Monthly Archives: July 2014

Premier ease past OC Blues

Down entered into Thursday’s Salver Semi-final against OC Blues from America hoping to get the win their play in the first three days, has merited. Down started well and Captain Byers had his header cleared of the line while Stewart and Rushe both had chances to give Down the lead.

On 20 minutes Down got their just rewards for an impressive start after Left back Neale slid Lennox through on the goalkeeper who showed excellent composure to take it round the OC Blues goalkeeper and give Down a deserved 1-0 lead.

It was 2-0 shortly after Dupree outwitted the OC Blues full-back who subsequently shoved him to the ground. The referee had no choice but to award a Down penalty that Salley converted for his second goal in consecutive days. Rushe who was causing the OC Blues went close just before the break but as the sides entered the half time interval the score remained 2-0, with Down in firm control.

The second half was a lot scrappier than the first half but Down remained in control. The only major incident of the second half occurred when a Foster pass back was picked up by Down goalkeeper Morrow. The referee dubiously awarded OC Blues an indirect free kick 8 yards from the Down goal. The OC Blues forward smashed the ball towards the net but Morrow and his defence did well to clear the danger.

That was the last major incident of the match as Down comfortably progressed into Friday’s final against Bohemians.


Team: Morrow, Foster, Byers, Stewart, Neale, Khalid, Dempster, Dupree, Lennox, Rushe, Salley Subs: Kane, Turkington,Noble-walker, Johnston, McGovern, Drylie, Newell.



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Junior in impressive form against strong Japan side

Down took on the Japan football academy in the Semi-final of the Shield on a wet and miserable afternoon in Clough.

Kyle Spiers’ team found themselves 1-0 down again early on, after Sharvin gave away a free kick on the edge of the Down box. The Japan forward dusted himself off and drilled his effort through the wall into the right hand corner of the net.

Japan almost doubled their lead when their number 10 picked up a loose ball on the edge of the Down box and fizzed in a low drive which Cannavan in the Down goal was equal to.

Down equalised shortly after following a rampaging Jack White run down the left hand side saw him fizz the ball across the Japan box. The ball bounced about before the Japan defender directed the ball into his own net to make it 1-1.
Down made it two goals in two minutes and in doing so took full control of the semi final thanks to a Leo Brown header from a Jack White cross. It was the big strikers fourth goal in 3 matches this week.

Brown almost added to his tally but his header from a McArthur cross went just over and the first half ended with Down leading 2-1.

The second half begun and Down found themselves conceding early on again after a neat interchange down he left hand side saw the Japan forward slip it across to his strike partner, who made no mistake with his finish to make it 2-2.

The goal seemed to jolt Down back into life as they looked to re-take control of the Semi-final tie. They almost retook the lead minutes later when Brown who was a threat all afternoon took the ball on his chest, drove through the Japan defence but his finish went just past the post. McArthur went even closer shortly after after he beat his man but his finish hit the outside of the post.

Down were rewarded for their efforts as White thumped in a header from a McClements corner to make it 3-2. White was at it again minutes later after the dangerous McArthur was brought down inside the Japan box. White dispatched the spot kick and got his second of the match, sealing Down’s place in the final of the Shield.

Canavan, Kelly, McCloy, Dillon, White, Sharvin, McClements,Mitchell, Bates, Brown, McArthur.Subs: Garland, Chambers, Graham, Marshall, Davidson, Nelson, Tobin.

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Premier side unlucky to draw against the Craig Bellamy Foundation!

Down started the brighter of the two sides as they looked to win their first game of the 2014 Dale Farm Milk Cup against the Craig Bellamy foundation. Rushe tested the keeper after being slid through by Drylie. Left back Neale then robbed his opposite number before fizzing in a low drive but the keeper was equal to the effort.

Down remained on top for the rest of the half and got their just rewards for a strong first half performance after Jody MCGovern converted the rebound of a Lee Newell shot to give County Down a 1-0 lead at half time.

The second half kicked off in much the same vein with Down on top and Johnston almost made it 2-0 after he was released through on goal by McGovern’s flick of the right boot. Rushe went close soon after but he hit his shot straight at the keeper.

Down were then punished for their slack finishing after Craig Bellamy Foundation broke up the other end, following neat interplay in the middle of the park played their forward through and he cooly slotted it past the onrushing Kane in the Down goal to make it 1-1.

