Yesterday morning the under 14 squad travelled to Lisburn to play Carrick Rangers. The conditions were very challenging with driving rain and strong swirling winds. It was a day for rolling up the sleeves and grinding out a performance against a very strong Carrick side who were second in the league this year and champions from last year. And that is exactly what they did.

In the early exchanges the lads had a scare as Carrick hit the post. Goal keeper Jack Brady had to be alert and pulled off a great save deflecting a shot from the edge of the box onto the post after 8 minutes. After that team settled down and started to win their  personal battles all over the pitch. Stephen Grant started to dictate the tempo in midfield, winning the ball and putting some good through balls into the front players who's direct running had the Carrick defenders under pressure. Cathal O'Rielly and James Magowan were now making their trademark direct runs at the opposition and it wasn't long before the building pressure started to tell. After a series of corners Niall Owens put us 1 up with a clinical finish. Dead ball specialist Cathal O'Rielly scored an excellent free kick to make it 2v0 before half time. In the second half every player fought hard for the team in deteriorating conditions. Carrick scored a late consolation goal in stoppage time and the lads ran out 2v1 winners.

It was a fantastic team performance from every player that took to the pitch. The win lifts the team up to fourth place, 3 points behind the league leaders with a game in hand.