Firsts beat Newtownabbey
The seniors maintainted second place in NIAFL Division 2C with an excellent 2-0 win – their fifth consecutive league win.
First half goals from Paddy McEvoy and Kealan Devlin sealed the points with a superb defensive performance in the second half playing into the teeth of a strong wind contributing decisively to the result.
The difficult weather conditions on a small tight pitch could have proved difficult but Colts adapted and managed largely to play their brand of attractive passing football
The home goalkeeper pulled off a string of excellent saves from Fergus McBride, Sean Irwin and Darragh Brownlee before McEvoy opened the lead on the 26th minute when his excellent cross from the right was carried over the head of the goalkeeper and into the net.
With Conor Cassidy, McBride and Michael Deeny dominating midfield the Colts doubled their lead on 36 minutes when a Brownlee pinpoint corner was thundered home by Devlin when he timed his run to perfection and headed powerfully home.
Matty McNally then went close just before the break when he cut in from the left and curled a fine shot just over the bar.
Newtownabbey expected to dominate the second half with the strong wind at their back but with Devlin, Rory McDonnell and Joe Sweeny making a series of great blocks and tackles to prevent shots and crosses, Colts kept them at bay. And when they managed to get beyond the defence they found Odhran Devlin in excellent form making a number of great saves as well as punching crosses and corners away from the danger area.
Jack Crompton came on the shore up the defence for the last 25 minutes and was superb while young Ciaran Sherry appearance alleviated the pressure with some excellent runs. Striker Jonny Henry was also introduced and did a great job at holding the ball up and made a number of telling passes and lay offs.
Colts O Devlin, Sweeney, K Devlin, McDonnell, Cassidy, McBride, McEvoy (Crompton), Deeny, Irwin (Henry), McNally (Sherry), Brownlee