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Saturday 18th January 2020
Nafl Div 2C 
The Grove 

Rooftop 1-2 22nd Old Boys 

After last weeks good point v Newhill at home we travelled to the Grove to play our North Belfast rivals Roodtop. These games are always a battle and tight games. We started like a house on fire last week but this week we were very slow of the mark and Rooftop capitalized to strike early. Some rank poor defending saw the ball looped into the far corner and Rooftop take a 1-0 lead. Rooftop continued on top but we weathered the early pressure and started to grow into the game. Big Stevie with a nice cushioned header went through but shot wide. A corner was headed narrowly wide by Jason and Denver cutting inside shot straight at the keeper. Smooch showing some silky touches (yes that hurt me to say) chipped over the defender spun around him but his volley was well saved by the Rooftop keeper. Their keeper then picked up a back pass giving us an indirect free kick at a tight angle. Boobs decided to chip it to the back post to try and pick out the lurcher who's heading ability is second to none. But he over cooked the cross and yes you did detect a note of sarcasm 🤦‍♂️ still don't know what he was thinking 🤔 As the half wore on the game became more of a battle and both sides created very little. ,But Roodtop from a free kick did test Cheung who saved well to tip it round the post. Think the dive was for the cameras 😂. Ref brought the half to a close at 1-0 Rooftop and a very disappointing 22nd team.

The message at half time was get in the pocket and hurt them there and  in the channels. Again the battle commenced with both sides fighting for the upper hand. With not much changing 22nd made a move changing round a few players. This worked almost immediately as a long throw from The Lurcher was flicked on and Graeme rose at back post to head home, 1-1 and richly deserved. This gave the boys a lift and we pressed Rooftop putting them under allsorts of pressure. From another lurcher throw Beattie near git his head taken of the ball rebounded back and Graeme smashed the ball into the roof of the net to put us 2-1 up. Some might say a tactical strike of genius, managerial master class 👀😂. Nothing more than we deserved. The midfield in particular were very good, with Jordan, Jason and Denver working hard closing down. Towards the end we came under expected pressure but our goal wasn't really threatened. We seen out the remaining minutes to take a much needed 3 points. 

W.Cheung W.Simpson D.Bell L.Beattie D.Larkin J.McKimm D.Brown J.Quinn L.Boobyer S.Wilson

G.Carson J.Hegan B.Butler

Saturday 11th January 2020

NAFL Div 2C 

22nd Old Boys 2-2 Newhill

We started of 2020 with a home tie against high flying Newhill. We came outta the blocks quickly but Newhill creating the first opportunity. They got in behind us down our right but Cheung made a good save down to his left. We went straight up the other end winning a corner. Ball was cleared but back to Boobs who delivered a great cross for Graeme who 4 yards out done his best to miss the header, heading straight at the keeper but he was a good yard behind the line, 1-0 22nd within minutes the hard working Crooksy whipped in a super cross from the right (once in a lifetime cross from him 🤣) Clarke met it, heading home beautifully, 2-0 22nd, what a start. The question was could we go on and extend our lead ? Newhill started to settle down and passed the ball well. But Clarke released through the middle looked to have been brought down for a penalty ! No ref waved the appeals away I must say it looked a complete stone waller but that's football. Newhill had their own appeal and again the ref waved play away. We looked quite assured when Smooch got his air kicks outta the way 🤦‍♂️Newhill retained possession well but we defended well and always looked dangerous on the break. With Crooksy and Clarkes pace causing allsorts of problems. A late challenge by Crooksy started a bit of handbags and saw him booked. We looked to see out the half but Newhill were upping the pressure and their centre midfielder broke through the middle, he was sandwiched in the box, penalty! Up stepped Patrick to beat Cheung to make it 2-1 right on the half time whistle. 

Second half saw an even start to the half with Newhill trying to break down the 22nd and us trying to hit them on the break. Both teams huffed and puffed but created very little of note. It wasn't to 20 mins to go that a nice through ball saw Newhill right winger in behind the full back and his low cross was smashed into the roof of the net, 2-2. Newhill had been ramping up the pressure and looked like getting a winner. But a few changes and some good old fashioned battle saw us get a foothold I'm the game and create a few chances. Clarke raced through on the right but took his shot a bit early blazing over. Minutes later cutting across the box he looked to have been bundled over but no joy from the ref. We thought we were getting the winner when Jordan cut in from the left and smashed a right footed effort towards the far top corner. It had goal all over it until the Newhill keeper made a cracking save. With both teams tiring and Stein pulling his hamstring we were effectively down to 10 men, a draw was probably a fair result. Newhill had the lions share of pocession but we had the better chances.

W.Cheung  W.Simpson D.Bell L.Beattie G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Quinn A.Crooks G.Irvine L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon 

J.McKimm J.Rowan
Saturday 28th December 2019
Clarence Mayes Cup 2nd rd
22nd Old Boys 0-4 Ballywalter Rec 

Our last game of the calendar year saw us against 1B side in a very difficult fixture. We started brightly and worked very hard to close them down. Clarke played through reached the ball just before the keeper, but as he tried to lift it over him the keeper got just enough on it to deflect it wide. We were right on the game until a speculative shout crept through Cheungs legs, 1-0. Minutes later it was 2 when for some reason rather than dive Cheung tried to tackle a shot, missed it and it crept in. Two very uncharacteristic and poor mistakes saw us 2-0 down at the break which we didnt deserve. 

Second half we came out and worked hard but unfortunately we were undone through the middle and a decent finish saw us 3-0 down. We continued with our game trying to work hard and believe but another mistake cost us another goal. Smooch trying to play out saw a poor pass intercepted by Ballywalter who were through and scored to make it 4-0. We kept trying with some players putting in a real shift, but it was a day of mistakes that cost us. Though positive from this is it shakes off the break and turkey. Which will help us in games to come.

W.Cheung D.Bell L.Beattie J.Rowan D.Larkin W.Simpson S.Vance J.Burrows J.McKimm J.Quinn Clarke.Bacon 

J.McAuley M.McAllister

Saturday 7th December 2019

Junior Shield 4th round (Europe)
Bann Road 

Castlewellan Town 5-0 22nd Old Boys 

We travelled down to Castlewellan with a place in last 16 of Junior Shield at stake. Unfortunately we went with a depleted squad due to various reasons. Castlewellan started off well and put us under early pressure on their very small pitch. A mistake in centre midfield saw them break through and a cracking finish into far top corner made it 1-0. Minutes later it was two when a Castlewellan free kick was floated to the back post, Gary ran onto it and volleyed superbly into his own top corner ! What a strike pity it was in the wrong net ! Crooksy had an opportunity but fell over it allowing the chance to slip away. Castlewellan got a third with some really poor defending allowed their CM to put one into the far top corner. Our misery continued when the struck home a fourth in a completely dominant first half. Cheung made a good save to keep it at four. 

Half time saw Kirker loose the plot a bit after one of the worst halves of football he ever witnessed. The referee was having a complete nightmare but we were awful. 

Second half showed us show some fight and a slightly better performance. Cheung made a good save from a free kick before he was deceived for their fifth by a curling free kick. We kept plugging away and a very poor refereeing decision led to Crooksy getting a second yellow and being dismissed. We made all our changes giving both U19 subs plenty of minutes. Denver had a header just over, should really have scored. From a corner Jamie on his first team debut had a great opportunity but missed his header. The ball fell for Jay 4 yards out, net at his mercy, but he managed to blast the ball high over the bar. Think it beat us back to Belfast. We got what we deserved today from a very poor performance.

W.Cheung G.Gillespie A.McCrea L.Beattie W.Simpson J.McKimm D.Brown A.Crooks S.Vance L.Boobyer R.Douglas 

S.Megarry J.McAuley J.Rowan

Saturday 30th November 2019
Cochrane & Corry Cup 2nd rd 
22nd Old Boys 2(2-2)5 Portavogie Rangers AET 

We hosted 2A side Portavogie in the second round of the C&C cup. On the back of a few good results the boys confidence was high. We started strong and Graeme winning a challenge allowed Crooksy through, from the angle he shot over. Minutes later some more good 22nd play saw a cross fizzed across the Portavogie box. Crooksy tried to direct it goal wards but missed his kick and the chance was gone. But we kept up the pressure and eventually got our rewards. Jordan burst through the midfield onto the ball messed his first shot up but when the ball came back to him a sweeter strike you wont see. He biffed it into the top corner from the edge of the box with the keeper rooted to the spot, 1-0 22nd and at this stage we could have been 3 up ! A few murmurs went round the ground that Stein dosnt have that in his locker 😂 Portavogie started to find their way into the game and a floated free kick to our back post was headed goal bound but Cheung reacted superbly to save well. Portavogie won a free kick right on the edge of our box. The big centre back for Portavogie smashed the free kick straight down the middle, it was destined for Cheungs ever expanding belly but Beattie decided to stick his toe in it and deflect it over Chenu and into the net, 1-1. The game became pretty even and turned into a good hard battle. Towards the end of the half we had a free kick onto our right wing. As it was crossed to the back post Crooksy was basically wrestled to the ground in the box. 22nd cries for a penalty were unbelievably waved away by the ref. The half closed out 1-1 with all to play for. 

We were forced into a change at half time bringing of Beattie, moving Jordan to CB and putting Stein on in CM. Second half saw us come out with the belief we could get a result. We continued to work very hard and pressed Portavogie all over the pitch and they in turn done the same to us. Lurcher chasing back a Portavogie striker was to strong for him winning the shoulder to shoulder battle but amazingly the ref pointed to the spot. This exasperated us after he didnt give us a nailed on penalty before the break. Their striker made no mistake with a very well taken penalty, 2-1 Portavogie. Earlier in the season we probably would have folded but not now with our new found self belief we continued the fight battling for every ball. We were forced into another change when Graeme hurt his knee (he squealed like a baby) and was replaced with his brother. Denver's energy in the middle of the park drove us on and we eventually got our reward when Boobs was on hand to miskick us level 😂 2-2. Back came Portavogie and a great effort saw Cheung make a good save for the cameras 😉 . Things started to get a bit tasty and both sides battled to the final whistle to try and find the winner. So it finished all square and extra time loomed. 

As the match finished both sides battled away with not much being created. As the first period drew to a close their striker rolled our defender and fired a nice finish past Cheung to make it 3-2. We tried to get back in it but our fitness was starting to drop off and we were second to a lot of balls.

The second period began and we tried to push on to get the equaliser which left us open to the counter attack. Which to Portavogies credit they used very well to score a fourth and effectively kill the tie. To our credit we didnt just sit and accept it we kept trying but again on the break they got a 5th right at the death. A hard one for us to take as we battled so well but a lot of positives to take onto out next game. 

W.Cheung W.Simpson D.Bell L.Beattie G.Gillespie J.McKimm D.Brown A.Crooks D.Larkin L.Boobyer G.Irvine

S.Vance M.Irvine N.Mawhinney
Saturday 23rd November 2019
Nafl Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 3-2 Suffolk Swifts 

After a week of rain the Belfast pitches were in doubt for today but our pitch as always was in great nick. Bit of forking and relined it was ready to go. The boys after last weeks great result when Neil Herron guided them through the 3rd rd of the Junior Shield were in great spirits and up for today's game. The game started very fast and within minutes Clarke had wriggled free and fired a great goal bound effort from the edge of the box. Unfortunately the Suffolk keeper tipped it over at full stretch. At the other end Suffolk through shot tamely straight at Cheung. The pocket was the key and Crooksy broke onto a loose ball there and only for a poor touch which cost him a run in goal. Denver next done the same and saw his shot saved. At the other end saw Suffolk through but a thunderous shot thankfully hit Cheung in his expansive belly 😂 which made it stick. Our midfield was all over the Suffolks like a rash. Crooksy, Dean, Jordan and Denver harassed, tackled and passed them outta the game. Allowing Boobs and Clarke the freedom to drive the the defence. Clarke cut in lined it up and from 25 yards sent a wicked, swirling, dipping shot goal bound. It look for all the world it would break the net but no it near broke the bar. Last 10 minutes of the half were all 22nd, we completely dominated midfield and had numerous ping pong chances in the Suffolk box but just didn't get that slice of luck to find the net, 0-0 HT.

Second half saw Suffolk make a few tactical switches to try and stop our midfield. The game was quite evenly poised with both sides going at it, end to end. Suffolk missed a good chance and so did we. A 22nd corner led to another scramble in the Suffolk box. Big Smooch was kicked, down he went and result ? Penalty ! Up stepped Clarke to beat the diving keeper to make it 1-0. We took complete control and started to knock the ball about. Nothing typified this more than our second goal. Ball picked up by Gary at left back, passed through the midfield, down the left, big switch to the right by Clarke to the on rushing Dean who smashed the ball across the 6 yard towards the back post. Boobs meets it, controls it and finishes coolly, 2-0 22nd and a great team goal. Suffolk had their wee striker sent off for dissent, so down to 10. That would be that you would think ? But no Suffolk showing some great desire and got them back in the game when their big centre forward a hand full all day created havoc in our box. The result, it fell to one of their players who fired past Cheung into the far corner, 2-1. Minutes later they were level ! A nice break and a very good cross picked out their big striker who unmarked headed home to make it 2-2. Sometimes 10 men galvanise and dig deep, Suffolk certainly done that. We made our changes taking off the hard working Crooksy, Boobs and Dean. A change of shape and we were back in control. Denver bursting through from midfield drove a shot just wide with the keeper beaten. A cross to the back post saw Smooch 4 yards out, free header and he tried the diving header unbelievable over the bar. Terrible miss 😂. But we didn't stop and won a free kick on the left. 1 minute left when Gary swung it to the back post, up lept big Jay to head into the roof of the net ! 3-2 22nd, que mayhem. We kept our cool for the last seconds to get a well earned victory. 

W.Cheung W.Simpson D.Bell L.Beattie G.Gillespie J.McKimm D.Brown A.Crooks D.Larkin L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon.

G.Irvine S.Megarry J.Rowan

Saturday, 16th November 2019

Toals County Antrim Junior Shield

Third Round


22nd Old Boys 3-2 Carryduff Athletic

W.Cheung S.Megarry L.Beattie D.Bell G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Brown W.Simpson A.Crooks L.Boobyer C.Bacon

SUBS: J.Rowan D.Hyndman D.Larkin

Saturday 2nd November 2019
NAFL Div 2C 

22nd Old Boys 6-0 Whitehead Eagles 

After a night of heavy rain the pitch was actually in superb condition having been cut and rolled on Wednesday. The boys were quick outta the blocks with Clarke away only to see his shot saved by the keeper. Minutes later and this time he saw his shot just over the bar. All 22nd and Whitehead absolutely no answer to us. Boobs had the freedom of the pitch and was picking through balls at will. It was he who sent Clarke through again this time he got a bit if luck and his shot over the keeper deflected onto post by defender but found the net, 1-0 22nd and richly deserved. A great run down right and a superb cross by Clarke put it on a plate for Crooksy. 2 yards out with the net at his mercy he managed to Crooksy it and smash it out for a throw in. Yes you read right a throw in ! Miss of the century 🙈. Whitehead got a free kick on the halfway and a miss match saw Boobs marking the tallest player on the pitch. He got his head to it but Cheung managed to shift his belly diving to his left pushed it round the post. The wee scare seemed to shake us a little and we started to dominate the game again. Although the football was not as good as last week we were creating chances at will. Clarke hitting the post with the keeper beaten, header just over and goal mouth scramble or two kept the score 1-0. HT came at 1-0 and a frustrated 22nd team came off the pitch. 

Second half saw us start well and putting Whitehead under loads of pressure. It wasn't long before Clarke cutting inside reversed his shot from the edge of the box into the near corner, 2-0. A collective sigh of relief went up and we seemed to relax into the game and continued to press. Keeper made a top save from Clarke that was destined for the top corner. From the resulting corner Beattie kept highest and planted the header home to make it 3-0. It was then Boobs turn to cut inside and he drilled a shot past the keeper but again off the woodwork, no luck at all. Crooksy was sent clear with a deft back heel from Denver and his shot saved by the impressive keeper rebounded off Crooksy and in, 4-0. Some were saying an own goal depends how many pints he's buying 🤣. Colin only on the pitch after falling over a through ball (touch like a donkey) saw a great effort superbly tipped onto the bar and scrambled away (4 times we hit the woodwork). After a tactical bit if magic by Kirker moving Boobs to the left, he burst through and slotted home to get a much deserved goal to make it 5-0. Denver should have scored after a scramble left him with a great opportunity, but no he decided to hit a tame back pass to the keeper. Stein was then hooked to allow young Dougie on at 16 years old. A speculative shot from 40 yards saw hungover Cheung turn to get the ball as he assumed it was over, no! It landed on the cross bar 🙈. Just time for Clarke to be played through, he steadied himself before finishing superbly to make it 6-0 22nd and a much needed victory. 

W.Cheung S.Megarry L.Beattie D.Bell G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Brown W.Simpson A.Crooks L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon 

G.Carson A.Dougan C.Beattie
Saturday 26th October 2019
Nafl Div 2C 
St Genevieve's school
Suffolk Swifts 2-0 22nd Old Boys 

After last weeks win in Junior Shield we returned to league action against a tough physical side in Suffolk. We started very well and put them under a lot of pressure by holding procession and knocking it about. Early pressure from us led to several corners which Suffolk to their credit defended very well. They in turn looked very dangerous on the break but the back four played them very well. Crooksy done well down either flank and the midfield dictated play. Then wouldnt you know it a mix up at the back saw a loose pass to Suffolk striker who absolutely buried it into the far top corner, 1-0 Suffolk and against the run of play. Suffolk switched their shape but We kept up the pressure and Clarke running at their defence had them in bother. One of his runs resulted in the ball breaking to Gary who saw his curling shot saved by the Suffolk keeper. We kept playing from the back and holding possession but couldnt find that equaliser before the break, 1-0 HT.

Halftime we talked about the positivity of our football and the fact we had met the physical challenges and to stick to our principles. We started again as we left off loads of ball and playing very well. Denver, Stein and Boobs working hard in middle and holding possession bringing our wide players into the game. A 22nd free kick looked destined for the net only to see it flick off the Suffolk wall and over. Crooksy was getting alsorts of joy down the right and won a series of corners and throws in dangerous areas. A long throw from willie was headed just over by Beattie  a corner from Stein was headed just wide by Smooch. Could we force an equalizer ? Answer was no, against the run a Suffolk corner saw us out muscled and a stooping Suffolk player headed home to make it 2-0, heart breaking as we were playing so well. But to our credit we fought on putting them under pressure right to the final whistle. Cheung was forced into a good save but we couldnt find a way past a well marshalled Suffolk defence. Full time 2-0 we deserved at least a point, but some positive, possession football which was pleasing. 

W.Cheung W.Simpson D.Bell L.Beattie G.Gillespie J.Burrows D.Brown S.Vance L.Boobyer A.Crooks Clarke Bacon 

C.Henry D.Larkin 
Saturday 19th October 2019
Junior Shield 2nd rd (Europe)
Londonderry park 
Comber Star 2-4 22nd Old Boys 

After last weeks disaster v Kesh we needed to put that behind us and massively improve our game. We started very well pressing Comber all over the pitch, forcing them into mistakes. Clarke chased keeper down and nutmegged him, 1-0 22nd. Great start ! Looking good going forward could we press on ? No we decided to defend like idiots again. Caught ball watching the Comber striker had an easy header to make it 1-1. We started to lump it and looked really poor all over the pitch. Comber sensed an opportunity and put us under some pressure, a lot of it our own doing. Cheung was forced into a decent save. Then after a frustrating 30 minutes we actually twigged and started to play. A great driving run by Stein saw him stand cross up an Denver headed home, 2-1. Could we press on ? Yes this time we worked the ball well and another cross met by Denver who finished calmly , 3-1. We now started to look comfortable and looked like we would take the game forward and win convincingly. The half came to a close with us up 3-1. 

Half time the team got a few home truths and a change in formation. We came out the second half and actually looked like a proper football team. We held possession, moved the ball well, manoeuvred Comber around and as a result started to create openings. Some very questionable decisions from a very poor ref stopped us scoring earlier. But a lovely fourth goal came when we worked the ball from back to front, through the midfield and Clarke finishing smartly, 4-1. At this stage we were coasting, but a few heafty challenges going unpunished by the ref ruined the game. He subsequently gave Comber a soft penalty which a blind man seen coming. They despatched it into the corner, 4-2. Jamie Parkinson got his first team debut and done well a but unfortunate with a couple of speculate efforts. We continued to move the ball well throughout the rest of the game and Crooksy saw a shot hit the post and the keeper make a good save to deny him. With Clarke and Denver both looking hatricks, the ball just wouldnt fall for them. So it wasnt to be for either but we finished the game strongly and put ourselves into the 3rd round were we travel to Carryduff Athletic from the Newcastle league. A big thank you to Comber for their hospitality after the game and we hope to return the favour some time.

W.Cheung D.Larkin G.Carson D.Bell G.Gillespie S.Vance L.Beattie D.Brown L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon S.Wilson 

J.Parkinson J.Rowan A.Crooks
Saturday 12th October 2019
IFA Junior Cup 2nd rd (Europe)
22nd Old Boys 0-9 NFC Kesh 

After our convincing 1st round win we found ourselves at home against a very good Kesh side coming up from Fermanagh. Pitch in great condition saw us start of quite well until we conceded a poor goal from a corner my wee girl could have cleared. We then lost our centre back through injury as our youth coaches didnt listen about his game management ! Kesh got a second and third mid way through the half more poor defending. It looked like a tanking was on the cards as they were to good all over the pitch. Denver clumsy in box resulting in a penalty which Cheung saved well diving to his left. But Kesh added a fourth just before the break amid more brutal defending, 4-0 HT. 

Boys went out the second half and Kesh kept up the pressure scoring to be fair some very good goals. But at this stage we had given up ! I think they got 3 from rebounds from our keeper saving and us being to slow to react. At times we tried to keep to our principles by passing the ball and working it through midfield but to many times our tough let us down. Kesh were at this stage enjoying it and ran in another two goals to wrap up a comfortable afternoon for them and a poor, embarrassing one for us. 
Onto next week away to Comber in Junior Shield (Uefa) 

W.Cheung D.Larkin G.Carson D.Bell J.Rowan G.Gillespie S.Vance L.Beattie D.Brown Clarke Bacon A.Crooks 

L.Boobyer J.Dunwoody G.Irvine 

Saturday, 5th October 2019




22nd Old Boys 0-6 Realta


With Coach Kirker Away, Brian Scott and Neil Herron we’re left with the reigns. Unfortunately for the pair, it was a Saturday afternoon were shopping with the wives would’ve been more memorable.


The game started with 22nd causing problems all over the pitch. Unfortunately, it was problems for themselves. And it didn’t take long for a costly one when a Realta corner was parried into the 22nd net by the home teams keeper with little pressure from the visitors. 1-0 Realta.


22nd could’ve and should’ve had the opportunity to equalise when a clear hand ball in the box, above head height was missed by the referee.

Not too long later, the Realta right winger made mugs of the 22nd left hand side before forcing the ball across the 22nd box for a tap in and Realta’s second. 2-0.

Despite the managements instructions, the high press wasn’t being used effectively and with sammy tucking in, Crooksy was continually forced back by the Realta left winger for the majority of the half therefore allowing Realta to start many attacks through playing there way out from the back. Once the 22nd players decided to listen to the voices from the sideline, their performance started in improve.

Realta pushed to half time and increased their lead further with another 2 resulting in a 4-0 scoreline at the break.


The second half started with 22nd seeing more of the ball but failing to create anything of note.


Then a moment of madness. With realta getting into the box, sammy fouled their forward. The referee pointed to the spot and unfortunately for Megarry, issued the red card. Penalty realta, Goal realta. 5-0.


A superb run down the line and into the box from Crooksy, saw him pull the ball back to Clarke 12 yards out, and with the goal at his mercy, fired the ball over the trees and down into the Glen. 22nd’s best phase of the game wasted.


Realta pushed on and grabbed a 6th against the 22nd’s 10 men and the game finished 6-0.

An improved second half, but there was no comeback from that awful first 45 minutes. A very much deserved 3 points from Realta.


Into Europe next week as the first team host NFC Kesh from the Fermanagh and Western first division in the Junior Cup third round in what is sure to be another extremely difficult tie.


Cheung, Megarry, Bell, Rowan, Gillespie, Vance, L. Beattie, Boobyer, Crooks, D. Larkin, Bacon SUBS Carson, Brown, Michael Irvine
Saturday 28th September 2019
Nafl Div 2C 

Whitehead Eagles 2-2 22nd Old Boys 

Another away fixture and the last of our long journeys. In the bright sunshine we looked to continue our unbeaten run and maybe convert a few chances to take 3 points. We started like a house on fire, chasing and catching out the Whitehead back four. Crooksy getting in behind and Dean on the other side causing alsorts of problems. 22nd pressure led to a hand ball inside the box, penalty ! After last weeks miss Clarke showed some maturity to step up and slot home the spot kick, 1-0 22nd. We continued to pop the ball about and create half chances. At the other end a rare foray into 22nd final third saw Cheung make a comfortable save. A lovely through ball released Clarke through the middle but he just hesitated allowing the defender to make the tackle. 22nd had a succession of corners which we should have converted at least one but for woeful finishing. Clarke drove at the defence and saw his shot from distance go wide of the far post. The game got a bit scrappy which suited Whitehead and they saw out the half at 1-0 to 22nd.

Second half saw us perform poorly, giving the ball away, poor final pass and even worse finishing. But we were still the better side and looked the more likely to score. Then wouldnt you know disaster ! A harmless ball was let run by the 22nd defence and Whitehead had a tap in ! Terrible defending ! 1-1 and not what they deserved. Whitehead grabbed a second after another horrendous mistake. Stein called the ball on the right completely missed it and through went the Whitehead striker to cross for his partner 2-1 Whitehead. Changes made we pressed and pressed. More chances squandered until a short corner was crossed by Stein, Beattie met it beautifully to head home, 2-2. Still time for a winner and we poured forward looking one. Jay on up front went through on goal but unfortunately didnt know if he was gonna eat it or cross it and sliced wide. Graeme cut inside and it looked like he had found the far top corner only for the keeper to make a great stop. A clever free kick by Gary sent Clarke through but a tremendous block by the Centre back kept the scores level. That was that the ref decided and another poor draw on our travels. Though taking the positive we are now unbeaten in 3 games. 

W.Cheung S.Megarry D.Bell G.Carson G.Gillespie S.Vance L.Beattie A.Crooks D.Larkin L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon 

M.Moore G.Irvine J.Rowan
Saturday 21st September 2019
Nafl Div 2C 
The Meadows 
Groomsport 0-0 22nd Old Boys 

The boys travelled down to Groomsport in search of their first points of the season. Pitch was in great condition and the weather glorious. Straight from the off we completely dominated the game, creating chances from the first minute. We were just to fast all over the pitch. Denver seeing a shot saved, Gary shooting over and various other efforts going wide. From a corner Clarke arrived at the back post with what looked a tap in, but scuffed it narrowly wide. Stein with a weaving run from midfield was the subject of a horrendous tackle that the big Centre half was lucky to stay on the pitch for. The resulting free kick whipped over the bar. Clarke turned beautifully on the edge of the box, fired a shot, beat the keeper all ends up but saw his shot cannon  of the post. Groomsport did carry a threat on the break and Cheung had to make a smart stop at his near post. We continued to get into great positions but the final pass pr the composure was sorely lacking. A frustrating half came to a close, 0-0 Half Time. 

Half time talk was keep doing what your doing and keep the shots down goals would come. We started were we left off completely dominant. Shot after shot blazed over, might be a few hills ran up on Tuesday night at this rate. Boobs great opportunity, blazed over, another scuffed, result manager going nuts 🙈. Stein after some good work down the right cut in and was brought down, penalty! Up stepped Clarke, keeper slabbering, undid his laces, more slabbering, Clarke shoots and to keepers credit a great diving save backing up his slabbering 😂. At this point we were getting the feeling it wasn't going to happen. Groomsport still carried a threat on the break and we were nearly caught at the death. But one last charge a great cross, Gillespie at back post, keeper stranded, 4 yards out, ball on his head ! Ues you guessed it over the bar ! Manager threw flag over the bar, horrendous day of finishing brought to a close. Full time 0-0 2 points dropped. Training last week had roughly 2 hours of shooting, aye that worked 😂 after this result might find themselves doing 4 hours of running 😂🙈

W.Cheung S.Megarry D.Bell G.Carson G.Gillespie S.Vance L.Beattie D.Brown G.Irvine L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon

Subs M.McAllister J.Rowan A.Crooks 
Saturday 14th September 2019
IFA Junior Cup 1st rd 
Loughside 4-6 22nd Old Boys 

Our European exploits this year started on the shore rd v Loughside who are a very young side. We started strongly controlling the game especially the midfield who had to much quality. We opened the scoring when Boobs controlled on the edge of the box and picked out the far corner with a neat finish, 1-0. Loughside were targeting a big diagonal switch to their right winger and it was from this Smooch brought him down. From the resulting free kick we fell asleep and allowed then to smash home an equalizer, 1-1 completely against run of play. We then took control with Clarke, Crooksy and Graeme running at their defence causing alsorts of problems. Some nice play saw Beattie fire over, minutes later Clarke brought down and Crooksys shot saved the red pointed to the spot. Clarke stepped up and after the keeper tried to kick lumps outta the spot the wee man picked out the top corner, 2-1. Crooksy a constant thorn in their side won a free kick on the left. Boobs swung it in and Jay headed home from close range to make it 3-1. All 22nd, the pressure was mounting and Loughside simply couldn't get out. Clarke in the box was jumped into, a poor challenge and penalty. Same result, Clarke into roof of net from the spot 4-1. We continued to press and Graeme clipped the angle following a nice move down the left. Loughside continued with their diagonal balls and got another back when Cheung waved at a speculative shot which crept in of the far post, 4-2. We kept pressing a looked like scoring everytime we went forward. When the half closed I think Loughside were happy to get in at 4-2 could and should have been a lot more. 

Loughside came out the second half a tried to up the tempo and us under a bit of early pressure. We weathered it and gained control in midfield again. This enabled is to attack at will and turn the screw. We got the 5th and decisive goal when Graeme fired through a crowd of players into the far corner, although Beattie was claiming a touch, one for the dubious goas panel (whoever buys Kirker the more pints) 5-2. The boys kept working and big Smooch hit the post from inside the box and Crooksy firing the rebound over. We did get the 6th goal when Beattie fired home from the edge of the box, no doubt on this one. Crooksy released twice down the right blazed shots over the bar. He then saw the keeper make a good save to keep him out. With changes made at the back we lost our shape a bit and a bit of glory hunting didnt help. This let Loughside break away and grab 2 late consolation goals to make it 6-4. The score line certainly didnt reflect the game as it should have been a far bigger winning margin but credit to the young loughside team they never stopped. So it puts us into the hat for the second round. 

W.Cheung S.Megarry J.Rowan D.Bell G.Gillespie S.Vance L.Beattie A.Crooks G.Irvine L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon 

C.Henry C.Annesley J.Burrows
Saturday 7th September 2019
Nafl Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 0-2 Rooftop 

After last week's surrender at home to St Mary's a response was demanded from the boys and a few changes made. From the outset it was clear this was gonna be an old fashioned game with plenty of tackles. Rooftop settled well and pressed us hard but the boys weathered the storm and should of went ahead when Beattie spun in the box but shot over with the goal at his mercy. Minutes later the Rooftop keeper saved from Denver from a tight angle. Rooftop took the lead when their big number 9 scored a great scissor kick into the corner. One of those you just clap your hands at. But to be fair the 22nd rallied and were first to everything winning the 50 50s and started to exert pressure on the rooftop defence. Chances came and went after a series of corners heming in Roodtop the misses were racking up. The most outrageous one being when the ball smashed the defender in the face, onto the post his someone else on the arse before going out for another corner. Smooch next to turn (like the Titanic) and blaze over. Looked like one of those days. We battered their goal but couldn't get the break through. 1-0 Rooftop at half time. 

Second half saw Roodtop chsnge formation and out of the blocks quickly, which we anticipated. We knew we would have to weather the storm and we did thanks to some good defending from the back four. The midfield worked hard to get us back in the game but unfortunately we were caught on the counter and smooch dove in conceding a penalty. Cheung diving to his left made a great save ! We tried to push on to get that goal back we deserved but this time we were undone by a Rooftop break when their striker wrong footed Cheung to blast home making it 2-0. We threw everything we had at them to try and get back in the game but to be fair to Rootop the dug in and seen out the game with some old fashioned dogged defending. Full time and we couldn't get back into it but the performance was superb from our boys, showing fight and better football performance.

W.Cheung S.Megarry D.Bell J.Rowan G.Gillespie J.Burrows S.Vance D.Brown D.Larkin L.Beattie Clarke Bacon 

W.Simpson F.Breen G.Carson
Saturday 31st August 2019
Nafl Div 2C
22nd Old Boys 2-8 St Mary's 

Our first home game saw us come up against a strong St Mary's side. They started the game brightly and opened the scoring with a good move down the left, 1-0 St Mary's. 22nd battled away but were not really holding onto the ball long enough in order to create a any chances. St Mary's kept up the pressure but we were at this point defending very well. St Mary's were then awarded a very dubious penalty which they converted, 2-0. The ref paying more attention to the keepers feet didnt see 3 St Mary's players near enough beside the taker when he struck it ! The 22nd towards the end of the half got themselves back into the game. They played done lovely 1 or 2 touch football, holding procession and opening up St Mary's defence. After a short sustained period of pressure a quick thtoe from the lurcher was volleyed home by Denver, 2-1. 22nd continued to work hard and play well to the end of the half without that equaliser, 2-1 HT.

Halftime we talked about how we finished the half strong and to take it into the second half. The next goal would be vital and would probably decide the game. 

St Mary's came out very strong and some very poor defending saw them score early to make it 3-1. They ran in another 2 to make it 5-1 and the 22nd wee all over the place. We eventually steadied and got a goal back to make it 5-2 when the St Mary's defender sliced into his own net when under pressure. Another penalty awarded after some rank poor tackling. This time Cheung saved but our lot stood on the edge of the box watching as St Mary's striker followed up to sweep in the rebound, 6-2. St Mary's scored another 2 to round up a very embarrassed day at home and one not to be repeated. 

