Ballymena United Youth Academy round-up: Calvin to the ‘four’

Photographed at the Ballymena Showgrounds pitch last week were Ballymena United Youth Academy U-15's ready for their National League game against neighbours Carniny Youth. INBT 38-802H
Photographed at the Ballymena Showgrounds pitch last week were Ballymena United Youth Academy U-15's ready for their National League game against neighbours Carniny Youth. INBT 38-802H

BALLYMENA United under 14s visited fellow Irish League side academy Glenavon at the weekend and put in a great performance with super striker Calvin Purse neting all four goals.

The under 13s remain top of their National League as they continued their 100% start to the season while the u15s lost out in a close Ballymena derby to Carniny.

The under 12s in Lisburn continued their good form along with the under 11s and the under 10s made a winning debut in the Coleraine and District League.

At the Showgrounds the 2004s and 2005s were involved in some entertaining fun football with Carniny Youth.


The United boys started their Coleraine League in confident fashion playing some great football against Ballycastle.

Goals were spread well throughout the side with a number of great individual performances in winning this game.

Their compatriots lost out to Dungiven on the day as both sides begin their journey up through the Academy.


BUYA U-11 3, Craigavon 0: after a scoreless first half, a few changes were made at half time and a boost of encouragement from the coaches turned the game around.

The boys found more openings in the Craigavon defence and Ross McCausland opening the scoring with a great finish.

This was the opening United needed and Matthew Lorimer once again showing his great ability in front of goal by scoring two great efforts.

BUYA U-12 10, Greenisland 2: The final result didn’t reflect how hard Ballymena actually fought for their fifth match undefeated.

A hat-trick from Moag and goals from Hemphill (2), S McAllister (2), McCammond (2), Apsley and E McAllister rounded off the day’s proceedings.

BUYA U13 0, Glentoran 2: United were competing well right up until the last five minutes when a injury to key defender and captain Andrew Kyle changed the game.

Two late goals gave the Glens victory but this development squad contnued to progress.


BUYA U13 6, Cookstown 0: United moved to the top of the National League with this confident display.

Early goals made all the difference on the day as Joshua Galloway linked brilliantly with Anthony Smith on the left firing in two great crosses, finished well by strikers Mark Cochrane and Jack Millar.

United were passing the ball at speed and great movement led to a free kick for the Braid boys, rifled home by Lorenzo Dawkins.

United were playing their best football of the season and Smith soon got his goal with a lovely finish before poacher Cochrane got a second. Leon Carley then hammered home late on with a trademark finish.

Glenavon 2, BUYA U-14 4: United started slowly and in the first ten minutes the Glenavon forward raced clear to score.

Calvin Purse popped up with his first of the game with ten minutes left of the half and scored another fine individual lob again on the half.

Swann hit the underside of the bar and Timms went very close before Purse raced clear for his hat trick.

He then got on the end of yet another Swann cross with a fine header as his superb finishing proved the difference between the sides.

BUYA 1, Carniny 2: United paid the penalty for a slow start out of the blocks, the Reds scoring after just 30 seconds.

United fought back well and despite a well taken goal from Matthew Walker, nothing seemed to go in the Braid boys favour on the night and Carniny took the points.

Other result: Glendowan 4, BUYA U-15 1.


Willowbank 6, BUYA U-12 3:

This young Sky Blue development squad again performed well on the day. An entertaining game was decided only with some clinical finishing by the Belfast boys.