The next challenge put in front of our young under 20 Institute side was a trip to Newington. Although it was a scoreless first half, it was very entertaining. ‘Stute’s young keeper, Conan Doherty, made two outstanding saves to keep his side level. Meanwhile, at the other end Seamus Quinn had a great effort which came back off the bar with the Newington keeper beat. Arguably, the two best players in the first half were the two goalkeepers as the Newington number 1 making a couple of fantastic stops himself from the ever dangerous Adam Dougherty.
At half-time, we asked the boys to push higher up the field and try and retrieve any second balls that were dropping mainly to Newington in the first half. The boys took this on board and this meant our attacking players were able to pick up the ball in their final third. Our pressure paid off as the prolific Adam Dougherty rounded off a wonderful team goal after a great ball in from the returning John Mallet to make 1-0 to Institute. Then, shortly after the first went in, we managed to grab a second through Reece Kincaid who calmly finished from another ball which was played in with absolute precision. We never stopped after we went two ahead and this showed as we hit the post three times and their keeper again managed to save them from falling further behind with a bunch of excellent saves.
It was brilliant to see such high quality from the boys in the second half. The most pleasing aspect is that we keep on scoring goals galore at one end while remaining very tight at the other. Ryan and I are delighted that every time we ask these young men questions or ask them to play a different role, they seem to come up with the answers!
Full-time: Newington U20’s 0-2 Institute U20’s