W.Cheung W.Simpson J.Rowan D.Bell G.Gillespie J.Burrows D.Brown S.Vance L.Boobyer D.Larkin Clarke Bacon 

S.Wilson A.McCrea J.McKimm 
Saturday 17th August 2019
Nafl Div 2C 
Ormeau Park 3G 
Realta 4-2 22nd Old Boys 

The first league game came around away to old rivals Realta at a very big Ormeau 3G pitch. After the initial torrential downpour we got underway. Realta started well but we defended very well and looked very dangerous going forward. Big Stevie was asked to do a job on their midfielder who kept dropping deep to try and dictate play. A great through ball saw Clarke race clear. As he was about to pull the trigger he was tripped from behind and the ref immediately pointed to the spot. Big Stevie tried to steal the penalty but Clake coolly stepped up to slot home, 1-0 22nd. Realta put us under some pressure and we didnt help ourselves giving away silly free kicks in dangerous places. Just as they were turning the screw big Stevie picked the ball up, drove at the Realta defence and smashed a great hit into the far top corner from 25 yards ! What a strike son, 2-0 22nd. The 2's nearly added a third from a great striker from Dean Larkin but the Realta keeper made a great save. At the other end Realta finally got in behind us but when all seemed lost Dean made a great last ditch tackle to save a certain goal. The boys started control the last 5 to 10 mins of the half as Realta were running outta ideas. Half time came with us 2-0 up. 

Second half saw Realta quick outta the blocks and trying to press the 22nd but we were again matching them defensively. Although they had a lot of ball Realta were still not breaking through. Eventually the pressure told and Realta broke through. Cheung was equal to the shot saving well but his save hit the Realta striker who was lying on the ground and rebounded into the net, 2-1 terrible luck. Realta now with their tails up went after every ball and got their equaliser when they broke through to finish past Cheung. Although this was well offside a very poor decision by the referee, 2-2. You could see all over the pitch there was only going to be one winner and this was reinforced when the Realta winger cut inside from the left and fired s great shot into the near top corner, 3-2 Realta. 22nd tried to change things but it wasnt to be and substitute Ryan Larkin had little choice but to turn the ball into his own net from a dangerous cross, 4-2 and that was that. The boys battled on but were put on their feet on that big pitch which Realta used very well. Full time 4-2 Realta.

W.Cheung W.Simpson D.Bell J.Rowan G.Gillespie J.Burrows D.Brown G.Irvine D.Larkin S.Wilson Clarke Bacon 

R.Larkin G.Carson A.Patterson 


Thursday 18th April 2019

Nafl Div 2C


22nd Old Boys 4-1 Agape 

Our one and only evening game saw us face Agape. This being the last game of the 1st teams season the team was shuffled round a bit and the boys told to go out and enjoy it. 

The game started scrappy with us slow to adjust to a new formation and having not played for a while. Procession was regularly given away and we found ourselves in a real battle. An early chance was missed by Beattie I can play 2 games in one day, not when he scuffed a sitter wide from close range. Agape created a few half chances and worked very hard to put us under pressure. Big Stevie thinking he was Ronaldo tried a shot from 25 yards which my 3 year old niece could have saved. He had better options either side. 

Then a moment of pure magic ! Clarke chipped the ball over the full backs head, spun him beat another, then another, he pulled the trigger ..... but it hit the bar ! Would have been a wonder goal. The 22nd did break the dead lock when a brutal free kick from smooch was let bounce. Both keeper and CB left it and Fraser didn't need asking twice he flew in heading the ball over the stranded keeper, 1-0 22nd. 

Just before the break 2 games Beattie went down with cramp on both calves which saw him hooked for Denver. Just time for a lovely passing move to release Jacky down the right, he whipped in a great cross and Clarke fired over. The ref getting a bit whistle happy blew for half time with the boys 1 up.

Management told the boys to play football don't get dragged into a battle. Knock it about, be on the front foot and enjoy the last game. This they did the impressive Fraser continued to torment his full back giving him no rest bite. Big Stevie got on his toes as did Clarke and the midfield. 

All of a sudden we looked a different animal, hungry and playing with enthusiasm. Agape were struggling to live with us and stevie held the ball up chipping forward for Fraser. He ran past his full back all the while being pulled back, kept his cool and fired home into the far corner, 2-0 22nd. 

Within minutes Stevie kept his cool in the box turning and finishing to make it 3 following more good work down the left by Gary and Fraser. The boys pressed on with Clarke being fouled what looked like 3 times in the box. But he kept his feet and won a corner after being eventually crowded out. His approach play was superb beating man after man but he had left his shooting boots in the house. More 22nd pressure resulted in Fraser finding space on the box to fire home to get his hat trick 4-0 22nd. 

At this point it could have been a really big score. The keeper made a point blank save from Denver to keep the score at 4. But credit to Agape they rode their luck along with some poor finishing from 22nd and grabbed a consolation goal. A set piece floated into the box and everyone missed it bar the Agape player who headed over Cheung to make it 4-1. 

The game fizzled out apart from Jacky being Jacky and getting booked for ? You guessed it kicking people. Full time on 1st Team season 4-1 and hopefully a sign of better things to come. 

W.Cheung S.Megarry J.Rowan D.Bell G.Gillespie J.Burrows S.Vance L.Beattie F.Breen S.Wilson Clarke Bacon 


D.Brown A.Patterson M.McAllister

Saturday 30th Match 2019

Nafl Div 2C 

Blacks Road 

Tullymore Swifts 5-1 22nd Old Boys 

Our last game on our travels saw us face promotion chasing Tullymore. We started brightly and a great early cross from Alex left Jacky with a free header 4 yards out with the goal at his mercy ! Goal you would think ? No Jacky went for the TV diving header finish and put it over. The boys kept plugging away and took the lead when a corner wasn't cleared and Smooch spun like the QE2 and slammed the ball home, 1-0 22nd. The 22nd kept up the momentum but unfortunately from a 22nd corner Tullymore broke away and made it 1-1, a very poor goal to concede. Within minutes Tullymore were 2-1 up when we allowed their winger far to much time and space to pick his spot. The boys rallied and Stevie saw a header just over the bar from a 22nd corner. The boys battled away to the half, 2-1 HT

The second half was a bit more open with play being stretched unfortunately it wasn't long before Tullymore extended their lead. A cross feel to smooch who forgetting he was in his own box, his eyes lite up and he smashed it by Cheung, 3-1 and Smooch playing for Tullymore? The 22nd had made a few changes and Jordan was lucky being on for 5 minutes he wasn't hooked straight away as it looked like he was playing for Tullymore to. Luke was unfortunate not to get a goal for his efforts and Beattie making his debut was impressive in midfield wanting to play football. Tullymore got two more soft goals, the story of our season to make it 5 and round off their win comfortably. A learning curve for a young 22nd team and changes to made in future.

W.Cheung W.Simpson G.Carson D.Bell J.Rowan G.Gillespie J.Burrows D.Brown L.Beattie A.Patterson S.Wilson 


J.McKimm S.Megarry L.White 

Saturday 9th March 2019


Valley 4G

Beann Mhadaghain 7-0 22nd Old Boys 

The boys travelled to play table toppers at the Valley on miserable day. We started brightly and Alex through on goal just hesitated to long allowing the CB a recovery tackle. Minutes later the same thing again just to slow on the trigger. This awakened BM and they fired in 2 quick goals to settle into their rhythm. The boys battled back and Clarke came close to pulling one back but as luck would have it BM broke away to add a fourth. Cheung after making a couple of good saves fell heavily under a challenge and went over on his chocolate ankle. He got it strapped up and soldiered on. Just before the break BM made it 4-0 and the boys were struggling. 4-0 half time. 

Second half started and we cam out to try and play but BM got their 5th goal to knock the wind out of the boys sails. An injured Cheung made 2 great saves, 1 in particular from a free kick in which he tipped one over that was destined for the top bin. But BM kept up the tempo and pressure it was only a matter of time. They added a 6th from close range after Cheung made an initial save and minutes later they added a 7th to round of a dominant display. You can see why they will be champions with ease. Full time 7-0.

W.Cheung G.Carson D.Bell J.Rowan W.Simpson G.Gillespie J.Burrows S.Vance D.Brown Clarke Bacon A.Patterson.


J.McKimm S.Megarry R.Douglas 

Saturday 2nd March 2019

NAFL Div 2C 


22nd Old Boys 1-0 Suffolk Swifts 

First day of spring at Clarendon 😂 torrential rain and pitch turning into a quagmire. N.Ireland weather. After last week's string 5-0 Win the message was same again but win the battle today. 

The game kicked off in horrible conditions and was very even. An early skirmish in midfield saw Jacky pick on biggest player on pitch lol. With both booked it settled them down a bit. Swifts made early running but a tactical switch pushing Smooch into midfield saw the game turn. A nice cross found Jacky in space and he headed home only for the ref to blow for offside. Minutes later big Stevie through touched the ball by the keeper and was brought down by the Swifts number 1. Everyone waited and expected a penalty? No, ref said unbelievably there wasn't enough in it (was worth 2 pens terrible decision). At the other end Gary who up to now was having a good game decided he wanted to switch sides and played in their left winger but fortunately his shot hit the outside of the post. Cheung decided to hoof one down the pitch and he caught out the Swifts keeper. He was to far out and the ball bounced over him but narrowly wide ! Suffolk then had a great chance from a corner but blasted over after 2's fell asleep. Willie caught the left back in procession went by him but his cross was cut out as Stevie and Clarke were ready to pounce. 0-0 Half time in a decent game. 

The boys came out the second half with instructions that the season near over and game was there for taking so enjoy it. Suffolk done some early pressing and the management started to think on changes and maybe a formation shift. A mistake at the back saw Suffolk striker clean through but Cheung saved well. With Clarke running out of steam on came Alex. He straight away put the left back under pressure and put in some nice crosses. He fired a free kick over from 25 yards after Stein was brought down. The rain got worse and 22nd made their other subs adding Sammy's pace and Marcus on at back. This steadied the ship a bit and the 22nd won a corner. From the corner the ball dropped to Jay who took it down swiveled and fired a nice finish into the far corner, 1-0 22nd. Suffolk tried to put pressure on the 22nd goal but the back three were very good today and held their own. Unfortunately at the other end a Suffolk defender went down with a suspected broken leg. But thankfully we got word later on his leg wasn't broke he just laddered his tights. Another scramble in the box from a 22nd set play saw the ball fall nicely onto young Marcus left foot (meant to be his strong one) with glory beckoning he snatched at the shot and it flew wide (what's Stein & Clin at with shooting with these young lads). The boys managed to see out the game as the pitch cut up even more and nabbed a valuable three points. 1-0 Full Time. 

W.Cheung G.Carson D.Bell J.Rowan W.Simpson G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows D.Brown S.Wilson Clarke Bacon 


M.McAllister A.Patterson S.Megarry 

Saturday 23rd February 2019

NAFL Div 2C 

Billy Neill 

Agape 0-5 22nd Old Boys 

The 2's got back to league action after a week off and a needed break. We started very well, passing the ball well and Alex in particular finding a lot of space in the pocket. Chances were created with big Stevie through on goal seemed to loose his radar and away to the right lost procession ( big man was swiping right 😉). The 2's won a corner, which was floated to the back post by Alex and big Jay stooped to head home, 1-0 22nd. Another set piece saw Jay free again but his attempted header was terribly wide. Clarke and Stevie were giving Agape a torrid time with their pace and power. Clarke smoked his marker (his words) and squared for Stevie to miss kick with his left into the roof of the net, 2-0. The 22nd were well on top and playing some nice flowing attacking football. A break by Mr Grumpy (Stein) saw him cut down in the box, penalty. Up stepped big Stevie to convert comfortably, 3-0 22nd. The boys kept up the pressure and just before the half Stevie squared for Clarke to convert to make it 4-0 and a well deserved score line. 

The second half started with the boys playing with the same attacking flare, but we defended better. The 22nd opened up Agape and smooch fired into the roof of the net to make it 5-0 early in the second half (Yes we got the horns).  22nd then seemed to think they were Barca playing tiki-taka football but we're continually caught. No more so than when Cheung got caught on the ball passed to their Centre forward but fortunately he messed it up and we maintained our clean sheet. At the other end a deft back heel (firmino like) from not so subtle Stevie saw a Jackie shot saved well by the agape keeper. Minutes later a sweeping move by the 22nd saw a nice cross swept over from 3 yards out by Jacky amid calls of he Jackied it ! A foul on Clarke gave the boys a free kick in a dangerous position. A whisper to the manager "we have a wee routine we are gonna try" left him trembling with excitement at the prospect of what was to come. What unfolded was one of the worse free kick routines I have ever witnessed my eyes are still burning 🙈. We managed to put agape on the attack from an attacking free kick on the edge of their box, resulting in a corner to them at the other end !  Young Michael on for the punctured Clarke saw him twist and turn putting the agape defence under more pressure.  He almost got the goal he deserved when Stevie pit over a a lovely cross only a telling touch from the agape defender took it of his head with the net at his mercy. Brandon came on along with Jordan and both looked assured in midfield. Credit to Agape they never gave up but the 22nd should really have rolled over them and been more ruthless. 

W.Cheung G.Carson D.Bell J.Rowan W.Simpson G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows A.Patterson Clarke Bacon S.Wilson 


J.Mckimm B.Breen M.Irvin

Saturday 9th February 2018
NAFL Div 2C 

22nd Old Boys 2-4 Tullymore Swifts 

The boys started poorly, passing and work rate wasn't good. This helped to explain a poorly defended free kick which allowed Tullymore to bundle the ball home at the back post, 1-0. The referee then came to the fore for the remainder of the half making some really poor decisions. First was a ball player through and the Tullymore striker pushed the ball on into his path. Everyone stopped expecting a hand ball as it was so blatant but the Tullymore winger banged it into the net and unbelievably the ref allowed the goal to stand, 2-0 ! Within minutes another blatant hand ball was missed in centre of the pitch by a Tullymore player. A ball across the box saw Clarke twist and turn at the far side of the box. He was cut down inside the box a nailed on penalty ? No ! The ref waved play on ! Terrible decision to compound the earlier blunders. When we did eventually get a free kick Alex stepped up and whipped it into the far top corner, 2-1 and a great hit. This lifted the boys and minutes later a nice through ball  saw Alex through on the keeper who made a good save to keep Tullymore in front. The game became a bit disjointed and to be honest a lot of this was down to the poor officiating. HT 2-1

At half time the referee informed both teams that he was injured and would not be able to continue. After much deliberation with both sets of managers and referee. Brian of 22nd was to referee the second half. 

The second half kicked off with the game a bit more settled and Cheung making an early save from the Tullymore CM, pushing his header round the post. A Tullymore move down the right saw their left winger hit a shot from edge of box, wrong footing Cheung to make it 3-1. The 22nd tried to lift themselves and create some opportunities to get back in the game. They were handed a lifeline when Clarke again to quick in the box was brought down, penalty ! Up stepped Jacky to take probably the worse penalty in history ! The ball hit straight at the keeper but to be fair to Jacky he composed himself to fire in the rebound, 3-2 and back in the game. Tullymore pressed on to try and get that two goal cushion and 22nd trying to get level. As the game wore on Tullymore to be fair looked the more likely to grab a goal and this proved the case. Ball cut back saw Cheung make a superb reaction save and a scramble ensued on the 22nd line. The eagle eyed ref made a controversial decision that the ball had crossed the 22nd line and he awarded Tullymore the fourth goal. This knocked the heart out of the boys and they couldn't find a way back into the game. Big Marcus 16 made his debut for 1st team coming on for Gary at left back, he looked assured and took it all in his stride  . FT 4-2 

W.Cheung G.Carson J.Rowan N.Blair W.Simpson G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Brown J.Burrows A.Patterson Clarke Bacon 

N.Martin M.McAllister L.White

Saturday 26th January 2019

NAFL Div 2C 

Billy Neill 

Ravenhill YM 5-2 22nd Old Boys 

After a hard week last week we got back to league action. The boys started very well passing the ball and playing some nice football. But the warning signs were there with Ravenhill very good going forward and causing our defence a lot of problems. Cheung making a few decent early saves. At the other end some nice build up play saw Gary get to the bye line and atand up a lovely cross for Denver the meet, he met the header well but the keeper made a very good reaction save. Minutes later the returning Clarke released by Cheung saw his shot saved once again by the keeper. A 22nd corner wasn't cleared properly by Ravenhill and it fell to Clarke who smashed it into the roof of the net from just inside the box, 1-0 22nd. 2's were playing very well going forward and continued to cause Ravenhill problems. But their ability to defend was found out when Ravenhill broke away down the left and finished to make it 1-1. Ravenhill quickly took the lead when a free kick was swung to back post and tge whole 22nd team were caught ball watching, 2-1. Terrible defending for both goals. Ravenhill were hard to listen to and would give a paracetamol a sore head with their constant whinging and complaining. A strong ref would have carded a few for the abuse he took. Anyway the boys battled away to the half, 2-1 Ht.

Second half started and Ravenhill lifted their game a bit and looked very dangerous. But a great cross field pass released Clarke ( looked touch and go offside) who raced through and smashed the ball into the roof of the net, 2-2. Would the 2's push on and take the lead ? The answer was no. This time a cross was headed back across the 22nd goal for the Ravenhill striker to tap into an empty net. Everyone waited for it to be ruled out for offside as he was clearly a couple of yards off. But to our amazement the goal was aloud to stand, 3-2 Ravenhill. Ravenhill quickly added a well worked fourth to go 4-2 up, which at this stage they deserved. Big Smooch was unlucky from long range twice as the keeper turned his shots round the post. Ravenhill worked a fifth goal to clinch the game. 22nd introduced A.Dougan for his debut at 15 to gain some valuable experience. A great cross from the right saw Denver completely miss it but the ball fell for young Michael at the back post. With the net at his mercy he blazed his shot over from close range (Tootseyed it). They ref blew for full time and the 22nd defensive woes continue. 5-2 Ravenhill full time.

W.Cheung G.Carson J.Rowan C.Chism W.Simpson G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Brown D.Bell A.Patterson Clarke Bacon.


M.Irvine J.Burrows A.Dougan 

Saturday 19th January 2019

Clarence Cup 2nd Rd


22nd old Boys 1-10 Larne Tech OB

We knew coming into this game that the 1A team would be a very hard ask. Unbeaten in the league and into 6th round of Irish Cup our boys were always going to have to do something special to get a result.

The game started well for the 22nd with Stevie forcing a very good save from the Larne keeper when he shot from 20 yards. Unfortunately the boys switched off and allowed the Larne CB to travel with the ball and he in turn set up their striker who finished well, 1-0 and a poor goal to concede. Cheung then made a couple of good stops to hold of Larne but their quality was beginning to show all over the pitch. The boys battled away but were increasingly second to the ball and under enormous pressure. In a rare 22nd attack Alex got free and through on goal only o see the keeper save well with his feet to keep his shot out. It wasn’t long before Larne added a further 3 goals to put themselves in a commanding lead at 4-0. It was all about pride now and the guys battled away to the half, 4-0 HT.

The second half saw us again start brightly and exert a bit of pressure on Larne. We got a free kick and a great delivery saw Denver ghost in around the back to knock the ball by the Larne keeper, 4-1. This seemed to spur on Larne and they stepped it up a gear knocking in 3 more to make it 7-1. The boys were seriously tiring and changes made at the back. On came big Alan and Chrissy. Larne scored an 8th and the worse was to come from the kick off the ball was played to Chrissy, who squared to Alan, who fell over it and Larne striker scored to make it 9-1. A stewards inquiry will be launched as we think Alan had them backed -8. Just to complete the humiliation they ran in a tenth to well and truly finish off the game. After that performance either the manager will get very drunk, sacked or both. Back to bar for soup, sandwiches and refreshments. We wish Larne luck in the future, especially the Irish cup and a team you would look to aspire to.

W.Cheung G.Carson A.McCrea J.Rowan G.Gillespie W.Simpson S.Vance D.Brown D.Bell S.Wilson A.Patterson


A.Collins C.Jarvis

Saturday 12th January 2019
Cochrane & Corry Cup 3rd rd 
22nd Old Boys 0-4 Willowbank 

This week sees us play one of the best sides in junior football in last 16 of C&C cup. We talked about both sides strengths, weaknesses and how to stop them playing out as that is their strength. The game started with Willowbank trying to play out but our shape and work rate was superb in the opening exchanges. Putting pressure on their back 4 and fircubg them into errors. Saying that Cheung was forced into a good save to keep the scores level. The 2's thought they had gone in front when a bank player headed what looked like towards his own net but was just narrowly wide. Boobs (having straightened his suspended belt) and Stevie worked hard up top closing down the back four. The central midfield three of Stein, Denver and Smooch worked tirelessly to back the strikers up. This forced bank to go long and unfortunately a bit of brilliance from their Centre forward saw him take n all in turn Andy and fire into the far corner, 1-0 Willowbank. Minutes later Cheung made a point blank save to keep the boys intouch. A series of long Lurcher throws put the bank defence under pressure but baring a few snap shots from distance they defended them well. Approaching the half a ball was allowed to bounce on the edge of the 22nd box (criminal), the bank striker nipped in and poked the ball by Cheung to make it 2-0. Minutes later a spot of ball watching by 22nd defence was punished when Bank striker smashed the ball in off the crossbar, 3-0 and to be honest they didn't really deserve it. The boys tiring battled onto the half, 3-0 HT Willowbank.

The boys were told at half time to stick to the plan, work hard and cut out the mistakes.

Second half saw us start as we had startrd the first, with good shape and hard work. Bank kept moving the ball well and Cheung was forced into a couple of very good saves. The boys battled and worked their socks off and when we got the ball down we looked dangerous. But to their credit Willowbank were relentless forcing our back 3 of Andy, Gary and Jay to work their socks off to keep them at bay. Willie and Gary worked the wings and kept their wide men in check. As game wore on Andy was replaced by Curtis, Gary with Jarvis and Smooch with debutant Tony. Tony only on saw himself booked for being a bit over enthusiastic in the tackle. Unfortunately late on Willowbank opened us up and their striker had a simple tap in to make it 4-0. The boys as much as they tried couldn't get a consultation goal and the game finished 4-0 and ending our cup run. Onto next week v Larne tech OB. 

W.Cheung G.Carson J.Rowan A.McCrea D.Bell D.Brown S.Vance W.Simpson G.Gillespie L.Boobyer S.Wilson 

C.Nesbitt T.Carlisle C.Jarvis

Saturday 5th January 2018

NAFL Div 2C 
St Genieves School
Suffolk Swifts 4-1 22nd Old Boys 

Saturday saw us travel to play Suffolk Swifts in the league in our first game of the new year. The boys started of slow and were bullied quite a bit in the early exchanges. Suffolk were quick and very strong in the air. Cheung mate a couple of good early saves and Suffolk hit the bar before the 2's could sort themselves out. Eventually the 22nd started to feel their way into the contest. A nice move saw big Stevie get himself free in the box, he turned the centre back superbly but his shot was too close to the keeper who saved well. Suffolk got the break through when a long ball was cleverly flicked through and Suffolk striker finished well past Cheung, 1-0 Suffolk. Credit to the boys they battled back and knocked the ball about. A nice ball from Jacky released the Lurcher, who's cross was met nicely by Pato who slipped the ball onto the corner, 1-1 and a lovely finish to a good move. This installed a bit of belief in the boys and they pressed Suffolk with a series of set plays. From one of these the ball fell to Gary who saw his effort fly wide of the far post. Both sides battled hard but could not find another goal before the half, 1-1 half time. 

Second half saw us under a bit of pressure during the opening exchanges but the boys defended well and kept Suffolk at bay. They 22nd grew into the half moving the ball well and looked to get that goal to go in front. A nice move saw Stevies shot saved well by the keeper, Jacky was superbly tackled as he went to slam the ball home and it fell to smooch who saw his shot cleared off the line. Minutes later a scramble in the box saw a 22nd player brought down, misled on penalty, but unfortunately for us the ref was unsighted and didn't see the foul to award the spot kick. Then wouldn't you know it sods law. Suffolk got a set play and their sub on the pitch for 2 minutes ghosted in past his sleeping marker to make it 2-1 Suffolk. Management had a choice with 10 to go stick with it or gamble and throw on another striker. We gambled. Within minutes Suffolk broke away, Cheung looked to have it under control but as he dove on the ball it rebounded off his belly and the Suffolk striker slipped the ball in the net. The ref giving 22nd the benefit of the doubt ruled it out for a foul on the keeper (wee let off). We kept pressing to get back on terms but Suffolk struck next on the break. We allowed the Suffolk midfielder to run and he found the striker who's shot was deflected into his own net by Alan, 3-1. Minutes later with Cheung still nursing his belly, was too slow of his line from a good through ball and was chipped by the advancing Suffolk striker to make it 4-1 and seriously flatter the hosts. Game finished 4-1 to a good Suffolk team. 

W.Cheung G.Carson C.Nesbitt J.Rowan W.Simpson D.Larkin J.Burrows S.Vance D.Bell A.Patterson S.Wilson 

A.Collins R.Douglas

Saturday 29th December 2018

NAFL Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 3-4 4th Newtownabbey 

Last game of the calendar year saw us face 4th at home on a surprisingly mild December day. From the outset the 22nd were all over the 4th. Quicker to tackle,` winning ariel duels and putting their defence under a lot of pressure. Chances fell early to numerous players who squandered them. The 2's got the break through when a nice ball released big Stevie who raced clear and slipped the ball by the advancing keeper, 1-0 22nd. Within minutes Jacky was hauled down in the box, ref pointed to the spot. Jacky dusted him self down stepped up to take the penalty and stroked it wide ! Poor spot kick. But the 2's pressed on and Smooch dominating the air in midfield set the boys going forward time after time. A long throw from Simpson saw the keeper come out catch the ball but drop it on way down and Stevie pit the ball in the net, 2-0 to howls of protests from 4th but the goal rightly stood. The 4th looked dangerous from set plays and just before the break a free kick was met by their Centre midfielder who swept it home, 2-1 first ball he had won against smooch all day. This soured on the 4th who pushed to get on level terms before the break. But halftime arrived with 22nd 2-1 up which should have been 4 or 5. 

Second half and 4th were quick outta the blocks putting us under pressure but the boys dealt with it and looked dangerous on the counter. It was from a counter that the keeper pushed a shot into the bar Willie following up first hit the keeper with the rebound before finally forcing it home, 3-1 22nd. The boys looked comfortable and with 20mins to go we were looking to add a fourth but yet again we were very wasteful I front of goal. A long ball forward caught the 22nd defence to high and their striker raced clear and pit the ball in the net, 3-2. The 22nd still in control but started to look tired and nervous (lack of fitness) Stein normally assured on the ball took a touch like a Himalayan Yak on the edge of his box and the big 4th striker smashed it into the far top corner, 3-3 and surely it could be get worse. But you guessed it, first Crooksy was sent off and then a needless foul have the 4th a dangerous free kick. They whipped the ball towards the back post and it crept in, unbelievably 4-3 to 4th. 22nd manager was ready to crucify his players after that debacle. We pushed everything for an equaliser but just couldn't find one. Full time and time for a few harsh words in dressing room. 

W.Cheung G.Carson C.Nesbitt J.Rowan W.Simpson G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows D.Bell A.Patterson S.Wilson 

A.Crooks M.Irvine N.Martin

Saturday 8th December 2018
NAFL Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 7-0 Rooftop 

The 22nd kicked of at a very damp, cold and miserable day at Clarendon against Rooftop who we had previously beaten 3-0. Straight from the centre Jacky played a lively ball through and Alex lifted it over the keeper beautifully to make it 1-0 22nd after 16 seconds ! Minutes later Alex was brought down in the box and the ref didn't hesitate to point to the spot. Up stepped Jacky to fire the ball into the corner by the diving keeper, 2-0. The 2's kept pressing and moving the ball well. This put Rooftop under enormous pressure and the 2's won a succession  of corners. It was from one of these that Jacky picked up the loose ball and was brought down in the box. The ref once again pointed to the spot and Jacky once again stepped up to stroke it home, 3-0. At the other end the 22nd back 3 looked very comfortable and in control. The wing backs attacked at will and winning more corners. Surely another goal would come with this pressure. Jay bursting forward continued his run and found himself with the goal at his mercy. He duly obliged and fired the ball into the corner to make it 4-0. Some nice link up play down the left saw Gary, Stein Luke, Jacky and Patto causing all sorts of problems. The Rooftop defence was creaking and the boys were hungry for further goals. Though they would have to wait to half time, 4-0 22nd at the break. 

Second half started and the boys seemed to take the do it off a but which allowed Rooftop to regroup and to their credit worked very hard. A powerful shot saw the Rooftop keeper spill it and Jacky bundle it home for his hatrick. But the ref deemed Jacky to be in an offside position when the shot was hit and ruled it out. The 2's made a few changes to get the subs on early as they were freezing to death on the bench. Big Stevie only on fired a shot into the far corner from a tight angle to make it 5-0. The 22nd pressed on looking for more goals and Denver fired over when he should have scored. Then the moment we all dreaded Smooch fired through a crowd of bodies to make it 6 and yes he done that daft Viking/cow celebration. Some nice football released big Stevie through on goal and he dinked the advancing keeper beautifully to make it 7-0. Great finish from the big man. The boys kept moving the ball but credit to Rooftop as they kept their work rate up and kept pressing us to the final whistle. 

W.Cheung N.Martin J.Rowan C.Nesbitt W.Simpson G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Brown J.Burrows A.Patterson L.White 

S.Wilson D.Bell G.Carson
Saturday 1st December 2018
NAFL Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 1-1 Carryduff Colts 

After a poor performance last week v St Mary's we returned to home turf yo take on Carryduff. The boys started off brightly and took the game to the visitors. The 22nd thought they should have had a penalty when Luke won a header and it looked like the Centre back came through him after the ball ran on  but the ref waved away appeals. The game flowed end to end and the 22nd defence allowed the ball to bounce in their half, with Carryduff winning a corner as a result. 22nd won the initial ball from the corner only for someone to loose their man who thumped home to put Carryduff 1-0 up. From a 22nd set play Alex found Luke who got up lovely but just simply couldn't head the ball down and his header flew just over the bar. Jacky bursting through from midfield was brought down just outside the box. The resulting free kick was worked superbly by Alex but the Carryduff keeper made an initial good save and followed it up with a superb block from Denver to keep out the 22nd. The game got a bit tasty with Jacky, Stein and Denver battling away in midfield. The boys battled hard to half time with both teams not troubling the keepers further. 1-0 Carryduff at Half time.

The second half was from the outset a tight a fair with both teams probing away at each other without much success. It was more of a midfield battle and the 22nd were just edging it with Carryduff dangerous on the break. Big Curtis came on at the back for 22nd and he added much needed organisation and aggression.  A rare opportunity fell to Jacky who through on goal just couldn't sort his feet and the keeper saved. At the other end the defence switched off which allowed the Carryduff striker a golden opportunity but he blazed over. The 22nd kept pressing, changes were made and the 2's forced a corner on the near side. A great corner underneath the Carryduff crossbar saw the keeper under great pressure punch the ball into his own net,1-1 and no more than we deserved. Minutes later the Carryduff defender clearly handled in the box but the referee looked unsighted and waved play on to the disappointment of the our boys. Both teams pressed for a winner but unfortunately it wasn't to come and the game finished 1-1 which on the whole was probably a fair reflection of the match. 

W.Cheung N.Martin J.Rowan G.Carson W.Simpson G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Brown J.Burrows A.Patterson L.White 

C.Nesbitt A.Crooks M.Irvine
Saturday 24th November 2018 
NAFL Div 2C 
Valley 4G 
St Mary's 5-2 22nd Old Boys 

The boys travelled to play familiar foes St Mary's After a good performance away to Whitehead the week before. As we expected St Mary's sat in and played us on the break. The boys found it difficult to break down the St Mary's set up with 11 men behind the ball. The scoring was opened when a St Mary's break saw the striker turn and finish well from just inside the box, 1-0 St Mary's. They grabbed a second quickly when the big striker was allowed to turn and run unchallenged, Cheung slowed down his shot and McCrea tried to clear. But unfortunately his clearance fell to a St Mary's player who converted to make it 2-0. The boys kept battling away and Luke saw a headed effort beat the keeper but hit the cross bar. We did get a goal back when a Long throw from Willie was flicked over the keeper by Nevin, 2-1. The boys pushed to the half and the defending improved a bit but we couldn't force an equaliser. 2-1 Half time. 

The second half saw St Mary's come out of their shell and press us higher up the pitch. This caught us cold and some poor movement and defending saw them make it 3-1. Luke almost replied immediately when he controlled a high ball beautifully but just couldnt find a finish to match the touch. The 22nd management changed a few personal and formation. On when big Rossi and he turned like the Titanic before firing a beautiful left foot strike from 25 yards into the far top corner, 3-2 and game on. He wheeled away looking for the camera man but unfortunately there wasn't one ! The 22nd sensed an opportunity to get an equaliser but St Mary's to their credit broke down the right and a cut back was blocked on the line. Big McCrea then tried to hatch the ball by nesting on it but it broke for the St Mary's striker who thumped it home, 4-2. There was just time for St Mary's to wrap it up with another goal on the break to make it 5-2 (5 shots 5 goals impressive finishing). 

W.Cheung N.Martin G.Carson D.Bell A.McCrea W.Simpson J.Burrows D.Brown S.Vance A.Patterson L.White 

R.Douglas S.Megarry G.Gillespie 

Saturday 17th November 2018

NAFL Div 2C 
Castleview Road 
Whitehead Eagles 0-4 22nd Old Boys 

The boys found themselves on the road again this time travelling down to Whitehead. With an enforced change in personal this forced the coaches to reshape the team. The 22nd started well but survived an early scare when Smooch and Jay decided to run into each other, but the Whitehead striker couldn't take advantage. Alex played through by big Stevie almost wrong footed the keeper but he made a good save to deny him. At the other end Cheung made a good save and Whitehead hit the post. But the boys started to settle into their formation and going forward caused Whitehead alsorts of problems. 22nd were now in the accendency and the midfield were in complete control moving the ball well. A header from Big Stevie looked destined for the top corner only for the Whitehead keeper to make a grrat save and tip it over. Some nice play say the lurcher persist down the left and bundle the ball in at the near post, 1-0 22nd. The 22nd saw a couple of efforts blocked but they kept up the pressure. At the back they defended superbly against a seriously long Whitehead throw again and again winning those important headers in the box. The second goal came from a set play which wasn't cleared right and a lovely flick from the impressive Denver fell to Smooch who steadied himself and fired a drive into the far corner (Yes we had to go through his awful Viking celebration) 2-0 22nd. The boys thoroughly deserved their lead and looked to extend it but Whitehead kept them at bay to half time. 

The second half started with Whitehead throwing the preferable kitchen sink at the 2's. Cheung made a smart save at his near post and Jacky with Cheung managed to scramble one off the line. The boys weathered the storm and started to hold onto the ball a lot better and looked very dangerous on the break. Some nice interchange in play between Stevie and Alex saw the big lad fluff his lines and blast just past the far top corner. Frustration was showing with Whitehead but they kept throwing everything at the 22nd. Another nice break saw Stevie through his shot saved, a bit of a scramble and Alex managed to squeeze the ball under the Whitehead keeper to put the 22nd 3-0 up. The management made their changes and Lukes pace troubled the Whitehead back four. With no big target man the boys kept the ball well moving it beautifully and making Whitehead work hard to try to get it back. Denver, Jacky, Stein in midfield brought the wing backs into play keeping the ball superbly. Stein picked the ball up in midfield, he stumbled by one, tripped by a second, a third player lay down, a fourth gave up and he poked it home to make it 4-0 (no doubt a week of I'm a striker lies ahead) and round of a great individual goal. On as a late sub Alan met a corner well only to see his header flicked over the bar by the man on the post. There was just time for Smooch from 2 yards out to miss a sitter by hitting the keeper with it (what a miss). The ref blew the final whistle to round of a great team performance from the boys and a deserved 3 points on the road.

