Match Report

  Away 26/10/2019 NADAFL McCalls Division 2  
Valley Rangers Colts

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Saintfield Utd

Saints Dig Deep in The Valley


Saintfield 3rds made the long trip to Kilkeel on Saturday to face an inform Valley Rangers Colts side, and with conditions far from nice, a heavy pitch that would pull the legs out of even the fittest athlete and some frustrating road works on the way it proved to be a very difficult day.

However the Saints came away with their 100% league record intact as they recorded a very hard fought 4-2 victory.

The match started right on time, but within 20 seconds the Saints had wished it hadn’t started for another minute or two as they went 1-0 down straight away. That was the worst possible start for the travelling side, however it was the kick up the proverbial the Saints needed and sparked them into life as they struck back within 5 minutes.

After a powerful run by Jonny Orr was ended with a foul on the edge of the Valley box up stepped Craig Millar to curl a delicious free kick into the top right hand corner of the goal, giving the keeper no chance.

The equaliser allowed the Saints to take control of the match and they were on the front foot for the rest of the half, adding a second in the 11th minute. It became the Chris Orr show from that moment as he put the Saints in control with a brilliant brace. The first came from a clever turn and cross from Michael Carson, with Orr showing his fox in the box instincts to react first and clip the ball home with his left foot. The second followed in the 39th minute, this time it was a goal with that touch of class Chris likes to add. After receiving a pass from brother Jonny Orr just on the edge of the Valley box, Chris ran from right to left beating 4 defenders on his way, before sending a smashing left footed drive low and hard into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. It was a typical killer strike from Chris Orr and one that helped settle the Saints further and ensure they went in ahead at the break.

The second half was a very different story as the home team came out with all guns blazing, but despite their best efforts they were thwarted by the impressive Andrew McCavera in the Saints net. Unfortunately that resistance couldn’t last and even with McCavera’s best efforts he could do nothing to prevent Valley making it 3-2 in the 68th minute. That goal sparked an onslaught from Valley Rangers, but the Saints stood strong, battling against a desperate strike force and some painful hailstones they managed to keep Valley Rangers to only the two goals. And to round the day off for the Saints they managed to catch Rangers on a counter attack in the 90th minute and end any come back hopes. A through ball from Matthew Haughey looked to be slightly over hit, but Michael Carson didn’t give up on it and he managed to win a great 50-50 tackle with the Valley keeper before jumping up to slot the ball into the empty net.

A great result for the Saints on a day more suited to TV, a roaring fire and a nice hot chocolate, but 3 points made it all worthwhile.



Goal Scorers: Chris Orr (2), Michael Carson (1), Craig Millar (1)


   
2019-20 Season at a Glance
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Match Details
Firsts
17
3
5
9
36
49
-13
Drew

1-1 Vs Bloomfield
06/08/2019-League(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs St Oliver Plunkett
13/08/2019-League(H)
Lost

0-2 Vs Banbridge Rangers
17/08/2019-Irish Cup(H)
Lost

0-3 Vs Ballynahinch Oly
24/08/2019-Steel and Sons(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Bryansburn
31/08/2019-Border Cup(H)
Won

3-1 Vs Iveagh United
07/09/2019-League(H)
Won

4-3 Vs Shorts
14/09/2019-League(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs Rosemount Rec
21/09/2019-League(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Holywood
28/09/2019-League(H)
Drew

1-1 Vs Greenisland
05/10/2019-League(H)
Won

6-0 Vs Bangor Swifts
12/10/2019-League(A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Seagoe
19/10/2019-Intermediate Cup(A)
Drew

4-4 Vs Bloomfield
02/11/2019-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs St Oliver Plunkett
09/11/2019-League(A)
Lost

0-5 Vs Greenisland
16/11/2019-League(A)
Lost

1-4 Vs Holywood
30/11/2019-League(A)
Drew

4-4 Vs Suffolk
07/12/2019-League(H)
Seconds
11
3
1
7
31
39
-8
Lost

3-7 Vs Killyleagh YC
31/08/2019-League(A)
Won

6-0 Vs Queens Grads II
07/09/2019-League(A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Rosemount Rec II
14/09/2019-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Ford FC
21/09/2019-League(A)
Drew

