Only three Carniny Youth matches survived the atrociously wet conditions last weekend with the Under 15s in action in the NIBFA Subway National league and the two Under 10 sides playing in the NWCDYL up at Ballsally pitches in Coleraine.
The Under15s had the assurance of playing their match with it being played on the Showgrounds 3G pitch and were glad as they had a win against Culmore as they start to complete their backlog of games in their league.
Both the Under 10s weren’t so lucky with the Youths losing out to Dungiven Celtic and the Amateurs to Roe Valley despite some good encouraging football on display from both squads.
There were no matches fro the U11s and 12s as the school transfer test weekends continued and the U13s, 14s and 19s matches fell victim to waterlogged pitches. The Under 17s had a free weekend.
Carniny Youth 2 - 4 Dungiven Celtic: Carniny started this game very well with Storm Reynolds pushing at the Dungiven defence at every opportunity.
Dungiven however took the lead against the run of play. This did not stop Carniny who continued to press and where rewarded when Reynolds hard work paid off by drilling home an equaliser to see the game 1-1 at half time.
The second half saw Carniny concede three sloppy goals from corners to go 4-1 down.
This did not stop Carniny who continued to play good football and this was rewarded after a corner was headed out by the Dungiven defence and Harvey Scott ran on and caught the ball with volley which sailed into the net.
This saw a good game finish 4-2.
Carniny Amateurs 0 – 2 Roe Valley: Roe Valley started the stronger and created the early chances but Nathanael Hanna in goals kept them out and fed the William Francey and Cormac McMullan with early throw outs.
It took the midfield of Sam Magee, Adam Douglas & Lewis McKee a while to get going and create opportunities for Leon Graham up front.
Douglas got the ball over and Graham challenged the keeper but a clash of studs meant he had to come off. He was replaced by Anthony Greer up front. Carniny started to settle and gain control but never really created any openings.
Roe Valley caught Carniny then on the break to score and go one up. Graham came back on and Matthew Wylie went on to the wing to freshen things up but the half ended 1-0 to Roe.
The second half began with Carniny creating all the chances and from a corner, Roe cleared but with the ball put back in, Graham’s shot was blocked on the line. Greer then fed Magee, who laid off to Graham and his shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Roe Valley broke and it took a wonder tackle from Francey to deny them a second.
Carniny then pressed but spurned several chances. A final mix up in defence allowed Roe to score a second and despite more pressure couldn’t find the goal.
Some slick passing moves despite the defeat bodes well for the future.
Carniny: McMullan, Greer, Francey, McKee, Magee, Douglas, Graham, Wylie, Hanna
Carniny Youth 3 – 1 Culmore: The Under 15s were glad to get back in action last Saturday, one of the advantages of playing on 3G pitches in what was a very wet weekend for local football.
Carniny were slow to start but should have been two up inside the first 15 mins striking the post twice, but found themselves going in at half time a goal down.
Carniny started stronger in the second half and were creating chances and changed the game when Leon Carley s free kick on 44 mins eluded everyone and ended up in the corner of the net.
For the next ten mins the Carniny boys took control of the game and added two more goals.
Ronnie Marshall volleyed in from a corner on 48 mins and Seaan Elliott added Carniny’s third on 54 mins, with a strong individual run and persistence to tap past the keeper.
Culmore had several chances before full time but Shea O’Brien was up to the challenge between the Carniny posts.
A much more disciplined performance from the Carniny boys and a very well deserved thee points.
Carniny; O’Brien, Houston, Henderson, Downey, Lemon, Marshall, Scullion, Little, McDonnell, Elliott, Carley, Leetch, Montgomery
U-19s EXPERIMENT GOING WELL
When the club decided to go down the road of forming an Under 19 side to not only give their various teams players a continued route with regular football within the club but also to provide the clubs senior side with a useful back up, some doubted it was perhaps a step too early for some of the respective club players.
How wrong they were with players coming to the club in droves from near and far giving the opportunity to play in the most ‘senior’ age group of youth football in the country, the Northern Ireland Football League.
Under coaches Jimmy Gilchrist and Brian Rainey they are moulding a side that are not only capable of competing this season but for many the next two seasons!
The quality coaching received by the players will without doubt benefit them and make them better players.
Any young players who consider themselves up to this standard and born in 1996 or 1997 should make contact with Jimmy on 07754049484 or Brian on 07742310640.
Rather than be left as a fringe player on the ‘bench’ in adult football or playing in a poor standard of league come along and improve as a player in better conditions.
Carniny are a club that has produced many players that are now with ‘senior’ Irish League and Championship clubs or in the case of Josh Carson a professional player who has represented his country at International level.