. Utter disbelief but these things happen in football.
Up stepped Dip Dunwoody for Berlin only to see Cheung make a cracking save.
Time was ticking away and unfortunately 2's were caught high up pitch and a long ball saw Berlin race through to equalise 1-1.
Young Carter Bacon came on and caused Berlin all sorts of problems with his pace and direct running. Caught again high up the pitch, Berlin through again and Cheung brought down their striker 2nd penalty. Up stepped Dip a 2nd time and this time no mistake 2-1 Berlin.
Luke and Carter both unfortunate not to equalise with Berlin keeper making good saves and Carter having 1 cleared of the line.
Full time 2-1 Berlin and boys were gutted to loose in such a fashion and the end of B.Teams season a creditable mid table finish in a good Division.
W.Cheung S.Vance D.McCrudden J Hamilton D.Bell R.Larkin M.Shaw S.Brownlee J.McKimm J.Adams R.Douglas
Subs S.Bailie Carter Bacon L.Murdough
Saturday, 2nd April 2016
BDFL Div 2
22nd B 2-1 Solway Stars
With the 2 teams only having 11 players, this game was to prove who wanted it the most .With the game underway the first real chance came from Solway when their midfielder picked up the ball just inside the 18 yard box, his side footed shot was going in to the corner off the net only for McCann to get down and turn the ball round the post .
The 2s, after that scare, got their act together with Hamilton getting in the tackles and Young winning all the headers. And with McCrudden doing the deano turn, the 2s settled.
On the 40 minute mark, Hamilton was upended in the box. Stone wall penalty! Up stepped Shaw to bury the ball into the corner off the net 1 nil the 2s . HT 1-0.
The 2s got the perfect start to the 2nd half with Jordy Adams breaking down the right and with Shaw screaming for the ball, it was played into him and with jono shouting another 1, Shaw dummed the ball, it fell to jono who slide the ball to the ever-so-young McKeown who rolled back the years to put the ball into the corner off the net 2-0
Solway got their act together after that and continued to attack the 2s at every opportunity and it was one off those attacks which saw them score. Their winger crossed the ball into the box were there forward miskicked his volley but the ball spun into the net 2-1.
Solway had there tails up after that with McCann pulling off some cracking saves. Solway had another chance, this time the ball hit the bar and away to safety. With the 2s tiring, Manager Herron and his able deputy Larkin were glad when the final whistle came. This was a hard fought game but nevertheless they got what they deserved 3 points.
FT 22nd 2 Solway 1
M.McCann Bryans Graham Young McCrudden Hamilton McAneney McKeown J.Adams Shaw Murdoch.
Saturday, 5th March 2016
BDFL Div 2
22nd B v St Malachys II
Todays match saw 22nd take on St Malachys at Mallusk.
The match started with both teams trying to play football but with the pitch in a terrible state, it was hard but it was the 22nd who got there act together and started to play some nice one touch football. With all the possession they had, they couldn't breakdown st malachys. That was until a through ball sent Murdoch away and he blasted the ball into the net to make it 1-0 at h-t.
The 2nd half started with the 22nd controlling the game and giving St Malachys the run around and another threw ball sent Murdoch away and again blasted an unstoppable shot into the corner off the net.
An hour into the game, Graham, with his windmill pass, sent Murdoch away yet again this time he calmly slotted the ball into the corner off the net to grab his hat trick.
Shortly after this, Murdoch again ran through, this time with the keeper coming out, he slide the ball across to the unmarked Shaw who had the easy task to score into the empty net to make it 4.
With the game running out Murdoch grabbed his 4th to cap off a brilliant day for the 22nd striker.
F.T 22nd 5-0 St malachys.
M.McCann McCrudden Hamilton Young Bryans Shaw R.Douglas L.Nesbitt J.Adams McKeown Murdoch
SUBS A.McCann Godfrey F.Robinson Sheenan
30th January 2016
22nd B 2-0 Glencairn
Todays match saw 22nd take on Glencairn in the Francis Cup at Woodvale park.
The game started off very scrappily with both teams giving away possession .
The first real chance off the game came with J. Adams breaking clear down the right. His first touch was poor and allowed the Glencairn keeper enough time to smother the shot.
Five minutes later, the same ball sent Adams away again. This time Adams delivered a low cross only for the Glencairn defender to miss kick the ball and over the keeper 1-0 22nd.
