U14 NL- Loughgall Youth 5 v 1 Carniny Youth

Loughgall made a solid start against a very direct Carniny side in this their latest National League encounter. Loughgall pegged Carniny back in their own half with some neat build up play, and at every opportunity Carniny pumped long balls into the Loughgall half to relieve the Loughgall pressure.

The Carniny goalkeeper was the busiest man on the pitch, saving from Jonathan Ewart and Kyle West before Jonathan Ewart again worked some space for himself in the Carniny penalty area to fire narrowly over the bar.

It was surely only a matter of time before Loughgall opened the scoring and it was again Jonathan Ewart who created the opportunity when he was upended in the Carniny box. Ryan Faulkner stepped up to confidently stroke the penalty kick home.

The Loughgall defence was being well marshalled by Ryan Faulkner, and the only real opportunity which Carniny created in the first half, saw their central midfielder drag his shot wide. Loughgall continued to dominate and it was again Jonathan Ewart driving past his man and into the Carniny penalty box who set up the second Loughgall goal when his low cross was turned in at the back post by Adam Alexander.

With half time approaching Ryan Faulkner showed great composure on the ball to play a perfect pass in behind the Carniny defence for Kyle West to lob the stranded Carniny goal keeper.

Carniny started the second half well and forced a number of corners and it was from one of these that Loughgall failed to clear their lines and Carniny grabbed a lifeline, blasting home from six yards. The game now became very scrappy as Loughgall passes went astray and Carniny continued to be direct and much more competitive in their challenges.

There were some dubious refereeing decisions which bewildered both sets of players and supporters, but the better quality of football was coming from the Loughgall players as Dale Mulligan, Jack Hamilton and Kyle West started to find their team mates feet. It was however a defence splitting pass from Josh Woods which sent Scott McCann clear to coolly lob the Carniny goal keeper to give his side a three goal cushion and some breathing space.

With time now running out, an inch perfect Scott McCann corner was met with authority by the fore head of Tyrek Thompson who crashed home his first goal of the season to conclude the scoring and wrap up a convincing victory for the Loughgall boys.

Loughgall Youth Scorers:  Ryan Faulkner (pen), Adam Alexander, Kyle West, Scott McCann & Tyrek Thompson.Ryan F 2013

Loughgall Youth Man of the Match: Ryan Faulkner (above). 

Loughgall Youth squad: Daniel Acheson, Josh Woods, Ryan Faulkner, Jonathan Brown, Scott McCann, Jonathan Ewart (Capt), Tyrek Thompson, Adam Alexander, Dale Mulligan, Ryan Irvine, Zane Brown, Kyle West & Jack Hamilton.

U14 N League – Loughgall Youth 2 v 3 Linfield

Loughgall played host to Linfield and there was little to choose between the sides in the opening exchanges. Kyle West fired wide after 10 minutes and a quick Linfield counter attack saw their striker head narrowly over from 6 yards, with the goal at his mercy.

Slowly Linfield started to dominate and control possession making Loughgall work very hard of the ball. With 20 minutes gone a ball in behind the Loughgall defence saw Linfield open the scoring with a clinical finish. Moments later Linfield should really have doubled their lead when their striker thumped the Loughgall cross bar from 6 yards as the Loughgall defence were at sixes and sevens.

However, it was not long before Linfield did double their advantage when another ball in behind the Loughgall defence saw their striker race clear and round Daniel Acheson confidently before stroking the ball home.

Just before half time Loughgall created their best opportunity of the half with some neat play between Kyle West, Zane Brown and Jonathan Ewart which saw Zane Browns shot saved at the near post.

The second half saw Loughgall come out in determined fashion and peg Linfield back. Loughgall showed real commitment and desire in their challenges and work rate, as they looked to get back in the game. Kyle West and Zane Brown were causing problems for the Linfield defence with their movement, but Linfield continued to hold firm.