W.Cheung N.Martin J.Rowan G.Carson D.Bell W.Simpson J.Burrows D.Brown S.Vance S.Wilson A.Patterson 

L.White A.Collins

Saturday 10th November 2018 

NAFL Div 2C 
Sixmilewater, Ballyclare 

4th Newtownabbey 2-1 22nd Old Boys

Both teams observed a minutes silence before the game to remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. 

The 2's having a few suspensions and players missing when for a new formation. Unfortunately this did not work and for long periods the 22nd couldn't get out of their own half. A lot of mistakes and poor judgement didn't help what was up to 30mins a dreadful team performance. Cheung making a great save from a goal bound header kept the scores level. 4th eventually got the goal they deserved when their striker finished well from a set play, 1-0. 22nd reshuffled from a 433 to 442 and just before the break a sweeping move down the 22nd left saw Gary whip in a great low cross for Burrows to smash the ball home, 1-1. The game stayed like this to the half, 1-1 at half time. 

Second half saw the 22nd come out and take complete control of the game and pushed to get a goal to take us into the lead. Burrows looked dangerous down the right, Denver playing well in the middle and Paddo working hard in the pocket. Unfortunately all the good work was undone when the defence got themselves into sixs and sevens from a big lump down the pitch. A failure to clear properly then Cheung slipping gave the 4th centre midfielder a simple chance to head home, 2-1 4th. The 22nd pushed hard for an equaliser and had appeals for a penalty turned down when it looked like Burrows was barged in the back ! But the ref deemed it shoulder to shoulder and waved away appeals. Smooch brought on to add some much needed height almost grabbed a leveller when his header dropped just over the cross bar. 4th Newtownabbey held out and claimed the 3 points. Onto next week when we travel away to Whitehead. 

W.Cheung J.McKimm J.Rowan G.Carson G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Brown L.Boobyer J.Burrows A.Patterson S.Wilson 

D.Bell N.Martin D.Larkin

Saturday 3rd November 2018

NAFL Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 1-3 Ravenhill YM 

The boys kicked off at home after last week's good cup win away to St Mary's. The boys started very well moving the ball well and Crooksys pace unsettling them at the back. Both sides probed each other and a few tasty tackles went in. It was from one of these that an over exuberant Crooksy jumped into a tackle and was shown a straight red. So down to 10 men after 20 minutes, it was always going to be a tough ask. Cheung made a good save to keep the scores level. The boys battled away and a nice through ball saw Denver beat the keeper to the ball  who being committed took him out in the box, penalty (No card though) ! Up stepped Jacky to tuck away the spot kick, 1-0 22nd. This kicked Ravenhill into gear and they laid seige to the 22nd goal. Beattie done his best to relieve the pressure and hold onto the ball but it was very difficult. Boys at the back made a few cracking blocks to keep the lead intact to the half. 1-0 HT.

Second half started with Ravenhill having lots of the ball and putting pressure on the 2's. A long high clearance saw tge lurcher race after it. Amazingly he beat the keeper and centre back to it flicking the ball by them. Both hammered him on the edge of the box, resulting in a yellow for the keeper and a free kick for 22nd (strange decision). Boobs curled the free kick over the bar and the Ravenhill keeper tipped the ball over. Ravenhill got their equaliser when a shot rebounded of the post and was bundled home, 1-1. Within minutes they were in front when The winger out paced the 22nd defence and beat Cheung to make it 2-1. The boys battled to try and get back in the game and the 22nd made their changes. But as the 2's pressed Ravenhill broke away a scored a good third to make it 3-1. Ravenhill then had a man sent off for decent and the 22nd tried to press for a goal to get back in the game. From a corner Cheung decided he was gonna show the outfield players how to score. Up he went and met the corner beautifully with his head but unfortunately his header crashed off the bar and over. Credit to the 22nd they kept pressing and never gave up but time rs n out. Game finished 3-1 Ravenhill.

W.Cheung N.Martin J.Rowan G.Carson W.Simpson J.Burrows D.Brown L.Boobyer D.Bell C.Beattie A.Crooks 

G.Gillespie S.Vance J.McKimm

Saturday 27th October 2018
Cochrane & Corry Cup 2nd Rd 
Valley 4G 
St Mary's 4-6 22nd Old Boys (penalties)

The 22nd travelled to Newtownabbey to face St Mary's in the second round of the cup on a bitter cold Saturday. A minutes silence was impeccably observed by both teams in memory of our player Alex Pattersons brother passing. 

The boys kicked off with the wind and started with lots of procession. St Mary's sat in and tried to play us on the counter attack. Smooch was unlucky when he tried to chip the keeper after spotting him off his line. The game was getting a bit tasty with a few off the ball niggles from corners. St Mary's were extremely dangerous on the break and twice the lurcher came to the rescue with last ditch clearances. At the other end a poor clearance from St Mary's keeper gave Jacky an opportunity from distance but his attempted chip resembling a conversion at Ravenhill ! Both sides battled hard and the ref brandished a few yellow cards for some heavy tackles. Cheung was forced into a good save at his near post to keep the scores level. Both sides were struggling to break down the opposition and create any real clear cut chances. Yet just before half time 22nd conceeded a free kick on the left of their half. The ball was floated to the back post were the St Mary's centre half headed it back across goal. After a scramble St Mary's striker going away from goal turned and smashed the ball into the top corner, 1-0 St Mary's and right on the whistle. 

Second half started much as the first half had ended with both teams trying to find a way through but not really finding it. Cheung made a good save and Crooksy was full of energy at the other end. It was from a Crooksy cross that Beattie found himself 4 yards out with the net at his mercy. All it needed was Beattie to apply his forehead and finish to equalise ! But no. Beattie decided a specular diving header for the camera was in order and he superbly headed over ! Wouldn't you know it within minutes St Mary's got a very fortunate second. After a bit of pressure on the 22nd goal Jacky went to clear the danger only to see his clearance hit a St Mary's player in the face and rebound into the 22nd net, 2-0. Luck ! What's that ? The 22nd management then changed their formation making 3 subs and went for broke. From a 22nd corner big Jay bundled the ball into the St Mary's net to give the boys some hope, 2-1. Boobyer then questioned St Mary's resilience and urged the boys on. Having been a number of incidents already in the St Mary's box a bit of shoving and pushing from a 22nd set play resulted to the ref pointing to the penalty spot. With Boobs missing last week, Jacky stepped up and under some games manship from the St Mary's keeper he sent him the wring way to equalise. Both sides went end to end in search of a winner but nothing more happened. Ft 2-2 

The first period of extra time saw Sammy sent through on goal but unfortunately his shot was straight at the keeper. Again at the other end the lurcher came to the rescue with another last ditch clearance. Both sides pressed now for a winner and the game went end to end. The first period came to a close with both sides still level.

The second period saw a few boys come down with cramp and St Mary's uped the pressure on the 22nd goal in search of a winning goal. Alex, Denver and Jacky worked tirelessly in midfield to close down and counter attack St Mary's. At the back the defence held firm and kept St Mary's at bay. With the dreaded penalties looming the St Mary's striker turned in the box only to see his shot hit the 22nd bar and bounce over. Full time, penalties ! 

22nd Old Boys 
Boobs goal, Alex goal, Cheung goal, Jordan goal, 
St Mary's 
Goal, Cheung save, goal, Cheung save. 

W.Cheung N.Martin J.Rowan G.Carson W.Simpson J.Burrows D.Brown L.Boobyer D.Bell C.Beattie A.Crooks 

A.Patterson S.Megarry J.McKimm
Saturday 20th October 2018
NAFL Div 2C 
Rooftop 0-3 22nd Old Boys 

After recent poor starts the message was start fast, believe in yourselves and enjoy it. The boys didn't disappoint, they were out of blocks fast and playing some good attacking football. It was all 22nd Smooch and safe in dominating midfield, Gary and Jay solid at back and Luke and Beattie to much for opposition going forward. Within minutes the keeper saved from smooch from a cut back. The deadlock was broken when Boobs floated a lovely free kick to back post and Smooch kept like a ginger salmon to glance home his header (followed by his awful cow celebration), 1-0 22nd. The 22nd kept up the pressure and some nice play released Luke down the right. He cut inside and was badly clipped but to his credit he stayed on his feet when others would have went down. He composed himself and finished beautifully at near post to make it 2-0. It was all 22nd, with Beattie having a goal bound effort cleared off the line. More pressure and more chances went begging, would that prove costly? Rooftop broke away but Cheung was quickly out to block. At the other end some nice play down the left saw Stein teed up on the edge of the box. But rather than shoot he tried to kill a low flying seagull at 1000ft, have we a male scuttle? Young Dean on the left was hungry for the ball, passing and moving looking to hurt the opposition. More chances went begging, Jay from 2 corners, Beattie on his left and Dean very unlucky when the keeper saved point blank. Press and pressure as the would the 22nd just couldn't get the game clinching 3rd. HT 3-0.

At half time the boys were told keep up the good play but don't become complacent. Credit to Rooftop they came out busting a gut to get back in the game. They had lots of procession but didn't really create anything, though some very strange referring decisions have them an opportunity or two, but Cheung dealt with those. The impressive Dean took a bad bang on the knee and was replace by the lurcher who was booked for diving when he clearly lost his footing. Denver was broufht on for Beattie and played some lovely progressive football. At the other end the 22nd continued to be wasteful in attack and on the ball. Missing chance after chance and giving the ball away in good positions. Jay again came close, as did Luke, Beattie and Gillespie. It was Gillespie showing some nice feet in the box who was brought down for a penalty. Rooftop complained as you do but it was a penalty. Up stepped Boobs who struck the penalty to the keeper a right. It was that bad the keeper was able to go for a burger come back and roll over to save it. Would this cost us ? No a masterful tactical change but the 22nd manager saw Boobs up top and it was a long ball saw him through to gain a reprieve for that awful penalty to make it 3-0. Mr Grumpy the 7th dwarf nearly scored a great goal when he flicked it up and shot only for it to fizz just over with the keeper beaten. Young Geezer was added late in the game for his debut making a back four with the ages of 18, 17, 19 and 26. Great to see for the club going forward. The ref decided enough was enough and a much needed 3 points were secured for the 22nd. 

W.Cheung N.Martin G.Carson J.Rowan G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Bell L.Boobyer D.Larkin L.White C.Beattie 

W.Simpson D.Brown J.Dunwoody 
Saturday 13th October 2018
NAFL Div 2C 
Carryduff Colts 5-3 22nd Old Boys 

The boys travelled to Carryduff on a very wet and miserable day. The game kicked off and a sign of things to come when a nice pass inside Nevin saw the left winger through but Cheung came to rescue making a good stop. The boys worked hard and a nice threw ball saw Beattie race away down the right, his first time cross looked to have left Luke with the simplest of tap ins. But no the proverbial sniper got him at the crucial moment. He lost his footing and the chance was gone. Cheung taking a goal kick turned his chocolate ankle and landed in a heap. He was fine to continue but in some discomfort. Minutes later Carryduff took advantage and a shot from 20 odd yards found the far corner when a fit Cheung would have reached it, 1-0 Carryduff. Within minutes they were 2 down when a set play wasn't deal with and the usual ball watching allowed Carryduff to score. Things were not going well for the 22nd and they found themselves 3 down from more poor defending with the Carryduff striker getting a tap in at the back post. The boys battled it out to half time but change a would need to happen in the second half to improve. 

After the proverbial roasting the boys came out and within minutes the normally dependable Cheung must have rubbed butter on his hands at half time as one slipped through his fingers to make it 4. As of that wasn't bad enough the lurcher decided he wanted in on the act and stuck in his own net to make it 5-0. This was bordering on embarrassing and a few changes were made. Credit where it's due the boys decided to turn up and get stuck in. Luke was played through with a nice pass and he duely finished to make it 5-1. Minutes later the 22nd got a free kick some 20 yards out. Up stepped Boobs and curled a wicked shot into the far corner 5-2, was there a comeback ? The boys fought hard in midfield and the 2 strikers worked their socks off. In recent weeks Beattie couldn't hit a barn door but from 25 yards spotting the keeper of his line he chipped him superbly, 5-3. You could see the panic setting in with Carryduff and they really didn't fancy it. Another foul another free kick. This time whipped into the box, it needed the faintest of touches to make it 4 but unfortunately Smooch and rest lining up couldn't get that touch. Minutes late young Jay had one cleared off the line and Carryduff scrambled it clear. The just at the end Carter was dismissed for a second yellow leaving the boys with 10 men and time against them. Again to their credit they battled to the final whistle but just couldn't get that fourth goal to really rank up the pressure. 

W.Cheung N.Martin J.Rowna D.Miller G.Gillespie J.Burrows D.Brown L.Boobyer W.Simpson C.Beattie L.White

Carter Bacon D.Bell G.Carson 
Saturday 6th October 2018
NAFL Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 0-4 St Matthew's 

The boys faced what they knew would be a stern test from a very good St Matt's side. The boys started well pressing hard and trying to hound down the St Matt's players. Gary made some good interceptions at the back. Unfortunately we feel asleep from a corner and a spot of quick thinking from the St Matt's striker saw him round Stein and fire home, 1-0 St Matt's. Within minutes they were 2 up when some poor organisation in the 22nd defence saw a mismatch between Jacky and the big St Matt's striker who headed home from a free kick. The boys found themselves under the cost a bit only for some good last minute defending and keeping we could have been more down. Crooksy's tireless pursuit up front gave the boys some much needed inspiration. A long ball decieved the St Matt's keeper and he was lucky to turn it into the bar and the ball was hacked off the line. Minutes later the St Matt's keeper made a good save to deny the 2's a way back. All the while St Matt's pressed for more goals. From a 22nd set play Boobs saw his goal bound shot cleared off the line by the St Matt's defender. Willie and Boobs worked hard on the wings. The 2's best chance fell to smooch who I don't think knew of he was gonna head it, kick it or eat it. In the end he just fell over it.  The boys battled on to half time with Jacky and Stein fighting for every ball in midfield. HT 2-0 St Matthew's 

Boys were told at half time to believe in themselves, show some heart and play some football. 

Second half saw the same tempo, St Matt's with lots of the ball and 22nd working hard to close them down. But just as things were improving another set play, another daydream and 3-0. Terrible defending once more. The boys knuckled down and some nice football down the left released the lurcher who's effort flew narrowly wide of St Matt's goal. The 22nd made a few changes bringing on some much needed fresh legs. Then after a tireless performance Crooksy had to be withdrawn after going over on his ankle. Right at the death St Matthew's forced the ball home for their fourth goal and to wrap up a deserved victory. 4-0 St Matthew's FT

W.Cheung N.Martin D.Bell G.Carson C.Jarvis S.Vance J.Burrows L.Boobyer W.Simpson A.Crooks C.Beattie 

D.Larkin J.Rowan L.White
Saturday 29th September 2018
NAFL Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 1-2 Whitehead Eagles 

The first team returned to league action at home to Whitehead. The 22nd started brightly keeping procession and making Whitehead work hard to keep them at bay.  22nd kept up the pressure and a succession of long throws and corners just couldn't be turned home. Both 22nd wingers had the better of their full backs. Carter cut in from the right teed up Beattie who steadied himself before trying to find the top corner. Only a good diving save from the keeper kept the scores level. Wouldn't you know it, having all the play the 2's found themselves a goal down with some poor defending. A long high clearance found smooch struggling to get back to clear and with no cover ! The Whitehead striker finished, 1-0. Minutes later the 22nd found themselves amazingly 2 down when some poor marking at a corner saw Whitehead flick home to make it 2-0. Bit of frustration showed as the boys having dominated the game completely found themselves 2 down. Young Carter winning a free kick in a dangerous position gave tge 2's a shooting opportunity. Big Maitland thumped the free kick goal bound and the keeper was unable to hold his effort. Smooch pounced on the rebound to force it home to put the 22nd back in the game at 2-1 (least said about his celebration the better). The boys just couldn't get the equaliser before half time. 

The second half saw the 22nd pick up were they left off, having lots of the play and putting Whitehead under a lot of pressure. A succession of corners and throw ins were well defended by Whitehead. They really defended well and were very well organosed. Chrissy fired a great effort narrowly wide from 20 yards, Crooksy was unlucky with another effort and Beattie just couldn't find the net. The 22nd made attacking changes and pushed forward in search of the equaliser. On the break Whitehead had two great chances to extend their lead but just couldn't finish. The 2's had a big penalty shout for hand ball... but the ref waved the appeals away (The one big decision he got wrong). Credit to the boys they worked hard and pressed right to the end but just couldn't find that piece of brilliance or piece of luck to get the equaliser. 

W.Cheung N.Martin D.Bell G.Carson C.Jarvis S.Vance C.Maitland W.Simpson Carter Bacon A.Crooks C.Beattie

S.Megarry G.Gillespie R.Larkin
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Junior Cup 1st rd 
Diamond Rathcoole 
Crosscollyer 2-1 22nd Old Boys 

The team travelled to the Diamond in Rathcoole to play Crosscollyer in Europe on a great playing surface. The boys new this would be a tough physical encounter. They knuckled down and started well moving the ball about. Crooksys energy and pace caused their back line a lot of problems. It was his pace that got him through on the keeper only to lift his lob narrowly wide. Moments later through again he tangled with the keeper. The ball fell to Beattie with the goal at his mercy from 20 yards curled his effort well wide. One can only think he had his boots on the wrong feet. The Crosscollyer centre midfielder was dominating the midfield and with Chrissy Groening frustrated he found himself booked for a late challenge. From the resulting free kick the 2's failed to clear properly, Crosscollyer striker picked up the ball evaded 3 players and fired home. 1-0 Crosscollyer. The boys dusted themselves down and battled hard. Chrissy and Stein started to get a hold of the midfield. Back four looked solid and going forward we always looked dangerous. From a 22nd corner Crosscollyer failed to clear the ball and Sammy eventually thumped home the equaliser from close range, 1-1. Crosscollyer thought they had taken the lead when their centre back headed home from a corner but the referee ruled it out for a foul on the 22nd Keeper. Both sides huffed and puffed but didn't really create anything else. 1-1 HT.

Second half started as first half had ended, with both teams battling away and not really creating much. With the defences on top it was going to need something special or a mistake to get a winner. 22nd blinked first and having failed to clear their lines adequately the Crosscollyer striker pounced on the ball and fired home to make it 2-1. This changed the complexion of the game. Crosscollyer went into their shell and tried to catch the 2's on the break and the 22nd were having a lot more of the ball. 22nd brought on Alex who straight away injected some much needed ball retention and passing. A ball over the Crosscollyer defence saw Crooksy through but unfortunately his touch took him away from goal and with a tight angle he fired wide. The 22nd pressed and pressed looking for an equaliser, with Willie on the wing and big trunks brought on up top for some height they tried everything but just couldn't score. Right at the death after a nice interchange of passing Alex turned on edge of the box and shot towards the far corner, the keeper dove and saved well. He couldn't hold the shot and Willie ran n onto the rebound from a tight angle but blasted wide. The 2's pushed right to the end but just couldnt force home an equaliser. FT 2-1 and the end of our Junior Cup aspirations for another year.

W.Cheung N.Martin G.Carson D.Bell C.Jarvis S.Vance C.Maitland S.Megarry L.Boobyer C.Beattie A.Crooks.

W.Simpson E.Hollyoak A.Patterson
Saturday 15th September 2018
NAFL Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 3-2 St Mary's 

After the leagues opening two games ending in heavy defeats the boys needed to bounce back with a good performance. Show some fight and get a few points on the board.

The game started of with St Mary's on the attack right from the start. For the first 20mins they kept forcing the issue with plenty of ball but not troubling Cheung. They kept pushing down their left and at one point we were worried about Nevin getting dizzy he was getting that much of a run around. Chrissy and Stein battled in the middle of the park and a the back four looked a lot more solid than in recent weeks. After some sustained pressure the ball broke for St Mary's and their striker forcing a good save from Cheung but their winger followed up to put the ball in the unguarded net, 1-0 St Mary's. Was this to be a repeat of previous weeks ? No was the simple answer as the boys rolled their sleeves up and battled hard. They began to gain a foot hold in the game in midfield and Boobs was the outlet ball on the left. Big Maitland ran onto one in midfield sized up his shot, but rather than hit the target we think he saw something that annoyed him on top of Black Mountain, as his shot was closer to the top of the mountain than the net. The 2's best chance fell to Boobs after some neat work down the left he shot low and the keeper got down well to make a good save. St Mary's stop had the lions share of the ball but could not force any more openings before half time, 1-0 HT

The second half started brightly for the 22nd and it wasn't long before Beattie put through and with the ball bouncing hooked his shot over the keeper but unfortunately over the bar to. This seemed to lift the 22nd and minutes later the 22nd were level when a great ball sent Beattie away down the right. He cut in and shot across the keeper who made a great save. The ball fell kindly to Fraser who side footed into the empty night, 1-1. At that the 22nd management team decided to introduce young Sam for his 1st team debut. Within minutes Boobs played a lovely diagonal ball in behind the left centre back. Young Sam opened up the throttle sped past him and struck the ball like an arrow into the far top corner (take a bow son), 2-1 22nd. St Mary's were visibly rattled and the 2's sensed blood. A free kick on the left for 22nd was floated in by Boobyer up went Maitland and headed goal wards... Young Sam nipped in and forced the ball across the line to make it 3-1 ! What a purple patch of 10mins for the 2's. The 22nd pressed on looking a fourth to completely kill the tie but credit to St Mary's they rallied and started to put the 22nd under enormous pressure. Cometh the hour cometh the man as they say. Up stepped the 22md keeper who opened the top drawer to make 3 breath taking saves one after the other. The pick being a one handed stop which was destined for the top corner. When St Mary's did beat him they were offside or the woodwork came to the rescue. 22nd made their last change and added big Chism up top to help with set plays and to replace a punctured Beattie. As Chism galloped around up top making a nuisance of himself St Mary's finally found a way past Cheung to make it 3-2 with 4mins on the clock. Squeaky bum time and Chism banished to a now back 5 for the 22nd saw an impressive defensive display by the boys at the back, come to a nervous end. St Mary's may well have had the procession and chances but the 22nd had the fire and the fight to take the 3 points. Great battling display by all 22nd 14 players. Onto Junior Cup (Europe) next Saturday.

W.Cheung N.Martin G.Carson D.Bell C.Jarvis S.Vance C.Maitland W.Simpson L.Boobyer F.Breen C.Beattie 

J.McKimm C.Chism S.Megarry 
Saturday 1st September 2018
NAFL Div 2C 
Ashfield School 
St Matthew's 8-0 22nd Old Boys 

The 2's travelled to East Belfast to face another of the fancied teams in their second league game hoping to improve on last week's poor result. The game started as expected with St Matt's with lots of procession. The 2's dug I  and worked hard to keep the hard working St Matt's at bay while looking dangerous on the break with Fraser. Both teams had the ball on the deck knocking it about and unfortunately a miss placed pass from 22nd midfield saw St Matt's striker through, a nice backheel left his partner with a tap in, 1-0 St Matt's. The pattern continued with the 2's chasing a very good side but we're defending doggedly. A good save from Maitland from a 22nd corner kept the score at 1-0 and at the other end Cheung made 2 good saves to keep the 22nd intouch. Unfortunately a poor pass again saw the ball turned over and a clinical St Matthew's finish to make it 2-0. A good counter attack from 22nd saw Boobs in a good position on the corner of the box but unfortunately he snatched at his chance and curled it straight down the keepers throat. The 22nd worked hard through the rest of the half but just couldn't find a way back into the game. 

The second half started with the 22nd playing some nice football and on top for the first 5 to 10 mins forcing St Matthew's back. But unfortunately another defensive mistake saw St Matt's get a third and this you could see knocked the stuffing out of the 22nd boys. St Matthew's kept turning the screw now they were back on top and ran in another 2 goals with the second clearly offside but allowed by the referee. 22nd made the changes and Crooksys impact and energy was needed. He came close to getting through on numerous occasions only for some good defending. Willie worked his socks off on the wing and after being harshly booked was lucky to stay on after another foul. St Matt's 6th again looked offside but their 7th was a lovely finish into the far corner. Credit to the boys they kept going and trying to play football and almost got the break through but right at the death with the St Matthew's striker in what looked again in an offside position, he was brought down and the ref awarded a penalty. Which was dispatched to make it 8 and a day to forget for the 22nd. St Matthew's must take a lot of credit as they worked very hard and passed the ball superbly. 

W.Cheung N.Martin G.Carson D.Bell G.Gillespie S.Vance C.Maitland W.Simpson L.Boobyer D.Brown F.Breen

C.Jarvis A.Crooks L.White
Saturday 25th August 2018
NAFL Div 2C 
22nd Old Boys 0-6 Beann Madaghain 

So after a hard summer and lot of work the season began at home to new BM team. A very weakened 22nd team took to the pitch and started off well, moving the ball around and trying to break down BM defence. An early warning of What was ahead came when Cheung was forced into an early save. Both teams worked hard in what was a tight game to begin with but BM just looked to have that bit more quality. Their tricky striker got a fortunate rebound in the box that then allowed him to round Gary who done in bringing down the striker, penalty ! Up he stepped and Cheung diving to his left saved the resulting penalty only to see the rebound smashed home, 1-0 BM. Minutes late Cheung was forced into another good save from point blank range to keep the 2's in the game. The 22nd kept trying to play football but simply couldn't keep the ball for long enough. BM kept forcing the pace and it wasn't long before they added a second chipping the ball home to make it 2-0. The defence at sixes and sevens and midfield and strikers unable to keep the ball, it was going to be a long day. The boys battled away to the half. 2-0 HT

Second half saw the 22nd come out to a confident, well drilled and dangerous BM team who took full advantage of the big pitch. They quickly added two more goals to effectively pit the game to bed at 4-0. All over the pitch we were second best with a lack of hunger and desire. A rare opportunity saw Graeme sent through, but for some reason rather than take the ball onto his good foot, he opted to try and chip the keeper from a long way out and completely skewed the effort. 22nd made a few changes and tried to shore up were the problems were. But as good as a game as Cheung was having he couldn't prevent BM scoring another 2 goals to complete a comprehensive victory. Full time could not come quick enough at 6-0.

W.Cheung J.Adams G.Carson C.Jarvis G.Gillespie S.Vance C.Maitland J.Burrows W.Simpson L.Boobyer G.Irvine 

D.Brown A.McCrea D.Bell
Ian Boyd Memorial Cup
Saturday 21st July 2018

Today the 22nd travelled to Ballykeel to compete in the Ian Boy Memorial Cup to commerate the passing of young Ian a keeler and to promote positive mental awareness.

Netherley Woodlane Legion 0-0 Ballykeel

22nd Old Boys 1-0 Ballywalter
The boys knew this would be a tough test against quality intermediate opposition. The 2's started well and played some nice football. Ballywalter worked hard and were quick up top but it was 22nd who were in the accendency creating a few half chances. Jacky and Stein battled hard in midfield and Blair led the defence well. The 2's were getting joy down both flanks and a corner win on the right was whipped in by Boobs and Chrissy Jarvis stooped to head the 22nd infront. Boobs worked his socks off in the no10 roll and the boys were able to manage the game a see it through.

Ballywalter 1-0 Netherley Woodlane Legion

22nd Old Boys 0-1 Ballykeel
The boys knew a win here against the hosts would virtually guarantee the trophy. But Ballykeel playing long to their strengths had the 22nd at under pressure. But gradually the boys felt their way into the game and were very unfortunate to not score July hitting the Ballykeel cross bar. It was Ballykeel who grabbed the goal when a free kick was floated to the back post and their centre back headed home, to wild celebrations. But 22nd were not finished yet and big Stevie causing a lot of problems was hauled down in the Ballykeel box ! Stone wall penalty, no ref waved away appeals amid shouts of bribery and corruption (Brown envelopes were exchanged). To be fair Ballykeel held on to win 1-0 and put them in driving seat.

Ballykeel 1-1 Ballywalter

22nd Old Boys 3-0 Netherley Woodlane Legion
After Ballykeel and Ballywalter playing out a draw a win would see the 2's lift the trophy. The 22nd started well as the boys from Liverpool worked hard but not having played for a while showed. Graeme had a great chance but managed a feeble miss. Beattie followed suit by hitting the Legion keeper with the ball from 2 yards out then from 1 yard hit the post (hook was fetched). Fortunately big Stevie turned well and fired the 2's in front, 1-0. Minutes later it was 2 when Graeme did get it right to slot home. To round things of the Lurcher raced clear to slot in the far corner to secure the win and the club's first Ian Boyd Memorial Cup Win


Saturday, 5th May 2018
St. Genevieve’s High School

Suffolk Swifts 1-1 22nd Old Boys

The first season in the Amateur League drew to a close for the 22nd as we travelled across to West Belfast to take on Suffolk Swifts. We had played the reserve game at Clarendon only five days ago.

On a field more suited to hiking than playing football, both teams struggled to get the ball on the deck and get any rhythm going. Chances were few and far between in the early stages, with the tall Suffolk defence heading the ball away every time the 22nd tried to play the forwards through. This was also helped by a few questionable offside decisions by the referee. 22nd did however, manage to take the lead in the half hour mark. Lee Boobyer getting free inside the Suffolk box, his shot was blocked and fell at the feet of young Clarke Bacon, who made no mistake and fired the 22nd in front. 1-0
From this point, the 22nd looked to build on their lead, even forcing Suffolk to switch from their rigid 5 man defence to go 4 at the back.
22nd had a few other chances, included one with the Suffolk keeper hitting his back of the goal post whilst also keeping the ball out of the net.
The first half drew to a close with a slender lead for the 22nd.

Gary Carson, carrying a knock from the prior days youth team game, was forced off at the back and 22nd introduced Gary Gillespie to begin the second half.
22nd started on the front foot and started to look creative with their set plays, going close on a number of occasions through Stein, Clarke and Jarvis.
Then on the break, Bill McClean let his man get loose on the right, a cross came into the box and the Suffolk forward finished to level the game. 1-1
McClean, didn’t last long as an injury meant, Curtis Lindores would take his place at the heart of the 2’s defence.
Crooksy was also introduced and with Maitland and stein enjoying s dominant day in the midfield, they released the young forward on two occasions, only for the Suffolk defence to clear their lines.
The game and the season drew to a close with an 8th place finish as good as it gets for the 2’s. Definitely something to build on over the summer.

W. Cheung, J. Adams, B. McClean, G. Carson, C. Jarvis, S. Vance, C. Maitland, L. Boobyer, G. Irvine, W. Simpson, Clarke Bacon

SUBS G. Gillespie, C. Lindores, A. Crooks
Tuesday 1st May 2018
22nd Old Boys 2-0 Suffolk Swifts

Our last home game of the season kicked off in you guessed it torrential rain ! The 22nd started brightly moving the ball well and dominating play. With Suffolk playing 3 at the back Willie and Graeme were having a field day down either flank causing allsorts of problems. Some nice play saw Clarke in space at the edge of the box. He cut inside and fired a great effort towards the far too corner only to see the keeper make a cracking stop. The 22nd kept pressing at one point 4 corners in a row saw the ball rebound off the Suffolk bar before they could clear their lines. Big Maitland in midfield was winning the Ariel duels and the back four marshalled by Bill looked very comfortable. The deadlock was broken when a long clearance by Cheung saw a slick flick by Boobs and young Clarke through on goal made no mistake finishing clinically, 1-0 22nd. The boys ramped up the pressure and a good long range effort from Graeme was tipped round the post by the impressive Suffolk keeper. Willie was giving them a nightmare down the left and it was his persistence in winning the ball back before he skinned the centre back which allowed him to cross for Boobs to finish, 2-0. The 2's Thought they had a third when big Maitland headed home from a free kick only to have his goal wrongly ruled out for offside (mile on). Suffolk thought they were through and Cheung saved well but the ref ruled offside. The 22nd pressed Suffolk right to the half time whistle but couldn't get that third goal.

Second half saw Suffolk change shape and really have a go at the 22nd. The boys battled hard st the back and in midfield to deny them any clear sights of goal. Suffolk did have two headers each about 15 yards out but each time they couldn't hit the target. At the other end Clarke was sent through and again the ref wrongly called him for offside. The 22nd made their changes to try and inject some fresh legs into the team on a heavy pitch. Smooch came on and took over from Maitland battling hard in midfield and Ryan giving us energy going forward. It looked like the 22nd would see the game out but the impressive Bill lost his calm and diving in cleaned out the Suffolk centre forward.... penalty! Up stepped the Suffolk striker but Cheung diving to his left easily saved the penalty to ensure the clean sheet. The boys seen out the remaining minutes quite comfortably. Nice to finish our games at home with a victory. Our last game sees us travel to Suffolk on Saturday
Saturday 21st April 2018
Nortel 2-0 22nd Old Boys

Would you believe it ? Nortel kicked off in brilliant sunshine. Straight from the kick off Cheung tipped a great effort over the bar from the half way. The game settled into the expected pattern of us trying to pass the ball and Nortel lumping it forward. The boys moved the ball well but unfortunately were wasteful in posession. This allowed Nortel an opportunity which they capitalised on. A defensive mistake (Yes again) let their striker through on goal, Cheung made an initial good tackle but the striker was able to recover and roll the ball into the empty net,1-0. Young Clarke looks to have found his hunger again and give Nortel defence plenty to think about with his pace and movement. The 22nd midfield battled hard and Jacky came close seeing the keeper turn a shot round the post. Chrissy was unfortunate to get booked when tracking back making a last ditch tackle. Defensively he was superb but he was passing like Stevie wonder ! The game kept to the same pattern but a young 22nd team kept at it. Matic almost released Clarke with a first time pass but unfortunately he over cooked it. Jordy giving an aspirin a sore head with his yapping which rivaled Nortels incessant complaining. Smooch battled away in midfield with Stein and Jordan. The half closed out with the game in the balance and turning into a real battle.

The second half saw Nortel try and get a second to kill the game but the 22nd defence and midfield was up to the task and tried to counter. Both teams huffed and puffed without any real chances. Until the 22ndhad a golden 10 minutes where Jacky found by a superb ball by Stein raced clear. He cut the pass back to Boobs who managed to hit Clarke with his goal bound effort. Clarke pounced on the rebound only to see the Nortel keeper make a good stop. Minutes later a Clarke cut back to Boobs saw him fluff his lines and miss control the ball slowing Nortel to clear. Two great chances to draw level. 22nd were in the ascendency and pressed for that illusive goal. Enter Graeme to try and help add attacking pace and flair. A nice move down the right saw Graeme get a nice pass in a good position. Opportunity you would think but no Graeme Ryaned it and fell over the ball much to the watching crowds enjoyment. As the 2's pressed and the inevitable hand bags started by Crooksy sods law kicked in and Nortel broke down the left. A terrible defensive mistake (see the pattern) and a tap in at back post, 2-0. That was that. Just time for Chrissy to trying to stop an attack to collect his second booking seeing the boys down to 10 men. Full time 2-0.

