Historic round of matches for Parkhall College

FOR THE first time in forty years, Parkhall was able to field two year 8 teams an A team and a B team.

With the dedication the year 8 boys have shown in training and with such fierce competition, two teams were needed.

The first match for the B team was against Carrick College away Captained by G. Brownlee.

What a start it was for Mr. Campbell and the ‘B’ team and to their football campaign with a great 4-1 win over the Carrick A team, with goals coming from Nathan Crawford who got 2, Tom Stockdale and Jamie Laverty; proving the strength and depth of the year 8 boys at Parkhall College.

Mr.. Martin had a match with the A team on the same day and they were playing Ashfield Boys to gauge how far the A team has developed over the season.

A few changes were made and they reverted back to their old formation and ran out 3-2 winners.

Some outstanding performances worth noting were Tyler Mullan 1st ever match in nets, Adam Foster with his performance in midfield and a terrific display up front form Mark Kilpatrick.

After his brilliant performances on the pitch lately, his friends have started to call him Mark Kil’Hat’trick and a well deserved Man of the match performance.

With both teams coming away with excellent results, Mr.. Martin and Mr. Campbell are both delighted on how each team has progressed since the start of the season.

YEAR NINE

With the first year ‘A’ team being so strong, the second year team had 4 boys from the year 8 team playing for them, which strengthened the squad in midfield and up front.

With a comprehensive thrashing of St. Pats a week previous saw the 2nd years entertain St. Benedict’s at home. The year 9s got off to a great start with Carl Wilson opening the score with a great shot from 25 yards out. Next in line to score was first of the three 1st years which started with Bradley Woods tucking home a shot from close range. Carl Wilson then put the game out of sight with a thunderous shot just inside the box to make it 3-0 to Parkhall. After the start of the second half, it was a bit scrappy due to the rain pelting the boys’ non-stop for the full match. Then Mark Kilpatrick got on the score sheet when Scott Wilson smashed a shot of the post and rebounding into the path of Mark Kilpatrick to tap in. Finally Scott Wilson got on the score sheet after a great through ball from Man of the Match Glenn Stewart which allowed Scott Wilson to rifle home the 5th and final goal.

St.. Benedict’s rallied till the end and with some pressure on the back four and dominating possession one of their forwards grabbed a late consolation goal for St.. Benedict’s. Impressive displays form Aaron McCalmont, Captain Carl Wilson and Glenn Stewart in the midfield.

Man of the Match: Glenn Stewart

YEAR 10

Congratulations to the year 10 football team who beat Sperrin Integrated College away 3-2 in the cup on Thursday.

Despite dominating for long periods, they could not finish off a resilient opposition and nearly paid for it by conceding late goals to set up a tense finish.

The goals came from James Brown, Glenn Vance and Jordan Dawson – a huge improvement is required next week in the N.I. cup vs. Fivemiletown HS.

Man of the Match – Cameron Staveley (GK).

Also a big well done to the year 10 B team who played Ballee High School on the same day, as this is the first ever time Parkahll have been able to field two teams in the same age group on the same day – A 40 year record.

Despite losing 4-2 the boys thoroughly enjoyed the game and as such more games for this team will be sought by Mr. Martin. The goals came from Dean Sullivan and Liam Devine.

Man of the match – John Harrington (GK)

YEAR ELEVEN

After a disappointing 5-5 draw away to St. Patrick’s a week earlier, the 4th years travelled away to Ballee High school on Tuesday, October 4.

Here, they got their league campaign off to a winning start with a convincing 4-1 victory over rivals Ballee.

There were improvements in the team’s performance and also some individual displays with soul searching and team meetings to iron out problems that occurred from last week’s game against St. Pats.

The boys were a credit to the school after some rough tackles were thrown in, the 4th years rose above it and done what they do best and played football.

This helped the Parkhall team to stay on top by dominating possession and territory and creating plenty of chances throughout the game.

There were impressive displays from Harry Clarke up front, Jake McNeil and Jordan Sloan dominating in the midfield and the ever so impressive Andrew Mellon tackling hard and fair and thwarting Ballee attacks. Goals came from Andrew Kennedy with his first touch from coming on and an own goal with a brace coming from Jack Armstrong after increasing pressure from the Parkhall team.

A well deserved win for the Parkhall team and a great response from last weeks 5-5 draw.

Man of the Match: Jack Armstrong.