Carniny Youth FC round-up: Hat’ll do nicely, Lewis!

Carniny U-13 player Shan Elliott tries to keep the ball under control and away from his Ballinamallard opponent. INBT08-203AC
Carniny U-13 player Shan Elliott tries to keep the ball under control and away from his Ballinamallard opponent. INBT08-203AC

SATURDAY saw Carniny Youth’s Under 11s maintain their place at the top of the Lisburn Youth League, with a hat trick from Lewis Mearns helping his team to a 6-1 win over Oxford.

Having racked up nine goals last week the Under 13s were involved in another high scoring match this time winning by the odd goal in nine against Ballinamallard Youth in what was an eventful contest.

The Under 9s and 10s both came away with draws up in the North West League against North End Utd youth and Ballymoney respectively.

The Under14s were unlucky to lose out in a 2-3 loss to Glenavon.

The under 12s had to sit it out this weekend with a late call off in their game as did the Under 15s who saw their match with Warrenpoint Town moved back to next Wednesday.


Carniny Youth’s IFA Approved Football Development Centre continued in better weather last weekend with the second week of the session held at the mini soccer pitches at the Showgrounds. There maybe places still available at the centre in certain age groups including 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005. Please contact Linda 0778548780 for any enquiries.


The ‘Teenage Kickz’ project organized by Carniny Amateur & Youth FC and funded by Youth Justice Agency through the Ballymena PCSP had its forth session on the 3G pitch at Ballymena Showgrounds on Friday evening.

As well as the usual football ingredient to the night the young people were given advice on the dangers of alcohol abuse by Con Joanne Campbell from Ballymena NPU.

A good crowd turned out again on the night and local youth aged 15-19 inclusive are encouraged to attend this week at 7.15pm for a good night of football which is totally FREE and will run for another five weeks every Friday night.

Young people attending also receive other FREE items which makes it a worthwhile and inexpensive night out.


Yet another large crowd turned out to watch a tremendous exhibition of football on Friday evening from ‘top’ mid Antrim sides on the 3g pitch at Ballymena Showgrounds.

Teams from host club Carniny along with Ballymoney United, Chimney Corner and Ballymena Utd Youth Academy played in a mini league of games at the under 9 age group.

Carniny wish to thank the staff at Ballymena Showgrounds for their help with the project and Wes Gregg from the IFA for his help and support.

* For full reports on all the games, see this week’s Ballymena Times.