Institute U20’s made the trip to Dundela on Saturday knowing that a single point would ensure that they would be crowned Development League Champions with still one game to be played. It’s been a long hard season for these young men who have had to travel more miles than any other team in the league. So an early start last Saturday morning for a 12.00 Kick off in Belfast was nothing new.
With both teams having two games to play, Dundela still had a glimmer of hope, being 5 points behind the Stute lads. Ballyclare were a bit closer, just 2 points behind Stute with one game left and that game against our lads scheduled for the Riverside Stadium this Wednesday night.
So after going 2-0 down in the first half it was starting to look as if the nerves and the pressure might just be getting to our young lads, but the story was far from over. With characteristic determination and an inspirational second half performance, the Stute lads fought back to end the game on level terms with two goals from the excellent Adam Dougherty.
This means that Wednesday nights game against Ballyclare at the Riverside (KO 8.00 pm) will see this young team crowned league champions – regardless of the outcome of the game. However, given the determination and commitment of these young players and the pride and professionalism of their coaches (Sean Friars and Ryan McCreadie), there is little chance of the boys treating this final game as anything other than an opportunity to assert their claim to the title with a final victory over their closest rivals.
Consequently, we would invite all parents, players, supporters, sponsors, club members and officials to come along to this final league game at the Riverside Stadium and provide this superb young team and their coach’s with the support and recognition that they so richly deserve.