With the Youth Football season yet to resume after the Christmas break it gave Carniny time to reflect on the year with the club looking forward to the remainder of the season.
September saw the start of the new season with the both the Under 10s and one U11 side continuing in the NWCDYL, with another U11 side entering the Lisburn Youth League. The Under 12s entered the South Belfast Youth League whilst the U13, 14,15s continued in the NIBFA Subway National League.
Having supplied Ballymena United with players for their Under 17 side for the last three seasons, the club opted to ‘resurrect’ their own Under 17 side in the National League this season and it has proved a successful venture with the side sitting in the top half of the division at the half way point.
In an unprecedented move the club made the bold step of entering an Under 19 team into the Northern Ireland Youth Football league, one of only two ‘Boys’ clubs competing amongst the other Irish league sides. The team is a work in progress and will develop over the next few seasons with many of the current squad still eligible for the next three seasons.
On the sponsorship side if things the club welcomed continued support from Doherty and Gray fro the senior set up with McDonalds sponsoring the Youth sides and Frankie and Benny’s supporting the Football Development Centre.
The club were also delighted to see their former players land first team appearances for Ballymena United, with Jason Johnston, Jack Graham, Nicky Black, Jake Carson and Matthew Shevlin all appearing for their home town club. Shevlin also became the youngest ever goalscorer for BUFC scoring on his debut. The club continually keep an eye on former players, Rodney Brown and Samuel McIlveen who ply their trade in the Irish league and also Josh Carson, currently with York City.
The club would also like to wish former player David McWhirter a speedy recovery from his serious injury sustained during the O’Kane Cup Final whilst playing for Harryville Homers.