Superb win over Ballyclare for Wakehurst under-16s

Wakehurst U16s who beat local rivals Ballyclare Colts 1-0 on Saturday in a Lisburn League match.
Wakehurst U16s who beat local rivals Ballyclare Colts 1-0 on Saturday in a Lisburn League match.

Wakehurst under-16s produced a superb performance in the Lisburn league at the weekend, when an understrength team came out on top in a thriller of a match against Ballyclare Colts,

Ronan Laverty got the all important goal for the Wakehurst boys in this derby affair, with stand-in keeper Anthony Shaw, pulling off a number of good saves.

Both teams were going for the win and with 10 minutes left Wakehurst got the winner, when Ronan Laverty picked up the ball in the opposing half, beat 2 players and hit an unstoppable shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner of the Ballyclare net.

Despite late pressure Wakehurst held on for a great win to close the gap on the teams above them.

Panel: A Shaw, B McGarvey, B Millar, D Dobbin, A Campbell, R Laverty, J McLarnon, J O’Loughlin, T Barr, J Fleming, M Erwin, A Montgomery, M Kirk

UNDER-17

Wakehurst 0, Lisburn Distillery 6: The old cliché, a game of two halves, certainly applied to this game with Wakehurst out playing their opponents for long periods of the first half and an inspired performance from the Distillery goalkeeper keeping them in the game. However the Ballymena team never started playing after half time and paid the price, conceding a number of sloppy goals.

Wakehurst knew it wasn’t going to be their day when a Jamie Timms free-kick rattled off the Distillery crossbar with their keeper well beaten.

Into the second half and Distillery took the game to Wakehurst from the off. They scored a second goal after six minutes when their striker was allowed a free header in the Wakehurst penalty box and then added a third midway through the half when their striker ran through the Wakehurst defence and planted the ball in the corner.

This was to prove the last chance for Wakehurst in this half as Distillery ran in three further goals in the last 12 minutes to leave the score a misleading 6-0.