Under 10’s play friendly matches

With the Grassroots development programme on a winter break Lisburn Distillery U-10’s took the opportunity to play a couple of friendly games with Aquinas at the Belfast YMCA pitches.

The Whites struggled to cope with the unfamiliar grass surface and put in a below par performance which wasn’t in keeping with the excellent football they have been playing of late.

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Ben Gilliland and James Clyde still managed to play really well and keeper Xander Power made numerous outstanding saves. The other team in the age group haven’t been at their best in recent weeks but showed signs of getting back to form with a very encouraging display. Jake Donaghy dominated the midfield from the outset and linked superbly with Conall Cunningham but despite the great build up play the boys couldn’t find a way past the Aquinas keeper who was in great form. Noah Kelly and Spencer Maxwell were superb in defence. The second period saw Calum Ashby get into the game and he used the space he was afforded on the right wing to good effect nearly opening the scoring on a few occasions as well as creating chances for centre forward Ross White. The Wee Whites then conceded a couple of sloppy goals against the run of play. After composing themselves they nearly scored with a flowing length of the pitch move. Jake was the next to have a chance, storming into the box with a late run only to see his flying header go over the bar. The last play of the game saw Noah time his run to perfection to meet Calum’s in swinging corner with a sweet header but his luck was out. A lot of credit must go to the boys as all seven played for the entirety of the game due to a few players being missing. Finally a big thank you to Maurice and all the Aquinas coaching staff.