Sunday 19th May 2019
Orkney U12’s v Shetland U12’s
Venue: Picky Outfield Pitches
After a 0-0 draw against Caithness at the start of May, the Orkney U12’s A team finally clicked into gear, playing some tremendous football against a compact and resolute Shetland team.
Orkney’s fast inter-play was causing Shetland all sorts of problems and first half goals by Kinghorn and Ewing, earned Orkney a well-deserved 2-0 half-time lead with only some staunch defending by Shetland prevented a higher score line by the break.
Shetland started the 2nd half much brighter and began asking the Orkney defence some questions. However, Orkney weathered the initial pressure and extended their lead further with some quality goals from Kinghorn & Ewing. This put the game beyond doubt, sealing an emphatic 4-0 win for the A team. The teamwork and effort on display was commendable and all players played their part in lifting the John Manson Cup.
The B game was a much closer, if a more fiery affair. With some fine football being played, both teams were evenly matched throughout the first half, but a late ball through the Shetland defence saw Scott run in and tuck it away to give Orkney a narrow 1-0 lead at half-time. After the break, with Shetland trying to get back on level terms and Orkney trying to extend their lead, the game became a bit heated at times, which the referee dealt with well. This led to a frantic last 10 minutes with Shetland putting the Orkney defence under relentless pressure. However Shetland could not make the breakthrough and although a draw would have been a fair result, the Orkney team did well to hold on and achieve a fine 1-0 victory, lifting the Orkney Aggregate Slate Trophy in the process.
Shetland voted George Wylie Orkney A team man of the match & Ashton Sutherland as Orkney B team man of the match.
We look forward to our return matches in Shetland in September.
Special thanks to the players, officials and supporters from Shetland & Orkney, the Picky Centre, Neil McCartney at Orkney Rugby Club for loan of the tent & clubhouse facilities, Scott Hamilton for officiating & all the volunteer linesman, Jimmy Leask, Jill Robb for all her efforts in ORC’s hospitality tent, Kirkwall Hotspurs FC for the urn & gas & all parents that supplied food & raffle donations which raised a fantastic £353 for OYDG funds.
On Saturday 25th August, 19 Under 12 boys travelled to Shetland to take part in the Andromeda Cup tournament on the Sunday and the Inter-county match the following day.
On Monday 27th, the squad played an Inter-County match against Shetland in two matches, A and B. The scores in these matches were 8-1 to Shetland in the A match and a 1-1 draw in the B match. Again the boys played well and showed great skills and commitment on the pitch. The U12 coaches were very proud of all our players that featured on Monday, with some of them playing two games back to back.
On Sunday 10th of June, Orkney hosted Shetland in the annual Inter County matches to decide the John Manson Under 12 cup. Played in fine conditions at Picky, the first match saw Orkney A play Shetland A in a very entertaining match. During the first half Orkney A played some excellent football against a very good defensive display from Shetland although a well taken goal from William MacDonald gave Orkney a 1-0 half time lead. The second half saw Shetland put early pressure on the Orkney defence and this led to a penalty kick which Shetland scored to level the match. Shetland quickly followed this up with a second goal to take the lead. Orkney then started to fight back and scored an equalising goal through Alex Henderson. More pressure from Orkney resulted in a goal from Bradley Cormack. Shortly after Orkney scored the decisive winning goal through an excellent shot from the corner of the box from Aiden Cooper. The final score Orkney 4 Shetland 2.
The second match saw Orkney B play Shetland B. Similar to the first match, the first half saw Orkney play some very good football and a lot of pressure and very good defending from Shetland. Orkney scored twice through Sebastien Pesci and Tyler Wolstenholme for a 2-0 half time lead. The second half as a much tighter affair with both teams playing well and having spells of pressure although Shetland scored to make the score 2-1 which was the final score. Two wins for Orkney ensured that the John Manson cup came back to Orkney.
Under 12's with John Manson Cup