2019/20SAFL Div 1
SAFL Div 1
Saturday 8th February 2020
Safl Div 1
22nd Old Boys lll 1-0 Newtown Forest lll
The 2s were back to league action and a must 3 points required to extend their lead at the top. The game kicked with a gale blowing but the 2s were on the front foot and quickly put pressure on the forest defence. So much so their defender tried to play the ball across the penalty area were he found TOMMY BELL who said thanks very much and tapped the ball into the net 1nil 22nd. The 2s continued to pass the ball at will giving the forest players the run around but when it came to the 18 poor passing and shooting kept it 1 nil at HT.
Team talk was simple use the wing backs more get the crosses in and goals will come. Second half started much the same with the 2s controlling the game but some players were hogging the ball. The Grupenfuher bBaffer let the players no he wanted quicker passing to open up the newtown defence who were camped in there 18. With the score still 1 nil the 2s made a sub taking off that's my boy Larkin and replacing him with Irvine 5 mins later still no joy the 2s made a double substitution coming off Tommy -Eddie and coming on Adams-Megarry. Coming on to add a bit off pace. But on 70 mins seedsy picked up a yellow 5 mins later 2nd yellow so down to 10 men the 2s had to change shape. So with 20 minutes to go and with 10 men the 2s saw out the game very well and got those 3 valuable points.
J.O'Grady N.Martin S.Bell D.Hunter C.McBride R.Larkin M.Seeds M.Davies E.Gilmore S.Wilson T.Bell
Subs M.Irvine J.Adams S.Megarry.
Saturday 1st February 2020
Bootle St 0-1 22nd Old Boys lll
The message was simple from coach Baffer nothing but 3pts would do and nothing to be left on pitch 100 percent effort and commitment was required by all players. Grupenfurher coach baffer decided 3-5-2 it was a gamble as the 2s usually go 4-4-2 but he had a plan. The match kicked off in windy condition and both teams found it hard to get the ball down and string 2 passes together. But it was the 2s who had the 1st chance when the ball was played down the right and as it was crossed over "glory hunter ADAMS" stretched for it but the ball hit the crossbar that was the closes the 2s came in the 1st half, ht0-0.
Team talk was simple get the ball down and pass it dont be playing there football by just lumping it. Second half started with the 2s passing and moving and on 60mins the 2s got the goal they deserved. Lovely passing down the right which ended up in the ball being squared to Wilson who controlled it just outside the box, wallop the ball flew into the corner off the net, 1-0 22nd. Bootle St tryed hard to break down the 2s but hunter, bell and martin were standing firm. On 80mins Bootle St thought they had scored when a cross found there striker whose header was heading into the corner off the net but NO SURRENDER JOE was having none off it and tipped it round the post for me 1 off the best saves ive seen (high praise indeed from the Grupenfurher. Ft Bootle St 0-1 22nd Old Boys lll
J.OGrady N.Martin(c) S.Bell D.Hunter M.Irvine C.McBride M.Seeds D.Watters J.Parkinson J.Adams S.Wilson⚽️
C.Bradford G.Watson L.McCready.
Saturday 18th January 2020
Safl Div 1
Bootle St 2-2 22nd Old Boys lll
Woodvale Park was the venue for 1st v 2nd in the league, the 2s knew a win would put them in control off the league. The whistle blew with bootle hitting a long ball into the 2s box but was easily picked up by Joe. His long kick saw it bounce over the defenders head were Jay ran unto as it bounced again and the keeper coming he calmly nicked it over his head and into the net, 1 nil great start. The 2s continued to control the game and it wasn't long before they made it 2 again the goal scorer Jay. Bootle didn't no what hit them and there defence was all over the place, another long kick by Joe sent Jay away again but at the final moment his legs got tangled up. 5mins later he was through on goal again but screwed his shot wide off the post. 10mins before half time Spencer broke into the box and was brought down ref awarded a penalty up stepped Spencer to take the kick only for the keeper to save but it came straight back to him but the ball got stuck under his feet and he poked the ball toward goal but the keeper saved with his feet, ht 2-0.
The 2s had to make there 1st sub as beller had to come off a reshuffle in defence and the 2s were ready. The 2nd half started with bootle pressing looking for a goal to get them back into the game and they got it terrible marking saw the bootle player have a free header, 2-1 and game on. That inspired bottle st and they continued to attack but were leaving gaps at the back.Another bottle attack saw Joe pull off a wonder save 5 mins later another save With 20mins to go Spencer got injured enter the fray TEAM FEE PAY MCCOMISH. With the 2s clinging onto there lead as bottle attacked but were kept at bay by Joe in the 2s net with 10 to go a long throw into the 2s box and there was a bootle player to put it in, 2-2. The 2s held on for the point and still top off the league.