22nd started to boss the play with Maitland and McAneney controlling the midfield and with Blair and Hamilton doing the same at the back. Glencairns first shot on the 22nd goal came from 25 yard shot which Gibson turned over the bar. HT 1-0 22nd.
The 2nd half started with both teams having chances but to no advail. Another chance for Adams saw him race clear but with a touch too many which allowed the keeper to dive at Adams feet and left Adams on the ground, still not recovered from the challenge, was taken off.
With the 22nd looking for the second goal to put the tie to bed, It was Glencairn who came closest, only for Gibson to turn the ball round the post.
Then with 2 minutes to go to and to everyone's amazement, the Glencairn keeper dribbled the ball outside the box, beat one player then tried the same again only for Murdough to take the ball off him and hit the ball into the empty net 2-0 22nd.
Ft 22nd 2-0 Glencairn.
Gibson Blair Graham Hamilton McCrudden Bell McAneney Maitland J.Adams Murdough McKeown.
Subs Glover Nesbitt Menabney
23rd January 2016
BDFL Div 2
22nd B 2-2 Willowbank II
Willowbank came into this match having won 10 and losing 1 off there 11 games so the lads new they would be up against it.
And so it proved, with Willowbank having plenty of possession but not doing al ot with it and the 2's dealing with everything they had thrown at them. In fact, Willowbank were running out of ideas for how to break down the 2's.
The 1st shot on goal came from Willowbank when there midfielder struck a lovely shot from 20 yards which hit the bar and came down on the line only for the 2s defence to clear.
Then a long ball into the 2s box was thumbed back down were it came from but with Murdough judging the ball better, broke clear and smashed the ball home from just outside the 18 giving the goalkeeper no chance in the Willowbank nets. 22nd 1-0 up.
Then the game changed in the fortieth minute with a Willowbank midfielder getting a straight red for high 2 foot challenge on McKeown.
HT 22nd 1-0.
As the 2nd half began it was Willowbank who drew level a cross into the near post saw a melee of players jump but it hit the top off Lindores head and into the net.1-1.
This give the Willowbank players the boost they needed and they continued to press forward causing the 22nd plenty of problems with Willowbank throwing in a number off crosses in to their big number 9 who was causing problems in the 22nd defence. It was from one off those crosses the big number 9 rose highest in the box to head the ball home .2-1 Willowbank.
The 22nd now knew they had an uphill challenge to draw level even against 10 men.The 22nd changed formation with Irvine coming on for McKeown and going with 2 up top. This proved a good decision by the 22nd manager Herron, but with the game running out off time, the 22nd mounted one last ditch attempt to draw level. The ball was pumped into the Willowbank 18 yard box were the impressive Hamilton calmly brought the ball down with one touch and one touch to slide the ball to Murdough who struck the ball first time into the bottom corner off the net for his 2nd goal off the game 2-2
Shortly after this, the referee blew his whistle for the final time. Ft 22nd b 2-2 Willowbank.
McCann McCrudden Hamilton Menabney Graham Lindores Shaw Nesbitt McKeown Murdough Bell
Subs Hunter Irvine Devlin
28th November 2015
BDFL Div 2
Glanville Rec 3-0 22ndB
Game kicked off in the usual awful conditions with 22nd playing into a strong wind. The 2's started strongly trying to pass the ball but Glanville battled hard to get a foot hold. Then a mistake at the back allowed Glanville a strike on goal only to see W.Cheung make a great save but Glanville reacted quicker to poke the ball home 1-0.
The 2's continued to press Glanville but were wasteful from set plays and in possession. Then another mistake when a D.Hunter slip allowed Glanville striker through to chip the onrushing keeper 2-0.
Again the 2's pressed to get back in the game but, again, were wasteful in possession and often took the wrong decision at vital times. Another long ball saw D.Bell fail to clear under pressure and the Glanville player hit a screamer into the top corner 3-0 HT.
The 2nd half started with 2's getting a roasting at half time from Head Coach Herron and they came out with more purpose.
The 22nd put a lot of pressure on Glanville firing shots in but to no avail. As game wore on, the 2's thought they had a goal back when a Shaw shot was going in and L.Boobyer stole it on the line only to be ruled offside.
One of those days for 22nd but to be fair to Glanville they defended stoutly and deservedly hung on to win 3-0.
