Bay United went home with the three points after this narrow 2-0 win over Muirhevnamor on Sunday morning but the players from both U10 teams were really all winners in this excellent advertisement for schoolboy’s football.
The smaller pitch, smaller goals in the nine-a-side game at U10 level gives the players more touches on the ball and the managers tried to get as many players playing as possible using the roll off-roll on rule for substitutions.
The home side were first to threaten with a Pauric Lee shot that was well saved by Eoin McGuinness and at the other end Lee Hoey was denied by a superb save from Thomas Campbell in goal.
Destiny Eseke was also denied by another fine save from Campbell before the opening goal arrived on 16 minutes and this time a shot from Eseke found the back of the Muirhevnamor net with the help of a little deflection.
The home side almost equalised with a shot from Conor Boland but Bay counter-attacked almost immediately and the lively Destiny Eseke showed quick feet and fired home his second goal of the game.
Muirhevnamor gave everything in their efforts to get back into the match, Pauric Lee’s diving header was inches wide and two superb strikes from Tiernan Myles and Eamon Jeffers were well saved.
MUIRHEVNAMOR: Thomas Campbell, Keane Kenaweagh, Eamon Jeffers, Eamon Sahir, Hughie McGinley, Louis Murphy, Pauric Lee, Tiernan Myles, Cillian Shields, Conor Boland.
BAY UNITED: Eoin McGuinness, Diarmuid Kelly, Boris Biekou, Bill Biekou, Abraham Badmus, Sean Brennan, Oisin Lennon, Destiny Eseke, Lee Hoey, Jamie Feeley, CJ McMahon, Gerard Chickodzera, Fawahd Koreem, Cormac Connolly, Michael Nash, Steven Williams, Shay Hoey.
REFEREE: Jamie Kerr.