Carniny sides among goals on a day to remember for club

Carniny Youth Secretary Billy O'Flaherty congratulating young Matthew Shevlin on his record breaking goal for Ballymena United  last Saturday with BUFC Coach and his uncle Wes Lamont
Carniny Youth Secretary Billy O'Flaherty congratulating young Matthew Shevlin on his record breaking goal for Ballymena United last Saturday with BUFC Coach and his uncle Wes Lamont

Carniny Youth FC’s young guns, the two Under 10 sides were the teams on top form with both teams scoring bagfuls of goals last Saturday.

The ‘Youth’ team played out a 5-5 draw with Magherafelt Sky Blues. Whilst their ‘Amateur’ counterparts cruised to a win over Magherafelt Sky Blues Colts.

A Seaan Elliott brace salvaged a draw for the Under 15s against Glenavon, after a slow start. There was no such luck for the U13s and 14s who fell to Ridgeway and maiden City respectively away from home.

The Under 17s had a tough week losing out to Tristar in the league mid week and exiting the NIBFA Cup to Dungannon Swifts on Friday night.


Former Carniny Youth player Matthew Shevlin made a little bit of history for himself and Ballymena United last Saturday when at 15 years old he became the youngest ever player to score for the club!

Matthew transferred to Ballymena United in close season after a long association with Carniny Youth that saw him develop through the club’s Football Development Centre right through to his last season at Under 16 level.

Whilst at Carniny Matthew was the leading goal scorer for an amazing six consecutive seasons which were all played against top opposition in the NIBFA National League and he obviously looks as if he is going to continue his eye for goal in the senior ranks.

Club coaches who have coached the youngster Aaron Millar, Andy Killough, Billly O’Flaherty, Sean Carberry, Lee Barry, Ian Morton and most recently Carniny’s Under 19 coach Jimmy Gilchrist were delighted to see the player get his chance for Ballymena United and make a little history in the process. Everyone at Carniny Youth wish the player well for the future.


Carniny Youth 5, Magherafelt Sky Blues 5: Magherafelt started much the brighter and took the lead early on.

Carniny’s equaliser came after sky blues cleared a corner which fell to Joel Murray who sent an absolute thunderbolt into the top corner of the net.

This spurred Carniny on and they scored again after Storm Reynolds sent Adam Courtney clear and he calmly slotted past the keeper.

Carniny scored a third when Murray crossed the ball over to Cameron Moody and he made no mistake with the finish. Sky blues pulled one back after a deflected shot left keeper Jack Strange with no chance.

The second half started with Carniny on the front foot and a cross dropped to Luis White who slotted home. Moody then scored his second and Carniny’s fifth with a delightful right foot lob into the corner of the net. Carniny then switched off completely and saw Sky Blues score three without reply.

Carniny: Strange, Murray, Scott, Moody, McMullan, Courtney, Reynolds, White

Carniny Amateurs 12, Magherafelt Sky Blues Colts 1: Against new opposition, Carniny stepped into the unknown but an early cross from Douglas saw McKee finish from a tight angle for the first.

A handball from Colts saw Greer step up and fire home into the top corner from 20yards. From a Colts corner Douglas broke and fed Graham who scored after the keeper saved his first effort before good interplay from Graham to McKee saw Greer side-foot the ball home.

Defence and midfield linked up well and Douglas again fed Graham who finished well. Douglas down the left then crossed for Graham again who scored after a neat turn for 6-0 at half time.

The second half started with Greer crossing for an easy chance falling to Graham. Colts then won the ball in midfield and broke a tackle to fire past McQuillan for 7-1.

The midfield then controlled the game and Greer’s through ball to Graham saw him score again. Good pressure from Graham saw him rob a defender and get his sixth for 8-1. Good pressing from Greer then saw him square to Cormac McMullan who scored. A corner from Francey was touched on by Greer for McMullan to get his second and McMullan then turned provider and pushed out wide his cross to Francey was drilled home.

Carniny: McMullan, Greer, Francey, McKee, Douglas, Graham, McQuillan, Hanna.


Carniny Youth 0, Ridgeway Rovers 5: This was another in the list of difficult matches in the country’s strongest league for Carniny’s injury-ravaged side.

A 4-0 score line at half time and very little positive to report on Carniny’s partbut they improved after the break.

Carniny: McNicholl, Hamilton, Simpson, Lamont, Young, White, Anderson, Graffin, Hunter, Holland, Adger, Lynn.


Carniny Youth 0, Maiden City 2: Carniny made the long trip to the north west for this game and were unlukcy not to lead at half-time when Kirk’s free kick grazed the post.

However, the Ballymena boys were undone by two second half goals.

Carniny: McAllister, Clyde, Kirk, Winter, Gordon, Close, Moag, Campbell, McKitterick, Hemphill, Kelly, Woodin, Courtney, Fleming.


Carniny Youth 2, Glenavon 2: Carniny faced Glenavon at Wakehurst and found themselves a goal down at half time .

Carniny started brighter in the second half and Seaan Elliott drew them level with a fine finish after McDonnell played him in on 41mins.

Two minutes later Glenavon were in front again when the Carniny defence failed to close down but Carniny drew level three minutes later from the penalty spot with Seaan Elliott getting his second after a hand ball.

Carniny: O’Brien, Henderson, Houston, Lemon, Leetch, Little, Marshall, Carley, Elliott, McDonnell, Montgomery, Downey, Stewart.


Carniny Youth 1, Dungannon Swifts 2: Dungannon took the lead in this NIBFA Cup tie when a mistake was punished but Carniny came more into the game and scored when a corner from the left was forced home by Alex Weir.

The second half was only five minutes old when Carniny gave away a penalty and a Dungannon player made no mistake from the spot kick for what proved the winner.

Carniny: Marquess, Calderwood, Weir, Cochrane, McComb, Letters, Graham, Jaworski, Hagan, Doherty, Balmer, Killough, Price, O’Mullan, McWilliams.

* Earlier in the week, the under-17s lost 3-2 to Tristar in the National league, with Tyrone Balmer and Shane McKernan on target for the Ballymena side.