W.Cheung D.McCrudden C.Chism D.Hunter D.Bell L.Nesbitt R.Birkenhead N McAneney M.Shaw L.Murdough R.Douglas
Subs : J.Burrows L.Boobyer R.Larkin
Saturday, 24th October 2015
Co. Antrim Junior Shield
22nd B 0-3 Greenisland
Saturday 24th October's Junior Shield fixture held in a packed out Stadio Del Woodvale Parko was a clash between 22nd B vs Greenisland.
Both teams looked extremely pumped up for the game, Greenisland displaying their class as a club with a professional warm up session, and 22nds stand-in manager for the day Big Party Marty McKeown giving a pre-match speech that William Wallace would be proud of to get the squad fired up!
22nd won the first battle of the tie (the coin toss) choosing the swap ends option to take wind and sun advantage in the first half, though this proved to make no difference as 5 minutes into the game, the good Norn Iron weather rapidly changed to blustery winds and heavy hail stones!
The first 15 consisted of Greenisland piling on tons of pressure, swiftly changing the ball from left to right, and a lot of movement on and off the ball, though nothing serious materialized but a few half chances and ambitious shots.
22nd got a foot on the accelerator and didn't hesitate letting Greenisland know who's back garden they were playing in , hitting them with numerous sliding tackles and a few cheeky studs. The best of the bunch coming from Jono 'Whyssssss Itttttt Naaatttt' Hamilton hitting the Greenisland Center Midfielder a tremendous tackle on the edge of the D as he lined himself up to crack one! This was soon stumped out by the ref when he produced his first of many yellow cards, Booking Smoochy 'No Knees' Bell for what I could only describe as a Rugby Tackle on the left back (He will be appear in the Court next Thursday on GBH with intent charges).
Big Matt and Nesbitt got down to business with the nitty gritty, breaking down the play, showing a superb display of strength and determination in the middle of the park.
Due to this, Greenisland quickly ran out of options going forward, resorting to the route 1 hoofing upfield to the wingers and strikers approach. A long ball was pumped forward beating both the 22nd defence and Greenisland attack, McCrudden shielded the ball from the lanky Peter Crouch Greenisland number 7 in attempts to let it run on out for a by-ball, but was pushed to the deck with the ball still a few yards in play. To his and the rest of the pitches confusion the ref awarded a corner kick. From the dodgy corner decision, a sensational curling ball was played in, landing and bobbling about the 22nd 6 yard box like a pinball machine, frantically players swung boots at it, bouncing back and forth like a game of table tennis, with the 22nd lads playing keepy-ups with it. It finally made its way to the 22nd goal line in which Dean 'The C Teamer' McCrudden flapped his arms like a seal, smacking the ball with a bitch slap breaking 1 of his new acrylic nails. The ref immediately pointing to the spot. Taunts of intimidation was shouted to the Greenisland penalty taker by Stephen 'The Tri-Pod' Brownlee as he stepped up in attempts to distract him. But no amounts of 'Aye yerr fucking shiiiite m8' and 'yer guna miss at ya fucking goat' was stopping him slot it in calmly to put Greenisland 1-0 up going into the break.
Both teams started the second half with unchanged squads. Greenisland starting the second half as they started the first with high tempo passing and a variety of attacks and attempts.
The first change of the day came shortly into the second half with Ryan Larkin, the youngest player on display today, proving age is only a number, getting subbed for Adam 'Swagmaster Fresh' Azzabi who surprisingly didn't go to Thompsons Garage on Friday night.
Swaggy quickly added some flare, pace and skill to the 22nd side with every touch aiming to go forward and take the game to the Greenisland defence, and his main objective to link up with Rossy 'Fair Dig A Break Wall' Douglas.
The Greenisland Number 7 was switched from the left flank to the right, were him and Silly Wimpson thought it out like Frampton vs Quigg in a battle of pace, strength and verbals. Simpson coming out the victor in this personal battle, showing the big man what the inside of his back pocket looked like. The number 7 was swiftly moved back over to the left flank in a tactical move.
