22nd Old Boys FC
22nd Old Boys FC
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