Unlike previous weeks Carryduff Colts got off to a quick start, competing well across the park in all positions. All the early chances were falling to the Colts who had complete control in the opening exchanges. Approximately 10 minutes had gone when Rory Thompson broke free down the right and put a superb cross in which the keeper fumbled. Jack Murray was first onto it and the ball squirmed across the goal line for Cain McDonnell to finish. The Colts defence stayed strong with Matthew Clayton having a particularly good game. As the match progressed the Colts pushed on and scored a suburb second goal. Rory Thompson carefully chipping the ball into the top right corner of the net leaving their keeper no chance. Score at half time – the Colts 2 up.
The second half was a complete turnaround with SOPFC pushing hard from the start. Nye Henrik came on and proved to be tricky out on the wing giving the Colts some respite and an option up front. The Colts remained on the back foot but were having to spend a lot of time defending. SOPFC got one back after about 55 mins. SOPFC continued to push with the Colts making only the odd chance up front. SOPFC drew level with 20 minutes left and although the Colts battled hard they were losing the battle in midfield. While still 2 all Jack Murray intercepted a back pass to the SOPFC goalkeeper rounded the goalkeeper and was unlucky not to score from a tight angle. With 5 minutes left SOPFC tricky outside left broke clear and a miss communication between the defence and the goalkeeper allowed SOPFC to score the winner. With 5 minutes remaining the Colts pushed on for the equaliser but the game ended with a 3 – 2 win to SOPFA.
On a brighter note it was great to see Ben Tweedy at the match today. Ben is recovering from a serious injury but his attendance gave the whole team and coaches a lift. Well done Ben!