Saturday 9th February 2pm
BYM 2nds 2 – 1 Shamrock 2nds
The Second Team welcomed promotion chasing Shamrock to Bloomfield on Saturday and the home team knew they would need to be at their best against a physical and somewhat verbal Shamrock. The YM started well not allowing the away team time to settle on the ball. The YM went a goal ahead following a pin point free kick from Ross and Mickey Paul knocked down for Bradley to knock over the line with his left peg. This galvanised the YM who rose above everything Shamrock had to throw at them and the back four were solid in defence facing everything the away side could muster. Ross was brilliant again leaving the left back in his wake and putting a sublime cross in only for Small and Cavill both to miss the opportunity of doubling the YM lead before the break.
In the second half it was the turn of the midfield to lead the way winning battle after battle and not allowing Shamrock a thing. Paul again put Small in on goal only for a tremendous effort to go just over the bar when many thought it might dip in. Things took a turn however shortly afterwards when what looked like a marvellous tackle from Jamie was adjudged to have been a foul and much to the puzzlement of the home crowd, the ref awarded a penalty.
One each and with the YM looking to take control the ref was involved again. A long Shamrock ball was being met in the air by Raynor who was caught be a flailing elbow and the referee gave a straight red to the Shamrock captain. Young Billy came on for the hard working JC and began knocking on the Shamrock door to get the second. At the other end Kurtis made a match winning save to keep the scoreline level and it seemed the game could have gone either way at this stage until Cavill produced the move of the game latching onto a through ball and smashing it home much to the home side’s relief. Shortly after Billy smashed home a volley into the top corner only for the ref to have judged him offside and rule out what could easily have been the goal of the season. Simon and Andy Mac were thrown in to use their experience and as the game came to an end the YM had chances to score again but at the final whistle it finished 2-1 to the YM.
Overall the management team were over the moon in what was a hard fought victory against a tough side. Man of the match this week goes to everyone involved and the hard work everyone is putting into training is definitely beginning to show.