Welcome return to action for Distillery U9s

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SATURDAY February 9 saw the resumption of The Belfast GDC which meant a welcome return to action for Lisburn Distillery U9s.

Game one saw the boys threaten to overrun Shankill Juniors after scoring a couple of early goals but The West Belfast boys showed great character to get themselves a goal which brought them back into the game.

The introduction of Bradley Ingram on the right wing swung the game back in favour of the wee whites as Shankill struggled to cope with his pace and power. Jake Donaghy burst through on goal and produced an audacious piece of skill to chip the advancing keeper only to see the ball bounce just wide.

Shankill weren’t finished though and after a defensive mistake pulled another goal back but the best was kept to last as Ross White scored two completely different but equally as stunning goals, the first was a text book header from a pinpoint Jake Donaghy corner, the second a piledriver of a shot from distance which almost lifted the nets off the ground.

A bit of a mixed bag from the boys in their first game back with some outstanding passages of play but also making unforced errors especially in defence.

Game two saw The Whites take on Aquinas and like their counterparts the boys started strongly with Lennox Young opening the scoring after five minutes.

Then came the goal of the game from Kenzie Bradley who beat his marker on the outside before drilling the ball across the keeper into the far bottom corner.

Aquinas were more than holding their own though and keeper Xander Power pulled off a string of fine saves to keep his team in the game. The hard working Jonathan McCullough got a deserved goal forcing the ball home after his initial shot was blocked. Defender Michael Rocks got a run in midfield and was unlucky to see his snapshot rebound back off the post.

When Aquinas upped the tempo late on in an effort to claw their way back into the contest they found Matthew Moore in imperious form in the Distillery defence.