W.Cheung J.Adams B.McClean G.Carson C.Jarvis S.Vance J.McKimm J.Burrows L.Boobyer D.Bell Clarke Bacon.

J.Thompson G.Irvine A.Crooks
Monday 16th April 2018
22nd Old Boys 0-3 Willowbank

Our first midweek game of the season kicked off against champions elect Willowbank in blustery conditions. As expected Willowbank set the tempo with lots of procession and moving the ball very well. An early break by 22nd saw Clarke through but the referee wrongly called him for offside. Willowbank took firm control of the game and came close twice in quick succession. It proved third time lucky when Willowbank got in round the back and headed across for a tap in at far post, 1-0 Willowbank. It was a poor goal to concede but the guys dug in and kept working hard. Willowbank thought they had doubled their league when a free kick decieved Cheung but the referee adjudged a player in an offside position had impeded him. Bit of a let off. Willie was working his socks off down the left and almost got through with sheer persistence. A warning had been given earlier with the Banks centre backs coming through and it proved costly. The centre back picked up the ball on the half way and drove forward. He unleashed a shot from some 25 yards as the 22nd players backed away and it flew into the far top corner, 2-0 what a hit. It would have been easy to let the heads drop and take a proper kicking but the guys kept working. Clarke and Boobs worked tirelessly to close down the impressive Bank defenders. The boys seen it through to the half at 2-0 with the hope of regrouping.

The second half started as the first had ended with Willowbank in charge. It wasn't long before the Bank winger cut the ball across and the centre forward mate it 3 from close range. It looked like it could get a lot worse as Willowbank missed another good opportunity from close range. The 22nd decided to freshen things up with a treble substitution. This seemed to stem things and the 22nd started to get into the game. A great ball saw Crooksy in behind and a sliding challenge in the box had the 22nd calling for a penalty but not tonight. Moments later Willie tirelessly working down the left bundled his way by two players and almost found a cut back. Some nice 22nd play saw Jacky released down the right and as he bore down on goal he tried to square it for a tap in for Crooksy but a last ditch tackle thwarted that. 22nd kept pressing sensing an opportunity and Maitland curled a free kick just over with the keeper beaten. Some more good work down the left saw a great cross pick out Maitland but unfortunately he couldn't steer his header goal wards. Willowbank were still dangerous on the break and came close on a few occasions but it was 22nd who applied the pressure. Credit were it's due as Willowbank seen out the remaining minutes to keep their goal intact and continue their march towards the title. Full time 3-0 Willowbank.

W.Cheung J.Adams B.McClean G.Carson C.Jarvis S.Vance J.McKimm J.Burrows L.Boobyer W.Simpson Clarke Bacon

C.Maitland D.Bell A.Crooks

Saturday 7th April 2018



22nd Old Boys 1-1 Ravenhill YM

22nd back at home again looking to build on last week's good win against Rooftop. Before the game a minutes silence was observed by both teams in memory of 22nd club captain Jacky Burrows Mother who passed away on Friday night.

The game started at a fair pace with the 22nd settling the quicker and trying to move the ball. Jordy was tasked with keeping their very quick winger under wraps and got off to a good start, winning the early duels. It became clear that if Ravenhill didn't get the ball to him they went route one and relied heavily on a long throw. It was from one of these that a lapse in defending saw Ravenhill nick a goal, as the ball was put in at the back post having evaded everyone. The 22nd responded with Stein and Smooch getting to grips with the midfield. A long diagonal ball from the back by Bill released Big Stevie who raced through and finished superbly past the Ravenhill keeper, 1-1. Big Stevie kept plugging away and wasn't given much help from the ref when he out muscled the big centre back the free continually went the other way. At the other end Ravenhill seemed content to win a throw in and launch it into the 22nd box. The 2's were now better organised, between Cheung coming to win them and the back four wining the Ariel duels they looked secure. The half continued and Stein breaking through the middle fired a good effort just over the bar. The game of attrition continued to the half with neither team giving an inch, 1-1 HT.

Second half started and Ravenhill continued the Ariel bombardment. It was hard to watch and I'm sure worse to play in. The boys were not passing well and were getting sucked into a scrappy game. Though the 22nd looked very sound at the back. A potential game changing moment came mid way through the second half when the Ravenhill striker was sent off for two bookings for dissent. You would think this would push on the 2's bit no it seemed to spur on Ravenhill. The 22nd management made changes and formation changes but the game just turned into a scrappy grinding match. A great chance fell to Stevie when a good ball from Stein saw the big centre forward just to heavy with his touch and the keeper closed him out. Right at the death Boobs fired a free kick just over the bar after Stevie had actually won a free kick. The game drew to a disappointing close at 1-1. But to be honest I think we were all glad it was over as it was very hard to watch. Onto the next one when hopefully be more football played.

W.Cheung J.Adams B.McClean A.Collins C.Jarvis S.Vance D.Bell W.Simpson L.Boobyer G.Irvine S.Wilson


G.Carson C.Beattie A.Crooks

Saturday 31st March 2018


22nd Old Boys 8-2 Rooftop

After last week's disappointing result and struggling with more injuries the boys looked to bounce back at home to Rooftop.

Straight away the 22nd on the front foot saw the lurcher curl a great effort off the far angle from some 25 yards with the keeper well beaten. Moments later Stevie wriggled through only to tamely shoot straight at the keeper. A mistake by keeper and defender saw Stevie with a free shot on goal which he rolled wide. Another chance went begging when..... Yes you guessed it Stevie couldn't quite stretch enough to toe it in. At this point it looked like it would be one of those days and the 22nd manger even offered Stevie his welly boots. But eventually all the pressure paid off and with Stevie sent clear. He managed to miskick the ball past the Rooftop keeper and onto the net, 1-0 22nd and a sigh of relief. Moments later a 22nd corner was headed onto the bar but big Alan was on hand to head home his first 22nd goal, 2-0. You could see confidence streaming back and a through ball saw big Stevie race clear and thump the ball past the keeper into the far corner, 3-0. He had another great chance in similar fashion just before the break to make it 4 but dragged his shot wide. The boys battled on and the back four looked very comfortable.

Second half started with the 22nd in full control and Stevie through again made no mistake to make it 4-0 with an emphatic finish. Unfortunately a very good defensive performance was ruined when a lapse at the back saw Rooftop make it 4-1 with a tap in at the back post. But the 22nd kept to their game plan and a corner flicked to back post saw Smooch drive a lovely volley in off the underside of the cross bar, 5-1. He was promptly hooked for the returning Maitland. Rooftop got a second when a peach of a finish m, curled into the far top corner made it 5-2. Big Stevie was subbed for the returning Graeme. Some nice calm play by lurcher down the left who passed to Alex who in turn squared to Boobs who calmly picked his spot to fire home to make it 6-2. The 22nd looked hungry and continued to press and a great strike from some 25 yards from Stein flew past the keeper to make it 7-2. Usually he's more dangerous to low flying aircraft. But a great hit none the less. The 22nd thought they should have had a penalty when the Rooftop keeper appeared to two foot Alex in the box but appeals were waved away. The game was rounded off with some nice head tennis from Graeme to Willie to Graeme who fired into the far corner to make it 8-2 and round of an emphatic victory and much needed confidence booster.

W.Cheung J.Adams B.McClean A.Collins C.Jarvis S.Vance D.Bell W.Simpson L.Boobyer J.Burrows S.Wilson


C.Maitland G.Irvine

Saturday 24th March 2018



22nd Old Boys 2-4 Nortel

Our first game in a month saw us at home and would you believe it in brilliant sunshine. The boys kicked off and looked to move the ball and keep some procession. Disaster struck early when a long kick from the keeper was lost in the sun along with a mix up by the 22nd centre backs saw the Nortel striker nip in and head home, 1-0 Nortel. The 22nd manger near had a blue fit at the defending as it was a poor goal to concede. Though straight away Beattie saw a half chance saved by Nortel keeper. 2's started to grow into the game and Beattie saw himself through on the keeper only to see his effort saved. The game flowed from end to end with a contrast in styles of play. 22nd trying to pass their way forward and Nortel going more direct. From a Nortel throw a good cross was whipped into the 22nd box and the Nortel right winger was on hand to volley home, 2-0. More poor defending from the 2's. But the boys kept plugging away sticking to their guns. Some nice play saw Beattie released again and again the keeper saved. Could have been 2-2 but a rush of blood from the 22nd keeper saw him pish over the Nortel forward and the ref pointed to the spot. Cheung diving to his right made a good save but the striker finished the rebound to make it 3-0. The 22nd looked a beaten team and struggled to keep up with the Nortel tempo. Half time came to the rescue before things could get worse. 3-0 HT

The 22nd hit the roof at half time, giving the boys the boys a bit of a dressing down. But pointing out that chances had been created and that we were not out of the game yet.

The second half started and the 22nd came out fighting. Stronger in the tackle and playing with more belief. It wasn't long before Boobyer cut inside and from the edge of the box curled a great finish into the far corner to make it 3-1. The 22nd kept pressing for a second but unfortunately Beattie had to leave the field with an injury followed closely by Gary. Just after the reshuffle a diagonal ball caught out the 22nd back four and a good block by Boobs unfortunately fell to the Nortel striker to tap home to make it 4-1. Credit goes to the 22nd who kept fighting and a good corner from Boobs was met by the lurcher who scored a rare headed goal to put us back in the game at 4-2. The 22nd kept pressing buy just couldn't get another goal to make it interesting. At the other end the 22nd survived another penalty appeal and Nortel managed the game well. Slowing it down and running down the clock to see out the win and take the 3 points. An unfortunate day for the 22nd when mistakes proved costly.

W.Cheung J.Adams B.McClean G.Carson G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Bell W.Simpson J.Burrows L.Boobyer C.Beattie


A.Collins S.Wilson A.Patterson

Saturday 24th February 2018



Rooftop 1-3 22nd Old Boys

On a run of poor results the boys saw this as a chance to try and turn the corner. On a bitter cold day at Grove the 2's started well and were on the front foot with Beattie breaking away and shooting just over. Smooch was dominating the aerial battle in midfield and that gave the boys a good platform to launch their attacks. Beattie again slipped through by Boobs saw his shot go narrowly wide. The break through came from a long throw into the Rooftop box. Up went Smooch and confusion rained and the Rooftop big centre midfielder headed into his own net, 1-0 22nd. The boys kept the pressure up and got their second with Beattie pulling wife delivering to the back post with Boobyer on hand to turn the ball in at the back post, 2-0 22nd. The 2's kept going and pressing looking for more goals. A rare foray into 22nd territory saw Cheung tip over a swirling cross under pressure. At the other end Jacky was sent clear but his chip landed on the roof of the net rather than in it. The 22nd started to get a bit over confident trying to play nice triangles in their own half and were getting caught in possession. A swift gulder or two from the side line got the boys back on task and going forward again in the appropriate manor. The half drew on and the 2's looked to extend their lead but unfortunately they couldn't unlock the door for a third before half time. 2-0 22nd Old Boys HT.

Rooftop must have received a rocket at half time as they came out invigorated and putting the 22nd under pressure. But Bill, Gary and co stood up to be counted. They met the threat and defended well. Well until which would of been one of the strangest goals ever. One of the 22nd defenders blasted a clearance against a player the ball ricochet of him and hit the inside of the 22nd post and roll to safety ! This served as a wake up call and straight away boys went down the other end and Boobyer clear finished nicely to make it 3-0. Rooftop goal a goal back when the full back looked to cross the ball and his cross drifted over the fattening Cheung into the far top corner (skinny Cheung would have got it). Lucky goal and the boys went again. Jacky driving into the box was tripped, went down but to everyone's amazement the ref waved play on. 22nd management brought on Graeme but within 5 mins someone was heard to say can we take him back off. But to be fair to Graeme he got himself into the game and saw a goal bound shot blocked. His play improved the 2's introduced the lurcher whoa pace frightened the Rooftop defence and he himself came close to scoring. The game ran it's course and 22nd ran out comfortable winners in the end.

W.Cheung J.Adams B.McClean G.Carson G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Bell A.Patterson L.Boobyer J.Burrows C.Beattie.


W.Simpson G.Irvine S.Wilson

Saturday 17th February 2018



22nd Old Boys 0-2 Whitehead Eagles

The 22nd took to the field ravaged by injuries and guys unavailable for various reasons. So management tried a change in formation. The boys kicked off and had lots of the ball. For the first 30 mins it was all 22nd, lots of ball but no real cutting edge. The first opportunity came when a slip by Bill allowed in the Whitehead striker through on goal but Cheung saved superbly at his feet. The scoring was opened when a great diagonal ball was swept home by the Whitehead striker 1-0. Moments later it was 2 when a mistake allowed the Whitehead striker through on goal, no mistake 2-0. The boys rallied and Clarke came close with a snap shot from the edge of the box that squeezed wide. Both teams battled hard and the half came to a close without further incident, 2-0 HT.

Second half was a real battle but without either team opening up the other. The 22nd thought they had scored when Harvey on the line only had to nod the ball in. But unfortunately for the 2's he got confused as to which net he was scoring in and completed a miraculous goal line clearance for Whitehead. At the other end a defensive mix up saw Cheung come to his centre backs rescue with another good save. The 2's kept pushing to get back in the game and winning a free kick from a promising position Clarke saw his free kick fly just wide of the goal. Both teams kept plugging away but again little of note created the game fizzled out and Whitehead hung on to claim the 3 points.

W.Cheung A.Collins G.Carson B.McClean J.Adams W.Simpson J.Burrows D.Bell C.Beattie M.Harvey Clarke Bacon


L.Boobyer C.Jarvis G.Gillespie

Saturday 10th February 2018

Cochrane Corry Cup 3rd rd


22nd Old Boys 1-6 Willowbank

The game started with the 22nd putting a bit if pressure on Willowbank but they got into their stride quickly and moved the ball well. Cheung making a good save atctge near post. 22nd tried to counter attack but found it very difficult against a well organised Willowbank. The opening goal came from a cross on the right which the bank striker flicked on and the left wing crept round the back to finish off, 1-0. The second wasn't far behind. A long range effort looked to be going straight at Cheung only for Bill to leap like a salmon and head it past his own keeper, 2-0. Willowbank were unlucky not to get a third when a great hit again from distance near broke the cross bar. But The boys kept at it and Clarke breaking away was unfortunate not to get one back when he life's the ball over the keeper only to see it cleared by the defender. Moments later a great long range effort from Gary was turned away by the keeper. Willowbank having the lions share of possession but the half closed out 2-0 with the boys well in it still. 2-0 HT.

Start of the second half saw the 22nd start to get a foot hold in the game and string some passes together. But as luck would have it runners not tracked and Willowbank make it 3-0. The boys kept plugging away and a free kick some 25 yards was whipped into the top corner by Boobs, great finish 3-1. Boys had their tails up and a great chance fell to Jacky 6 yards out he tried a scissor kick with the goal at his mercy. Unfortunately he completely missed everything much to the amusement of the laughing crowd. Boobs fired 2 more free kicks just over. Another goal would possibly see the dimension of the game shift but unfortunately a series of errors saw Willowbank get the fourth to effectively kill off the 22nd revival. To the boys credit they battled on and Cheung made 2 top drawer saves to keep it some what respectable. On came Crooksy and Eddie to freshen up things. But as hard as they tried it was willowbank who ran in another 2 goals in the dying stages to round of a comprehensive victory and send them into the Next round of the cup. 6-1 FT

W.Cheung G.Carson B.McClean J.Adams G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Bell W.Simpson L.Boobyer J.Burrows Clarke Bacon.


C.Beattie A.Crooks E.Gilmore

Saturday 3rd February 2017



22nd Old Boys 1-1 Carryduff colts

After last week's disappointing result the boys returned to league action v Carryduff who are sitting second in table and in a good vein of form.

Carryduff centred and from the kick of their striker hit a great effort from the half way line which Cheung back peddling managed to tip over the bar. Seconds later a mistake from Blair allowed the same striker through and his shot managed to slip under Cheung but Gary was on hand to clear off the line. The 2's managed to steady the ship and started to string a few passes together. They gradually pushed Carryduff back and Smooch was unlucky from distance with an effort just wide. A flick on from Smooch saw Beattie race clear, compose himself and finish beyond the keeper to put the 22nd 1-0 up.

The 22nd kept pressing and had the best of the play creating a few half chances but were unable to add to their tally. Unfortunately just be for the half a free kick on the left was whipped into the near post where the Carryduff striker finished to make it 1-1.

Carryduff having the better of the rest of the half without troubling the 22nd goal. 1-1 HT.

The second half started and Carryduff picked up were they left up with a lot of possession but again without troubling the 22nd goal. Beattie looked dangerous on break but ran out of steam and was replaced by Bradley. Carryduff continued to press and press but some good defending and the odd slice of luck kept them at bay. Carryduff were always dangerous from set plays as the delivery was superb. It was from one of these that a scramble saw the ball trickle towards the corner of the 22nd net only for Cheung to stretch across and make another good save. From the resulting corner Jacky made a goal saving block and the lines were cleared. With legs tiring 22nd management brought on Jarvis for his debut and shuffled a few players about. This seemed to help the 2's and they once again started to look threatening on the break. Carryduff were desperate for the 3 points and raced to take every set piece and throw but 22nd back four lead very well by big Blair kept them at bay. The game closed out at 1-1 and a good point in the end of the day.

W.Cheung J.Adams G.Carson N.Blair G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Bell W.Simpson J.Burrows L.Boobyer C.Beattie


G.Irvine B.Koen C.Jarvis

Saturday 27th January 2018
Clarence Cup 2nd rd
Brookvale Park, Larne

Wellington Rec 3-0 22nd Old Boys

22nd Old Boys played their first ever game in the Clarence Cup versus Intermediate team Wellington Rec from Larne. The pitch was quite heavy with a strong wind.

Wellington kicked off and straight away the 2's put them under pressure. A free kick won on the left saw Clarke almost beat the keeper at his near post. At the other end a defensive error nearly let in Wellington but for a great tackle by Gary. Both teams struggled to play football in windy conditions. The Wellington left wing back was very tricky and drew a couple of fouls. It was from one of these that Wellington took the lead. The free kick was fizzed in and the 22nd failed to clear. The Wellington striker was on hand to convert to make it 1-0. This have the boys a shake and a good free kick saw Smooch unfortunately head straight at the keeper. Moments later a good cross found Clarke at the back post, he took it down composed himself and fired a shot towards the bottom corner only to see the keeper make an excellent save and turn it round. Willie ran the left wing well and looked dangerous linking up with Boobs and Clarke. The boys came into the game as the half drew to a close and looked the more dangerous. Unfortunately the half finished 1-0 to Wellington.

The second half started with the 22nd looking the more likely and pressing back Wellington. Jacky was getting a lot of space down the right and put a lot of pressure on Wellington linking with Clarke and Boobs. 22nd management switched back to their usual back 4 formation and straight away a lovely flick from Clarke saw Jacky through on goal. Bearing down on the keeper he tried to put the ball in the top corner but unfortunately just put it wide. Sods law. A mistake straight away at left back saw Wellington cross and an easy tap in made it 2-0. Completely against the run of play. The boys rallied and a scramble in the box saw Willie committ a hand ball but what followed was shockingly horrible tackle above the knee by the Wellington keeper. Ref gave a free kick out to Wellington for the initial hand ball. The big heavy pitch started to take its toll on the boys and Wellington added a third late on to seal the victory 3-0. But The guys can hold their heads high and look forward to a league fixture next week knowing they competed very well and on the balance of play definately didn't deserve to loose the game 3-0.

W.Cheung G.Carson N.Blair C.Chism J.Burrows W.Simpson S.Vance D.Bell L.Boobyer G.Irvine Clarke Bacon

A.Crooks J.Adams
Saturday 13th January 2018

22nd Old Boys 6-0 Grange Rangers

After last week's poor performance away to Ravenhill 22nd management made a few changes and demanded a response from the team. So the boys got ready for their first home game of the year.

The 2's started off quite scrappy start but were on top. A well struck drive from Stein flying just over the bar from distance was followed by the Grange keeper tipping a Stein drive round the post. With Smooch dominating in the air and both wide men pressing forward it seemed only a matter of time before the 2's broke through. A neat pass released the impressive Boobs who just as he was preparing to pull the trigger was fouled in the box. The ref had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. As Cheung had been sacked from penalties for trying to kill a cow with one. Up stepped Blair who cooly wrong footed the keeper to give the 2's a deserved lead. Blair then turned provider as a long pass released Clarke who headed over the in rushing keeper to make it 2-0. Minutes later a third was added when Simpson found Jacky in acres of space and he took his time before firing low past the keeper, 3-0 22nd. The boys were very comfortable and started to settle down and turn the screw. Passing improved and Nevin making his first team debut this year looked assured at right back. Blair and Bill were very solid at the back and Gary was attacking at will. Clarke fired a shot over and a few other half chances not taken before the ref blew for Half time.

The second have started with the 22nd pressing Grange back and again Stein saw a great effort beaten away by the keeper. The 22nd kept up the momentum and looked likely to extend their lead further. The boys were playing some nice stuff, keeping pocession and making Grange work. Eventually the forth goal came when young Clarke found himself in lots of space just inside the box and he made no mistake firing into the near corner to make it 4-0. An injury to Gary gave U19 player G.Carson his debut at centre back with the 22nd switching to a back 3. This allowed Blair the freedom to drive into midfield and the boys were giving Grange the run around. The fifth came when substitute Irvine received a nice pass inside the full back. He took it in his stride and fired into the far corner of the post, giving the keeper no chance. The 22nd kept moving the ball and me got a sixth when a long throw fell to Ryan who smashed his shot straight at the keeper but somehow it managed to sneak in. Even though the devious Smooch tried his beat to steal it on the line, 6-0 22nd. Young Carson showed a nice range of passing and looked equally happy driving forward with the ball at feet. All in all a pleasing day and a good response from the boys.

W.Cheung N.Martin N.Blair B.McClean G.Gillespie S.Vance D.Bell W.Simpson J.Burrows L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon

G.Carson G.Irvine R.McFarland

Saturday 6th January 2017
Billy Neill

Ravenhill YM 2-0 22nd Old Boys

First game of the new year saw the 2's travel to East Belfast to play Ravenhill YM in the league. This was to be their first game from 16th December.

The 22nd started off very slowly, some boys obviously had to much Turkey. Time and time again 22nd lost the ball and Ravenhill looking very quick on the break. The opening goal came from a 22nd mistake and a good cross from the left was turned in, 1-0 Ravenhill. The 2's were to be frank second best all over the pitch. They did have the ball in the Ravenhill net. But unfortunately it went straight in from a long throw, no goal. Ravenhill got their second from a 22nd corner. They broke away and another cross from the left was turned into the 22nd net to put Ravenhill 2-0 up. Big Chrissy tried to rally the boys and lead them back into the game. Half time came and not a moment to soon as the 2's were having a nightmare. HT 2-0 Ravenhill.

Have time the 22nd management gave the ring rusty 2's the proverbial rocket and demanded more from the players.

The second half started and to their credit the 2's lifted their game and work rate. Clarke broke away, beat the keeper with his shot. But unfortunately it was cleared off the line. A moment of controversy when the ref sent off big Chrissy for an altercation in the box. Greame looked to have got a goal back finishing from a free kick only for the ref to rule it off side. With the 2's down to 10 men the management made their subs and the guys to their credit battled hard. Unfortunately Clarke got hurt and had to leave the pitch so leaving the boys down to 9 men. Cheung made a string of good saves as the 2's passed the ball well and continued to try and press Ravenhill. But being down to 9 men it was a tall order and Ravenhill saw out the game quite comfortably in the end. Major improvents required going forward in the weeks to come.

W.Cheung J.Burrows B.McClean C.Chism G.Gillespie S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon W.Simpson.

A.Crooks D.Bell
Saturday 16th December 2017

22nd Old Boys 0-0 St Matthews

After last week's game being snowed off the boys were glad to get a much needed game under their belts. Having rearranged this game both teams were keen to play.

The game started with St Matt's on the attack and trying to put the 22nd defence under pressure. But big Chism, Bill, Jacky and the lurcher kept them at bay. To be fair the only time St Matt's looked dangerous was on a break or set play. It was from a break that their young striker got through after a mix up between 22nd centre backs saw Cheung make a cracking stop with Jacky clearing up. At the other end Clarke had very little opportunities and with Graeme still drunk and Croosky wanting to boot anything that moved the 22nd didn't create to much. The game turned into a midfield battle with neither team carving any opportunities of worth the half closed out 0-0.

Second half started with much of the same. Though an outrageous dive by the St Matt's striker was roundly laughed at. 22nd made a few changes and switched to 3 at the back and the game went end to end with both teams trying to grab a winner. A last ditch tackle or two by Dyllan and co kept St Matt's out. At the other end the 22nd snatched at a few half chances. The game finished all square and probably a fair result.

W.Cheung J.Burrows B.McClean C.Chism W.Simpson S.Vance D.Bell G.Irvine L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon A.Crooks

D.Hunter A.Patterson R.McFarland
Saturday 2nd December 2017
IFA Junior cup 3rd rd (Europe)

LT United 3-2 22nd Old Boys

After the long journey down to Armagh the boys coul dnt wait to get started against United. 22nd got off to a cracking start with young Clarke breaking through and seeing his shot well saved. Minutes later he was in again only to see the keeper save well at his feet. First 15mins and all 22nd. The keeper made another good save from Clarke from distance. United finally started to play and knocked the ball about well making the 22nd midfield chase. A nice move in midfield by United saw the big number it drive through the middle and finish well past Cheung to put the home team 1 up. United sensing that the 22nd were on the back foot put them under more pressure looking for a second goal. Both teams battled hard with the ref brandishing yellows for each team. United came close to a second when a set play was cleared off the 22nd line when t looked like United would extend their lead. It became very scrappy for the rest of the half and both teams were glad to get in at the interval. 1-0 United HT.

Second half started same as first half ended with United on top. They added a second goal when their big number 8 went on a powerful run from midfield and finished well past Cheung to make it 2-0. A slight change in formation and the 2's started to get the heads up and play a bit. Clarke was looking very dangerous and shot wide from a tight angle on his weaker foot. Moments later he drove into the box and the keeper slipped taking Clarke out. Unbelievably the referee never awarded a spot kick saying both players slipped. Seconds later he waved away appeals for a hand ball in the box. But within minutes substitute Crooksy flicked on a long throw from Simpson and Clarke made no mistake to make it 2-1. A third 22nd penalty appeal was waved away when Chrissy looked to have been kicked in the United box. United went straight down the other end and a goal bound effort was superbly cleared off the line by Jacky, hitting both posts in the process. The 22nd kept pressing for the equaliser they deserved. It came when Clake finished superbly from an impossible angle to make it 2-2. As time ticked on both teams went at it end to end with either likely to get the winner. Young Crooksy screwed a couple of efforts wide. Unfortunately with 3 minutes to go that big number 8 burst through again and got the winner and his hatrick. As hard as the boys tried the was just no coming back from that and we exited Europe in the third round.

W.Cheung S.Brownlee N.Blair B.McClean W.Simpson S.Vance C.Maitland J.Burrows G.Irvine L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon

J.McKimm C.Lindores A.Crooks

Saturday 18th November 2017

Cochrane & Corry Cup 2nd rd


22nd Old Boys 4-1 4th Newtownabbey

The boys found themselves at home for the second week running. A rare thing this season. The 2's got off to a good start with Graeme cutting inside twice onto his right foot to blast first effort over and see his second turned round the post. 4th quickly exploited a lot of two on one scenarios down 22nd right creating a lot of problems. Jacky was dropped back to combat this and Boobs across to help. This settled the boys a bit and we took the lead when a well measured cross was met at the back post by Jacky who headed it back across the keeper into the far corner, 1-0 22nd.

4th kept pressing and looked for an equaliser but back four looked solid. 2's always looked dangerous in attack and the keeper saved well from Maitland. The half was a bit of a battle and drew to a close with the 2's in front. HT 1-0 22nd.

The manager, not happy with marking at set plays, let the players know and urged them to play football and be confident.

Second half started with both teams battling away and saw Cheung make a great save from a 30 yard drive which was dipping into the top corner (someone mentioned it was done for camera). 4th found the sun difficult to cope with and hesitation nearly let in Graeme. Then disaster a lack of concentration saw Bill miss the ball completely and 4th winger ran clear to finish into the far corner, 1-1.

4th had their tails up but a moment of magic by Clarke (Burrows) saw him control the ball some 30 yards out and belt it into the far top corner. What a bit kid take a bow.

This lifted the 22nd but you could see it knock the stuffing out of 4th. The 22nd manager then played a blinder with a great tactical change saw Willie moved higher up the pitch and within minutes he obliged to sweep home in-store the box to make it 3-1.

The 2's weren’t finished and a cross (Jacky claimed he meant it) finished in the far corner to make it 4-1 and seal victory.

The boys pressed on and crosses from Maitland and Jacky almost found the unmarked Clarke. The defence remained secure and big Chism, Brownlee, Bill and Gary defended comfortably to see us through to the next round of the cup.

W.Cheung S.Brownlee C.Chism B.McClean W.Simpson S.Vance C.Maitland J.Burrows G.Irvine L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon


D.Hunter J.Thompson G.Gillespie

Saturday 11th November 2017



22nd Old Boys 2-2 St Mary's

The 22nd found themselves with an all too rare home tie. Both teams observed a minute silence impeccably in Remembrance of all who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Both teams started brightly moving the ball well and battling hard in midfield. The 22nd looked to carry more threat when going forward than last week and were unfortunate not to go in front when Willie bearing down on goal after a nice move saw his low shot well saved by the St Mary's keeper. St Mary's looked dangerous from set plays but apart from that they were kept well at bay. The 22nd took the lead when big Maitland rose to meet a Boobyer corner and managed to flick it into the far top corner by way of his left ear, 1-0 22nd.

The 22nd didn't keep their lead for long and a dubious free kick was met at the back post by St Mary's striker. A great save from Cheung but unfortunately for the 2's St Mary's reacted fastest to the rebound to make it 1-1.

The game really awakened and some hearty challenges going in from Both teams. Boobs found himself through on the left and looked to open his body to bend it beyond the keeper. But unfortunately he'd the same trouble as he does with his wallet. Didn't open far enough and the keeper took a knee waiting on his tame effort. As the half drew to a close St Mary's applied a bit of pressure but some good defending and hard work kept them out and 1-1 HT.

The second half started with both teams needling each other and a really competitive game of football took shape. Both teams went at it passing well and tackling hard. Chances were few and far between so when a long ball caught out the St Mary'scentre back and Willie galloped clear he made no mistake and finished beautifully into the corner to put 22nd 2-1 up.

What happened next was well hard to describe but I will try. Willie rang to do what looked like a cart wheel but ended up face planting in the corner, much to the delight of The crowd The boys didn't care they were just delighted he'd put us in front in a tight game. The midfield battle resumed and the 22nd looked to add a third as St Mary's pushed for an equaliser. Brownlees long throws causing problems for their defence and the pace of Mark on the break. It took a great strike from some thirty yards from St Mary's centre midfielder into the top corner to beat Cheung to make it 2-2.

As both teams pushed for a winner St Mary's had a great chance but their sub blew his lines and at the other end Mark was through only for a great tackle by St Mary's Centre back. The last incident of note was Stein blocking a clearance with his face from 2 yards away and having to be sent to hospital to get it checked. Someone did utter the words might make him better looking. The ref blew for full time and a very entertaining game came to a close with a draw probably a fair result.

W.Cheung S.Brownlee C.Chism B.McClean G.Gillespie C.Maitland S.Vance J.Burrows L.Boobyer W.Simpson G.Irvine


A.Patterson D.Bell M.Johnston

Saturday 4th November 2017


Ashfield 3G

St Matthews 2-1 22nd Old Boys

Again the boys found themselves on the road again for the 7th game in a row over to play a good St Matt's team. The game kicked off and as expected St Matt's had a lot of possession without creating anything. Both teams battled hard in the midfield and the first opportunity fell to St Matt's from a mistake at the back but Cheung and Lurcher to the rescue to keep it 0-0.

22nd started to look very dangerous down the left with Graeme getting the better of his full back and unfortunate not to break through. St Matts continued to have the lions share of possession and got a few half chances which were either put at Cheung or blasted over the bar. Though the 22nd discipline and work rate made it very difficult for St Matts. The opening goal came when the St Matt's right back was caught in possession which led to Graeme running through and finishing past the St Matt's keeper to put the 2's 1 up.

St Matts tried to react but again the door was kept firmly shut by the 2's discipline. In fact the 2's nearly extended their lead when young Clarke at a tight angle beat the keeper with a great effort only to see his shot dip just over the bar. HT 1-0 22nd.

The second half started with St Matt's coming out very strong and putting the 22nd under a lot of pressure. The 2's started to drop deeper and deeper inviting St Matt's on. The 22nd were struggling to hold possession and get out. St Matt's eventually got an equaliser with very poor marking from a corner allowed a free header to make it 1-1. Very poor defending from the boys.

The 22nd kept going and worked hard for each other on the big Ashfield pitch. Chances for either team were few and far between. It looked like the game would finish in stalemate when Clarke through on goal unfortunately snatched at his shot. The ball was pumped straight down the other end and Bill getting caught saw the St Matt's big striker out jump Cheung to head home the winner and give St Matt's a 2-1 victory.

The 22nd were gutted having worked so hard to throw away a point at the death. Onto next week when we get a home game !!

W.Cheung W.Simpson N.Blair B.McClean G.Gillespie C.Maitland S.Brownlee G.Irvine L.Boobyer A.Patreeson Clarke Bacon.


B.Waite J.McKimm N.Martin

Saturday 28th October 2017

Cochrane & Corry Cup 1st rd


Rooftop 0-1 22nd Old Boys

Another away day for the first team as they travelled to play Rooftop in the cup. Conditions were dry but very blustery. The grass was very long on the pitch so conditions to play football were not ideal.

The 22nd kicked the game off and straight away got into their passing game. Playing into the strong wind the 22nd controlled the game and took the lead when Alex met a Boobyer corner to head into the top corner, 1-0.

The 22nd thought they had a penalty when the ball looked to have struck the hand of a Rooftop defender in the box. Ref had whistle in his mouth but seemed to change his mind. Alex nearly made it 2 but placed his shot narrowly wide. Clarke came close next firing a shot wide of near post. Rooftop missed a great chance to level when their big midfielder headed over from a long throw.

Things got a bit scrappy and heated but the 2's saw it through to half time 1 up.

