Enjoyable day out in U9s derby friendly

THE break in league fixtures for the Easter holidays allowed Lisburn Youth and Lisburn Distillery to come together for this friendly fixture at Colin Park’s impressive Blacks Road 3G facilities.

The Lisburn Youth 2003s are currently undefeated in their league so this friendly gave the coaches a chance to help the progression of their squad by giving the 2004 and 2005 squad players game time against John Kelly’s 2003 Distillery squad.

The close to two year age difference between Lisburn Youth and their older Lisburn Distillery counterparts was obvious to the eye from the beginning, but to their credit they tried to play their passing football the only way they know how while battling hard against the bigger Lisburn Distillery boys.

The deadlock was broke with an unlucky own goal from a Lisburn Youth defender but this didn’t stop them competing and they battled from start to finish.

Distillery showed good skill and composure in passing the ball round the Lisburn Youth defence in adding to their lead. There was some excellent passing and movement from both teams but Lisburn Distillery side were more clinical on the day.

The young Youth team got a consolation goal near the end but it was too late for a comeback.

The second match on paper looked entertaining, and a better match with the majority of both teams being 2003 and 2004 going head to head. The Lisburn Youth boys were without a fixture due to the weather for four weeks, this was pivotal.

Distillery showed they have a lot of talent in their team, their number seven standing out with his confidence on the ball and the ability to pick a pass. Lisburn Distillery raced into a lead with some terrific goals before Lisburn Youth found their feet and pulled a goal back. Distillery took advantage of Lisburn Youth’s rustiness and added to their lead with another excellent strike before the final whistle.

Lisburn Youth would like to thank Lisburn Distillery for organising this as it gave precious game time to our squad players who hadn’t played very much recently due to the weather.

Well done to both teams who showed lots of ability on the day.