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No luck required for Irish visitors in win over Craigroyston BC U13’s

Craigroyston BC 1

Tyrrell 5, 23, 32, Conway 11, Gardner 67

Saint Pauls of Artane FC 5

Adamson 62
  • Saturday, 18 October 2014
  • Craigroyston Park
  • Under 13´s
  • Friendly
Craigroyston Park was the setting for a flavour of international football this weekend as Craigroyston Boys Club hosted Saint Pauls of Artane FC from the Republic of Ireland. A strong first half performance saw the Dublin outfit lead 4-0 at half time thanks largely to a Patrick Tyrrell hat-trick, but the second half was a more even affair with the final result 5-1 to the visitors.
From the off the Irish side showed no signs of jet lag and they took the lead with five minutes played. A high ball was just out of the reach of the out coming Craigroyston goalkeeper, Darren Owen and Tyrell did well to get there first and head home. 
Despite the early set-back Craigroyston looked to bounce back quickly. Playing a direct style they looked to put either Max MacGillivray or Ben Hunter through on goal. However, there was too much on the early passes and Michael Phillips in the Saint Pauls goal was able to collect on a number of occasions.
With 11 minutes player the visitors doubled their advantage through Owen Conway. This time it was Saint Pauls with the through ball and Conway showed good composure to slip the ball under Owen and into the net. A calm and composed finish from the number 14.
Once again though it was Craigroyston who looked to bounce back almost immediately. A perfectly weighted ball found Hunter in behind the defence and one-on-one with Phillips. However, the striker couldn’t find a way round the confident goalkeeper and the chance was gone.
Saint Pauls though reacted to this scare and if not for Owen, could have been further ahead. A fantastic save from the Craigroyston number one denying the visitors from a corner. 
Despite his best efforts, Owen could do little about Saint Pauls eventual third. Tyrrell charged down the left hand side before driving into the box and finishing well with 23 minutes on the clock. A fantastic display of quick counter attacking football from the visitors.
Craigroyston though had Owen to thank once again to stop them from going further behind. 28 minutes played and Tyrrell looked destined to wrap up his first-half hat-trick. But Owen was on fine form and denied the striker on this attempt.
However, Tyrrell wasn’t to be stopped and he found his third before the half-time whistle. An uncharacteristic error from Owen was unfortunate and put the ball on a plate for Tyrrell, but the Craigroyston stopper shouldn’t feel bad at all. Without his saves it could have been a bigger score line at the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Craigroyston BC
  • 0-4
  • Saint Pauls of Artane FC
The second half was a more even affair as Craigrosyton came out battling in worsening weather conditions. Once more they looked for their strikers, but Phillips and the Saint Pauls defence were proving a tough force to break down. 
The second half also saw brighter perfromances from other players in the team, most notably captain Daniel Crooks. The tall centre back looked more than happy on occasion to drive forward from the back and provide support when possible.
Eventually Craigroyston’s persistence paid off and they finally managed to breakdown the Saint Pauls backline. A good ball in from Christopher Bell was forced towards goal by Hunter, only to be denied well by Phillips. However, Ryan Adamson was alive inside the six-yard box to capitalise on the loose ball and finish off for his side.
The game continued to be a relatively close affair with much of the play concentrated within the middle third of the park. 
With minutes to go it looked as though Craigroyston would be the victors in the second-half. But Saint Pauls had other ideas and a goal perhaps merited their final efforts in the match. The ball played into Harry Gardner who, despite pressure from Owen and surrounding defenders, finished off. 
In the end Saint Pauls were too strong for Craigroyston, but it certainly wasn’t a runaway victory for the visitors who were put to the test and more in the second half. 
A fantastic occasion for both teams and players who were able to sample a taste of international football and I’m sure Craigroyston BC will be looking for more experiences like this in the future.
  • Full Time:
  • Craigroyston BC
  • 1-5
  • Saint Pauls of Artane FC


Craigroyston BC
Saint Pauls of Artane FC
1. Darren Owen
2. Daniel Crooks
3. Lewis Hunter
4. Chelsea Diamond
5. Liam Moorhead
6. Ryan Adamson
7. Steven Pouton
8. Alan Selkirk
9. Max MacGillivray
10. Christopher Bell
11. Ben Hunter
14. Gary Lee
15. Craig Sinclair
1. Michael Phillips
2. Alax McIndoe
3. Patrick Tyrrell
4. David Batty
5. Matthew Taoffe
6. Ethan Wynne
7. Shane May
8. Glen Fowler
9. Scot Meleody
10. Adam Higgins
12. Karl Emerson
13. Harry Gardner
14. Owen Conway
15. Dylan Killadee
16. Ryan Dunee
Star Player
Craigroyston BC
Saint Pauls of Artane FC
Darren Owen – Not often you can pick a goalkeeper after conceding five, but Owen certainly is one. Kept his team in the game in the first-half and recovered well in the second despite his earlier error.
Patrick Tyrrell – There isn’t much more you can ask of your strikers than to score goals and pose a threat at all time. Tyrrell did that for the majority of the first-half before taking up a midfield role in the second.
Magic Moment
Craigroyston BC
Saint Pauls of Artane FC
A close goal between Owen’s save to keep the score at 2-0 and the goal, but I think the goal edges it. A good ball in by Bell. A good initial effort by Hunter. Good awareness and finish by Adamson in the six-yard box.
Saint Pauls: Tyrell’s second goal and Saint Pauls third. The move starting from their defensive third and after quick attacking play ending in a good goal.
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