Substitute Salley who had been Lively since coming on almost scored a cracker, rasping in a half-volley but the keeper acrobatically tipped it over. From the resulting corner Stewart was man-handled in the box and the referee blew up for a penalty that Adam Salley smashed in to give Down the lead again.

The lead was short lived after the ball was whipped in from the right, landing at the Craig Bellamy Foundation striker’s feet and he thanks to the good fortune of a ricochet equalised to the delight of the boys from Sierra Leone.

Down huffed and puffed in the final minutes but despite the pressure they placed on the boys from Sierra Leone they failed to hit the winner.

Teams:Kane, Foster, Byers, Neale, Walker, Dempster, Mcgovern, Drylie, Johnston, Newell, Rushe. Subs: Morrow, Dupree, Khalid, Lennox, Salley, Stewart.

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Junior lads unlucky in defeat!

With hopes of progressing into the last four alive and well after sharvin’s late winner the previous day Down took on Brentford at Anderson Park in Coleraine needing another victory.

However things did not go to plan in the opening stages as Brentford raced into a 3-0 lead. It all started after 5 minutes after a cross from the right hand side was headed in by the Brentford forward.

It was not long before it was 2-0 after another cross in from the right was volleyed in again by the Brentford forward. Things then went from bad to worse after the Brentford forward picked up a loose ball and drilled his shot into the top right hand corner from 20 yards to make it 3-0.

Hope was restored when Leo Brown picked up a loose ball and rifled it in from 20 yards to make it 3-1. Minutes later Down were at it again after Nelson crossed the ball into Brown who made no mistake with the finish to make it 3-2. It seemed inevitable that Down would complete the comeback before half time but Brentford held out to head into the break still in front.

The second half begun how the first half ended with Down in the ascendency as Garland went close following neat play from chambers on the middle of the park set him free.

However disaster struck as Brentford, against the run of play made it 4-2. The goal occurred after an incisive counter-attack led to a melee inside the Down box resulting in the ball falling to the Brentford forward who duly lobbed it over the onrushing Davidson in the Down goal.

After the sucker punch of the fourth goal the game petered out but Kyle Spiers can be proud of the way his side played against a professional outfit, taking comfort in the fact that on another day things could have ended very differently.

Teams: Davidson, Kelly, Dillon, Marshall, White, Chambers, Sharvin, McClements, Nelson, Brown, Garland. Substitutes: Cannavan, Mitchell, McArthur, Bates, Tobin, Graham.

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Premier squad left frustrated by resilient Partick Thistle.

Down started the better of the two sides penning Partick Thistle in their own half. They were almost rewarded for a promising start after Byers went close with a header from a rushe corner. John Bailie’s men were then harshly denied the lead when a Rushe free kick from the right hand side evaded everyone winding up in the Partick thistle net to give Down what they thought was a deserved lead only for the referee to mysteriously blow his whistle for offside.

After the opening period of pressure Partick thistle almost took an undeserved lead but Morrow in the Down goal was equal to the long range drive and the half ended with both sides level. The second half begun how the first half ended with Down on top. Rushe and Johnston had chances but were unlucky not to give Down the lead their play merited.

Rushe then drifted past a couple of men as he cut in from the left hand side but his right footed shot was well saved from the Partick Thistle goalkeeper and the scores remained level. Turkington was next up to test the Partick Thistle goalkepper but his stinging 25 yard half volley was tipped wide for a Down corner. Captain Byers went close again in the dying seconds with a header but it was not to be Down’s night as both sides had to settle for a point. The Premier squad now take the Craig Bellamy Foundation at Scorggy Road, Limavady. Kick off is at 7.

Teams: Morrow, Foster, Stewart, Byers, Neale, Dempster, Khalid, Johnston, Rushe, Salley, Dupree. Subs: Kane, McGovern, Lennox, Turkington, Newell, Noble-Walker, Drylie.

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Sharvin scores Dramatic winner as Junior beat Dundalk in Last Minute!

