22nd Old Boys FC
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