The Leonard Swan and Sons Larne Colts Under 16 sponsored side finally got their act together against Templepatrick at Beltoy when a late rally by their opponents was never going to peg them back.
Unlike previous games, the Larne side got into their stride early and they dominated the game before Martin Maybin played in Steven White, returning from injury, to place the ball through the keeper’s legs for the first goal of the game.
Jamie Beggs created the opening for Maybin to score the second goal and Niall McConaghy scored his second in two games to put the Colts three goals ahead, a lead that was eaten into Templepatrick with two goals before half-time.
Two goals from McConaghy to complete his hat-trick and another from Maybin stretched the Colts’ lead to 6-2 before another two goals by Templepatrick near the end of the game put a somewhat favourable slant on the score in their favour. Maybin’s second goal was quite a milestone for him personally as it was his 300th goal for the club in all fixtures.
The WEIRFAB sponsored side recorded their second win over Carnmoney Colts at the Three Mile Water playing fields, only this time there was no reliance on a last minute winner.
From the kick-off, the Larne side pushed their opponents back but due to hesitant finishing, the game remained without a score until twenty three minutes had been played. It was then that Gavin Kernohan played through Robbie McMaw whose right foot shot was low and hard into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Soon after, McMaw had an identical shot well saved by the Carnmoney keeper to keep the score at 1-0 at half time. The Colts continued to pressure Carnmoney in the second half but it took another great piece of finishing by McMaw to seal the win.
After Ryan McCrudden had battled well outside the Carnmoney penalty area, the ball broke to McMaw on the right hand corner of the box and his deft lob up and over the keeper found the bottom right hand corner of the net. Kernohan played Ryan Jones in for the third goal, Jones’ shot going in off the right hand post.
With time running out, Colts keeper Matthew Rice was given a run up front and from his pass, Kernohan neatly lobbed the on-rushing Carnmoney keeper to make it 4-0 at the end of the game.
The Colts, sponsored by The Olderfleet, travelled to the Valley Leisure Centre for this match with Templepatrick and started of pretty brightly. With Thomas McDowell and Odhran Kemp running the wings and David Hunter, Jamie Magill and Stephen Gordon controlling the midfield, the Colts started to take control and a lovely Hunter pass through to Reece McGinley enabled him to open the scoring.
Then Magill and McGinley combined to put Darren Tennant in for number two. Any attacks Templepatrick had were well dealt with by goalkeeper Dylan McRandal and his defence of Jordan Weir, Thomas Spence and Robert Watson. The colts got a third goal when McGinley let fly with his left foot just before half-time. Although the Colts started of slowly in the second half, they soon took a grip and started to dominate.
From a corner on the left, Weir was on hand to get his first goal of the season. After introducing all of the substitutes, Craig Bailie, Jamie Millar, Dylan Doole, Johnny McCurdy and Daniel Girvan, the Larne side killed off the game when, after some good passing, McGinley turned a defender inside out and fired a left foot shot high into the net to complete his hat-trick.
The Lowe’s of Larne sponsored Colts will be glad to see the back of Antrim Rovers in the league this season as, for the second week in a row, they lost heavily. This time the fixture took place at the Antrim Forum but aside from a Matthew Forsythe free-kick, the Larne side made no impression on the game.
The C.R. Patton (2006) Refrigeration Services sponsored side lost to Larne Youth Academy at Sandy Bay, with David Murtagh grabbing the consolation goal.
U11 - Larne Colts 1 (D. Murtagh), Larne Youth Academy 5.
U13 - Larne Colts 5 (R. McGinley 3, D. Tennant, J. Weir), Templepatrick 0.
U14 - Larne Colts 1 (M. Forsythe), Antrim Rovers 7.
U15 - Larne Colts 4 (R. McMaw 2, R. Jones, G. Kernohan), Carnmoney Colts 0
U16 - Larne Colts 6 (N. McConaghy 3, M. Maybin 2, S. White), Templepatrick 4
MINI SOCCER ACADEMY
Larne Colts continue to run a mini soccer school at Seacourt Community Centre from 6 p.m. to 7. p.m. on Monday nights for all children from the ages of five to nine years old. The cost for each child is only 50p, with the coaching session taken by a qualified coach and geared towards fun for all.