Both Ballyboro U13 and U14 teams were involved in goal fests last week, scoring an amazing 19 goals between them.
First up were the U14s in the Shield semi-final, and they certainly had their shooting boots on when they accounted for Ardagh United by ten goals to five.
Team: Brian Farrell, Jack McGloin, Ryan Byrne (1),Luke Dowd, Paul Byrne, Bryan Mullooly (2), Shane Ross, Jimmy Farrell (1), Ciaran O'Dowd, Matthew Heneghan (3), Christy Burke (2). Subs: Christian Donlon (1), Sam Murphy, Cormac O'Dowd.
Not to be outdone, the U13s were also on fire in their encounter with Stonepark. They prevailed on a scoreline of nine goals to seven.
Team: Sam Glennon, Rory Carling, Jack Casey, Cormac O'Dowd, Josh Crawford, Joey Trimble (1), Christian Donlon (2), Sam Murphy, Euan Cullen (2), Eoin Cox (4), Conor Farrell. Subs: Luke Cullen, Christov.
The U10 team qualified for the Shield final when they defeated Gaels United. The first half was closely contested and ended all square 2-2. However, in the second period the Ballyboro boys gradually got on top and triumphed 6-3 .
Team: Mikie Sorohan, Ciaran McGloin, Leon Malkowski, Rian Hogan (1), Rian Shanley (2), Oisin Dillon (1), Dan Casey (1). Subs: Eoghan Mullooly (1), Evan Rooney, Sean O’Dowd, Keilon Gilmore, Eoin Farrell, Eoin Connell.
The U12s tried very hard but eventually gave best, 1-3, to a strong Melview team on Sunday. After a very closely contested first half which ended scoreless, Christian Donlon raised hopes of a Ballyboro win with a well taken goal.
Ballyboro: Ronan Cox, Aidan Kelly, Jack Casey, David Cox, Billy Murray, Euan Cullen, Christian Donlon, Rian Hogan, Ben Murphy. Subs: Daniel Hogan, Ethan Slattery, Tom Gilmore, Luke Johnston, Conn Maxwell. Thanks are due to Karl Crawford and his team who held a very successful cake sale and raffle in Newtowncashel.
There are just two left in Last Man Standing 2, and this weekend should see the crowning of the overall winner.
Fixtures: The U8s have a Blitz at home on Saturday at 11am. The U12s have a busy week ahead; on Tuesday they were at home to UCL, while on Thursday they are away to Newtown, 7pm start. The U16s play Newtown in the Shield semi-final on Wednesday at 7pm in Newtownforbes. If they win, they play UCL Harps in the final in Abbeycartron at 4pm on Sunday.