Carniny Youth Fc round-up: Keeper Owen saves two penalties in same game!

Carniny Youth U15 keeper Owen Marquess who nade a double penalty save against Limavady in The National League
Carniny Youth U15 keeper Owen Marquess who nade a double penalty save against Limavady in The National League

CARNINY Youth FC entered the New Year with an unbeaten weekend of results for their three full sided teams in action.

Hero of the day must undoubtedly be Owen Marquess, the Carniny Under 15 keeper, who saved TWO penalty kicks in his sides 1-1 draw away to Limavady Youth.

The Under 11s kept up their league challenge with a 3-1 win against Ridgeway, whilst the Under 13s will ‘fly the flag’ for Ballymena as the only team from the borough left in the Northern Ireland Boys FA Cup after a comfortable win against Rathfriland Youth.

Indeed 2013 is looking good at the minute for all the Ballymena ‘reds’ who are without doubt the ‘top dogs’ in mid Antrim youth football sitting ahead of all their local rivals in full sided football in various leagues.

The under 11s sit in 4th spot in the Lisburn League, two points behind the league leaders and will round off a successful season with a team trip to Portugal.

The 12s also are in a prime position sitting top of the George Best League and continue to improve from last season. Experience of playing in the National League since its inception is obviously paying dividends for the Carniny elite teams.

The 13s continue to hold their own in the Premier division against illustrious opposition which is a credit to any ‘Boys club.’

The 14s are already the borough’s proven top side and are adding to their squad with some excellent signings as are the 15s who have continued to improve even with a change of coach who is proving a popular addition to the coaching staff within the club. All seems to bode well for Carniny having grown beyond all recognition in their thirteen year history.


Carniny Amateur & Youth FC are soon to unveil another ‘first’ for local football with a ‘Teenage Kickz’ programme aimed at teenagers in the Ballymena Borough providing free football at the council 3G facility coupled with educational topics helping to make young people better citizens.

Full details regarding this project will be announced in next weeks press.

For full reports and club news, see this week’s Ballymena Times.