Year 9 on a roll
The year 9 team continued their great start to the season with a comprehensive 7-0 victory over Slemish College. With Captain Robbie Gilchrist missing it was vice-captain Scott McCullough who took on the armband, and it appeared to give him added energy as he bagged himself a 40minute hat-trick. Scott was joined by Jamie Morrow and Lewis Tennant on the score sheet as the two attacking players grabbed themselves a brace each.
It was the Pottinger Street men who started off faster and got into an early attacking stride, forcing the Slemish College goalkeeper into a string of early saves. Cullybackey got the scoreboard ticking on the 10th minute thanks to a well worked goal which Lewis Tennant tucked away with style. Cullybackey added 4 more goals in the first half and were afforded the luxury of making a number of changes at the break. After the half time interval it was a combination of fantastic goalkeeping and lacklustre finishing that only saw a further two goals added to the total. Scoot McCullough was able to complete his hat-trick, Jamie Morrow added his second and although try as he might last week’s double scoring hero Cameron Kerr was unable to add to his goal tally for the season
Substitute goalkeeper Ryan McGrath didn’t have much to do in his goal although everything that was thrown at him he dealt with showing great composure. The back 4 again looked solid, restricting Slemish to a limited number of opportunities. Cammy McMullan, along with Ben Turtle, marshalled the back 4 showing a maturity beyond his young age.
Cullybackey College 2 vs 1 Dunclug – Monday 3rd October
Cullybackey College’s Year 9 team fought back after their first friendly, for an excellent 2-1 victory in their League opener against Dunclug. After dominating the opening 15 minutes, the Pottinger Street men found themselves a goal down after a mix up in defence. Despite some skilful passages of play, the Cullybackey team couldn’t find an equaliser and went into the break a goal behind.
The Year 9 side again showed some patient football to set up a host of chances, but striker, Jamie Morrow, and skipper, Robbie Gilchrist, missed chances that both would have expected to score. Cullybackey goalkeeper, Nathan McMullan, was a bystander for most of the second half, but reacted well to reach a cross that looked destined for the back of the net.
Leon Coulter went agonisingly close, with two sublime long range efforts which just missed the target. As the game went into the final stages, defender Ben Turtle pushed forward in an attempt to get an equaliser. His powerful running was causing all kinds of problems for the Dunclug defence and with just 2 minutes left on the clock, he created the havoc that provided Cameron Kerr with the opportunity to equalise. Cameron showed composure as he placed the ball into the bottom corner, much to the delight of his teammates. In the final moments, the big midfielder netted his second and what was to be the winner, as he drove into the box before turning and rifling a shot into the top corner. There was still time for Charlie Knowles to display his skills and he cutely ‘nuttmegged’ his opponent in the corner, before firing a cross across the box.
A special mention to the year 8 players, Lewis Tennant and Cameron McMullan, who showed maturity and fantastic ability on their debuts for a promising Year 9 side.
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.
Cullybackey College 3 vs 1 Parkhall – Monday 26th September
Cullybackey College’s Year 9 team started off their season on 26th September, with an excellent 3-1 win against Parkhall. Goals from Jamie Morrow, Charlie Knowles and Diego Fletcher in the first half, were enough to seal a comfortable win. The second half was a much more tightly contested game and both teams made a lot of changes, which appeared to affect the flow of the game.
Robbie Gilchrist, the team skipper, was voted Man of the Match by his players, following a string of key through ball and set pieces, which lead to the Pottinger Street men’s goals. The team looked dangerous every time they attacked and if they had have been a little more accurate in the final third, they may have found themselves more goals to the good at the break.
The second half saw Cullybackey keeper, Nathan McMullan, called into action on more than one occasion, but the Year 9 ‘Shot Stopper’ was well up to the challenge, making a string of fine clearances and saves. As Parkhall pushed to find more goals, they were shut out by a defence, marshalled well by Scott McCullough, as well as the two rocks in centre midfield, Ben Turtle and Cameron Kerr, who worked tirelessly making tackles and driving the team forward.
This was a very positive start to the season, however, the boys know that there are further improvements to be made and these can only be made at training on Tuesday after school 3:30-4:15pm