The Annual Cove Gala Under 8 Final between Glentanar 1 and Glentanar 2 was always going to be a close affair. The defences and goalkeeper were on top in the first 5 minutes as they snuffed out chances and saved shots well.
It was a well-crafted goal in 7 minutes down the Glentanar 2 right hand side which got the opening goal and this was quickly followed by a second a minute later as a thunderbolt from just outside the box nestled in the top corner. With only seconds left of the first 15 minutes Glentanar 1 sprung into life as an attack down the left hand side was perfectly put across the goalmouth for an easy tap in at the back post.
Glentanar 1 came out the second half the quicker of the teams and took only 2 minutes to draw level. It then became a midfield battle with Glentanar 2 slowly getting the better ball but the resilient Glentanar 1 defence just would not fold.
It took a good move down the Glentanar 1 left to unlock the defence and a super shot was placed into the corner to put Glentanar 2 back in the lead 3-2. With 5 minutes left Glentanar 1 were awarded a penalty when the goalkeeper strayed from his box and this was expertly tucked away to once again bring the teams level.
The game was heading for penalties when a Glentanar 2 breakaway caught the Glentanar 1 defence sleeping and the resulting shot was superbly tucked into the corner to wrap up the game and although Glentanar through everything at the Glentanar 2 defence they held strong and held on the slender lead until the end.
It was a great day out for both teams with some great football played bust most importantly with great fun had.
Glentanar 1 – Reece Jonhston, Nathan Bloice, Boyd Gibson, Cooper Smith, Lewis Beattie, James Wallace, Josh Thomson
Glentanar 2 – Kieran Hurley, Ciaran Bloomer, Adam Garden, McKenzie Gove, William Almberg, Layton Fenty