Team J.OGrady N.Martin S.Bell C.Mcbride C.Bradford M.Seeds D.Watters Spence J.Rowan M.Irvine J.Meikle
Subs T.McComish G.Watson L.McCready
Saturday 11th January 2020
22nd Old Boys lll 2-3 Fc United ll
Because off injuries and players unavailable, the 2s had to go for youth players in this match and they didn't disappoint. Young James Hegan making his debut for the seniors. The match kicked off and the young 2s settled straight away passing and shouting at the senior players. But on 18mins Fc took the lead a stupid tackle from Spencer resulted in a free kick 30 yards out, as the player hit into the box everyone moved out off the way and it found the net! terrible defending and goal. That's the way it stayed till half time, 1-0 Fc United
The team talk was simple senior players needed to buck up there ideas, they couldn't leave it all to the kids. 2nd half started and the 2s drew level great strike by lindores 1-1. But within 3mins fc took the lead another stupid goal, 2-1. Then 2mins after that another great strike by lindores made it 2-2. The 2s were on top but fell a sleep with 15mins to go, a throw to the fc player who imo was a cross flew over leckeys head into the top corner 3-2 ft. A very unlucky result but on a positive note great to see the young players again showing their potential and pressing through into senior football.
C.Leckey N.Martin S.Bell D.Hunter C.Lindores D.Watters Spence L.McCready D.Hydeman J.Hegan C.Bradford.
J.OGrady D.Karim J.Close
Saturday 14th September 2019
22nd Old Boys lll 3-3 Bootle Street
As usual no ref for this game as bootle were there away they ref it . We all new it was going to a long 90mins playing against 12 men. Game kicked off with both teams playing 90 mile an hour football but not stringing 2 passes together. The 2s settled 1st and with fractured foot Wilson up front it was only time before they scored and on 15mins Wilson ran from his own half and slotted the ball passed the keeper, 1 nil. The 2s continued to press forward looking for the 2nd they nearly got it when Wilson controlled the ball outside the box before trying to curl it into the top corner, but it was inches wide. 5mins later the 2s put the ball in the net when Wilson broke clear down the right his low cross found the in coming Pea to tap the ball in but the ref gave outside W.D.F. Then on 35mins with the 2s defence calling for off side even the striker new he was at least 10yards offside stopped but with no whistle he hit the ball into the net, 1-1 HT.
2nd half started with the 2s pressing forward and on 60mins Wilson grabbed his 2nd goal off the game. 5mins later it was 3-1 baby toots on the score sheet. It was all 22nd and on 70mins Meikle won another tackle drove forward then played a lovely ball down the line were irvine crossed and Wilson using every neck muscle got his head to it only for the ball to go inches wide. Then 10 mins off questionable refereeing, when the bootle forward hit the ball straight at the 2s defender who was 2yards away ref gave pen 3-2. 5mins later McBride hit the ball out as Meikle was lying in the box in agony instead off throwing the ball back as it was kicked out as a player was injured they threw the ball into the box were it was met by there striker who headed it into the net, 3-3, sportsmanship at its best. With the clock ticking away to 47mins coach larkin asked ref how long he going to play or was it goal the winner ? He replied the match on the other pitch started the same as ours and they are still playing fair point but i told him, but they were playing a cup game and they were playing extra time ! oh i didn't no, there line shouting there's 7mins left coach larkin lost it, it was now 52mins played when the ref blew 3-3.
C.Leckey J.Dunwoody C.McBride D.Hunter D.Watters R.Spence J.Meikle M.Irvine J.Parkinson S.Wilson A.Patterson
Subs N.Fitzsimons W.Devlin L.McCready
Saturday 7th September 2019
S.A.F.L DIV 1
Knocktonagh ll 2-3 22nd Old Boys lll
The 2s started their league campaign with a very young side apart from "TEAM FEE PAY McCOMISH". The 2s kicked off the match and within 2mins were 1 nil up, a threw ball by fitzsy found bell who got to the ball before the keeper and tapped into the net great start, 1-0. The 2s continued to go forward but every time a ball was played through they were offside main culprit, bell who must have been offside at least 20 times in the 1st half. The boys worked hard to get a second but both teams cancelled each other out to the half, 1-0 22nd HT.
The 2nd half started with the 2s going forward but like the 1st half always offside ! This time it was Irvine must have swapped shirts with bell lol. But on 55 mins they did break clear down the right when McBride ran clear with the keeper coming out McBride chipped him for a cheeky goal to make it 2 nil. 5mins later it was 3 nil, whiteside with the goal. The 2s were in total control and made changes but with 20mins to go knocktonagh scored, 3-1. The 2s continued to go forward and created chance after chance. This half bell managed to stayed onside but must have missed at least half a dozen clear goal chances. With 10mins left another mistake and the score 3-2 now, but the 2s seen out the last 10mins to claim the 3 points on the opening day of the season.
C.Leckey C.Bradford D.Miller McComish C.Mcbride M.Irvine K.McBride C.Whiteside N.fitzsimons A.Patterson T.Bell
Subs S.Pollock C.Moore A.Dougan.