With fifty minutes on the clock, Loughgall pulled a goal back in slightly fortuitous circumstances when the Linfield goal keeper misjudged a Josh Woods free kick and the ball ended up in the back of the Linfield net. Linfield quickly looked to regain their two goal advantage and were unfortunate to see a well struck shot from 20 yards come back of Daniel Acheson’s cross bar.

Loughgall continued to look the more likely to score as first Kyle Wests near post shot was saved and then Adam Alexander dragged his shot wide after a good through ball from Jonathan Ewart. Into the last 5 minutes and a swift Linfield counter attack saw them grab a precious third goal, after a fantastic block by Tyrek Thompson fell invitingly to the Linfield striker who made no mistake.

Great credit to the Loughgall players though as they never let their heads drop and showed great spirit to pull another goal back in injury time when Kyle West and Jonathan Ewart combined to release Zane Brown who drilled low past the Linfield keeper. But time was not on Loughgall’s side and Linfield hung on for a hard fought 3 points.

Loughgall Youth Scorers:  Josh Woods & Zane Brown.Kyle West 2015

Loughgall Youth Man of the Match: Kyle West (above).  

Loughgall Youth squad: Daniel Acheson, Josh Woods, Ryan Faulkner, Jonathan Brown, Scott McCann, Jonathan Ewart (Capt), Tyrek Thompson, Adam Alexander, Ryan Irvine, Zane Brown, Kyle West & Jack Hamilton.

U14 N League- Loughgall 5 v 0 Bertie Peacock

Loughgall Youth returned to winning ways with a convincing victory and five unanswered goals which seen them leapfrog their opponents, Bertie Peacock, in the league table.

However, Loughgall did not have things all their own way in the opening exchanges and it was an astonishing save from point blank range by Daniel Acheson that prevented Bertie Peacock from opening the scoring.

Loughgall had some early moments of indecision in defence but with ten minutes on the clock Adam Alexander beat his marker and lashed a cross shot into the far corner of the Bertie Peacock net. Loughgall continued to look dangerous and it was the impressive Adam Alexander who was sent tumbling in the area and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Ryan Faulkner stepped up to confidently double the Loughgall advantage.

The second half started with Loughgall continuing to dominate and it was captain Jonathan Ewart who showed great desire when combining with Scott McCann and the impressive Josh Woods before firing high into the Bertie Peacock net from a tight angle.

Loughgall were now comfortable in defence with Ryan Irvine, Ryan Faulkner, Tyrek Thompson and Jack Hamilton looking assured. It was not long before Jonathan Ewart put the game beyond doubt when he got on the end of a Dale Mulligan pass, after good work from Luke Murray, and twisted past two defenders before blasting the ball into the net via the far post.

Loughgall freshened things up from the bench and Kyle West and Jonathan Ewart linked to release Zane Brown who was brought down by the Bertie Peacock keeper as he was going past him and again the referee had no choice but to award a penalty. Jonathan Ewart was handed the opportunity to complete his hat trick from the spot and he confidently drilled the ball into the bottom left hand corner.

Bertie Peacock had very few opportunities in the second half as Daniel Acheson was practically a spectator. After more good play from Jonathan Brown and Josh Woods, Zane Brown broke clear in the dying minutes and his early shot was just too close to the keeper. The referee then brought the game to a close to round off a confidence boosting performance from the boys in blue.

Loughgall Youth Scorers:  Adam Alexander, Ryan Faulkner (pen), Jonathan Ewart 3, (1 pen).Johnny E 2013-14

Loughgall Youth Man of the Match: Jonathan Ewart (above).  

Loughgall Youth squad: Daniel Acheson, Josh Woods, Ryan Faulkner, Jonathan Brown, Scott McCann, Jonathan Ewart (Capt), Tyrek Thompson, Dale Mulligan, Adam Alexander, Luke Murray, Ryan Irvine, Zane Brown, Kyle West & Jack Hamilton.