Second half saw the 22nd playing with a strong breeze at their back and encamped in the Rooftop half. First Jack came close when keeper made a good reflex save from a header and minutes later he reacted well to keep out a flick from Maitland. 22nd looked solid at the back and it seemed only a matter of time before they got a second goal.

It looked to have come when Alex saw himself clean through only to see the keeper make another good stop. Unfortunately for Jordy he made a great tackle but seemed to jar his knee and had to be carried off.

A nice ball found Clarke through who finished beautifully into the far corner with a first time shot over his shoulder only to see the ref wrongly rule it out for off side (2 weeks running). It seemed like it was going to be one of those days as Rooftop started to get back into the game. They even had the ball in the net but it was miles offside.

Their last chance came when 22nd defence missed a ball and Cheung came galloping of his line like a maurading wilderbeast and forced the striker to wide to be able to finish. The 22nd managed to see out the remainder of the game comfortably. 1-0.

W.Cheung J.Adams N.Blair B.McClean G.Gillespie C.Maitland S.Vance J.Burrows L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon A.Patterson.


D.Hunter G.Irvine A.Crooks

Saturday 21st October 2017


Valley 3G

St Mary's 0-1 22nd Old Boys

After last week's good away win v Grange the 2's travelled again this week to play St Mary's at the Valley with 6 regular players missing through injury or travels.

With Storm Brian closing in, conditions were very wet and windy and the game started as predicted. With St Mary's having lots of pocession and moving the ball well. But 22nd kept their shape and discipline and defended well. An early break through occurred when a long throw from Willie was met by Chrissy at the near post who headed home to put the 2's in front, 1-0.

St Mary's came back strongly pressing the 22nd back four but Bill, Chism, Willie and Jordy defended well and with help of their battling midfield restricted St Mary's to set plays or shots from distance. The best chance of the half fell to St Mary's centre back who unmarked headed a corner wide from 8 yards out. With Crooksy tackling anything that moved and Jacky working his socks off on the other wing St Mary's grew frustrated.

A few late ones on Chrissy and Stein just fired the boys up to battle harder. The half was seen out quite comfortably. 1-0 22nd HT.

The second half started with Willie (later on told me was giving them a chance) passing straight to St Mary's striker who ran through only to see his shot well saved by Cheung and cleared by Bill. The 22nd weather a 10 minute spell of St Mary's pressure but to be fair again they were restricted to shots from distance as the discipline and work rate was super.

Young Clarke came off with a tight calf to be replaced by Stevie (jigsaw) and with St Mary's pushing players forward the 2's looked very dangerous on the break. With young crooksy continuing to tackle everything the inevitable booking came. Management subed him for Alex who with his first touch almost scored only for the St Mary's keeper to save. Minutes later a great pass by Alex saw Stevie clear and put the ball in the net only to have it ruled off side (harshly).

St Mary's continued to throw bodies forward but again the 22nd defence and midfield kept them at bay. Cheungs handling was impeccable coming and helping his centre backs with dangerous corners. Late on Luke was introduced and another great pass from Alex saw him clear down the right only to snatch at his shot and screw it wide. Moments later another lovely through ball saw Luke through the middle clear on goal only to miscontrol the ball and knock it through to the advancing keeper. Time ticked on and eventually the referee blew for full time and the 22nd held on for a much deserved win.

W.Cheung J.Adams C.Chism B.McClean W.Simpson S.Vance C.Maitland A.Crooks J.Burrows L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon


A.Patterson S.Wilson L.White

Saturday 14th October 2017


Foundry Lane

Grange Rangers 1-4 22nd Old Boys

Boys found themselves in Ballyclare for second week running against Grange Rangers.

22nd started the game well with lots of procession, passing the ball well and pitting Grange under early pressure. The 22nd got an early free kick on the half way line. Chrissy floated a long free kick which deceived everyone, bounced over the on rushing keeper and into the empty net, 1-0 22nd.

Grange started to come into the game and a defensive mix up saw Grange race through and finish to make it 1-1.

The boys settled down and started to find a few great passes releasing Clarke, Willie, Graeme and Jacky. A quick throw from Willie saw Gary cross to the back post and Jacky met it lovely to power in a good header to put the 2's 2-1 up.

Jacky then unfortunately hit the post and couldn’t convert the rebound. The 22nd looked assured at the back and very dangerous going forward. Young Clarke then was basically booted in the box.... ref pointed to spot. Up stepped Cheung to roll the ball home, 3-1 22nd and in complete control. This time Clarke raced clear round the keeper and brought down another penalty to the 2's. Up stepped Cheung.... and instead of rolling it home like the last penalty he sighted a cow that offended him 3 fields away and tried to kill it. Unfortunately he missed both net and cow but managed to get the ball 4 fields away (terrible penalty). 

The half came to an end to early for the 2's as they looked like they would score more.

Second have started with both teams seeing plenty of the ball without really hurting each other. Things got a bit tasty and the hand bags came out, but ref controlled it and the game went on. Grange started to come more into it but 22nd always looked dangerous on the break and Greame raced away down the inside left channel and tried unselfishly to square to Jacky. Unfortunately it was just behind him and he couldn’t control and finish.

Cheung made a good save to his left and Grange keeper made a good save from Clarke.

A bouncing ball in centre midfield and the unscrupulous Burrows seeing his chance to win back a regular 1st team centre midfield spot studded big Maitland on the knee (some players would do anything for a kit).

Boobs on nearly caught out the Grange keeper from distance and the other sub Crooksy almost forced the ball in. It fell to Clarke to secure the result when sent clear he beautifully chipped the Grange keeper from 35 yards to complete the job and make it 4-1. The 22nd sensed more goals and pressed a deflated and beaten Grange.

The last touch of the game saw the Grange keeper make a good save to tip over. Full time 4-1.

W.Cheung J.Adams C.Chism D.Hunter G.Gillespie C.Maitland S.Vance G.Irvine W.Simpson Clarke Bacon J.Burrows


L.Boobyer A.Crooks J.Matic

Saturday 7th October 2017


Sixmile Water

4th Newtownabbey 2-2 22nd Old Boys

The boys travelled to Ballyclare for a rematch against the 4th and looking revenge for a poor defeat at home against the same opposition.

The 2's started the stronger, controlling the game. Lots of possession and looking very comfortable. An early opportunity came when good work on the right from Graeme saw him cross for Ryan who couldn't convert the header. Then the usual 22nd defensive frailties were exposed when caught ball watching the 4th scored from close range against the run of play, 1-0. 

The 22nd kept working hard. With Maitland and Stein dominating midfield and Willie and Graeme dangerous down either flank. It was the latter who levelled it. Graeme cut inside onto his left foot ! The one he normally uses for standing on and fired a nice finish from 20 yards into the near top corner, 1-1. 

The boys kept pushing and for the second week in a row the lurcher scored squeezing the ball under the keeper to put the 2's 2-1 in front.

The 22nd were head and shoulders above the 4th and should have had a third when Clarke converted a Maitland free kick only to see it ruled out wrongly for offside. The wee man was getting frustrated as time and time he was given offside when the referee had his back to him (eyes in back of head). But we kept our council and played on. Half time came with the 2's deservedly in front.

The second half saw the 4th come out and up their game. They looked a far better side than the first half but the 22nd contained them and always looked dangerous on the break. The back four looked solid and the midfield battled hard. Clarke broke away from the centre back and was clipped in the box but to his credit stayed on his feet and fired the shot just over. The 4th nearly equalised from a scramble in the box but a good reaction save from Cheung kept the 2's in front amid calls for a penalty for hand ball from the 4th line (always thought keepers were allowed to handle the ball, but what would I know). 

The 22nd nearly stretched their lead when Ryan met a Burrows corner only to see his shot drop just over the bar. Then disaster struck ! Another poor effort at the back saw a clearance not made and the ball rebound and into the path of a 4th player who saw his shot bobble over the diving Cheung to equalise. If it wasn't for bad luck the 22nd would have no luck at the moment. Unfortunately the 2's coul dnt find the winner and honours were split evenly, 2-2 full time.

W.Cheung J.Adams N.Blair D.Hunter G.Gillespie C.Maitland S.Vance R.McFarland G.Irvine W.Simpson Clarke Bacon


J.Burrows B.McClean

Saturday, 30th September 2017



Willowbank 3-2 22nd Old Boys

This week saw the 2's travel to Suffolk to face much fancied Willowbank in the league. The 22md knew a repeat of last week's defensive display could see them well beaten.

Early exchanges were quite frantic with both teams probing each other for weakness. Willowbank held procession well and the 22nd worked hard to close them down. The break through came when Willowbank took a quick free kick. They caught the 22nd sleeping and finished by Cheung to make it 1-0 Bank. The boys dug in and tried to get the ball down and play but were being pressed very hard by Willowbank. The equaliser came with a nice pass over the full back by Graeme released the Lurcher who cooly finished at the near post, 1-1. Bank came back at the 2's and forced a very good save from Cheung. A series of Willowbank corners were well defending by the 22nd throwing bodies in the way and clearing their lines well. A break by 22nd saw Willie turn provider this time when he found Clarke who struck a lovely shot from the edge of the box into the roof of the Willowbank net to put the 2's in front, 2-1. Quickly after a nice through ball saw Clarke race clear he chipped the on rushing Willowbank keeper only to see his great effort just graze the wrong side of the bar. Both sides battled on with Willowbank having the lions share of procession but unable to break down the 22nd at the back. 2-1 HT.

Willowbank came flying out of the blocks in the second half putting the 22nd under immense pressure. But the 2's were holding out with some great defending by Blair and co at the back. With Stein running his wee legs off in centre mid along with Ryan and Chrissy. Willowbank seemed to be targeting the 22nd left putting a lot of pressure on Gary and Willie. The latter giving blood for the cause with a clash of heads. Eventually the pressure told and with 15 minutes to go Bank striker weaved through 3 tackles and his cross was converted at close range to equalise, 2-2. The boys dug in and continued to work hard and 22nd management freshening things up adding Matty and Carter. For the hard working and exhausted Graeme and Willie. A few last ditch tackle by Blair, Dyllan and Jordy kept the scores level. With Carter on the 2's still possed a threat on the break along with Clarke. Both were unfortunate with breaks into the bank half and Chrissy stinging hands of he Willowbank keeper from distance. But Willowbank to be fair were relentless and pressed and pressed. We were into 6th minute of injury time when with our luck after all Willowbanks nice football it was a ricochet in the 22nd box that found the Bank forward free at the back post who finished by the scrambling Cheung to break 22nd Hearts and seal a very very late win for Willowbank.

It was no more than Willowbank deserved as they played some nice football and moved the ball very well, putting 22nd under a lot of pressure. But the effort the 22nd boys put in they were left gutted they didn't take a point. But will take confidence from their display against a very good side.

W.Cheung J.Adams N.Blair D.Hunter G.Gillespie C.Maitland S.Vance R.Mcfarland G.Irvine W.Simpson Clarke Bacon


M.Davis D.Bell Carter Bacon

Saturday 23rd September 2017



Whitehead Eagles 4-1 22nd Old Boys

On the back of last week's good win the 2's travelled down to Whitehead with confidence high.

The 2's started very poorly. Passing was poor, marking poor and tracking runners was poor. To be fair Whitehead took advantage of this and cut open the 22nd time and time again scoring four (Yes 4) goals in the first 20mins. The 22nd were in disarray and anything that went wrong had. Management were exasperated with the poor team defending and thoughts of early changes in personal and formation were discussed. But they stuck to their guns and slowly the 22nd began to find their way into the game. The twins looked dangerous with Carter getting the better of the left back time after time. Both twins smashed good shots at the keeper. From a set play Chrissy thumped a shot from edge of the box with goal all over it only to see Whithead keeper make a great save to his right. The boys stepped it up and from another set piece won a penalty for holding. Up stepped Cheung but unfortunately saw his penalty saved after a long wait and a lot of poor gamesmanship. The defence and midfield had finally got to grips with things and started to dominate the game. Half time came with the 2's 4-0 down.

Half time saw management loose the plot with the defending and tell a few home truths. Though followed by praise for the way things were turned around and how we were capable of getting the goals required.

The second half started much way first had ended with 22nd dominating the game. Big Chrissy winning the midfield battle and Clarke/Carter looking dangerous. The back four had got it together and the 2's pushed on. But unfortunately the goal just wouldn't come. The 22nd created lots of openings but just couldnt find the finish to match the approach work. Bill, Matty, Gary, Clarke and Ryan all fired over the bar. Big Matic came on to centre back, Stein onto centre midfield and Graeme onto the wing. All made immediate impacts, with Stein cleaning up loose balls in midfield and Graeme breaking forward and looking sharpe. The 22nd continued to dominate the game but a combination of good defending and poor finishing keep the 2's out. Eventually a great pass by Graeme found Clarke who took his shot early from 20 plus yards into the far corner to give the 22nd a much deserved consolation goal. Time ticked on and the game finished 4-1 and a very poor result for the 2's.

W.Cheung J.Adams D.Hunter D.Bell G.Gillespie C.Maitland R.Mcfarland B.Waite M.Davis Clarke Bacon Carter Bacon


S.Vance G.Irvine J.McKimm

Saturday 16th September 2017

Junior Cup 1st rd (Europe)


22nd Old Boys 3-2 Banbridge Town U20's 

Today the boys kicked of their European campaign  in wet conditions against a young side from Bandbridge. With the pitch in great condition the 22nd started strongly passing the ball well and dictating play. Ryan, Matty, Chrissy and Bill combined well early doors and were creating problems for Bandbridge. Eventually Bandbridge came into the game and controlled the play passing the ball well and keeping procession but without troubling the 22nd back four who looked very comfortable. Bandbridge were dangerous from set plays flashing two headers from corners wide. The 2's started to get to grips with the game and got Harvey away who cut in and saw the keeper make a good save at his near post. On the other side Matty chased down and bullied the right back out of procession and his cross was just to high for Clarke to finish. The 22nd kept up the pressure and a quick free kick nearly set Harvey clear on for a last ditch tackle. Both teams battled away without creating any more chances 0-0 HT.

Second half started again with 22nd in the ascendancy and eventually broke the deadlock when a sweeping move down the right saw Bill finish nearly from 12 yards to put the 2's 1-0 up. Bandbridge then took control applying pressure on the 22nd back four who held firm and defended well. Bandbridge got the equaliser when a poor clearance was picked up on the edge of the box and was fired low through a lot of bodies into the far corner 1-1. This seemed to spur on the 22nd who pulled themselves up by the boot straps and pressed for another goal. The 22nd got a free kick some 20 yards from goal on the left. Young Clarke stepped up and fired the free kick under the jumping wall into the near bottom corner to sendctge 2's 2-1 up. Followed by a somersault with twist. 22nd made their changes putting on Carter and Jacky. Jacky straight away brought on some guile and know how and won a series of very decisive free kicks. The 22nd got a stroke of luck when some nice feet from Carter saw the Bandbridge centre back dive in and foul him in the box. Penalty....Cheung stepped up and stroked the ball into the right hand top corner 3-1 22nd. Enter the lurcher onto the wing to bring in some extra pace. Straight away Clarke stepped over a cross field pass and the lurcher saw the rabbit and was away only to forget the ball (to early for that). But Bandbridge weren't done yet and a nice pass released the left winger in behind the 22nd back four who raced through to finish beyond Cheung. The 22nd managed the reat if the game very well and managed to see out the game quite comfortably. 3-2 FT

W.Cheung J.Adams D.Hunter D.Bell G.Gillespie C.Maitland R.McFarland B.Waite M.Davies Clarke Bacon M.Harvey 


Carter Bacon W.Simpson J.Burrows

Saturday 9th September 2017

NAFL Div 2C 


22nd Old Boys 3-4 4th Newtownabbey 

The boys playing their first home game of the season against another ex BBOB team. With conditions wet but bright the boys started trying to get their passing game going. But 4th came out of the blocks strong and an uncontested header in midfield saw the ball come back past a sleeping defence for 4th striker to race clear and finish 1-0. The first of a day of errors. But the boys knuckled down and started to create a few chances with Harvey in behind down the right just snatching at his finish and flashing a couple of efforts over. The 22nd struggled with 4ths power in the air but continued to press. Young Clarke broke away and as the 4th keeper slipped got back up but that was enough invitation for Clarke to fire beneath him to equalise. This got the boys heads up and young Matty started to play some nice football in midfield with Harvey and Clarke willing runners. The later being brought down wide on the left. A free kick whipped in by Bill saw Blair diving at from post to head home 2-1 22nd. The boys continued to press down the right wit Bill, Harvey, Chrissy, Jordy and Matty all combining well but were unfortunate not to get through the 4ths back four for a third. Half time came wit the 2's with their noses in front. 

The second half started with a 22nd change Jacky for injured Stein and straight away 4th equalise again through 22nd switching off 2-2. Management were pulling their hair out surely no more defensive errors ? The 2's got a free kick some 30 yards out. Up stepped Big Maitland to fire a great hit into the top corner to put the 2's back in front. Unfortunately the lead was not to last and a needless free kick was given to 4th some 25 yards out. Looked like a dive but ref gave it. Up stepped the 4th player to curl the ball over the wall into the near bottom corner with Cheung very disappointed not to have saved it. This spured on the 4th with Cheung redeeming himself making a cracking point blank save from a header to keep the scores level ad again minutes later when 4th broke clear. With the 22nd defence at 6s and 7s it looked only a matter of time before the 4th scored. low and behold another defensive mix up saw the 4th striker get in behind and clip the ball past Cheung 4-3. The 22nd made their changes chasing the game and Harvey with a half chance at back post struck wide. The 22nd pressed but were unable to break though to grab a late equaliser. The game finished 4-3 to 4th who on balance deserved their win but u don't think I have seen a 22nd team defend as bad. Manager last seen reaching for his axe and sharpening stone.

W.Cheung J.Adams D.Hunter N.Blair G.Gillespie C.Maitland S.Vance M.Davies B.Waite M.Harvey Clarke Bacon 


L.Boobyer R.McFarland J.Burrows

Saturday 2nd September 2017
Lough Moss

Carryduff Colts 0-1 22nd Old Boys

The time had come for the 22nd to kick off their first ever NAFL game away to another new team to the league Carryduff colts. The boys had worked hard through preseason to prepare and committee had done a lot of work to get the teams to this point.

The first touch in the new league fell to Clarke Bacon who kicked off for the 2's into a strong breeze. The game was quite frantic to start with as both teams went at it 100 miles an hour. Eventually the game started to settle and a great cross field pass from Maitland saw Harvey get in behind the left back. He took it lovely and fired a shot which the keeper saved well. 
The 2's started playing some nice football especially down the left hand side with Stein, Gary, Maitland, Ryan and Clarke all linking well. It was through this that young Clarke found himself at a right angle and was very unlucky with a chip from distance not to score. 
The 22nd's build up play was superb but the final ball was lacking. Carryduff started to creep into the game and from a needless foul they had a free kick from some 30 yards out. Up stepped their striker who with the wind behind him thundered the free kick of the 22nd cross bar much to the relief of all watching. The game continued very tight with both teams working very hard and with both defences on top. Blair and Dyllan looked very comfortable and Cheung wasn't troubled with a save the whole of the first half. The half drew to a close 0-0 HT.

The second half started very quickly with both teams looking for an advantage and it was Carryduff who started the brighter fashioning a few half chances. With the ball not sticking up front 22nd management decided to make a change in personnel and formation. With Boobs being replaced with Bill this allowed the 2's to press Harvey and Clarke up top together. This put much more pressure on the Carryduff back four and the 22nd started to look a lot more dangerous. The 2's won a corner and from the resulting cross Ryan was on hand to slam the ball into the roof off the net to make it 1-0 22nd
The 2's continued to press and from a long throw Harvey got through on the right only to see the keeper save his well struck shot. The game started to open up and 22nd changed Maitland for young Matty who slotted straight into centre midfield. This time it was Clarke's turn to get through... bearing down on the keeper he tried to go round him but the keeper stood up well and made a good challenge to keep it 1-0. 
Carryduff started to pile on the pressure and created a couple of chances that were either blocked or hit wide. Jordy at right back was on the receiving end of a very poor tackle but credit to referee he allowed the advantage to the 22nd before coming back to book the offender. On came smooch for the 2's to try and hold up the ball plus add much needed height when defending set plays. He wasn't on the pitch long when Harvey racing clear down the right whipped in a great cross towards the on rushing Smooch. But unfortunately with the goal at his mercy he couldn't get enough on the ball to add to the scoring. The guys dug in and some last ditch defending saw us see out the game to claim a 1-0 win in our first ever Amateur League game.

W.Cheung J.Adams D.Hunter N.Blair G.Gillespie C.Maitland R.McFarland S.Vance L.Boobyer M.Harvey Clarke Bacon.

M.Davis B.Waite D.Bell
Saturday 5th August
Gary Morris tournament

22nd 3-2 Corrymeela
Our first game got off to a flyer with a great through ball by Boobyer saw Harvey race clear and cooly slide the ball home 1-0 22nd. The 22nd pressed for another this time with Boobyer through on keeper only to fail to lift his chip high enough. Then came a sucker punch a 25 yard screamer found the 22nd top corner. What a hit 1-1. A dubious foul led to a Corrymeela free kick some 25 yards from goal. A tame shit over the wall managed to squirm between Cheungs legs (Fat Cheung would have saved it) into the net 2-1 Corrymeela. Up stepped a moment of managerial brilliance by Kirker subing of Carter for Jordy who only in a minute found the corner 2-2. Within minutes it was 3-2 22nd with Jordy firing in from close range. The pace of the 22nd attack left the Corrymeela defence all over the place and only for their keeper saving it could have been more. Ft 3-2 22nd.

22nd 1-3 Newtownbreda
Breda came flying out of the blocks and were quickly 1-0 up. The 22nd struggling to get a foot hold in the game. They pressed and pressed exposing the 22nd down either flank. It wasn't long before they added a 2nd and 3rd to make it 3-0. But the 2's kept at it and a foul on Jordy resulted in a 22nd penalty... Up stepped Cheung and made no mistake 3-1. 22nd took heart from this and a wonder save from Breda keeper kept out Harvey who's tireless work inspired others. Again the Breda keeper made a great save when young Carter rejuvenated nearly caught him from all of 35 yards. Unfortunately there was to be no great comeback and in fact Cheung made a good save and a great tackle to keep it 3-1 At full time.

22nd 0-1 Sporting Lisburn
Both sides needing a win went at it hammer and tongs end to end football with Cheung making 2 good saves and 22nd breaking through only to be wasteful with their finishing.  The break through was very controversial. As Cheung claimed a cross he was challenged and it looked a blatant foul on the keeper but the ref allowed play to continue and as he fell he spilled the ball and it was placed home 1-0 Sporting. The 22nd with injuries mounting finished the game with 10 men and were very unfortunate not to come away with something.

Finishing 3rd in the tournament. Though  contributing to a great cause was the important thing of the day along with some much needed match fitness.

W.Cheung J.Burrows D.Bell N.Blair D.Hunter N.McAlinden G.Gillespie L.Boobyer S.Vance B.Waite C.Maitland Carter Bacon M.Harvey J.Adams

BDFL Div 1

Saturday 1st April 2017
Bdfl Div 1
22ndA 1-0 Willowbank ll

Last league game of the season was upon us and with both teams going for league glory the match was always going to be a tight a fair.  A 22nd win would guarantee at least second spot.

The game started in torrential rain with the 22nd flying out of the blocks playing some nice stuff. An early break down the left saw the lurcher break through only to over run it through to the keeper. Young Clarke came close with the keeper of the line. Eventually the pressure told and some nice play down the left led to a nice pass from the lurcher to the busy Boobyer. He steadied himself and curled a lovely finish beyond the diving keeper into the far corner 1-0 22nd. The game became very scrappy with the rain though Willowbank came into the game trying to force an equaliser. Dyllan and Curtis defended well at the back and 22nd looked dangerous on the break especially down the left hand side. Cheungs handling was impeccable in the bad conditions though his kicking left a lot to be desired. Willowbank continued to grow into the game with their two big centre midfielders running the midfield. The next opportunity fell to the lurcher spotting the keeper of his line he unfortunately miscued his attempted chip wide. Clarke catching the keeper out squared to Graeme who thundered his shot at the keeper who reacted well to save. HT 1-0.

With the other 22nd games off a good crowd had gathered on the hill to watch and they started to find their voice with some witty banter.

The second half started with Willowbank pressing hard and playing some nice stuff but we're unable to break down a determined 22nd back 4. Willowbank centre midfield then struck the bar from a corner. A great ball saw Clarke away bearing down on goal he was brought down by Willowbank centre back. Free kick edge of the box and a yellow card. Up stepped Boobyer who with the keeper rooted drove narrowly wide. Willowbank continued to press and this forced the hand of 22nd management who introduced their subs. It was one of these Jordan who with the Willowbank striker away made a great last ditch saving tackle. With the crowd torturing the Willowbank keeper and to be fair he took it in great spirit the clock ticked on. Twice the 22nd broke away and should have made the game safe but big Stevie and the Lurcher made sure it was kept interesting. Finally the whistle went and for the second week running the 2's held onto a 1-0 lead.

The end of our season and a great battling display. We now await to see if we can stay top or will Newhill hunt us down.

W.Cheung C.Maitland D.Hunter Curtis G.Gillespie S.Vance R.McFarland G.Irvine W.Simpson L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon

Subs: Carter Bacon S.Wilson J.McKimm J.Adams
Saturday 25th March 2017
Bdfl Div 1
Newhill 0-1 22ndA

The game started with 22nd and Newhill playing some nice football. The first chance came after some good work down the right saw Clarke break through and thump a great shot in of the bar 1-0 22nd. The 2's always looked dangerous going forward with Clarke, Graeme and Willie's pace. Newhill kept pressing and almost drew level when their no9 hit the post from corner of the box. Stein, Ryan and Boobs battled for everything in the midfield. The 22nd continued to look dangerous on the counter attack with Clarke nearly breaking through again. But it was Newhill who threatened next with Cheung making a good save to keep the 2's infront. HT 1-0

The second half started with Newhill continuing to press but without really creating much. A slip from Curtis saw the Newhill winger almost through but he unturned slipped to let the impressive Gillespie recover. Newhill continued to pound the 22nd back four but they stood up to the challenge winning header after header and tackle after tackle. Burrows complaining of a sore head from heading clearances. Again Cheung came to the rescue with a fine double save. The 22nd made their changes and breathed some much needed energy back into the team. Young Carter of the bench cut back to Willie who found the net only for the ref to have adjudged that the ball went out of play. Again Newhill came and again the 22nd defended stoutly. With no way through time up the 22nd held on for a great win 1-0.

W.Cheung J.Burrows D.Hunter Curtis G.Gillespie S.Vance R.McFarland G.Irvine W.Simpson L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon

Carter Bacon Stevie Wilson J.McKimm
Saturday 18th March 2017
Woodvale park
Bdfl Div 1
22mdA 2-1 Kashmir Bilbio

After last week's poor display it was important for the 2's to bounce back to stay in contention for league glory.

The 22nd started on the front foot and a swerving dipping shot from Clarke was beat out to Boobs who finished. Only to see his goal ruled out for offside. Shortly after 22nd nearly scored only to see keeper push onto the bar. As luck would have it some poor defending saw the Kashmir centre forward finish calmly into the corner 1-0 Kashmir. Kashmir thought they had doubled their lead only to see their goal ruled out for offside side. Kashmir got on top and pressed the 22nd defence but couldn't find anyway through. A lot of crunching tackles went in across the midfield and the game got very scrappy. The half drew to a close with very few chances for either side.

The 2's started the second half a lot brighter and created opportunities down the Kashmir left. If was from one of these attacks which resulted in a 22nd corner. The corner was whipped in by Boobs and bounced up hit the Kashmir CM in the face and into his own net 1-1. The 2's kept up the pressure but without really causing any problems for Kashmir. Again the game got very scrappy with lots of big tackles going in from both sides. It was from a corner that the 22nd took the lead. Boobs floated a corner to back post where Ryan met it to head home 2-1 22nd. Kashmir tried to put pressure on 22nd and had a penalty appeal turned down. Cheung made a smart save to his right with the Kashmir CF hit the rebound into the side net. The 22nd looked dangerous on the break and sub Carter looked to have been brought down but again ref waved it away.

W.Cheung J.Burrows D.Hunter Curtis G.Gillespie S.Vance R.McFarland G.Irvine W.Simpson L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon

Carter Bacon
Saturday 11th March 2017 
Nelson cup 2nd Rd 

 Tullymore Swifts 5-1 22ndA 

At last the long awaited cup tie v Tullymore. The game started at a frantic pace with Tullymore missing an early opportunity. The 2's won a free kick near half way and a great flighted cross was met on the volley by Irvine who guided the ball home 1-0 22nd. 
Unfortunately Tullymore equalised straight away when a mistake by Burrows saw him head past Cheung leaving their striker with a tap in. Another great Maitland pass saw Clarke race away and fire a great effort which the keeper done very well to get down to save. The ball rebounded out and unfortunately Simpson couldn't convert. 
The next 10 mins was a blur of good Tullymore play, poor 22nd team defending and 3 more quick goals in succession 4-1 Tullymore. 
The 22nd kept at it and Irvine through pulled a shot wide. Cheung made a good stop and Curtis worked his socks off on the middle of the park. But those diagonal balls kept killing us. HT (not soon enough) 4-1. 

The second half started with 22nd having just received the rounds of the kitchen by their coach. They came out and worked hard with 2 subs made by 22nd young Stein making his long awaited come back slotted into midfield and with 22nd defending better got into the game more. 
Blair made a couple of good blocks at the back and Cheung a couple of good saves. But going forward Tullymore held firm at the back. Young Clarke worked his socks off for no reward and a cup game wasn't complete until Curtis rose at his near post and headed home to make it tullymore 5-1 and add to his own goal collection. 

 W.Cheung J.Burrows D.Hunter N.Blair G.Gillespie C.Maitland Curtis G.Irvine R.McFarland W.Simpson Clarke Bacon. 
 Subs L.Boobyer S.Vance

Saturday 18th February 2017 

Bdfl Div 1 


22ndA 3-2 Realta 

 After last week's good win the 22nd looked to carry their good performance through to this game. The 22nd and Realta held a minutes silence for the loss of markers man Conan Anderson. The 22nd started the game on the front foot pressing hard and high up the pitch. This helped them win lots of possession and put the Realta back line under pressure. Twice in quick succession the Realta keeper made sharpe stops from long throws from the lurcher which were flicked on at near post. The dead lock was eventually broke when a free kick to back post to Jacky with a free header. He tried his best to 'jacky it' but fortunately it went in of the post. 1-0 22nd. 

Realta thought they'd found an equaliser but it was ruled out for offside side. Curtis worked hard in centre of park specifically tasked to stop tubs n stop him he did. Graeme worked his socks of down right and was unfortunate not to score with a couple of efforts but one in particular saw him strike a left foot effort which near broke the corner flag. A Realta attack was cleared by Burrows and saw Clarke race through. He out paced the Realta back four before cooly sliding home the second to make it 2-0 right on half time. 

 The second half started with Realta on the front foot and pressing the 22nd back. Realta used the height and strength of their powerful centre forward well but Blair was big and strong and equal to the challenge. A set play saw Maitland flick a header goal bound and Gary raced home to make it 3-0 22nd. 

But as expected, Realta battled on and a poor clearance from Ryan saw a scramble in 22nd box and Realta struck to make it 3-1

22nd played on the beak as Realta continued to press with young Clarke electric given half the chance. Cheung collected some high balls well and Burrows was hard as nails at the back. But unfortunately Realta struck again to make it 3-2

Squeaky bump time. 22nd made their changes and young Clarke released caused havoc and was brought down on edge of area. He got up and saw the keeper save his bending free kick. The 2's managed the game well and saw it out for a very good win. 

W.Cheung J.Burrows D.Hunter N.Blair G.Gillespie Curtis R.McFarland C.Maitland G.Irvine W.Simpson Clarke Bacon 

Subs L.Boobyer D.Larkin S.Wilson

Saturday 11th February 2016 
BDFL Div 1 

Kashmir Bilbao 0-3 22ndA 

After last week's defeat to Newhill the boys new it was important to try and bounce back. 22nd weren't helped by four absentees from the starting line-up. Before kick off both teams stood together to raise awareness for mental wellbeing. 
The game started in blustery conditions and Kashmir on the front foot passing well from the back. The first chance of note fell to young Clarke who shot tamely at the keeper. The game flowed from end to end and it was 22nd again who nearly struck when Clarke charged down the defender, Boobyer hit the bar and Simpson smashed rebound wide. 22nd defended well some good Kashmir set plays but young Clarke broke away beating the centre back to be brought down on the edge of the box. Up stepped Boobyer to measure the free kick but unfortunately tried to kill a bird in a near by tree. Kashmir probably shaded pocession and just before the half their striker broke free but Cheung made a good save. HT 0-0

 The second half started with the 22nd in full flow playing some cracking attacking football. The break through came when a great ball by Maitland released Clarke who rounded the keeper... who brought him down...penalty ! Up stepped Cheung and ... no mistake smashed home the spot kick 1-0
From here, the 22nd pressed on and again Clarke sent through lifted over the on rushing keeper 2-0 22nd. 
Kashmir pushed hard to get back in it. Only for the solid defending from the back four and Jacky clearing 1 of the line to keep the score at 2-0. Young Clarke had a chance to make it 3 but unfortunately couldn't lift the ball over the keeper. 22nd got a free kick on the half way line and with nothing to aim at big Maitland decided to hit it and hit it he did over the keeper into the roof of the net 3-0
Kashmir pressed on but 22nd saw out the game with some solid defending. 

 W.Cheung J.Burrows D.Bell N.Blair Curtis C.Maitland R.McFarland W.Simpson G.Irvine L.Boobyer Clarke Bacon 
 Subs J.Adams J.McKimm R.Dougla
Saturday 4th February 2016 
Bdfl Div 1 

 22ndA 1-3 Newhill YC 

The start of the game was delayed while a bit of work was done to repair the goal mouths. When it did start the 22nd got of to a terrible start. A corner from Newhill was cleared but some poor marking saw the Newhill striker fire home from 25 yards. 1-0 Newhill with barely a minute on the clock. 
The 22nd started to find their rhythm for the first time since before Christmas and played some nice stuff through midfield and down the left. Creating a few half chances but nothing coming of them. Both sides passed the ball well but it was from a mistake on the 22nd left saw Newhill thread through a nice ball and their striker run through and finish beyond the diving Cheung 2-0 Newhill. 
The 2's kept plugging away with young Clarke working tirelessly down the left and Ryan finding some form. The 22nd got back into it from a corner when Ryan powered a corner past the Newhill keeper to make it 2-1
The half finished with both teams probing through midfield but neither finding a way through. 2-1 HT

The second half picked up were the first had ended with both teams passing well and looking for openings. But Newhill were starting to look the most likely causing problems down each wing with their pace. Unfortunately for 22nd another mistake saw Newhill winger get a shot away which was deflected by Cheung. 3-1 Newhill. 
The 22nd had 2 or 3 long range efforts but nothing troubling the Newhill keeper. The 2's manager changed the formation trying to get into the game but Newhill bossed pocession and applied a lot of pressure with Cheung coming to the rescue to keep it 3-1. Formation quickly changed back and with some more possession, Jacky found himself with the goal at his mercy but blasted over. The 22nd kept going to the end but it was Newhill who emerged victorious and deserving of it. 

