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15/11/2017 SOCCER UPDATE

Still undefeated, Loreto faced a tough opponent and a huge task of coming away from the fixture with any points.  Loreto started the game well as Matthew Johnston put Loreto a goal up.  However, Loreto soon fell a goal behind as St Mary’s scored two goals in succession despite the brave efforts of ever reliable goalkeeper Ronan Dempsey.  As the game entered the final few minutes, Loreto looked as though they would be facing their first defeat of the campaign when, with 5 minutes to go, Matthew Johnston once again found the St Mary’s net.  Loreto pushed forward and centre back Ruiari Loughrey moved up to centre forward in search of an equaliser.  Then, with the last kick of the game, the makeshift centre forward tucked the ball away to ensure that Loreto would come away with a point.  A truly fantastic end to a game and unbelievable character shown by the Loreto players!

Loreto steamrolled past Ballymoney High at Loreto.  This game was really one-way traffic from start to finish and the final score line reflected this.  Captain Leon Boyd scored a hat trick and instrumental in the majority of goals scored.  JF Burns was solid in defence, as he always is.  The other goalscorers included Joe Dillon, Niall Clyde and the Glenullin duo of Oisin Bradley and Matthew Johnston.

Loreto’s final game of the league campaign saw them travel to Limavady for a show down with the High School.  A win or a draw would mean that the year 8s would finish the campaign undefeated and match last year’s team record. 

Loreto began the game quite nervously, giving away possession often which was very uncharacteristic of this team and the way they play.  Limavady High would make the most of this and score 2 within minutes of each other to put them 2 up.  Two fantastic goals which the defence or Ronan Dempsey could do little about.  Leon Boyd pulled one back but Limavady would score another after some miscommunication among the defence allowed the Limavady player through on goal.  Regardless of the poor start, Loreto soldiered on and battled for every ball.

The second half was the complete opposite of the first in terms of how Loreto played and composed themselves on the ball.  They found their rhythm and there was no stopping them.  Ryan Boyd would end the game with four, one of which was a 30 yard ‘worldie’ and a penalty.  Matthew Johnston ended the game with the hat trick and possibly goal of the league: when he was put through by Josh Gibson he calmly lobbed the keeper from the edge of the area.  Other goal scorers include Josh Gibson, and Corey O’Kane.  

Congratulations to the team and their coach Mr McCloskey – and thanks to Mr McCloskey for match reports.