Friday and Saturday saw two of our U13 boys teams take to the home pitches at Seafield and Piltown respectively for games against Syddan and Skryne
Our visitors from Syddan (pronounced Sidn and not Sedann as I was informed!) were welcomed to Seafield with the remnants of storm Ellen still swirling across the pitch out to sea on a balmy Friday evening.
Cilles got down to business from the off and were going great with a lead of 1.07 to 0.01 as the first water break came around.
Upon the restart our visitors raised their game with some good work from their talented and tall number 8. By half time the scoreline was 1.07 to 1.03
After the turnaround a great display of football unfolded from both teams with Syddan really putting our boys to the pin of our collars. There was only a point in it for us at the water break.
With about 3 minutes to go Cilles finally got that breakthrough goal in the second half and tagged on a point after to lead by 4.
Syddan pressed again but ran out of time having shortened the gap to just 2.
Thanks to our opponents for a great game enjoyed by all.
Final score Cilles 2.08 Sydan 1.09
Skryne were the visitors this afternoon to a windswept Piltown with some squawly showers peppering the proceedings.
Cilles elected to go against the wind and up the hill for the first half. This was a decision that may have looked ominous as our guests rocked the home side with 3 goals and 2 points leading us by 10 points at one stage in the first half.
Our boys though worked some good passages of play towards the break and tagged on 3 more points to come in at the break with a scoreline of 3.02 to 0.04 at halftime. It has to be pointed out though that the scoreline could have been bigger for Skryne was it not for the heroics of the Cilles keeper with some top of a finger saves to deny them definite goals.
After the half time talk and reassurances that if they did not panic coupled with all of the heavy leg sessions on the beach they had put in, they could turn the tide.
The boys really dug in from the off. They began to chip into their deficit point by point.
By the time the water break came we had taken back control of the game and were now pressing for the win.
The break that usually upsets a teams rhythm and flow did not affect our boys. They went at it again with no panic.
Skryne in fairness did have chances for goals with not just the woodwork helping Cilles out but the net minder again saved a couple of great shots.
There were wonderful performances all over the pitch. Some had to do real dogged man marking jobs in order to help the team cause. Others stood up and grew into their roles and affected lads around them positively.
A great victory was had and a final score of 2.16 to 3.02 tells a tale of a game truly, of two halves!
Sterner tests lay ahead, but this was a real confidence booster for all of the lads in this squad.