 W.Cheung W.Simpson D.Hunter N.Blair G.Gillespie J.Burrows C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland Clarke Bacon S.Wilson 
Subs Carter Bacon Curtis
Saturday 28th January 2017 
Bdfl Div 1 

 22ndA 3-1 Tullymore Swifts ll 

 The 22nd started the game on the front foot and with a few changes in selection. The 2's passed the ball well and had Tullymore on the defensive from the off. This lead to the keeper making a poor clearance and with the goal at his mercy big Stevie missed an absolute sitter. As the half wore on the 22nd became frustrated and Tullymore crept into the game but without creating anything of note. A long clearance up field saw Stevie win a header and Graeme toutsy Irvine round the keeper to finish. 1-0 22nd. 
The 22nd worked hard in particular Clarke who chased and harried the tullymore back 4 into loosing pocession on numerous occasions. Neil and Dyllan were solid at the back moping up everything Tullymore had to offer. Big Stevie was unlucky not to score when an instinctive shot curled narrowly wide. The half drew to a close with a scramble in the Tullymore box that shouldv lead to a second but they managed to clear 1-0 HT

The second half started again with 22nd doing all the pressing and it wasn't long before opportunities presented themselves. With Burrows sent clear bearing down on goal he steadied himself wound his leg back... and proceeded to miss the ball completely and fall on his backside much to the amusement of the side line. It wasn't long before the 22md had their second a quick corner from Simpson saw Clarke pick out big Stephanie and even he couldn't miss from 3 yards out 2-0 22nd. 
Tullymore changed their keeper who was injured and the new keeper made 3 good stops in quick succession from Jacky, Stevie and Graeme. But eventually Graeme toutsy Irvine smashed home his second and the 22nds 3rd 3-0
As the game drew to a close big Chism entered the fray up top and very nearly got on the end of Carters through bal. Now that wouldv Been a collectors item. Unfortunately the 22nd couldn't keep the clean sheet. From a free kick Tullymore smashed the ball into roof of the net to make it 3-1 right on the final whistle. 

 W.Cheung J.Burrows D.Hunter N.Blair G.Gillespie Curtis R.McFarland Clarke Bacon G.Irvine W.Simpson S.Wilson 
Subs C Chism Carter Bacon
Saturday 21st February 2016 
Bdfl Div 1 
Valley 4G 

St Malachys OB 3-1 22ndA 

Before the game the 2's were warned no fancy flicks play simple football pass and move. Within 5 minutes we found ourselves a goal behind from dwelling on the ball followed by a fancy flick in midfield 1-0 St Malachys. 
 The game was very scrappy with both teams struggling to find any rhythm. St Malachys looked dangerous on the break but the 22nd really wernt creating much. A lot of huff and puff but no final product. It wasn't until late in the half the ball broke on edge of the box on 2 occasions only for both shots to sail high and wide. Carter found himself through after some good work by Willie but unfortunately couldn't get his feet set and chipped over. The half drew to a close with neither team threatening. 1-0 HT

 The second half started with the 22nd showing more purpose but unfortunately St Malachys went 2-0 up when we fell asleep from a throw allowing their midfielder to run and fire a great shot across Cheung into the far corner. 
Frustration started to creep in and big Maitland booked for a lunge on the St Malachys central midfielder. The management had seen enough and made 2 changes bringing on U19 players Jordan and Clarke. The 2's showed more energy and started to create openings having an effort cleared of the line and the St Malachys keeper make a good save. The 2's pushed hard but unfortunately St Malachys caught us on the break finishing to make it 3-0
Big Maitland let frustration get the better of him and a 2nd lunging tackle saw the ref brandish a 2nd yellow followed by a deserved red card. 
The 2's down to 10 battled on with Graeme putting in a great shift down the right and was unfortunate not to score. The 22nd got a consolation goal when young Clarke drilled in a low free kick from the edge of the box. 3-1
A clash of heads saw the St Malachys winger go off with a nasty gash that will require stitches. Both clubs and credit to ref stepped up to make sure he was strapped up and sent to hospital. 
The game finished with Cheung make a super double save with the 22nd caught pushing forward. Game finished 3-1 St Malachys 

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter N.Blair W.Simpson C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland D.Bell Carter Bacon S.Wilson Subs Clarke Bacon J.McKimm
Saturday 7th January 2016 
Bdfl Div 1 

 Holylands 2-1 22ndA 

 The first team got back in action after a 3 week lay off and the lay off showed straight away with the 2's struggling to find any rhythm. The game was very scrappy and Holylands missed the first opportunity heading wide from close range. 22nd responded and quickly missed two good chances 1 after the other Ryan and Stevie heading over. Some good play saw Ryan clean through only to see the keeper save a tame shot. Once or twice the 22nd back four put themselves in trouble with silly passes and were fortunate to escape. Jacky snapped at the heels of the Holylands midfield and Gary always looked dangerous going forward from left back. All to no avail as the half finished scoreless. 0-0 HT

Second half started with Holylands pressing hard and they got their reward when some poor defending saw the ball break for Holylands and it was forced home. 1-0 Holylands
The 22nd responded and applied some pressure and were eventually rewarded when Gary with no support shaped to cross but instead fired a great shot into the near corner 1-1
The 22nd pushed and pushed for the winner and substitute Blair going close with his first touch and Clarke firing over from distance. The sucker punch came right at the death when Smooch and Dyllan over cooked it allowing Holylands an opportunity. The 22nd thought the danger was passed when a shot was fired over but the ref strangly said the keeper got a touch and awarded a corner. From the resulting corner Holylands striker got a yard and finished well to make it 2-1 amid blowing of fuses on the 22nd line at some rank poor defending. The 2's pressed forward in hope and a chance fell to Maitland but his shot was straight at the keeper. The final whistle went and Holylands held on to win 2-1. 

 W.Cheung W.Simpson D.Hunter D.Bell G.Gillespie J.Burrows C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland Carter Bacon S.Wilson 
 Subs Clarke Bacon N. Blair

Saturday 10th December 2016


Bdfl Div 1

22ndA 2-0 Belfast Celtic ll

After a run of away games the 2's found themselves on home soil against a resurgent Belfast Celtic. From the outset, the game was a scrappy a fair with BCYM battling for everything and working hard all over the pitch to stop 22nd from playing. Ryan was the 1st to come close with a long-range effort turned over by the keeper. Minutes later an even better save from bcym keeper kept it level, again from Ryan. A mistake from the experienced centre back Manuel saw Ryan through only for his lob to drift wide. Both 22nd players and management were getting very frustrated but this was largely down to bcyms work rate of the ball. The ball broke on the edge of the 22nd area to BCYM full back he drove into the box and when confronted by Stein he went down under the challenge, penalty. Up stepped Manuel... but a great diving save to his left saw Cheung save the penalty. Straight away the 2's went down the other end and from a scrappy corner Jacky put ball and keeper in the net. BCYM protested for a foul but ref rightly waved them away as it was clearly a 50 50 which Jacky won 1-0 22nd. Stevie ran his socks of up top and a great flick and turn almost saw him through only for some last ditch defending. 1-0 HT.

The second half wasn't any better very scrappy but Gillespie and Carter were the out ball and played some good stuff down the left. Bcym thought they had equalised only for it to be ruled out for offside. A moment of managerial brilliance saw Clarke replace Carter and his first touch was to slam home from 15 yards to put 22nd 2 up and a bit of breathing space. Unfortunately for the 22nd having used their sub Stein twisted his knee and the 2's had to see out the game with 10 men. Credit to bcym they didn't give up and battled to the end.

W.Cheung J.Burrows D.Hunter D.Bell G.Gillespie S.Vance C.Maitland Carter Bacon W.Simpson R.McFarland S.Wilson

Subs Clarke Bacon

Saturday 3rd December 2016

Bdfl Div 1

Falls Park

CSP ll 3-5 22ndA

The 22nd made the 3-day camel hike up the falls park to the huge pitch at the top to play a very strong CSP team. CSP came flying out of the blocks playing some nice football and putting 22nd under a lot of pressure. Cheung was called into action early making 2 very good saves. But 22nd were dangerous on the break with Stevie, Graeme and Carter bringing saves from CSP keeper. CSP took the lead with good work down the right and the cross was swept home 1-0 CSP.

They missed 2 good chances quickly after to extend their lead, with the 22nd struggling to come to terms with big pitch and CSP football. From a corner a one two played with Carter who found Chrissy who headed home to make it 1-1.

To the dismay of 22nd management CSP centred went straight down the other end to make it 2-1 CSP.

22nd started to get a foothold with Carter swapped to right he was causing CSP all sorts of problems. A great ball from midfield saw Carter released down the right bearing down on goal he squared to Ryan who finished to make it 2-2.

Stevie was set up nicely by Carter to give the 22nd the lead but he tried to kill a crow in the trees above the goal instead. But teams went end to end with CSP no10 the outstanding player on the pitch but the half came as a relief to all on that big pitch. 2-2 HT

The second half started with both teams working hard and some crunching tackles going in. The 22nd started to take control and it wasn't long before big Stevie finished from close range to make it 3-2 22nd after some good work by Carter.

Carter having been switched to the left was causing all sorts of problems. A good pass by Maitland saw Stevie through on the keeper he raced clear and finished calmly 4-2 22nd.

We knew CSP would not stop and it proved the case when the pushed their centre back forward and he raced clear to thump home at the near post 4-3.

CSP turned the screw putting on lots of pressure searching for the equaliser. But both Stevie and Ryan missed great chances to make it 5.

Meanwhile CSP missed 3 great chances to equalise amid some great last ditch defending by the 22nd. The 2's manager asked his team on line to keep ambulance on speed dial as his blood pressure was through roof. But just at that young Carter who was outstanding raced clear and calmly finished to make it 5-3 and knock the stuffing out of CSP.

The ref decided enough was enough on the huge pitch and blew the final whistle to a hugely entertaining game, which could've been 10-10. Good win for 22nd.

W.Cheung W.Simpson D.Hunter D.Bell G.Gillespie S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland Carter Bacon S.Wilson

Subs C. Godfery R.Douglas S.Bailie

Saturday, 26th November 2016

BDFL Div 1

Strangford Avenue

New Santos 3-3 22nd

22nd travelled to Strangford Avenue for a game against New Santos. A team who we had beaten 2-1 to open our league campaign. On a long pitch, were for thick fog was a major issue, 22nd started the game with barely able to see one net from the other and on the back foot.

New Santos dominated the play, passing their way through the 2s and creating chances for their centre forward; his pace causing problems for the 22nd defence. They took an early lead when the 2s defence were caught sleeping and the ball was placed past Cheung in the goal.

A second goal followed for New Santos when the left winger drove forward, cut inside and played a ball to the centre forward who, again coolly slotted it into the net. The 2s definitely had a game on their hands and massive mountain to climb to get back into the match.

As the half wore on, the 2s began to assert some pressure, particularly with Simpson and Carter Bacon down the wings. After a lung busting drive forward, the young bacon twin was sieved down inside the Santos box. Penalty! Up stepped William Cheung to fire the ball into the net. Game on! And the 2s were back in it.

After a stern team-talk and renewed belief, the 2s reappeared for the second half. Vance and Maitland started to dominate the midfield and it wasn't long before the 2s were level. Pressure on the New Santos defence forced a corner, and from the resulting cross, McFarland levelled the game for the 22nd.

The game became stretched with end to end play. Both teams pushing for the win.

New Santos thought they had taken the 3 points when a mix up between Bell and Hunter allowed the opposing forward through one-on-one against Cheung, who could do nothing about the strike. 3-2 New Santos.

22nd pushed and pushed for a leveller and it finally came in the dying minutes when substitute Wilson, fresh back from a Central American jungle, juggled the ball with his shoulder, before proceeding to piledrive the ball over the new Santos goalkeeper with an unbelievable shot. It's worth noting the Brian Kirker was screaming at Wilson from the sideline for not shooting and taking a terrible touch with his shoulder. Not the first time the 22nd manager should've kept his mouth shut.

All in all, a fair result and share of the points.

Cheung Burrows Bell Hunter Gillespie Maitland Vance Simpson CarterBacon McFarland Irvine

SUBS: Wilson

Saturday 12th November 2016 

Black's road 

Bdfl Div 1 

Tullymore Swifts ll 2-7 22ndA

The Tullymore grounds man worked a minor miracle to get the pitch ready after a torrential down pour the night before. Before ko the 22nd observed a minutes silence to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts around the world for our freedom.

Tullymore started the game the stronger settling quickly and creating a few half chances. But the 22nd back line held firm with Jacky excelling at right back. The 2's opened the scoring when Stein stepped through played a neat one two with Jacky and drove on and sent Graeme through on goal who calmly made it 1-0

The second wasn't far behind a great shot by Maitland the keeper couldn't hold was finished calmly by the impressive Simpson to make it 2-0

A third nearly came when Carter almost turnrd in a rbound only for the keeper to save well. Tullymore continued to press but the 22nd saw out the half. 2-0 HT

The second half started with 22nd on the front foot. The 2's increased their lead from a corner when the ball dropped to Darren in a crowded box he done a Cruyff turn sent 3 defenders to the shop and slotted home to make it 3-0

Tullymore hauled themselves back into the game when Dyllan rose highest to head over his own keeper 3-1

The 22nd weren't done yet and when the ball fell to Maitland 25 yards out he hit an unstoppable drive that was still rising when it hit the net 4-1 22nd. The 2's made 5 when another long run from Gillespie saw his pass for Simpson through the keepers legs rolling towards the empty goal only for Simpson to steal it to make it 5-1

With young twin coming more into the game he raced through only to be hauled down at the edge of the box. Up stepped Maitland who duely stuck it in the top corner 6-1

Tullymore rallied and Jacky blocked one on the line with his stomach. Shortly after a dangerous cross from the tullymore winger was volleyed home by Jacky to his own net to make it 6-2

The 22nd always looked dangerous going forward and with substitute Blair through on goal his touch let him down and the keeper saved. To round of a superb display young Bacon raced clear and slotted home to make it 7-2 and his third goal in three starts for the 1st team. Ref blew final whistle and the game finished 7-2.

W.Cheung J.Burrows D.Hunter D.Bell G.Gillespie S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland Carter Bacon W.Simpson

Subs N.Blair

Saturday 5th November 2016 


Bdfl Div 1 

22ndA 3-0 Holylands

22nd returned to home soil this week and were forced into a few changes through various reasons.

The 22nd came out of the blocks very fast playing some nice stuff through midfield and the pace of both twins and Graeme giving Holylands a hard time. The first chance fell to Irvine who with the goal at his mercy toe poked straight at the keeper from 7 yards (jackyed it). A free kick from 20yards was well saved by Cheung to keep scores level. This seemed to spur on Holylands and they came into the game seeing a lot more of the ball. From a Holylands corner Clarke won the ball in the tackle keeping pocession he fed Maitland who put a great pass to send Carter through. He raced onto the pass and cooly dinked the keeper 1-0 22nd. 

Minutes later Clarke through on goal rounded the keeper, looked like he was clipped but ref waved play on and is cross was blocked. One thing i had better mention was a great take down from Carter love myself Bacon he was delighted with himself. The 2's started to press more with Smooch and Dyllan sound at the back with Gary being very dang6from full back. The half came to an end with the 22nd on the front foot. 1-0 HT.

The 22nd started the second half brightly and it wasn't long before they doubled their lead with Graeme looping a header over the keeper to make it 2-0 after some great work from Clarke. 

The 22nd pressed on with twins causing mayhem with their pace and Maitland pulling the strings from midfield. Graeme raced clear and pulled the trigger only to hit a low flying plane with his shot. Shortly after it was Maitlands turn clean through he tried to chip the keeper only to tamely chip it into his arms. The 3rd goal came when a Clarke shot was saved and taped hone by Ryan. 22nd appealed for another penalty when it looked like Clarke was pushed in the box but again ref waved play on. The 22nd never looked like conceding and seen out the game creating more openings but not really taking them.

W.Cheung W.Simpson D.Hunter D.Bell S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland Carter Bacon Clarke Bacon.

Subs T.Mclaughlin

Saturday 29th October 2016 

Grove playing Fields 

 Bdfl Div 1 

Willowbank ll 2-1 22ndA

The game got under way on a leaf strewn pitch with Willowbank doing all the early running. The 22nd struggling to cope with height and power of Banks striker and midfield found themselves a goal down early on. 22nd sleeping lost pocession and a cross field pass saw the bank left winger finish neatly 1-0

Willowbank should have doubled their lead shortly after but how their stringer didn't convert from close range only he knows. The 22nd looked dangerous from set plays but otherwise didn't really threatened the Willowbank goal. The half finished with neither side creating any chances of note.

The 22nd after getting a bit of a roasting came out much improved in the 2nd half. But it was Willowbank who struck when their striker rounded Cheung to make it 2-0

22nd management sent on the returning Maitland and immediately he made an impact stirring up the game and adding some much needed bite. The 2's started to look dangerous now and playing some neat stuff. Out of nowhere Maitland picked up the ball and fired a great strike past the Willowbank keeper from 25 yards. 2-1 and 22nd had a lifeline. 

The 2's pushed hard with the Willowbank tipping over and 22nd having a run of set plays. From one of these Graeme caught a volley beautifully. It looked like it was heading into the far corner only to be what everyone thought saved on the line by the bank full back. The 2's appealed for what looked like a stone wall penalty.... but no the ref waved away their appeals. The 22nd clearly angry and frustrated but that's football and the game finished 2-1 Willowbank.

W.Cheung D.Hunter D.Bell N.Blair G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin W.Simpson

Subs C.Maitland Carter Bacon

Saturday 22nd October 2016

Bdfl Div 1

Clarendon Complex

22ndA 3-0 St Matthews ll

The 22nd looked to bounce back at home v St Matthews having lost the previous week to St Malachys OB. The 22nd started the game very well having lots of possession and creating early chances but unfortunately no finish. Young Carter on the left was tormenting the right back and the 2's used him time and again. Eventually a cracking pass released him and bearing down on the keeper he finished into the far corner 1-0 22nd.

The 22nd pushed on creating more chances but as usual were wasteful in front of goal. Just before the break the 2's got a penalty for hand ball. Up stepped Cheung.... possibly the worse penalty known to man and the keeper easily saved. But credit where it's due he followed up and finished the rebound to make it 2-0 22nd. It stayed like this to the half. 2-0 HT

The second half started again with 22nd on the front foot playing some nice football and the back four looking secure. Again, chances were created and chances were missed and credit to St Matthews they never threw the towel in and battled on. Jacky and Stein bossed the midfield but the 22nd just couldn't find a third. It fell to fullback Gary to break down the left and when through on goal calmly finish to show the strikers how to do it. The 22nd continued to create and miss chances and the game finished 3-0 and was good to get back to winning ways.

W.Cheung W.Simpson N.Blair D.Bell G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin Carter Bacon

Saturday 8th October 2016 

Bdfl Div 1 


 22ndA 1-2 St Malachys OB

22nd having won 4 from 4 in the league went into this fixture with confidence sky high. Though they knew St Malachys would prove a stern test.

The game started with 22nd playing some lovely stuff and giving St Matthews run around. Simpson Gillespie Jacky stein Ryan all linking up beautifully. A great free kick from Blair saw 2's lining up to convert but unfortunately Ryan heading over. Half way through the half and 22nd seemed to take their foot off answer St Malachys came into the game having more of the ball. But neither side really threatened and the 1st half finished in stale mate. HT 0-0.

2nd Half saw 22nd come out of the blocks fast again but there seemed a lack of willingness to shoot. Then the break through, 22nd switched off from a corner and although it looked like a push, the St Malachys centre back headed home 1-0. 

The 2's rallied and a dribble from Gillespie saw him brought down in the box penalty! Having missed penalties in recent weeks, the responsibility fell to club chairman and goalkeeper Cheung... he duly stepped up and converted the penalty beautifully 1-1

This seemed to spare on St Malachys who had a spell of pressure and laid siege to 22nd goal. Then it was St Malachys turn to get a penalty a shot hitting Blair on the arm in the box. Up stepped the taker.... Cheung at full stretch to his right made a great save. 

Minutes later he made another cracking save at point black range to keep score level. 

The 2's had a great chance to take the lead when sub Dean Larkin crossed for Ryan only for him to head straight at the keeper. Then heart break for 22nd a ricochet saw the ball drop to their big striker who out paced Smooch and found the far corner 2-1 St Malachys.

The 22nd tried to press and Burrows flashed a drive just wide but St Malachys held on and on the balance deserved to end the 22nds 100% record.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Bell N.Blair G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin W.Simpson

Subs D.Larkin

Saturday 1st October 2016

Bdfl Div 1


Belfast Celtic ll 1-4 22ndA

The 2's started well against BCYM passing well and looking very dangerous down the left particularly. The pace of Simpson and Gillespie in particular causing Celtic all sorts of problems and 22nd were unlucky not to take the lead when Simpson, through on goal, saw his shot saved. Bcym looked very dangerous on the break with their very fast strikers causing 22nd back four problems.

A quality pass from bcym no7 saw their striker with an easy finish 1-0 bcym.

22nd got back into the game straight away with W.Simpson bursting through and finishing coolly to make it 1-1.

22nd continued to up the pressure and from a corner, Smooch headed the ball across goal for Tucker with a tap in 2-1 22nd.

The 2's missed 2 more opportunities with Ryan and Tucker both heading over from corners. The 22nd pressed on but there were to be no more goals before half time. 2-1

22nd started the 2nd half on the attack pressing forward with pace and Graeme unlucky not to convert a cross flashed across the goal. The 22nd extended their lead when Tucker met a corner with a bullet header to make it 3-1.

Within minutes another corner saw the 2's make it 4 with Ryan rising highest to head home.

The 22nd nearly made it 5 when Bailie met another corner but unfortunately he didn't get enough on it. Both teams continued to work hard and 22nd brought on youth team players Matic and Twin. Straight away Matic nearly dinked 22nd the bcym keeper from 25 yards and Carter broke through only to see his shot saved from bcym keeper. The game finished 4-1.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Bell N.Blair G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin W.Simpson

SUBS: Carter Bacon J.McKimm

Saturday 24th September 2016 

Bdfl Div 1 

Ashfield Boys School 

 St Matthews ll 0-3 22ndA

Back to league action this week with a tricky away tie against a good St Matthews team. 

The 22nd started very quickly moving the ball well and dominating pocession. Going forward forward the 2's looked very dangerous and safe at the back with Stefan Magee making his first team debut, stepping up from the youth side. The opening goal came when Vance sung in a corner and the keeper could only help it in 1-0 22nd. 

Very quickly the 22nd doubled their lead when a long kick from Cheung was missed by St Matthews centre back and Irvine coolly chipped the keeper 2-0

With their tails up it wasn't long before the 2's added a 3rd. McFarland winning the ball in midfield, driving forward and placing a lovely finish into the near top corner 3-0

This seemed to spark St Matthews into action and they started to come into the game pressing the 2's back but the 22nd impressive back four held fast and the 22nd always dangerous on the break with their power and pace. The break came with both teams going toe to toe 3-0 HT.

St Matts came flying outta the blocks having made three changes at the start of the 2nd half with Cheung making a good double save and then St Matthews winger missing a neat empty net. The 22nd settled down and weathered the storm and looked dangerous on the break.

22nd thought they got a fourth through Wilson but the ball was cleared of the line. 

The the keeper made a good save from Burrows from the edge of the box. The Midfield battled hard and the back four of Baillie, Hunter, Magee and Gillespie were in fine form. 

After a second booking St Matthews were reduced to 10 men and from the resulting free kick the 22nd gained a penalty for hand ball. Burrows wanted it, stepped up..... and missed. The keeper diving low to save (jackyed it). The second week in a row 22nd missed a penalty, bad habit at the moment. The game seemed to fizzle out and the rest of the match was played out 3-0 22nd and a good victory as St Matthews came very strong in the 2nd half.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter S.Magee G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows G.Irvine R.McFarland W.Simpson S.Wilson

Subs T.Mclaughlin Carter Bacon

Saturday 17th September 2016 

Junior Cup 1st Rd 

Bready Cricket Club 

Foyle Wanderers 5-2 22ndA

The 2's entered Europe playing away at Londonderry against Foyle Wanderers. 

The game started at a fast pace with Foyle moving the ball well but the first chance came to the 2's when a long Simpson throw found Burrows unmarked 4 yards out ! Unfortunately his diving header rebounded of the post (jackyed it). Some Heavy tackles were put in along with some good play by both sides in midfield. Then disaster struck for 22nd when Godfery fell awkwardly and dislocated his shoulder. Big Matic took his place in midfield while Foyle physio helped us the best he could. 

The opening goal came when the striker nipped in front of Dyllan and headed past Cheung 1-0

The 22nd thought they had equalised when some neat play saw McKimm score what looked a quality goal only for the ref to rule it out for offside. The 2's got back into the game and pressed for an equaliser. But the half finished 1-0.

The second started as the first ended, in the balance, but with the home side looking dangerous. The Foyle centre back showed some nice feet in the box to set up their 2nd 2-0

The 22nd lost a player when Bailie went off with a calf problem leaving 22nd with 10 men. From a corner Blair had a shot adjudged to have been handled on the line. Penalty and red card. Up stepped Blair !!! Terrible penalty and the keeper made a comfortable save. 

The 22nd then got back into it when a ball across the box saw Simpson thump in a great finish of the far post 2-1

The game was very open and both teams were tiring and Foyle struck next to make it 3-1 and quickly to make it 4-1 leaving 22nd in shock. 

The 22nd rallied and McKimm was unlucky having a great effort cleared of the line. The 2's got back in the game again when some great wing play saw Carter cross for Simpson to score his 2nd 4-2

Some confusion with the referee and both teams from the centre saw Foyle score a controversial 5th but in all honesty were worthy winners.

We wish Foyle Wanderers every success in the next round and thank them for their hospitality.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter N.Blair G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows G.Irvine C.Godfery Carter Bacon

SUBS: J.McKimm

Saturday 10th September 2016 

BDFL Div 1


Realta 0-1 22ndA

22nd started with a change of formation and a few enforced changes. Straight away, Realta capitalised on the 22nd uncertainty of their new shape, putting them under a lot of pressure. But the 22nd rode their luck and were unlucky not to take the lead when Stevie Wilson, making his competitive debut, tamely shot at the keeper. Realta were creating opportunities but found no way past Cheung who was celebrating the birth of his second daughter just hours prior to the game. The 22nd management, seeing their mistake, reverted to the formation they had played throughout preseason. The impact was immediate. First Burrows burst down the right and was unfortunate not to find a player in the box. Then 22nd called for a penalty when it looked like Burrows was hacked down in the box only for calls to be waved away by the referee. 

The break through came with a strong run from Bailie down the right and his cut back was met by Tucker McLaughlin to scuff his shot, but it found the corner 1-0

The 2's looking more composed now, pressed on and the game flowed end to end with both sides creating half chances. Realta's turn to claim for penalty when the ball struck Baillie in the arm pit but again, the ref waved calls away HT 1-0.

The 2nd half saw Realta press the 22nd hard but the 2's looked dangerous on the break. Hunter and Blair were both looking solid at the back and Burrows, battling hard in midfield, kept Realta at bay. A couple of saves from Cheung, one with his nose and the aid of 2 posts!! came to the 22nds rescue. 

Enter Irvine and Simpson and all of a sudden pace and power down the 22nd flanks with Gillespie and Baillie joining, saw them cause Realta problems. Wilson was unfortunate not to extend 22nd lead when a long range drive looked destined for the top corner only for the keeper to push it away. 

Realta kept up the pressure right to the end and had another penalty claim waved away, but the 22nd managed to hold on to claim a very tight 1-0 win.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell N.Blair G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows T.Mclaughlin S.Wilson R.McFarland

SUBS W.Simpson G.Irvine

Saturday 3rd September 2016 

BDFL Div 1 


 22ndA 2-1 New Santos

We started the new season at our new home pitch at Clarendon. To say everyone was excited and expectation was high going into the game after a tough preseason.

The game started of at a very fast pace with lots of tackles in midfield from J.Burrows setting the tone. It looked like the 2's had an early break through but a T.Mclaughlin goal was ruled out for offside. 

The 22nd always looked the more likely to score but Santos looked dangerous on the break and from set plays. The 22nd fashioned a few openings and again had the ball in the net through S.Bailie only to see ref rule it offside. 

Then a great run from G.Gillespie and some nice play in midfield saw Gary deliver an exquisite cross for T.Mclaughlin to head 22nd in front. 1-0

A catalogue of errors saw New Santos draw level when 22nd stopped thinking the ball was going out only to see it hit a corner flag and stay in. From the resulting cross, saw the Santos centre forward head the ball home via Cheung 1-1. HT

The 2nd half started with a back pass holding up and Cheung rushing off his line to make a good block. The 2's upped the pressure creating opportunities only to see some great last ditch defending save the day for New Santos. 

From a corner, 22nd thought they had taken the lead only to see ref rule it out for a foul. Then the break through came some lovely neat play on the edge of the box saw the ball break to S.Bailie who fired the ball home to make it 2-1 22nd

Very quickly, Baillie was unlucky not to score when he scuffed a shot wide. 

The 22nd ran down the clock surviving some late pressure from New Santos. A good game played in good spirit as always with New Santos.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell N.Blair C.Martin G.Gillespie J.Burrows J.Adams T.Mclaughlin R.McFarland

Subs: W.Simpson R.Miller S.Magee Carter Bacon

Take 5 for Wellbeing Tournament 

 Saturday 20th August 2016 

Woodvale Park

Group B 22ndA 0-0 Ballykeel 

 This was a cagey affair from the start as both teams were fancied to do well. There were few chances of note with Neil Blair firing a 22nd free kick through the wall but wide. It seemed to need something special to break deadlock and Chris Maitland nearly done that when he spotted the keeper of his line from distance, only to see the Ballykeel keeper scramble back to make the save. Ballykeel broke with pace but never really threatened and the game finished 0-0.

22ndA 1-1 Glencairn 

 22nd knew defeat would probably send them out and this seemed to effect their confidence. Glencairn pressed hard and a good move down the left saw a great cross converted on the volley to make it 1-0 Glencairn. 

22nd management made a few changes and they pressed hard for a leveller to keep them in the tournament. Glencairn were dangerous on the break but after a scramble in Glencairn box, Neil Blair fired home the equaliser and relief was plain to see. The 2's fancied a winner but ran out of time and another draw 1-1.

22ndA 6-0 22ndC 

The 1st team knew they needed to win to go through but goal difference would be crucial in who won the group. The 3rds were well up for the challenge and gave the 1st team a few scary moments early on. But G.Irvine settled the nerves putting 1sts 1 up. 

Still the 3rds battled until a mistake saw C.Godfery race clear to make it 2. This seemed to knock the heart out of the 3rds and a glutton of goals followed from N.Blair, R.McFarland and Clarke Bacon. But they saved the best for last when a jinking run saw G.Gillespie run through and finish to make it 6 and guarantee top spot in the group.

Group B 

                     P W D L GD PTS 

22ndA          3  1  2  0  6      5 

Glencairn     3  1  2  0  3      5 

Ballykeel      3  1  2  0  1      5 

22ndC         3  0  0  0 -10     0


 22ndA 2-2 Rock Athletic 

 22nd won on penalties

The game started with 22nd pressing but no joy. Rock Athletic took the lead with a good break down their right and a combination of some poor defending and good play saw their player with a simple finish 1-0 Rock. 

Then disaster for the 2's when a driving run from Rock striker and a poor challenge resulted in a penalty with was duly converted 2-0 Rock. 

The 22nd seemed down and out with 8 minutes left but a bit of luck, when a N.Blair shot was deflected in giving the 2's hope. Hope turned to elation when G.Irvine smashed the equaliser into the roof of the net to make it 2-2 right at the death. 

Dreaded penalties but 22nd Keeper W.Cheung saved 3 Rock penalties (missing his own, off the penalties) literally saving the day. While R.McFarland, D.Bell and N.Blair cooly finished to send the 2's to the final.


22ndA 2-0 New Santos 

The 2's got of to a flyer with G.Irvine blasting into the roof of the net to make it 1-0. 

New Santos pressed hard for an equaliser but we're being caught on the break. Just when it looked like 22nd might double their lead, J.Burrows slipped, finishing up grazing with a mouthful of grass. Jacky the redeemed himself with some quick thinking with a quick throw which saw young Clarke Bacon race clear, round the keeper to make it 2-0. 

New Santos still didn't give up but lack of time and tiredness for both sides meant it finished 2-0 for 22nd.

Take 5 for Wellbeing winners 2016-17 22ndA!!

Saturday 23rd July 2016 Ballysillian Swifts 6aside Tournament Ballysillian 3G

Before the tournament began, there was a minutes silence to remember the larger than life 22nd Honourary Club President Donald Fry, who passed away one week ago.

Group A 22ndB 1-0 Woodvale YM ll The boys got of to a great start controlling the game from start to finish. Some nice football and J.Adams unlucky not to score twice. Goal came from a flick from D.Bell and J.Burrows heading home. 22ndB 0-0 Rooftop ll A very tight game in which both teams probed without creating any opportunities to talk off. 22ndB 2-0 2ndB This was a very tight game with both sides creating chances but not really troubling the keepers. Break through came with probe finishing coolly to make it 1-0. Then a great goal from young Carter a volley from all 15 yards into corner and C.Martin and boys seen it out to win their group. It's worth noting the unfortunate miss from club captain Burrows, with the goal gaping, he somehow missed the target.

Group C 22ndA 0-0 Glencairn This was a nervy game with both teams creating very little lots of nice possession from 22nd but no cutting edge. on one point, McFarland was through on goal, by managed to place the ball 20 yards over the bar, despite being on the edge of the small penalty area. Game finished 0-0. 22ndA 3-0 Westland YM 22nd started the game very quickly and R.McFarland opened the scoring rounding the keeper to slot home. G.Irvine cooly finished twice in quick succession to put the result beyond doubt and put 2's in a strong position. 22ndA 1-2 Ballysillian Swifts A Swifts started very well and forced 3 cracking saves from Cheung. It wasn't long before sloppy defending saw Swifts go 1 up. 22nd responded and came into game T.Mclaughlin leveled with a cool finish. But Swifts were not to be denied grabing a late winner to see 22ndA finish 2nd in group.

Quarter-finals 22ndB 0-0 Scratch FC 2-3 pens 22nd had lots of pocession but couldn't break down scratch team who defended very well and Albert Faulkner rolling back years and kicking all round him. Pens Scratch scored all 3 pens. D.Bell stroked his pen into top corner as did C.Martin. unfortunately J.Burrows saw the keeper save his. Unlucky men. A good job by Coach McCrea in his first tournament.

