Amateurs under-19s produce best performance of season

Carniny Amateurs under-19s produced their best NIFL Youth League performance of the season on Saturday when they won 3-0 at title-chasing St Oliver Plunkett.
Carniny Amateurs under-19s produced their best NIFL Youth League performance of the season on Saturday when they won 3-0 at title-chasing St Oliver Plunkett.

An under strength Carniny Amateurs under-19s put in what was probably their best performance of the season against top of the table Plunkett’s to record a fabulous 3-0 away win.

It would be unfair to highlight anyone in particular as each and every Carniny player was deserving of praise as they followed up last week’s win over Carrick.

In goals, Gary Monaghan put in a great performance pulling off several good saves when his team needed him most and ending up with a clean sheet to cap it off.

The back four of Hart, Bunting, Waring and Scroggie were superb and solid throughout whilst the midfield of Mekdade, McComb and McKernan were the engine that drove their team on.

The forward line of Jaworski, Price and Burns though lightweight, kept the home side on their toes whilst coming off the bench, Webb and Calderwood proved every bit as good as those who started. Carniny started off playing into the strong wind and caused problems early on when Hart’s shot struck the crossbar whilst Price and McKernan made the home keeper pull off two good saves.

Carniny keeper, Monaghan was also called into action with a couple of well timed stops including one particularly good save to keep the game scoreless at half time.

The second half saw Carniny impress and on the hour they took the lead when a short free kick from Waring found Mekdade who crossed for Caolan Hart to slot home.

On 75 minutes the ‘reds’ made it 2-0 when a McKernan corner was pushed onto the bar by the Plunkett keeper only to fall to Thomas Bunting to score.

On 80 minutes Shane McKernan saw his shot hit the bar only for the same player five minutes later to pick up a pass from Mekdade and sidestep the keeper to score.

Amateurs: Monaghan, Scroggie, Bunting, Hart, Waring, Mekdade, McKernan, McComb, Jaworski, Price, Burns, Webb, Calderwood.