Match Report

Saintfield High School 20/11/2021 Amateur League - Division 1C  
Saintfield Utd

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St Oliver Plunkett

After 3 weeks on the road against promotion chasing sides Saintfield were looking forward to being back at Pigeon Hill. However the visit of an unbeaten St. Oliver Plunkett meant the challenge was every bit as tough as previous weeks.

The return of a number of players who missed last weeks trip to Holywood gave the hosts a stronger looking line up however the changes perhaps combined to a bit of a disjointed start as Plunkett took the game to Saintfield with probing passes moving the ball about quickly and took an early lead.

Just as the Saintfield management team were trying to organise a tactical change to gain a foothold in the game a forward run from Taylor moving on to a pass from Hewitt saw the midfielder running at the Plunkett back line and his strike from distance will be a contender for goal of the season.

The lift this strike gave was immediately noticeable as Saintfield pressed the visitors disrupting their passing game and forcing mistakes. McCormick and Childs both scored turnover goals from forced errors as the Saints now took the front foot and it could have been more as Rea and Brown had opportunities from set pieces. However the threat posed by Plunkett was evident as Harper was called in to action to pull off a super save before the half ended.

The half time team talk focused on ensuring the Saints maintained their levels of intensity and didn't give Plunkett an easy root back into the game. However Saints bad start to the game was replicated in the 2nd half as a poor defensive header straight to an unmarked Plunkett forward from a set piece gave Harper no chance in goal.

Plunkett sensed an equaliser was coming and the game was definitely in the balance however the Saints weathered the storm and started pressing again. A lapse from the Plunkett goalkeeper in picking up a back pass gave Ryan Sofley an opportunity from an indirect free kick and he combined with Childs to smash a goal in off the post for a 4-2 lead.

Plunkett were now forced into pouring forward to maintain their unbeated start to the league and Saintield had opportunities on the counter to seal the game with first Simpsons lob over the keeper somehow bouncing over the bar then Ryan Sofleys left foot effort drifting narrowly past the far post.

These misses seemed to disrupt Saintfield and they conceded possession cheaply as Plunkett started to control the game.

Saintfield made changes as Clarke replaced Hewitt to add some energy and Ross replaced Liken (making his first start of the season) in a reshape to try and shore up the defence. However a crazy 8 minutes saw Plunkett wrestle control as they forced errors from Saintfield and scored 3 goals as Saintfield were overrun.

Having inexplicably surrendered a 2 goal lead Saintifeld still had 10 minutes to get a result their performance deserved however they couldn't quite force a clear opportunity as Plunkett managed the game in a way Saintfield should have done earlier.

Whilst a lot of positives can be taken from the performance against a very good Plunkett side the players were bitterly disappointed to surrender the lead in the fashion they did. Hopefully this disappointment will motivate them for the forthcoming games as we travel to promotion chasing Shorts next Saturday.



Goal Scorers: Ciaran Taylor (1), Scott McCormick (1), Adam Childs (1), Ryan Sofley (1)




   
2021-22 Season at a Glance
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Match Details
Firsts
26
7
1
18
50
74
-24
Lost

0-1 Vs Bloomfield
07/08/2021-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Crumlin United
14/08/2021-Irish Cup(A)
Won

6-1 Vs Suffolk
17/08/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-9 Vs Dromara Village
21/08/2021-Steel and Sons(H)
Lost

2-3 Vs Dunmurry Y. M.
28/08/2021-Border Cup(H)
Lost

0-3 Vs Shorts
04/09/2021-League(H)
Won

1-0 Vs Clonard
11/09/2021-League(H)
Drew

0-0 Vs Wellington Rec
18/09/2021-League(A)
Won

9-2 Vs Suffolk
25/09/2021-League(H)
Lost

0-6 Vs Greenisland
09/10/2021-League(H)
Lost

1-4 Vs Ballymacash Rangers
16/10/2021-Intermediate Cup(A)
Won

3-1 Vs Woodvale
23/10/2021-League(H)
Lost

0-3 Vs Woodvale
30/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Tullycarnet
06/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

0-3 Vs Holywood
13/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

4-5 Vs St Oliver Plunkett
20/11/2021-League(H)
Lost

2-3 Vs Shorts
27/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-5 Vs Holywood
04/12/2021-League(H)
Won

3-1 Vs Bloomfield
08/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Bangor Swifts
15/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Tullycarnet
22/01/2022-League(H)
Won