Greenisland continuously hammered on the pressure, shifting it to 5th gear, lack of fitness levels from the 22nd boys was beginning to show, with the tackles becoming sloppy and wreckless. A Greenisland attack fell to their fat striker in the box were he nicely side stepped Jonny Monoploy who followed through with a shingaurd clashing tackle resulting in the ref quickly pointing to the spot for the second time and awarding the 3rd yellow card of the day. (If he pulled anymore cards out he would have got a Royal Flush). Up stepped the penalty taker this time sending Gibson the wrong way. 2-0 down, with a massive uphill pursuit, 22nd heads did not drop.
To keep pride intacked, attempts to chase the game and salvage a goal or 2, Luke 'Harry Styles' Murdoch who is no stranger of finding the back of the net was subbed on to accompany the lone striker Rossy, replacing Smoochy 'No Knees' Bell who appeared to have wore Emma's boots instead.
A pass was made to McCrudden that took it round the Greenisland winger, but bouncing awkwardly into the middle of the park in a 50/50 chest high position for him and the centre midlfield who both fiercely challenge. The ref blowing the whistle awarding Greenisland a free kick for high studs from McCrudden. Reaching into his pocket for a yellow McCrudden with his tail between his legs turned to walk off knowing it was lights out for him as we as already sitting on a yellow for a previous tripping. With only 10 or so minutes left to go, Big Party Marty shouted orders to his squad, signalling go 3 at the back.
I don't know the rest as I was in the shower getting my swingers tingled with Citrus Shower Gel. But, Apparently Greenisland scored a Ronaldinho against England in the World Cup type goal, a cross hitting the back of the net. To seal Greenisland 3-0 win and place in the next round.
Man of the Match - Steko Graham
Saturday 17th October 2015
Bdfl Div 2
22ndB 1-4 Willowbank ll
The game kicked of at Mallusk in greatr conditions. Straight away Willowbank settled into their passing game n forced an early free kick. The willowbank player lofted a free kick over the wall and what looked like a routine save for Lindores resulted in a fumble and somehow the ball finished up in the net 1-0.
Willowbank continued the pressure, moving the ball quickly and found some space down the 2's left, were their right winger got to the bye line and put in a dangerous cross which alluded the on rushing striker. But the 2's full back W.Simpson got himself in a bit of a tangle and must of thought he was at the other in and finished coolly into the corner of his own net 2-0.
The 2's rallied and Willowbank were lucky to keep 11 on the pitch when Shaw was on the receiving end of a horrible two footed tackle. When the ref took no action, even the watching pigeons were amazed.
Then 2 great chances fell to Murdough and Black only for them to miss the target.
Then just as 2's looked to be fighting back, willowbank scored just before the break to make it 3-0.
The 2nd half started brightly for 22nd but they couldn't break down the Willowbank defence.
The game became very scrappy and quite niggly with some heavy tackles going in from both teams. Willowbank got a free kick from the left and whipped it in. It alluded everyone and crept in at the back posted 4-0.
Then the 22nd brought on their secret weapon in the shape of W.Cheung in the no.10 roll. The Debuting Glover, sensing his prowess in front of goal, sent in a great cross and cheung, galloped in like a marauding wildebeast, tripped over himself at the back post with the ball bouncing of the top of his head it, completely wrong footed the keeper and nestled in the corner. 4-1.
After seeing that, the ref decided enough was enough and blew for full time.
C.Lindores S.Vance N.Martin D.Hunter W.Simpson M.Shaw D.Bell I.Black M.Mckeown J.Burrows L.Murdough
Subs. M.Chism D.Glover W.Cheung
Saturday, 10th October 2015
BDFL Div 2
22nd B 3-1 New Santos II
22nd B started very strong and easily could have been 4 up in the first 5 minutes of the game, Azzabi doing all sorts of trickery and giving them a terrible time.
We slowly let new Santos edge into the game who were just trying to get throw ins and fill the box with there very tall side.
With half time edging closer McKeown threw to Shaw, who floated an extremely dangerous ball over the new Santos defence and Ian blacks attempt at the header done enough to put the goal keeper off, with the ball finding the net 1-0 half time.
After the team talk at half time, we went back out knowing that we needed to stay strong and build from our first half performance.
Unfortunately McCrudden had a different plan, smashing a well connected strike straight into his own net!
New Santos were becoming increasingly dangerous and looking like they could get the win. Bell told Wimpson to stop the long throw because it wasn't working which he totaly ignored and Murdoch popped up back post with a goal from it. 2-1
Their 7ft player decided to stand on Bell while he lay on the ground who went absolutely daft and kicked four people before picking up a deserved yellow.
