SLIDESHOW: Ballymena United Youth Academy prize night

The Ballymena United Youth Academy annual awards took place last Thursday evening in the sumptuous surroundings of the Tullyglass House Hotel.

Almost 300 parents and friends were in attendance for a delightful buffet before hearing senior chairman John Taggart praise the ongoing work in the Academy and again reaffirm the clubs intention to have more ‘Ballymena boys’ in the first team squad, something reiterated by David Jeffrey in his own inimitable style.

The Ballymena Utd Academy Under 11 team who play in the Coleraine & District League with manager William Hamill. INBT 21-179CS

The Ballymena Utd Academy Under 11 team who play in the Coleraine & District League with manager William Hamill. INBT 21-179CS

Addressing the clubs young players directly,the senior manager encouraged all boys to keep up the hard work and to stay with the sky blues, setting out his own vision for the next few years.

There was high praise also for the clubs coaches and the time they give up voluntarily, a summary from senior youth development officer Joe McCall on the league winning under 17 season before a special award presentation to the National Plate winning Lisburn league Ballymena United under 11 side.

The list of prizewinners was:

UNDER-11 (COLERAINE YOUTH LEAGUE)

Most improved Harry Davidson

RU top scorer Aran McCloskey

Top scorer Josh Nicholl

RU Players player of year Ethan McKillen

Players player of year Jamie Maxwell

RU coaches player of year Matthew McConnell

Coaches Player of year Jamie Maxwell

UNDER-11 (LISBURN LEAGUE)

Most improved Matthew Millar

RU top scorer Michael Leitch

Top scorer Mark McClean

RU Players player of year William Francey

Players’ player of year Callum Douglas

RU coaches’ player of year Ben Davidson

Coaches’ Player of year Mason Hume

UNDER-12

Most improved Adam Watterson

RU top scorer Ben Dallas

Top scorer Joshua Balmer

RU Players’ player of year Joshua Balmer

Players’ player of year Scott Montgomery

RU coaches’ player of year Adam Millar

Coaches’ Player of year Mark Lowry

UNDER-13

Most improved Sean O’Callaghan

RU top scorer Ross McCausland

Top scorer Taylor Adger

RU Players’ player of year Sean McAllister

Players’ player of year Jordan McMullan

RU coaches’ player of year Scott McCullough

Coaches’ Player of year Blake Douglas

UNDER-14

Most improved Conor Menelly

RU top scorer Ross McCausland

Top scorer Aiden Scullion

RU Players’ player of year Bobby Rainey

Players’ player of year Rian Lennon

RU coaches’ player of year Bobby Rainey

Coaches’ Player of year Rian Lennon