4-4 Vs 1st Bangor OB
12/10/2019-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Sandy Row
19/10/2019-Junior Shield(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Killyleagh Y.C.
26/10/2019-League(H)
Won

3-1 Vs Shamrock FC
02/11/2019-League(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Greenisland
16/11/2019-League(H)
Won

5-4 Vs Mossley
23/11/2019-League(A)
Lost

4-8 Vs St Oliver Plunkett
30/11/2019-Walter Moore Cup(H)
Thirds
11
8
0
3
52
22
30
Won

5-1 Vs Valley Rangers Colts
14/09/2019-Bobby Dalzell Cup(H)
Won

5-0 Vs Ballynahinch Olympic
21/09/2019-League(H)
Won

10-0 Vs Ballyhalbert Utd
28/09/2019-League(A)
Won

5-0 Vs Dromara Village
05/10/2019-League(H)
Lost

1-9 Vs Carryduff Athletic
12/10/2019-Bobby Dalzell Cup(A)
Won

4-2 Vs Valley Rangers Colts
26/10/2019-League(A)
Won

3-1 Vs Ballyvea
02/11/2019-League(H)
Lost

3-4 Vs Ardglass II
16/11/2019-League(A)
Won

6-0 Vs Tollymore Forest
23/11/2019-League(A)
Won

8-0 Vs Rossglass
30/11/2019-League(H)
Lost

2-5 Vs Killough II
07/12/2019-League(A)
Under 17s
12
7
2
3
34
22
12
Won

3-2 Vs Comber Rec
07/09/2019-Supplementary(A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Kilmore Rec
14/09/2019-Supplementary(A)
Drew

3-3 Vs Ballynahinch Youth
21/09/2019-League(H)
Won

4-0 Vs Kilmore
05/10/2019-Supplementary(H)
Won

4-1 Vs Carryduff Colts B
12/10/2019-Supplementary(A)
Won

4-1 Vs Comber Rec
19/10/2019-Supplementary(A)
Won

3-2 Vs 22nd Old Boys
26/10/2019-League(H)
Won

6-2 Vs Lower Maze
02/11/2019-League(A)
Lost

2-3 Vs Comber Rec B
09/11/2019-League(A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Barn Utd B
16/11/2019-League(A)
Won

1-0 Vs Castle Juniors
30/11/2019-League(H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Bangor YMA
07/12/2019-League(H)
Under 15s
12
9
0
3
42
17
25
Won

2-0 Vs Aquinas Star
07/09/2019-Supplementary(A)
Lost

2-3 Vs Rosario B
21/09/2019-Supplementary(A)
Lost

3-4 Vs Carrick Rangers Colts
28/09/2019-Supplementary(A)
Won

2-1 Vs Albion Star
05/10/2019-Supplementary(A)
Won

3-0 Vs Kilmore
12/10/2019-League(H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Shankill
19/10/2019-League(A)
Won

5-2 Vs Crewe
26/10/2019-League(A)
Won

6-0 Vs Larne Youth
02/11/2019-League(H)
Won

3-2 Vs Red Star Bangor
09/11/2019-League(H)
Won

2-1 Vs Carrick Rangers Colts
16/11/2019-League(A)
Won

5-0 Vs Grove United
23/11/2019-League(H)
Won

7-0 Vs Castle Juniors B
07/12/2019-League(H)
Under 12s
7
2
2
3
13
20
-7
Lost

4-5 Vs Larne Youth
14/09/2019-Supplementary(A)
Lost

0-5 Vs Moyola Park
21/09/2019-Supplementary(A)
Lost

0-3 Vs Crumlin Utd
28/09/2019-Supplementary(A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Springfield Star
05/10/2019-Supplementary(A)
Drew

2-2 Vs Ballysillan Swifts
12/10/2019-Supplementary(A)
Won

3-2 Vs Whitehead Eagles
19/10/2019-Supplementary(H)
Won

3-2 Vs Carnmoney Colts B
02/11/2019-League(H)
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