Renwick Win Lisburn Cup

30 Jan

The one they call “Skills” arrives, striking fear into the hearts of opponents

Jamie Oliver came too

Only one day after Renwick’s Jonny McCollum Cup triumph (Report due to appear on SWS) Alastair McCollum assembled a 5-a-side team to take part in a tournament at Lisburn Leisureplex organised by Seymour Street Methodist Church. Despite looking sharp in the 50 Games commemorative jerseys the Elmwood team started poorly conceding a penalty within seconds of kick off. Spot-kick specialist McCullough went the right way but could not get down to the shot in time and it looked like it might be a disappointing night. Regaining their composure Renwick came back to win 3-1 before the final whistle sounded after the allotted 6 minutes before stinging together a run of 4 straight wins. A 1-1 draw and another victory were recorded before complacency led to defeat against Sporting Lisburn in the final game of the league stage.

Captain Ali wearing 5 and Morrison wearing 2

It’s not just because the photo is from a distance, Rob’s shorts were very small.

Fellaini in nets

Leaving the pitch after another League victory

Porter on the ball

Imagine James’ surprise to burst through the defence and face himself in nets!

Andy and Ali in defence

Skills closing down

The Final

The final was contested between Renwick and the Gaithers who had both finished on 18 points. The Inter Milan look-a-likes were favourites having won the same tie earlier in the competition and started with McCullough, McCollum, McCaughan, Porter and Buchanan. The result went as the pundits predicted with a 4-1 scoreline as goals from Ian and Mark before Ali sealed the tie with a rocket from the edge of the box. McCollum lead the team up to collect their trophies and looks like he may become a regular feature of next season’s Belfast Superleague side.

Pre-final build-up

Ian Buchanan, Andrew Morrison, Mark Porter, James McCullough, Alastair McCollum (Captain) and Robert McCaughan

Superleague

Renwick currently lie top of the Superleague but their upcoming free Gameweek will probably allow other teams to play games in hand and overtake. A friendly against Bayern Eunuchs is rumoured to be on the cards but as of yet it cannot be confirmed thoughMorrison’s team will undoubtedly be keen to gain some more match practice. Not only will the retirement of captain Philip Dunwoody greatly affect the side but the second half of the season appears to contain more difficult fixtures than the pre-Christmas period.

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