MANORTOWN UNITED…….2 WAYSIDE CELTIC………….2
THE grass was cut on Greentrees Park. The blue and yellow coloured nets billowed gently in the breeze.
Manortown are celebrating their 50th anniversary. They are having a big night at The Red Cow in August. Best bib and tucker.
BY NIALL SCULLY
These two teams put on a five-star feast in this DDSL 11C cracker on a contest. They gave the hour their all.
A couple of drops of rain fell. Some looked on from the shelter of the big tree beside the pitch. There was plenty to see.
It was end-to-end. There was no sign of a clip-board. It was all about the children going out to enjoy themselves.
On the terraces, somebody didn’t agree with a referee’s decision. It inspired the reply: “The Champions League final is on tonight!”
Real Madrid would love to sign Andrew Roberts. He was majestic at the back for the hosts. The Lord of the Manor.
And nobody worked harder than Liam Kiernan. If they were giving out a player-of-the-match award, Liam would be at the top of the queue.
Liam scored the opening goal. It saw Manortown 1-0 ahead at the kit-kats.
Luke Gray had a blinder for Wayside. And Callum Ryan was also superb. After one inspirational slice of play, up went the shout from the sideline: “Brilliant play, Callum. Absolutely brilliant.”
The applause also erupted for the equaliser, scored by Alex Ryan, two minutes into the second half.
That goal filled Celtic with confidence and they were soon in the lead. Shane Keane got it.
He showed good feet to sweep past a couple of tackles and get in a strike. His shot was blocked, but he was first to react to steer the ball in.
The home team went all out to level the game. And they did so, seven minutes from time when Cameron Curran, running in from the right, met the cross perfectly to ruffle the blue and yellow net.
After that, both clubs had chances. But the draw was the best result. And in Under-11 schoolboy football, it always is.
Champions League finals are for another day. The future is now. And Wayside’s Golden Ball tells that their Mini World Cup is on this month at Jackson Park. No better spot.
MANORTOWN UNITED: Tomasz Rybak; Joe Deveraux, Andrew Roberts, Jamie Dowling, Ryan Buckley, Cameron Curran, Sean Griffin, Dan Cocker, Liam Kiernan, Aidan May.
WAYSIDE CELTIC: Eunan Buckley, Dylan Pontin Jay McCarthy, Alex Ryan, Shane Keane, Dylan Farrell, Luke Gray, Callum Ryan.