By Staff Reporter
Ulidia 3 -- Bloomfield 1

U17 South Belfast Youth League

A swirling wind meant conditions were never going to be ideal for this encounter and it would be a case of who could best take advantage of the elements.

It was the home team, Bloomfield, who won the toss and had the wind at their backs in the first half.

However, it was Ulidia who dominated the early stages and looked threatening.

After only ten minutes they took the lead through a well-worked goal which started out on the right.

The ever-improving Joe McConnell made a good run and crossed over for Niall McGoran to slot home.

Ulidia continued to enjoy the majority of the possession without consolidating their lead with Bloomfield unable to get to grips with the wind and mostly employing route one tactics.

Ulidia looked comfortable until the 20th minute when McCloskey failed to deal with a cross and handled in the area.

The referee awarded a penalty and for the second successive week, Holden saved. Bloomfield went close on a couple of occasions and were on level terms on 30 minutes with Ulidia failing to clear a cross and Holden unable to properly parry free from danger.

The second half started much the same as the first with Ulidia doing most of the pressing and with ten minutes gone they had restored their lead.

This time Bloomfield failed to deal with a cross and in the ensuing melee in the penalty area, McGrath poked the ball home.

This was nothing more than Ulidia had deserved, however, Bloomfield still looked dangerous and had a call for a penalty turned down early in the second half.

By now Ulidia were gaining momentum and on 60 minutes went further ahead with what can only be described as a ‘screamer’ from man of the match McCafferty.

He picked the ball up on the far touchline and from 30 yards out unleashed an unforgettable shot which hit the far right roof of the Bloomfield net giving their keeper no chance.

By now Ulidia were in control and never looked in any danger of not securing their third win on the trot.

They stood tall and thoroughly deserved all three points. Maynes was missing due to a suspension and McCloskey and Doyle were both booked and later substituted.

Ulidia managed to get all subs on and they all made a positive contribution. It was a good all round display and everyone can take great credit.

Bloomfield were good opposition but on the day Ulidia just seemed to cope with the conditions better.

 

Ulidia: Holden, McGoran, McReynolds, McCormick (c), McFlynn, McCafferty, Doyle, O’Halloran, McCloskey, McGrath, McConnell. Subs: McCann, Hinds, McVeigh, Leo and O’Neill.

 

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