Match Report

Away 07/08/2018 Amateur League - Division 1C  
Suffolk

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Saintfield Utd

Saintfield travelled to Suffolk coming off the back of a convincing win at the weekend against Groomsport but knew they would face a much sterner test against a Suffolk side who had a very strong campaign last season. Suffolk started on the front foot controlling the early stages of the match and carved out some early half chances from both open play and set pieces. As Saintfield wore out this early storm and began to gain some possession of the football their confidence grew,and the Saints forward line of Barr, James Sofley and Milligan began to stretch the Suffolk defence, working some openings of their own.

The break through came shortly after when some good foot work by Milligan he found himself with space inside the Suffolk penalty box and tested the keeper with a shot which was well saved, however Ryan Sofley was on hand to toe-poke the rebound into the goal from close range. Saintfield with a grip of the game pushed forward looking for a second goal with Bowman, Ryan Sofley and Rea controlling the midfield and pushing Suffolk back into their own half.

The momentum of the match changed significantly on 35 minutes when James Sofley was shown a straight red card after a mis-timed challenge on a Suffolk defender, the remaining ten minutes of the half saw Suffolk try to take advantage of the extra man but again the Saintfield defensive line held strong with goalkeeper Harper reading some through balls well to stifle the late threat.

The half time break saw the Saints make a tactical change with Brennan replacing the impressive Barr in midfield. The second half started just like the previous half had finished with Suffolk having a lot of possession of the football however finding it very difficult to break down the solid defensive unit Saintfield had formed. The hosts tried to move the ball quickly into the channels but found space hard to come by which resulted in several long-range efforts which failed to test Harper in the Saintfield goal.

Saintfield were still very dangerous on the break with the pace of Brennan and Milligan causing problems with the latter being replaced by Childs to provide some fresh legs. Suffolk pushed again looking for the equaliser but with time running out found themselves trying to force the final pass but seeing balls go straight out for goal kicks.

Ryan Sofley was replaced by Kelly in the Saintfield midfield to try and stifle the aerial bombardment that they found themselves under as Suffolk with time running out looked to move the ball quickly from back to front to try and force some late chances. However this was to be of no avail as Saintfield held out to take all 3 points back home and who now look to make it 3 wins from 3 as they entertain Bloomfield at Pigeon Hill on Saturday.



Goal Scorer: Ryan Sofley (1)




   
2018-19 Season at a Glance
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Match Details
Firsts
19
11
2
6
47
36
11
Won

6-2 Vs Groomsport
04/08/2018-League(A)
Won

1-0 Vs Suffolk
07/08/2018-League(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Bloomfield
11/08/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-4 Vs Shorts
14/08/2018-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Laurelvale
18/08/2018-Irish Cup(H)
Lost

2-3 Vs Ballynure OB
25/08/2018-Steel and Sons(H)
Lost

1-5 Vs Tullycarnet
01/09/2018-Border Cup(A)
Won

4-2 Vs Iveagh United
15/09/2018-League(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Woodvale
29/09/2018-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Bangor Amateurs
06/10/2018-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Suffolk
13/10/2018-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Bryansburn Rangers
20/10/2018-Intermediate Cup(A)
Won

6-2 Vs Wellington Rec
27/10/2018-League(H)
Won

1-0 Vs Bloomfield
03/11/2018-League(A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Hollywood
10/11/2018-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Laurelvale
17/11/2018-Intermediate Cup(H)
Won

7-2 Vs Groomsport
24/11/2018-League(H)
Won

5-0 Vs Bangor Swifts
01/12/2018-League(A)
Won

1-0 Vs Woodvale
08/12/2018-League(A)
Seconds
12
5
2
5
27
25
2
Won

3-0 Vs Ford
01/09/2018-League(H)
Won

5-2 Vs Bangor Rangers
15/09/2018-League(A)
Won

2-0 Vs Killyleagh YC
22/09/2018-League(H)
Lost

2-5 Vs Shamrock FC
29/09/2018-League(A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Shorts
06/10/2018-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Killyleagh YC
13/10/2018-League(A)
Won

2-1 Vs Grove United
20/10/2018-Junior Shield(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs East Belfast II
03/11/2018-Walter Moore Cup(H)
Won

6-1 Vs Red Star FC
10/11/2018-Junior Shield(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Queens Grads
17/11/2018-League(A)
Drew

3-3 Vs Dunmurry YM
01/12/2018-League(H)
Lost

1-5 Vs Clough Rangers
08/12/2018-Junior Shield(A)
Thirds
8
3
0
5
10
18
-8
Lost

0-4 Vs Ballynagross II
15/09/2018-League(A)
Won

6-1 Vs Rossglass County II
22/09/2018-League(A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Ballyvea III
29/09/2018-League(A)
Lost

0-1 Vs Newcastle Swifts
06/10/2018-Bobby Dalzell Cup(H)
Lost

0-6 Vs Ballynahinch Olympic
13/10/2018-League(A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Mourne Rovers II
20/10/2018-League(A)
Won

1-0 Vs Ardglass II
27/10/2018-League(A)
Won

3-2 Vs Ardglass II
08/12/2018-League(H)
Under 17s
12
7
2
3
42
21
21
Lost

1-2 Vs Apex Sky Blues
08/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Won

3-2 Vs Suffolk Swifts
15/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Drew

3-3 Vs Ardoyne
29/09/2018-Supplementary(H)
Lost

1-2 Vs St James Swifts B
06/10/2018-League(A)
Won

3-1 Vs 22nd OB
20/10/2018-League(A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Clarawood
27/10/2018-League(H)
Won

4-0 Vs SOPFC Swifts
03/11/2018-League(A)
Won

4-1 Vs Suffolk Swifts
10/11/2018-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Apex Sky Blues
17/11/2018-League(H)
Won

9-1 Vs Rathcoole
24/11/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-5 Vs SOPFC
01/12/2018-Supplementary(N)
Won

10-1 Vs Crewe United
08/12/2018-League(A)
Under 15s
10
7
2
1
42
13
29
Won

10-0 Vs Antrim Rovers B
08/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Wellington Rec
15/09/2018-Supplementary(H)
Won

8-2 Vs Rosario C
22/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Won

4-1 Vs Rosario C
20/10/2018-League(A)
Won

4-1 Vs Shorts
27/10/2018-Supplementary(H)
Won

4-0 Vs Antrim Rovers B
10/11/2018-League(H)
Drew

2-2 Vs Wellington
17/11/2018-League(A)
Won

5-2 Vs Bloomfield
23/11/2018-Supplementary(N)
Won

4-2 Vs Castle B
01/12/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-2 Vs Ballynahinch Youth
08/12/2018-League(H)
Under 13s
11
0
3
8
21
42
-21
Drew

2-2 Vs Antrim Rovers
08/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs St Marys
15/09/2018-Supplementary(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Carniny Youth
22/09/2018-Supplementary(H)
Drew

4-4 Vs Colin Valley
06/10/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-1 Vs St Mary's
13/10/2018-League(H)
Lost

0-6 Vs Celtic Boys Colts
20/10/2018-League(A)
Lost

1-5 Vs Bloomfield
03/11/2018-League(H)
Lost

3-5 Vs Crusaders
17/11/2018-League(A)
Lost

1-6 Vs St James Swifts
24/11/2018-League(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs St Oliver Plunket
01/12/2018-League(A)
Drew

3-3 Vs Barn
08/12/2018-League(H)
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