INSTITUTE’S underage teams returned to action last weekend after their Christmas break.
The U13 and 14’s sides have hard fought wins over St Andrew and Ballinamallard respectively, however the U15’s lost 5-0 to Maiden City.
This weekend the U13’s travel to Lurgan to face Glenavon (KO 11am), U14’s are also on the road at Armagh City Youths (KO 11am), while the U15’s take on neighbours Foyle Harps (KO 11am)
Institute Community Mini Soccer recommences this Friday evening, at St Columb’s Park, from 7pm until 8pm. This is for primary school age children and all newcomers are very welcome.
Meanwhile Cameron Allen, Institute’s U10 goalkeeper has earned a place on the IFA Player Development Programme Northern Region Squad.
Cameron will avail of eighteen training sessions which will focus on personal and physical education designed at enhancing football and personal development.
This will prove not only beneficial to Cameron but also to his team as a whole. Conratulations and good luck Cameron from Institute FC.
While the news of Cameron’s achievement is exciting and commendable, it’s also worth pointing out that seven other members of the Institute Youth teams also went for trials and they along with all the team players are all equally as valuable.
These boys and girls must remember that they too can develop within their club with the support of their coaches while maintaining a good lifestyle which includes factors like eating healthily, getting good sleep, keeping fit and even keeping up with school work. Being part of a team is about working together to the best ability you can.
Boys and girls, your coaches are proud of each and every one of you. Keep up the good work.
The U14’s started 2013 by getting back to winning ways in a confident 3-1 away win to Ballinamallard.
It wasn’t the prettiest game of football by either side but after no game in three weeks in was an excellent battling performance and a kick start to the season.
After an even opening ten minutes Institute began to boss the game and were unfortunate to not already be ahead by the time Kinkaid opened the scoring.
He showed great perseverance at the front post following a corner, having two shots blocked before firing the third into the roof of the net.
Kinkaid and the visitors doubled their lead moments late as the striker showed the anticipation to latch onto a weak back pass and poke the ball under the onrushing goalkeeper.
’Stute allowed the home side back into the game as they capitalised on a defensive mix up to force the ball home from inside the six yard box.
’Stute didn’t let it knock them off their side and came close to re-establishing the two goal margin before half-time.
The second half was a real battle which the Riversiders won, despite some dubious refereeing decisions going against them. With five minutes left Institute wrapped up the game, Kinkaid curling in a cross on his right foot and Gambler timing his run to glance the ball past the ‘keeper and secure the win.
There were strong performances from the galloping Hand at left back, the returning Killen from injury and Burnett with a tackling master class at right back.
A great start to 2013.
St Andrews U13...1
The U13’s got off to a solid start battling against a strong wind and as a very good St Andrews team, who have scored 74 goals in 13 league games in their relevant Belfast league this season, try to get on the front foot the visitors kept their shape and discipline.
Dylan Lynch and Oisin Shiels marshalled the back-line superbly and they then took control of the midfield with the excellent Eugene Burns bossing in the middle as Adam Arbuckle and Ben Spratt put in fantastic displays along side him.
As the Waterside out-fit started to control the game and make a few chances it was the industrious Gregg Montgomery, last season’s top goalscorer, who showed amazing ball control before feeding the ball into the path of Marc McCloskey who took the ball in his stride before slotting it past the oncoming St Andrews Keeper to give ’Stute a well deserved 1-0 lead going into the break.
The second half saw the Drumahoe youngsters take the game to St Andrews and they began to dominate the match with Eugene Burns running the show in midfield, his quality providing ’Stute with more chances before he slipped a great side rule pass ball into the path of the excellent Blake Hill who ran onto it before unleashing an unstoppable first time strike past a helpless St Andrews keeper as it went into the net off the top corner of the post from all of 30 yards, making it a contender for goal of the season.
As ’Stute continued to search for that killer third goal to finish the tie off they spurned numerous chances including a few one on ones with their keeper.
As time was running out St Andrews tried to hit ’Stute on the counter attack and in one such move they played a great sweeping move into the ’Stute box and were also first to react with a great close range strike into the net leaving the impressive Danny Jones with no chance in the ’Stute goal.
This set back didn’t knock Institute though as the visitors rearguard stood up to a late St Andrews fightback to hold on for a deserved win.