22ndA 0-0 Woodvale YM 3-2 pens This game was another tight a fair with 22nd missing a couple of good opportunities. Some good defending by both teams saw it to penalties. Tucker, Ryan and Cheung all scored good penalties and unfortunately for Woodvale one of their guys blasted over into the semis.

Semi-final 22ndA 1-0 Ballysillian Swifts B This game was end to end with Cheung making a good save early on. 22nd settled down and played some good stuff. An inspirational change by B.kirker saw S.Vance come on and cooly slip the ball under the keeper to put 2's in the final for 2nd year running.

Final 22ndA 0-2 Ballysillian Swifts An early mistake from 22nd saw Swifts take an early lead and they killed the game superbly making it very difficult for the 2's. But the boys kept battling and created an few opportunities but some great tackling denied us. Then the suckered punch always dangerous Swifts broke forward to score a 2nd and win their competition for 2nd year running.

22ndA W.Cheung W.Simpson S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin D.Hunter

22ndB C.Lindores J.Burrows J.Adams C.Martin Carter Bacon D.Bell D.McCrudden S.Bailie

A few photographs of the day can be found in the Albums section of our website.

Ian Boyd Memorial Cup 

 16th July 2016 

The Hammer

This year was the 22nds turn to host the Ian Boyd Memorial Cup and we done so at the Hammer on the Shankill.

22ndA 0-0 Ballykeel

This was the opening game of the tournament and added spice when L.Boobyer ex 22nd player pulled on jersey for Ballykeel.

The game started at a fast pace with 22nd making all the running. Twice in quick succession Ryan was set up with great shooting opportunities but choose to pass instead. Then the moment everyone was expecting L.Boobyer got the ball and J.Burrows reacquainted himself with Lee resulting in much crying and hoping about from Boobyer (everyone at 22nd had a wee chuckle). More 22nd pressure resulted in a corner which Chrissy whipped in and Smooch rising highest was very unlucky not to score. Still 22nd pressed with Ballykeel looking dangerous on the break. 2's made a few changes and McLaughlin got into a great position picked out young Carter only for him to be crowded out. Game finished 0-0.

Netherly Woodlane legion 2-0 22ndA

Our 2nd game saw us play the new team from Liverpool. Both sides went looking a win and the early exchanges were quite even. Netherly looked dangerous down their left and this is were the break through came a good cross was put in and the Netherly centre forward swept the ball home 1-0. There was some meaty challenges in midfield with no quarter asked nor given but played in great spirit. 2's seemed to running out of steam and Netherly capitalised when one of their tall players nodded in a long throw to make it 2-0. The 22nd to their credit never gave in and pushed on trying to get back in the game but it wasn't to be game finished 2-0.

Wigtown & Bladnoch 2-1 22ndA

Last game of the tournament saw last year's winners Wigtown play last year's runners up 22nd. With the tournament already won by Ballykeel this game meant little but was still contested for both teams pride. 22nd started playing some lovely pocession football and looked dangerous going forward. But it was Wigtown who scored first firing a low drive into the far corner past the diving Cheung. The 22nd didn't give up and a great cross from Carter saw Graeme rise above the Wigtown defence to head home 1-1. Both teams pushed for a winner and it fell to Wigtown when a good move down the left saw a cross met by Wigtown midfielder who ghosted into the box unmarked to score the winner. 2-1 Wigtown.

W.Cheung D.McCrudden D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin J.Burrows J.Adams C.Martin Carter Bacon

Ballykeel where this year's winners with Wigtown & Bladnoch runners up. Was a great tournament played in great spirit and with some very good football on display



2015/16 season round up

The 1st team, having been promoted again, found themselves in a very competitive Bdfl Div 1. A good preseason behind the team, saw us start the campaign in confident form. Though we lost a few players moving to other clubs. 

Winning our 1st 3 league games saw us top the table early though we did exit the junior cup at the 1st Rd stage with a very poor performance away to Dromore 2-1.

We then hit an inconsistent patch of form losing as many as we were winning up to November, Sitting in the top 5. 

A major feature being missed chances and individual errors. 22ndA played Nelson cup holders Berlin Swifts in a local derby in the 1st round at woodvale park unluckily going down 2-1 in extra time

Up to the turn of the year we lost 3 out of 4 games seeing us slipping down the table and losing a few players, things looked bleak as we continued to make mistakes and missing great chances.

Credit goes to both management and players in the new year as changes were made and to the end of the season we went on a superb run losing only one game out of 10 and playing some great football. 

A few highlights were beating Ligoniel 6-0 at Woodvale park along with Newhill 1-0 and two creditable draws with eventual league winners Belfast Celtic.

Finishing the league campaign in 5th place just a few points of the top, gives us great confidence for the 2016/17 season along with some of our U17 Player's starting to break into our team. 

Exciting times and a great future for the 1st team especially as we move to our new home next year at Boys Model 3G at Mount Pleasant. We look forward to the challenge next season with the aim to develop our young players, gain promotion to Bdfl premier division and cup success.

Tuesday 3rd May 2016 

 Bdfl Div 1 

Woodvale park 

 22ndA 2-2 Belfast Celtic

The 22nd finished their season off with a midweek game and an under strength team on a decent night at home. The game started at a very fast pace with Bcym dominating early pocession. 22nd were caught napping and a quick throw released their striker who squared the ball for a simple finish 1-0 bcym. 

Cheung then made a fine save from a free kick to keep the score at 1-0. That seemed to spur on the 22nd and it wasn't long before a bit of pressure saw bcym drop the ball for Irvine to pounce and level the scores 1-1

Much to Irvines amusement as it drew him level with Ryan as top scorer. The 2's nearly took the lead when Gillespie smashed a 25 yard thunder bolt off the bar. The game became was turning into a battle of attrition with heavy tackles on both sides and the ref booking 1 from each team. HT 1-1.

The 2nd half started with Bcym on the attack and had 22nd under a lot of pressure. They got their deserved break through with a good ball down the wing and a great piece of play inside the box to swivel and finish well to make it 2-1 bcym. 

The 22nd management introduced U17 starlets J.McKimm(Matic) in centre midfield and Carter Bacon(Twin) on the wing to get at the ageing Heaney. Again some tasty tackles went in but credit to both teams they shook hands and cracked on. Bcym were in search of the killer goal but out of no where N.Blair swivelled from 25 yards and struck a wonder goal into far top corner 2-2 (will Kirker ever hear the end of it, I doubt it).

Game swung from end to end with bcym looking the more likely but a long clearance saw Burrows win a flick on and young twin shrugged off the ageing Heaney to bare down in goal only to see the bcym keeper make a fine save. From the resulting corner normal service resumed and Blair header over from 5 yards out. Final whistle went 2-2 and a dent in bcym title hopes and the end of the season for 22nd.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson S.Vance M.Shaw G.Gillespie G.Irvine J.Burrows N.Blair 

 Subs J.McKimm Carter Bacon

Wednesday 20th April 2016 

Bdfl Div 1 

Boucher Road 

 Colin Bhoys 1-7 22ndA

Our 1st midweek game and last away game of the season saw us take on Colin Bhoys on a sunny evening. CB started strongly but it was the 22nd who made the break through a swift break saw keeper make a good save with Irvine on hand to smash in the 1st 1-0

CB reacted and looked dangerous as the 22nd were yet to settle. Again another break saw a good cross and Irvine was on hand to claim his 2nd and make it 2-0

Yet still CB kept pressing causing problems with their direct running and it was from 1 of these Baillie committed to the tackle the CB striker to quick and a penalty. CB stroked home the penalty to make it 2-1

This seemed to wake up 22nd with Maitland and Vance starting to dictate play in midfield. Just before the half time whistle Irvine turned in another fine cross to make it 3-1. HT

22nd started 2nd half well and McCrudden making his debut from the bench in place of Baillie. 

The 22nd got their 4th from a long throw from Simpson which the keeper got a touch on it on its way into the net. Simpson tried his best to claim it but was an OG 4-1

Things got a bit feisty and 22nd brought on Burrows coming back from injury. He wasn't on long before McLaughlin and Jacky combined to win the ball and Burrows was away to calmly finish by the keeper 5-1

The 22nd made it 6 shortly later when yet again a good cross was slammed home by Irvine for his 4th 6-1

Credit to CB they kept trying to press forward and came close to a goal back but it was from one of these attacks that 22nd broke clear again and again Burrows made no mistake to make it 7-1

As the game drew to a close Burrows was away again bearing down on goal for his hat trick only for the ref to blow for full time to everyone's amusement and Burrows disgust. 7-1

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin G.Gillespie

Subs J.Burrows D.McCrudden

Saturday 16th April 2016 

Bdfl Div 1 

Boucher Road 

Belfast Celtic 2-2 22ndA

This eagerly anticipated game kicks off on a dodgy pitch at Boucher Road with the 22nd on the attack and a great cross picked out Mcfarland who headed straight at the keeper. Within 60 seconds BCYM went down the other end and the usually dependable Dyllan slipped allowed bcym striker to calmly stroke ball home 1-0 bcym. 

Belfast Celtic were then on the ascendency breaking forward with pace on 22nd back 4 who struggled to cope with their movemen. The 22nd battled their way back and with McLaughlin rising at back post Mcfarland slide in to steal his goal 1-1

The 2's had a great opportunity to go in front but Gary done his best to break the cross bar. Still bcym came forward with pace but through good fortune a some good defending especially from S.Bailie the half came to a close 1-1.

The management handed out a bit of a roasting during the break and made a slight tactical change.

The 2nd half started a more even a fair and became more of a battle. It wasn't long before 22nd went in front C.Maitland picking the ball up some 30 yards from goal and drove a shot into the far corner deceiving the keeper 2-1 22nd. 

Bcym made a change and were pushing for the equalise with the 2's looking dangerous on the break. Big Lundy went up for ball in 22nd box got a slight shove from Bailie and went down in stages.... penalty much to 22nds frustration. Up stepped big striker to send Cheung wrong way 2-2

Belfast Celtic then missed a couple of great chances especially big Lundy who rounded the keeper only to over run the ball. Add to that a great save from Cheung and 2's were hanging on a bit. 

A great ball by Maitland saw Mcfarland through but with no one tell him he had time he snatched at the effort screwing the ball wide. Then an unfortunate incident with bcym striker twisting his ankle just behind 22nds goal fearing the worse an ambulance was called but fortunately it turned out to be ligament damage. Then it was 22nds turn to miss a sitter to win the game. Full time 2-2 possibly a fair result.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin G.Gillespie

Subs J.McKimm R.Douglas

Saturday 9th April 2016 

BDFL Div 1

Woodvale Park

Newhill 0-1 22ndA

After the match was called off at mallusk, thanks to league and Newhill it was shifted to Woodvale Park.

The game started in horrendous conditions, hail/snow and straight away Newhill were on the front foot, passing the ball well and adapting to the conditions very well. 

Over a spell of 10 minutes W.Cheung made three superb saves to keep the game level. Newhill looked very dangerous down their right and it was following a good move that D.Bell slid in in stages and gave Newhill a nailed on penalty. Up my stepped their main man, P.Dillion only to see Cheung make another great save and keep the ball in his grasp. 

The 2's started to come into the game with Maitland and Vance dictating play. McLaughlin got himself on the end of a great cross put in by Gillespie and how he missed the header, we will never know. 

McFarland beat the keeper twice only to see ball cleared off the line. 

From a scramble in Newhill box Ryan reacted first to stab the ball home 1-0 22nd

The 2's could have added another but poor decisions in the final third prevented that. HT 1-0.

The 2nd half started with both teams battling hard in midfield with Bell and Hunter solid at the back. Simpson found himself put through and was unfortunate not to find the far corner. 

Gillespie and Irvine gave Newhill problems down either flank and the 2's were unfortunate not to score from their efforts. 

As the game wore on, McLaughlin and McFarland were providing much needed respite by holding the ball up well as Newhill put on the pressure. Again, Cheung to the rescue saving at Newhill strikers feet. As the game drew to a close the 2's were unfortunate not to score on the break and were relieved at the final whistle to hold onto a 1-0 win. 

Credit to both teams who played game in right way in terrible conditions.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin G.Gillespie 

 Subs:  N.Blair J.Adams D.McCrudden

Special thank you to subs who weren't used standing in terrible condition.

Saturday 2nd April 2016 

Bdfl Div 1

Woodvale park 

22ndA 6-0 Ligoniel

The game started in decent conditions with the 22nd playing some nice football. The first chance, after a good move involving Irvine and Maitland, saw Mcfarland hit the post. It wasn't long before the deadlock was broken with Ryan running clear onto a through ball to chip keeper 1-0 22nd. 

A 2nd was added quickly when Smooch met a Maitland free kick and headed across goal for Tucker McLaughlin to tap home 2-0 22nd. 

Ligoniel continued to play football and unfortunately one of their players was taken to hospital following a strong tackle in midfield. We wish him a speedy recovery. 

The 22nd continued to press hard and missed a couple more chances, the keeper saving from Gillespie and Ryan. HT 2-0 22nd.

The second half started with 22nd on the front foot and quickly added a 3rd. A great move down the left saw Simpson beat the full back and deliver an exquisite cross for Tucker to superbly volley home 3-0

The 4th arrived soon after in another sweeping move saw McFarland get his 2nd with a cool finish 4-0

The 22nd brought on Blair for the tiring McLaughlin and after a mix up on the box, the ball fell to Irvine (Chism on sideline "he's missing that") BANG! Bottom corner, great finish and 5-0

Blair then proceeded to miss 2 great chances, hitting bar and post from close range (terrible finishing). The 6th goal was a simple finish for McFarland to get a well deserved hatrick. 

With the impressive Stein Vance in midfield, Smooch making a great saving tackle and Hunter solid as ever, the 2's looked home for a clean sheet.

A lapse in concentration saw Ligoniel striker through only for Cheung to show great concentration to open the top drawer and make a fantastic save. 6-0 22nd and much deserve.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson S.Vance C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland T.Mclaughlin G.Gillespie 

Subs N.Blair

Saturday 19th March 2016 
BDFL Div 1
Woodvale Park

22ndA 2-1 Holylands 

A glorious day for a nice change in our patch of the world saw 22nd start the game brightly passing the ball well. The first moment of talk was when Gillespie hit the post from an acute angle. Then Holylands hit the 2's on the counter only for Cheung to race from his line to make an important block. 
Though the 2's played some nice football, the decision making in the final third was lacking. Just when frustrations were growing, a great through ball released Irvine who lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper 1-0 22nd. 
The 2's kept pushing but to no avail and HT came 1-0

The 2nd half started with 2's on the front foot, creating chances but with no finish. Bell and Hunter were strong at the back and made some timely challenges. 
Cheung made a good save from a free kick before the 22nd got their 2nd. A corner saw Maitland rise in the box and his header somehow squirmed between the goal keepers legs 2-0 22nd. 
The 2's still passing well through midfield with Maitland, Burrows and McFarland creating problems for Holylands. Then a goal outta the blue saw Holylands centre back thump home from a flick at a corner 2-1 and yet again squeaky bum time. 
Burrows then laddered his tights and had to be withdrawn which straight away saw the lurcher released through on goal and after last week's sublime finish, we all expected a goal but the keeper made a finger tip save to keep it 2-1 and the clock ran out at that. 

 W.Cheung N.Martin D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson J.Burrows C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland S.Vance G.Gillespie 
 Subs T.Mclaughlin N.McAneney Carter Bacon

Saturday 12th March 2016 

BDFL Div 1 


CSP ll 1-1 22ndA

After the tragic death of Paul Cub McCullough, who had strong ties to CSP, both teams observed a minutes silence in his memory.

The game started with CSP on the front foot but without creating any real openings of note. The 22nd gradually came into the game creating a number of chances but as per usual wasteful in front of goal. 

The deadlock was broken when the 22nd broke away and a great flick from Irvine saw Simpson race through on goal to calmly slot into the far corner 1-0 22nd.

Gillespie came close to a second and the 22nd kept on the pressure. There were some heavy tackles from both sides and some good football played on a greasy pitch and the half finished 1-0 22nd.

The 2nd half started with 22nd on top and Vance twice through on the keeper, seeing one shot hit post and a second go narrowly wide. 

Then McFarland rose and headed what seemed a certain goal only for CSP keeper to touch it onto the bar. 

CSP then started to get more possession as 22nd tired and Cheung had to make 2 fine saves (still smarting from his mark from last week's card).

Then Bailie, under pressure, tried a back pass only to put CSP striker clear, but he pushed his shot wide. 

Pressure was mounting on the 22nd and both subs Azzabi and new recruit Craig Martin, were brought on to try and add energy. 

Straight away the tireless Irvine was sent clear, only to be chopped down in the box. A certain penalty, but no the ref saw it differently (22nd were not pleased). 

Then sods law, from a corner initially cleared, only for some ball watching saw CSP blast the equaliser through a crowd of players into the top corner 1-1

CSP, sensing an opportunity, pressed hard but that last chance came when A.Azzabi was sent clear only to see his chip saved well by CSP keeper. 

Game finished 1-1.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson J.Burrows C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland S.Vance G.Gillespie. 

Subs A.Azzabi C.Martin

Saturday 5th March 2016 

BDFL Div 1 

Woodvale Park 

 22ndA 5-4 Realta

After hearing of the tragic news of Paul McCulloughs passing (BYCM/L legend) both teams held a minutes silence to remember the wee ginger winger all who knew him will miss him. RIP. The Lord is my Shepherd

22nd started with a strong wind and a few enforced changes but soon ,for all their early pressure, found themselves a goal down through some slack defending as Realta winger ran through to finish cooly 1-0 Realta. 

The 2's continue to press with a few ĺong range efforts going wide of their mark. Then another mix up at the back allowing Realta in to make it 2-0.

The 2's management done a reshuffle and immediately Ryan rose at the back post to head a corner back across the keeper into the far post 2-1. The game was the usual battle with Realta some hard tackles from both teams but it was the 2's who struck next Mcfarland picking the ball up 25 yards from goal and smashing the ball in of the post for contender A goal of the season. 2-2

The 2's continued to press and a corner knocked in at the near post saw Blair flick it on for Gillespie to arrive at the bar to blast the ball into the roof of the net 3-2 22nd what a turn round. 

Gillespie chased a through ball rounded the keeper only to be brought down.... penalty. Up stepped Blair cool as you like 4-2 22nd. 

Just before the break Realta striker hit a cracking shot that was destined for the far corner only for Cheung to tip it round the post right on the whistle 4-2 HT.

2nd Half started with 22nd under a lot of pressure and Cheung making another great stop kept it 4-2. The 2's started to come into the game more and when ball fell to Blair in the box he made no mistake 5-2 22nd and that would be that you would think but no Realta had other ideas as their never say die attitude saw them get a goal back from a corner 5-3

The 2's were guilty of being wasteful in front of goal (story of our season) missing a series of chances and with management making 3 subs the game became a bit disjointed. Then in dieing minutes, Realta got a fourth to go into squeaky bum time. With the 22nd trying to see time out Realta caught them napping only for the impressive Cheung to come to the rescue with a great stop. 

Final whistle phewwww.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson J.Burrows N.Martin S.Vance G.Gillespie N.Blair R.McFarland

Subs C.Lindores Carter Bacon C.Maitland C.Nesbitt

Saturday 27th February 2016 

BDFL Div 1

Woodvale Park  

22ndA 5-1 Glenpark

Both teams started this game depleted in numbers due to the big fight later on and it was 22nd who done all the early running. 

The 2's applied pressure with big throws from Shaw and numerous set plays but things just wouldn't drop for 2's with Glenpark looking dangerous on the break. 

Early opportunities were missed by M.Chism, R.McFarland and G.Irvine before a stray back pass saw McFarland calmly finish 1-0 22nd. 

The 2's suffered a sucker punch when a scramble in their box saw Glenpark equalise against the run of play, 1-1

A 22nd break resulted in a free kick in a dangerous position.... up stepped McFarland, with the crowd expectant, to hit the worst free kick ever seen (still trying to work out what he was trying). Then just before the break a mix up in the Glenpark defence saw M.Chism gifted an empty net which he converted 2-1 22nd and HT.

A few stern words from management at half time aimed at a wasteful 22nd saw them come out and score a 3rd goal through G.Irvine though how it went it we are all still guessing, 3-1 22nd. 

The 22nd changed shape to 5 at the back and were very comfortable but continued to be wasteful in front of goal. M.Chism raced down the right to place the ball in the far corner to claim his 2nd and make it 4-1

Glenpark to their credit battled on but the 2's finished the game off with M.Chism racing clear to claim a Hat trick and round of a 5-1 win


W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell J.Burrows J.Hamilton M.Shaw G.Gillespie R.McFarland G.Irvine M.Chism 

 Subs N.Martin R.Douglas N.McAneney

Saturday 20th February 2016 

BDFL Div 1

Ashfield School 3G  

St Matthews ll 2-0 2 22ndA

The game started with the 22nd playing with a strong wind against an equally strong St Matthews team. The 2's put a lot of early pressure on with Bailie n Chism both going close but it was St Matthews who got the break through a rash tackle by D.Hunter in the box resulting in a penalty which St Matts keeper cooly slotted home 1-0 St Matts. 

The 22nd kept pressing with the St matts keeper making a good save from a long range Maitland free kick. Chrissy found himself through but a sniper in the near by trees must've got him as he fell n the chance lost. 1-0 HT.

2nd Half started with St Matts playing some nice football and putting a lot of pressure on 22nd back line. Cheung was forced into a fine save but St Matts doubled their lead when Cheung who has been superb all season dropped a clanger from a free kick. 2-0 St Matts. 

Brian brought on Jordy and young Carter and immediately Carter lobed the keeper beautifully only to see the wind hold it up and allow the keeper to make the save. St Matts kept up the pressure on the 22nd and tried for a 3rd. Right at the death the 22nd were unlucky not to get a consolation goal when a scramble in the box was poked wide game finished 2-0

W.Cheung W.Simpson S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell J.Burrows C.Maitland G.Irvine D.Glover S.Vance M.Chism 

 Subs J.Adams & Carter Bacon

Saturday 13th February 2016

BDFL Div 1 

Woodvale Park

22ndA 2-0 Tullymore Swifts ll

After a long break, finally a game!

Conditions were quite good and the pitch was in decent order. 22nd started the brighter moving the ball well and putting Tullymore under a lot of pressure. The first opportunity fell to Bailie, who smashed a 30 yarder inches wide with the Tullymore keeper well beaten. The 22nd continued to dominate in midfield and M.Chism was slipped through but with the ball on his weaker foot hit a tame shot at the keeper. 

Then the break through. The coaching staff sending Vance round to the back post and a long throw from Simpson found its way through to Vance who used his height to head home 1-0 22nd

The 2's thought they had doubled their lead when Simpson controlled the ball superbly and in one movement, volleyed home only for the ref to rule harshly out for offside. HT 1-0 22nd.

The 2nd half started with some Tullymore pressure but the impressive Bell and Hunter stood firm at the back. 

Then some good play saw M.Chism released down the right. He cut inside and thrashed a thunder bolt from 20 yards in off the far post 2-0. Matthew had 2 more chances in quick succession but was running on empty and was unlucky not to score more. 

The 2's then introduced Gillespie, Bacon and Adams for even more pace. Tullymore rallied and put the 22nd under pressure but despite Bailie's best efforts at scoring in his own net, the 22nd weathered the pressure and kept breaking fast on Tullymore with Adams going close twiceand Gillespie andd Bacon causing them all sorts of problems with their direct running. The Game finished 2-0 with the 2's good value for their win and glad to be back at it.

W.Cheung S.Vance S.Bailie D.Hunter D.Bell W.Simpson J.Burrows C.Maitland G.Irvine R.McFarland M.Chism 

 Subs G.Gillespie Carter Bacon J.Adams N.Martin S.Brownlee

Saturday 9th January 2016 

BDFL Div1 

Woodvale park 

22ndA 1-3 Newhill YC

1st competitive game of the new year saw 22nd take on table toppers Newhill at Woodvale. No referee showed up so B.Kirker stepped into the fray. 

The game started at a good pace with Newhill passing the ball very well and looked good in possession without troubling the 22nd back fpur. An early chance fell to S.Vance who saw his dipping drive from 25 yards bounce of the cross bar. 

Then the deadlock was broken when the impressive M.Chism saw his shot superbly blocked only for G.Irvine to slot home the loose ball 1-0 22nd. 

A corner for the 2's nearly doubled their lead when N.Blair was very unlucky having his header blocked. 

Newhill always looked dangerous and equalised when a poor pass out of defence saw their striker race through to cooly equalise 1-1

Then a controversial moment when Newhill striker went down in installments in the box only for appeals to be waved away. 1-1 HT.

The 2nd half started very even with both teams looking dangerous Newhill broke through only to see W.Cheung open the top draw and make a super save. 

M.Chism held the ball up superbly for the 2's with Simpson and Vance dangerous down the left. 

Ironically the 2's fell asleep down that side allowing Newhill into a good position only for W.Cheung to make a great save but rebound was tapped in 2-1 Newhill. 

Changes were made but it was Newhill who finished things when a mistake in the 22nd back four allowed another tap in 3-1 Newhill. 

Newhill closed the game out and it finished 3-1.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter N.Blair W.Simpson J.Burrows C.Wynne S.Vance R.McFarland G.Irvine M.Chism

Subs G.Gillespie D.Glover

Saturday 19th December 2015 

Bdfl Div1 

 Grove playing fields 

 St Malachys 2-1 22ndA

After a break of 3 weeks without a game it was a relief to get back to it today. 

A depleted 22nd squad with their coach stripped out as 2nd sub started well on a heavy pitch. 

Early chances fell to L.Boobyer who struck straight at the keeper and had a few efforts blocked with last ditch tackles. Then the break through came when Boobyer put in a great corner for the impressive Mcfarland to head home 1-0 22nd. 

The 2's continued to dominate the midfield putting st Mals under a lot of pressure. A break away saw St Mals striker brwak through only for Cheung to race from his line and make a cracking tackle on the edge of his box. 

The 2's battered St Mals but a combination of poor finishing and bad luck saw St Mals hold on. St Mals got an equaliser just before the half when W.Simpson looked to clear the ball but slipped and the St Mals striker slipped the ball past Cheung 1-1. HT

2nd half was a more even affair with 22nd missing a couple more chances before C.Wynne tried to turn at the corner of his own 18 slipped and fell and St Mals striker cut the ball back and just as his partner looked to finish J.Burrows tried to save the situation with a last ditch tackle only to put the ball in his own net. 

The 2's pushed on with both G.Gillespie and G.Irvine coming close but St Malachys held on to win 2-1

As in recent results if 22nd didn't have bad luck they wouldn't have any but this will turn. 

Last game before Christmas, Merry Christmas all.

W.Cheung S.Bailie C.Chism D.Hunter W.Simpson C.Wynne J.Burrows S.Vance R.McFarland G.Irvine L.Boobyer

Subs G.Gillespie B.Kirker

Saturday 21st November 2015

Nelson Cup 1st Round 

Woodvale Park 

 Berlin Swifts 2-1 22nd A (After Extra Time)

The day had come for the big derby and the 2's playing Nelson cup holders in Woodvale on a wet Saturday. The game started as a derby does tackles flying and the Berlin putting 2's under pressure. 

The 22nd having the 1st opportunity with Berlins keeper making a good save. Then from resulting corner Berlin broke with pace and were very unlucky not to score only from some misfortune and good 22nd defending. 

Then an opportunity for Berlin only for Cheung to make an excellent 1 handed stop low down. The 22nd then had a big shout for a penalty for hand ball only for ref to wave calls away. Half time came 0-0.

2nd half started same as 1st lots of tackles with Burrows and Vance snapping at Berlin heals in the middle of the park, we had a real derby on our hands. Then Berlin striker went down in box and to 22nds dismay ref pointed to the spot. Up stepped B.Cassidy to make it 1-0 Berlin. 

Berlin changed things up and brought on a big centre back as striker and with better finishing could have put the game to bed. 

The 2's then made their changes and one of their subs M.Chism got in the end of a great cross from S.Bailie to guide a header in at the near post 1-1.

The 2's sensing an opportunity put a lot of pressure on Berlin but they held out full time 1-1.

1st period of extra time saw much of the same not many chances but some tasty tackling. 1-1

2nd period saw Berlin take a the lead again when an unfortunate slip by the up to now very impressive C.Chism saw Berlin through for Cheung to make another great stop only for the rebound to be forced home. 2-1

The 22nd push hard but Berlin held fast and will move into the next round of the cup.

W.Cheung S.Bailie C.Chism D.Hunter W.Simpson C.Wynne J.Burrows S.Vance R.McFarland G.Irvine L.Boobyer 

 Subs: M.Chism G.Gillespie M.Shaw D.Bell

Saturday 14th November 2015

BDFL Div1 

Blacks Road

Tullymore Swifts ll 4-0 22ndA

Playing in a monsoon at Blacks road today, the 22nd started off on the front foot with C.Wynne and G.Irvine both producing fine saves from Tullymore keeper. 

Then an unfortunate miscue sent Tullymore striker through 1-0

Tullymore then grew into the game sensing the 2's were there for the taking but again 22nd missed another opportunity only to see Tullymore break away and an impressive run from their left winger saw him leave 3 defenders in his wake before cooly naking it 2-0.

 22nd management changed the formation in an effort to deal with Tullymores impressive forwards 2-0 half time.

2nd half kicked off with Tullymore on front foot and W.Cheung making a couple of good saves and D.Hunter making a few last ditch tackles to keep us in the game. Then another mistake at the back saw Tullymore striker race clear and score 3-0 

2's made all 3 changes to try and get back in the game but Tullymore broke again to make it 4-0 and put the icing on an impressive performance.

W.Cheung S.Bailie C.Chism D.Hunter W.Simpson C.Wynne J.Burrows S.Vance R.McFarland G.Irvine L.Boobyer

Subs M.Chism G.Gillespie S.Brownlee

Saturday 7th November 2015

Woodvale Park 

BDFL Div 1 

22ndA 2-1 St Matthews ll

This week saw 2's take on St Matthews at home in Woodvale park. Before the game both teams observed a minutes silence in remembrance of those who have fallen in conflicts across the world.

The game kicked of with the 2's on the front foot putting St Matthews under a lot of pressure. The 22nd broke the deadlock when J.Burrows took a quick free kick which found L.Boobyer who controlled the ball superbly before feeding G.Irvine who slipped the ball past the out rushing keeper 1-0

The 2's continued to pile on the pressure missing several gilt edge chances, the story of our season. 

Then the 22nd won a free kick on the left and up stepped L.Boobyer who curled a wicked free kick into the top corner 2-0

The 2's broke away again with R.McFarland rushing at the defence and when a simple pass would have saw L.Boobyer or G.Irvine through on goal, he tried an overhead kick with twist and pike only to kick himself in the shin and fall over. 

The park was in ruptures with 22nd management ready to kill. 

The half finished with 22nd well on top and yes, you guessed it, missing more good chances.

2nd Half started with St Matthews on the front foot from the off lots of possession and putting the 22nd under a lot of pressure. 

Though the 2's looked dangerous on the break, the pressure on the impeccable 22nd defence was growing with the impressive W.Cheung making several fine saves and Chism, Bailie, Hunter and Simpson fighting a rear guard action. 

Then a mistake on the left allowed St Matthews winger in behind only to see his shot saved but the rebound was tapped home 2-1 and squeeky bum time. 

On came M.Chism and sent clear, beat the onrushing keeper only to see his shot trickle agonisingly just wide. 

But the 2's dug in and managed to hold and see the game out winning 2-1.

W.Cheung S.Bailie C.Chism D.Hunter W.Simpson C.Wynne J.Burrows S.Vance R.McFarland G.Irvine L.Boobyer

Subs M.Chism C.Maitland

Saturday, 31st October 2015

BDFL Division 1


Realta 2-1 22nd

The match kicked of in great conditions at Cherryvale with Realta quickly in the front foot. But as the 2's started to settle they created chances first a 20 yard effort was well saved from S.Vance. Then L.Boobyer hit the keeper with a close range header very unlucky. 

Just when it seemed a goal must come from the 22nd the sucker punch. Realta broke away and as the 22nd midfield and defence hesitated the Realta midfielder broke through and stroked the ball home 1-0 Realta. 

The half closed out with more 22nd pressure but their lack of composure infront of goal was evident for all to see. A mention must be given to the ref flamer for showing some common sense when others may have reacted differently and ruined a very good competitive game.

The 2nd half started as the 1st finished with the 2's putting on a lot of pressure but good defending from Realta kept them at bay. Then S.Bailie picked up the ball on the right and the full back whipped in a great crossed were G.Irvine met and guided a header past the Realta keeper 1-1. Then the the dismay of the 22nd they fell asleep and Realta broke through only for the 22nd keeper W.Cheung to make a great stop but unfortunately for the 2's no-one followed up and the Realta striker blasted home the rebound 2-1 Realta. 

The 22nd pressed and pressed. Opportunities were wasted, then came a corner ftom the left M.Chism rose highest only to see the keeper make a great save. 

Matthew found himself through on goal only to see a tame header easily saved by the keeper. Realta battled to the end and hung on for a 2-1 win.

W.Cheung S.Bailie D.Hunter C.Wynne W.Simpson R.McFarland C.Maitland S.Vance L.Boobyer G.Irvine M.Chism. 

Subs C.Chism & Clarke Bacon

24th October 2015

BDFL Division 1


22nd A 5-2 Glenpark

Pretty good conditions for a match considering it was Windy City, the lads started off with a high tempo winning almost every first and second ball. 

We forced Glenpark into mistakes and after a few missed chances we finally took the lead when M.Chism capitalised on a defenders error and slotted it into the back of the net. 1-0.

Glenparks strikers where like whippets and they tried long balls over the top but the partnership of Wynne and Hunter kept them at bay. Irvine then doubled the lead as a good bit of link up play down the left and blasted it by the hopeless keeper. 2-0. HT 

Quickly into the second half good play down the right seen Gary Gillespie in and leaving the keeper with no chance 3-0. Glenpark had a few chances and Cheung who had a super game kept coming off his line quickly and commanding the box. Glenpark with a long throw into the box was flicked on and unfortunately came off Hunters leg. 3-1

Double substitution made with the youngster Bacon coming on for Chism and Black coming on for Mclaughlin. Straight from kick off we played some nice stuff sending Gillespie racing through and making no mistake and scoring his second of the day. 4-1

On came another youngster Thompson for Irvine. The 2 young ones played nice football sending Bacon in behind their defence and who crossed it in and Boobyer missed a free header from 5 yards out. 

 Our left back Vance had a super game keeping their right winger quiet, I think he went to sense with him still in his pocket. The kids linked up again down the right, Bacon in again and brought down in the box. PENALTY. Burrows took the penalty and the keeper saved it but it came straight back at him who made no mistake and put it into the bottom left hand corner. 5-1 

Hunter got injured and we played the last load of mins with 10 men. Glenpark hit the ball over the top and their forward with a wonder strike leaving Cheung hopeless. 5-2.

