Only Carniny Youth Under 17s game survived the weather this weekend being played on the Friday evening at the Showgrounds 3G.
The game against North West opponents Institute, saw the Ballymena boys come back from 2-1 down to win the game 3-2 in the dying minutes courtesy of a Tyrone Balmer hat trick that included two penalty kicks!
Institute started this game the livelier and opened the scoring within five minutes when their influential No 6 was allowed to run into the Carniny penalty area and slot the ball past Owen Marquess in the Carniny goal.
Carniny came more into the game with Michael Hagan and James Price causing the Institute defence problems on the wings and both delivering some excellent dead balls. Camryn Millar and Tyrone Balmer went close with a couple of half chances.
Institute were always a threat and Carniny’s defence with Luke Calderwood outstanding, had to be alert on several occasions to thwart their attacks. Near the end of the half Carniny were awarded a penalty when Krystian Jaworski was fouled in the area and Tyrone Balmer scored to make the score 1-1.
It was Institute who were to score the next goal when some slick play left one of their players clear and he placed his shot past Marquess.
Within five minutes of Institute scoring Carniny had won another penalty when a good passing move left James Price clear on goal only to be brought down by the Institute goalkeeper.
Balmer stepped up to score his second of the night from the penalty spot.
Carniny scored the winning goal with five minutes left on the clock when a corner was headed into the net by Tyrone Balmer to complete his hat trick.
Carniny: Marquess, Calderwood, Weir, McCartney, McComb, Price, Jaworski, O’Mullan, Hagan, Millar, Balmer, Killough, Johnston, Doherty, Graham, Letters.
This Saturday (20th) will see a charity match take place between Carniny Youth coaches and Ballymena United Youth Academy Coaches.
The match is in aid of charity and will be held at 10am on the Showgrounds 3G pitch at the Showgrounds.
Everyone is invited to come along and support both sets of coaches as they raise money for a worthwhile cause.