22nd Old Boys FC
Saturday 11th September 2021
Saturday 28th September 2021
Nafl Div 2C
22nd Old Boys 3-0 Whitehead Eagles
Our team completely decimated with injuries took on Whitehead who had a good win the previous week over 4th Newtownabbey. We started fast as we usually do putting the Whitehead back 4 under a lot of early pressure.
Some nice football started by Nevin got our quick players in down the right time after time. Early doors Millsy cut the ball back to Clarke who blazed over and similarly after some nice inter change Tyler shot tamely at the keeper. Whitehead looked to get the ball switched to their right winger who looked dangerous but Beattie had that in-hand and our midfield was just to slick on the ball. The only criticism was that the defence over played it at the back at times allowing the opposition to get set. We got in down the right again and again the ball was pulled back and William running onto it looked a cert to score but what ever happened he ended up near overhead kicking it into the net ! unbelievable but that’s our James Milner, 1-0 22nd.
We kept trying to work openings with Alex conducting things from midfield backed by Reece's pace and work rate we controlled the half creating a few half chances. Clarke wriggled free and maybe took one touch too many saw the keeper close him down to make a good block (think the keeper gets the credit he was very quick out to block). But with 1 goal in it, it only took a silly mistake or a lapse of concentration to allow our lead to slip. We got to the break 1 up and the better side by a distance.
We started the second half as we ended the first aggressively and dominating the play. Again we worked the right hand side and that’s were we eventually got the second goal from. The ball worked down the right cut back and at an awkward height Clarke adjusted himself superbly and blasted the ball over the keeper into the far corner 2-0. Then with the players we had missing we knew we would start to tire and struggle.
Reece feeling his tights start to ladder came of as a precaution for boobs. Pato dropped a bit deeper and boobs was on the end of a bit off a horror tackle. Should have been red but the ref produced a yellow. Credit to Whitehead they apologised after and assured us that the guy in question wasn’t that type of player.
Then Nevin who had been very good had to leave because he was getting blisters and we dropped James Milner to right Centre back. We also brought of Tyler as we was another nursing a hamstring and we needed to be cautious. These changes allowed Whitehead into the game for the first time and they put us under a bit of pressure. We were able to stand up to it and Sammy getting in down the left put in a lovely cross for Graeme just on for Tyler to head home to kill the game. We could and should have won more comfortably but with the players missing and injuries we were carrying it was a relief to grab the 3 points without any more people getting hurt. A lot of credit goes to the lads who stepped in and played superbly, the likes of young Brandon who is only 17 certainly didn’t look pout of place in Central midfield against some big lads. Onto the next one and a tough North Belfast derby v St Pats at Clarendon.
W.Cheung N.Martin D.Bell L.Beattie C.Mills W.Simpson B.Butler R.White A.Patterson C.Bacon T.Orr
L.Boobyer G.Irvine S.Megarry
Tuesday 17th August 2021
Nafl Div 2C
22nd Old Boys 6-3 Realta
After 18 months we were back in league action in a much anticipated opening encounter with our old rivals Realta. With 7 members of the squad missing we took to the field with a strong side, a sign of the strength in depth of our squad we have been building.
As expected we started the game strongly pressing and harrying Realta all over the pitch. To their credit they worked had and put us under pressure in midfield but we broke fast and Clarke racing free was brought down in the box. The referee thought the Realta player got the ball and awarded a corner, Think they got away with one there. We worked an opportunity down the right and Tyler finished beyond the diving right hand of the Realta keeper to make it 1-0. Realta responded with a couple of dangerous set plays but our football especially down the right hand side was superb.
Though our second goal came from a long throw from Willie on the left, there were two people claiming the goal, Beattie and Corin. The dubious goal panel met in the dugout and it was decided Corin got it as we saw him flashing his shin. We started to purr a bit with the football easy on the eye and flowing we caused Realta all sorts of problems with our movement and pace.
The third was a bit special. We started with a goal kick moved the ball wide to the right, into midfield, back wide, down the wing, Clarke in behind, cut back and Tyler finished Again beyond the diving keepers right hand into the far corner, 3-0. Tyler then laddered his tights feeling his hamstring tighten at least that might excuse the shot he ballooned into Abbeydale (terrible finish). It looked like we could run away with things and another great move down the right saw Tyler teed up beautifully, with the net at his mercy and a hat trick beckoning he tamely shot at the keeper.
After 35 minutes and the appearance of Phil, we started to fade a bit and allowed Realta back into the game, when a deflected shot spun by the beaten Cheung, 3-1.
This spurred Realta on and a poor pass out from the back saw them break down our left fire in a cross that was well finished, 3-2 and they shouldn’t have been anywhere near us.
Just before the break Alex floated a beautiful free kick to the back post were Denver met the ball with the corner of his head to restore some composure, 4-2. This probably tempered Kirker’s team talk as he was seen plugging in the hair dryer at 3-2.
We talked about stopping the niggly fouls and getting involved and to concentrate on the game as the next goal would be vital. We started brightly as did Realta and the game sung both ways. Clarke won a free kick on the edge of the box. Alex seeing the keeper set his wall then strangely stand behind it simply passed the ball into the corner, 5-2 and that you would think would be that. But oh no not the 22nd we like to make things interesting and let Realta back into it again.
A speculative cross from the right swung in over Cheungs head, he tried to push it over the bar but only succeeded in tipping it onto the bar. The Realta striker reacted first and thumped the ball into the empty net 5-3 and there was hope again. We were put under a bit of pressure and were creaking a bit but we managed to come through the wee spell. We almost got a goal when a great cross found Willie (James Milner) at the back post unmarked but his volley near killed that fox he was hunting last year. We made our changes got on the fresh legs and shored things up a bit. We got Clarke clear and with only the keeper to beat he blasted the ball straight at him with the goal at his mercy.
We then sealed the game when a nice move saw millsy released down the right and he cut in and fired a great finish into the far corner, 6-3. Alex nearly made it 7 when he ran onto a Clarke Tee-up only to see his well hit shot superbly saved by the Realta keeper. Again Clarke was causing them problems with his speed and trickery and looked to have been pushed over in the box but yet again the referee waved claims for a penalty away. Having seen enough the referee blew for full time and 3 points are a great way to start the campaign. We must also thank Realta for agreeing to bring forward our fixture from Saturday to Tuesday to help facilitate our Take 5 tournament.
W.Cheung C.Henry L.Beattie A.McCrea C.Mills W.Simpson D.Brown J.McKimm A.Patterson C.Bacon T.Orr
J.Burrows D.Bell T.McKee
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Toals County Antrim Junior Shield
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, 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