North Antrim Schools’ Cup Final Cullybackey College 2 v 1 Dunclug
Cullybackey Year 8 team rounded off an excellent year with a 2-1 win over Dunclug in the North Antrim School’s Cup Final. It was an end to end nail-biting encounter, which could have gone either way. Cameron McMullan gave Cullybackey a second half lead, with a thunderbolt of a strike from all of 35 yards. Dunclug made a strong comeback and got their deserved equaliser, 10 minutes before the end of normal time. As the game was closing to an end, both teams went in search of the winner and but for the heroics of Ben McCauley in the Cullybackey net, Dunclug would have left victorious. In the end it was a magnificent Kaeden Anderson strike that gave the Cullybackey boys the win. Ben Shaw worked hard to put pressure on the Dunclug defence and after a neat run Anderson was able to finish the game. Cullybackey again had keeper McCauley to thank as well as Jack Wilson for some last ditch defending to keep Dunclug out. A fine win that was epitomised by the hard work put in by all players on both sides.
Dunclug – Thursday 29th September Cullybackey College 3 v 2 Dunclug
Cullybackey College’s Year 8 team had a tough opening fixture against a strong Dunclug side, in tough weather conditions. It was the Pottinger Street men who started the brightest and after a number of squandered opportunities, they eventually broke the deadlock through a fine finish from the hardworking wide man Kaeden Anderson. It was soon 2-0, when a thunderbolt of a strike from Ashton Thompson fired into the top corner from 20 yards out, an early contender for Goal of the Season!! Storm Reynold made it 3-0, with another skilful finish, that was well deserved after some excellent play by the diminutive midfield dynamo.
At the back, the outstanding Charlie Glass, was keeping things tight alongside defensive partner Jack Wilson, however, Dunclug did pull a goal back against the run of play. As the wind got stronger and the rain heavier, conditions became tough for both sides but it was Dunclug who benefited from the weather conditions and netted a second to make it 3-2. It was nervous times for the Cullybackey boys’ and but for an excellent diving save from Ben McAuley, they could have found themselves all square.
It was becoming a real battle and Lewis Tennant and Captain Cammy McMullan showed they were up for the battle, as they continued to dominate the middle of the park. In final seconds of the game however, Dunclug were awarded a penalty after a forward was brought down in the box. To the delight of the Cullybackey team, the Dunclug forward blasted the ball over the bar from the spot.
To continue this good run the boys know they must to come to training on Tuesday after school 3:30-4:15pm to develop even further, as they push for the league crown.
Slemish – Monday 26th September Cullybackey College 5 v 1 Slemish
Another excellent performance ensured the Year 8 team came out 5-1 winners against a hardworking Slemish College side. After a tight opening 10 minutes Lewis Tennant broke the dead lock with a superb strike from outside the box. Lewis was unlucky not to add to his tally as his rasping 25yard pile driver crashed off the inside of the post and ran to safety. Lewis wasn’t to be denied a second of the game as his next effort glance off the underside of the bar before finding its way in. Gavin Arbuthnot finished off a neat move to grab a third goal for the Pottinger Street men just before the half time whistle.
The second half was a much closer affair and it wasn’t until 10 minutes from time that Cammy McMullan added a fourth from distance after surging forward from midfield. At the other end Charlie Glass gave his consistent solid performance defending anything that came his way. Ben Mcaukey also had to stay on his toes and make two point blank saves to force corners for Slemish College. As the game was nearing the end McMullan grabbed a second goal which was a carbon copy of the first, a long driving run before a sweet strike. Slemish did manage a consolation although this was not enough to stop the Cullybackey boys going top of the league.