Match Report

  Away 15/04/2017 League  
Aquinas

2

7

Comber Rec

Comber played their last league match at Boucher rd playing fields against Aquinas. The 6-30 ko slightly concerned me, as I knew it would be an early start to there. Thankfully everyone made it except Luke Johnston who unfortunately was ill.

From the offset we could see that Aquinas had at least 19 players with them who all seemed up for match ahead. I'd been told how good their keeper was and in their warm up he did seem impressive.

Before ko I'd told the team how I'd went to a match from the u14 1st division and yes it was good football but the only difference I'd seen from them and us was the communication and commitment to get back into position . I've been on at the kids about this most of the season especially the communication part.

Michael Hewitt (stepping up from 04s) started up top, with Wee Messi in behind supporting. It did look a bit comical as Aquinas had a very tall CB who was over 6ft tall. This was going to be interesting. As it turned out their CB was only there to thump the ball if near him along with the visual. While Michael and Messi were coming to terms with the CB other players settled well. I'd finally managed to talk Alex Montgomery to play CB along Alex Hamilton, as I felt this is his strongest position. If this match didn't prove that to him nothing will. Lewis was getting a lot of space going forward and was also disciplined in getting back to his position. He got his reward with a well struck opener. Comber were dominating all over the pitch and the Aquinas winger quickly wanted nothing to do with Alex Hamilton any time he got forward as continually stopped playing anytime Alex came near.

Communication had been our main subject or lack of it to be precise but tonight it was all there. The team were supporting each other both physically and through talk , saying when players were in behind etc. Joel was having a good game at cm , and when he made space 20 yards out heard a shout from Alex h who'd steeped forward from CB. Joel squared it and Alex's well struck shot rippled the net. 2-0

Michael and Messi to this point had been battling with the CB. Michael did skilfully get on the score sheet with a typical well taken finish. 3-0. As in previous matches comber let the communication/concentration go with the result being Aquinas got on the score sheet against the run of play 3-1. As half time was about to go Michael got his second. 4-1. This was a fine performance considering Joel had hit the woodwork twice as had Wee Messi .

Halftime talk to keep talking and close the Aquinas team down quickly ,giving them no space to play.

The second half followed the first with comber dominating. You would almost have thought the first half was replaying, except Michael and Messi had the better of the CB from the start.

Joel hit the woodwork again and again as did Messi. Michael got another two goals (again) taking his tally to 7 for us in two matches. 6-1 This was the best team performance I'd seem this season, but yet again we switched of with the communication and work rate. At one stage we had five strikers leaving to much space in the middle which Aquinas exploited. Ball watching at the back let Aquinas in for their second 6-1 This goal kick started comber again and after Messi shot of the post got whipped back in, Joel finally got onto the score sheet with nearly the last kick of the match.

Comber played well, hitting the woodwork near as many times as they scored but if they can't see from this match how well they play while communicating and exercising position discipline then nothing will. Also whatever position we play opposition awareness can only be achieved by constant looking over our own shoulders and a teammate telling us about something they see isn't a criticism.

MOTM. :- there were contenders all over the pitch with Michael taking the obvious plaudits but Ben Scott also got it. I couldn't split the two even though they had different performances. Michael for his constant running and goals and Ben for his captains performance, spreading the ball , keeping it moving and driving the team on.

Man of the Match Ben Scott

Goal Scorers: Lewis McCormick (1), Alex Hamilton (1), Joel McBurney (1), Michael Hewitt (4)


   
2016-17 Season at a Glance
Team
P
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Match Details
Firsts
12
4
7
1
24
35
-11
Won

3-2 Vs 18th Newtownabby
12/08/2017-Steel and Sons Cup (A)
Lost

1-6 Vs Ballynahinch Olympic
15/08/2017-League (H)
Lost

3-4 Vs 18th Newtownabbey
19/08/2017-Irish Cup (A)
Drew

4-4 Vs Killyleagh YC
25/08/2017-Steel and Sons (H)
Won

2-1 Vs Malachians
02/09/2017-Border Cup (H)
Won

1-0 Vs Abbey Villa
09/09/2017-League (A)
Won

3-2 Vs Colin Valley
16/09/2017-Border Cup (A)
Lost

0-2 Vs Kilmore Rec
23/09/2017-League (H)
Lost

1-4 Vs Abbey Villa
30/09/2017-League (H)
Lost

1-3 Vs Shankill Utd
07/10/2017-Border Cup (A)
Lost

4-5 Vs Sirocco Works
14/10/2017-League (A)
Lost

1-2 Vs Ballymena Res
21/10/2017-Intermediate Cup (H)
Seconds
8
3
0
5
17
22
-5
Won

5-2 Vs Barn Utd
02/09/2017-League (A)
Won

5-1 Vs Lower Maze
09/09/2017-Junior Cup (H)
Lost

0-3 Vs Albert Foundry
16/09/2017-League (H)
Won

4-3 Vs Crumlin Star
23/09/2017-Junior Shield (A)
Lost

1-4 Vs Crumlin Star
30/09/2017-League (A)
Lost

1-6 Vs St Lukes
07/10/2017-League (H)
Lost

0-1 Vs Mountjoy
14/10/2017-Junior Cup (H)
Lost

1-2 Vs Portrush
21/10/2017-Junior Shield (A)
Thirds
10
4
2
4
36
28
8
Won

7-0 Vs Abbey Villa
19/08/2017-League (A)
Won

9-2 Vs Carrowdore YM
22/08/2017-League (A)
Won

4-1 Vs Willowfield
26/08/2017-League (A)
Drew

3-3 Vs Portavogie
02/09/2017-League (H)
Drew

4-4 Vs Ards Rangers
09/09/2017-League (A)
Lost

0-1 Vs Queens Grads
16/09/2017-League (H)
Lost

0-3 Vs Comber Star
23/09/2017-League (H)
Lost

1-5 Vs Ravenhill
30/09/2017-League (A)
Won

4-1 Vs Bangor Rangers
07/10/2017-League (H)
Lost

4-8 Vs Bangor Swifts
14/10/2017-Billy Allen Shield (A)
Under 17s
7
2
0
1
24
8
16
Won

