Great Start to the Season!!
The footballers started the league campaign early with four matches at an unusually sunny and warm Laurelhill Sportszone. More unusual still that our football was actually as good as the weather on this occasion, as we stayed unbeaten throughout the day, winning two and drawing two matches. However, it wouldn't be Central if we didn't have our customary slow start, and we opened up with a scoreless draw against Old Warren. It didn't take long for an improvement, as we did everything but score against a strong Harmony Hill side, again finishing 0-0.
The next match against Dunmurry was hard fought, and we were up against it when Dunmurry scored first. The boys showed great character to fight back and a fantastic through ball from Stevenson found Greer, who steered the ball into the net. Then with very little time left on the clock Simpson unleashed a volley from outside the box which landed in the bottom corner to give us the win. St Aloysius were our last opponents on the day and an early goal set up a good victory. After some neat footwork from Simpson, he found Greer who scored his second of the day. Simpson also grabbed his second with a spectacular effort from near the halfway line that caught the goalkeeper by surprise.
All in all an excellent start to the season for the team, who all played their part during the day. Montgomery made some crucial saves in goal and along with Stevenson and Norkus forms a formidable back three, the latter two not allowing the opposition any time or space on the ball. Kennedy, Bisby-Millar and Coey-Henderson all played in midfield and were effective in both halves of the pitch. The plaudits today however go to the two Jays, as both Greer and Simpson scored two goals, and were a handful for the opposing defenders all afternoon.
Hopefully we can build on this performance when we play our next league fixtures in a couple of weeks, but if these results are anything to go by it could be an exciting season ahead.