Pressure continued from new Santos. McCrudden and Hamilton had a wee barny and then Dean said sorry because he was in the wrong. To end off a great game smooch, the 9 year veteran of the twos, decided it was time to finish the game. Bang straight in the top beg! Game over 3-1
Lindores McCrudden Hamilton Martin Graham Azzabi Bell Shaw McKeown Murdoch black
Subs Silly Wimpson Millar R.Douglas
Saturday, 3rd October 2015
County Antrim Junior Shield 1st Round
22nd b v FC Moylena
22nd ob b had a tough first round tie in the junior shield v FC Moylena.
Bare in mind this was the B teams first time to enter junior competitions, we where by far the under dogs in this game. The game started of at high pace from moylena. Neil Herron's men had been instructed of the nature of Moylena's game play so Neil set the double two up to encounter their play. The first half finished 0-0 with both teams creating chances.
The 2nd half was much of the same. Neil had made one change at half time with McCrudden to right back for Graham which pushed Simpson onto the left and Vance onto left back .
Moylena where first to open the score, both teams battling hard 22nd had a tight game plan and stuck to it well after a few attacks from the left to right. 22nd were unlucky not to score. Neil made a good change with Simpson coming off for Azzabi, and later Murdoch came of the bench.
Murdoch equalised for 22nd with a great assist from Azzabi, who then went on to score himself. Moylena were shell shocked a few even said this old boys team are destroying us .
The game finished 2-1 to 22nd ob b
22nd B v Queens Olympic
11th April 2015
As the match was started in very blustery conditions, it effected the early play as both teams struggled to come to terms with the conditions. The 22nd took the lead when the impressive Matt Shaw flicked on a set piece and Darren Bell, from 20 yards, found the top corner with a well placed effort. 1-0.
A 2nd goal followed quickly with Shaw winning another header from a set play leaving Matthew Grainger with a tap in. 2-0
It didnt stay like that for long though, as a long ball over the centre back found the queens left winger in a lot of space. He drove forward and put a great ball into the box for the Queens striker to head home making it 2-1.
The game continued to be a very tight affair up until half time.
2nd half started with Queen's on the front foot but with Shaw and Grainger taking control in midfield and Stuart Bailie causing allsorts of problems from full back, the tide started to turn. A ball was not cleared properly by Queens and Bailie took a great touch then smashed the 22nds 3rd goal from 20 yards. 3-1.
Jacky Burrows, having come on for injured Bell, was then sent clear twice in quick succession only to see his 1st effort saved and drag his 2nd wide. Then having seemed out of it Queens had a speculative long range effort take a wicked bounce and with William Cheung spilling the ball, their striker tapped home to set up a nervy finish. 3-2.
The groundsmen will have their work cut out during the off-season to repair the huge divot after an attempted overhead kick from Shaw went wrong.
But just before the end, the ball broke to Burrows at the edge of the box and he redeemed himself for his earlier misses by blasting past the Queens keeper to wrap up a hard fought 4-2 victory and finishing of 2nd teams league campaign.
Cheung, Bailie, Neilly, Martin, Graham, Bell, Shaw (C), Grainger, Boobyer, Maxwell, Murdoch
SUBS: Simpson, Lindores, Wynne, Burrows
22nd B v Rock Athletic II
28th March 2015
Both teams took to the notorious Mallusk pitch 20 on a cloudy overcast day. It was a big game and a test of character and attitude for Neil Herrons men due to recent performances.
The game started off quite scrappy there was no real fluency or composure from either group of players with quite a lot of long direct balls. The first real chance came for 22nd as the ball fell to Luke Murdoch on the edge of the box which was deflected onto the post. And then shortly after 22nd won a free kick on the half way line, Nevin Martin lofted a teasing ball into the opposition penalty area which made its way to Lee Boobyer who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner, 1-0.
Rock Athletic's first real sight of goal came from a long ball witch wasn't dealt with by the 22nd defence which led to Jamie Gibson bringing down the Rock striker in the box, penalty. The penalty was cannoned of the post and it remained 1-0.
22nds second goal came from a move down the right hand side which then resulted in a throw, step up Willy Simpson, the right back threw a dangerous ball into the box which found its way to Luke Murdoch who swivelled at the far post and finished well 2-0.