4-0 Vs Bangor Swifts
29/01/2022-League(H)
Won

6-1 Vs Clonard
05/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-4 Vs St Oliver Plunkett
12/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-4 Vs Greenisland
26/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs Wellington Rec
12/03/2022-League(H)
Seconds
21
8
2
11
58
53
5
Lost

1-4 Vs Killyleagh YC
04/09/2021-League(A)
Lost

0-3 Vs Queens Grads
11/09/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Willowbank
25/09/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs St. Marys
02/10/2021-League(H)
Won

4-3 Vs North United
16/10/2021-Junior Shield(H)
Lost

2-3 Vs Mossley II
23/10/2021-League(A)
Won

16-1 Vs Suffolk
30/10/2021-League(H)
Lost

1-2 Vs Shamrock
20/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-5 Vs Ford
27/11/2021-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Bangor YM
18/12/2021-League(H)
Won

6-4 Vs Mossley FC
15/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

2-4 Vs Bangor Amateurs
22/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-3 Vs Rosemount Rec II
29/01/2022-League(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Bangor Amateurs II
05/02/2022-League(H)
Lost

3-7 Vs Shamrock II
26/02/2022-League(H)
Won

4-2 Vs Dunmurry YM
05/03/2022-League(H)
Drew

1-1 Vs Rosemount Rec II
19/03/2022-League(H)
Won

3-0 Vs Islandmagee II
02/04/2022-League(H)
Won

6-1 Vs Willowbank II
09/04/2022-League(H)
Won

3-2 Vs Dunmurry YM II
16/04/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-1 Vs Queens Grads II
23/04/2022-League(H)
Thirds
23
7
4
12
52
58
-6
Lost

0-2 Vs Ballynahinch Utd Swifts
21/08/2021-League(H)
Lost

0-1 Vs Castlewellan Forest
31/08/2021-League(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Kilmore Rec
04/09/2021-League(H)
Drew

2-2 Vs Cloughey FC
11/09/2021-Bobby Dalzell Cup(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Ardglass II
25/09/2021-League(A)
Won

5-2 Vs Valley Rangers Colts
09/10/2021-Bobby Dalzell Cup(H)
Lost

0-4 Vs Mourne Rovers
16/10/2021-League(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Newcastle YB
23/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Killough
30/10/2021-Bobby Dalzell Cup(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Castlewellan Forest
06/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Strangford
13/11/2021-League(H)
Drew

0-0 Vs Drumaness Mills
20/11/2021-League(A)
Lost

3-7 Vs Ballynagross II
27/11/2021-League(H)
Drew

2-2 Vs Ballyvea II
04/12/2021-League(A)
Won

8-0 Vs Celtic Bhoys Academy
11/12/2021-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Ballyhalbert United
15/01/2022-Harry Clarke Cup(H)
Won

3-1 Vs Ballynahinch Utd Swifts
22/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-4 Vs Ballynagross II
29/01/2022-League(A)
Lost

0-3 Vs Strangford
12/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs Drumaness Mills Reserves
26/02/2022-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Ardglass II
19/03/2022-League(H)
Won

7-2 Vs Newcastle Young Boys
02/04/2022-League(H)
Won

6-5 Vs Celtic Bhoys Academy
09/04/2022-League(H)
Swifts
21
6
2
13
38
66
-28
Lost

1-2 Vs Killough II
28/08/2021-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Tolymore Forest
04/09/2021-League(A)
Won

2-1 Vs Strangford Seconds
25/09/2021-League(H)
Lost

3-4 Vs Valley Rangers Colts
02/10/2021-League(H)
Lost

1-2 Vs Ballynahinch Olympic III
09/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-6 Vs Ballyhalbert Utd
23/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

0-4 Vs Killough
30/10/2021-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Celtic Bhoys Athletic
06/11/2021-League(H)
Lost

4-6 Vs Rossglass County
13/11/2021-League(H)
Lost

0-6 Vs Strangford II
20/11/2021-League(A)
Won

3-2 Vs Rossglass County II
04/12/2021-League(A)
Won

5-1 Vs Dundrum United II
11/12/2021-League(H)
Lost

2-5 Vs Ballyvea III
22/01/2022-League(A)
Won

2-1 Vs Cloughey
05/02/2022-League(A)
Won

4-0 Vs Dundrum United II
12/02/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-5 Vs Tollymore Forest
19/03/2022-League(H)
Lost

1-5 Vs Ballyvea United III
02/04/2022-League(H)
Drew

1-1 Vs Dromara Village III
09/04/2022-League(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Dromara Village III
09/04/2022-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Cloughey FC
16/04/2022-League(H)
Lost

2-8 Vs Celtic Bhoys Athletic
23/04/2022-League(A)
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