Carniny U-16s storm into next round of NIBFA Cup

Carniny Youth under-14s and their Ballymena United counterparts tussle for possession during Saturday's NIBFA Cup tie.
Carniny Youth under-14s and their Ballymena United counterparts tussle for possession during Saturday's NIBFA Cup tie.

On an extremely wet weekend, Carniny Youth Under 16s stormed their way into the next round of the Northern Ireland Boys FA Cup.

The Under 14s were also in top form in the National League in their ‘mini’ derby with Ballymena United YA coming tops for the second time this season,

A Carniny Youth players releases the ball during Saturday's match.

A Carniny Youth players releases the ball during Saturday's match.

The U15s had a trip up to Maiden City and were unlucky to come away with a single goal defeat to the North West Boys.

On Friday night the Under 13s and 17s kicked off the footballing action with the U13s playing out a 0-0 draw against Newhill, whilst the U17s had a disappointing loss at home to Coleraine. The 19s also suffered a home defeat to Knockbreda in the NIFL Youth League.

Due to the weather the Under 8s and 9s missed out playing in the Small Sided Games Centres with cancellations at Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday night and Saturday morning. The Under10s games went the same way with matches called off at Coleraine University with the U11s match against Hillsborough also called off. The club’s FDC was unfortunately called off due to the weather.

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Carniny Youth and Ballymena United under-14s battle for possession in Saturday's cup tie.

Carniny Youth and Ballymena United under-14s battle for possession in Saturday's cup tie.

Carniny Youth 0, Newhill 0: This was a great game of football with both teams having long spells of possession‎ but neither could find the breakthrough. Carniny’s defence was much better and claimed a well earned clean sheet.

Gregg had shot cleared off the line and Young was unable to convert. Clarke had a couple of free kicks just cleared off the line. A Newhill player also hit his own bar when under pressure at a corner.

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Carniny Youth 2, Ballymena United 0: This game is always a good spectacle for the town and a good crowd turned out in terrible weather. Carniny had the better of Ballymena in the last tow encounters and they were looking to make it three in a row to maintain their local bragging rights.

The game started well for Carniny and just before the half ended Holland was unlucky when he had his effort cleared off the line .

In the second half the game was more evenly contested. As Carniny were tiring and with White and Groocock missing on the day, the game began to open up. Ballymena began to apply more pressure and if it wasn’t for the heroics of NcNicholl, Ballymena could have scored on two occasions.

The deadlock was finally broken when Scullion was brought down in the box, he scrambled to his feet and poked the ball in from close range to make it 1-0.

Then after good work from Lynn , it was a Scullion who got his second when he gave the keeper no chance with his run and finish to make it 2-0. Carniny now need to bring this type of performance into their next game against Dungannon in the NIBFA cup.

Carniny: McNicholl, Young, Robinson, Holland, Simpson, Anderson, Lynn, Magee, Holba, Scullion, Hunter, Devlin, Hamilton, Connor-Steele

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Carniny Youth 0, Maiden City 1: Carniny made the trip to the north west with a squad full of injuries but were determined not just to make up the numbers. Game opened very even both teams looking to get ball down and play some football. Carniny applied the pressure and had City pushed back towards their goal with battling play. Clear cut chances for both sides were few and far between. McDonald for Carniny saw his free kick just glance over the bar. O’Neill in the Carniny goal was a virtual by-stander in the first half.

City opened the scoring against the run of play with a good tidy move.

Carniny regrouped and were settled down again. Campbell and Kelly in the centre of the park for Carniny were driving there team forward and had City under pressure.

Campbell went close with two free kicks and from a Parker corner Fleming found himself unmarked at the back post but saw his header blocked on the line.

Carniny: O’Neill, Fleming, Gordon, Kirk, Lorimer, Campbell, McDonald, Kelly, Parker, Murray, McAllister.

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Carniny Youth 8, Newington YC 1: Last years NIBFA cup semi finalists were in rampant form in their first round of the cup.

The Carniny boys didn’t let the wet weather dampen their spirits with no less than nine different players on the scoresheet.

Carniny were nine goals up at half time with another nine in the second half.

McKernan racked up a double hat trick, Elliott scored another hat trick with Dawkins and Carley, scoring two a piece with McDonnell, Lemon, Daly and Henderson with a cheeky back heel all adding to the scoreline

Carniny: O’Brien, Leetch, Lemon, Henderson, Dawkins, Daly, McDonnell, Downey, Burton, Carley, Elliott, Evans, McKernan.

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Carniny Youth 0, Coleraine 4: On Friday evening Carniny U17s played Coleraine U17s at the Showgrounds in Ballymena in the NIBFA Subway Elite National league.

The opening exchanges of this game were very even with neither team having a worthwhile attempt on goal. Midway through the first half Coleraine broke the deadlock when a one of their players pounced on a poor defensive clearance to score.

Just before half time another Carniny defensive mistake gave a Coleraine player possession and his cross was tapped into the net.

The second half started much the same as the first with very few threats on goal.

As Carniny pushed looking for a way back into the game Coleraine broke to make the score 0-3 and right at the end Carniny conceded a fourth to ensure a comfortable win for the away team.

Having already beaten this team 5-1 earlier in the season, this was by far Carniny’s poorest performance of the season and if they want to progress past the first round of the NIBFA cup there will have to be a big improvement when they take on SBYL premier side Loughside next Saturday.

Carniny: Kealey, McComb, McVeigh, Hull, McKee, Doherty, Graham, Mucka, Young, Rankin, Greer, Stewart, Holmes, Lorimer, McCrudden.

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Carniny Youth 0, Knockbreda 2: An under strength Amateurs side put in a decent enough performance considering they were without several regulars and with a bit of good fortune could have turned a lot of the possession they enjoyed into goals.

Avoidable mistakes in the first period saw them go in two down at the interval as Carniny continue to gift their opponents in the early stages.

The second period saw Carniny have the better of the half with the back four of Jaworski, Price, Armstrong and man of the match McCormick resolute in defence whilst Agnew and Johnston dominated the midfield.

Carniny: Shannon, Price, Jaworski, Armstrong, McCormick, Godfrey, Millar, Ksobiak, Agnew, Johnston, Craig, McClintock, McCann.