Football 2011 - 2012

The main focus for the squad this season was on developing and improving throughout the year as we had so many younger players involved. The League programme would show us if we had made progress since last season. In the end we played 11 league games, winning 5, drawing 2 and losing 4. This was a very pleasing return for our efforts. We started with a hard fought 3 – 2 win at Glengormley with special mention to Ryan Paine in nets who made several fine saves to keep us in it and then the team rallied near the end to snatch it. Our second game was against Corpus Christi and we took an early lead but they gradually came more into the game and managed to beat us 2 – 1. Our next outing was against the Belfast Metropolitan College’s Soccer Skills group who train 5 mornings a week on a semi-professional basis. We played them on the 3G pitch at Solitude and had a great show of football from both teams but they were just too good for us at times and we lost 6 – 1. We redeemed ourselves the next week on the 3G at the Boys Model defeating their ‘B’ team 2 – 1 in a very entertaining game. A good run of form followed with hard fought victory at Bangor (3 – 2) and a scoreless draw at Ashfield. We then had the long break over Christmas and through January and it is always hard to get back to form. Two poor performances saw us well beaten by La Salle ( 6 – 0 ) and Model ‘A’ ( 3 – 0 ) before redeeming ourselves with victories over NRC ( 1 – 0) and away to Regent ( 3 – 1 ) with a hat-trick from Simon Hanna. Finally we ended the league season with another scoreless draw, this time against RBAI. In the Cups we made little progress. We had to withdraw from the Northern Ireland Cup as the 5th form are not eligible for it and we did not have enough players from the 6th form to compete. In the Belfast & District Cup we came up against Corpus Christi again and they beat us comfortably 4 – 1 on the 3G at Whiterock. Thanks again to Keith Gibson for all his help with coaching on Monday afternoons and his support on several Wednesdays and I feel we have helped to develop things quite well this season. Special congratulations to Simon Hanna on being selected for the N.I. Schoolboys’ U.18 International Squad. By Mr D Moore

5TH FORM

The season started off with a lot of friendly games to find our strongest 5th form team and to get some crucial match practice before our competitive cup matches.

In our Belfast District and Northern Ireland Schools’ Cup matches we fielded a strong team on both occasions, with the much-needed help of our fourth formers. On both occasions we were unlucky and narrowly lost against more experienced teams from Boys’ Model and Forthill. If our finishing had been better, we could have progressed against Forthill. We raced into a 2 – 0 lead but were then pegged back to 3 – 2 behind by half time. We equalized in the 2nd half and the match could have gone either way from there. Sadly we missed our chances to seal a victory and Forthill took theirs. Against the Model we also did well but were always just a little short of their strength and pace.

Reverting back to just a 5th form team, our bad form continued in friendlies against R.B.A.I, Bangor Grammar and Lagan College, resulting in defeat. There was success to some degree when we beat Regent House 3-2 and the boys can be proud of themselves as this was our only win and best performance of the season.

Looking back on a disappointing season for results but enjoyable nevertheless, the team can feel satisfied, as there were signs of progression and a solid base to work on for next year, when hard work and practice will be much needed for any chance of success.

The team would also like to thank Mr Moore and Keith Gibson for all their help during the year.

Dean Wylie (From 5, Captain)