The Year 11 football team took to the pitch against a talented St Patrick’s team in the first match of the new academic year. With a fresh approach to games this year it was hoped to start with a positive result. Unfortunately, despite a very disciplined display, Jamie Neeson’s team could not find a way to stop St Pat’s who ran out 5-1 winners in the end.

Regi Donnelly began in goals for the Pottinger Street men and put in a spirited display, making a number of well-timed stops to fend off the energetic and pacey opposition. Coming out in the second half two goals down, the locals knew that the next goal was crucial. Neeson and McAuley rallied up front and chances were created, with Neeson missing a guilt edged opportunity to pull a goal back. Eduardo was introduced in the second half to add some creativity, whilst Calan McFall pushed further forward in search of goal. Two quick counter attacks saw St Pat’s go four goals ahead before some neat work by Cameron Marks allowed Captain Neeson to slide home a consolation.

Plenty of positives from a game which just slipped away from them in the second half. With continued efforts their work should bring rewards in the next game against Slemish College. Man of the match versus St Patrick’s was Aaron McPeake.