There was a reduced fixture list for Carniny Youth at the weekend with all three Reds teams in action remaining undefeated.
The Under 11s were first up in their normal early morning slot in the Lisburn Youth league playing Ardoyne Youth in the Lisburn League Shield winning 4-2.
Both the Under 13s and 14s played out 1-1 draws against their respective opponents, Loughgall and Cookstown Youth, both in the National league.
Carniny Youth 4, Ardoyne Youth 2: Carniny were on the front foot right from the whistle but Ardoyne restricted them to long range shots.
With the first meaningful attack of the game Ardoyne found space to go up one nil. Chances came and went but Carniny couldn’t break through.
A chance in the second half brought Carniny straight back into the game as Ryan Clarke scored with his first touch to bring Carniny back on level terms.
Josh McPeake scored an absolute rocket from just inside the Ardoyne half to put Carniny ahead then another goal from Leon Patton seemed to put the game beyond doubt.
Harley Farenden came back on and scored to make it 4-1 then Ardoyne got one back but Carniny stood firm under pressure and saw the game out to win.
Carniny: McGrath, Dael, Condron, O’Boyle(c), McPeake, Fletcher, Patton, Larkin, Farenden, Clarke, Balmer.
Carniny Youth 1, Loughgall Youth 1: Carniny have been starting to show a bit of good form lately and looked to add three points against a well organised Loughgall side.
The game started fairly even with chances for both sides. Holland was unlucky when after a great run he hit the underside of the bar. Taylor Adger on the right was causing the Loughgall defence some problems.
The Carniny defence of Robinson, Lamont, Simpson and Anderson was looking solid, whilst White, Young and Graffin worked hard in midfield.
It looked like going into the break all even until a lapse in concentration from a Loughgall corner left a free header which Lynn was unable to clear off the line.
Hunter came on the second half and he was unlucky with his effort just putting it wide of the post. Hamilton also came on and made some fantastic tackles.
Then from a Graffin corner Loughgall failed to clear the ball and it was smashed into the net by Lee Lynn to make it 1-1.
Lynn then was unlucky with another effort just over the bar. McNicholl came out of his goal to clear the ball well on a number of occasions. Anderson was unlucky when the Loughgall keeper pulled off a fantastic save.
With only minutes remaining Simpson played in Graffin to put him one on one with the keeper only for him to lift the ball over the keeper and wide of the post.
A fairly even game with Carniny regretting some missed chances. They now look forward to hosting Linfield who never get it easy at Carniny’s home ground.
Carniny: McNicholl, Lamont, Robinson, Anderson, Young, Hamilton, Holland, Graffin, Hunter, White, Adger, Simpson, Lynn.
Carniny Youth 1, Cookstown Youth 1: Both teams started very brightly, looking to take a foot hold in the game.
Carniny’s first chance came when Courtney ran through and hit his strike over the bar.
Courtney had another chance only for his shot to go past the post. Moag dispatched a free kick which brought a good save.
Cookstown took the lead against the run of play early in the second half.
Within two minutes, Carniny equalised when McKitterick raced through to slot the ball home.
Carniny nearly won it and the last when McKitterick’s strike crashed off the bar and out for a goal kick.
Carniny: McAllister, Clyde, Kirk, Winter, Campbell, Close, Fleming, Gordon, Moag, Courtney, McKitterick, Hemphill, McDonald, Kelly, Wooden, Parker.
Confirmed fixtures for Carniny Youth teams for this Saturday, November 8, are:
Under 13s v Linfield (h) NL
Under 14s v Linfield (h) NL
Under 15s v Glentoran (a) NL
Under 17s v Derry Colts (a) (Fri) NL
Under 19s v Ards Youth NIFL Youth League