Although, the weather would depress ye’ there’s no chance of football taking a beating as a full week of action saw the U14 boys take on Carryduff in what could kindly be referred to as swirling conditions. A highly competitive game from two good teams saw Carryduff run out winners but some good performances, notably from Decky McComiskey, gives promise for the rest of the season.
Tuesday saw the Minor’s take on Newry Shamrocks in Pairc Esler. After two positive performances the Minors came away from Newry defeated. Considering the number who didn’t travel, the boys can hold their heads high after a particularly impressive second half display. Goals from Jamie Morgan & Ryan Crawford put them back in the hunt after shopping four poor goals in a slow first half, but it was too big a lead to chase with the heavy legs of a match on Sunday taking its toll.
Wednesday was relatively quiet save for Senior ladies training while Thursday was to see a return to training for our younger players and a first ever session for some of our very young ones with the beginning of Thursday Night football. Nothing beats seeing and hearing hordes of young ones– like lambs in the fields of Spring – it does the heart good to see the next generation of blue and gold take to their home pastures.
Thursday evening also saw the u16’s continue their positive start to the season with a handsome victory over the amalgamated team that is Rosconnor Gaels. At St Patricks Pairc. And while the dismissal of a young Gael no doubt handed Saul an advantage it was the fact that they were able to capitalize on the advantage that was striking. Excellent performances from Paul Savill, Philly Doran, Niall Laverty and Aodhan Harney in particular. Further, challenges ahead but like many of the other Saul teams there is some serious ability and some serious lads within the team.
Friday saw a return to Ballykinlar for a second week as the senior men took on Dromara. The meat between the sandwich of the U16’s on the Thursday and the ladies fixture with RGU on the Saturday, Fridays fixture was an eventful affair which was to witness three black cards, two reds and two more points for Saul. The full report appears opposite but just to summarise – the conditions were wild, the game was physical without being malicious and Dromara will curse their shooting while Saul will know that scrappy wins are not to be sniffed at and that when they find their rhythm they’re no mean team. Next up for the lads – local rivals Kilclief in a derby that predates St Patrick.
Talking of rivals the Senior Ladies took on RGU on Saturday and although defeated by a strong spined Downpatrick outfit there was still much to be positive about and build upon.
A big mention must go to the work of Maurice King and Chris McLaughlin who in a fair imitation of Michelangelo have done great work on the clubhouse.