Cheung, Bailie, Hunter, Wynne, Vance, Burrows, McLaughlin, Irvine, Boobyer, Gillespie, Chism 

Subs: Black, Thompson, Bacon.

10th October 2015

Woodvale park

Bdfl Div 1 

 22ndA 1-2 CSP ll

The match kicked off in great conditions in Woodvale park with both teams feeling each other out in the early stages. 

CSP having a few chances from set plays, but the impressive Cheung, Chism and Blair held their ground and defended resolutely.

Maitland was very unlucky with a volley from the edge of the box for the 2's which just flew over the bar. Then probably the defining moment came when big Chusm who had been playing very well had to come off injured which led to a reshuffle in the 2's formation. 

The half finished in stalemate. 0-0

2nd half started with CSP on the front foot and it was a flowing move through the midfield which saw them take the lead 1-0.

Very quickly, CSP had another great opportunity only for Cheung to make a great save. 

CSP continued to apply pressure, getting a lot of joy down their right.

Eventually the inevitable 2nd goal came when Cheung made a great reaction save from a deflected shot only to see the rebound forced home 


Brian & Phil tried to shake things up with a few changes but CSP, to their credit, looked comfortable until the last minute when the hard working L.Boobyer combined with C.Maitland and sub G.Irvine to win a penalty for the 2's. 

Up stepped Blair and no mistake into the right hand corner 2-1.

Unfortunately for the 22nd the ref blew for full time seconds later and the 22nd suffer their 2nd straight defeat.

W.Cheung S.Bailie C.Chism D.Hunter N.Blair G.Gillespie C.Maitland S.Brownlee L.Boobyer T.McLaughlin M.Chism. 

Subs G.Irvine S.Vance R.McClean

Saturday, 3rd October 2015

BDFL Division 1


22ndA 0-2 St Malachy's

The 2's took their 100% league record to mallusk to play St Malachys on another nice Autumn afternoon. 

From the off St Malachys were sharper and hungrier than the 22nd. The opening goal came from a long kick from the keeper and a mix up with the 22nd centre backs saw St Mals striker race clear and slot home 1-0

The 2's once again created a few chances but were wasteful infront of goal. A feature of the season so far. 

Then some good play from St Malachys saw their striker through again only to be brought down by McFarland who was fortunate to escape with only a yellow card. The St Malachys striker cooly slotted home the penalty to make it 2-0 at the break.

After getting a bit of a roasting at half time, the 2's stepped it up and applied a lot of pressure on the St Malachys defence. First from an indirect free kick, Maitland nearly broke the angle with a ferocious drive. Then Matthew Chism turned the centre back and from 20 yards saw his effort rebound of the cross bar and bounce on the line and cleared. 

Certainly no luck going the 22nd way but credit must go to St Malachys as they defended resolutely throughout the 2nd half as the 22nd threw the kitchen sink at them. Game finishing 2-0.

W.Cheung S.Bailie C.Chism D.Hunter N.Blair G.Gillespie C.Maitland R.McFarland J.Burrows L.Boobyer M.Chism 

Subs T.McLaughlin C.Bacon C.Wynne

Saturday, 26th September 2015

BDFL Division 1


22ndA 2-0 Colin Bhoys

The game played in great weather at mallusk started scrappily with both teams failing to keep pocession for any great time. The 22nd though, were creating chances which as in previous weeks were wasted. 

Then big Maitland threw his teddies out of the pram and was hooked before he got himself sent off. 

The 1st half came to a close with 2wnd pushing but unable to find a breakthrough. 0-0

The 2nd half continued in the same vein with colin bhoys centre back marshaling his defence well. Then came a double change. On went W.Simpson and U17 striker Carter Bacon. This changed everything and suddenly the assured colin bhoys back four were getting the run around from young Carter. 

First, the big centre back got booked for a bad tackle on the kid. Then the break through. W.Simpson launched a long throw and R.McFarland reacted first to poke the ball home at the back post 1-0. 

Carter continued to pollute the Colin Bhoys back four and got his reward when he was hauled down in the box. Up stepped J.Burrows to put the penalty in of the post to secure a 2-0 victory and settle a few nerves.

W.Cheung S.Bailie C.Chism D.Hunter C.Wynne G.Gillespie C.Maitland R.McFarland J.Burrows L.Boobyer M.Chism. 

Subs T.McLaughlin C.Bacon W.Simpson

19th September 2015
BDFL Div 1
Cherryvale Playing Grounds. 

Holylands v 22nd Old Boys

The 2s started the game with a bang, pressing everything, winning all first and second balls. Got the ball down and played some lovely stuff. 
The first real chance fell to M.Chism who, all match, caused their defence real problems, he got in behind the defence and just put it over the bar. Not long after he made up for it by slotting the ball in the left hand bottom corner. 1-0 
This made us lift the tempo even more with the best football we've played in a while. Maitland controlled the midfield with his physical presence and calmness on the ball, picking out some lovely passes. 
Holylands got a counter attack which Hunter took one for the team fouling their no10 and picking up a yellow card. We were unlucky with a few more chances, Holylands capitalised around the half hour mark after pressing well. They won the ball threaded it through (looked offside) to their striker who took a touch and scored from a long distance out. 1-1 
It seemed to take the wind out of us and we didn't play as well as we did until half time. 
A stern talking to by the managers and we were ready to go again. 
 We upped our game again winning first and second balls with our defence cleaning up all the long balls played over the top. 
Blair got the ball down most of the time and played out from the back. Not long into the second half a chance fell to Boobyer who made no mistake of putting it in the net. 2-1 well deserved. 
Shorty after that and a few chances later we went 3-1 up with a corner put in and header flicked to back post and McFarland pouncing to make it 3-1. Substitute Irvine came on and not long after their keeper made a super save from his attacking header touching it onto the bar. 
Twinkle toes Craig Chism soon after also hit the bar, dropped the shoulder out the right wing took it past their left back and curled it which was very unlucky. 
22nds no.1 made a super save, good to see his concentration levels where high after a reasonable quiet day. 
Around 10 to go Holylands won a free kick around 30 yards out which was put in the box lovely and one of their players (unmarked) scored with a header. We kept the ball and slowed play down as much as we could to see the result out.

Cheung Bailie C.Chism Blair Hunter Gillespie Burrows Maitland McFarland Boobyer M.Chism
SUBS: McLaughlin CarterBacon Irvine

Dromore FC 2-1 22nd Old Boys

IFA Junior Cup Round 1

12th September 2015

RoeMill Road, Limavady

This seasons Junior Cup competition kicked off with the 22nd being given a road trip to Limavady against the unknown Dromore FC. 

After last seasons exploits in the same competition, were we lost out in extra time to eventual finalists Rosemount, expectations were high and a run in the cup was hoped for. 

The game started off in blustery conditions, but at least the rain would stay away. With both teams starting off scrappily, the game struggled to find any sort of tempo. Matthew Chism, the summer signing for the 2's would find an early chance, but soon realised that he'd left his shooting boots in Belfast, at Woodvale or somewhere in Ibiza. 
Fourteen minutes into the game, the visitors would win a corner after a Chism jnr. 'Back pass' was put out by the goalkeeper. Lee Boobyer would step up, study the direction and pace of the breeze and greedily curl the ball into the back of the net, via the far post. The defending team had as much chance of clearing the ball as Chism jnr. did of finding the net himself. A lucky strike if ever I've seen one. 0-1. 

The 22nd looked to use this fortunate goal as a platform to press ahead and dominate the game, but within minutes, where pegged back as a ball was delivered into Cheung's net. The makeshift back line of the 2's, missing Blair, Hunter and Gillespie, struggled to cope with the Dromore winger driving forward, from the left, into the box. Chism snr. went for his trademark slide tackle, going down in 8 different stages and missing his man. The ball fell to the attacker who slotted it passed the helpless Cheung. 1-1

This sparked the 22nd into life and they started to see a lot more of the ball in the Dromore half of the pitch. Numerous chances fell to Chism jnr., Burrows, McFarland and Boobyer, but the same outcome every time. Either an outstanding save from the Dromore keeper, or a shot fired off target.
On one instance, McFarland thought he'd won a penalty but the referee had second thoughts and controversially changed his mind, much to the annoyance of the visiting sideline. McFarland patted the referee on the back, for making the 'right' call. 

As the half drew to a close, last seasons most injured player of the season almost put himself in the running for the award this year as he went down inside the 2's 6 yard box holding his left knee. The coaching staff on the sideline rolled their eyes and carried on as normal, as if Wynne wasn't even on the pitch. Within a matter of moments, Wynne was back on his feet.

Half Time 1-1

With the scores level at the break, the 22nd looked to step it up a notch in the second period. But, again and again, chances where squandered. The prolific Irvine was missed. Not allowed to travel, and left with the second string on the orders of Meg! 
At one point, Maitland looked to win a penalty, but falling in slow motion between 2 defenders wasn't enough to con the referee. 
These missed opportunities would come back to bite the 2's as a third potential penalty decision went against us. 
This time in Cheung's box. 
The ball, played forward, rolled along the arm, hand and shoulder of the Dromore midfielder and onto Maitland, but the referee, only seeing the blue shirt, pointed to the spot. The resulting spot kick was accurately converted as outstanding Cheung was sent the wrong direction. 2-1

Maitland threw the toys out of his buggy and was hooked as he lost his temper. The better twin replaced him and Carter looked to show the same impact as last week v Ligoneil. 
As the 22nd pushed for extra time, blanks were still fired. This time from our resident refugee, Azzabi. 
With the clock ticking away and stoppage time being played, a corner was won and Cheung made his way forward looking to atone for others mistakes. But this was fruitless. The referee checked his watch, blew his whistle and got away from Roe Mill Road without as much as a shower. The 2's were out. 
Good Luck to Dromore in the future rounds of the competition. The 22nd will have to make do with performing much better in the upcoming league fixtures.

Always next year.......

Cheung Bailie Bell C.Chism Wynne Simpson Burrows Maitland McFarland Boobyer M.Chism

SUBS: Azzabi Gillespie CarterBacon Thompson McKimm

Ligoniel 0-1 22nd Old Boys

5th September 2015


The big day had come, the start of the new season in a new division and to kick us off, we had a hard away fixture to Ligoniel WMC. So as wee kicked off, 22nd started off the quickest for a change and didn't take 20 minutes to start with us playing some nice football and the maintaining the majority of possession, whilst creating most of the chances with Ligoniel wmc goalkeeper making some decent saves in the first half. It seemed a bit like debutee Matthew Chism did come dressed as our very own Graeme Irvine, shooting blanks with a few 1 on 1 attempts. Also Dylan Hunter, we think forgot what team he was in, had a great chance from about 5 yards out only to think he was defending and put it over the bar. 

As the game came to the break and 22nd on top with Ligoniel yet to have a shot on target, the 22nd lads started to get frustrated without the goal they deserved and got on each others backs but half time came and a swift telling off about being on each others backs, the boys were told they are playing good football and to keep it going and the goals will come.

Second half

With the 2nd half underway, 22nd started off the same as the did first half, pressuring well as a team to win the ball back to play a few nice triangle passing, possession football and again getting the better of the chances with Ryan McFarland with a powerful strike and the opposition goalkeeper making another fine save to keep the score level and with the resulting corner again, Dyllan Hunter got confused again with from about the same distance and position to again give a defensive header away over the bar. 

With the scores still 0-0 and 22nd striker getting a niggle, the Gaffer made a bold move with a substitution. On came under 17's player Carter Bacon, who with his speed, gave the defence the run around from the first minute he stepped onto the pitch. With both teams playing nice football and both looking for that opening goal, Ligoniel got their first shot on target and it was a comfortable save for 22nds goalkeeper. 

Score still stood at 0-0 with 22nd putting more and more pressure on the Ligoniel defence. Again we broke through and the Ligoniel goalkeeper made a top save to stop the ball flying into the top corner.

With a few more chances from both sides, we were into last 10 minutes off the game were Ryan McFarland finally got the ball past the inform Ligoniel keeper with a header only for the hand to it not strong enough to keep it out 1-0 to 22nd and all 45,000 spectating leaves go wild

As Ligoniel pushed for an equaliser, Carter Bacon got the ball and ran at their defence to go past two and to strike the ball, only to see Ligoniel keeper make another fine save to touch it on to the bar and from then 22nd shut up shop and where able to see out the game with the final whistle coming.

Cheung Bailie Hunter Wynne C.Chism Simpson McFarland Maitland Burrows Boobyer M.Chism

SUBS: Azzabi, Carter Bacon
Joe Watt Memorial Cup
Hosted by Ballysillian Swifts 
 25th July 2015
Ballysillian 3g 

 Squad for tournament : W.Cheung D.Hunter N.Blair R.McFarland S.Vance J.Maxwell C.Wynne L.Boobyer Waterboy A.McCrea 

Group stage 
22nd 0-0 ballysillian swifts ll 
Tournament started with a very tight game with 22nd having most of the possession but creating only half chances and ballysillian swifts looking dangerous on the break. The only real chance came when S.Vance swiveled and blasted over from close range and game finished all square. 

22nd 3-1 kcc ll 
22nd started very well lots of possession and very dangerous. 
Quickly S.Vance put the 2's infront before a collectors item saw D.Hunter make it 2. Then from some good passing the impressive S.Vance made it 3. 
It looked like it may get even worse but an ex 22nd player M.Bryans scored for kcc with a deflected shot the game petered out 3-1.

22nd 3-0 Westland 
22nd again started very quickly with the impressive R.McFarland scoring 2 through some fine passing and skill. J.Maxwell added a third to effectively kill the tie and win the group for the 22nd. 

22nd 2-0 KCC 
What a start in this game. Straight from ko,  J.Maxwell ran through the kcc defense before smashing past the keeper. 
Things got a bit physical but N.Blair drove in a thunderbolt from some 20 yards (no mean feat in these small nets) to put 2's well on top. 
After that, the 22nd played a possession game and seen out the tie squandering a few chances on the way. 

22nd 6-5 Westland on pens 
Meeting for the 2nd time, this was a tight affair with westland playing deep and their keeper in great form making a string of fine saves to keep the scores tied. The 22nd piled on pressure but could not find a way through.
This left us with the dreaded penalties. 
All square after 3 apiece then 22nd blinked 1st with their keeper W.Cheung having his spot kick saved (100% record 2 pens 2 misses), but straight away he redeemed himself with a fine save. Having gone right through, N.Blair cooly scored for the 2's before D.McAllister had his penalty saved by W.Cheung. 2's into the final. 

 Final 22nd 0-1 Ballysillian swifts 
 The final did not live up to billing. Ballysillian swifts started brighter and scored from some good play to take an early lead. 
After that and to their credit, swifts kept the ball and seen out the remaining time and won the cup quite comfortably.

18th July 2015

Ian Boyd Memorial Cup 

22nd 1-1 Wigtown & Bladnoch 

C.Lindores D.McCrudden C.Chism N.Martin D.Hunter G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows R.McFarland L.Boobyer G.Irvine 

subs: D.Bell M.Shaw J.Menabeny

Our 1st match seen us take on the hosts and big favourites Wigtown. The game started with Wigtown  having lots of possession and the 1st half continued in this vein. Wigtown pressed and pressed but the 22nd team defended very well with Wigtown creating very few chances. As the game wore on, the 22nd started to look dangerous on the break helped by some strong tackling in the midfield and very hard work all over the pitch. 

The half ended 0-0.

The 2nd half started much the same 22nd defending deep and withstanding Wigtown pressure.

Then the break through came a great ball over the 22nd left back saw the Wigtown winger race to bye line put in a great cross n a fine header and finish by Wigtown sub made it 1-0.

Wigtown then fashioned another opportunity but the shot from 20 yards grazed the bar. But 22nd weren't done yet. On came three subs and a shuffle saw Gillespie up top. He latched onto a through ball and rifled in a 25 yard drive over the Wigtown keeper leaving him helpless 1-1.

Then came the chance of the game Irvine chased a through ball slipped it to Burrows who sent Bell through on goal. The crowd help their breath, waiting as smooch lined up the shot then somehow fell over it and the ball trickled to the keeper. The game finished all square.

22nd 1-0 Ballykeel 

C.Lindores D.McCrudden C.Chism N.Martin D.Hunter G.Gillespie S.Vance J.Burrows M.Shaw D.Bell G.Irvine 

Subs: R.McFarland L.Boobyer J.Menabeny 

Our 2nd match kicked off v Ballykeel with 22nd on the front foot. Twice Gillespie and Irvine raced through only for the keeper to race of his line and clear the danger.

Then a great ball saw Gillespie race clear. The keeper came out and made a good blockand then made a great follow up save to keep the score 0-0. 

As the half wore on Ballykeel became more dominant and put the 22nd back line under a lot of pressure but they held firm and ballykeel squandered a few half chances.

The half finished 0-0.

The 2nd half was more of the same. Ballykeel pressing and the 2's looking dangerous on the break. Again the 3 subs came on and a great pass from Boobyer saw Irvine race clear. The impressive Ballykeel keeper advanced to meet him but Irvine calmly slotted the ball under him to put the 2's 1-0 up and send the 22nd travelling support wild.

Ballykeel pressed and forced a fine stop from Lindores in the 22nd goal. 

The 2's started to tire badly and Ballykeel sensing an opportunity, pressed and pressed but the 22nd managed to hold on for a good win.

The 22nd need Ballykeel to get a result v Wigtown for them to be crowned champions but unfortunately ballykeel went down 3-0 which saw them retain the trophy on goal difference. Great occasion and a great weekend in Scotland in memory of Ian Boyd.

The Lord is my Shepherd


Gerry Burrell Shield Final 

Ballysillian 3g 

22ndA v Belfast Celtic YM

1-3 Loss

The match kicked off in great conditions with 22nd playing into the wind. The first incident of note came when Bailie tackled the Celtic winger. Bailie claim he fell over his leg while the BCYM player claimed he was near killed. A bit of a marker laid down. Bcym had most of the early possession and pressure but could not force any openings. 

The 1st chance came from a wicked corner from bcym which Cheung saved acrobatically. 

Another half chance came quickly after only for a tame shot straight at Cheung. The first half fizzled out with both team trying to pass the ball and bcym looking more dangerous especially from wide areas. But 22nd back line held firm.

2nd half started with 22nd on front foot. Sharper in challenges and crisper passing. They got their reward when M.Douglas thundered in a long range effort from the right leaving bcym keeper stranded. 1-0 22nd. 

The 2's kept up the pressure when Douglas raced clear down the right he tried to find Irvine but unfortunately over hit the pass which would have led to a 2nd. Then Maitland hit a sreamer from half way line only for the bcym keeper to make a great save and touch it onto the bar. This seemed to spur bcym into life from a short corner their striker shot at goal. Cheung  seemed to have it covered but Wynne, trying to block the shot, deflected it into his own goal 1-1. 

Within minutes bcym had taken the lead when the luckless Wynne, chasing back with a bcym player, tried to play the ball out for a corner only to bend it into his own top corner. 2-1 bcym.

The game flowed back and forth with 22nd making changes to try and rescue the game with bcym looking very dangerous on the counter. Then right at the death with the kitchen being thrown at bcym, never mind the kitchen sink, they broke away and a cool finish made it 3-1 bcym. 

The game finished n bcym added Gerry Burrell Shield to their league title.

W.Cheung S.Bailie C.Chism N.Blair D.Hunter G.Gillespie C.Wynne R.McFarland C.Maitland G.Irvine M.Douglas.  

Subs: J.Burrows L.Boobyer M.Grainger M.Shaw W.Simpson

Newhill v 22nd A

Gerry Burrell Shield Group A

2nd May 2015


1-0 Win

The match kicked off in torrential rain and with Newhill playing with the strong wind. The 2's unable to field important players Burrows, Maitland, Grainger and McLaughlin through injury and work commitments.

Both teams were trying to play football and Newhill fashioned some early half chances which were dealt with by Cheung showing impeccable handling in awful conditions.

The 22nd tried hard to get their passing game going and thought they had taken the lead when the marauding Bailie scored from close range only to be ruled off side. Then came the chance of the half Douglas slipped Irvine through on goal... Irvine bearing down on the keeper then for some reason stopped took his comb out, fixed his nest (hair) and then decided to shoot only to see his effort blocked by a great saving tackle. The crowd hiding in the trees couldn't believe it. Douglas continued to cause problems, linkng up well with the overlapping Gillespie on numerous occasions. 

The half finished with 22nd playing some good stuff and the 22nd defence were in great form.

Newhill started the 2nd half strong but with P.D, Newhills danger man, firmly in Hunter's pocket they created very little for their pressure. Then the moment came a great through ball saw Douglas racing through on goal. He rounded the keeper and looked to have ran the ball out of play (trying to give his coach a heart attack) only to squeeze the ball in from a tight angle 1-0 22nd. The crowd in the trees went wild. 

Wynne continued to keep the Newhill playmaker under wraps. His man marking exceptional. And with McFarland and Maxwell linking the midfield up well with Douglas in attack to keep the ball away from the 22nd box, the final result never looked in doubt.

Newhill applied the pressure in the dying minutes but Chism (the magnet) and the rest of his defence, marshalled flawlessly by the experienced Blair,  held out for a 1-0 win.

Great team performance in terrible conditions. 

W.Cheung S.Bailie C.Chism N.Blair D.Hunter G.Gillespie C.Wynne R.McFarland J.Maxwell G.Irvine M.Douglas 

 Subs L.Boobyer D.Bell W.Simpson J.Hamilton

22nd A v New Santos II

Gerry Burrell Shield Group A

28th April 2015

Woodvale Park

1-1 Draw

The match kick of in Woodvale Park in heavy rain which helped the 22nd to get into their passing game early doors.

The 2's started off on the front foot with some nice moves especially down the right hand side with Simpson and Grainger linking up well.

After a lot of early pressure from 22nd the ball broke to M.Douglas who drove home from inside the box to make it 1-0 22nd.

That seemed to trigger a response from New Santos as they were very unlucky not to be level when they crashed a free kick on the bar.

The 1st half finished with 22nd pressing, New Santos defending stoutly and the 22nd squandering some very good chances. 

 The 2nd half started as the 1st had finished with the 22nd just not able to find the killer pass and finish but New Santos were steadily creeping into the game and were looking very dangerous on the counter attack. Infact midway through the half, a quick counter attack saw the New Santos striker race through from the left only for Cheung to deny him with a great save. New Santos then hit the bar again and were very unfortunate not to be level. 

The game flowed from end to end with neither team looking capable of scoring. Eventually something had to give a ball played over Hamilton sent the New Santos striker racing through from the right. He was about to shoot when Wynne made what looked like a great saving tackle... but no, the referee pointed to the spot were New Santos made no mistake 1-1

22nd piled forward looking for a winner in the dying minutes and shots rained in from all angles. Then the ball seemed to strike a New Santos players hand and once again the referee pointed to the spot. The scene was set, Burrows stepped up to win the game for the 2's.... but a great save from the New Santos keeper earned their team a well earned point.

W.cheung W.Simpson C.Chism C.Wynne J.Hamilton C.Maitland D.Bell G.Irvine L.Boobyer M.Grainger M.Douglas. 

Subs: J.Burrows R.McFarland S.Bailie

22nd A v Holylands

25th April 2015

Woodvale Park

0-1 Loss

The 2s needed a win to finish 2nd place and we knew we would need to be at our best to beat a very much changed Holylands side.

From the first whistle we started playing some nice football and creating half chances. Holylands were defending very well and playing on the counter. With no composure and no luck in front of goal we couldn't break the dead lock before half time. 

Second half was very much the same but Holylands seemed to have upped their game aswell. 

We still looked the better team and having the clearer chances but still again no luck in the final third. Around the 70 minute mark Holylands won a freekick just outside the box. They curled it round the wall and their first shot on target in the second half, found the bottom corner 0-1. 

We threw everything at them but still to no avail it just wasn't to be. 

Finished 0-1. We finished in 3rd place this season and It's something to build on for next year.

22nd A v Belfast Celtic YM

18th April 2015

Woodvale Park

0-3 Loss

Today seen us take on the league 2 division winners and we knew certainly we would need to be at our best for a chance of a result in our favour. 

Both teams started off very strongly with some nice passing and hard but fair tackles. Around the half hour mark Belfast Celtic played a long ball over the top and Cheung came off his line to make it hard for their striker. He made no mistake 1-0 BCYM. 

We then had a few chances ourselves and we couldn't put the ball in the net. 0-1 Half time.

Second half was much like the first with a few tasty tackles and half chances. BCYM with some good play out the right played the ball into the box, which their striker blasted it into the net.0-2  With around 15 mins to go and 3 substitutes made already Burrows got injured and we played with 10 men. 

Again out the right hand side, their striker with a lovely bit of skill and low cross into the box led to a tap in for one of BCYM subs that wasn't long on the pitch. 0-3 Full time. Good luck for rest of season lads and was good having use back in the bar for a few beers and sandwiches.

Cheung, Maxwell, Wynne, Chism, Blair, Gillespie, Burrows, Maitland, McFarland, Shaw, Douglas

22nd A vs St. Malachys

28th March 2015


2-2 Draw

First half started off quite sloppy from both teams as neither team could put a string of passes together and were trying the ball over the top. The wind was blowing a gale up there which didn't help and we knew we needed to keep the ball on the deck. This was easier said than done, given the conditions.

After around 15 minutes we had a few half chances which the boys in blue couldn't put in the back of the net. the 22nd were definitely missing the lethal Graeme Irvine, who was nursing a knock.

We started to find a bit of rythym and the passing was improving. It just didn't seem like it was to be our day as we couldn't get the ball right in the final third of the pitch. With half-time approaching St Mals played a long ball and one of our defenders headed it behind him and St Mals striker made no mistake with a super finish. Last kick of the first half 0-1 

2nd half started with the 2s trying to keep possession but again with no luck in the final third. Irvine's absence was definitely showing. After catching us on the counter St Mals doubled their lead with another good finish. 0-2

 With around 20 mins to go, Maxwell hit a shot from outside the box and looked to have hit a St Mals player on the face, but the referee gave us a controversial penalty. Up steps Blair as usual, cooly taking the penalty with the keeper rooted to the spot. 1-2

We sensed another one was coming and a few half chances missed again. Just into injury time and St Mals failed to clear a corner and McLaughlin put it into the roof of the net. FT 2-2

Far from a convincing performance from the senior team, but the work rate and battling to come from behind for the second week running gave the management some positives to carry into the final part of the season. One more win from 2 games gets us promoted.

Cheung Chism Wynne Blair Maxwell Gillespie Maitland Burrow (C) McFarland McLaughlin M.Douglas

SUBS: Hunter Azzabi Bell

22nd A v Realta

21st March 2015

Woodvale Park

6-4 Win

Perfect conditions for a football match. Realta got the game underway and got an early chance. Less than 5 minutes in they had a corner which their CB wanted it more and made no mistake with his header 0-1
We knew we would need to respond quickly and not too long after we had a few chances and realta failed to clear and Douglas made no mistake dispatching it into the away teams net 1-1
Goals were coming quickly as both teams were making silly mistakes. Their left winger got too much space outside the box and slotted it into the bottom right hand corner 1-2.
Burrows put a corner into the front post to Maitland to which he couldn't connect with. Lots of tackles were flying in and not too much football for a period of time. Until, the ball played over the top to Douglas who was trailed down in the box just about as he was to shoot. PENALTY. Blair as cool as you like slotted it into the bottom right hand corner. We them missed 1 or 2 good chances mixed with a few offside calls from the ref. 
Realta again scored from a set play which was terrible defending from ourselves. 
And 2 minutes later they scored again from a silly mistake from us 2-4
We knew we looked dangerous every time we attacked and first half ended 2-4
 Half-time hairdryer treatment for the lads(rightfully so) and a double substitution was made. Maxwell on for Simpson and Wynne on for Chism. 
We started off the 2nd half very well and McLaughlin scored within a few minutes after bringing the ball down and putting it into the net 3-4
We started to become more hungrier for the ball and were rewarded not long after as Douglas flicked a header into the path of McFarland and he made no mistake in slotting it home 4-4. GAME ON! 
 We began to sense that the victory was ours. Realtas chances were only half chances and we were getting the clearer ones. After a few offside decisions against us, a ball was played over the top of Realtas back 4 which they thought was offside. But with no whistle blew, Douglas run onto the ball with Realtas number 1 in no mans land, lobbing him perfectly and falling in just below the bar. Super finish 5-4 
Realta still trying to play football but not breaking down the back 3, 22nds no.1 still hadn't a save to make in the 2nd half. The game was getting tasty with a few silly tackles from both sides. Douglas finished the scoring off with a deserved hat trick. Sliding the ball under the keeper and the defenders unable to clear off the line 6-4. 
Burrows was fouled on the edge of the box by a Realta CB and was lucky the CB didn't catch him properly as it would of been a bad one! Maxwell hit the free kick and forced the keeper to make a save.
Full time 6-4.
 I'm sure there's a few sore legs/bodies the day. 4 points from the last 3 games secures promotion to Division 1. Hope Realta enjoyed the sandwiches and soup back in the club.

22nd A vs Newhill

7th March 2015

Woodvale Park

0-1 Loss

The 2's needed to win to go level on points with Newhill with 3 games in hand. Unfortunately it just wasn't meant to be.
Newhill started off the much better team winning the 1st and 2nd balls and looked the more hungrier team. After around 20 mins of half chances, Newhill broke the deadlock. They took a quick throw in down our left hand side, with no-one picking up the thrower, he put in a perfect cross which was met by the head of a Newhill striker. This gave us a kick up the hole, and we started playing some nice football. Soon after, the ball was played into the box to Irvine where he controlled it, hit it over the defenders head but then straight at the keeper. The 2's forward did exceptionally well to create the chance himself but was unfortunate with the finish. Hard luck.
A Corner came in shortly after from Maitland which McLaughlin flicked onto Irvine's head who put it just wide. Apart from the finishing, Irvine was playing well. 1-0 still at half time.
Newhill started to get a number of chances, but their lone striker was isolated at times. A Free kick was put in the box from the 2's and Burrows couldn't get the final touch on target. Something needed changed ASAP. On came sub Robinson to which he near scored after a few mins with a fine header. Newhills keeper dove low to the left and palmed it out for a corner. 
Not one ball was falling any of the 2's in a favourable area. Full time 1-0 newhill. Take nothing away from Newhill. They defended really well. Good luck for rest of season lads and thanks for coming back to the Woodvale Cricket Club for a soup and a pint.

Cheung, Blair, Chism, Hunter, Burrows (C), Gillespie, Maitland, Simpson, McFarland, McLaughlin, Irvine

SUBS: Grainger, Robinson, Maxwell

22nd A vs Berlin Swifts Reserves

28th February 2015

City of Belfast Playing Fields, Mallusk

2-1 Win

Terrible conditions at Mallusk saw the 2's looking to keep putting pressure on Newhill and Belfast Celtic to secure at least promotion from BDFL Division 2.

The game started scrappily with neither side able to pose any dominance on the match with little to no football being played. 10 minutes in and the first chance of the game fell to the 22nd. Irvine made a super run, rounded the oncoming keeper and missed an open net from around 18 yards. How he didn't score, had everyone puzzled and he could find himself on the sideline next week!  The miss gave Berlin a boost and they started trying to play some nice stuff. They played a good ball down the left hand side, but luckily, Burrows intercepted at the last minute. 

Soon after, McFarland picked the ball up from around 30 yards, caught it lovely only for the Berlin keeper to make a great save. 22nd started to take control Grainger, Maitland and McFarland dominating in the centre of the pitch. Another few balls over the top of Berlins high line had the 22nd through, only for the strikers to be called offside each time. Maitland was putting in accurate set pieces and Blair met one sweetly at the near post but it cleared off the line. 

Around the half hour mark Maitland, who was at the centre of all things good that the 22nd produced, was played in and cut it across the box to McLaughlin and he made no mistake. 1-0.The half then teetered out with little happening up until the half time whistle.

Berlin started the second half stronger, but where unable to break down the 22nd defence. Blair, Chism and Hunter where dominant against the pacy forwards of Berlin. Finally some nice football was played by both teams and a few great saves from Cheung ensured the 2's would maintain the lead.

Berlin had a free kick which wasn't dealt with properly inside the 22nd box.This resulted in a goal from a tap in. 1-1. 

The brilliant Maitland, delivered another great set play in which substitute Shaw met with his head only for it to hit the joint of the goal.

Moments later, Shaw was on the receiving end of a tackle from a Berlin youngster. The big man emptied and covered in mud.

Around the 80 minute mark it seemed a draw was going to be the final result in this derby match. However, McLaughlin with a lovely bit of footwork out on the right picked Gillespie out around 25 yards from goal and Gillespie volleyed into the top corner. Top strike, surely a goal of the season contender. 2-1. Manager Kirker wasn't best pleased as he shooted "don't shoot" from the sideline. What does he know!

Another fine save from Cheung kept the score at 2-1. 

Azzabi, who had replaced Irvine,  was played through the middle took it round the keeper but unfortunately had his effort cleared off the line. Full-time 2-1.

Cheung, Blair, Chism, Hunter, Burrows (C), Gillespie, Maitland, Grainger, McFarland, McLaughlin, Irvine

SUBS: Shaw, Azzabi, Bryans

22nd A vs Rock Athletic
21st February 2015
Woodvale Park

7-0 Win

Both teams started off well with some lovely football being played at Woodvale Park. It was a must win game for us to have an outside chance of winning the league/promotion. 
After missing a number of chances, the deadlock was broken just after the half hour mark with Graeme Irvine taking a touch and slotting it in with the left foot. 5 minutes later he deservedly doubled his tally with another left foot finish. 
Score was 2-0 at half time and we knew we needed to start taking our chances because Rock never give up and have had late comebacks recently. The midfield trio of Maitland, McFarland and Grainger continued to boss the midfield as the 2nd half started. Not long after half time, Rock failed to clear a cross and Jacky Burrows was in the right place for a tap in 3-0, his 12th of a productive season.
Shortly after, Matthew Grainger slotted in the 4th and the boys were flying. Rock started playing long balls and the back 3 of Blair, Chism and Hunter had it under control. William Cheung made a fine save from a long range effort from one of the Rocks strikers in the two's net and Gillepsie continued his runs up the line and getting crosses in but the chances created went wayward. Burrows capitalised on a mistake from the Rocks defence to net his second of the day 5-0. 
We continued putting pressure on the Rocks defence, this time from a corner. McLaughlin scored a well taken header to put the game to 6-0 from a Maitland corner. The last one of the day came from the sub Luke Murdoch with a left footed volley slotted into the bottom corner leaving the keeper with no chance. 
This was a much needed result to keep us in contention. Well done and good luck to Rock Athletic on the rest of the season.

Cheung, Blair, Chism, Hunter, Burrows (C), Gillespie, Maitland, McFarland, Grainger, McLaughlin, Irvine
Subs: Bell, Bailie, Murdoch