The second half was a completely different game from the off. 22nd dominated possession and found space in the wide areas which created a host of chances for home side to further there lead but they lacked the finishing touch.
The 2's third goal came from a lovely over the top ball from Matt Shaw to Luke Murdoch who dispatched it well on the half volley, 3-0.
There was no real threat from rock athletic as the 22nd defence were composed and in control. 22nd continued to create and miss chances, it could have been double figures.
The next big moment of the game came when a Rock Athletic player seemed to land awkwardly on his arm and dislocate his shoulder. This then led to the referee blowing up early so that the player could take his time getting off the pitch. It was a professional job from Neil Herrons men but a bit of finishing practice wouldn't go a miss.
Queens Olympic v 22nd B
14th March 2015
It was a day to forget for Neil Herron and his squad as they slumped to a 4-1 defeat at Queens Olympic. Unlike the opposition, the 22nd started the game slowly. Queens first goal came from a set piece that was half cleared, only for the ball to be lumped back into the box. The Queens attacker turned Morris before slotting the ball past a helpless Gibson.
Bell came close to levelling ten minutes later with a well placed header only for the Queens keeper to be in fine form and push it to safety. Boobyer also had an opportunity. A half chance on his weaker side but opted to pull it back onto his right foot giving the oncoming defender a chance to clear it. The half ended 1-0.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Queens doubled their lead. A run down the right hand side saw the winger deliver a low cross along the box for a tap-in.
Matthew Grainger was introduced from the bench and immediately made an impact, giving other players around him a boost and an added bit of composure in midfield.
Baillie was brought on at right wingback with freed captain Simpson to push higher upfield and inject more pace into attacks. Grainger could have pulled a goal back for the 2's after 70 minutes, but his header from 6 yards whistled over the bar.
Queens grabbed a third with a sublime strike. Their right winger with another dynamic run, cut inside and thumped the ball into the top right corner. Nothing Gibson could do but pick the ball out of the net. Hamilton was replaced by McKeown having been booked earlier in the game.
Another couple of half chances fell to Grainger and Maxwell but neither could convert and the score remained 3-0. This was until a quick Queens counter seen yet another low cross put into the 2's net. 4-0.
Simpson, Shaw and Boobyer tried to lift the team, but the damage had been done. Grainger did however, manage to grab a late goal for the visitors, but it was merely a consolation goal. A horrible day for thee B team and manager Herron will be looking his boys to put this right in the return fixture. Good luck to Queens for their remaining games.
Gibson, Simpson, Morris, Martin, Shaw, Neilly, Hamilton, Nesbitt, Boobyer, Maxwell, Bell
SUBS: Graham, Grainger, Wynne, McKeown, Baillie
22nd B v St. Mary's II
28th February 2015
City of Belfast Playing Fields, Mallusk
On a cold, wet and windy day at Mallusk, 22nd B took on a youthful St. Mary's team. The visitors started the game very quickly with some outstanding football being played. They took the lead early on when a ball, from the right side, was crossed into the 2's box. Their striker tried to control it, but unfortunately it came of his shin and trickled into the corner of the 22nd net with nothing Jamie Gibson could do.
St. Mary's quickly doubled their advantage when a lack of concentration down the 22nd left hand side, let the right winger into the box where he coolly tucked the ball home to make it 0-2.
Some inspiring words where given by coach Herron at the interval, but it was St. Mary's who started the better. 22nd started to gradually come into the game more with some heavy, but fair tackleswhich unsettled the visiting team. 22nd won a free kick and Lee Boobyer whipped it into the area from the right hand side and Laurence Robinson was onhand to to head it into the net.
The equaliser soon followed. A throw in was launched long with Darren Bell heading it at goal, the keeper palmed it clear, but not out of danger. Luke Mudoch, fresh from an A team goal last week, knocked the ball into the net.
Controversy then arrived with 5 minutes to go. Bell was brought down inside the St. Mary's box and the referee pointed to the spot. Boobyer placed the ball and just as he was preparing to take strike, the referee changed his mind, pulling it back for a free kick.
The game faded out with both teams happy to share the points.
Gibson, Bailie, Passmore, Martin, Graham, Morris, Neilly, Robinson, Boobyer, Simpson, Bell
Subs: Nesbitt, Berry, Murdoch