Kyle spiers County Down junior squad went behind for the second day in succession after Dundalk forward Connolly headed in a thumping header following neat play down their left to give Dundalk an early lead. Dundalk almost added to their tally going close a couple more times but Cannavan in the goal succeeded in keeping the score at 1-0 as both sides went in for half time.
The second half begun with Down searching for the equaliser and they got
their reward 2 minutes in, after good play down the right hand side saw
the ball fall to Leo Brown’s feet and he made no mistake, driving home
from the edge of the box. Leo brown went close a couple of times before
County Down got their just reward for an impressive second half
performance as sharvin smashed it In Following excellent play from
substitute McArthur down the right hand side left sharvin with the task
slotting it in to make it 2-1 in the dying seconds. The game restarted
and the ref blew the final whistle to the delight of County Down.
Attention now turns to Brentford as Down bid to make it to the final


Team: Cannavan, Kelly, Dillon, McCloy, White, Sharvin, Bates, Mitchell,
Graham, Brown, Tobin
Subs: Davidson , chambers, McArthur, Garland, McClements, Nelson,

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Premier v County Antrim

John Bailie’s County Down premier squad had a frustrating start to their 2014 Dale Farm Milk Cup campaign as they went down 3-2 to local rivals County Antrim in a hard fought encounter. Antrim started the brighter of the two sides and took the lead after Mark Sykes smashed in a free kick from 40 yards into the roof of Reece Kane’s net. Reece Neale almost equalised after Jody Mcgovern set the left back off on a run down the left hand side that ended up with Neale going close with a rasping drive. As the first half came to a close County Antrim were the better side but were yet to create any clear cut opportunites.

The second half got underway and after some stern words from John Balie, Michael Johnston latched onto a long pass from Stewart to race clear of the defender and lob the ball over the Keeper. However the joy on the Down bench was short lived after Mooney punched the ball into his path before driving at the heart at the Down defence. Instead of blowing up for the handball in the middle of the park the referee awarded Antrim a free kick right on the edge of the Down box. Mooney dusted himself down and duly dispatched the resulting free kick to give County Antrim a 2-1 lead. The goal was cruel on the Down lads who had been the better side in the second half. Then with 10 mins to go Down were punished as they pressed forward for an equaliser as Antrim broke quick and the pacy Smyth made it 3-1 to Antrim. The game looked over, but Down Skipper Byers, playing in his fourth consecutive Dale Farm Milk Cup, breathed fresh hope into the young Down lads as he headed home from a Jamal Dupree corner. Down then pressed forward as Rushe, who impressed when he came on engineered himself an opportunity in the dying seconds but the Antrim goalkeeper was equal to the effort and the game finished frustratingly for John Bailie’s side with Antrim winning 3-2. Attention now turns to Partick Thistle tomorrow at Rugby Avenue in Coleraine. Kick off is at 1700 and John Bailie will be looking for a reaction from his young squad.

Team: Kane, Byers, Stewart, Noble-Walker, Neale, Drylie, Mcgovern, Johnston, Lennox, Salley, Newell. Subs: Foster, Dupree, Turkington, Khalid, Morrow, Rushe, Dempster.

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Junior V Queen of the South

Declan McClements scored a dramatic late equaliser for Kyle Spiers Junior squad as they kicked off their 2014 Milk Cup campaign with an impressive performance against Scottish league side Queen of the South. McClements prodded in from close range after a dangerous corner from Chambers to earn his side a 1-1 draw. Kyle Spiers side recovered well from going behind early on after the first corner of the game was thumped into the roof of the net from the Queen of the South central defender. Despite going down early doors County Down repsonded well and dominated the rest of the game. Captain Sharvin went close on a couple of occasions with stinging long range drives. Down then should have been awarded a penalty after McArthur was hacked down inside the box but the referee judged the foul to have been committed outside the box. The second half continued in the same vein with Down on top. Nelson went close on two occasions after neat interplay involving chambers set him free down the left hand side only for the keeper to be equal to his effort. Garland and Sharvin tested the keeper in the dying seconds as it looked like it would not be Down’s day. However despite their dominance it looked like it would not be Down’s day and thanks to McClements equlaiser in the dying seconds, Kyle Spiers Junior squad remain in contention to reach the latter part of the 2014 Dale Farm Milk Cup.

Team: Davidson, Kelly, Dillon, Marshall, White, McClements, Sharvin, Chambers, Nelson, Garland, McArthur. Subs: Cannavan, Bates, Mitchell, Tobin,Brown, McCloy, Graham.

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