3-1 Vs East Belfast
02/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (A)
Won

9-0 Vs Taughmonagh
09/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (A)
Lost

1-3 Vs Holywood
16/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (A)
Won

4-0 Vs Castle
22/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (A)
Won

3-2 Vs Abbey Villa
30/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (H)
Won

3-2 Vs Lisbellaw United
07/10/2017-NIBFA Cup (A)
Won

1-0 Vs Lisburn Distillery
14/10/2017-League (A)
Under 16s
6
2
1
3
24
20
4
Lost

8-2 Vs Crumlin Utd
02/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (H)
Won

5-3 Vs Hollywood
09/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (A)
Lost

3-4 Vs Aquinas
16/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (H)
Won

5-3 Vs Carryduff
23/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (A)
Lost

2-7 Vs Rathcoole
07/10/2017-Supplementary Cup (A)
Drew

1-1 Vs Aquinas
21/10/2017-League (A)
Under 15s
6
3
0
3
18
21
-3
Lost

0-2 Vs Saintfield Utd
10/07/2017-League (H)
Won

7-1 Vs Castle
02/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (H)
Won

4-3 Vs Bangor Rangers
09/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (H)
Lost

1-5 Vs Willowbank
19/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (A)
Won

5-2 Vs Carryduff
23/09/2017-Friendly (A)
Lost

1-8 Vs Aquinas
29/09/2017-Supplementary Cup (H)
Under 14s
26
10
2
14
95
93
2
Drew

2-2 Vs Carryduff
03/09/2016-Supplementary Cup (A)
Won

7-0 Vs Ards Academy B
09/09/2016-Supplementary Cup (A)
Won

8-2 Vs Castle
24/09/2016-Supplementary Cup (H)
Won

6-5 Vs Rosario
01/10/2016-League (H)
Won

5-0 Vs Aquinas
15/10/2016-League (H)
Won

7-1 Vs Castle
25/10/2016-League (A)
Lost

1-6 Vs Portaferry
26/10/2016-Supplementary Cup (A)
Lost

1-3 Vs St Marys (c)
29/10/2016-League (H)
Won

9-0 Vs Ards Academy (b)
04/11/2016-League (A)
Lost

2-4 Vs Ballysillan Swifts
19/11/2016-League (H)
Lost

1-4 Vs Portaferry
03/12/2016-League (A)
Lost

2-7 Vs Willowbank
10/12/2016-League (A)
Won

4-2 Vs Carryduff B
17/12/2016-League (A)
Lost

2-7 Vs Ballynahinch
07/01/2017-Supplementary Cup (H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Rosario
14/01/2017-League (A)
Lost

1-4 Vs 18th Newtownabby
21/01/2017-League (H)
Lost

2-6 Vs Willowbank
28/01/2017-League (H)
Lost

4-6 Vs St Mary's
11/02/2017-League (A)
Won

4-1 Vs Ards Academy B
18/02/2017-League (H)
Lost

3-6 Vs Ballysillian
25/02/2017-League (A)
Lost

1-4 Vs Newtownabbey
11/03/2017-League (A)
Won

7-0 Vs Castle (b)
18/03/2017-League (H)
Lost

4-8 Vs Crusaders
24/03/2017-Friendly (A)
Lost

1-7 Vs Poertaferry
01/04/2017-League (H)
Drew

2-2 Vs Carryduff
08/04/2017-League (H)
Won

7-2 Vs Aquinas
15/04/2017-League (A)
Under 13s
17
8
0
9
64
58
6
Won

6-0 Vs Carryduff Colts
05/09/2016-Supplementary Cup (H)
Lost

3-6 Vs Sydenham
17/09/2016-Supplementary Cup (H)
Won

10-0 Vs SOPFC Swifts
01/10/2016-League (H)
Lost

3-8 Vs Sydenham
08/10/2016-League (H)
Won

7-1 Vs Ards Academy
15/10/2016-League (H)
Won

5-1 Vs Carnmoney FDC
22/10/2016-League (H)
Won

6-1 Vs Carryduff
29/10/2016-League (H)
Lost

3-4 Vs Celtic Bhoys
12/11/2016-League (H)
Won

5-0 Vs Carnmoney FDC
16/11/2016-Supplementary Cup (H)
Lost

2-4 Vs Lower Maze
19/11/2016-League (H)
Lost

2-5 Vs Newhill
26/11/2016-League (A)
Won

2-0 Vs Newhill FC
17/12/2016-Supplementary Cup (N)
Lost

1-6 Vs Ards Academy
06/01/2017-League (H)
Lost

0-9 Vs Ards Rangers
14/01/2017-League (H)
Won

4-2 Vs Carnmoney
21/01/2017-League (H)
Lost

4-7 Vs Sydenham
18/02/2017-League (H)
Lost

1-4 Vs Barn Utd
01/04/2017-League (H)
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