TEMPLE Youth’s U-11 side faced the Patrican on Saturday morning at Dunleath in the cup and despite a spirited performance with a much depleted side were knocked out.
The 1st half saw Temple’s young guns adapting to playing in unfamiliar positions but they did so with credit. Rhys Kelly and Victoria Burtney both worked hard in the centre of midfield and were covering a lot of ground pushing forward and helping out their defence. Luke Curry and Joshua Gibson worked tirelessly on the wings and Scott McCaw, Bradley Brechin and Harry Wilson coped very well at the back against a good Patrician attacking frontline. Temple fell behind midway through the half but responded well knuckling down and creating some chances of their own, Rhys Kelly going closest to scoring.
The second half saw another reshuffle for Temple with the dependable Harry Wilson’s injury meaning him having to play out the game up front as Temple had no subs available to make any changes. Joshua Gibson dropped into the back line but Patrican capitalised on Temple weakness scoring a couple of quick goals to put the game safe. Shane Gibson popped up with another cracking finish to pull a goal back for Temple when his well hit shot flew in off the inside of the post and Rhys Kelly and Harry Wilson combined well to continue to give the Patrican defence plenty to keep them occupied.
The Patrican always looked dangerous though and scored again late on the snuff out any chance of a Temple comeback. Man of the Match for Temple was Scott McCaw with good performances form Victoria Burtney, Rhys Kelly and Shane Gibson. All the young players deserve a lot of credit for what was a very spirited performance with a much weakened side.