Football – Northern Ireland Schools’ Cup semi-final triumph!

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s 1st XI football team which performed superbly to comprehensively defeat Boys’ Model in the semi final of the Northern Ireland Schools’ Cup, held at Solitude on the afternoon of Wednesday 16th March.

Despite expecting a tough encounter in advance of the match Grosvenor’s players played out of their skins to thrash their opponents by a scarcely believable margin of six goals to nil, thanks in no small part to a superb hat-trick from striker Joshua Kelly.

The team started extremely well and deservedly took a 2-0 lead into the half-time break following an early header by Kelly from Stuart Graham’s corner, as well as a powerful run and shot from Matt Tumilson.

In the second half, however, the floodgates opened as Josh Kelly powered two more shots into the net early in proceedings, before Callum Byers converted a header into the net from another Stuart Graham corner and Ryan Betts chased a loose backpass and managed to score from the resultant ricochet.

As has typified the team throughout the season, every member of the squad who took to the pitch on the day performed incredibly well and worked very hard for one another – in this regard the victory was a triumph for the teamwork that has characterized GGS’s play throughout the season.

Following this superb victory the team now looks forward to the final of the competition, which will take place at Ballymena Showgrounds on the afternoon of Wednesday 27th April, when they will take on stiff opposition in the form of  Ballyclare High School; any support on the day will be greatly appreciated as our boys look to play themselves into the history books.

Well done to all of the players involved, and in particular their coach Mr Darren Tomkins, who has been instrumental in masterminding their run to the final.

We now wish them all the best of luck on Wednesday 27th April.

Grosvenor's 1st XI football team which defeated Boys' Model 6-0 in the semi-final of the Northern Ireland Cup on Wednesday 16th March.

Hat-trick hero Joshua Kelly with the match ball following Grsovenor's victory in the semi-final of the Northern Ireland Cup on Wednesday 16th March.