Carniny Amateur & Youth FC under 17s received some welcome visitors to their Foyle Cup send off at the Adair Arms Hotel on Sunday when they were joined by former team mates who will represent their respective counties in this season’s Dale Farm Milk Cup.
Current Ballymena United starlet Matthew Shevlin was this time last year playing with the team at the Foyle Cup having been at Carniny since he was ten years of age.
He will represent County Antrim in this year’s competition along with his Ballymena United team mate Eamon Fyfe who also was with Carniny for several years.
County Londonderry have also included a former Carniny player in their ranks when Adam Rowe makes his Milk Cup debut.
Adam also played for the Ballymena reds for some six years before joining Moyola Park.
The Carniny 17s start their campaign tonight (Monday) when they meet Culmore FC at 5pm. The 18 man squad have a strong panel to pick from with several players making names for themselves in youth football.
They will also meet Rampo Valley from the USA, and Kildrum before reaching the knockout stages.
Being resident in the North West during the week of the tournament can only be beneficial to the team who fly the flag for Ballymena at this age group and are accompanied by the Carniny under 10s, 11s and 13s is this year’s competition.
The Under13s (01s) will also play in a group four including Lifford Celtic, Mid Ulster YL and Killen Rangers.
The U11s (04s) will be hoping to achieve the same success they had last year in the tournament when they finished in the top five teams with over 50teams in their age group.
They will play in a six team group including Ballymoney Utd YA, Maiden City, Shankill Youth, Don Boscos and Killea FC.
The Under 10s (05s) are looking forward for their first taste of the tournament and will play against Clooney, Dergview, Buncrana Hearts, Cockhill Celtic and Aileach Colts.