Week two of this year’s Primary Schools League saw a cracker of a game between Holy Family and Oakgrove.
Conor Parke was the star of the show with two goals and the young Primary Five pupil looked far from out of place surrounded by players two years older than him.
He was, however, met on more than one occasion by a resilient Oakgrove goalkeeper in Lukas Lynch who was making saves and keeping his team in check as he shouted out constant instructions from the nets.
Holy Family’s Ronan Tester and Rian Parkhouse had a great battle in midfield with Lewis Dobbins and Harry Goodman.
The first goal of the game came courtesy of a superb through ball by David Stewart that was finished off well by Kori Daniels.
At centre half Bobby Skeggs and Sam Donaghey were excellent for Oakgrove and they were constantly on hand to clear the long balls played over the top by goalkeeper Harry Mallett.
Despite their slender lead Holy Family rode their luck on a number of occasions in the first half and Mallett was key to them keeping their noses in front with plenty of great stops.
The opening period flew in with exciting and attractive football on display and as the second half kicked off the spectating parents knew they were in for another treat.
Ryan Hasson and Ethan McClelland were key to Holy Family keeping their opposition from finding the equaliser early on as they got in last ditch tackles on the tricky Noal Sweeney McGrotty with the talented winger looking sure to get on the score sheet.
Oakgrove needed a creator in midfield to link up the play and they had him in Timothy Wilson with the young star moving the ball exceptionally well from back to front.
Eva Ferguson wasn’t afraid to make runs forward from the backline of the Holy Family defence and often it took three or four to stop her in her tracks.
Conor Parke got his first goal mid-way through the second half and it was a spectacular finish after an incredible individual run.
The Holy Family pupil is certainly one to watch for the future and he got another when he finished off a pass from main creator Owen Taggart.
Oakgrove came agonisingly close several times and they showed just how good a team they are with Thomas Williamson and Corey McGuinness both leading the line fantastically well.
A number of well delivered corners looked like they would result in a goal but Oran Henry was constantly there to clear the lines for his team and with Caiden Deehan holding the ball up really well Holy Family were able to push out.
With the game coming to a close Ryan Friel continued to show discipline and great timing with his tackles and as the whistle was blown both sets of players shook hands in acknowledgement of a very entertaining fixture.
Photo shows the Holy Famiily team.
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